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It’s never easy losing someone you love. When their death was due to another person’s negligence, it can be especially painful for their surviving family, leaving those who loved them both emotionally and financially devastated.
If you lost a loved one due to someone else’s careless actions, an experienced Phoenix wrongful death attorney from Hutzler Law can help you seek compensation for your financial and emotional losses through a wrongful death action.
Hutzler Law is an aggressive trial-ready team that prioritizes giving clients personalized legal guidance to individuals and families in Phoenix and the surrounding areas. Our Phoenix wrongful death lawyers will serve as your personal representative to maximize your recovery and make sure justice is served. The Hutzler Law team treats every case it takes as if it will go to trial, backed by robust arguments, hard evidence, and years of experience.
Regardless of the circumstances of your loved one’s injury, we’re standing by to fight for your rights in the face of the wrongful death that left you with physical, emotional, and financial baggage.
Call us at (480) 841-9761 right now for your free case evaluation. We can talk to you 24/7.
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An experienced wrongful death attorney from Hutzler Law can provide several services to assist clients with their wrongful death cases, including:
The legal team at Hutzler Law understands that the most important services we can offer our wrongful death clients are the guidance and information they need. Our attorneys help clients make important decisions about their Phoenix wrongful death claim, such as whether to accept a settlement or file a wrongful death lawsuit. We can explain more about the process and the services we provide through a free consultation and no-obligation case evaluation.
Wrongful death in Arizona is defined as a death “caused by a wrongful act, neglect, or default.” According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, unintentional injury is the third leading cause of death in the state, resulting in more than 4,000 deaths a year. While intentional injuries can also result in wrongful death claims, most wrongful death claims involve negligence.
About 200 fatal car accidents take place every year in the Phoenix area. Each of the city’s half-million business owners must protect customers from hazardous properties. In several amusement parks, the failure to ensure the safety of rides can easily lead to death.
Any accident that can cause an injury can also cause wrongful death.
Here is a look at some of the most common accidents that result in a wrongful death claim.
The wrongful death claims process provides an opportunity for the deceased’s person’s loved ones to seek compensation for the financial and psychological costs of their losses. The process is similar to the personal injury claim process, which usually begins with a claim filed against the at-fault party’s insurance provider.
If the insurance company fails to fairly compensate the claim, the claimant can file the claim as a wrongful death lawsuit and let a judge or jury determine the appropriate financial compensation for the victim’s family. An estimated 95-96 percent of wrongful death lawsuits resolve before going to trial.
Minimal family members are entitled to seek financial compensation through the Arizona wrongful death process.
This short list includes:
For a positive outcome to a Phoenix wrongful death claim, the claimant and their attorney must prove that someone else was liable for the accident.
To prove liability, you must show:
In the legal arena, damages refer to a payment made in compensation for harm. Phoenix’s wrongful death law enables the surviving spouse or other members of the family to seek two types of compensation in the event of wrongful death—economic and non-economic damages.
Economic damages refer to compensation for the expenses you incurred due to the loss. Examples of common economic expenses in wrongful death actions include:
Non-economic damages refer to compensation for the often profound quality-of-life impacts that an individual or family experiences from the loss of a loved one, such as:
The evidence a wrongful death lawyer will need to prove your case includes:
Yes, provided someone else’s negligence caused the accident. Surviving family members of individuals 18 years of age or older killed in motorcycle accidents could receive compensation if their loved one was not wearing a helmet. Arizona law allows motorcycle riders age 18 or older to ride a motorcycle without a helmet.
Surviving family members of someone who was under the age of 18 and not wearing a helmet when the accident occurred may still recover compensation, but it will likely be reduced because motorcyclists under 18 must legally wear a helmet.
The statute of limitations to file a wrongful death lawsuit is two years, just as it is for most personal injury claims. This deadline is extremely important, as failing to file your wrongful death lawsuit in court within the statute of limitations usually results in losing your ability to use the court system. Without the threat of a lawsuit, most insurance companies will not offer a settlement because there are no legal ramifications if they don’t.
Call for a free consultation and case evaluation with our experienced wrongful death attorney, who can tell you more about the process and explain the contingent fee billing method we use. This method allows us to begin working immediately on your wrongful death case, and you do not have to pay for our services until we recover compensation for your damages.
Yes, provided the accident resulted from someone else’s negligence, and you file the claim within the two-year statute of limitations. In a personal injury lawsuit, the statute of limitations clock begins ticking on the day the accident occurred. In wrongful death lawsuits, the clock doesn’t begin to run until death.
The legal team at Hutzler Law understands that no amount of compensation can bring back a loved one and the important impact their presence had on your life. We are committed to assisting you in obtaining the compensation you need to begin moving forward after your loss. While the vast majority of wrongful death claims resolve by settlement, as your personal representative, we ensure that the claims we handle are courtroom-ready by building the strongest case possible for our client.
Contact us at (602) 730-4530 for more information about the process of filing a wrongful death claim or to have one of our experienced wrongful death lawyers evaluate your claim for free.
4323 N 12th St, Suite 101,
Phoenix, AZ 85014
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