Providing Financial Recovery to Families of Accident Victims
When a loved one passes away, the grief and emotional turmoil you may feel can overwhelm your life. When a loved one’s death was the direct result of an accident due to negligence, those feelings can be amplified. Unfortunately, funeral and burial expenses plus the loss of income that your family member provided can start to add up, adding stress to this already difficult time.
Our Yuma wrongful death attorneys understand just how challenging it can be to face a financial burden while also wrapping up your loved one’s affairs. Coping with the loss of someone you hold dear is difficult enough without adding insurance company negotiations and legal hurdles to the mix. At Territorial Law, we believe that you and your family members deserve to focus on each other during this trying time while also seeking the compensation you deserve.
Wrongful death lawsuits provide much-needed payments for expenses that you may be facing. If your loved one’s death was the result of an accident or negligence, you have the right to hold liable parties accountable in court. A Yuma wrongful death lawyer on our team can advocate for your rights and represent you in court to get the compensation you deserve. For more information about wrongful death claims and how we can assist you, call our office today at 928-955-7191.
How Does Arizona Define Wrongful Death?
In Arizona law, wrongful death is defined as a fatality caused by the negligent, intentional, or reckless actions of another party. The descendants and other surviving family members have the right to legally claim compensation for the damages they accrue because of the accident. Some damages awarded have economic value, while others are in line with emotional anguish and loss of companionship. These factors combined often make up the “wrongful death claim.”
The other type of claim in a wrongful death lawsuit provides compensation for losses of a deceased person’s estate. This type of claim, often called a survival action, is used to get compensation for damages related to suffering a personal injury. This right to seek damages survives even if the person who experienced the damages has passed away. The deceased person’s estate can seek damages for funeral and burial expenses, medical bills, and more.
What Are the Most Common Types of Wrongful Death Accidents?
A wrongful death claim can be pursued if the deceased person could have sought damages had they survived. In other words, any wrongful death can be pursued if the negligent party can be found “at fault.” Negligent actions can include disregarding safety measures, being intentionally reckless, or other actions.
The most common scenarios involved in wrongful death lawsuits in Arizona include the following:
- Motorcycle crashes
- Distracted driving accidents
- Drunk driving accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Swimming pool drownings
- Negligent security that results in homicide
- Unsafe or defective products
- Rollovers involving vans and SUVs
- Tractor-trailer collisions
- Construction accidents
- Dangerous drugs
- Slip and fall accidents
- Nursing home abuse
- Fatal motor vehicle accidents
In most cases, the negligent party is the party directly responsible for the action that resulted in wrongful death. However, in some cases, the responsible parties are less clear. For instance, if unsafe or faulty products result in death, the liability could be placed on the manufacturer, distributor, or seller of the product. Our team of Yuma wrongful death lawyers can review the facts of your case to determine who to hold responsible for your loved one’s death.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
Only certain family members and people related to a wrongful death victim can seek damages on their behalf. You may be able to collect compensation for your loss, especially if you were a close relative of the deceased.
Under Arizona law, the following family members can file a wrongful death lawsuit:
- Surviving spouse: A husband or wife who lost their spouse can seek compensation for loss of companionship and emotional anguish. They can also seek compensation for the value of services their spouse would have made and the loss of lifetime income based on life expectancy.
- Parents: Parents who lost a child can seek compensation for loss of companionship and mental anguish.
- Children: Children who lost their parents can recover compensation for loss of companionship and emotional anguish. Minor children may also be able to seek compensation for the loss of potential financial support.
There may be other damages you can seek depending on the nature of your relationship with your loved one and how their accident occurred. In any wrongful death accident, the responsible parties will be forced to explain their wrongful actions and provide a fair settlement to make up for them. Settlement negotiations can be a long process, and it is always recommended to have a team of wrongful death lawyers on your side when discussing damages. For more information, contact our office today.
Can an Attorney Help Me?
Dealing with the loss of a loved one is already an emotionally tumultuous time. Unfortunately, expenses like funeral and burial costs, medical bills, and other costs related to your loved one’s death can start to add up. If your loved one was killed due to another party’s negligence, you deserve to seek compensation.
Negotiating with insurance companies and holding guilty parties liable can be challenging, especially without legal experience. Our team at Territorial Law understands just how important it is to hold liable parties accountable for their actions. We are dedicated to providing legal services to all our clients while keeping their best interests in mind. If you would like to seek justice on behalf of your loved one, our team is here to assist you. Call us today for a free legal consultation at 928-955-7191.