Wrongful Death Lawyers in Tempe, Arizona
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Wrongful death cases arise when someone is killed as a result of another’s negligence. These types of cases can involve everything from drunk drivers to recalled drugs. If the fault lies with another party, then compensation may be recovered by a Tempe wrongful death lawyer on behalf of the victim’s family.
In wrongful death cases, a family must deal with grief and stress over the accident that took their loved one, but they are often burdened with excessive financial responsibilities as well. There are unexpected medical bills, funeral costs, and the loved one is no longer there to provide financially for his or her family. The wrongful death suit aims to assist the family in recovering those and other expenses.
If you have lost a loved one due to negligence, call Zinda Law Group at (800) 863-5312 for a free consultation with an experienced and compassionate wrongful death lawyer in Tempe, Arizona.
Who Can File a Claim?
In most cases, the wrongful death claim can only be filed by close family members of the deceased. Though the law varies from state to state, all states allow immediate family members like a spouse or children to file a claim. Even a minor may be able to file a claim but the courts may insist on a legal guardian being appointed.
Even distant relatives such as aunts, uncles and grandparents may be able to file a suit in some states. If the responsible party is a member of the victim’s family, in most cases the law will not allow another family member to file a claim. Though the guilty party may face criminal charges, they normally will not have to face civil charges.
In all states, there is a statute of limitations, which means that the family of the victim must file charges within a certain amount of time. The statute of limitation varies by state but once the time has expired, a claim cannot be filed against the guilty person
The family of the victim may be entitled to collect various wrongful death damages once fault on the part of another has been established. These eligible expenses include:
- Pain and suffering
- Medical bills
- Punitive damages
- Funeral Bills
- Compensatory damages
Filing a Claim
In order to file a claim, you must have valid proof about who was responsible for the accident that took the life of your loved one. This is proof that will be presented in court. You must prove that the guilty party behaved or did not behave a certain way and this behavior caused the accident.
This is essential but it can be complicated to prove this element. A qualified personal injury lawyer can help you determine if you have a legitimate claim. If you’ve lost a loved one and aren’t sure what to do, then this can be a good step forward.
What Will a Wrongful Death Attorney Do for Me?
Among the most valuable services one of our attorneys will provide is advice, negotiation with other parties, and if necessary, legal representation in court.
For instance, our Tempe wrongful death attorneys know the ins-and-outs of health insurance and automobile insurance. So, if you have lost a loved one in a car accident, a personal injury attorney might suggest that you do not settle too quickly with the insurance company of the responsible party. Insurance companies will only pay you once for the damages you are owed.
But what happens if you continue to incur expenses from the death of your loved one? Your wrongful death attorney will recommend that you wait until all your financial expenses are finalized before negotiating with an insurance company. Also, you may be able to use both your health insurance and your Personal Injury Protection benefits provided by your insurance company.
Our Tempe Wrongful Death Attorneys Can Help Your Family
If you have lost a loved one in an accident, our Arizona wrongful death lawyers have the knowledge and resources necessary to help you build the strongest case possible and pursue the compensation and justice you and your family deserve.
Our firm also operates on a contingency fee basis, which means you pay nothing unless we win your wrongful death case. That’s our No Fee Guarantee.
To learn more about how our firm can help you, call Zinda Law Group today at (800) 863-5312 for a free consultation with a skilled Tempe wrongful death lawyer.
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