Every year in Arizona, over 1,000 people die from car accidents. That amounts to approximately 3 people per day. It can be overwhelming for the surviving family to deal with this loss, and they may feel incredible emotional strain. While we hope that no one ever has to deal with losing a loved one to a car accident, we know that it is something that happens. When it does, we can help.  

What is Arizona’s Definition of “Wrongful Death”? 

In Arizona, “Wrongful Death” is the legal term that is applied when a person who reasonably should not have died passes away. It is likely that if your loved one was killed in a car accident, their death is considered wrongful death.  

Who Can File A Wrongful Death Claim? 

In Arizona, only certain people can file a wrongful death claim. They must be: 

  • Surviving Spouses 
  • Surviving Children 
  • Surviving Parents 
  • Surviving Guardians 
  • A Personal Representative of the Deceased 

If none of these conditions apply, a wrongful death lawsuit can also be filed on behalf of the deceased’s estate.  

What Is A Wrongful Death Settlement? 

A wrongful death settlement is an amount of money awarded to surviving family members following the death of a family member. This is paid out by the insurance of the sued party, either following an out of court settlement or a verdict in court. Once damages are awarded, the surviving family members can divide the compensation among themselves.  

How Long Do I Have to File A Wrongful Death Claim? 

If you’re looking to file a wrongful death on behalf of your loved one you have up to two years from the date they die to file a claim with a wrongful death attorney. 

How Is A Wrongful Death Settlement Payment Worked Out? 

A specialized attorney will work out the total financial compensation that each unique wrongful death case deserves based on a few different factors. 

  • The nature of the accidental death 
  • The age and general health status of the deceased 
  • The occupation and annual income of the deceased person 
  • How many dependents are left and their circumstances 
  • Any outstanding medical bills caused directly by the case 
  • Any value of lost benefits such as life insurance, pensions, etc. 
  • All funeral costs 

Support After A Family Member Passes Away 

Biltmore Psychology and Counseling  

Hospice of the Valley 

Griefshare 

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If your loved one has passed away because of wrongful death, contact Thompson Law Firm in Chandler, AZ to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney. We provide personal injury legal services to clients in the greater Phoenix area including Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, Tempe, Maricopa, Globe, and Queen Creek.

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