Phoenix Wrongful Death Lawyer

Phoenix wrongful death lawyers advocating for clients throughout Arizona, including the greater Tucson, Glendale, Chandler and Yuma areas.

The sudden loss of a loved one can be an overwhelming and traumatic experience, especially if the death was a senseless tragedy that could have been prevented. If you have lost a family member due to the negligence of another party or a defective product, you may be eligible for legal compensation.  Contact a Phoenix, AZ wrongful death attorney if you have lost someone you love as a result of an accident caused by the negligence of someone else.

The idea of filing a lawsuit may be especially daunting under these kinds of circumstances when surviving loved ones are already under immense emotional and financial stress. That is why it is vital that you retain an accomplished Phoenix personal injury lawyer who will advocate on your behalf and fight to ensure your family recovers the compensation to which you are rightfully entitled.

At Wattel &York, our experienced wrongful death attorneys in Phoenix, AZ understand how painful and confusing the abrupt absence of a loved one can be and will ensure that your best interests are always protected throughout the litigation process. It’s true that no amount of compensation can bring back a father, mother or sibling, but monetary damages can at least offset the economic strain that will likely impact your family’s future. Our legal team will gladly review the circumstances of your case during a free legal consultation, to determine if you have grounds for taking your claim to court.


In most states, surviving children, parents and spouses may make a claim for wrongful death. Each individual has a claim, though often times they are brought jointly by other surviving family members. A wrongful death lawsuit is created by statute. In Arizona, the surviving husband or wife, parents, children or legal guardian of the decedent may seek damages by filing a wrongful death lawsuit. A wrongful death attorney in Phoenix, AZ will make sure that beneficiaries receive proper representation, whether the case goes to trial or is settled quietly out of court.

As with all civil actions, a statute of limitations imposes deadlines on the amount of time that survivors have to sue. In Arizona, a wrongful death claim must be brought within two years of the decedent’s death, otherwise the family members forego their right to pursue compensation. While these time limits for litigation are usually firm, there exist certain circumstances where a claim may be filed after the two-year period. During your confidential case review, our legal team can evaluate the details surrounding your situation to determine if you have a potential claim for damages.


Recoveries for wrongful death may be significant, though each case is fact specific. A surviving spouse whose husband or wife was earning a substantial income is likely to have a much larger claim than a husband/wife’s surviving parents. Regardless, our Arizona personal injury lawyers at Wattel & York will work with you to determine the approximate value of your claim.

Litigation through the courts enables survivors to not only gain closure and some measure of justice, but also reparations for a variety of economic and non-economic losses. Your Phoenix wrongful death lawyer will work meticulously to secure maximum compensation in your wrongful death case to cover losses such as:

  • Burial and funeral expenses
  • Medical bills for the decedent’s treatments
  • Loss of future earning capacity
  • Loss of consortium, including care, comfort and companionship
  • Pain and suffering, including mental anguish
  • Punitive damages

It’s important to note that since every case is unique, jurors will factor in the circumstances of the decedent’s death, as well as the anticipated future earnings of the deceased, and the non-economic losses suffered by each beneficiary when making their judgment.

Beyond general and compensatory damages, plaintiffs may also pursue punitive damages in claims where the defendant’s actions or conduct are deemed reckless and/or carried out with wanton disregard.


At the law firm of Wattel and York, our attorneys have successfully handled every wrongful death case to date, helping grieving families secure substantial verdicts and settlements. We recognize the importance of recovery, for often times the surviving spouse and/or children are left without the means to appropriate compensation. We have great compassion and understand the difficult nature of pursuing a wrongful death claim and enlist our vast resources to pursue justice on your behalf.

Our team accepts wrongful death claims arising from:

Boasting over 45 years of combined litigation experience, Wattel and York is ready to fight for your legal rights. If you have lost a loved one and need an advocate you can rely on, we invite you to schedule a no-charge consultation. Our attorneys operate on a contingency fee basis, which means will only collect compensation when you do.  You can reach us at (480) 222-2020 in the Phoenix area or toll-free at (877) 333-9545.