When a family member dies as the result of another person's negligence, is it appropriate to consider hiring an attorney to investigate the case?
Was there negligence? Could the tragedy have been prevented? What are the losses and damages to the decedent's survivors?
Let me suggest that yes, you should consider hiring an attorney. At least, schedule a consultation with an experienced personal injury/wrongful death lawyer.
Consultations are almost always free. Why not take the time to ask questions, get information and get educated regarding your rights and options?
However, look for the right attorney. Your attorney should have the necessary experience, resources and commitment to competently represent the interests of the survivors and deal with the other party's insurance company.
For a wrongful death claim, you want a TRIAL ATTORNEY. As litigation may be necessary to obtain the best possible result, a regular injury lawyer is just not enough. Does the lawyer have trial experience? Is he a Certified Specialist in Wrongful Death Law in Arizona? Approximately 1% of attorneys are trial lawyers and specialists. Look for the best to help you in your case.
In Arizona, the general rule is that a wrongful death claim may be brought by a surviving spouse, child or parent of the decedent, on behalf of the spouse or children, or parents of the decedent.
The amount of damages that a surviving spouse, parent or child may recover will vary from case to case, there are many variables.
Damages that are considered may include the following:
- The loss of love, affection and companionship since the death of the decedent and in the future.
- Pain, grief, sorrow and mental suffering experienced since the death, and in the future.
- Lost income as a result of the death.
Your attorney should have the experience, passion, and time to represent you. Your attorney should be someone you can trust and feel comfortable with, in the effort to achieve a fair and just resolution of your case, by way of settlement or trial.
Ask if your attorney is Certified as a Specialist in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death, by the State Bar of Arizona.
There should be a free confidential consultation with the attorney. There should be no fees or costs charged unless there is a settlement.
Take the time. Ask questions. Get educated. Then make your choice.