When a loved one has been wrongfully lost, it is important for the surviving family members who have been effected to know who may be able to bring a wrongful death claim for damages against the negligent driver or other party responsible for the wrongful loss they have suffered. A wrongful death claim for damages in Colorado may be brought against the negligent party for the benefit of surviving family members.
One way a wrongful death claim for damages is brought is on behalf of the estate of the lost loved one for the benefit of surviving family members who may be able to recover compensation for their financial and emotional damages. Specific damages that may be available can include medical and funeral bills, loss of past and future income and support and the family’s loss of consortium and companionship. Additional and other types of damages may also be available, depending on the circumstances.
Alternately, depending on the state, a wrongful death claim for damages may be brought by the spouse of the lost loved one or their children or other family members. Wrongful death claims are governed by wrongful death statutes, which vary by state, so family members who have lost their loved one in a car or other type of accident should be familiar with the wrongful death laws in their state. Certain family members may also be given priority for filing a wrongful death claim based on state law.
Wrongful death laws are a critical protection for surviving family members who may feel they have been left with nothing as they are facing an unthinkable loss. A wrongful death claim may help in small part so they can recover compensation for their financial and emotional challenges they may have been unprepared to deal with because of the unexpected loss.