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Most Common Causes For Wrongful Deaths in Colorado

 Posted on February 06, 2024 in Wrongful Death

Blog ImageThe purpose of a wrongful death lawsuit is to compensate the surviving family of a passing loved one due to the negligence or recklessness of others. The family can sue the individual or entity responsible for the death so that they may recover something for the damages they have suffered. There are many ways in which a wrongful death can occur and an experienced attorney can help determine if you and your family have a potential lawsuit worth pursuing.

Finding the Defendant Guilty

It can be very difficult to prove negligence in wrongful death cases. Liability must be proven by the plaintiff, which involves showing the court that the defendant owed your deceased family member a duty of care. You must show that the duty of care was breached by the defendant and that the breach is what ultimately caused your loved one’s death.

Wrongful deaths are categorized in a gray area that makes it different from a murder or manslaughter charge. A wrongful death claim can result from several different types of tragic events. Consulting a skilled lawyer can help to unravel the event that took the life of your loved one and help you discover whether or not you have a wrongful death claim on your hands.

Events That Can Lead To Wrongful Deaths

Patterns emerge in the lawsuits for wrongful deaths that are too difficult to ignore. Common causes for many Colorado wrongful death claims include:

Automobile accidents - A disregard for traffic safety and laws can have catastrophic consequences for all parties involved. Anyone who chooses to drive a motor vehicle on the road, no matter if a car, truck, or motorcycle, has agreed to follow these laws. Distracted, aggressive, or drunk driving is a failure to follow the laws and could lead to the death of fellow motorists.

Workplace accidents - Getting injured or sick on the job can often result in a workers’ compensation claim. However, if it leads to death, then the company could be looking at a wrongful death claim instead. Chemical burns, explosions, and equipment accidents can all be contributing factors to a wrongful death.

Bike and pedestrian accidents - Automobile drivers must share the road with bicyclists and pedestrians, and afford them a reasonable duty of care. Pedestrians and cyclists do not benefit from the same protections that vehicle drivers are provided. As such, they are more vulnerable to tragic accidents that could be fatal.

Contact a Larimer County, CO Personal Injury Attorney

Discovering your loved one’s death was due to the negligent act of another person will likely elicit a whole list of emotions, some of which you may have never felt before. Understandably, you will want to try to seek compensation for their death. An experienced Fort Collins, CO wrongful death lawyer from the Hoggatt Law Office, P.C. can help you achieve this goal. Contact our office right away to discuss your potential case in a free consultation at 970-225-2190.

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