Wrongful Death Attorney
For most of us, coping with the death of a loved one is hard and painful, especially if the death is unexpected or due to an accident. However, the grief may become even more emotionally distressing if the death is a result of another’s negligence, including wrongful death by a drunk driver.
Besides dealing with the overwhelming grief, the deceased person’s loved ones also have to deal with other unexpected responsibilities. For instance, wrongful death may leave them in a state of financial uncertainty if the deceased was the sole or major breadwinner. It turns their life upside down.
While taking legal action cannot bring a dead loved one back, Arizona law allows those left behind to seek compensation for the wrongful death of their loved one. If your family has lost a loved one due to the fault of another, Mr. Barry Bellovin of The Bellovin Law Firm PLLC is here for you. He is an experienced Tucson wrongful death attorney and will enforce your rights to receive compensation in a wrongful death claim.
Common Causes of Wrongful Death in Arizona
While a wrongful death can happen anywhere, anytime, and due to various reasons, some of the most common causes of wrongful death in Arizona include:
- Motor vehicle and other traffic accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Construction site accidents
- Premises liability, including slips and falls
- Dog bites and other animal attacks
- Product liability/defective products
Arizona Wrongful Death Laws
According to Arizona Revised Statutes (A.R.S) Section 12-611, wrongful death occurs when a person dies due to the “wrongful act, neglect, or default” of another. The law holds the defendant liable to pay damages to the deceased person’s survivors. According to Arizona law, only certain people can recover damages in a wrongful death claim, including the deceased person’s spouse, children, and parents or guardians.
However, the deceased person’s personal representative of the deceased person’s estate can also recover damages in a wrongful death claim.
Recovering Damages in a Wrongful Death Claim
A wrongful death claim involves economic and non-economic damages. Some of the common damages you can recover in an Arizona wrongful death claim include compensation for;
- expenses related to the victim’s medical expenses and burial costs
- loss of future earnings and other financial benefits
- loss of love and companionship
To recover damages in a wrongful death claim, the plaintiff must prove several elements, including that;
- the defendant acted negligently or recklessly, and
- their actions are the only and direct cause of the victim’s death
- the death has directly affected the survivor and resulted in financial hardships for them and the dependents of the deceased person
Contact a Tucson Wrongful Death Attorney
The wrongful death of a loved one due to another’s negligence usually creates unexpected emotional and financial difficulties. Besides the emotional and financial distress, Arizona wrongful death claims can be complex. This may leave the deceased person’s family confused and hurt. If you are in Arizona and have lost a loved one to wrongful death due to someone else’s negligence, you can contact Mr. Barry Bellovin of The Bellovin Law Firm, PLLC. He is a well-qualified and experienced Arizona wrongful death lawyer committed to helping you get the compensation you and your family need and deserve. Contact his office today to schedule a free consultation and learn more about his services.