Wrongful Death


It is a devastating blow to a family when one of its members dies suddenly, and is especially hard when the death was not natural, but the fault of some other person. Knowing that it never would have happened but for someone else’s negligent or careless action is difficult, that’s when you need the guidance of our Phoenix wrongful death attorneys.

The Phoenix personal injury lawyers of Curiel and Runion handle many wrongful death cases. Wrongful death can occur in various ways: as a result of an auto accident, a fall, a construction accident, medical malpractice, a defective or dangerous product or drug, or an intentional violent act.
We understand that the grieving process takes time, and you may not feel ready to deal with a wrongful death action right now. But our clients often tell us that holding the negligent party accountable for the terrible loss the family has suffered helps bring closure. When you need help, we are here for you. We are prepared to shoulder the burden and handle the many tasks that need to be done, from appointing a personal representative to negotiating with the insurance company and preparing your case for trial.

The Arizona Wrongful Death Statute

Under the Arizona Wrongful Death Statute, a wrongful death action may be brought by a surviving spouse, or by the personal representative of the decedent’s estate. When a child dies, either parent is able to bring the action. The beneficiaries on whose behalf the action is pursued by the plaintiff are the surviving spouse, children, and parents of the decedent. If none of these is living, any recovery goes to the decedent’s estate to be distributed according to the decedent’s will, or if there is none, according to the law that governs intestacy.


In Arizona, there are legal limits on the amount of time after a wrongful death occurs in which you can file a claim. If you wait too long, you can lose that right. We know that it’s not about the money; it’s a matter of accountability. You can’t bring your loved one back, but you can make the wrongdoer pay and face up to the enormity of the harm done. Therefore, it is important to get Curiel and Runion on board as soon as possible to protect your right to recover damages.

Damages That Can Be Recovered In An Arizona Wrongful Death Action

It is impossible to put a dollar amount on the value of a human life, and it may seem crass to try to do so. However, in bringing a wrongful death action, your lawyer will need to make some calculations that effectively do precisely that. This can be difficult for survivors, but is something an experienced wrongful death attorney knows how to handle. Your lawyer will make a claim on behalf of the survivors and the estate for the following damages:

  • The loss of love, affection, companionship, care, protection, and guidance.
  • The pain, grief, sorrow, stress, and mental anguish of survivors.
  • The income and services, present and future, lost as a result of the death, and that are reasonably probable to be lost in the future.
  • Funeral and burial expenses.
  • The expenses for medical care for the injuries that resulted in the death.


At Curiel and Runion, PLC we pursue each case with professionalism and compassion. We do everything in our power to handle your case in such a way as to cause you and your family the least amount of stress at this difficult time. We take wrongful death cases on contingency, so you don’t pay unless we win.

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