Denver Wrongful Death Attorneys
A Personal Injury Firm That Gets Answers in Tough Times
No one should die before their time.
If your loved one was killed by the actions of another person or company, we may be able to help you.
At Leventhal & Puga, P.C., our nationally-ranked trial lawyers provide assistance to families who have lost a loved one through negligence or the intentional infliction of harm. We grieve with you for your loss, and we understand the anger and frustration you feel at the injustice that was done. Please call (877) 433-3906 for a free, no-obligation consultation with our compassionate attorneys. We will sit down with you, answer all your questions, and let you know all your legal options.
What Is Wrongful Death?
"Wrongful death" is when a person is killed by the wrongful act, neglect, or default of another person or corporation. If the person had lived, he or she would have been entitled to bring a personal injury claim against the perpetrator. As such, his or her surviving family members are allowed to bring a wrongful death claim for the same damages, plus emotional (noneconomic) damages caused by the death. However, in Colorado and several other states, there is a limit to the amount of noneconomic damages the family can recover, unless the killing was a felony (first-degree murder, second-degree murder, or manslaughter).
For a crime-related wrongful death, while it may be easier to seek retribution through civil court than it is through criminal court as there is a lower standard of proof, it is rarely worth pursuing. Few people who commit crimes have the assets to justify a wrongful death lawsuit; O.J. Simpson was a famous exception.
What Is a Survival Action?
If the person did not die right away due to the negligent act, certain states also allow survival actions. A survival action may be brought by the deceased’s estate to recover the monetary losses sustained before the person’s death - medical bills, lost wages, etc. In Colorado, you can file both a wrongful death claim and a survival action for the same person against the same perpetrator; however, in both cases, you must prove that the death was caused by the perpetrator’s negligence, and that your family is suffering losses as a direct result.
Negligence is a "breach" of a person’s duty of care: the responsibility to avoid causing harm to another person. Corporations also have a duty of care, although they have higher standards in play for certain services and goods; for example, hospital care or automotive parts that present a much greater risk to people.
If you suspect you have a claim, do not delay - each state has laws that limit the amount of time you have to file a civil claim, called statutes of limitations. Once the statute of limitations passes for your wrongful death or survival action, you are generally barred from filing a lawsuit, no matter how grievous the negligence that prompted your claim. The statute usually begins on the day of death, and lasts one to two years. We strongly recommend you speak to an attorney right away for details about your specific circumstances.
Leventhal & Puga, P.C., Attorneys Take the Tough Cases
Our lawyers at Leventhal & Puga, P.C., have been practicing for over 40 years. More than a dozen attorneys, each with his or her own specialty, work collaboratively to develop innovative strategies for your case. We work with medical providers, expert witnesses, private investigators, accident reconstructionists, visual designers, and more to present your case convincingly to a jury and get you and your family justice.
We commonly see wrongful death claims arise out of:
- Automobile Accidents
- Truck Accidents
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Bicycle Accidents
- Medical Malpractice
- Nursing Home Neglect
- Work-Related Accidents
We have handled hundreds of these claims throughout the country, and we will use that experience to help you.
We Know You Are Hurting; We Want to Help
Our litigators have won numerous record-breaking verdicts and settlements for clients in a wide range of cases, including the largest medical malpractice verdict ever awarded in Colorado. If your loved one suffered a wrongful death, you deserve to know your rights and to be treated with respect and compassion.
We are here to represent the people who need it the most - and we do not spare any efforts to ensure our clients are on the road to healing.
There is no charge for an initial consultation or questions. At Leventhal & Puga, P.C., our attorneys offer their services to people who need them regardless of income level, and we advance the cost of litigation for clients who cannot afford to pay. Also, we only get paid if you receive a settlement or verdict. To speak to a wrongful death attorney at our firm, please call toll-free (877) 433-3906 today.