The statute of limitations is a deadline that sets the time for a person or family to file a legal action in court to seek justice for the loss of a loved one or point of injury. Statutes of limitations are used to prevent people from filing lawsuits for personal injury, wrongful death, or medical malpractice events that took place years or decades earlier.
Under Ariz. Rev. Stat. 12-611, the statute of limitations on a wrongful death lawsuit is two years from the date of death. There are circumstances where extenuating circumstances occur causing the two-year deadline to be extended.
If you have lost a loved one due to someone else’s negligence or intentional misconduct, you should contact a qualified wrongful death attorney to discuss your legal options. An experienced attorney can help you navigate the complex statutory scheme and fight for the compensation you deserve.
Statute of limitations in a wrongful death case
In Arizona, the statute of limitations for a wrongful death lawsuit is two years from the date of the individual’s death. However, there are some exceptions to this rule. If the cause of action is not discovered until after the statute of limitations has expired, the victim’s family members may have additional time to file a lawsuit.
An experienced wrongful death attorney can review your case’s facts, evidence, and medical records and determine whether you may be eligible to file a lawsuit.
Compensation for wrongful death lawsuits
If you believe that someone else’s negligence or misconduct caused your loved one’s death, you may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit. While no money can replace your loved one, a successful wrongful death lawsuit can help ease the financial burden caused by the death. Families can often recover compensation for medical bills, funeral expenses, lost income, and more. The most important element of the wrongful death lawsuit is the loss of companionship and enjoyment of life.
Arizona Rev. Stat. 12-613 sets forth the types of damages that may be awarded in a successful wrongful death action. These damages include compensation for the loss of love, companionship, comfort, care, and society that the beneficiaries have suffered as a result of the death. In addition, damages may also be awarded for funeral and burial expenses and for the loss of earnings and support that the beneficiaries have suffered due to the death.
Contact an experienced law team for your wrongful death case
The sudden loss of a loved one is a tragedy that impacts families and loved ones in a devastating way. After a loss, families may delay consultation with a wrongful death attorney due to the loss and overwhelming to-do list.
If you have lost a loved one due to malpractice or wrongful death in Arizona, including the areas of Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tucson, or Avondale, you can count on the team at Snyder & Wenner, P.C. To find out more, or for your consultation, call us today at (602) 224-0005.