If you either know or suspect that a loved one recently suffered fatal injuries due to another’s intentionally dangerous, negligent, or reckless actions or inactions, it’s time to speak with a compassionate Tempe, AZ wrongful death lawyer about your rights and legal options. In Arizona, surviving loved ones are generally empowered to pursue compensation and justice in the event that a loved one dies of injuries that would have been legally actionable by the victim, had they lived. This is a complex area of law but the skilled and experienced team at Saavedra Law Firm, PLC understands how to get results.
It’s important to connect with a reputable Tempe wrongful death lawyer to explore your rights and legal options regardless of what may be motivating you to start researching the possibility of filing a lawsuit. Some surviving loved ones simply want to seek justice for what their loved one suffered. Others are concerned that if they don’t act, others might remain at the same risk that their loved one experienced before becoming fatally injured. Others seek some sort of closure that cannot be attained in any other way.
And although there is no amount of compensation that can make up for the loss that your family is bearing, there is absolutely no shame in wanting to be freed of the financial consequences caused by your loss for which others should be held responsible. Your family has already been through so much. It makes no sense that you would be required to bear the burden of your loved one’s medical bills, their funeral costs, their lost income, etc. if another’s negligence, recklessness, or intentionally dangerous conduct caused those expenses to arise in the first place. If it is another’s responsibility to pay, we’ll seek the maximum compensation you’re owed.
If you have yet to call the dedicated Tempe wrongful death lawyer team at Saavedra Law Firm, PLC to schedule a confidential, risk-free consultation, please do so today. While the law affords you some time before you must act to preserve your right to pursue compensation, gathering evidence, investigating the circumstances of your loved one’s death, and becoming informed of your rights under the law need to happen now. Otherwise, the integrity and value of your otherwise potentially strong case could be seriously compromised.
It is truly understandable – even expected – that you may not yet be feeling up to the task of navigating the legal “side” of your loved one’s death. All you need to do right now is invest an hour or two of your time in attending a consultation so that we can start advocating on your behalf while you focus on grieving. We look forward to speaking with you and to seeking justice on behalf of your loved one.
While you’re preparing for your consultation with an experienced Tempe, AZ wrongful death lawyer at Saavedra Law Firm, PLC, consider looking over some of our broader answers to the questions we most frequently field from surviving loved ones. If you have these same questions, we’ll personalize our feedback during your consultation. However, these broader answers should give you a strong sense of the basics in re: each issue.
The most proactive things you can do after the death of a loved one – from a legal standpoint – is to connect with a reputable Tempe wrongful death lawyer whose approach to representation meets your needs. Seeking justice in a “DIY” fashion almost never results in success, simply because the legal system is complex and wrongful death cases often involve confronting powerful entities.
There are two distinct statutes of limitations that apply to wrongful death cases in Arizona. The first is the filing restriction timeline that applies to cases involving public entities, such as the state, local school districts, and city governments. If your loved one’s death involved the negligence or recklessness of one of these entities, we’ll need to file a notice of claim within 180 days of when your loved one sustained harm and will need to file a lawsuit within one year of that date. This is not much time. If this deadline has already passed, call our office to see if an exception applies to your circumstances.
If you will only be naming private individuals and/or entities as defendants in your lawsuit, you have up to two years from the date of your loved one’s death to file a lawsuit. However, you will still need to seek legal counsel promptly as the reputable advocates at Saavedra Law Firm, PLC can’t preserve evidence and start protecting your rights until we’ve been alerted to your situation.
The executor or “personal representative” of your loved one’s estate is empowered to file a wrongful death suit in Arizona. As are their surviving spouse, any of their surviving children, and their parents/guardians.
Depending on the circumstances of your loved one’s death, how it has impacted your life, their age, and a host of other factors, you and your fellow surviving loved ones may be entitled to significant compensation. For example, you could be entitled to the value of the income that your loved one would have earned had they lived, funeral costs, medical bills incurred as a result of their fatal injuries, and your own pain and suffering.
Right now, you need to focus on grieving. Our Tempe wrongful death lawyer team can handle the legal aspects of your loved one’s case so that you can receive the compensation to which you’re entitled while not diverting too much of your attention or energy to this necessary pursuit. We’ll seek results so that you don’t have to.