Phoenix Wrongful Death Lawyer
Each day, people in Phoenix suffer injuries due to the negligence of others, and those careless acts can tragically lead to a loss of human life. Many wrongful death cases result from car accidents but can also result from medical malpractice, unsafe property conditions, or product defects.
If a loved one’s life has been tragically ended, enlist the help of the experienced wrongful death lawyers at Zinda Law Group. Our Phoenix wrongful death attorneys know your rights under Arizona law and will tirelessly pursue your case, so that you can begin to move forward with your life knowing that justice has been restored. Call 800-863-5312 to get started with a free attorney consultation.
Types of Wrongful Death Claims
The State of Arizona allows for recovery through the courts for the resulting damage and suffering caused by a wrongful death. According to state law, an action for wrongful death must have a valid underlying cause to make it to trial, but negligence is not the only cause for a wrongful death case. Reckless or intentional acts such as those that would qualify as murder or manslaughter are also valid causes of action for wrongful death in Arizona. Common causes of wrongful death include:
- Workplace accidents
- Automobile accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Medication side effects
- Medical malpractice
- Defective products
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim
Any person or corporation liable for the death of a loved one due to their negligent, reckless, or intentional act can have suit brought against them for wrongful death. An action for wrongful death, however, cannot be brought by just anybody who survives the decedent. Arizona law allows the named plaintiff of a wrongful death suit to be “a surviving husband or wife, child, parent or guardian, or personal representative of the deceased person.” If none of these parties still exist, then the representative or guardian bringing the suit is suing on behalf the decedent’s estate, and the resulting damages awarded by a jury became an asset of the estate.
Types of Compensation in a Wrongful Death Case
Because the incident in question lead to the victim’s death, the damages that a jury awards are not what would typically be awarded in a personal injury suit in Phoenix.
Plaintiffs are seeking:
- Consortium damages or the resulting loss of the decedent’s companionship and care
- The loss of the decedent’s lifetime of economic support to the beneficiary or beneficiaries
- The mental anguish and grief that surviving loved ones experience after the death of the victim
- Costs of memorial services and burial
- The medical bills to treat the decedent before death, and
- If the actor was reckless or acting intentionally, punitive damages that punish the “evil mind” of a wrongdoer.
From this list of damages, one can imagine that, under Arizona law for wrongful death suits, recovery owed to the beneficiaries is quite substantial, and a suit most frequently involves the negligent party’s home or auto insurer to cover the damages awarded by a jury. Additionally, consider whether the wrongdoer was acting in the course of employment for another person or corporation, which would then become vicariously liable for the incident their negligent or reckless employee caused.
Get Help from our Phoenix Wrongful Death Attorneys Today
If you lost a loved one, call the Phoenix wrongful death lawyers at Zinda Law Group for help today. Our attorneys offer 100% free consultations & can answer any questions you may have and inform you of your legal options. Our attorneys also operate on a contingency fee basis. This means if we don’t win your case, you won’t owe us a dime. Call 800-863-5312 to get the help you and your family deserves today.