The death of a loved one is always tragic. This pain is multiplied when the death of a loved one was caused by someone else's intentional or careless act.
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WHAT IS A WRONGFUL DEATH CLAIM?
A wrongful death claim brought when a person or an entity causes another person's death. A.R.S. Section §12-611 allows a member of a family to bring a claim against the person who caused the loved one's death.
WHO CAN BRING A WRONGFUL DEATH CLAIM?
Generally, the following people may bring a wrongful death claim against the person who caused the death:
- A surviving Husband or wife
- A surviving Child or Children
- Parents of the deceased
- Adoptive parents of the deceased
- Legal Guardian of the deceased
- Legal Representative of the deceased
WHAT DAMAGES CAN I RECOVER?
The claims and damages that you can recover will depend on your relationship with the deceased person. Common claims include:
- Loss of income
- Loss of Pension
- Loss of Insurance
- Loss of Benefits
- Medical Expenses
- Funeral Expenses
- Burial Expenses
- Lost rights to an inheritance
- Loss of Parental Guidance
- Loss of Presence
- Loss of Nurturing care
- Mental Anguish
- Loss of Consortium
- Loss of Love
- Loss of Companionship and Society
- Other damages based on case details
HOW LONG DO YOU HAVE TO FILE A LAWSUIT?
In Arizona, under A.R.S. §12-542, you have to file a lawsuit within two years, or you may lose your opportunity to recover damages. Although two years seem like a long time, it is important to speak to an attorney right away. Your attorney will conduct their investigation into your loved one's death, collect statements and any other evidence to get you the best outcome.
DO YOU HAVE TO FILE A LAWSUIT?
You do not have to file a lawsuit in every case. Often, claims for a wrongful death can be settled before a lawsuit is filed. With the help of Select Law, you can be sure that unless a fair settlement is offered, we are prepared to file a lawsuit to make sure you are compensated for all of your damages.