Wrongful Death Lawyer in Phoenix, AZ
If your loved one has died due to the negligence, recklessness, or intentional misconduct of another party, then the state of Arizona may give you a legitimate right of action for wrongful death. Wrongful death litigation is critically important, as it gives the surviving family members of the deceased an effective tool for securing the compensation they need to cover their various losses.
Here at Hirsch & Lyon, we are compassionate advocates that understand the many challenges that families face in the wake of their loved one’s death. It is perfectly normal to feel trepidation about moving forward with litigation. We encourage you to contact us to learn more about what wrongful death litigation entails, and how we can help.
Understanding Wrongful Death Damages
Wrongful death damages are paid out to cover the losses sustained by the surviving family members of the deceased — not the losses sustained directly by the deceased individual themselves.
For example, if your spouse dies in a car accident caused by a drunk driver defendant, you would be entitled to bring an action for wrongful death damages that account for the losses that “you” (as the surviving individual) sustained in the wake of their death, which may include the loss of their financial support, loss of guidance, loss of marital companionship, and the loss of domestic services and support.
The Loss of Domestic Services
Domestic services are a form of support that is accounted for by Arizona courts in wrongful death litigation. Accounting for such damages is meant to ensure that the true contribution of a family member who provides domestic services (i.e., cleaning, cooking, childrearing, babysitting, teaching, etc.) is measured.
Calculating the value of domestic services is quite a bit more straightforward than plaintiffs might initially realize — with the aid of an attorney and industry experts (who can provide analysis and supportive testimony), you can identify the market value of the domestic services provided by your deceased loved one, and calculate the potential future contribution that would have been made by your loved one based off their pre-existing daily, weekly, or monthly contributions.
Consult an Experienced Attorney at Hirsch & Lyon for Guidance
Hirsch & Lyon is a specialized litigation firm with a focus on representing personal injury victims, including those that involve the wrongful death of a loved one. Wrongful death claims can be somewhat unintuitive for those who are not familiar with litigation, and this can lead to many plaintiffs being poorly served by attorneys who fail to pursue all available damages.
At Hirsch & Lyon, our wrongful death attorneys have decades of experience providing comprehensive representation to clients in a variety of situations, and are committed to maintaining a highly-communicative, transparent relationship. This ensures that we have the information we need to personalize the way in which we advocate for the wrongful death plaintiff.