After losing a loved one in a fatal truck accident, there are no words to articulate the emotional distress you experience. In addition to dealing with the emotional pain of your loss, you’re likely under an enormous amount of financial pressure as you deal with medical bills and funeral costs, as well as figuring out how to deal with future financial needs.
As soon as you’re able, discuss the possibility of wrongful death claim compensation with a Colorado truck accident attorney. D.J. Banovitz can review the details of the accident and inform you of all the types of compensation for which you may be eligible.
Types of Wrongful Death Claim Compensation
Colorado law provides forms of legal recourse for surviving families of those killed in fatal truck accidents. There are two main categories of financial recompense in these cases: economic losses and emotional losses.
Economic losses include those you incur because your loved one is no longer able to financially provide for the family. This might include things such as loss of future earning potential, as well as medical bills, and funeral expenses.
Emotional losses include those that family members experience because their deceased loved one can no longer care for them or provide support. The courts will determine compensation for things such as pain and suffering and loss of consortium (companionship).
Some families may not be fully aware of all the types of compensation they may be able to receive after a fatal truck accident, so seek professional counsel from a Colorado truck accident attorney before starting a claim to seek to recover damages.
Determining Fatal Truck Accident Compensation
Each accident has its own unique set of circumstances, and courts will view each on a case-by-case basis.
There are certain factors that are used to determine the amount of compensation survivors may be able to receive including:
- the victim’s life expectancy and future earning potential;
- the victim’s health, assets, and income were at the time of death; and
- the nature and extent of the relationship between the victim and his or her family members.
Dealing with the loss of a loved one is hard enough; having to deal with legal issues on top of this can be emotionally and mentally overwhelming. You may consider finding a grief support group to help your family through the difficult time, many of which are available throughout the state.
Filing for Colorado Wrongful Death Claim Compensation
As you’re working through emotional and grief issues, you can seek counsel from a Colorado truck accident attorney who can assist with your legal concerns.
A lawyer will be able to:
- guide you through your fatal truck accident case;
- determine which types of wrongful death claim compensation you may seek;
- abide by Colorado laws and statues of limitations; and
- help fight for fair compensation for you and your family.
Contacting a Colorado Truck Accident Attorney
Over 3,500 people lost their lives in accidents involving large trucks in 2010 and approximately 80,000 were injured according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Contact D.J. Banovitz today at 303-300-5060 if your family is considering filing to recover damages after losing a loved one in a fatal truck accident.