When someone you love is killed or dies unexpectedly, you may be thrown into a whirlwind of emotions. You might not be sure what to do to minimize your own personal pain or what to do to handle their death.
At the time of someone’s death, their family is often busy planning a funeral, handling their estate and taking care of their final wishes. The last thing most people want to do is to sit in a court room or fight a wrongful death case.
That being said, if your loved one died as a result of injuries that they suffered in an auto accident or from complications of an injury caused by another person, then it’s within your family’s rights to seek compensation with a wrongful death claim.
How long do you have to make a wrongful death claim in Colorado?
In most cases, you’ll have up to two years to bring a wrongful death claim in Colorado. While you may not feel like doing so, you should start that case just as soon as you can. Missing the deadline will most likely mean that you’ll be unable to bring a claim. To avoid that, start the case early and add information to the case as needed.
The longer statute of limitations deadline on wrongful death claims is designed to give you time not only to prepare your case but to take time to mourn your loss. Although no amount of time passing will help you completely heal, the hope is that you will have time to have a funeral, go through your loved one’s estate and begin moving forward when you appear in court.
You can start the claim sooner than you may think. If you work with a legal professional, they can start building a case as you focus on your family and loved ones who have been left behind. They’ll keep you updated and work with you to make sure no deadlines are missed and that your family has an opportunity to seek the compensation that it needs for the loss of a loved family member.