Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Colorado?
If you have lost an immediate family member because of a negligent or willful act by another, it may be possible to pursue financial compensation for your loss. Colorado’s Wrongful Death Act allows certain family members to file a lawsuit after their loved one has been killed as the result of someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing.
In general, Colorado laws regarding wrongful death primarily serve to protect those who were economically dependent on the deceased. During the first year after death, a spouse has exclusive rights to file a wrongful death action to receive financial compensation for his or her loss. During the second year after the fatal incident, the spouse and heirs of the deceased are allowed to bring a wrongful death action. Heirs protected under Colorado law include children and grandchildren. Siblings, however, cannot typically bring wrongful death lawsuits. When there is no surviving spouse or children, the parents of the deceased may bring a claim.
If you have lost a loved one because of someone else’s negligence, you may be able to receive compensation for:
- The earnings the deceased person would have provided
- Loss of support
- Lost insurance benefits
- Loss of love, companionship, and protection
- Punitive damages to punish the wrongdoer
- Funeral expenses and hospital bills
It is important to remember that there is a two-year statute of limitations on wrongful death cases in Colorado. Once that time has passed, you will no longer be able to receive financial compensation for your loss. The sooner you act, the better your chances are of getting fair compensation.
At The Bussey Law Firm, P.C., our experienced Colorado wrongful death attorneys help families get the support they need after losing a loved one. Please contact us at (719) 475-2555. We are here to help.