wrongful death Archives

How common are fatal work accidents on farms?

As a farm worker or other agricultural employee working on a New Mexico farm or ranch, you likely are concerned about your safety. You are often working around extremely dangerous equipment, not to mention working with animals who can be volatile and unpredictable. Just how safe are you, when working on a farm? How frequent are fatal farm accidents?

What can you do if you lose a loved one in a fatal car accident?

You never want to get that call. Someone you love -- a partner, friend or family member -- has been involved in a fatal car crash on a New Mexico street or highway. Their loss may impact you in many ways, from emotional trauma to the loss of companionship and loss of income or financial support. Although nothing can ease your grief, you may wish to take legal action to help your family. You may have the option to pursue a wrongful death suit and hold the other driver or their insurance company responsible for your harms and losses.

Wrongful death lawsuit names Santa Fe Senior Living Facility

Making the realization that you can no longer care for a loved one at home is not easy. Choosing the right senior living or assisted care facility can be a difficult decision. You want to make sure that your loved one is being placed in a safe, secure, and hospitable facility. You also want to make sure that your loved one's health care needs will be met.

Suing multiple defendants for wrongful death

Losing a loved one is always tragic, most of all due to the negligence or another. In New Mexico, the law offers options for wrongful death suits in the event the death could have been prevented had appropriate actions taken place. While compensation cannot return a loved one to life, awards in a wrongful death claim may defray any costs from funeral arrangements, damages to property or lost family income. At Almanzar & Youngers, P.A., we are deeply sympathetic to the pain of your loss, and understand that making choices in a wrongful death suit can be extremely stressful and difficult.

Factors involved in fatal traffic accidents in New Mexico

Driving takes a lot of concentration. Drivers in New Mexico should be aware of the most common factors that are involved in fatal accidents in the state. Knowing this data can help drivers take preventative action to keep themselves, other drivers and pedestrians safe on the road.

Wrongful death litigation options

In the event of a wrongful death suit, surviving family or other parties injured by the death in question may be entitled to compensation. While an award of money through settlement or trial can seem like an imperfect way to help a family who has lost a loved one, it is all that the civil justice system can provide.  An award of monetary damages can help the family by making up for economic losses resulting from the loss of a family member, can help to pay treatment bills and funeral expenses, and can also defer wrongdoers from committing the type of acts that resulted in the death.  It is an imperfect solution, but still can put the family in a better position than it would be absent the wrongful death litigation.

Assessing wrongful death

Wrongful death lawsuits in New Mexico can arise out of different facts and circumstances. While any death feels wrong when not from natural causes, there are certain criteria that need to be met to classify such a death as wrongful in the legal sense. Here is a breakdown of assessing the legal status of a death due to negligence and some common causes.

Who can file a wrongful death lawsuit?

Dealing with the unexpected loss of a loved one in New Mexico brings with it not only sadness and heartache, but also the expenses associated with his or her death. Those can include medical bills, funeral costs, as well as the prospect of trying to replace the financial support he or she provided. In the event that your family member or friend's death was due to the intentional or negligent actions of another, pursuing compensation through a wrongful death claim may help alleviate that financial burden. The question then becomes who is entitled to initiate such action?

Statistics on fatal work accidents

In 2015 -- the latest year for which there is complete data -- there were 4,836 fatal work-related injuries in the United States, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Regrettably, this reflects an increase in comparison to 2014, when 4,821 deadly work injuries were reported. Also, there was an increase in deadly work-related traffic accidents.

How to determine negligence

When someone has been hurt or killed due to negligence, victims or their families have legal options for holding the negligent party accountable. However, proving negligence is more complicated than you might think. When determining whether negligence resulted in an accident, there are four general factors to be considered -- duty, breach, cause and harm.

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