It is never easy to lose a loved one. Losing a loved one due to another person’s negligence can make the loss even more painful. In addition to the emotional pain that you are experiencing, it is also normal to have financial concerns.
You might wonder how you will deal with things like household expenses or parenting without the financial and emotional support of someone on whom you rely. Zanes Law understands the difficult situation that you are currently going through.
Our South Tucson wrongful death lawyers will help you manage all the details of your case. Leave the legal stuff to us while you grieve and focus on healing from your loss.
Table of Contents
- Determining Liability in a Wrongful Death Case
- Even a Large Company Can Be Held Responsible for a Wrongful Death
- The Importance of Filing Within Arizona’s Time Limits
- Types of Wrongful Death Cases in Arizona
- Let Zanes Law Manage Your South Tucson Wrongful Death Case
- Work With a South Tucson Wrongful Death Lawyer That You Can Trust
Determining Liability in a Wrongful Death Case
A wrongful death case in Arizona is basically a personal injury case that the surviving family members file. This means that to collect compensation; we must demonstrate the following important elements of personal injury are present:
- Duty of care: We must establish that the liable party held a legal duty of care to the deceased
- Breach of duty: We must determine that the liable party breached that duty in some way, usually either through negligence or intentional harm
- Causation: We must connect that the breach of duty was the cause of the injury or death
- Damages: We must demonstrate that there are actual damages as a result of the injury or death
Surviving family members, including a spouse, children, parents, or a legal representative may be eligible to file a wrongful death claim in the state of Arizona after establishing liability.
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Even a Large Company Can Be Held Responsible for a Wrongful Death
While taking on a big company in a wrongful death case may feel overwhelming, it is critical to note that the law views the liability of these companies the same as it treats the liability of any individual. One example of this is a lawsuit against the Jeep parent company, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.
This lawsuit involves the death of a young girl in 2015 after the car her mother was driving was rear-ended by a Jeep SUV. The Arizona Supreme Court ruled in 2022 that the family of the deceased girl was eligible to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer for failing to install automatic emergency braking devices in the SUV that could have prevented the crash.
While most available safety features come standard on any automobile, Jeep chose to bundle this safety equipment into an upgrade package. The emergency brake devices were included, along with items like a moonroof and leather seats. This bundle would add $10,000 to the sale price, despite this safety feature costing the manufacturer only around $100.
Now, the case can move to a trial court where the family will fight the manufacturer for compensation over their decision to put profit over safety. The ruling by the Supreme Court also opens Jeep up to lawsuits from other parties who sustained damages due to accidents that could have been prevented had this safety equipment been installed.
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The Importance of Filing Within Arizona’s Time Limits
Arizona limits the time in which you can file a wrongful death case in Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 12-542. After a loved one dies, you have just two years from the date of the death to file a lawsuit.
Waiting too long can make it challenging to collect the necessary evidence we need to build your wrongful death case. It is possible that you could lose out on the financial compensation that you and your family deserve.
Our South Tucson wrongful death lawyers understand that filing a legal case is not the first thing on your mind after losing a loved one. However, because of the strict time constraints, it is critical to discuss your case with a wrongful death lawyer as soon as possible.
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Types of Wrongful Death Cases in Arizona
Unfortunately, there are many situations in which wrongful death can occur. These are just a few of the most common:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Slip and fall accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Nursing home accidents
- Swimming pool accidents
- Construction and work-related accidents
It is possible that the deceased experienced significant pain and suffering before their death. Additionally, the family may go through a lot of emotional pain and suffering. It is only fair that the person responsible for this much pain covers the costs you and your family have had to endure.
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