Motor vehicle accidents happen all the time, and unfortunately, some accidents result in fatalities. It can be very difficult to deal with the loss of a loved one after a fatal accident, and many people wonder how their life will ever be the same.
Losing a loved one in an accident can be very traumatic and can cause feelings of anxiety and stress when thinking about how your family will be supported. While grieving the loss of a family member is always difficult, it is important to know that you may be able to receive financial recovery after the fatal accident through a wrongful death lawsuit.
A wrongful death lawsuit can help families recover financially after a fatal accident. Pursuing a wrongful death lawsuit can be complicated so it can be helpful to have a basic understanding of who can file a lawsuit and what can be recovered.
After a fatal accident, only certain individuals related to the victim can pursue a wrongful death lawsuit. Within the first year of the accident, only the victim's spouse can file a wrongful death lawsuit against those responsible for the fatality. After the first year, the spouse and heirs can both seek financial recovery.
Parents can file a wrongful death lawsuit after the death of an unmarried child who does not have any children. Children can file a lawsuit after the death of parent one year after the accident. Colorado law does not allow siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins or close friends to pursue financial recovery after fatal accidents.
Family members can seek financial compensation to help pay for medical bills, funeral expenses, lost wages, loss of companionship, emotional loss and loss of benefits that the victim would have received in the future.
Wrongful death lawsuits in Colorado have to adhere to strict guidelines, including short deadlines to file lawsuits so it is important for family members to contact a wrongful death attorney in a timely manner to protect their right to financial recovery after losing a loved one.