Who Can Bring A Wrongful Death Claim In Colorado?

Wrongful death actions in Colorado are governed by CRS 13-21-201.

During the first year after the death:

  • Only a surviving spouse may bring the claim.

During the second year after the death:

  • A surviving spouse may bring the claim;
  • Any children may bring the claim;
  • If the deceased has no spouse or children, then the parents of the deceased may bring the claim.

Who cannot bring a claim:

  • Siblings of the deceased;
  • Friends of the deceased;
  • Boyfriends / girlfriends of the deceased.

$73 Million To Plaintiff In Vaginal Mesh Lawsuit

“Dallas County jurors last week spent about three hours deliberating before they awarded Martha Salazar $73 million, the largest amount of money any plaintiff has received so far in a vaginal mesh lawsuit.”

Read more here: http://blogs.dallasobserver.com/unfairpark/2014/09/dallas_vaginal_mesh_lawsuit_award.php

(Source: Dallasobserver.com)

Federal Regulators To Release Hospital Mistake Data

“Federal regulators are reversing course and will resume publicly releasing data on hospital mistakes, including when foreign objects are left in patients’ bodies or people get the wrong blood type…CMS says it will make this data on eight “hospital-acquired conditions” (HACs) available.” (reblogged from USAToday.com)

click below for more information:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/09/07/hhs-change-reporting-hospital-mistakes-foreign-objects/15084175/

In The Community!

The Law Offices of Daniel T. Goodwin is sponsoring a clothing drive to provide economically disadvantaged women in the Denver metro area with interview appropriate clothes and accessories! 

The clothing drive benefits Dress For Success Denver. To learn more about this great organization and how you can help, visit their website – http://www.dressforsuccess.org/affiliate.aspx?sisid=117&pageid=22

 

FAQ: The Insurance Company Offered Me a Settlement, What Do I Do?

  • If the insurance company has already offered you a settlement, you should hire The Law Offices of Daniel T. Goodwin to  provide you with an opinion on the fairness of the offer. You cannot accept a settlement unless you release all of your rights to further payment. Accepting a settlement from an insurance company is a complicated decision that is best decided with the advice of a lawyer.

Today the Colorado Judicial Branch launches a Web site providing online educational resources about the judiciary and rule of law

Colorado Litigation Report ™

The Colorado Supreme Court issued the following press release today launching an online resource center to increase the public’s understanding and access to Colorado’s Judicial System and the rule of law:

DENVER – The Colorado Judicial Branch today launched www.cjlc.org, a Web site dedicated to the Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Learning Center and other online educational resources about the judiciary and rule of law. “I am very excited about the cjlc.org site and showcasing what I believe are some of the best educational resources available in any courthouse anywhere in the country,” said Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Nancy E. Rice. “I personally invite you, your family and friends to check out the site and then come visit the building and experience the Judicial Learning Center in person.”

The Web site features a video welcome message from the Chief Justice, as well as a virtual tour and description…

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