You can never know when an accident may turn fatal. Unfortunately, all accidents put your loved ones’ well-being at risk. While your loved one may not pass at the scene of the accident, you may still find yourself contending with their loss as you seek out medical or emergency care.
Tucson, AZ, fatal accident lawyers help you bring the loss of a loved one to the attention of Arizona courts. If you can identify the party liable for your losses, you can then request that said party provide you with the financial support that you need to recover. When you work with Zanes Law Injury Lawyers, you’ll have our combined eighty years of experience fighting alongside you.
Fatal accidents and wrongful death cases share some significant overlap in the legal world. When addressing a fatal accident, you address both the personal injury that led to your loss and the extent of losses tied up in a specific person’s passing.
More specifically, you undertake this challenge by filing a fatal accident complaint against the party liable for your loved one’s death. Your complaint should identify the party you want to hold liable, as well as the extent to which the fatal accident contributed to your losses.
You can then refer to state precedent to establish an estimate of the economic and non-economic damages you’d like to request in your suit. Whether you choose to pursue this compensation via negotiation or trial will be up to you, so long as a county clerk opts to move your complaint forward.
There are only certain parties who may represent a deceased individual when it comes time to file a fatal accident case. According to Arizona state law, these parties can include:
If you are not one of these parties, you do not have the right to bring a case forward on your loved one’s behalf.
However, you can work with a Tucson fatal accident attorney to determine who among your immediate circle may fulfill one of these roles. We’ll strive to help you present a lawful case fighting for the compensation you and your loved ones deserve.
When you bring a fatal accident lawsuit to court, you’re fighting for compensation to help you and your loved ones recover from your losses. As such, you’ll need to calculate the economic value of your losses. If you can account for the wages and loss of companionship you’ve endured, you can more adequately protect yourself from bills.
If you’re not sure what form of compensation to which you may be entitled, you can refer to other fatal accident cases filed throughout Arizona. This precedent helps you determine what losses to which you may be entitled and what the value of those losses looks like.
Some of the most common damages include:
We can help you determine which losses apply to your circumstances during an initial case consultation.
Establishing liability in a fatal accident case is difficult for a multitude of reasons. First, it requires you to address the individual or institution allegedly responsible for your loved one’s passing. Second, you have to break down the evidence available at the scene of the accident and determine if it ascribes fault to:
No matter which party you want to hold liable for your losses, you must file your complaint within Arizona’s statute of limitations, A.R.S § 12-542. According to this statute, you have two years from the day that your loved one passes or that your accident occurs to take legal action against a non-government party.
If you want to take legal action against a government representative or similar party, you have less time to act. A.R.S. § 12-821.01 allows you 180 days from the date your loved one passes to file a completed complaint. Fortunately, we can step in and help bring your essential information together while you grieve.
Arizona’s insurance providers strive to protect their budgets before they protect you. With that in mind, even the insurance company of someone determined to be liable for your losses may attempt to undercut some of the damages you listed in your initial complaint. Others still may try to intimidate you out of legal action.
Neither of these courses of action benefit you – but the team with Zanes Law knows how to combat both. When you have one of our fatal accident lawyers in Tucson on your side, you can limit your exposure to intimidation tactics. We’ll also refer back to your initial complaint and emphasize that the value found for your losses is heralded by legal precedent.
Filing a civil complaint does allow you to pursue legal action against another party. You have a choice, however, in how that pursuit takes place. If you would prefer to avoid discussing a settlement for a fatal accident before a judge, we can arrange negotiations with an allegedly-liable party.
While we cannot guarantee that these negotiations will result in the compensation you desire, we understand wanting to keep conversations regarding a lost loved one brief. However, should the situation demand it, we can also take your losses to court.
Negotiations are not superior to court cases, nor vice versa. Rather, a legal complaint approved by a Tucson court allows you to pursue compensation through the means that best suit you and your family. Our fatal accident attorneys in Tucson are here to help you determine what those means look like.
You deserve time to deal with the grief of a fatal car accident. However, Arizona’s personal injury statute of limitations limits the amount of time you have to take legal action against the person responsible for your loss. That’s why our team strives to help you balance your emotional recovery and the legal process.
While you take care of yourself and your loved ones, Zanes Law Injury Lawyers can begin building your fatal accident lawsuit. You can contact us to schedule a consultation with a Tucson fatal accident attorney as soon as you feel ready. Once we have your case on our roster, we can fight to get you the financial support you need to grieve and rebuild.