Arizona Wrongful Death Lawsuit & Statute of Limitations
Arizona Wrongful Death Lawsuit
A wrongful death lawsuit can be brought against negligent parties whose actions lead to the wrongful death of your family member. Filing a wrongful death lawsuit against a negligent party is a civil action which allows you and other family members to receive compensation for the loss of your loved one.
Depending on the circumstances of the accident, the negligent party may also face criminal charges that are separate from a civil wrongful death lawsuit. Wrongful death is the only remedy for family members when a company, not an individual, is responsible for the death.
Two Different Wrongful Death Claims
In Arizona, there are two separate wrongful death claims that can be pursued:
- First, the estate of the deceased has a claim for losses arising before death, such as medical bills, injury, and suffering. The estate can also recover the expected contribution they would have obtained from the employment of the deceased family member.
- The second claim available in an Arizona belongs to the close survivors of the deceased. By law, these close familial members of the victim include a children, parents, or spouse. Items which surviving family members can receive compensation include:
- Loss of love
- Loss of affection
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of protection and guidance
Arizona Statute of Limitations
After experiencing the death of a family member due to a personal injury accident, you should immediately begin the process of filing a lawsuit. This is imperative because the amount of time a person is able to file a wrongful death action is not unlimited. This limited amount of time is called the wrongful death statute of limitations. Once the time limit to bring a wrongful death action expires, you will no longer be able to file a claim and have the possibility of receiving compensation for your loss.
Depending on the circumstances surrounding the death, it may be difficult to determine exactly when to file your claim. For this reason, it is very important that you contact our office as soon as possible. Our experienced attorneys will sort through the complicated process of determining the statute of limitations and ensure that it is filed in a timely manner.
If you require more information about claims against government agencies or a public entity, visit this page to learn more. Click here to learn more about the litigation process and the complexities involved.
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