Colorado’s wrongful death statute allows certain family members to receive compensation when their loved one is killed by the wrongful conduct of another person. This is a critical law which has helped countless people get back on their feet following a loved one’s death.

Of course, no amount of money can ever replace a child, spouse, or parent. We understand that. But a wrongful death claim is often the first step to recovery. Grieving family members can hold defendants accountable for their actions and replace lost income and benefits, providing some sense of security. Because this is a complex area of law, we encourage people to speak with our Fruita wrongful death lawyers at our firm today.


Our Experience with Wrongful Death Cases

Cimarron Ridge Legal Group has brought several wrongful death claims on behalf of clients, and our team is prepared to handle cases involving deaths caused by:

  • Slip and falls
  • Hazardous premises
  • Car wrecks
  • Truck accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Medical malpractice

Many people do not immediately understand why a loved one died. For example, an error in the operating room might not manifest for months. Also, car or truck accidents can cause brain injuries, including bleeding in the brain, which might not become fatal for some time.

If a loved one has died following any type of incident, reach out to our legal team. We can fully analyze the accident to determine what caused your loved one’s death.


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Bringing a Wrongful Death Claim

Colorado sets strict limits on these types of lawsuits. For example, the suit must be filed in court within two years of a loved one’s death, otherwise it is time barred by the statute of limitations. There is really no reason to delay.

Further, Colorado allows only certain parties to bring a wrongful death claim. In the first year following death, the surviving spouse has the sole right to press a claim. If there is no spouse, then surviving children can bring the suit. Parents may only file if there is no surviving spouse or children.

To better understand your rights, please contact one of our Fruita wrongful death attorneys. We can carefully identify the correct party that should file suit.

Compensation for a Fruita Wrongful Death

A wrongful death claim can provide critical financial compensation following a loved one’s death. For example, many clients seek damages for lost income and benefits. If your husband died in an accident at age 30, you are losing out 35 years of income and other benefits, such as health insurance. A wrongful death claim might compensate for those financial losses.

Colorado also lets some victims seek compensation for loss of love, guidance, or emotional support. These losses are incalculable. A child who has lost her mother has suffered a serious loss, even if it is hard to quantify in monetary terms.

In other cases, the estate might seek reimbursement for funeral/burial expenses and any money spent for medical care. Depending on the facts, these losses could be considerable.

Speak with a Fruita Wrongful Death Attorney Today

During this confusing time, you need an experienced legal advocate who understands your rights and has the skills and knowledge needed to protect them. Call Cimarron Ridge Legal Group today, (970) 644-5194, or complete our contact form. Our consultations are free.

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