Losing a loved one unexpectedly in an accident is a traumatic experience and the incredible emotional stress of coping with the loss and helping your family cope can make practical consideration, such as funeral arrangements and probate issues, even more difficult to handle.
Even more difficult are the sudden financial problems that may result from medical bills and loss of income due to the loss. While no one can give you back what you have lost, a compassionate, dedicated wrongful death attorney can help relieve some of the stress of these practical considerations that are so difficult after your tragic loss. The attorneys at Taussig & Smith, P.C. believe that you should have help dealing with the unavoidable financial aspects while you care for the emotional well-being of your family.
Under Colorado Law, wrongful death occurs when a death is caused by the careless or reckless behavior of another party, or when the death was caused by an intentional act by another party. A car accident caused by a reckless driver, an industrial accident caused by a lack of maintenance of equipment, careless mistakes by a medical professional and murder can all result in wrongful death claims. In each of those cases, someone acted recklessly or intentionally, resulting in the death of another person. In the case of the industrial accident, the party who was responsible for the equipment maintenance might be held liable in the wrongful death.
Normally, in order to file a civil action for an injury, the person who was injured must be the one to file the claim. Because this is not possible in a wrongful death claim, each state determines who may file a claim on behalf of the deceased. In Colorado, only an immediate family member, typically a parent, spouse or child can generally file a wrongful death claim.
There are also several types of compensation that may be recoverable in a wrongful death claim. You may be able to recover compensation for medical bills and property damage that were incurred in the accident as well as compensation for the loss of family income for the life of the deceased. Because in many cases the premature loss of income of a family member may create a permanent financial strain on the family, you may be able to recover for that loss. Remembering that, of course, no one can bring back the loved one whom you have lost, one purpose of a wrongful death claim is to minimize the financial impact as well as providing some small measure of compensation for non-measurable losses, for instance the loss of companionship.
If you have lost a loved one in an accident, speak with an experienced, compassionate Denver and Boulder wrongful death law firm immediately. Taussig & Smith, P.C. has helped numerous families recover compensation after tragic accidents took the lives of family members. By investigating the accident quickly and thoroughly and taking on some of the stress of the situation for you, they can help bring some measure of justice and hold the negligent party responsible for their actions.
Taussig & Smith accepts cases throughout the state of Colorado.