If you have lost a family member in an accident caused by someone’s negligence or reckless actions, your family may be entitled to a settlement from the at-fault party. You may be able to receive compensation to cover lost wages, medical bills, funeral costs, pain and suffering, and related expenses that resulted from the accident.

Downs, McDonough, Cowan & Foley offers comprehensive legal services for families of accident victims. We understand the difficulty that your family is going through and want to make filing a claim for your damages as easy as possible. We can answer your questions, discuss your case, and go over your legal options.

Call us today to get a free case assessment at our office in Durango, Colorado. We proudly serve clients in Telluride, Pagosa Springs, Cortez, and the Four Corners area.

What is a Wrongful Death Case?

In a wrongful death case, the deceased was killed due to a person’s negligence or reckless behavior. As such, your family has the right to explore your legal options and pursue compensation for your losses. Downs, McDonough, Cowan & Foley represents families in a wide range of wrongful death cases such as those caused by:

  • Car accidents

  • Motorcycle accidents

  • Truck accidents

  • Bicycle accidents

  • Slip and fall/premises liability accidents

  • Medical practice

  • Defective products

  • Dog bites/animal attacks

  • Ski accidents

  • Airplane crashes

  • Workplace accidents

Regardless of how the accident occurred, your family deserves to explore the facts of the case, hold the liable party responsible, and pursue compensation for your losses.



Establishing Liability in
A Wrongful Death Case

It doesn’t matter if your loved one’s death was an accident. If someone else was at fault, then they need to compensate you for your loss. Our law firm has the experience and knowledge to help establish fault and liability. We obtain evidence that supports your claim, such as:

  • Police or accident reports

  • Eyewitness accounts

  • Photos or videos of the accident

  • Medical records/autopsy reports

  • Expert testimony

We exhaust all possible sources to find evidence that helps you with your case. We use the evidence to establish who is responsible and how the accident led to your family's loss.

Damages Your Family Can Claim

Your family is entitled to a fair settlement based on your damages, which may include:

Pre-Death Medical Expenses

Your loved one may have spent time in surgery or in the ICU prior to death. If so, you may be able to account for ambulatory services, ER visits, surgical procedures, and other medical services.

Funeral and Burial Costs

Today, a family may pay over $10,000 to bury a loved one. As such, you may be able to claim expenses for body preparation, burial costs, the casket, the headstone, ceremonial costs, and/or the funeral plot.

Loss of Family Income

Was your loved one a provider in the home? If so, you may be entitled to receive compensation based on lost income, lost retirement, and lost benefits.

Pain and Suffering

Pain and suffering can include a wide range of physical and emotional turmoil. For instance, the deceased may have suffered prior to death. In addition, your family may experience loss of companionship, loss of a parent, clinical depression, anxiety, or other issues.

As your attorneys, our law firm can assess the total value of your damages based on factors such as how the accident occurred, who is liable, and the total sum of your losses. Don’t let the insurance company determine the value of your case. Let our lawyers go to work for you to fight for the maximum compensation possible based on your case.


After working with hundreds of clients in the Durango area, we at Downs, McDonough, Cowan & Foley understand how painful it can be to lose a family member due to someone’s negligence. We are dedicated to fighting for your family’s rights. Don’t take on the insurance company alone. Let us advocate on your behalf. Call our law firm today to get a free case review. We provide services in Durango, Telluride, Pagosa Springs, Cortez, and the Four Corners in Colorado.