If Your Loved One Suffered a Wrongful Death, Speak to Our Legal Team
The designation of the term “wrongful death” applies to victims who have passed away as a result of negligence or due to actions taken with the intent to cause harm (such as murder). If you’re the survivor of a wrongful death victim, your loss may entitle you to monetary compensation and damages. Contact Negrete Law Firm in Phoenix, AZ, to learn how we can help you file a claim.
Wrongful Death Victims
Perhaps you have lost someone who was the victim of a car or motorcycle accident, medical malpractice, nursing home negligence, or another careless situation. In these and similar cases, your loved one’s passing would almost certainly be classified as a wrongful death, which makes survivors eligible for compensation. A death that occurs at a workplace, however, even if due to negligence, would usually be covered by workers’ compensation and is not eligible for a wrongful death claim.
Someone who was intentionally killed, such as a murder victim, would also meet the standards of wrongful death. In general, a wrongful death suit has a lower standard of proof than a criminal case, which means a criminal conviction is not required for you to pursue a wrongful death claim. Negrete Law Firm can help compile evidence so you have everything you need in your pursuit of justice.
Who Can Receive Compensation
After a hit and run, it’s important that you reach out to a skilled attorney from Negrete Law Firm. Though every case is different, there may be a way for you to avoid charges, or to have your charges reduced or dismissed. A favorable outcome is more likely with the assistance of an experienced attorney.
Remember, our attorney will not judge you for any mistakes you’ve made. We’ll do our best to help you navigate this frightening situation while standing up for your rights. Our attorney will also present your story and will highlight positive factors such as respectable employment, a stable family life, and contributions to your community.
Types of Wrongful Death Compensation
Wrongful death claims are an attempt to compensate for the unnecessary loss suffered by the survivor(s) and may cover both economic and noneconomic situations. Economic claims include medical expenses and funeral and burial costs. In addition, loss of income and services may be considered.
If the deceased was a wage-earning adult, the income that might have been garnered if his or her life had not been cut short might be calculated. Loss of services could cover a case such as a stay-at-home parent: Although this party was not receiving an income, he or she was providing valuable services to their family.
Noneconomic claims cover losses like care, guidance, and love. A spouse may receive compensation for loss of consortium, as the survivor is forced to go without companionship and sexual relations.
A survival claim seeks compensation for any pain and suffering endured by a victim prior to his or her death.
When to contact an attorney
If you’re considering a wrongful death claim in Phoenix, AZ, it’s best to speak to an attorney from Negrete Law Firm as soon as possible. Only after you have hired a lawyer can our attorney begin representing the victim’s estate. In addition, our experienced legal team can document the losses you’ve suffered and will know how to file claims within the required time frame.