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Damages Sought in a Wrongful Death Claim

Monetary & Non-monetary Awards

Since wrongful death laws are different among many states, hiring an attorney specializing in Colorado wrongful death laws is important. The wrongful death attorneys in Denver at PURVIS • Gray Thomson, LLP are known for our success in proving negligence and winning large monetary awards.

In Colorado, only immediate family members have the right to file a lawsuit. Immediate family is considered the victim's spouse, children, or dependents. If your immediate family member has died from a wrongful or accidental death, you should be compensated for the negligence or willful act that caused their death. If a child under 18 is the survivor filing the lawsuit, the court may appoint a guardian to represent the minor.

Although no amount of money can bring your loved one back, receiving compensation can help rebuild your family's life and provide financial security. The Denver wrongful death lawyers at PURVIS • Gray Thomson, LLP Law have the necessary knowledge and experience to help secure your family's future.

There are two different types of wrongful death awards. Wrongful death compensation is for monetary and non-monetary damages. Monetary awards are considered economic in nature, while non-monetary are considered non-economic. For example:

Monetary Awards for Wrongful Death

  • Funeral and medical expenses
  • Loss of future earnings and benefits (calculated based on the age the victim would retire or die a natural death)
  • Loss of inheritance

Non-Monetary Awards for Wrongful Death

  • Loss of companionship, love, affection, services, and protection
  • Mental anguish of the survivors
  • Pain and suffering the victim encountered before their death

A jury will determine the award in a wrongful death lawsuit in Denver. The amount of compensation is based on the victim's age, character, gender, earning potential, and health. Usually the amount of awards for elderly victims and children is lower since it is difficult to prove earning potential. Compensation can also be awarded if the victim is a homemaker or stay at home parent.

Managing wrongful death lawsuits requires a firm known for winning large monetary claims in Colorado. Call our Denver wrongful death attorneys at 303-442-3366 or email us online.