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Representing Families in Their Time of Need

The loss of a loved one is one of those experiences that seem impossible to overcome. If your loss is because of someone else's negligence, it is even harder to accept. The shock, grief, and anger over the loss of a loved one can sometimes prevent family members from taking action on behalf of the victim.

Securing the services of an experienced trial lawyer will not bring your loved one back, but it can help you obtain justice and closure. The information and legal advice you receive from The Law Office Of Chadwick McGrady can help you decide what your next step will be for the next phase of your life.

A proud member of the Western Slope community, Attorney Chadwick McGrady serves clients throughout Mesa County. Call him at (970) 644-5599 for a free consultation.

Serving as Your Legal Guide during an Emotional Time

Attorney Chadwick McGrady has helped numerous families in Western Colorado find justice after losing a loved one. He understands what you are going through and is prepared to serve as a compassionate and respectful advocate every step of the way.

He frequently handles wrongful death claims involving:

  • Car accidents
  • Truck accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Skiing accidents
  • ATV and snowmobile accidents
  • Bicycle accidents
  • Hazardous premises
  • Tourist accidents
  • Dangerous or defective products

If he takes on your case, Attorney Chadwick McGrady can explain to you the process of filing a lawsuit to provide financial compensation for your loss when an insurance company denies your damages. You have nothing to lose by seeking the advice of an attorney, but you may potentially have a lot to gain – including the ability to move on with your life.

An Overview of Colorado's Wrongful Death Laws

In Colorado, a "wrongful death" claim is a civil lawsuit that attempts to establish the liability of one person or party for the death of another, whether it be caused by negligence, neglect, carelessness, or an intentional act. Wrongful death claims are similar to personal injury claims with the difference being that the injured party has died, requiring the claim to instead being brought by an eligible party on the deceased person's behalf. Wrongful death actions may be

The following parties may file a wrongful death claim in Colorado:

  • During the first year after death: The decedent's surviving spouse or heirs with the spouse's consent have the exclusive right to file a wrongful death claim. If there is no spouse, the decedent's heirs, children, or designated beneficiaries may file a wrongful death claim.
  • During the second year after death: The surviving spouse as well as any surviving children or beneficiaries of the deceased may file a wrongful death claim.
  • If there is no surviving spouse or children: Parents of the deceased may file a wrongful death claim within two years of the decedent's death.

All wrongful death claims must be filed within two years of the decedent's death to be admissible in court. This is known as a "statute of limitations." If a case is not filed within this time period, it is generally considered lost and the plaintiffs will effectively be barred from pursuing compensation.

Recoverable Damages & Damage Caps

Plaintiffs in wrongful death claims may be eligible to recover compensation for a wide range of damages, including:

  • Lost wages and other compensation of the deceased
  • Lost benefits such as life insurance
  • Lost love, companionship, care, and protection of the deceased
  • Pain and suffering
  • Final medical expenses of the deceased
  • Burial and funeral costs

Economic damages such as lost income and other measurable expenses are not subject to any cap in Colorado wrongful death claims, while non-economic damages such as pain and suffering are typically capped at either $250,000 or $500,000. If the death was the result of a felonious killing such as murder or manslaughter, no damage caps may be imposed. Punitive damages may also be awarded in limited circumstances in which the deceased person's death was caused by extreme negligence or recklessness of the defendant.

Personal Injury Claims & Insurance Costs

Keep in mind that you will not experience any insurance rate hikes just for filing a personal injury claim. Colorado law prohibits insurance companies from increasing insurance costs when a customer is not at fault. You pay for insurance – use it when you need it.

Contact The Law Office Of Chadwick McGrady at (970) 644-5599 to arrange a free consultation with Grand Junction wrongful death lawyer Chadwick McGrady.

Client Testimonials

The Opinions that Matter Most
  • “Hiring Chad was a great benefit for my life when he helped me with two important cases.”

    Jess G.
  • “Chad and his staff were top notch from day one.”

    Keevan M.
  • “He showed a genuine concern for my wife and me.”

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  • “Chad put my interests first.”

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  • “I am very happy I fired my first lawyer and hired Chad.”

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  • “He's flawless in trial. He's like a movie star to watch him work.”

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  • “He was very knowledgeable and easy to talk with.”

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  • “Mr. McGrady believed my claim could have more value.”

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