Arizona Wrongful Death Lawyers
Sadly, preventable accidents lead to fatalities every year in Arizona. Car crashes, motorcycle accidents, medical malpractice, workplace incidents, among other accidents, account for numerous deaths in Arizona and throughout the United States. If you lost a loved one in an accident that was the fault of somebody else, our heart goes out to you during this extremely difficult time. While nothing can bring back your loved one, you are eligible to file a lawsuit seeking damages to help pay for funeral and burial expenses, loss of income, pain and suffering, and more.
We at The Bourassa Law Group strongly encourage you to speak with one of our skilled and experienced Arizona wrongful death attorneys about your legal options. Our attorneys are prepared to hold the responsible parties accountable and help you recover compensation that will help your family move forward.
Personal injury law is very complex, especially when a death is involved. It can be difficult to make the right decisions when you are in the midst of grief. If you lost a loved one in Arizona through the negligent actions or inactions of another party, you may be entitled to compensation. Wrongful death claims are often complex and negligence can be difficult to prove. For this reason, you need the help of an experienced Arizona wrongful death lawyer.
Contact the compassionate and knowledgeable Arizona wrongful death attorneys at The Bourassa Law Group today by calling (480) 867-7177 to schedule a free initial consultation. During your consultation, our legal professionals will sit down with you and discuss the merits of your claim. We will clearly explain your best course of legal action against the responsible parties.
Do I Need a Wrongful Death Attorney?
Attorneys who have extensive experience in wrongful death cases have a vast knowledge of the legal process associated with these types of claims. The skill and experience of the attorney you hire will be critical to the success of your wrongful death claim.
At The Bourassa Law Group, our wrongful death lawyers have an in-depth understanding of the Arizona laws and the elements that are required to build a strong case. Wrongful death cases can be time-consuming, especially if you attempt to navigate the process alone. Because you do not possess the legal knowledge and skill of a lawyer, it can take far longer if you try to do it yourself.
In order for your wrongful death case to remain active, you must meet all deadlines. Failure to meet deadlines can derail your case. A lawyer will ensure that you meet the deadlines, and your paperwork is completed and properly filed.
A wrongful death attorney knows how to properly value your claim as well. They will thoroughly evaluate your case, assessing all the ways your family has been impacted by the tragedy so that the maximum compensation can be sought. When valuing your wrongful death claim, your lawyer will consider all aspects, including but not limited to:
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Medical bills for your loved one’s care
- Loss of earnings
- Pain and suffering
Finally, a compassionate wrongful death attorney can be a source of support for your family following the loss of your loved one. Without a personal connection to your case, a lawyer will be able to focus on the law to build the strongest case possible. And by taking care of all the legal aspects of your case, a lawyer will allow you to focus on grieving and starting the healing process.
Why Choose The Bourassa Law Group to Handle My Case?
The Bourassa Law Group represents families of wrongful death victims all throughout Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, California, and Florida from our Scottsdale, Las Vegas, Denver, and Beverly Hills offices. Our personal injury and wrongful death lawyers successfully represent both individual and business clients through our unique knowledge of the Nevada, Colorado, California and Arizona legal systems and procedures. Our firm is committed to providing exceptional personal service to our clients. We strive to deliver results-oriented and cost-effective solutions that meet our clients’ needs.
Our founding attorney, Mark J. Bourassa, has litigated and resolved millions of dollars in claims ranging from wrongful death lawsuits to complex multi-party tort litigation. He earned his law degree cum laude from Pepperdine University School of Law. Mr. Bourassa is admitted to practice in all State Courts in Arizona, California, and Nevada and can practice in the United States District Courts for the Districts of Nevada, Northern California, Central California, Colorado, and New Mexico.
Contact us now at (480) 867-7177 so that we can put our experience to work for you to get just for all of the losses you have experienced.
Types of Wrongful Death Cases We Handle
Wrongful deaths are caused by the negligence, recklessness, or intentional actions or inactions of another party. At The Bourassa Law Group, we handle wrongful death cases that are the result of a wide variety of accidents, including, but not limited to:
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Truck accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Boat accidents
- Defective products
- Workplace accidents
- Construction accidents
- Dog attacks
- Birth injuries
- Medical malpractice
- Nursing home abuse
As you can see, there are many accidents that can cause wrongful deaths. It’s important to remember that any individual who did not take proper care, which contributed to your loved one’s death, can be held liable.
The Arizona wrongful death lawyers at The Bourassa Law Group understand that no two accidents are the same. Each wrongful death case has its own unique set of circumstances. Our experienced attorneys have the skills and knowledge required to handle the complicated legal questions that these claims present.
To successfully bring a wrongful death claim, the following elements must be present:
- Negligence: It must be proven that the death of your loved one was caused by the wrongful or neglectful act of the defendant.
- Breach of Duty: The defendant owed a duty to the person who died. For instance, in a car accident that results in a fatality, the defendant owed a duty to the deceased person to drive safely and to follow the rules of the road.
- Causation: It must be proven how the defendant’s negligence caused your loved one’s death.
- Damages: The death must have led to damages such as medical bills, loss of earnings, funeral costs, and pain and suffering.
It’s important to know that some wrongful death claims will involve different elements of negligence, such as with a medical malpractice claim. Furthermore, there are different rules for filing civil actions against individuals and for filing suits against government entities.
Suing a federal or state agency requires meeting tight filing deadlines with the court and dealing with caps for certain types of damages. The experienced wrongful death lawyers at The Bourassa Law Group will be able to skillfully handle whichever type of claim you have, no matter the defendant.
Frequently Asked Questions About Wrongful Death
The Arizona wrongful death attorneys at The Bourassa Law Group understand what victims’ families are going through when they decide to bring a wrongful death lawsuit. If you are dealing with a tragic wrongful death situation, you probably have many questions.
Below are some of the most commonly asked questions we get from clients. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to our skilled and compassionate attorneys at The Bourassa Law Group with any questions you may have about your case by calling (480) 867-7177.
Who can file a wrongful death lawsuit?
Arizona law allows the following people to file a wrongful death claim:
- The surviving spouse (husband or wife) of the deceased person.
- The surviving children of the deceased person.
- The surviving parents or guardians of the deceased person.
- A personal representative of the individuals listed above.
- A personal representative of the deceased person’s estate.
What types of damages are available in an action involving a death?
Damages available in a wrongful death case can be divided into economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages are the actual monetary losses that you have sustained because of your loved one’s death and may include the following types:
- Funeral expenses
- Burial expenses
- Loss of your loved one’s income
- Lost rights to an inheritance
- Property losses
Noneconomic damages are damages that are hard to put a value on and may include the following:
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Loss of consortium
How much time do I have to file a wrongful death lawsuit in Arizona?
The statute of limitations in Arizona is two years from the date of the deceased person’s death. If it is not filed within the two-year time limit, the court will most likely refuse to hear it.
Contact A Wrongful Death Lawyer in Arizona
A wrongful death case can be emotionally overwhelming. At The Bourassa Law Group, our skilled and experienced Arizona wrongful death lawyers will be there to provide compassion and support during this difficult time. We will be there to answers all your questions and represent you every step of the way.
When you hire The Bourassa Law Group, you can have the utmost confidence that we will handle your wrongful death claim with great care, compassion, and professionalism. Our Arizona wrongful death attorneys will do everything they can secure the maximum compensation your family deserves for this senseless tragedy. We’ll present your case in a manner that puts you in the best possible position to get justice and compensation.
Call us (480) 867-7177 today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with our dedicated Arizona wrongful death lawyers.
Frequently asked questions
The legal definition of a personal injury is when someone’s failure to use reasonable care in a particular situation results in another person’s physical, emotional, or psychological injury. Personal injury cases often rely on the elements of negligence to prove the responsible party’s actions were the cause of the other party’s injuries.
The length of a personal injury case depends on the type of case and various factors, such as the severity of the injury sustained and the duration of necessary treatment. A car accident case might take six months to resolve, while a wrongful death lawsuit could take two years. It all depends on the circumstances surrounding the case.
No. Whether you got hurt in a car accident or on someone else’s property, you should never speak with their liability insurance company about the claim. They try to save money whenever possible and could attempt to trick you into accepting a low settlement amount or intimidate you into dropping the case. Your Denver personal injury lawyer will handle all communication on your behalf.
It depends. A vast majority of personal injury cases settle out of court. When we file a claim with the insurance company, we’ll submit evidence that proves you deserve compensation for your injuries. Sometimes the insurer is willing to settle. Other times, they deny the claim or provide a settlement much lower than you deserve. Under those circumstances, we will file a lawsuit and take the case to court.
Mediation is a step during a lawsuit where both sides meet to try to reach an agreement. The mediator listens to the arguments on both the plaintiff’s and the defendant’s sides and attempts to resolve the issue. If they can reach an agreement, they will settle out of court, and the case will get dismissed. If they can’t resolve the matter, the case will proceed to trial.