Yes, family members can sue for wrongful death on behalf of their loved one. If you’ve lost a loved one in a car accident, our team at Zanes Law is truly sorry for your loss.
Our team of Phoenix wrongful death lawyers can explain the details of filing a wrongful death claim. In a free case evaluation, we can advise you on how to proceed with your case.
In Arizona, the statute of limitations for wrongful death is two years from your loved one’s death in a car accident. However, filing early is optimal and can increase your chances of receiving the maximum compensation.
If you don’t file your wrongful death claim within this time frame, you’ll likely lose your ability to file and recover compensation. In your specific situation, you may have a different deadline based on your case’s details. To verify exactly how long you have to file, you can get in touch with one of our lawyers.
When faced with the tragic loss of a loved one in a car accident, taking prompt legal action can significantly impact the outcome of your case. Understanding the advantages of initiating proceedings within the stipulated time frame is essential to securing your rights and seeking fair compensation for your loss.
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According to A.R.S. § 12-612, only certain family members can file a wrongful death claim. These family members include:
If you are any of the abovementioned family members, our team of wrongful death attorneys can help you get started with your claim and get justice and compensation for you and your family. We’ll help you file within the statute of limitations and gather relevant evidence to support your claim.
Can Extended Family File a Claim?
Arizona law prohibits extended family members from filing a wrongful death claim on behalf of the decedent. The person filing the claim must have had a direct relationship with the decedent, which is why extended family members cannot file on their behalf.
The only person who isn’t family that can file a claim is the decedent’s personal representative on behalf of one of the eligible family members to file. If none of the eligible families survive the person, the personal representative can file a wrongful death claim on behalf of the deceased person’s estate.
There are two types of damages you can recover as a surviving family member after you lose someone you love in a car accident: economic and non-economic. Economic damages, also called non-monetary damages, are losses you’ve suffered that have a value that can be quantified with a dollar amount. Some economic damages our car accident lawyers in Phoenix can help you recover include:
Non-economic damages are associated with the emotional trauma that you went through and the long-term effects of your loss on your life. Our team at Zanes Law can help you recover non-economic damages such as:
The damages you can recover will depend solely on the losses you’ve suffered in your case. Our wrongful death attorneys can tell you what damages you might be able to recover in a free consultation.
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When you’re filing a wrongful death lawsuit after losing a loved one in a car accident, a wide range of evidence can help you prove negligence. Some of the evidence that can help your case includes:
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At Zanes Law, we want to empower you with legal information as you go through this difficult time in you and your family’s life. We can help you with every aspect of your wrongful death case. Our wrongful death attorneys in Phoenix are ready to build a strong case so you can recover the compensation you need.
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