Wrongful Death Attorney in Phoenix, AZ
When to Hire a Wrongful Death Attorney in Phoenix
Wrongful death is always a tragedy. Loved ones, including spouses and children, are deprived of a person who was important to them. They will lose out on years of a meaningful and loving relationship. Children may be forced to grow up without a parent, or parents may be forced to deal with the lifelong trauma of losing a child. In many cases, there are immense financial losses as well. Survivors of a person who died due to wrongful death are entitled to collect a settlement to help defray the cost and personal harm they suffer as the result of that wrongful death.
What is wrongful death?
Wrongful death occurs when a person dies due to the actions or negligence of another person or company. There are many situations in which this can occur, including:
- Birth Injury
- Brain Damage
- Defective Car Part Accidents
- DUI / Drunk Driver Accidents
- Elder Abuse
- Medical Malpractice
- Motor Vehicle Accidents
- Nursing Home Injury
- Premises Liability
- Product Liability
Hirsch & Lyon Accident Law emphasizes proficiency in these and other causes of Wrongful Death. We help survivors to get the settlement they need to move on with their lives and to know that the people who caused the wrongful death will not be so careless in the future.
Who can sue for wrongful death?
Almost any survivors who are “first order relatives” can sue a company for the wrongful death of a loved one. This includes spouses, children (including natural born or adopted) and parents. If you were emotionally and/or financially dependent on a person who died due to someone else’s actions or negligence, you likely are entitled to a settlement.
What kind of damages apply to wrongful death?
There are several types of damages that the loved ones of a personal who died wrongfully can collect. You are entitled to the person’s lost wages, which are the money they would have earned over their lifetime. Also, you may be entitled to funds for pain and suffering. Losing a loved one is traumatic and these funds are intended to give you the time and resources that you need to overcome your distress.
In addition, in many cases survivors are entitled to punitive damages. These apply when the person or company causing your loved one’s wrongful death did so in a particularly egregious or negligent manner. For instance, Firestone Tire Company had to pay millions in punitive damages when it was found that they knowingly sold a defective tire that caused automotive accidents and deaths. Punitive damages, as the name suggests, are designed to punish the wrongdoer and to make them act more responsibly in the future.
There are many factors that can contribute to wrongful death. However, all cause immense emotional and financial loss. If your loved one has died due to negligence or harmful actions, you are likely entitled to damages. Contact Hirsch & Lyon Accident Law today by phone (602) 691-7278 or by filling out our Online Free Consultation Form to see how we can help you to get justice for your loved one and a settlement that will cover your financial losses.