When a family member or loved one is lost due to the negligence of someone else, it is a tragedy that no one should have to go through. If you have experienced a situation like this, the personal injury attorneys at Swenson & Shelly would first like to extend our deepest sympathies and condolences. We are here to help you in your time of need. Contact our office today to learn how wrongful death compensation works.
How Wrongful Death Compensation Works | Two Different Types
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.
How Wrongful Death Compensation Works | 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.
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.