Understanding the Time Limits for Filing Civil Cases in Colorado
The “statute of limitations” is pivotal in Colorado’s legal system. It denotes the prescribed time frame for a party to initiate a lawsuit.
Once this window closes, the right to sue for that particular matter may be forever lost. Colorado has various statutes of limitations, depending on the nature of the civil case. Here’s a breakdown:
- Personal Injury: You generally have two years from the date of the injury to file a lawsuit. If the injury was not discovered right away, you have two years from the date of discovery.
- Property Damage: Claims related to the damage of property also have a two-year window from the date the damage occurred.
- Breach of Contract: For written or oral contracts, you generally have three years from the date of the breach to bring a claim. If it is a claim for recovery of liquidated debt or an unliquidated determinable amount, the statute of limitations is six years.
- Fraud: Claims based on fraud must be filed within three years from when the fraud was discovered or should have been discovered with reasonable diligence.
- Professional Malpractice: Most malpractice claims, including those against doctors or other professionals, need to be filed within two years from the date the malpractice was discovered but no more than three years from the date of the malpractice.
- Product Liability: Any claims against manufacturers or sellers for product defects or injuries must be initiated within two years of the injury.
- Defamation: Any claim against an individual for defamation must be initiated within one year of when the statements were made or within one year when a reasonably diligent Plaintiff discovered such statements.
- Wrongful Death: Claims must be filed within two years of the death.
It’s imperative to understand these timeframes, as failing to file within the statute of limitations can lead to the dismissal of your case.
If you believe you have a valid civil claim, acting promptly is essential to ensure you don’t miss the legal window to seek justice. Don’t navigate this complex terrain alone.
Whether in Denver or anywhere across the state, having a knowledgeable Colorado Civil Law Attorney by your side can make all the difference. Baker Law Group is here to guide you every step of the way.
Reach out to a dedicated Denver Civil Law Lawyer from our team to discuss your case and learn how we champion our clients’ rights with unparalleled expertise in Colorado Civil Law. Act now, before time runs out.