Phoenix Wrongful Death Attorneys
Wrongful Death Overview
If you have experienced the sudden, unexpected loss of a loved one in an accident that you believe was caused by another person's recklessness or wrongdoing, you may be entitled to take legal action against the responsible party. By filing a wrongful death claim against the negligent person, company, or entity, surviving family members can recover compensation to help cope with the unforeseen expenses and non-economic losses that often occur after a wrongful death.
After suffering such a tragic loss in the family, it is understandable that taking legal action may seem like an additional burden, but it is important to speak with an attorney as soon as possible to explore your options for gaining restitution. At Breyer Law Offices P.C., our wrongful death lawyers understand that the absence of a loved one is devastating and will work closely with you to ensure that your best interests are protected. While no amount of money can erase the past, compensation can offset financial strain that may affect your future. Call us for a free consultation at (480) 389-2463 or submit an online contact form.
Who May Sue for Wrongful Death?
When a person passes away, it is likely that many lives will be affected by the loss and in some cases, experience economic consequences. However, not everyone is entitled to sue the at-fault party for damages. In Arizona, the surviving spouse, children, parents, or guardian of a deceased person may lawfully pursue a wrongful death claim. A lawyer will act on behalf of the survivors, also known as beneficiaries, to ensure that the case is both uncomplicated and efficient, especially if there are several family members involved.
What Damages Can be Recovered?
Through legal action, it is possible for families to not only gain closure and a sense of justice, but also financial compensation for past, current, and future expenses. Common types of economic and non-economic damages that may be awarded in an Arizona wrongful death case include:
- Medical expenses for past treatment
- Loss of income and services if the victim had lived
- Funeral/burial expenses
- Loss of consortium, including companionship, love, and care
- Pain and suffering, such as the emotional and mental anguish associated with grief
- Punitive damages that are intended to punish the at-fault party
Every case is unique and a jury will determine the amount of damages that may be awarded based on the circumstances of the victim's death, the victim's income and expected future earnings, and the non-economic losses suffered by each eligible survivor.
How Long Do I Have to File a Claim?
In Arizona, survivors must file a wrongful death claim within two years of the death in order to be eligible for compensation. Failure to take legal action within the statute of limitations can result in the loss of right to assert a wrongful death claim. While a statute of limitations is generally strict, there are unique circumstances in which an individual may be able to file a claim after the specific time period has expired. An experienced and knowledgeable lawyer will be able to evaluate your case and determine whether you still have a potential claim.
Making a Difference for Our Clients
The compassionate legal team at Breyer Law Offices, P.C. understands the needs of a grieving family, and will work tirelessly to ensure that you gain the compensation you need and deserve. Mark and Alexis Breyer have years of experience defending clients who have suffered emotional and financial losses as the result of another's negligent actions or wrongdoing. Please do not hesitate to contact us to learn more about your options for recovery. Your first consultation is always free. Call us at (602) 267-1280.