Why Do I need Denver Wrongful Death Lawyer?
At Gerash Steiner Blanton, P.C., our lawyers are committed to supporting those who have lost loved ones in fatal accidents at work, on Colorado highways, as a result of medical negligence, or other accidents caused by reckless behavior.
Our Denver personal injury law office staff provides reliable and kindhearted counsel to wives, husbands, parents, and children dealing with wrongful death lawsuits. Our trial attorney can seek complete justice for surviving family members in complex claims against negligent businesses, insurance providers, and medical professionals.
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Utilizing Decades of First-Hand Medical Experience to Maximize Your Claim
When representing clients in wrongful death cases involving claims of medical malpractice, one of our partners Attorney Eric Steiner, M.D. As a physician and a practicing lawyer, Dr. Steiner provides valuable legal insight on medical issues that apply in preventable fatality cases.
At Gerash Steiner Blanton, P.C., we understand how to maximize damages in a political climate of tort reform. The Colorado wrongful death statute places limits on damage awards. But this law does not apply to lost income. We completely understand the laws and procedures governing wrongful death claims and can use our knowledge of the law to leverage your claim into the most beneficial position possible.
Providing Powerful Arguments in Wrongful Death Matters
- Auto collisions – Including drunk driving accidents and commercial truck crashes
- Faulty products – Dangerous drugs, automobile defects, and product liability cases
- Medical malpractice suits – Improper diagnosis or failure to treat
- Workplace accidents – Construction sites, hazardous machinery, lack of protocol
- Premises liability claims – Inefficient security, slip & fall cases, rabid dog bites
What is Wrongful Death?
Technically, any death that is the result of someone else’s negligence or intentional actions can be considered a wrongful death. Most commonly, wrongful death lawsuits are filed for auto vehicle accident deaths, victims of medical negligence, or nursing home abuse and neglect. Our Denver wrongful death attorneys can help you determine if you have a valid wrongful death case and then help you fight for the full compensation you deserve.
What Can I Be Compensated For?
With a wrongful death claim, you can sue the responsible party for monetary damages such as lost income, medical costs, and funeral expenses. You can also include other damages such as loss of benefits and loss of companionship. No dollar amount seems fair for the loss of a loved one, but our Denver wrongful death lawyers will help you determine the right amount for your situation.
Statute of Limitations on Colorado Wrongful Death Claims
Colorado has a strict statute of limitations on wrongful death cases. Our Denver wrongful death attorneys can help you avoid the harsh consequences of missing the statute of limitations. When you contact our Denver wrongful death law firm, we get to work right away on preparing your case.
We have learned through our vast experience handling Colorado wrongful death claims that you have a greater chance of success with your case the sooner you get a lawyer involved in your claim. If you wait too long to contact an attorney, you might lose out on collecting critical evidence that can help make your claim more compelling.
Waiting too long to contact a legal practitioner can jeopardize your claim entirely. The Colorado Statute of Limitations indicates that you have only two years to file a wrongful death suit in court. Notwithstanding, you may have either three or four years if your loved one died in a motor vehicle collision.
Missing the deadline to file your wrongful death claim means that you cannot file a claim in court to recover wrongful death damages.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim in Colorado?
Colorado law limits wrongful death claimants to spouses, the deceased’s children, and the deceased’s designated beneficiary, if any. The law allows only the deceased’s surviving spouse to file a claim in the first year after the wrongful death. If there is no surviving spouse, then the deceased’s children and then any designated beneficiaries can file. In the second year after the wrongful death, the surviving spouse, children, and designated beneficiary can file. The parents of the deceased cannot file a wrongful death claim unless there is no spouse, child, or designated beneficiary.
What Damages Can I Win?
Colorado law allows you to recover economic and non-economic damages including:
- Medical bills,
- Lost wages,
- Lost earnings,
- Lost services to the family,
- Funeral expenses,
- Property damages,
- Pain and suffering,
- Sorrow and grief,
- Loss of consortium or friendship, and
- Punitive damages.
Colorado law allows exemplary or punitive damages only in limited circumstances. Additionally, Colorado law caps pain and suffering damages. Therefore, you should talk to an experienced Denver wrongful death lawsuit lawyer about the damages you can receive.
What Are My Options If My Loved One Didn’t Die Right Away?
Colorado Revised Statutes 13-21-202 allows your loved one’s estate to file a claim for damages for any losses between the infliction of injury and the time they died. Under this statute, your loved one’s estate can file a claim against the entity responsible for inflicting injury. The estate could claim damages like medical expenses, lost wages, as well as the deceased person’s pain and suffering.
Depending on the circumstances, there could be both a wrongful death claim and a survival claim. The two claims are brought for different purposes and benefit different individuals. Compensation for wrongful death belongs to the deceased person’s close family members, while compensation for a survival claim goes to the person’s estate. Your Denver wrongful death claim attorney can further explain how to claim damages under this law and Colorado’s wrongful death statute.
How Long Do I Have to File a Claim?
You have only two years to file a wrongful death claim in Colorado. However, a fatal car crash might extend the deadline. The implications of allowing the statute of limitations to run are devastating. Accordingly, you should speak with a knowledgeable Denver wrongful death lawyer today to preserve your rights.
No Recovery, No Fee – Contact Gerash Steiner Blanton, P.C. Today!
To make things easier for our clients during their time of need, we work for contingency fee agreements. We will not collect any payment we successfully win you a fair settlement or beneficial compensation. Any fees that we do collect will be taken out of a portion of your settlement, not out of your pocket or savings account.
To view some of the successful results we have achieved on behalf of wrongful death clients and their families, please review our representative cases. We proudly provide free case consultations on all injury and wrongful death claims. Contact our wrongful death attorney to learn more about how we can help you.
Our experienced legal team also handles other types of injury cases, including:
- Auto Vehicle Accidents
- Trucking Accidents
- Product Defects
- Motor Vehicle Accidents
- Trip and Fall
- Pedestrian / Bicycle Accidents
- Railroad / FELA Injuries
- Construction Site Accidents
- Catastrophic Injuries
If you need effective representation in a fatal accident claim, call the Denver wrongful death lawyer at Gerash Steiner Blanton, P.C. to discuss your case.