There is nothing that can replace a lost loved one, and nothing that can compare to the grief that you have experienced because of it. But if your loved one’s death was a result of someone else’s actions, you are entitled to justice, which may help you regain your peace of mind and begin your healing.
The law allows you to seek justice through a wrongful death lawsuit. A successful wrongful death claim provides you with monetary compensation to help ease your burden after an accident. To avoid unnecessary stress during this legal process, you need a lawyer who is not only competent but also comfortable to work with. This is exactly the kind of legal service that Goldman Law provides.
What Is A Wrongful Death Claim?
If a person dies because of another party’s negligent or intentional actions, it may be considered a wrongful death. The party at fault – whether it’s an individual, a group of persons, or even a corporation – may be liable for paying for the financial losses (called damages) associated with the death. The legal survivors of the deceased – typically their parents, spouse, or children of legal age – have the right to file a lawsuit to claim the damages.
In a wrongful death case, the deceased person is called the decedent and the party filing the lawsuit is called the plaintiff.
Compensation You May Receive
While no amount of money can repay the life lost, you can recover compensation for the various other losses that came with it. There are two types of damages you may claim in the lawsuit:
- Economic damages – These include medical bills, funeral and burial expenses, lost income, and lost benefits (such as retirement or pension).
- Non-economic damages – These are less quantifiable, such as pain and suffering, lost guidance companionship, and lost companionship.
In certain cases, especially if the defendant was particularly reckless, Colorado law may also allow you to claim punitive damages. This is a monetary amount meant to punish the defendant, in contrast to compensatory damages which are meant to financially repay you for your losses.
Calculating the full amount you are entitled to requires a meticulous look at your case. Specific factors need to be considered, including the expected earnings of the decedent, your relationship and dependence on him or her, and whether he or she may have contributed to the accident.
To assess the maximum amount you deserve, it is best to talk to a wrongful death attorney. At Goldman Law, our professional and understanding lawyers provide you with clear advice so you will have a good grasp of your case.
Time Is A Crucial Factor In A Wrongful Death Claim
It is only natural to want to spend some time grieving for your loved one. However, if you seek justice for the death, note that there is a law called the Statute of Limitations. This law sets a deadline for filing a wrongful death lawsuit, and in Colorado, that deadline is two years from the date of your loved one’s death.
Time may also affect the strength of your case, as delays could weaken certain evidence and claims. It is best to take action as soon as possible. Don’t worry about the stress associated with legal cases – the professionalism and high ethical standards at Goldman Law allow you to rest easy with a trusted attorney working with you.
Why Coloradans Trust Goldman Law
Denver-based Goldman Law has earned the gratitude of families from all over Colorado, not only for our competent handling of cases but also for our unique approach in dealing with clients. Our law firm believes that each client is an essential partner in their case; thus, they deserve consistent communication, clear answers, and utmost respect.
In the aftermath of your loved one’s death, this kind of professionalism is important: you need not experience any more distress in fighting for justice. This is the kind of legal service you deserve.
Let’s start by talking about your case. Your consultation is free – call Goldman Law at (303) 656-9529.