Colorado Wrongful Death Attorney
Serving Denver Metro, Boulder, Greeley, Colorado Springs, Fort Collins and all of Colorado
Helping Wrongful Death Victims & Families Across Colorado
The Ramos Law Injury Division is a personal injury law practice with offices throughout Colorado, including Denver, Wheat Ridge and Steamboat Springs, CO. Our Denver personal injury lawyers serve clients who have been injured for a variety of reasons, including automobile accidents, work incidents, plane accidents and more.
Ramos Law serves clients in Denver County, Douglas County, Larimer County, Jefferson County, Broomfield County, Boulder County, Arapahoe County and Adams County. Our Denver Personal Injury Lawyers are experienced and determined. We deal with insurance companies every day and insist that they treat our clients fairly.
If your loved one has lost their life because of someone else’s negligence, you may be able to find that person or entity liable for their death. To do this, you must file a civil lawsuit and show the court that your loved one’s death was caused by the recklessness, negligence, or intent of some other person or entity. Often, an accident or injury is the cause of death, such as in car accidents, drunk driving accidents, slip, trip, and fall accidents, or because of a defective product or medicine.
Colorado Wrongful Death Statute
Colorado law also specifies who can file a wrongful death lawsuit and when they are able to do so. C.R.S. 13-21-201 says that within the first year after a loved one dies, the spouse is the only person who may file a wrongful death claim. The spouse and the children of the deceased may file wrongful death claim. The deceased’s parents may file a claim only if the deceased does not have a surviving wife or child(ren).
Be aware, Colorado has a statute of limitation on all wrongful death claims. There is only a two year window from the date of death in which the spouse, children, or parents can file a wrongful death claim.
The Ramos team is here to help you with many years of experience handling wrongful death cases. We have skilled attorneys ready to fight for the compensation you deserve. Equally important, we have Dr. Joseph Ramos, an emergency medicine physician who is also an attorney. Dr. Ramos has many years of experience guiding the treatment of the injured and protecting the rights of those who have lost a loved one due to the negligence of someone else.
If you have lost a loved one because of someone else’s reckless or dangerous actions, contact your Colorado wrongful death attorney as soon as possible. You may be able to file a lawsuit against the negligent person or entity for recovery of monetary damages.
Colorado Wrongful Death Damages
When you file a wrongful death lawsuit in Colorado the amount of damages you may be awarded is determined by the court and based upon the specific facts of your case. Generally, you can seek damages to recover:
- The amount of wages your loved one would have earned if they would have been able to continue to work,
- Any benefits and compensation lost because of the death of your loved one,
- The loss of your loved one’s care, comfort, companionship, assistance, love, protection, and affection.
If the person or entity is particularly negligent, you may be eligible for punitive damages. These types of damages work to punish the negligent party for their behavior, and also may deter others from similar negligence.
Frequently Asked Questions About Colorado Wrongful Death Lawsuits
The wrongful death attorneys at The Ramos Injury Law Firm have received many questions about Colorado’s wrongful death laws. Here are the commonly asked:
My husband was killed by a drunk driver. Since drunk driving is a crime should someone convicted of a wrongful death go to prison?
A wrongful death lawsuit is a civil matter that seeks monetary compensation. The State of Colorado will have filed criminal charges against the person who hit your husband. If the driver is convicted of the crime, they may face fines, or jail or a prison sentence.
The steering went out on my daughter’s vehicle and she was in a serious accident because of it. A year later, her vehicle was included in a global steering recall. Can we file a wrongful death claim against the car maker?
While we would need to know the details of your specific case, a wrongful death claim may be able to be filed. We recommend that you speak with an experienced wrongful death attorney as soon as possible, as Colorado has a time limit on when these claims can be filed.
My mother is deceased and my father just died a wrongful death. Do I have to wait two years to file a claim?
As the child of a wrongfully deceased parent with no spouse, you will have to wait 365 days from the date of your father’s death before you can file a wrongful death claim. However, you only have 24 months from your father’s death to file a claim. Your attorney can help you file your claim within the time limits imposed by the state.
Can you really get millions of dollars if you win a wrongful death claim?
Colorado has limits on the amount of money that can be awarded in certain types of cases. Generally, non-economic damages, such as for grief and sorrow, in wrongful death claims are limited to $341,250. Economic damages, such as for medical expenses, are not limited.
I believe my brother died a wrongful death. Can I file a wrongful death claim to recover damages for his family?
Per Colorado Revised Statutes 13-21-201, siblings and kin beyond parents are not eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit, and they are also not eligible for damages.
I represent the estate of someone who I believe died a wrongful death. Can I file a claim on behalf of the estate?
In some circumstances, the representative of the estate of some who died due to the negligence of another can file a wrongful death lawsuit. You may be able to file for medical expenses as well as funeral expenses incurred by the estate for the deceased injury or illness.
Bridging Law & Medicine
Ramos Law is different. We have an ER doctor who is also a lawyer.
Dr. Ramos built this law firm with one goal in mind – to take good care of people. He combines his knowledge of law and medicine with a first class approach to service to make sure you and your family get the best possible medical care and that the insurance companies pay what’s fair.
We believe we have a proven reputation for honesty, hard work and fairness. We are proud to have a long list of happy clients that know we did all that we could to help them and their families. We truly are a law firm that cares about people just like a doctor cares for his patient. Taking good care of people isn’t just a slogan, it’s simply in our DNA.
Choosing an attorney can be tough. We welcome you to contact us if you need help and want to work with a talented law firm that truly cares about people. You will notice that right away the first time you contact us. We will do all that we can to help you and your family.
If you need help give us a call. We don’t charge to talk to us and we offer a detailed consultation with an attorney. We hope you stay safe, but if something happens and you need help, we look forward to taking care of you and your family.
If you or a loved one has been injured as the result of someone else’s mistake, or if you have questions because you got hurt in a car accident, call Ramos Law now at (303) 731-4477 or contact our Denver Lawyers today.
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