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Wrongful Death Attorney Phoenix, Tucson

Losing a loved one is always heartbreaking, but when it happens suddenly due to someone else’s negligence, the pain is unimaginable. The shock can leave you feeling paralyzed, making it hard even to manage day-to-day tasks. Months later, the reality of the loss sinks in, bringing with it financial burdens and overwhelming emotions.

At the Solorzano Law Team, we understand the devastation of such a loss. As a personal injury law firm based in Phoenix & Tucson, we support you through this difficult time. If someone else’s actions caused your loved one’s death, intentional or not, we can help you seek justice. Whether there’s a criminal case underway or not, a wrongful death lawsuit can provide a path to financial compensation for your loss.

Wrongful Death Cases We Specialize In

  • Car accidents caused by negligent drivers.
  • Medical malpractice resulting in patient fatalities.
  • Workplace accidents due to unsafe conditions or negligence.
  • Defective products causing fatal injuries.
  • Nursing home abuse or neglect leading to resident deaths.
  • Intentional acts of violence resulting in death, such as assault or murder.
  • Dangerous premises leading to fatal accidents, like slip and fall incidents.
  • Aviation accidents resulting in fatalities due to pilot error or mechanical failure.
  • Pharmaceutical errors causing fatal overdoses or adverse reactions.
  • Construction site accidents resulting in fatalities due to lack of safety measures.

What is a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

A wrongful death lawsuit is a legal action initiated by a family member or authorized representative against individuals or businesses responsible for a death. It’s distinct from a criminal case and falls under civil law. In a wrongful death case, surviving family members can pursue damages to cover expenses and emotional suffering caused by the death. These cases are brought forward by one or more of the following surviving parties:

– Spouse
– Children
– Parents
– Adoptive parents
– Legal guardians
– Authorized legal representative (typically the estate executor or administrator)

It’s important to note that Arizona State Law doesn’t allow siblings or common-law spouses to file wrongful death claims unless they are the legal representative of the deceased or the estate.

It’s Not (Always) Personal

Losing a loved one due to the negligence of someone you know can put you in a challenging position. While you must recover your financial and emotional losses, pursuing legal action may strain or sever your relationship with the responsible party. This dilemma is incredibly complex when the harm caused was unintentional.

Mr. Solorzano understands the sensitivity of these situations and aims to help you navigate them. Filing a lawsuit doesn’t necessarily mean targeting the individual personally. Often, wrongful death claims can be directed toward third parties like the offender’s home or auto insurance. This approach usually leads to settlements outside of court, sparing you from additional conflict with friends, neighbors, or acquaintances.

Rest assured, the Solorzano Law Firm Team will diligently work to find the best resolution for you, respecting your needs and the delicate nature of the situation.

Damages Available in a Wrongful Death Claim in Arizona

In a wrongful death lawsuit, there are two primary types of damages we may seek to hold the responsible party accountable and obtain the maximum compensation you’re entitled to:

  1. Damages related to the victim’s financial contributions:
  • Loss of the victim’s pension, insurance, or other benefits
  • Lost earnings, potential inheritance, or other income
  • Expenses such as medical bills and funeral costs incurred due to the death
  1. Damages for the emotional suffering endured by survivors:
  • Loss of parental guidance, care, and presence
  • The profound grief, pain, and sense of loss experienced by family members
  • Loss of spousal companionship, love, and support

Additional punitive damages may also be pursued in cases involving extreme negligence. These damages are designed to punish the at-fault party and deter similar behavior in the future.

Determining Wrongful Death Damages

When a tragedy strikes, it’s natural to feel overwhelmed and consumed by the present. However, once the initial shock subsides, surviving family members often face the harsh reality of financial instability. The loss of income can be particularly challenging to cope with, especially for spouses and children who rely on the deceased for financial support.

In a wrongful death case, the court considers various factors to determine the financial impact of the loss. This includes assessing the deceased’s past and potential future earnings and any financial dependence that family members had on them. Additionally, the court examines the expenses and costs associated with the incident and subsequent death. Using this information, they calculate a monetary value reflecting the economic losses the surviving family members incurred.

How are Wrongful Death Damages Awarded?

Wrongful death cases are civil, not criminal, and require a lesser burden of proof on behalf of the plaintiff. Regardless of the number of individuals involved in a wrongful death suit, the court will group them as a singular plaintiff entity.

Once the court reviews the evidence, it may decide to award compensation. The compensation would then be distributed amongst the parties in an amount proportionate to their damages either by court order or by mutual agreement.

Why Choose the Solorzano Law Firm Team for My Wrongful Death Case?

At Solorzano Law Firm, we’re not just a team; we’re a group of seasoned legal professionals with decades of experience. We specialize in personal injury cases and pride ourselves on consistently achieving outstanding results for our clients. While not every case ends up in court, having a skilled trial lawyer by your side significantly boosts the chances of reaching a favorable settlement.

If your case does go to trial, rest assured that Jonathan Solorzano and our entire team are prepared to go the distance. We’ll put in the hard work and expertise necessary to ensure you receive top-notch legal representation and the best possible outcome.

If you’ve been injured or need someone to handle your wrongful death case, contact Jonathan at the Solorzano Law Team. He’ll meet with you for a free consultation, giving you a chance to experience firsthand our dedication and commitment to our clients.

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