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Thornton Wrongful Death Attorney

Dealing with the loss of a loved one’s life is devastating under any circumstances. If your loved one died because of the preventable error or negligence of another party, however, it can be even more difficult to cope with the loss. At Dormer Harpring, LLC, a Thornton wrongful death attorney can investigate your loved one’s death and help you understand your legal rights as a surviving family member. Your goals are our goals, and we’ll treat your family like our own. Please contact us today for a free case consultation.

Why Choose Us?

  • We are dedicated to the success of our clients. We’ll work tirelessly to achieve the results that your case deserves while also making sure that your family has everything it needs during this difficult time.
  • Our Thornton personal injury attorneys have years of experience handling personal injury and wrongful death claims throughout Colorado. We have the knowledge and skill that you need when results matter the most.
  • Our wrongful death lawyers work on a contingency fee basis. This means you won’t pay for our services unless we win your case. If we do secure financial compensation on your behalf, you’ll pay us as a percentage of what was won.

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Why Hire a Thornton Wrongful Death Lawyer?

A wrongful death claim is emotional for loved ones. While you are dealing with confusing legal issues and filing requirements, you are also mourning the unexpected death of your family member. Hiring a wrongful death lawyer allows you to focus more fully on your family’s recovery and future while your lawyer takes care of complicated legal tasks on your behalf. Unlike an insurance company, a personal injury lawyer attorney will want your family to recover as much money as possible. Your lawyer will provide compassionate and high-quality legal counsel.

What Is Wrongful Death?

Colorado’s wrongful death laws allow for the filing of a civil lawsuit by surviving family members after certain accidents. The law states that a wrongful death suit is available for families if the deceased individual (decedent) could have filed a personal injury suit had he or she survived. Several types of accidents lead to wrongful death claims in Colorado, including:

  • Car accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Truck Accidents
  • Premises liability accidents
  • Slip, trip, and fall accidents
  • Medical malpractice
  • Workplace disasters
  • Defective product malfunctions
  • Criminal activity

Negligence is the basis for most wrongful death claims. The legal definition of negligence is the failure to act with reasonable care. Most wrongful death claims require the plaintiff to prove that the defendant named in the case owed the decedent a duty of care, breached or violated this duty through an act of negligence, and caused the fatal injury. It is not necessary to prove that the defendant intended to kill your loved one to be eligible for financial compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit.

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What Types of Damages Are Available in a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Thornton?

At Dormer Harpring, LLC, our wrongful death lawyers in Thornton know that no amount of money will ever equal your loved one’s life. However, we are also aware of the financial struggles that a family can face after an unexpected loss, especially the death of a breadwinner. Our goal is to help your family get everything that it needs to get through this incredibly difficult ordeal – including a fair settlement to help cover your expenses. In Colorado, a wrongful death lawsuit can result in the following types of financial compensation (also known as damages):

  • The medical bills of the decedent from the date of the accident to the date of death
  • The funeral and burial expenses of the deceased
  • Financial benefits that you would have received from the decedent, such as employment earnings
  • The victim’s pain, suffering, and emotional distress
  • Survivors’ mental anguish because of the loss
  • The loss of the decedent’s companionship, love, care, and guidance
  • Exemplary damages (punitive damages) if the death was due to malicious or reckless conduct

Of course, filing a wrongful death lawsuit in Colorado is about much more than making a financial recovery. You and your family can hold a wrongdoer accountable for taking your loved one’s life. You can shed light on dangers or hazards in your community, such as dangerous premises or a careless company. This can lead to safety changes on an institutional level that may save lives in the future. Finally, a lawsuit can bring you the justice and closure that you need.

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim?

It is not possible for just anyone to file a death claim after the death of an accident victim, even if there is evidence that the death was wrongful. Colorado law has strict rules about who can file this type of lawsuit and when:

  • Decedent’s surviving spouse, children or a designated beneficiary. A surviving spouse has priority to file a lawsuit in the first year after the death unless the spouse elects in writing to allow a surviving child to file a claim or combine the claims. If the decedent was unmarried, a surviving child or designated beneficiary can file a claim in the first year.
  • Decedent’s surviving spouse, children, spouse and children, or designated beneficiary and children. All of these parties have the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit in the second year after the person’s death. If surviving children file the suit, a spouse and/or beneficiary has 90 days to join the lawsuit.
  • Decedent’s parents. If the deceased person was a minor, was not married, had no surviving children and did not name a designated beneficiary, the decedent’s parents may bring the wrongful death action in the first or second year after the death.

For more information about who can file a wrongful death claim in Thornton or to find out if you are an eligible claimant after losing someone close to you, contact Dormer Harpring, LLC. The filing rules can be confusing.

How Long Do I Have to File a Wrongful Death Claim in Thornton?

 Like all states, Colorado has a deadline for bringing a wrongful death cause of action to trial. Act quickly if you believe that you have grounds to file a claim. There is a law known as the statute of limitations that places a time limit on your ability to bring a wrongful death lawsuit. In Colorado, you have no more than two years from the date of the individual’s death to file your claim, with some exceptions. It is important to meet this deadline, as the courts will most likely deny your claim if you miss your time limit.

While the two-year deadline applies to the majority of wrongful death lawsuits in Colorado, there are exceptions. If the defendant is a government entity, for instance, you must file a special notice within just 180 days of the death. By contrast, the courts may toll, or extend, the statute of limitations if there is an ongoing criminal case against the defendant for the death. In this case, you may have two years from the date of the completion of the criminal case to file.

Filing deadlines can change from case to case. The best practice is to contact a wrongful death lawyer in Thornton as soon as possible to discuss a potential lawsuit. Reaching out to a lawyer without delay can ensure that you do not miss an important filing deadline that bars your family from seeking justice and collecting financial compensation.

Contact a Thornton Wrongful Death Attorney Today

If someone you loved recently passed away in an unexpected accident, we want to extend our sincere condolences for your loss. We invite you to contact us to schedule a free case evaluation in Thornton, Colorado for information about the legal side of things. Our wrongful death attorneys will listen to your story and let you know if we believe your case has merit. If so, we can guide you through the legal process in pursuit of justice, accountability, closure, and compensation. Contact us today at (303) 747-4404 to request your case review.