Dealing with the loss of a loved one, especially unexpectedly, is never easy.
Sadly, the death of a loved one is a life-changing and devastating moment for surviving family members, especially if it is due to someone's negligence or carelessness.
The family not only grieves and processes all the emotions accompanying the tragedy, but they may also now find themselves without a primary earner, which adds unknown amounts of stress and anxiety to an already delicate situation.
While no amount can bring back a family member, or assist in erasing the pain and sorrow, families may find some solace and protection in the law to cover the financial losses you are now facing. By filing a wrongful death claim, surviving family members may be entitled to financial assistance for:
The deceased person’s financial contributions to the household
The deceased person’s companionship, guidance, and support
The deceased person’s benefits (pension, health insurance, etc)
Any medical expenses related to the deceased person’s injuries
Funeral and burial costs
Who May File a Wrongful Death claim?
In Colorado, there are specific statutes as to who may file a wrongful death claim. First, a wrongful death claim must be filed within two years of the persons date of death. The surviving spouse is the only member of the family who may file a wrongful death claim within the first year.
During the second year, both the surviving spouse and the children of the deceased person are permitted to file a claim. If there are no surviving members of the immediate family, the deceased person's parents may file. Survival Action takes place when the deceased person has no surviving family members, and a representative of their estate files a claim to recover the damages for the losses to the estate.
There are numerous pieces of information and parts regarding wrongful death claims in the state of Colorado. Help in Colorado offers our deepest condolences, and we are here to assist your family through this extremely sensitive time, so you may grieve without the extra stress.