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Denver Wrongful Death Lawyer

If you have lost a loved one through someone’s negligence or wrongdoing, no settlement or award can ever compensate you for your loss. A wrongful death claim is a legal option to seek justice for your loved one, hold responsible parties accountable, and recover compensation for your family’s future.

Our Denver wrongful death attorneys at The Fang Law Firm are dedicated advocates for wrongful death victims and their families. Call us today to schedule a consultation. Our Denver wrongful death lawyers operate on a contingency fee basis, which means you pay us no legal fees until we recover compensation for you.

Why Choose Us?

  • At The Fang Law Firm, we believe in hands-on case management. All our cases are handled directly by experienced Denver injury attorneys, not legal assistants or paralegals.
  • Our Denver trial lawyers have more than 10 years of experience litigating over 10,000 combined cases.
  • We have a proven track record, with a success rate of 98%.

What Is Wrongful Death?

Wrongful death occurs when a person dies due to the negligence or wrongdoing of another. A wrongful death claim is a civil action for the benefit of surviving family members of the deceased, filed against the party responsible for the wrongful death. It is similar to a personal injury claim the victim would have been entitled to pursue if he or she had lived.

Causes of Wrongful Death

Families of people killed by the negligent, reckless, or willful acts of others may seek compensation in a wrongful death claim. Common causes of wrongful death include:

  • Automobile accidents
  • Commercial truck accidents
  • Bicycle accidents
  • Medical malpractice
  • Work-related injuries
  • Criminal acts

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim in Colorado?

There is an order of priority for filing wrongful death claims in Colorado:

  • In the first year following death, only a surviving spouse may file.
  • In the second year following death, the surviving spouse or any surviving children may file a wrongful death claim. If there is no surviving spouse and no surviving children, parents of the deceased are eligible to file.
  • In addition to surviving family members, the personal representative of the deceased may file a “survival action” to recover damages for certain losses in the estate.

Damages in a Wrongful Death Claim

Monetary damages for wrongful death are determined by the jury or the judge. The specific amount of damages awarded will depend on the facts of the case. Surviving family members may seek damages for losses including:

  • Medical expenses related to the final illness or injury of the deceased
  • Funeral and burial costs
  • Wages and compensation the deceased would have been likely to earn if he or she had lived
  • Benefits lost as a result of the death
  • Loss of love, companionship, assistance, protection, comfort, care, and affection of the deceased

In certain cases, family members may be able to seek punitive damages. These damages are not based on compensation for losses suffered. They are designed to punish the defendant for extreme wrongdoing, negligence, or recklessness, and to deter similar actions in the future.

Contact The Fang Law Firm

The Fang Law Firm was founded on the guiding principle that people deserve personal representation and communication throughout their claim. If you have lost a loved one through the negligence or wrongdoing of another, contact our office as soon as possible. Our Denver wrongful death attorneys can help you seek justice for your loved one in a wrongful death claim.