wrongful deathIn Colorado, when a person is killed and the death was the result of the negligence, recklessness, or intentional conduct of another person or a company, a wrongful death lawsuit may be filed against the person or entity that is liable for the death. A wrongful death lawsuit is a civil suit for determining liability for an unnecessary death.

Most Common Causes of Wrongful Deaths

There are a number of accidents and actions that can result in the wrongful death of a person. Many of the most common causes of a wrongful death are similar to personal injury claims, and in effect, a wrongful death is a personal injury that was fatal. Some of the most common causes of wrongful death in Colorado include:

Who Can Be A Wrongful Death Claimant

Who may bring a wrongful death claim is limited to a select few close relatives of the decedent. There is a hierarchy as to who may file a wrongful death suit in Colorado, as well as a time frame in which the wrongful death suit may be brought. The statute of limitations for a wrongful death action requires that all wrongful death actions must be brought within two years of when the death occurs.

Wrongful Death Damages

When a wrongful death case is decided in favor of the claimant, the claimant is entitled to monetary damages for the wrongful death. The amount in total that is awarded depends on the facts of the case. Wrongful death damages that may be sought by surviving family members include: