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There is never a right way to lose a loved one, and experiencing death due to the negligence of a third party makes the grieving process even more difficult. At Cruz & Associates, we understand that what you’re currently going through is overwhelming and unfair. Though nothing can ease the pain of loss, you are entitled to settlement for what you have experienced at the hands of negligence.

The top wrongful death attorneys at Cruz & Associates will support and advocate for you as we go through the wrongful death settlement process together.

What is a Wrongful Death Case?

Wrongful death cases can be tricky, but the bottomline is that if somebody passed away unexpectedly due to the negligence of another, this constitutes a wrongful death. Even though the death was likely not caused intentionally, loved ones who are left to grieve are entitled to compensation. There are a few details that go along with wrongful death claims:

Examples of Wrongful Deaths

A major cause of wrongful deaths are car accidents. Though they were indeed accidents, the driver at fault is responsible for the loss of life. Wrongful deaths may occur in many different settings and scenarios, including construction sites or other workplace settings, during birth, through assault, abuse and neglect, or from defective products. While these are all potential examples, this list does not include every possible situation that may be implicated in a wrongful death suit.

Elements of Claims

As you prepare to file a wrongful death claim, there are a few different types of damages you could claim. This includes loss of love, companionship, care and protection, along with additional reasons of harm due to death. It also may include the current and future pain, grief, stress and mental suffering caused by the death. You may also file claims for income and services that may be lost, as well as claims for any funeral, burial and outstanding medical expenses.

Who is Entitled to Benefits?

In Arizona, the surviving spouse, children of any age, and parents of the deceased may be beneficiaries of damages from a wrongful death case. One claim will be filed on behalf of all beneficiaries, and everyone is typically represented by the same attorney.

If there is discourse among beneficiaries, this may be reconsidered. However all beneficiaries must agree to a settlement in order for it to be finalized. Keep in mind there are different statutes of limitations depending on the type of wrongful death case, so it’s important to act quickly.

Schedule Your Free Consultation Today

If you have experienced the wrongful death of a loved one, Cruz & Associates is here to support you with what comes next. Our compassionate and dedicated attorneys serve areas in Phoenix, Glendale, Scottsdale and Tempe, and we can help your family too.

Our team will walk through this process with you and ensure all involved get the settlement they deserve after a devastating loss. Your first consultation with us is always free. To get started, give our Phoenix office a call or fill out our online contact form today.