Losing a family member is never easy, regardless of the circumstances. When a loved one dies due to the negligent or intentional actions of another, it can be particularly difficult to handle. You are most likely feeling a mix of emotions during this tragic time, and it’s understandable if you’re angry or frustrated over how an avoidable accident has taken your loved one from you.
The Prescott wrongful death lawyers at Jensen Phelan Law Firm, P.C. have handled many wrongful death cases, and we understand that your loss can be emotionally traumatizing while leaving you with many unexpected financial burdens. While no amount of money can bring your loved one back or truly compensate you for your loss, our lawyers can help you and your family stay financially afloat as you cope with this tragedy.
If you’ve lost a family member due to the negligent actions of another, the Jensen Phelan Law Firm can help. You can learn about your legal rights and options by speaking with our attorneys in person. Please call (928) 778-2660 or send us a message today to schedule a free consultation at our office in Prescott, Arizona.
When someone loses their life due to the negligence of another, it is considered a wrongful death. Under Arizona law, a wrongful death lawsuit may be filed in any situation where the deceased person could have filed a personal injury case based on the negligent actions associated with the accident. However, in these cases, the lawsuit is filed by family members of the deceased.
The state of Arizona allows the following individuals to file a wrongful death action:
Wrongful death cases can be related to just about any type of personal injury, including:
While it is impossible to ever completely repair the damages done in these situations, the law can offer some solace. In proven wrongful death cases, courts often grant the families of the deceased various kinds of financial compensation.
Damages in a wrongful death case typically fall into two different categories. The first category involves monetary damages experienced as a result of your loved one’s death. These may include:
The second category of damages involves non-economic losses you and your family experienced. This may include:
The specific damages that can be recovered vary based on who is filing the wrongful death case. For example, a spouse or child may be able to recover damages for loss of love, affection, and companionship, but these damages may not be available to the representative of the deceased person’s estate. Punitive damages can also be filed to punish the negligent party.
There are certain time limits, called statutes of limitations, on when wrongful death lawsuits can be filed. In Arizona, you must file wrongful death claims within two years of the date your loved one died. If the wrongful death is the result of actions or omissions of a public entity, an administrative claim must be filed within 180 days and the wrongful death suit within one year. After this deadline has passed, you may not be able to recover the compensation you deserve.
Due to the time-sensitive nature of these cases, it’s crucial that you speak with our lawyers at once. At Jensen Phelan Law Firm, P.C. we’ll make sure that your case is filed before these deadlines pass.
The gravity of a wrongful death case requires exceptional, long-term legal counsel. It cannot be emphasized how much it matters to find the right Prescott wrongful death attorney to represent you after the loss of your loved ones. Our legal team has already recovered millions for grieving families. We attribute our success not only to our experience, but also to the compassion and dedication we have for our clients.
Maximizing your recovery cannot completely fix the damage done; however, it can provide you some of the relief that you deserve. We will not let an insurance company give you a low-ball settlement, and we will always hold responsible parties accountable for their wrongful actions.
Please contact Jensen Phelan Law Firm, P.C. using our online contact form or call (928) 778-2660 today to schedule your free case evaluation and discuss your legal options. Our experienced wrongful death attorneys serve clients in Prescott, Prescott Valley, Cottonwood, and the surrounding areas of Arizona.
Wrongful death can occur for any number of varying reasons. The most common causes include automobile accidents, such as car, truck, and motorcycle crashes. Product liability, work accidents, animal attacks, and medical malpractice also commonly lead to wrongful death.
Cases involving wrongful death often require the victim’s family to pursue legal action after a fatal accident. Contacting a wrongful death lawyer can help those who have been impacted by the case obtain the highest possible level of compensation, as well as helping them to realize the value of their claim. Lawyers with experience in wrongful death cases can provide ongoing support, legal counsel, and a fundamental understanding of laws involving wrongful death suits that can help to ensure a successful case for the family of the victim.