Lake Havasu City Wrongful Death Lawyer
Most fatal accidents are preventable and caused by the negligence of another. The unforeseen loss of a loved one leaves a devastating void for surviving family members, along with the added burden of mounting medical bills, paying for the funeral and other burial expenses.
At Phillips Law Group, we have helped many grieving families seek justice and compensation after losing their loved ones. In just under 30 years, our firm has successfully recovered over $750 million in compensation for our clients. Some recoveries include $4.5 million for a family who lost a loved one in a motorcycle crash and $3.1 million for the family of a motorist involved in a fatal accident. Founder Jeffrey Phillips is a member of the National Trial Lawyers Association – Top 100 and has recovered verdicts in several Arizona counties.
Call to schedule a free consultation with a Kingman or Lake Havasu City wrongful death attorney to see if you are eligible to file a wrongful death claim. There are no upfront fees. If you win nothing, we get nothing.
Reach us 24/7 by online chat or phone. 1-800-706-3000.
How Wrongful Death is Defined in Arizona
Arizona defines a wrongful death as one caused by a wrongful act, neglect or default. A wrongful death claim can proceed to court if a loved one’s death was the result of the negligent conduct of another person or if the deceased person would have been able to file a personal injury claim if still alive.
Some of the situations that could result in a wrongful death include:
- Auto accidents
- Slip and falls
- Motorcycle accidents
- Defective products
- Medical malpractice
- Pool drowning accidents
- Workplace incidents
- Truck accidents
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Individuals Eligible to File Wrongful Death Claims
Only certain individuals are eligible to file a wrongful death claim under state law. This includes the deceased person’s surving:
- Minor child or children
- Parent or parents
- Family representative
- Personally appointed estate representative
In the event the deceased person is a minor under the age of 18, the minor’s parents or the minor’s legal guardians may be able to file a wrongful death claim on his or her behalf.
Damages Available In A Wrongful Death Case
Every wrongful death case is unique. In Arizona, damages in these cases are expressed in the form of financial or monetary losses.
There are generally two categories of damages available in a wrongful death case:
Damages to the Deceased Person’s Estate
Damages are typically paid to the deceased person’s estate for losses inflicted by the death, such as:
- Funeral and burial costs (cremation services, grave markers, cemetery lot costs)
- Medical expenses related to the deceased person’s treatment prior to death
- Lost wages and benefits the deceased person would have earned if still alive
- Pain and suffering the deceased person endured prior to death
- Repair or replacement of property damage
Damages Suffered By Surviving Family Members
These damages are typically paid to surviving family members due to their loved one’s death, such as:
- Value of lost household services the deceased person performed
- Loss of companionship, care and guidance
- Pain and suffering caused by the untimely death
When damages are awarded to families, each member must decide how to divide the damages amongst themselves. Should they disagree, the court may order the damages to be appointed in a certain way, however, this decision is legally binding and cannot be changed.
Learn more about wrongful death damages. Call: 1-800-706-3000.
Time Limits for Taking Legal Action
Arizona places a limit on the amount of time a surviving family member or personal representative of the estate has to pursue legal action for a wrongful death. If a wrongful death claim is not filed within this time limit, the court will likely dismiss your case and you will be unable to recover any compensation.
Wrongful death cases must generally be filed within two years from the date of the decedent’s death. It is important to follow the deadline that applies to your particular situation to help protect your legal rights.
Evidence Needed to Prove a Wrongful Death
To build a strong wrongful death case, the experienced Lake Havasu City wrongful death lawyers at Phillips Law Group are prepared to conduct a detailed investigation into the incident. Unlike the insurance company, we have your best interests in mind and are willing to seek a just and fair settlement.
Doing so, however, requires certain pieces of evidence to help prove that the other party’s negligence resulted in your loved one’s death. Some of the evidence we can help you obtain includes:
- Police or accident reports
- Death certificates
- Medical records
- Autopsy reports
- Tax returns
- Family records
- Eyewitness testimony
- Expert witness testimony
- Photographic or video evidence
We are prepared to help. No risk or obligation. Free consultation.
Call Our Lake Havasu City Wrongful Death Lawyers To Get Started
After the unexpected loss of a loved one caused by negligence, having legal representation on your side can be an important part of the recovery process.
Our lawyers are prepared to review your claim and answer any questions you may have about the wrongful death legal process during a free and confidential consultation. We are available to take your call or chat online 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
We accept wrongful death cases on contingency. We do not get paid unless we help you recover compensation.