Arizona Wrongful Death Lawyers Who Know How to Tell Your Loved One's Story
Losing a loved one is one of the most difficult experiences that anyone can endure, especially when the death was the result of someone else's negligence or wrongful acts. At The Dr. Lawyer Law Group, we understand the pain, loss, and frustration that our clients feel. We help our clients by telling their stories and recovering the full compensation they deserve for their family member’s wrongful death in Arizona.
Where does "Wrongful Death" come from in the law?
There are two requirements to bring a wrongful death lawsuit in Arizona: (1) a death must have occurred, and (2) the death was caused by the “wrongful act, neglect or default” of another person or business. (A.R.S. § 12-611). Now, A.R.S. § 12-611 can look intimidating on its face– in fact, the entire statute is one sentence that contains more than 100 words! But The Dr. Lawyer Law Group knows exactly how to handle your family's personal injury case. You can trust us to make Arizona's wrongful death statute work best for you.
It is important to note that Arizona wrongful death claims must be filed within two years of the "wrongful act, neglect or default" which caused the death. If you believe a loved one has died due to the negligence of another person or business, contact The Dr. Lawyer Law Group right away for a free case strategy session.
Leading Causes of Wrongful Deaths in Arizona
“Wrongful act, neglect or default” can mean a lot of different things, but if the event causes a death, the person or business that caused the event is liable under Arizona’s Wrongful Death statute. There are many different causes of wrongful death, including:
Car and Truck Accidents: When a person dies in a car or truck accident, the surviving family members may be able to file a wrongful death claim against the driver who caused the accident, as well as any other parties who may have been at fault. Unfortunately, over 1,000 people were killed in car, truck, or motorcycle accidents in Arizona in 2021.
Medical Malpractice: Medical malpractice is another common cause of wrongful death. If a healthcare provider fails to provide a patient with the appropriate standard of care, and the patient dies as a result, the surviving family members may be able to file a wrongful death claim against the provider.
The Dr. Lawyer is an expert medical malpractice attorney with a proven track record of winning millions of dollars for his clients. Medical malpractice may not just be against a physician, however. You may have a medical malpractice wrongful death case against a Nurse Practitioner or Physician's Assistant ("Mid-level malpractice"), or you may have a medical malpractice wrongful death case against a Nursing Home or Rehabilitation Facility. Regardless of who the correct defendant may be, a free case strategy session with The Dr. Lawyer Law Group can help you determine your legal rights against them.
Defective Products: When a defective product causes a person's death, the surviving family members may be able to file a wrongful death claim against the manufacturer or other responsible party. The attorneys at The Dr. Lawyer Law Group have experience handling Arizona products liability cases against major companies and can help you obtain justice and full compensation for your loved one's wrongful death.
Workplace Accidents: Workplace accidents, including those in construction or industrial settings, can also result in wrongful death. In these cases, the surviving family members may be able to file a wrongful death claim against the employer or other responsible parties. The intersection between Arizona's workers' compensation laws and personal injuries can be complex, so if your loved one has been killed on the job, it will likely be necessary to hire an experienced wrongful death and workers' compensation attorney like the Dr. Lawyer to help you with your claim.
At The Dr. Lawyer Law Group, we have experience handling all types of wrongful death cases in Arizona. We understand that each case is unique, and we work closely with our clients to determine the best course of action for their situation. If you have lost a loved one due to someone else's negligence or wrongful actions, contact us today to schedule a free case strategy session. We are here to help you through this difficult time and to fight for the justice and compensation you deserve.
Who May Bring an Arizona Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
Arizona law places strict boundaries on who may. bring a wrongful death lawsuit. In fact, A.R.S. § 12-612 states that only surviving spouses, children, parents, and legal guardians may bring a wrongful death lawsuit on their own behalf. Additionally, a representative of the deceased person's estate may also bring a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the surviving spouse, children, and parents. These categories are called "statutory beneficiaries" because their right to file a wrongful death lawsuit comes from Arizona's wrongful death statute.
Types of Damages Available in An Arizona Wrongful Death Lawsuit
Determining the types of damages available in your wrongful death lawsuit can be a complex process that requires a thorough evaluation of your loved one's life, your relationship with your loved one, and the circumstances surrounding your loved one's death. It is so important to hire an experienced Arizona wrongful death lawyer because the insurance companies you are up against will never offer the full amount of damages you have suffered without one.
No matter what damages are ultimately available in your case, the Dr. Lawyer will make sure the insurance companies hear your story. We will fight hard to maximize your settlement or jury verdict after an Arizona wrongful death.
Two types of damages are typically considered in a wrongful case: economic and noneconomic damages. Economic damages refer to the monetary losses incurred as a result of the accident, such as medical expenses, lost wages, out-of-pocket expenses, and property damage.
Noneconomic damages, on the other hand, refer to intangible losses that cannot be easily quantified. The compensation you receive for these damages after losing a loved one are meant to balance the harm you've suffered. These damages are meant to balance the mental anguish you've experienced and will experience, like every morning you wake up without your spouse, child, or parent, and every night you struggle to sleep because of the loss you've experienced. The general categories for noneconomic damages are pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of consortium, or loss of your loved one's guidance, love, support, and affection.
The value of your Arizona wrongful death case will depend on the nature of your relationship with your loved one. At The Dr. Lawyer Law Group, we have extensive experience evaluating this type of damages and describing the impact your loss has had on your life. We will work tirelessly to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve for the economic and noneconomic damages incurred after you've lost a loved one due to another person or business's negligence.
What Will I Need to Prove In My Arizona Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
To win an Arizona wrongful death lawsuit, you typically have to prove four things:
First, you have to show that the person or business who made the mistake was supposed to be careful and safe. This is commonly referred to as proving that the person or business owed a duty of care to your loved one.
Next, you have to prove that the person or business didn't do what they were supposed to do, and that caused the person's death. This is commonly referred to as proving that the person or business breached the duty of care that they owed.
Then, you must show that the mistake caused the person's death. Causation in certain wrongful death cases can be very complex.
Finally, you have to prove that the mistake caused harm that can be measured, like money or injury.
Sometimes, different rules apply to different kinds of wrongful death lawsuits, like when a doctor makes a mistake. And if the mistake was made by the government, there are other special rules to follow. That is why it is so important to contact an experienced Arizona wrongful death attorney like The Dr. Lawyer Law Group to help you determine your legal rights and how to obtain justice for you and your loved one.
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