Wrongful Death Lawyer Mesa
In the United States, car accidents are caused by careless, negligent or distracted drivers all the time. Did you lose a loved one because of a car accident, workplace injury or medical malpractice? Do you know that more than 90,000 deaths occur each year due to medical malpractice alone? Or that nearly 33,000 deaths result from motor vehicle accidents?
The three leading causes of wrongful death in Arizona are poisoning by drugs or medicines; motor vehicle accidents; and falls. Although the numbers are much lower than the three leading causes, other causes of wrongful death include:
- Airplane accidents
- Fire, flames and smoke inhalation
- Defective products
- Exposure to excess heat
- Medical and surgical malpractice
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim?
If a person dies because of the intentional, negligent or reckless acts of another, then the heirs and beneficiaries may be able to bring a wrongful death claim. The claim must be filed by a representative on behalf of the heirs and beneficiaries who have been impacted by the death. A wrongful death claim can be filed by the heirs and beneficiaries including:
- Immediate family members (spouse and children)
- Life partners and common-law spouses validly contracted outside of Arizona
- Financial dependents
- Parents of a child who was killed or a fetus that did not survive
- Siblings if there is no spouse or surviving children
The heirs and beneficiaries have a right to sue for compensation in the following areas:
- Medical expenses
- Funeral expenses
- Loss of future income
- Loss of love, society and companionship
- Mental anguish
- Pain and suffering
- Punitive damages
Punitive damages can be assessed where the injuring party’s actions were intentional, negligent or reckless and those actions resulted in the death of another. Punitive damages are intended to punish the defendant in an effort to change their behavior in the future. Some common situations where punitive damages are often rewarded include:
- Drug or Pharmaceutical Errors
- Drunk Drivers
- Medical Malpractice Errors
Filing a Personal Injury Claim
A wrongful death claim will serve to hold the person, persons or corporation accountable for the loss of your loved one. It will also serve to compensate your family for their loss. And while we all know that money can never replace the love, care and support that you received from your loved one, it can serve to hold the offending party accountable for the death of your loved one and provide your family with the financial means to continue on in life.
At Zinda Law Group, we can help you to recover the full amount of compensation that you deserve. Call us today and see what our firm can do for you. The call is free and the consultations are free too, so call us today at (800) 863-5312.