Arizona Wrongful Death Attorneys
There are no words that can describe the way it feels when you lose someone in a terrible accident. We want to extend our deepest sympathy if you have lost a loved one. There is a lot to take care of when you unexpectedly are hit by a loss like this and you might be overwhelmed thinking about filing a wrongful death claim. We want you to know that we will do everything in our power to make this is simple as it can be. We want to free you from the stress of a case and allow you to grieve and take care of matters within your family. After you read about your claim, please do not hesitate to give our office a call to set up a free consultation with our caring and skilled Arizona wrongful death attorney.
Common Types of Wrongful Death Accident
Wrongful death is a broad term for a lot of different things. Wrongful death cases most commonly happen from:
- Auto accidents
- Construction accidents
- Bike and pedestrian accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Nursing home negligence
These accidents often cause severe injuries in the best cases and in the worst cases, in which you are here for, they cause fatalities. It is most unfortunate to see this happen and we want to do everything we can for the surviving family members of the lost loved one.
Statute of Limitations
Arizona permits two years from the date of the accident for you to bring your claim. Within those two years, we urge you to hire an attorney right away. You should not wait to hire an attorney, as they need time to build you a strong case. If you call an attorney a few days before your statute of limitations runs out, they most likely will not be able to help you. These cases require investigation and prep work in order for them to be successful. That cannot happen overnight. The sooner you can get to an attorney, the better off your case will be.
Do NOT Talk to the Insurance Company
As horrible as it may seem, the insurance company has a goal that involves giving you as little compensation as possible. They do not want to be held completely responsible for the actions of their insured. If they get an opportunity to reduced compensation or throw out your wrongful death claim, they will take full advantage of that. If they call you shortly after you bring your claim, or your loved one passes away, be very careful about what you say. The best thing to do is not talk to them at all. They will be asking you for a recorded statement and that could be detrimental to your case. We urge you to let your Arizona wrongful death attorney take care of all communication with the insurance company for you.
How Compensation Works
There are two types of compensation that the family of the deceased can collect. There is wrongful death compensation that accounts for the lost potential wages that they would have provided in their life as well as loss of consortium or loss of normal life. There is also another form of compensation that has to do with the pain and suffering of the lost loved one. If they were killed instantly in an accident as opposed to having suffered for days due to medical malpractice, that will affect this compensation. There is a hierarchy involved in who can bring a claim. Typically it will be family members who relied on the deceased financially. If there are children, a spouse, parents, or financially dependent siblings, they will be the first ones in line to receive compensation. To be very sure about who is able to bring what claim, you should talk to an attorney as soon as possible.
Call Our Office Today
If you are looking for a strong, dedicated Arizona wrongful death attorney, please call our office today to set up a free consultation. At Swenson and Shelley, we will make sure you are on track to have a successful claim. We will work hard to ensure we cover all of the bases to get your family the compensation that they deserve.