Colorado Revised Statute 13-21-202 allows lawsuits when a person is killed by the wrongful, negligent, or intentional conduct of another person. This is an important law, otherwise those responsible could escape liability because their victims died.
Wrongful death lawsuits are hard to bring. There are strict limits on who can file the suit, with the surviving spouse retaining the sole right in the first year. If there is no spouse, then children can file. Parents can file suit in certain circumstances as well.
The purpose of a wrongful death case is to compensate for all the financial and non-financial losses family members suffer, including:
- Income your loved one would have earned had he or she survived
- Lost benefits, such as health insurance
- Lost services, such as cooking, cleaning, or childcare provided by your deceased loved one
- Loss of companionship, love, and care
Valuing a wrongful death claim requires experience in this area of law since there are so many factors at play. The lawyers at Cimarron Ridge Legal Group can estimate the amount of compensation that our clients might receive for the death of a beloved family member.