Doctors are often thought of as intelligent, level-headed, responsible members of society. They are expected to demonstrate care and consideration both in and out of the office. Sometimes, however, they make mistakes and act recklessly or even as though they are above the law. One Colorado doctor's seemingly poor judgment in his personal life cost the lives of a mother and her toddler. Now he faces criminal charges and also possibly a wrongful death civil claim for his deadly decisions on a Colorado roadway.
Losing a family member in an accident is a heartbreaking experience. Losing two family members at the same time is understandably even more devastating. A Colorado family experienced just that type of tragedy resulting from an accident during which an elderly husband and wife were both killed by a drunk driver. The driver in that accident has been sentenced to prison, and the victims' family clearly has grounds to pursue a wrongful death claim against the man.
When an elderly person moves into a senior living facility, safety is usually one of the primary reasons. The facility may provide health care, assistance with basic daily tasks or even just companionship so the elderly person isn't alone. Of all of the tragedies that can occur at a senior community, an explosion is not one of the normal possibilities, but unfortunately one happened recently in a Denver community. Now it is possible a construction company may face a wrongful death lawsuit due to its role in the tragedy.
Street racing is dangerous. Instead of being discouraged the way texting while driving and driving under the influence are, street racing has actually become promoted by popular television shows. Some programs present it in a fun, careless light without serious consequences or dangers. But it is dangerous -- not only for the racers, but also for others who share the roads. Two street racers in Colorado face criminal charges and also possibly a wrongful death lawsuit for the death of a man killed in an accident they caused recently.
Accidents involving pedestrians are common in Colorado. Sometimes the fault is on the pedestrian, and sometimes it is on the driver. There are times when pedestrians don't wait for the crosswalk signal before crossing the street -- especially if there is a large group crossing, and other times the driver either doesn't see the pedestrian or runs a red light. An accident earlier this week seems to be due to yet another reason. A driver may face a wrongful death lawsuit regarding a pedestrian accident involving driving under the influence.
Many people have DUIs on their record. Often, someone makes a bad judgement, has too much to drink before driving, gets arrested and learns from his or her mistake. Most offenders only make this mistake once. A Colorado man with a staggering six DUI convictions apparently didn't learn from his mistakes, and now he faces a huge number of charges, including murder and, most likely, wrongful death.
There are times when the family of a murder victim feel they have no control over the fate of the murderer. That is the case for the family of an Edwards, Colorado, woman. The woman's murderer has accepted a plea deal for second-degree murder and burglary, which would make it possible for him to be paroled after serving 51 years of his 68 year sentence. Her family feels this punishment is completely inadequate and fought to have the deal declined by prosecutors; however, they lost their argument, and the plea deal was accepted. Although the victim's family was not able to see man go through a criminal murder trial, they can still file a wrongful death suit and have him stand trial in civil court.
One man is dead and another is seriously injured following a serious car accident on Colorado 66 near Lyons. The Colorado State Patrol has confirmed that one person died at the scene, and that alcohol may have been a factor in the crash. So far, they have not filed charges, but their investigation is still ongoing as of this report. Even if no criminal charges are filed, a wrongful death suit might still be possible.
A serious rollover crash late in the morning of June 16 has left one person dead and another seriously hurt. Colorado State Patrol responded to the fatal car crash on Interstate 25 near Colorado City. One individual was pronounced dead, and the other was taken to a local hospital. Though the cause of the accident has not been determined, criminal charges and/or a wrongful death suit may be in the cards for the driver.
A seventh-grade student was tragically killed in a crash the night of June 8. Colorado police have identified the 13-year-old student, who attended a nearby school. The driver of the pickup truck involved in the crash has been apprehended. He is now being held in a county jail on suspicion of DUI and vehicular homicide, among several other charges. Even if he is not found guilty of the criminal charges, the boy's family are entitled to file a wrongful death suit against him in civil court as well.