Littleton Wrongful Death Attorneys
Fierce Advocates for Grieving Families Throughout Englewood & Surrounding Cities
The death of a loved one takes a toll on every member of the family. When the death is caused by the actions, recklessness, or negligence of another, it creates an added layer of grief and pain, as well as a significant economic impact on the surviving family members.
At Curtis | Walton Law, our Littleton wrongful death attorneys understand that there is nothing anyone can do to take away the pain and grief. However, we will work tirelessly to hold the responsible party accountable, so you can focus on your family and healing.
Get in touch with us today at (720) 815-4402 for a free consultation to discuss your loss with a wrongful death attorney in Littleton.
Colorado Wrongful Death Lawsuit
Wrongful death cases arise when an individual is killed as a result of the misconduct, reckless behavior, or negligence of another person.
The law allows surviving family members of the estate of the deceased to collect money from the responsible party. Wrongful death lawsuits can be filed, whether there is a criminal trial or not, and regardless of the outcome of any criminal trial.
Some of the common reasons for wrongful death claims include:
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Criminal behavior, such as murder
- Death that occurs during a supervised activity
- Medical malpractice that results in the patient’s death
- Occupational exposure to hazardous substances or conditions
A wrongful death lawsuit may be filed by the deceased’s next of kin or the estate may file a lawsuit on behalf of the deceased. This is a civil action that can be filed even if criminal charges or not filed or the defendant is found not guilty in a criminal case.
When the death is the result of a work-related accident, family members or the estate can file a workers’ compensation claim. Our Littleton wrongful death lawyers can evaluate your situation to determine liability and sources of compensation for your loss.
Damages for Surviving Family Members
The main measure of damages in wrongful death claims is pecuniary, or financial injury. The court has interpreted these injuries to include loss of support, services, inheritance, medical expenses, and funeral expenses that arise from the death of the victim.
We have helped families recover compensation for:
- Medical expenses prior to death
- Funeral expenses
- Loss of income for the life expectancy of the deceased, had he or she survived
- Non-economic damages, such as loss of companionship and affection
- Loss of medical and retirement benefits
- Loss of household and child rearing support
Colorado Wrongful Death Damage Caps
In some situations, the state of Colorado may limit on how much compensation you can be awarded for certain damages. When it comes to wrongful death cases, there are the following damage caps:
- Pain and Suffering - $250,000, unless there is "clear and convincing evidence" which permits the cap to be increased to $500,000
However, don't be discouraged from speaking with a professional wrongful death lawyer to determine whether or not your case may be an exception to this statute. Contact our firm today to discuss your claim!
Who Has the Right to Sue for Wrongful Death?
According to Colorado law, a surviving spouse or children may file for wrongful death, however they may not be able to file within the same timeframe. If the deceased was not married and did not have children, surviving parents may take legal action in filing for wrongful death.
Colorado Wrongful Death Statute of Limitations
While grief has no time limit, the law does set a limit for filing a wrongful death claim. In Colorado, the statute of limitations for a wrongful death claim is two years from the date of your loved one’s death.
Although there are limited exceptions to this rule, it is important to keep the deadline in mind when deciding whether to pursue a claim.
Seeking Justice for Your Family
We intentionally keep our caseload small, so we can focus on your case and be available and responsive to our clients. We are available for free consultations in our office, by telephone, or we can come to you. For your convenience, our attorneys are able to schedule appointments after hours and on weekends.
If you would like to explore your legal options in a free consultation, please call (720) 815-4402 for an appointment or contact us online. We proudly serve Littleton, Englewood, and the surrounding cities.
Motorcycle Accident $425,000
A car pulled out in front of our client, causing him to T-bone the car, resulting in serious injuries.
Motorcycle Accident $400,000
While riding his motorcycle, and a car made a left turn in front of our client, clipping the motorcycle and causing him to go airborne. This resulted in multiple severe injuries to our client.
Dog Bite $375,000
Our client was bitten by one of the employee's dogs of a business open house.
Uninsured Accident $375,000
Mold & Asbestos Case $330,000
Our client's home flooded, causing property damage and illness due to mold.
Motorcycle Accident $325,000
Our client was riding his motorcycle to work and crashed due to a negligent driver, causing a brain injury.
Car Accident $300,000
Our client was stopped in traffic and was rear-ended, pushing him into traffic where he was T-boned.
Car Accident $183,000
Two couples were injured in a car accident.
Slip and Fall Accident $180,000
Our client sustained a knee injury from slip and fall on ice in January in the mountains, in Estes Park CO.
Slip and Fall Accident $157,500
Our client slipped at a convenience store.