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Mesa Wrongful Death Lawyer

Mesa Wrongful Death Lawyer

Wrongful death is a unique type of case in that it is not the victim of the accident bringing the cause of action but a surviving family member or personal representative. While we know the aftermath of a death in the family can be overwhelming, it is important to think about pursuing damages through a lawsuit as soon as possible. Wrongful death claims have a deadline in Arizona. Waiting too long to speak to an attorney could compromise your right to recover.

At David Shapiro Law, PLLC, our Mesa wrongful death lawyers are here to offer consolation, advice, and answers for families dealing with unexpected losses of life. We can begin your claim to damages with a free and confidential case evaluation at our local law office. Our attorneys also accept clients in Scottsdale, Tempe, and other Maricopa County cities. Schedule your meeting today by contacting us.

Why Select Our Wrongful Death Lawyers?

  • We help our clients through their wrongful death claims – as well as their grief – with the utmost compassion, respect, and care.
  • We are a trusted law firm in Mesa, Arizona, with a long history of positive results and happy clients. We are proud of the reputation of excellence we have cultivated in Mesa over the years.
  • We seek justice and accountability on behalf of our clients on a contingency fee basis. You will not pay our legal fees during a wrongful death claim unless we win your case.

What Can a Wrongful Death Lawyer Offer You?

You might think someone else is responsible for causing your loved one’s death, but you will need clear and convincing evidence establishing this to be most likely true before an insurance company or jury will award your family compensation. It is not enough to suspect negligence. You or your wrongful death lawyer must prove fault to have a successful claim. Hiring a lawyer in Mesa can make it easier to achieve positive results for your case. Your attorney can handle matters related to the legal process while you concentrate on mourning and healing.

Common Causes of Wrongful Death

Wrongful death is often the tragic outcome of negligence, recklessness, maliciousness, or wanton disregard for the safety of others. When this is the case, surviving family members may be able to hold the at-fault party responsible for related damages. At David Shapiro Law, PLLC, our attorneys have enough experience handling wrongful death claims to understand their most common causes in Arizona.

  • Car accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Truck accidents
  • Bicycle accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Medical malpractice
  • Defective products
  • Dangerous premises
  • Work accidents
  • Violent crimes

Most causes of wrongful death are preventable and connected to negligence or intent to harm. Negligence is the lack of ordinary care based on the situation. Ordinary care is what a prudent and reasonable person would do in similar circumstances. If someone else’s negligence or intentional wrongdoing caused or contributed to your family member’s death, discuss whether you have a claim with our lawyers. We respond promptly to all communications.

Arizona’s Wrongful Death Laws

A wrongful death claim involves many specific laws and statutes. These laws determine how long someone has to file, who can bring the claim, and what damages are available. It is up to you to either navigate these laws yourself or hire an attorney to do so for you. Taking on a wrongful death action yourself could come with the risk of making critical errors, such as waiting too long to file. Working with David Shapiro, on the other hand, could make learning the laws easier.

  • Statute of limitations. You have a total of two years from the date of the victim’s death to file a civil claim in Arizona. If you do not comply with this deadline, you may lose your right to file.
  • Limits on the filing party. The people who may file for wrongful death in Arizona include the deceased person’s surviving child, parent, spouse, or personal representative.
  • Burden of proof. A family may only obtain compensation for wrongful death if the plaintiff can fulfill the burden of proof. The plaintiff must establish the defendant’s duty of care, breach of duty, causation, and damages through a preponderance of the evidence.

Wrongful death claims are similar to personal injury claims in terms of liability laws and requirements of proof. They can be complicated to deal with, especially for a family that is still in mourning. David Shapiro Law, PLLC has years of experience advocating for clients in the fight to hold defendants liable for negligence. He and his associates can effortlessly guide you through the laws connected to your case.

What Compensation Is Available?

A civil wrongful death claim is not a criminal trial. It is a civil claim for the good of the family rather than a charge brought by prosecutors to convict the defendant of a crime. The goal of a wrongful death civil claim is to make surviving loved ones and dependents whole again. It does this by ordering the party who was responsible for the wrongful death to pay for several related damages.

  • Related medical bills and emergency care
  • Funeral and burial costs
  • Value of lost wages and employment benefits
  • Property damage repairs/replacement
  • Decedent’s pain and suffering
  • Family’s mental anguish
  • Loss of the loved one’s companionship and household services
  • Punitive damages

In Arizona, a family first has the option to divide a total damage award among themselves. If surviving family members cannot make this decision, the matter will go to a court judge instead. A judge may order the family to apportion the award a certain way. This order will become legally binding. If you are curious about how much money your wrongful death claim could be worth, call our attorneys for an in-depth evaluation.

Contact a Wrongful Death Lawyer in Mesa, AZ

You may have rights after losing someone you love in an unexpected fatal accident. One or more parties may owe your family compensation as the party responsible for causing the death. If so, the lawyers at David Shapiro Law, PLLC can help you seek justice in the form of a settlement or jury verdict. We are compassionate, caring attorneys who take our jobs very seriously. If you entrust us with your wrongful death claim, we promise to treat it as we would the case of our own family member. Start by requesting a free consultation at (480) 300-5405 24/7. We also respond promptly to online messages submitted through our website.

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