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If you lost a family member in an accident or in any situation that was caused by another’s negligent or wrongful conduct, you may be able to seek justice in their name. At Maria Jones Law Firm, our team of skilled & resourceful attorneys with significant trial experience is here to help. We assure you that we will use the full extent of law to get you the justice you truly deserve.
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A Phoenix personal injury lawyer at Maria Jones Law Firm can talk to you about your options and how to move forward. We know you are going through an extremely difficult time, and that legal action may not be at the forefront of your concerns, but we can help you hold the at-fault party accountable while seeking financial compensation that can help you and your family face a more stable future.
Arizona Revised Statutes § 12-612 grants certain parties the right to bring an action for wrongful death. This includes:
- Representatives of the decedent’s estate
We have experience handling cases involving car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, cyclist accidents, boating accidents, dog attacks, and more.
No matter the circumstances that led to your loss, we can offer our knowledgeable insight to help you make informed choices that help you accomplish your unique goals. If you choose to work with our firm, we will handle every aspect of your case so you can focus on healing. You will find that we are compassionate and truly care about our clients – and we fight tirelessly to protect their best interests.
To discuss your case and how we can help, call (602) 603-4032 or contact us online. Your case evaluation is confidential and free.
Damages in Wrongful Death Claims/Lawsuits in Arizona
As per Arizona Revised Statutes § 12-611 (2021), a wrongful death in the state of Arizona is defined as a death caused by wrongful act, neglect, or default. Put simply, a wrongful death constitutes an event wherein a person dies due to the legal fault of someone; it can be a person or an entity (e.g. a company or a govt. organization).
The liability in case of a successful wrongful death claim in Arizona is expressed entirely in terms of damages or financial compensation. The defendant has to pay the deceased person’s family or estate the financial compensation ordered by the court. This is one big difference between a criminal homicide case and a wrongful death lawsuit.
As explained above, wrongful death claims are made by surviving spouses, parents, guardians, and representatives of the decedent’s estate.
The personal representatives of the deceased person, referred to as ‘executor’ in some states, can file a wrongful death claim in Arizona with the help of a Phoenix personal injury attorney on the behalf of a surviving child, parent, spouse, or the estate. In case the deceased person is a child, either of the parents (of the victim) or a legal guardian may file wrongful death claims on their behalf as per Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 12-612 (2021).
Victims may be able to collect monetary compensation for their losses. The losses can be estimated as per federal & state laws applicable. While some losses are common to nearly all wrongful death claims in Arizona, others may be unique and specific to a victim’s relationship with the deceased person. A Phoenix personal injury attorney at Maria Jones Law Firm can help you correctly calculate the losses so that your family is compensated well enough for a secure future.
The plaintiff’s claimed losses in wrongful death cases typically include economic and non-economic damages.
Economic damages generally include the financial compensation awarded to cover the losses associated with the loss of a person. In a wrongful death case in Arizona, economic damages may include the following –
- Funeral expenses
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages & benefits that the deceased person would have accrued if /she had survived
- Repair or replacement of any property damaged in the event that led to wrongful death
As it is the case with most personal injury claim cases, quantifying noneconomic damages can be difficult, especially if you do not have an experienced wrongful death claim attorney serving Arizona on your side. The objective of awarding noneconomic damages to the deceased person’s surviving family members is to compensate them for various intangible losses. This type of damages may include the following –
- Loss of a deceased person’s companionship
- Loss of a deceased person’s guidance
- Loss of household help that a deceased person provided
- Emotional pain and suffering of survivors
In many states, there is an upper limit on the amount of damages that can be awarded to those pursuing wrongful death claims. However, in Arizona, there is no such upper limit. For specific details, you can contact our wrongful death claim attorneys at (602) 603-4032. An free, initial consultation with a compassionate and experienced personal injury lawyer serving Arizona alone should help you get a better understanding of what you can do and the kind of challenges that lie ahead.
We Handle Wrongful Death Actions in Mesa, Tucson, Phoenix, Glendale & Throughout Arizona
From offices in Tucson and Phoenix, our attorneys take on wrongful death actions across the state. We have been serving families in Arizona and know what it takes to persevere in complex claims against large insurance providers and other corporations that seem to put their profits above all else.
In addition to providing free consultations, our Phoenix wrongful death attorneys offer their services on a contingent fee basis, which means you pay no up-front costs and pay nothing at all unless we secure a settlement or award on your behalf. Wrongful death claims should be filed within a specific time frame. The deadlines are set by statute of limitations. In Arizona, you need to file a wrongful death claim within 2 years from the death of a loved one. The court may refuse to hear the case if you fail to file the case within this time period as per Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 12-542 (2021).
Contact us at (602) 603-4032 to learn how our Wrongful Death Lawyers can help you.