Wrongful Death Victims
Families and Victims of a Wrongful Death Have Rights
A wrongful death victim case often times refers to a lawsuit against someone who can be held liable for a death caused by an intentional, reckless, or negligent act. These suits can be brought against a person, business, health facility or other institution. When a person dies in a way that qualifies as a “wrongful death” as defined by law, the victim’s family may be entitled to relief for the death. In Arizona, as in many states, families can seek monetary damages through a lawsuit in civil court. The family can seek to recover from any party that caused or contributed to the victim’s death. The damages a family can recover are varied and include compensation for the life of the victim, for pain and suffering the family suffered through as a result of the death, and for the cost of burial and funeral service.
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Obviously no amount of money can fully compensate a family who has lost a loved one. It is difficult to accept any amount of money in exchange for that kind of pain. But, while in reality, one cannot place a value on human life. The legal system attempts to provide some relief to family members through wrongful death claims.
The question of whether to pursue money damages for the wrongful death of a loved one can be a difficult one. The wrongful death law firm of Hirsch & Lyon, can help you make the right decision for your family. Contact our attorneys immediately and let them guide you through your options.
Typical Wrongful Death Claims
Many deaths may support a civil claim for wrongful death. This includes a number of common incidents. If you believe a death in your family may qualify for such a claim, contact the Hirsch & Lyon team. Examples that may support such a claim include, but are not limited to:
- Vehicular homicide, including being killed by a drunk or reckless driver
- Workplace violence
- Death caused by unsafe conditions on poorly maintained property
- Shooting or stabbing on the property of an apartment or hotel
- Carjacking resulting in death in a commercial parking lot
- Death resulting from armed robbery
Filing a Wrongful Death Claim
A spouse, child, or representative of the deceased’s estate may file a wrongful death claim. However, the lawsuit must be filed in time. In Arizona, whoever files the lawsuit must do so within two years of the death, though the time limit may be extended if the death resulted from a criminal offense. It is important to talk to an attorney as soon as you believe you have a case, because you do not wait too long and lose the chance to recover from those responsible. If the plaintiff receives money at the end of a wrongful death lawsuit, whether after the jury awards a prize of the entity sued settles, the money is intended to provide some compensation to the legal heirs of the deceased. The amount of money comes from a number of considerations, including the job and age of the deceased.
In addition to the value of life damages, the family may recover compensation for other damage. This includes money for the pain of the suffering of the deceased during the time they remained conscious before death, the cost of medical care for the deceased, and the cost of funeral and mortuary services. These damages generally become part of the deceased’s estate and are awarded separately from those damages intended to compensate for the value of life.
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If you believe that the death of a loved one resulted from the fault of another, contact us immediately. We can help you evaluate whether you have a claim for wrongful death. Do not sign anything before contacting the Hirsch & Lyon team. Especially avoid signing an offer of settlement from an insurance company before talking to an attorney. The insurance company does not represent your interest, but Hirsch & Lyon can. When you contact our law firm, one of our capable attorneys will discuss your case with you. This free and private consultation allows us to advise you of your rights. The death of a family member is an emotional and difficult time. We will treat this tragedy with the proper care and compassion and, if we go forward together in your case, we will work toward the result best for your family. Trust our experience to help you through the legal questions around this hard time.
Contact Hirsch & Lyon today by calling (602) 535-1900 or filling out our Online Contact Form Here. Consultations are completely free and everything discussed with our attorneys will remain confidential.