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How long do I have to file a wrongful death claim in Arizona?

Losing a loved one is incredibly difficult under any circumstance. It is even more heartbreaking when the loved one’s death is attributable to someone one else’s negligent or wrongful actions. If you lose someone you love due to another party’s negligence, you should consider pursuing damages through Arizona wrongful death lawsuit.

Under Arizona law, the deceased’s children, surviving spouse, parents or estate representative can file a wrongful death lawsuit. Some of the damages that you can recover from your lawsuit include economic damages like medical and funeral costs as well as non-economic damages like grief and loss of consortium.

But first, how do wrongful deaths happen?

Arizona statute articulates who can be held liable for wrongful death. According to this statute, any individual or entity that acts negligently, or fails to act, leading to another person’s death may be held responsible for their demise.

Negligent actions that can lead to wrongful death include:

  • Fatal auto accidents that are attributable to drunk driving
  • Doctor negligence that leads to the patient’s death
  • Animal attack that leads to fatal injuries
  • Fatal injuries that result from using faulty products

Arizona statute of limitations for wrongful death

You do not have the luxury of filing a wrongful death claim at the time of your choosing. Under Arizona statute, you have up to two years from the date of your loved one’s death to file a wrongful death lawsuit. It is important that you file your claim within the statute of limitations period. You risk losing your right to the compensation you are entitled to if you miss out on the statute of limitations period.

No amount of money can bring back a loved one after death. However, knowing your legal options can help you file a wrongful death lawsuit against the responsible party and find some closure.

 

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