Like every other state, Colorado has laws outlining time limits for filing certain legal claims, called statutes of limitations. A statute of limitations places a time limit on pursuing a legal remedy for wrongful conduct. Unless a legal exception applies, an injured person loses the right to sue for monetary damages or other relief after the expiration of the statutory period.
People often use the term “statute of limitations”, but in fact, there are a myriad of statutes, which impose limitations periods to civil actions. Because it can sometimes be difficult to keep track of the various statures and their exceptions, it is strongly recommended that a person concerned with losing their right to sue because of time limitations, seek the advice of a qualified attorney who can determine which statute applies, and preserve a victim’s right to recover damages.
Specific Civil Actions
Wrongful Death– Two year time limit which begins to run on the date of death
Personal Injury (Negligence) – Two year time limit which begins to run on the date both the injury and its cause are known, or should have been known with the exercise of reasonable intelligence
Personal Injury Actions against a Co-employee- solely for negligence. Two year time limit
Bodily Injury or Property Damage– arising from the use of a motor vehicle. Three year time limit which begins on the date that both the existence of the injury or damage are known, or should have been known through the exercise of reasonable diligence
Actions for Strict Liability, Absolute Liability, or Failure to Instruct or Warn- Two year time limit which begins to run on the date both the injury and its cause are known, or should have been known through exercise of reasonable diligence
Malpractice- Two year time limit which begins to run on the date the injury was or should have been discovered. The time limit cannot exceed three years after the act that caused the injury
Product Liability- Two year time limit
Actions against Manufacturers and/or Sellers of Products- Two year time limit which begins to run when the claim for relief arises
For all other actions for which there is no set statute of limitations, a two-year limit has been established.
The statute of limitations for most civil wrongdoings is relatively short, and the exceptions can complicate and confuse matters. If you have been injured because of the negligence of another person, a company, or a defective product, you need quality legal representation from an experienced personal injury attorney.
If you are the victim of an accident or car crash, contact Colorado personal injury attorney Robert Paysinger today. Robert can answer all of your questions and let you know what kind of compensation you may be entitled to under Colorado law. Our law firm offers FREE case consultations and can be reached at 303. 279. 0221.
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