Colorado Revised Statutes § 13-21-202 allows family members to bring a lawsuit when a loved one has died wrongfully. Basically, this means a loved one died because of another person’s default, negligence, recklessness, or intentional misconduct.
We have handled all kinds of wrongful death lawsuits and fully understand how complicated this statute is. The law limits who can sue based on your relationship to the deceased, with a surviving spouse having the sole right to sue in the first year after death. In the second year, more people can sue, including surviving children.
No amount of money can ever replace a loved one. However, a wrongful death lawsuit tries to minimize the economic fallout people experience when someone dies. Our clients can often qualify for damages for lost income, lost benefits, lost services, and the cost of medical care to treat their loved one’s final illness or injury. Damages are available for pain and suffering, grief, and other non-economic losses.