Accident at Work | Arizona Wrongful Death Lawsuit
Despite advances in safety technology and improved workplace regulatory standards, occupational fatalities are still a leading cause of death in the United States each year. And in Arizona, the rate of occupational fatalities has been gradually increasing each year since 2013; the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data shows a current statewide rate of 4.4 fatal occupational injuries per 100,000 workers.
Construction workers, manufacturing workers, transportation workers, and trade workers are all at high risk for sustaining workplace injuries or dying on the job. And when workplace deaths occur due to employer negligence, the families of the deceased have the right to file an Arizona wrongful death lawsuit. Looking to learn more about hiring a wrongful death attorney in Arizona after a fatal accident at work? Read on to learn more from our experts.Who Can File an Arizona Wrongful Death Lawsuit After a Workplace Fatality?
Wrongful death lawsuits are civil claims brought against a person or entity whose actions contributed to or caused the death through negligence or intentional acts of violence. These claims are usually brought about by surviving relatives of the deceased, though they are sometimes filed by representatives of the estate. However, not all relatives can file a wrongful death claim, and the laws regarding which relatives can vary from state to state.
In Arizona, wrongful death claims may be brought forward by the following parties:
- A surviving spouse
- A surviving child
- A surviving parent or guardian
- A personal representative of the deceased (if no surviving claimants remain)
You should also note that wrongful death claims are separate legal processes from criminal proceedings, and may be brought forward even if criminal charges are brought forward separately. The wrongful death claim will occur once criminal proceedings have been finalized, and the burden of proof in these cases will be far lower than those for criminal cases.Why File a Wrongful Death Claim After a Workplace Fatality?
Wrongful death claims allow surviving family members to collect damages for their losses brought about by the loss of their loved one. While no amount of damages can make up for the loss, wrongful death claims allow families to collect funeral expenses, medical costs, lost income, and other damages incurred by the death of their family member. It is also possible to collect non-economic damages after a loss, such as pain and suffering damages or damages for emotional distress or mental anguish.
If you’re considering filing a wrongful death claim after losing a loved one to a workplace accident in Arizona, the next step is to consult with a qualified personal injury attorney in the state who specializes in these cases. They will help you determine whether or not you may have grounds for a successful claim, and can help you calculate your potential damages so you can decide how to move forward.Ready to Speak With a Lawyer? Call Arizona Attorney Jesse Guerra Today
We have the resources, the expertise, and the team to take on your work accident case—and your initial consultation is free of charge. We’ve specialized in wrongful death claims for more than two decades, and we are passionate about defending the legal rights of accident victims and survivors.
To learn how we can help you after your accident, call our office at 1-800-555-0101 to schedule your free consultation with a wrongful death attorney in Arizona. Let us help you get your life back on track after your accident at work by helping you get the compensation you deserve. To learn more about expert Arizona attorney Jesse Guerra and our firm’s services, click here.