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Longmont, Colorado, Wrongful Death Lawyers Litigate Fatal Accident Cases

Established litigation law firm fights for grieving families

The sudden, accidental death of a loved one can devastate a family, especially when nothing is done to hold a negligent or reckless person accountable. It is especially difficult for the family if the breadwinner is the one who died. In most cases of wrongful death, authorities are unable to act, so it’s up to the surviving loved ones to pursue justice through the civil court system. Since 1871, attorneys at Flanders, Elsberg, Herber & Dunn, LLC have helped Coloradans enforce justice and claim compensation for their losses.

Types Of Litigation Cases

We have vast experience litigating complex, contentious cases, and are prepared to vigorously represent you in wrongful death lawsuits arising from:

  • Car crashes
  • Construction accidents
  • DUI accidents
  • Medical malpractice
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Products liability cases
  • Train accidents
  • Truck accidents

Who can file a wrongful death claim in Colorado?

Civil authorities will not act in most wrongful death cases. It is up to the loved ones of the deceased to enforce justice. In the case of a deceased adult, the following parties have standing to sue in the first year after death.

  • The surviving spouse
  • Heirs, if the spouse permits or there is no spouse
  • The decedent’s designated beneficiary

If the surviving spouse does not take action in the first year, the following individuals have a right to bring suit in the second year:

  • Surviving children
  • Parents, if the decedent was not married and did not have children
  • A designated beneficiary

In the case of a child, the parents have the sole right to bring suit.

The statute of limitations for wrongful death cases in Colorado is two years from the date of death. However, there are shorter time limits in certain situations as to who can bring the claim when, especially if there are mixed families.

What compensation is available in a Colorado wrongful death case?

Loved ones with standing to sue for wrongful death may recover for their losses, which may include:

  • Loss of financial support
  • Loss of affection, companionship, guidance and consortium

A representative of the decedent’s estate may also initiate a survival action to recover damages the decedent suffered prior to death, such as the costs of hospitalization, as well as funeral and burial costs.

Contact a determined team of insurance bad faith litigation attorneys

Flanders, Elsberg, Herber & Dunn, LLC helps families in Colorado seek justice in wrongful death cases. Since 1871, our attorneys have provided close, personal service to injured parties and their distressed loved ones. To schedule a consultation, call us at 303.569.6513 or contact our Longmont office online.

Attorney photo John C. Flanders partner

John was a two sport athlete at Stanford University, graduating in 1967. He graduated from the University of Colorado School of Law in 1970 and has practiced law in his hometown of Longmont for more than 40 years.

Attorney photo R. Lee Elsberg partner

Lee's work at his dad's furniture store instilled in him a desire to help small-business owners, which he has been doing in Longmont for more than 30 years...

Attorney photo Mark A. Herber partner

Licensed in CO, OK and TX, Mark litigates across several areas of the law, notably representing businesses in suits against local, state and federal government entities....

Attorney photo Scott W. Dunn partner

Scott began his legal career as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General's Corps, primarily serving as defense counsel in courts martial. He is active in numerous civic...

Attorney photo Elizabeth A. Raba associate

After distinguishing herself as a student at the University of Colorado Law School, Liz clerked at the Boulder District Court, then built a thriving family law...

Attorney photo Crystal M. Mitchell associate

As a senior associate, Crystal has authored several publications on real estate law, construction and litigation for the National Business Institute, which the Colorado Bar. ..

Attorney photo Theodore J. Finn associate

A lifetime Longmont resident, Ted primarily practices family law and personal injury. A skilled litigator, Ted personally manages all components: initial investigation, evaluation, motions, discovery, mediation and trial.

Attorney photo Elizabeth A. Montague associate

Since joining the firm in 2004, Beth has focused her practice on estate and trust planning, probate administration, taxation, business planning and real estate.

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