Recoverable Damages in an Arizona Wrongful Death Case
Wrongful deaths in Arizona are always tragedies that leave the surviving family members heartbroken. There’s nothing that can make up for the loss of a loved one, but the law gives the deceased’s surviving family members a chance to offset the wrongful death by allowing them to recover damages in a wrongful death case in Arizona.
If your loved one suffered a wrongful death because of the negligence of another, you should discuss your case with an Arizona personal injury lawyer. An attorney can guide you through the process to ensure you get the compensation you deserve.What Accidents Can Cause a Wrongful Death?
Sadly, wrongful deaths can happen under many different circumstances. Below is a list of some of the most common causes of wrongful death accidents:
- Automobile and trucking accidents - The most common cause of wrongful death accidents are automobile and 18 wheeler accidents. Fatigued driving, distracted driving, driving under the influence, and reckless driving are all ways a negligent driver can cause the death of another. Let Arizona attorney Jesse Guerra review your case if your loved one’s wrongful death was due to an automobile or trucking accident.
- Medical malpractice - If medical professionals don’t provide a reasonable level of care as compared to another doctor under the same circumstances, they can be held liable for a wrongful death.
- Product liability - Defective products that lead to an accident resulting in death can be grounds for a wrongful death case caused by product liability.
- Swimming pool accidents - Pool owners owe a certain duty of care to keep people on their property from harm. If they don’t they can be liable for damages. A lawyer can explain further.
- Workplace accidents - When someone dies in the workplace because of company negligence, they can be responsible for damages.
No matter the cause of your loved one’s wrongful death, an experienced attorney can help you win your case.Damages in A Wrongful Death Case
A wrongful death case in Arizona is a civil case, which means liability and damages solely regard monetary compensation, as opposed to a criminal case where liability could include imprisonment as well as other penalties.
A.R.S. Section 12-613 explains how damages in an Arizona wrongful death case should be awarded. The recoverable damages in an Arizona wrongful death case are broken down into the following two categories:
- Compensation for the deceased person’s estate - This category is for damages usually paid to the decedent’s estate that include things like medical bills, funerary costs, loss of income and future income, property damage, and pain and suffering suffered by the deceased person before their death.
- Compensation for the deceased person’s surviving family members - The surviving family members can be awarded damages for things like their pain and suffering as a result of the untimely death, loss of household services, loss of companionship, guidance, and care.
To know what damages you may be eligible to recover, talk to an experienced lawyer.Statute of Limitations
For wrongful death cases, there is a statute of limitations that specifies how much time you have to file your case. In Arizona, you have two years after the loss of a loved one to file a wrongful death case on their behalf. If you don’t file within this timeframe, you may not be able to recover damages.The Right Representation For You
After the loss of a loved one, it’s important that you get compensated for the cost of someone else’s negligence. Filing a wrongful death lawsuit against the negligent party with the help of an Arizona personal injury lawyer is the best route to getting justice. Arizona
Attorney Jesse Guerra has worked countless wrongful death cases for Arizonians, helping them make the most of their tragic situation. He’s accomplished a lot in his years working as a Carabin Shaw attorney, which you can learn more about here. For a free consultation, call today at 1-800-555-0101.