Wrongful death is the tragic loss of a loved one due to someone else’s negligence, recklessness or default. It is a loss that due care by the defendant reasonably would have been prevented. Wrongful death can be emotionally devastating for you and your family. It can also lead to financial problems while you try to pay for funeral, burial, medical and lost wage expenses.
The Peoria wrongful death attorneys at The Law Offices of John Phebus can help you if you lost someone you love in an avoidable accident. If a car accident, fall, workplace accident, dangerous premises, dog attack, criminal or another incident took your loved one’s life, please contact us for a free consultation. We may be able to help you obtain fair compensation for the fatal accident through compassionate and tailored legal care.
Why Choose Our Law Firm?
- We have the investigative power to identify the defendant in your wrongful death claim, collect evidence and bring your claim to the courts on your behalf.
- We will not let your family settle for less. Attorney John Phebus can take your case to court for fair compensation if that is what it takes.
- We have over 20 years of experience helping families throughout Arizona with wrongful death claims. We can tackle any challenge that comes our way.
- We advocate for clients during Peoria wrongful death claims on a contingency fee basis. You only pay us after we win an award, and only if we succeed.
How Does Arizona Define Wrongful Death?
Any death that a person or entity causes by a wrongful act, neglect or default meets the definition of wrongful death in Arizona. A test to see if you have grounds for a claim is asking whether your loved one would have been able to file a personal injury claim in Peoria had he or she survived the injury. If so, your family most likely has a wrongful death claim. A free, confidential evaluation with a Peoria wrongful death lawyer at The Law Offices of John Phebus can help you understand whether you have a case.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim?
If you know a wrongful death has occurred, the next step is to determine if you are an applicable party for filing a claim. Not all surviving loved ones will have the legal right to bring a wrongful death claim. Arizona Revised Statute 12-612 states that a surviving spouse, child, parent, legal guardian or personal representative will have the right to bring a claim. If a representative brings the claim, he or she will do so on behalf of the estate. A personal representative is someone granted this role by administration or probate.
Statute of Limitations to File a Claim
The plaintiff during a wrongful death claim in Arizona must file the cause of action before the state’s deadline to have a valid case. The deadline, or statute of limitations, is two years from the date of death. You must file within at least two years, or else risk the Maricopa County courts dismissing your case due to a technicality. Your deadline could be considerably shorter (180 days) if the party at fault for the wrongful death is a government entity.
Damages You Can Recover
Bringing a wrongful death claim can benefit your family in many ways, including giving you closure during this hard time. If your claim succeeds, you could also receive compensation that can help you and your family move forward with comfort. Arizona Revised Statute 12-613 states that a jury has the ability to award such damages as it deems just and fair for the injuries you suffered due to the loss in question. This could include awards for pain and suffering, emotional anguish, medical care, loss of love and companionship, and funeral and burial expenses.
Contact a Peoria Wrongful Death Attorney Today
Do not wait to contact a Peoria wrongful death lawyer from The Law Offices of John Phebus if you have lost a loved one in a catastrophic accident. Waiting could make you miss your deadline and forfeit the right to file. We can act quickly on your family’s behalf to estimate the value of your case and file the appropriate paperwork to demand compensation. Schedule a free consultation about your unique case today. Call (623) 847-7117 to reach our local attorneys, or contact us online.