Colorado Wrongful Death Claim: Attorney Discusses the Statute of Limitations

If you have lost a loved one due to the actions or negligence of another party in Colorado, it is imperative to consult a wrongful death attorney and file your wrongful death claim as soon as possible. Not only will this prevent undue financial stress related to costs incurred from the death, but it will ensure your case has a chance, as there is a statute of limitations (legal time limit) within which you must file your claim.

The statute of limitations for a wrongful death claim varies and is determined on a state-by-state basis. In Colorado, you must file your claim within 2 years of the resulting death, or you no longer have a case. If a car accident is involved, you have an extra year, giving you a total of 3 years from the date of death to file a wrongful death claim.

Gray Areas in Wrongful Death Statute of Limitations

There are several situations in which the statute of limitations may be unclear or difficult to understand. If any of these situations apply to your case, it is best to consult an experienced wrongful death attorney. They will be able to determine how Colorado’s statute of limitations affects your specific case.

Situations in which the statute of limitations may be complicated or unclear include the following:

  • the date of death is uncertain;
  • the death did not happen right after the accident; some time had passed or the death was delayed;
  • injuries resulted before the death (This may mean that the statute of limitations on personal injury claims applies here, instead of the statute of limitations for wrongful death claims.);
  • evidence is discovered years later that determines who is at-fault in the death or that an accident occurred; and
  • the death was caused by a faulty product.

If the death is determined to be caused by an accident or mistake of someone else years later, the 2-year period often may begin on the date this new information or evidence is discovered. This is sometimes called a “discovery rule.” Your wrongful death attorney will be able to tell you if the discovery rule applies in your case.

Contact a Colorado Wrongful Death Attorney

If someone you love was killed due to the mistake or negligence of another party, you could have grounds to seek compensation through a wrongful death claim. Call 303-300-5060 to discuss your case with a wrongful death attorney at the Law Office of D.J. Banovitz today.

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D.J. Banovitz’ career has always concentrated on trial practice and he has litigated hundreds of cases. His passion and sole career focus has been to seek justice for people suffering from personal injuries as the result of someone else’s negligence. The hallmark of the Law Office of D.J. Banovitz, is the total commitment to professionalism, quality, and personalized care of your injury case. D.J. has dedicated his professional life to helping those most in need and is a proud and active member of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association. His experience includes volunteering for Colorado Rural Legal Services in Montrose, the Colorado Aids Project, consumer law, family law, criminal defense, and Alternative Defense Counsel for juveniles in Denver.