Losing a loved one to an accident is tragic and can dramatically and permanently impact your family and your day-to-day life. When you lose a loved one in an accident caused by someone or something else, you could be entitled to compensation to replace your loved one’s lost financial contributions to your household, coverage for funeral and related costs, and also damages for the loss of their companionship and support.
Collecting what you are owed required that you file a claim with the insurance carrier of the party at fault. All of this requires the gathering of evidence, drafting of a claim, and negotiation of a fair settlement. If a Scottsdale wrongful death attorney takes your case, they step into your shoes and handle the entire process from claim through compensation so you can focus on coping with your loss and arranging your affairs.
To explore whether you have a wrongful death claim and if so how to make the most of your related compensation, a dedicated Scottsdale wrongful death lawyer from The Law Offices of John Phebus is standing by to review your case. Read on to learn more about how wrongful death claims work, and how an attorney can support you through the process.
When Someone Dies in an At-Fault Accident You are Entitled to Damages Under AZ Law
Through the Arizona wrongful death statute, it is clarified that the surviving family of individuals who pass as a result of a wrongful act, neglect, or default, can bring an action to collect damages on behalf of the deceased. This is known as a wrongful death action and is brought by the surviving spouse, parents, child, or personal representative of the individual who died in the accident.
The purpose of a wrongful death claim is to bring you and your family to a financial position that is as close as possible to the position you would have been in without the tragic loss. While no amount of money can bring your loved one back, the courts award damages to replace their financial and emotional contribution to your household. These amounts will vary depending upon the evidence presented in your case, the facts and circumstances surrounding the accident, and how the law and outcome of other similar cases applies to the situation.
Compensation for wrongful death claims includes:
Funeral and related expenses
The lost financial contribution of your loved one from the time of the accident through their remaining working life
Medical bills and expenses
In some situations, damages for pain and suffering
Discuss Your Wrongful Death Claim with a Scottsdale Lawyer
Reach out to The Law Offices of John Phebus to schedule your free assessment or call (623) 847-7117 where we’ll collect some basic information about the accident to determine if and how we can help. The sooner you have an attorney helping collect evidence and measure your damages, the better the outcome of your claim.