Tempe Wrongful Death Attorney
The loss of a loved one is hard enough to take under any circumstances. But when the death of a loved one occurs due to the negligence of someone else, the wound is even deeper. Although monetary compensation for the loved one’s death does not bring the loved one back into our lives, it does help you and your family gain a sense of closure by making the responsible party accountable for their negligence. Monetary awards in a wrongful death suit can also go a long way toward giving your family some financial security and rebuild your lives after your untimely loss. Lorona & Mead Attorneys at Law are ready to stand up to the negligent party in your case and help you collect compensatory damages for your loss. Consulting with our Tempe wrongful death attorney is the first step in making that happen.
Wrongful Death Claims and Arizona Law
In Arizona, there are specific laws that govern wrongful death claims. A wrongful death claim is a civil action that holds a negligent party financially responsible, regardless of whether a criminal complaint has been filed or not. A wrongful death claim is a claim filed by the personal representative of the deceased; this is usually a spouse or child, but it might also be a parent or a legal guardian. In Arizona, the statute of limitations on wrongful death claims is two years, so any action filed against the responsible party must be filed within two years of the death.
Wrongful Death Causes
There are a wide range of reasons that a wrongful death claim might be brought by the surviving family of a decedent. Commonly, wrongful death claims result from:
- Deadly car accidents. When driver negligence results in a fatality, the family of the deceased has a right to take legal action against the at-fault party.
- Medical malpractice. Medical personnel are expected to act within the bounds of acceptable care. When they deviate from this standard of care, they can be held accountable for any wrongful death that occurs as a result.
- Accidents in the workplace. Dangerous work environments often lead to accidents that cause fatalities. This is common in a range of industries, and if the employer or some other entity is negligent and it results in death, a claim of wrongful death may be launched.
- Intentional death. When someone takes the life of someone else intentionally, then that person may also face civil action in addition to criminal charges. Even if the person is proven not guilty of homicide, it is sometimes possible to provide the burden of proof needed in a civil wrongful death suit.
Working with a Tempe Wrongful Death Attorney
Our loved ones are priceless; there’s no possible way to put a dollar value on your deceased loved one’s life. However, a wrongful death claim seeks to provide some financial help to replace the lost income and other contributions that the decedent made to your family and your life. In addition, your Tempe wrongful death attorney may ask for reimbursement for medical bills and funeral and burial expenses in addition to compensation for emotional distress caused by your loss. Consult with Lorona & Mead’s Tempe wrongful death lawyers now to determine the best course of action in moving forward with your wrongful death claim.