In Arizona, wrongful death statutes allow certain family members to recover damages for their grief due to the loss of a loved one. In these cases, a jury awards money damages as it deems fair and just to spouses, parents and children for the impact of the loss of their loved one. The impact of the loss includes the loss of love, care, affection and companionship.
The surviving family is entitled to such damages when their loved one was killed by a wrongful act or negligence of a person(s) or corporation(s). We see wrongful death cases most commonly in the context of elder abuse and neglect; medical malpractice; dram shop; car, bike and pedestrian crashes; and slip and falls. Wrongful death lawsuits are characterized by damages to loved ones which are unique to this type of case. If you have experienced the tragic loss of a loved one under such heartbreaking circumstances, it is important to speak to an experienced wrongful death attorney.