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Bill Detail: SB21-061

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Title Claims For Economic Damages Incurred By Minors
Status Senate Second Reading Laid Over to 07/23/2021 - No Amendments (04/30/2021)
Bill Subjects
  • Civil Law
  • Courts & Judicial
House Sponsors S. Woodrow (D)
L. Daugherty (D)
Senate Sponsors T. Story (D)
J. Gonzales (D)
House Committee
Senate Committee Judiciary
Date Introduced 02/16/2021
Summary

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.

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