Phoenix Wrongful Death Lawyer
Have You Suffered a Wrongful Death in Your Family?
Losing a loved one is painful. And as difficult as it may seem, it can be even harder if the loss was unnecessary, willful and deliberate, or avoidable. At the Law Offices of Joel W. Black, LLC, our compassionate Phoenix Wrongful Death Attorneys understand what you are going through. We will do our best to seek justice for your loved one and the surviving family members. Picking up the pieces is hard after tragedy strikes. Let us help. You have enough on your mind. Our team has a successful track record of recovering for Phoenix wrongful death victims.
What is Wrongful Death?
Wrongful death claims are brought against a defendant (responsible party) who has caused someone’s death either through intentional harm or negligence. These civil action claims allow the estate of the deceased person to file a lawsuit against the party who is legally liable for the death.
As these lawsuits provide to seek compensation for the family members of the person or persons who have died as a result of negligent or reckless acts of others, willful or otherwise, an action must be brought by a surviving member. Who may legally initiate these suits can vary from state to state. In Arizona, a spouse, child, parent or guardian, or personal representative of the deceased person may file a claim. This can be done singularly or as a group. There are additional provisions designed to address disqualifications. For more information, click here to read A.R.S. 12-612.
You will most likely have a lot of questions and not know what to do next. We are here to answer your questions and assist you with the process. Joel W. Black and his team are experienced wrongful death litigators. Contact our office to discuss your case.
Common Causes of Wrongful Death
Workplace fatality rates are higher than one might think. Some occupations can be more dangerous than others, but construction-related industries generally top the list, making up more than 20% of on-the-job deaths. OSHA has identified what is known as the “fatal four” when it comes to death on the job, most generally associated with construction-related occupations. They are:
- Struck by Object
Motor Vehicle Accidents
Motor vehicle accidents are a clear and obvious cause of wrongful death in America. This includes car, truck, motorcycle, boat, bicycle or pedestrian accidents, among others. We have all heard the statistics and it is proven to be one of the most prolific reasons for unexpected loss of life.
Another leading cause of wrongful death, medical malpractice can come in several forms, such as:
- Emergency Room or Hospital Errors
- Surgical Errors or Medical Apparatuses Left Behind
- Failure or Delay of Diagnosis
- Prescription and Medication Errors
- Defective or Dangerous Medical Devices
- Birth Injuries
- Low or Lacking Standard Of Care
- Inattentive or Inexperienced Staff
Dangerous household products, defective autos or auto parts, and dangerous or defective medicines or medical devices are the most common elements in product-related death claims. The companies that manufacture products for consumers have a duty to ensure that their products are safe. When they fail to do so, the American public is exposed to the risk of injury or death. When a death occurs as the result of a defective product, survivors of the deceased can file a wrongful death lawsuit to recover damages.
Violent Criminal Act
No one expects something horrible to happen to a loved one, but when it does, surviving members of the victim can bring about a wrongful death action against the responsible party. This is separate from any criminal action that may be initiated by state or federal governmental departments, such as the Maricopa County District Attorney’s Office.
Get Legal Representation – Call our Attorneys Today
We understand that this is a very difficult time for you and your family. And while nothing can bring your loved one back, we can help ease the financial burden that may result from your loss. Let our Phoenix Personal Injury Attorneys assist you in seeking justice and making your future more secure. When catastrophe strikes, you need someone you can trust advocating for you and your rights. Reach out to our compassionate staff. Contact the Law Offices of Joel W. Black, LLC at (602) 277-1393 for a free, confidential consultation. Or fill out our request form below.