When a family member is killed as the result of another person’s negligence, it may be appropriate to consider hiring an attorney to investigate and pursue the case.
Was there negligence, how could the tragedy have been prevented? What are the losses and damages to the decedent’s survivors?
The attorney should have the necessary experience, resources and commitment to competently represent the interests of the survivors and deal with the other party’s insurance company. Litigation may be necessary to obtain the best possible result.
In Arizona, the general rule is that a wrongful death claim may be brought by a surviving spouse, child or parent of the decedent, on behalf of the spouse or children, or parents of the decedent.
The amount of damages that a surviving spouse, parent or child may recover will vary from case to case, there are many variables.
Damages that are considered may include the following:
· The loss of love, affection and companionship since the death of the decedent and in the future.
· Pain, grief, sorrow and mental suffering experienced since the death, and in the future.
· Lost income as a result of the death.
Your attorney should have the experience, passion, and time to represent you. Your attorney should be someone you can trust and feel comfortable with, in the effort to achieve a fair and just resolution of your case, by way of settlement or trial.
You should ask if the attorney is Certified as a Specialist in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death, by the State Bar of Arizona. Has the attorney been recognized by Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers of America, Million Dollar Advocates?
There should be a free confidential consultation with the attorney. There should be no fees or costs charged unless there is a settlement.