Wrongful Death Laws in Colorado
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Losing a loved one suddenly can cause immense hardship on a family. While nothing can fully replace what you have lost, pursuing a wrongful death claim may help you recover monetary damages for hospital bills, funeral expenses, loss of income and benefits, pain and suffering, and more.
At Zinda Law Group, our legal team has handled numerous wrongful death cases nationwide and helped our clients pursue the justice and compensation they deserved. We are here to help you through this difficult time, and as our client, you will pay nothing unless we win your case. That’s our No Fee Guarantee.
What Is a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Colorado?
A wrongful death occurs when an individual is killed because of the negligence, recklessness, or wrongful behavior of another. A lawsuit can be brought against the person, business, or entity that is believed to be responsible for the death.
For example, a wrongful death lawsuit could arise from a defective product, medical malpractice, violent assault, or an auto accident caused by a careless driver.
Survivors of the victim may be entitled to monetary compensation for their losses.
Who May File a Wrongful Death Claim in Colorado?
In Colorado, the surviving spouse of the victim has exclusive standing to bring a claim in the first year after the death. After the first year, both the surviving spouse and any children of the victim have standing to bring a claim.
If the victim was unmarried, then any children may bring a claim. Parents of the deceased may bring a claim only if the victim had no spouse and no children. Any other potential heirs, such as siblings, cousins, nieces, and other family members, are not allowed to file a wrongful death claim in Colorado.
However, if the deceased had a designated beneficiary, the beneficiary will also have the right to bring a claim. This requires the deceased and the beneficiary to have entered into an agreement before death.
What Damages Are Available in a Colorado Wrongful Death Claim?
Colorado allows survivors to recover both economic and non-economic damages.
Economic damages may include funeral expenses, the loss of financial support the decedent would have contributed to the family, the loss of benefits, hospital bills, and more.
Non-economic damages may include compensation for the loss of the victim’s companionship, love, support, and care. These damages can be difficult to calculate and are capped at $468,000.
If the defendant’s conduct was intentional, reckless, or outrageous, they may also be found liable for punitive damages, which are designed to punish the defendant for wrongdoing and to deter others from similar acts.
How Long Do I Have to File a Wrongful Death Claim in Colorado?
A wrongful death complaint must be filed within two years from the date of death. Because of this, you should contact an attorney as soon as possible if you believe you have a wrongful death case.
Wrongful death cases are incredibly complex. If you wait too long to file a claim, you risk not only that the statute of limitations will lapse but also that evidence will be lost or that witnesses will forget details of the incident.
Get Help from Our Wrongful Death Lawyers
If you have lost a loved one from someone else’s negligence, the wrongful death attorneys at Zinda Law Group can help. We have handled numerous wrongful death cases and have the knowledge and resources necessary to help you build the strongest case possible.
We also believe that families should never have to worry about their ability to afford legal representation. That is why we offer 100% free consultations and why you will pay nothing unless we secure a favorable settlement, judgment, or verdict for your wrongful death claim. That’s our No Fee Guarantee.
To learn more about how our firm can help your family, contact Zinda Law Group today at (800) 863-5312 to receive your free consultation with our wrongful death lawyers.
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