Posted on behalf of Phillips Law Group on Nov 10, 2010 in Personal Injury
When a family loses a loved one in a sudden accident, it always leads to terrible emotional fallout that can cloud anyone's judgment and stun anyone to the point of cognitive paralysis. Therefore, when this situation arises, it can be extremely difficult to think about anything beyond the immediate needs of the remaining family members and of how to properly say good-bye to the person who has been lost. However, those remaining family members have important legal rights that need to be enforced, and experienced Phoenix wrongful death lawyers are available to make sure that those who have lost someone they love work towards obtaining justice. Below is a look at how Arizona wrongful death lawsuits tend to proceed.
The first step that's usually taken when someone is killed in a tragic accident is for the Arizona wrongful death lawyer who is representing the remaining family members to contact the other side to explore the possibility of a settlement. If a fair and equitable settlement can be reached that takes all of the family's losses into account, then there's generally no need to progress further into the legal world. However, if it's clear that a settlement will not be obtained, then the family needs the help of the attorney to make sure that their rights are protected.
The purpose of damages in wrongful death claims in Arizona is to make the remaining family members as whole as possible. Therefore, potential damages that could be obtained include any costs that have already been incurred including medical costs, funeral and burial costs and any other losses that have already befallen the family. In addition, the remaining family members could pursue damages that include the income that will be lost because of the victim's early death as well as damages for loss of companionship that would have provided those family members with the benefit of a longer relationship with the person who was killed.
If you have lost someone you love, this is the last time to attempt to navigate through an unfamiliar legal world. Instead, take the necessary steps to make sure that the remaining family members are provided for in a manner that the person who was killed would have wanted. Contact the Phoenix personal injury attorneys at Phillips Law Group today to schedule a free initial consultation.
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