Claims For Economic Damages Incurred By Minors
Colorado courts follow the common law rule that, generally, only a parent or guardian has the right to claim pre-majority economic damages of a minor for which another person is liable. The bill abolishes the common law rule and permits a minor to bring a claim to recover damages for the minor's pre-majority economic loss. A minor or a parent may not be awarded damages for any economic loss that have been awarded to another person.
Under existing law, the statute of limitations for civil claims against health care institutions and health care professionals is 2 years, with certain exceptions. The exceptions to the 2-year limitation include claims brought by or on behalf of a minor who is under 8 years old and claims brought by or on behalf of a person under disability. The bill makes any exemption to the 2-year limitation that would apply to a minor's claim also apply to a claim brought by a person entitled or required to bring a claim to recover damages for a minor's pre-majority economic loss.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)