Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Denver?

A wrongful death lawsuit seeks to compensate the survivors of the deceased for the losses as a result of his death. These lawsuits seek to recover compensation to compensate not the deceased for his suffering, but the survivors for all of the losses that they have suffered as a result of the loss of their loved one.

Under Colorado, specific persons only are eligible to file a wrongful death claim. A claim that is filed in the first year after the person’s death can be filed only by the surviving spouse. However, in the second year after the person’s death, more than one person may be eligible to file a claim. During this time, the surviving spouse, as well as the children of the deceased, can file a claim.

In those cases, in which the person died, but left behind no spouse or children, the parents may be eligible to file a wrongful death claim.

Apart from these survivors, the deceased’s estate in the form of a representative may also be eligible to file a claim in compensation. However, these are not filed as wrongful death lawsuits. Rather, these claims are known as survival actions. The kinds of damages that are covered in a survival action are a little different from those that are covered under a wrongful death action.

Under Colorado law, it is only specific persons who have the right to bring a wrongful death action. There are also specific time limits that apply to the filing of a claim. If you have lost a loved one because of the negligence of another, speak to a wrongful death lawyer in Denver about filing a claim. A claim can help you recover damages for all of your losses, including loss of income and spousal support. Speak to a wrongful death lawyer in Denver about how you can get started filing a claim.

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.