The loss of a loved one is a confusing and traumatic event that is only multiplied if the death was the result of another's negligent or improper conduct. While it may not seem like a priority while you're grieving, if your loved one's death was the result of another's negligence, you may have recourse to file a lawsuit for compensation.
Wrongful death cases can be difficult to navigate, not only because of the sensitivity of the crime, but also because establishing negligence and blame can be hard to accomplish. Our experienced attorney, Christopher W. Jeffress, can help your family through this difficult time. He has countless years of experience and will help to establish wrongful death and try to get you a settlement.
If you believe that your loved one's death was the result of another's carelessness, please contact our wrongful death lawyers at Jeffress Law today. Call us at 303-732-6634.
What is Wrongful Death?
In order to file a wrongful death lawsuit, our attorney has to establish that your loved one's death was because of another's negligence. Negligence can be found against a person, a company, or a manufacturer.
Here are the things Mr. Jeffress will try to establish in your wrongful death case:
- The death was caused by the wrongful acts of another
- The wrongful acts of the other person were negligent
- The death has caused emotional and financial trauma on the victim's surviving family
- There is compensation available for the victim's wrongful death
If we can establish all of these things, our lawyer will work tirelessly to get you compensation for your loved one's loss of income, loss of benefits, loss of retirement funds, and the emotional pain and suffering you are struggling with.
Causes of Wrongful Death
Wrongful death cases can occur from a variety of unfortunate acts. Mr. Jeffress has had experience working on wrongful death cases caused by the following:
- Automobile accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Defective or recalled products
- Dangerous premises
- Ski/snowboard accidents
- Construction accidents
If you have a loved one that has been killed as a result of any of these common causes of wrongful death, you may be eligible to file a claim. Our team at Jeffress Law will review your case for free to determine if you should file a lawsuit so you can be compensated.
Wrongful Death Compensation
The point of these claims is to pursue compensation for the losses – both economic and otherwise – that you and your family have experienced as a result of the death. When compensation is successfully recovered, it is awarded based on factors unique to each case. Some of the most common reasons for compensation awards include:
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Medical bills and healthcare costs related to fatal injury or illness
- The loved one's wages, income and other financial contributions, both present and future
- Loss of loved one's benefits such as retirement and health insurance
- Loss of companionship, guidance and love
As an attorney who has handled many of these cases, Mr. Jeffress knows that no amount of money can undo the grief you are experiencing. But a fact of life is that the passing of our family members comes with financial implications. Whether your loved one was supporting your family, or was part of a retirement plan for a future together, or was going to help put children through college, there are so many ways we contribute to our loved ones' lives. Financial compensation helps you replace some of these monetary losses. Furthermore, compensation may be awarded for your pain, suffering and anguish, which is often an overwhelming burden when a death is wrongful. Mr. Jeffress wants to know all of these things you are experiencing so that he can fight aggressively on your behalf.
Relevant Laws and Statutes in Colorado
State statutes regarding wrongful death more or less look similar. In Colorado, according to the Statute of Limitations, this type of claim must be filed within 2 years of the date of death. After that time, it will be difficult or impossible to file a claim. But even if it has been more than 2 years, we encourage you to call us. Each case is unique and has its own circumstances. You may still be eligible to pursue compensation.
In Colorado, the following people may be eligible to file such a claim:
- Representatives of the estate
Usually, during the first year the spouse is the only family who can sue for wrongful death. In the second year, spouse and children become eligible. A representative of the estate plan may be eligible as well. To learn more, please call our law firm. Mr. Jeffress can determine whether you can pursue a case for your loved one's death.
How Our Attorney Can Help
You may be wondering if you need an attorney's help. You may have already received a settlement offer. Although each case is different, here are some of the ways an attorney can be of benefit:
- Determining if you are eligible to sue for wrongful death
- Judging whether any settlement offers are fair or if you deserve more
- Taking your case to trial before a judge or jury, if necessary
- Looking out for your best interests when the other party may want to close the case swiftly
- Obtaining the best possible results in your case after such an irreparable loss
Of course, the only way to know how we can help you is to give us a call. We offer free legal advice so that you have a clear understanding of all of your options. If you decide not to move forward with a lawsuit, there is no obligation involved in your consultation. Mr. Jeffress is passionate about fighting for victims of negligence and carelessness. If he can help your family, he'll make sure you know how, and what to expect in the weeks ahead.
Your Consultation in Boulder
Have you lost a loved one to a wrongful death in Boulder or the surrounding areas? For a free consultation with experienced attorney Chris Jeffress, please call us at 303-732-6634. Mr. Jeffress has been fighting for families across the northern Front Range for many years, including on behalf of people from Longmont, Broomfield and the surrounding areas. Get directions to our Boulder area law office from Google Maps!