Who Can Recover Wrongful Death Damages in Colorado?
Within the first year following the victim’s death, only his or her spouse may file a claim with a Grand Junction wrongful death lawyer. An adult child or the victim’s parents may only file a wrongful death claim after one year has elapsed. Other parties, like the victim’s siblings, cannot pursue wrongful death compensation.
Certain compensation is awarded to the victim’s loved ones. Other compensation is awarded to the victim’s estate. The victim’s spouse, children and in certain cases, parents may pursue compensation for the following damages:
- The victim’s financial contributions to his or her household. They can be compensated for the victim’s projected lifetime earnings if he or she had not died prematurely;
- The victim’s other familial support, like his or her healthcare benefits; and
- The loved ones’ own losses, like the loss of the victim’s emotional support, his or her guidance, and his or her love.
A representative of the victim’s estate can pursue compensation for the following:
- Funeral and burial expenses; and
- Medical expenses related to the injury the victim suffered before dying.