Has someone else’s negligence or indifference stolen the life of someone you love? Nothing any lawyer can do will make up for losing a family member, but Lakewood wrongful death attorney James L. Finegan will fight to make certain that negligent actions and the people responsible for them do not go unchallenged.
If you recently lost a family member in an unexpected or preventable accident, you may need help from a wrongful death lawyer. A lawyer from James L. Finegan, P.C. can go over your family’s rights in detail during a free consultation, then help you fight for justice. We are experienced and compassionate Lakewood wrongful death attorneys who can help you during this trying time. Contact us today for a free consultation to find out how our firm can help.
It is normal not to know how to proceed in the wake of the emotional and financial losses related to the death of a loved one. Contacting a Lakewood wrongful death attorney can give you the answers and legal advice you need during this time. Your lawyer can help you fight to prove liability for the fatal injury and negotiate for maximum financial compensation. Although money will not make up for your loss, it can help your family pay the bills and receive a form of closure.
Lakewood personal injury attorney James L. Finegan fights hard for the rights of parents, spouses and children to recover compensation following the tragic death of a loved one. He is well-equipped to represent surviving family members in the Denver metropolitan area and throughout Colorado in wrongful death claims arising from:
He also handles cases involving the death of a child and can walk you through the delicate steps required in these unique cases.
The loss of a child is an unspeakably devastating event under any circumstances. When the negligence of some kind was a factor in that death, survivors often need experienced legal counsel to seek justice and fair compensation.
Lakewood wrongful death lawyer James L. Finegan is committed to considering the interests of everyone in your family, including children who have lost a brother or sister and may need emotional treatment. His legal knowledge and negotiating skills have helped thousands reach favorable settlements, and he can help you make sound legal decisions, too.
If you are seeking an experienced lawyer after losing an infant, or need a wrongful death of a child attorney with experience across a range of auto accident and products liability cases, call (303) 980-5511, or via our online contact form today.
In Colorado, wrongful death is a fatal injury caused by the wrongful act, neglect or default of another person. If the victim would have been able to bring a personal injury claim had he or she survived, a wrongful death claim can be brought. If you are not sure whether your family has grounds to file a wrongful death lawsuit based on the circumstances of your loved one’s passing, contact our attorneys to learn more.
In personal injury and wrongful death law, negligence is a person’s careless failure to use the appropriate level of care, resulting in harm or injury to someone else. Negligence or malicious intent to harm can result in many accidents that can cause fatal injuries, including:
If another person’s negligent or wrongful acts took your loved one’s life in Lakewood, your family may be entitled to financial compensation. Obtaining an award can give your family closure and deliver some measure of justice for your loved one’s death.
To have a valid and successful wrongful death lawsuit in Colorado, your family must obey relevant state laws. An attorney can help you navigate these laws, protecting your family’s best interests along the way. The first is the statute of limitations. This law gives you a limited amount of time in which to file a wrongful death lawsuit. In Colorado, you have no more than two years from the date of your loved one’s death to file. If the death was caused by a hit-and-run vehicular homicide, however, you have four years to file.
Another law to know is the restriction on who may file. In the first year after the death, only the decedent’s surviving spouse has the right to file. The spouse may also elect to add the decedent’s children to the claim. In the second year, the decedent’s surviving spouse, children or eligible designated beneficiary may file a wrongful death case. If these entities do not exist, the decedent’s parents may bring the wrongful death action.
Finally, discuss the types of damages – or financial compensation – that may be available with a wrongful death case. The law may entitle your family to receive a settlement or judgment award to make up for the wages the decedent likely would have earned, the loss of other benefits such as life insurance, funeral and burial costs, the survivors’ pain and suffering, and loss of the decedent’s companionship.
The unexpected and sudden death of a loved one can cause serious damages and pain and suffering to surviving family members. After an injury, including a wrongful death, damages are typically split into two distinct categories. Economic and non-economic damages.
Economic Damages are paid to the surviving family members of a deceased person to help offset and cover the financial losses associated with the death.
Economic damages are more easily calculated compared to non-economic damages. Common economic damages can include:
Distinct from economic damages are non-economic damages. Non-economic damages are more difficult to calculate – compared to economic damages – and are intended to compensate surviving family members for the loss of a loved one. Non-economic damages can include:
Dependent on the nature of the damages, damages may or may not be capped. This is contingent on whether or not these damages are economic or non-economic.
In Colorado, there are no damage caps associated with economic damages in wrongful death cases.
The State of Colorado limits the amount of non-economic damages available. In 2021, these damages are capped at $571,870 and are adjusted every two years to reflect inflation and other necessary cap adjustments.
While there is a cap for non-economic damages this is waived if the wrongful death claim involves a felony including first-degree murder, second-degree murder or manslaughter. Colorado Rev. Stat § 13-21-203 outlines instances when non-economic damages will not have a cap. If a felonious killing led to the wrongful death of a loved one, no limit is placed on the amount of economic damages that can be recovered by the surviving family members.
Lakewood and Denver area Attorney James L. Finegan handles cases involving the death of a child, and he has proven experience handling these cases. He is often an indispensable resource for people across Colorado, including Golden and Arvada, Englewood, Highlands Ranch and throughout Jefferson County. When dealing with a wrongful death suit, you need the benefit of his 40 years of experience in the law as you work to recover from your tragic loss.
Mr. Finegan stands prepared to consult on matters, including:
If you have lost a loved one due to the actions of another person, Colorado’s wrongful death statute allows you to recover compensation for economic and non-economic damages such as medical bills, wages, future expected income, funeral costs as well as other losses. As a client, you can count on Attorney James L. Finegan to spare no resources or effort in seeking the best possible outcome in your case.
The firm represents clients in metro Denver and throughout Jefferson County from its office in Lakewood. To talk about your situation with an experienced, compassionate and knowledgeable attorneys, contact Lakewood wrongful death lawyer James L. Finegan now at (303) 980-5511.