How Long Do I Have To File a Wrongful Death Claim in Denver?

Colorado laws allow families of persons who have died as a result of the negligence of another person, or another party to file a wrongful death claim for damages. The Wrongful Death Act in Colorado specifies that when a person has died as a result of the negligence or fault of another person, the negligent party is liable, and must pay damages to the claimant.

However, there are strict laws governing the timing of these claims. Typically, you must file your wrongful death claim within two years from the date of the death. Two years may seem like a long time, but in many cases, families may find that they require time for investigations, and acquisition of valuable evidence before they go ahead and file a claim. In other cases, determining that negligence was indeed a factor in your loved one’s death may take many months.

All of these can contribute to delaying your claim.

If you have any reason to believe that your loved one’s death was the result of someone else’s negligence, it’s important to take legal action to protect your rights. Speak immediately with a Denver wrongful death lawyer about whether you have a legal right to compensation for damages. Remember, failure to file a claim before the statute of limitations runs out means that your claim is likely to be dismissed. Schedule a consultation with a Denver wrongful death lawyer.

By: Dallas Norton

Dallas Norton, the founding partner of Norton & Bowers, has practiced law with a focus on personal injury since 1992. Mr. Norton has extensive Colorado roots including grade school in Arvada and high school in Denver. He earned his J.D. from Brigham Young University Law School in 1991. When working on behalf of clients, Mr. Norton draws upon his extensive background in psychology and human resources.