Basics Of Wrongful Death Recovery
Following the unexpected loss of a loved one, you are likely overwhelmed with questions. How will you piece your life back together? How will you support yourself and your family? How can you obtain financial recovery?
At Ciancio Ciancio Brown, P.C., we can guide you through the process for exploring recovery. Our attorneys understand the intricacies of navigating wrongful death cases. We not only help with the recovery process; we also provide practical, comprehensive legal guidance in all areas of your life that have been impacted by your loss.
Who Can Obtain Recovery?
The first question to explore is whether you have legal standing — that is, whether you can file suit to obtain financial recovery. The answer to this question depends on your relationship with the deceased. Generally, the law permits recovery as follows:
- Death of a married person: During the first year following the death, only the spouse is qualified to obtain recovery. During the second year, both the spouse and any heirs (lineal descendants) can pursue recovery.
- Death of a child: Parents can recover damages for the death of their unmarried children so long as the person who passed away does not have children of his or her own.
- Death of a parent: If the parent is married, only the spouse can pursue recovery during the first year. The children can pursue recovery during the second year. Aunts, uncles, and cousins cannot recover.
- Death of a sibling: Colorado courts do not permit siblings to obtain recovery.
- Death of a friend: Unfortunately, even in the case of a close friend, you cannot obtain recovery absent a familial relationship.
What Can You Recover?
Wrongful death cases can yield multiple types of damages, including:
- Medical bills related to the injury that resulted in death.
- Funeral and burial expenses.
- Lost wages, including any wages lost due to the injury as well as future earnings.
- Benefits that the decedent would have been entitled to obtain.
- Loss of companionship and other emotional losses suffered by the survivors.
We devote the time and attention necessary to conduct a full investigation and uncover all potential sources of financial recovery. We work with trusted medical and economic experts to conduct a thorough evaluation and present compelling evidence.
Contact Us · Denver, Westminster & Breckenridge Attorneys Handling All Types Of Wrongful Death Cases
Wrongful death cases involve relatively short deadlines. It is important to act quickly to preserve your rights. To learn more about the basics of wrongful death recovery in Denver and statewide, call 303-395-4773. You can also contact us online. Our lawyers offer free initial consultations.