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The Colorado Wrongful Death Lawyers

The Ramos Law Injury Division is a personal injury law practice with offices throughout Colorado, including Denver, Wheat Ridge, and Colorado Springs. Our personal injury lawyers serve clients who have been injured for a variety of reasons, including automobile accidents, work incidents, plane accidents, and more. We serve clients in Denver County, Douglas County, Larimer County, Jefferson County, Broomfield County, Boulder County, Arapahoe County, and Adams County. Our wrongful death lawyers are experienced and determined. We deal with insurance companies every day and insist that they treat our clients fairly.

Proving a Wrongful Death in Colorado

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 a 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 you. 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.

Colorado Wrongful Death Lawsuit Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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