Coping with the loss of a loved one is incredibly difficult. When this loss comes from the negligence or fault of another person or entity, the emotional weight can be compounded and even harder to handle. Itâ€™s understandable that there is a time for grievance; the act of filing a claim for wrongful death might not even come to mind. Emotions are likely to still be running high. However, it is within these early stages that experienced legal council should be sought out if a person suspects that their beloved family member was the victim of wrongful death.
In Tucson, a wrongful death is said to have taken place when a person dies as the result of the negligence, deliberate acts, or fault of another. The surviving immediate family members or estate of the deceased have the right to pursue a wrongful death action. Even though each individual family member can bring forth a case, typically they are combined jointly by the family and represented by a single firm. A wrongful death claim can seek compensation for the following:
- The decedentâ€™s lost wages
- The decedentâ€™s future wages or gains
- Medical bills leading up to and after the death
- Funeral expenses
- Pain and suffering endured by the surviving family members
- Loss of companionship and love
- Loss of leadership and support
While wages, gains, and expenses are fairly simple to calculate compensation for, the emotional loss is not. Assigning a value to the loss of companionship and love can be difficult to understand. At Wattel and York, we examine each case and are trained in pursuing such compensation. Each case is different and thus, each has different elements which must be taken into consideration.
If your loved one was the victim of a wrongful death, seek the service of a Tucson attorney trained and experienced in the laws and regulations of wrongful death. Here at the Tucson branch of Wattel & York, we have a vast array of knowledge concerning wrongful death claims. We have successfully handled every single wrongful death case we have taken on. All aspects of your case will be reviewed by trained professionals to ensure your full compensation for your loss.
Choosing to pursue a wrongful death action in Tucson should be done as early as possible. The statute of limitations for Arizona states that you have 2 years from the death or 2 years from the reasonable discovery of the death to file a claim. Discovery rule applies here because it may not initially be known that a personâ€™s death was the result of the negligence or the actions of another. When the cause of death is reasonably discovered, then the statute will start counting time.
Please consider acting soon if your loved one was the victim of wrongful death. The statute of limitations strictly dictates how long you have after the death to file a claim. Contact an experienced Tucson attorney within Wattel & York, Attorneys At Law, to get started on your wrongful death claim today. You can reach our Tuscon office at (520) 352-0183. Alternatively, you can fill out our simple case form on our website and we will get back to you promptly.
Here at Wattel & York, your initial consultation is always free and confidential. When we accept cases, our firm operates on a contingent fee basis. What this means to you is simple — you donâ€™t pay anything unless we win your case.
It is with great compassion that we understand this is a difficult time. We are here to help.