Losing a loved one in an accident is a tragic experience. While nothing can bring them back, you could be entitled to compensation to replace some of the value of their financial and emotional contributions to your household. When someone or something else caused the accident that led to the death of your loved one, you are entitled to damages through what is known as a wrongful death claim. As we’ll discuss, these benefits are collected by filing a claim with the insurance carrier of the party at fault for the accident.
Handling the claims process can be complex, and requires the collection of evidence and drafting of a claim within the amount of time legally allowed. To remove the stress from your day-to-day life, and to ensure that you collect the full compensation you are entitled to, working with a Surprise wrongful death attorney from The Law Offices of John Phebus can be extremely helpful. We step into your shoes and handle everything so you can focus on coping with your loss while we focus on making the most of your wrongful death claim.
Wrongful Death Damages Include Lost Financial and Emotional Contribution
While no amount of money can replace the loss of your loved one, the purpose of a wrongful death action is to bring you and your family to a financial position as close as possible to where the accident had never happened. This means that you can recover compensation for the financial contributions of your lost loved one to your household, from the time of their death through their working life. The courts also recognize the value of emotional support and companionship and may award damages for the loss of this through what is known as “loss of consortium” damages.
Arizona Law Governs Wrongful Death Claims and Liability
Under Arizona wrongful death law, the claim applies when the death of a person has been caused by a wrongful act, neglect, or default that would have entitled your loved one to bring an action to recover damages had they not been killed. When a person dies from the injuries of a wrongful act, neglect, or default, the wrongful death action can be brought by and in the name of the surviving spouse, child, parent or guardian, or personal representative of the deceased’s estate.
Connect with a Surprise Wrongful Death Lawyer for Help on Your Claim
When it comes time to collect compensation on your wrongful death claim, you’ll need to put together a claim with the insurance carrier of the party that caused the accident. It is important to remember that the insurance company works for profit, not for you. The less they pay on claims and the more claims that they deny outright, the greater their profits. Insurance companies have full-time teams of claim analysts and attorneys scrutinizing your claim, and having an attorney of your own helps to even the playing field.