When a person dies due to medical malpractice, the surviving family may sue for “wrongful death.” This lawsuit aims to award compensation to a family or individual in order to rectify or alleviate financial burdens, lost companionship, expenses related to a funeral, and lost wages from the deceased.
A wrongful death lawyer will be able to determine a fair amount a family should receive for their pain and suffering as a result of wrongful death. It is critical to speak to a wrongful death lawyer or accidental death attorney quickly. A wrongful death attorney will be able to compile evidence, testimony, and information necessary to build a successful case for your loved one and help you receive the compensation you are entitled to.
Arizona Wrongful Death Law
Arizona law defines a “wrongful death” as a death that is caused “by wrongful act, neglect or default.” (Arizona Revised Statutes § 12-611 (2021).) Furthermore, Arizona Revised Statutes 12-612 states “an action for wrongful death shall be brought by and in the name of the surviving husband or wife, child, parent or guardian, or personal representative of the deceased person for and on behalf of the surviving husband or wife, children or parents, or if none of these survive, on behalf of the decedent’s estate.”
These Arizona Revised Statutes determine that certain surviving family members, close relatives, or named person(s) are eligible to receive compensation for wrongful death. It is critical to consult with an Arizona wrongful death lawyer who will be able to give you information to determine if you are an eligible family member who could receive compensation for wrongful death.
Under state law, a family member, guardian, or loved one has two years from the date of death to file a claim against wrongful death or malpractice.
How is wrongful death classified?
Wrongful death claims often stem from medical or facility negligence, or carelessness from a provider, staff member, doctor, or surgeon.
A wrongful death may also include:
- Motor vehicle accidents (including DUI)
- Reckless or intentional action
- Homicide or manslaughter
- Medical malpractice
- Premises liability actions/cases
- Product liability actions
Once a wrongful death attorney is consulted, surviving family members will file a lawsuit on behalf of themselves the person(s), or the facility responsible for wrongful death. A lawyer will then take the case to mediation for a possible settlement, working with insurance companies to reach a fair amount given to surviving members,
A value is created based on the degree of harm suffered. A settlement amount may include compensation for lost companionship, compensation for grief and trauma, and compensation for medical and funeral expenses.
Call an experienced wrongful death lawyer
Consulting with trusted experts for wrongful death and personal injury is critical. Call the attorneys at Snyder & Wenner at 602-224-0005 to schedule a free consultation regarding your case. We can help with personal injury lawsuits as well as recovering compensation for wrongful death. You deserve compensation for your pain and suffering.