Phoenix Wrongful Death Attorney
When you lose a loved one in an accident, you’re faced with several dilemmas. How will you pay for final expenses? Will you be able to make up for lost income if you’ve lost a spouse? Who will pay for remaining medical bills?
At Cullan and Cullan , we believe you shouldn’t have to worry about issues like these. Your main concern should be beginning the healing process surrounded by family. We’re committed to providing you the tools to do just that. Visit our Wrongful Death Frequently Asked Questions page for more information on how we can help you.
What Is “Wrongful Death” in Arizona?
Surviving members of an accident victim’s family may file a wrongful death suit if they believe their loved one died as a direct result of negligence. Wrongful death settlements are intended to take care of funeral arrangements or other final expenses, make up for the deceased’s lost wages, and compensate for intangible losses like loss of companionship.
You may file a wrongful death suit from any type of accident: car accidents, slip and falls, medical malpractice, or even defective products. Anyone can be at fault in a wrongful death claim, from individuals to companies and even the government.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Suit in Arizona?
Arizona law dictates that you must be related to the deceased in some way to receive a claim. The following parties may be eligible:
- Immediate members of family, including spouses, parents, and children.
- Financial dependents and life partners may also be eligible, as long as they depend on the deceased’s income
- At times, extended family members can file a wrongful death suit (grandparents and siblings sometimes file, particularly if they’re caring for the deceased’s children)
What Kinds of Damages Can I Recover in a Wrongful Death Suit?
Qualified survivors may be eligible to collect different types of damages as part of a wrongful death claim, which are lumped into three general categories:
- Economic (special) damages. These are easy to calculate and may include financial contributions the deceased made to the family as well as funeral expenses and outstanding medical bills.
- Non-economic (general) damages. These damages cover intangible losses, like loss of companionship, mental anguish, loss of consortium, grief, and loss of protection.
- Punitive damages. These are meant to punish the guilty parties for grossly negligent behavior. For example, class action suits involving companies often include punitive damages when a company knowingly commits negligence.
Speak with an attorney to learn more about your specific options.
When Can I File?
Arizona sets time limits for filing a wrongful death suit in Phoenix. In our state, the statute of limitations is only two years. If you try to file a suit after this time frame, the courts will refuse to consider it altogether.
It’s important to note, however, that the statute of limitations starts with the date of misconduct that led to the wrongful death. To maximize your chances of recovering damages in a suit, schedule a consultation with a wrongful death attorney as soon as possible.
Your Wrongful Death Attorney in Phoenix
At Cullan and Cullan , we practice on the notion that no one should have to pay the price for someone else’s negligence. We dedicate our careers to helping Phoenix area families recover damages from wrongful death and personal injury claims. While nothing can erase the emotional distress and grief of losing a loved one, a wrongful death settlement can provide your loved ones with the economic means to move on.
Your settlement begins with a free initial consultation. Let us review your case to see if we have the legal grounds for a wrongful death suit. If so, we’ll take it on a contingency-fee basis. Contact us to schedule your case evaluation today.