Wrongful death is a very broad term, but what does it really mean? It is defined as “A death that results from a wrongful act or from negligence; a death that can serve as the basis for a civil action for damages on behalf of the dead person’s family or heirs.”
Sadly an example of wrongful death happened this past Easter Sunday in Denver, CO. An unidentified man was jogging on the sidewalk of the 3400 block of South Harlan St. when a car traveling eastbound on South Hwy 285 struck the jogger. The car was allegedly traveling at a high rate of speed when it lost control and left the road, striking a jogger before continuing into a house nearby. Inside the home, another man was pinned by a refrigerator as a result of the crash.
The man who was pinned by the refrigerator will have to seek medical treatment and then get his home repaired. Therefore, he will have to go against this driver’s insurance in hopes receiving compensation for his medical treatment and to get his home built back up.
The jogger by all accounts was abiding by all appropriate rules and as a result of the presumed negligence of the driver he was killed. The surviving family of the man who was killed will mostly like file a lawsuit in the name of the estate to recover what they have lost in this tragic accident. The lawsuit may include the driver’s insurance company as the defendant. Wrongful death cases can be difficult and complex to litigate, and our hearts go out to the family of this tragic car accident.
If you have any questions on wrongful death in Colorado please call The Sawaya Law Firm today. The Sawaya Law Firm is Denver’s personal injury law firm. With over 40 years of experience and a compassionate team prepared to listen to your story, The Sawaya Law Firm is here to help. Contact us anytime.