New Mexico Wrongful Death Attorney – A Strong Advocate for Your Family
If your loved one tragically died due to the negligence of another party, then you and your family may be entitled to compensation that can help with funeral costs, lost income and emotional pain resulting from the death. Contact an experienced wrongful death lawyer at Youngers Law to learn more. With an office in Santa Fe and an established presence in Las Cruces, the firm provides representation to individuals and families throughout New Mexico.
If you are seeking justice for the wrongful death of a loved one, contact attorney Joleen K. Youngers and her staff at 505-933-8480 or 575-636-2057. She will provide personalized and compassionate representation as she fights for the justice and compensation you deserve.
When a Family Member Dies Due to Negligence
In the state of New Mexico, family members are allowed to pursue a lawsuit for wrongful death whenever death is caused by someone else’s neglect, wrongful act or failure to act. In other words, if a person dies because of someone else’s wrongdoing, the family can bring a claim for wrongful death.
Some of the more common personal injury claims that can lead to a wrongful death lawsuit include:
- Catastrophic motor vehicle accidents: Serious motor vehicle accidents involving large trucks and commercial vehicles or smaller vehicles like an unprotected motorcycle can result in devastating injuries or even the loss of life.
- Drunk driving accidents: When a driver is driving while impaired, their impairment can lead to a serious accident that results in the loss of life. Drunk driving accidents can also result in hit-and-run situations that cause serious harm or death to a victim.
- Pedestrian and bicycle accidents: When a pedestrian is struck and killed, or a cyclist is hit and killed by a motorist, the victim’s family may have a claim for wrongful death.
- Dangerous property accidents: When a property owner fails to maintain adequate safety standards or has dangerous conditions on their property, an accident can occur that leads to death. For example, a property owner who has a swimming pool on their property could be held responsible for a drowning death.
- Negligent security: If a building owner fails to maintain adequate security on their premises and an attack on a patron or tenant leads to a death, the property owner could be held responsible for a wrongful death.
In New Mexico, if the person who died would have been able to sue the negligent party for a personal injury action, then the victim’s family may be able to file a claim for wrongful death on behalf of their loved one. While no amount of money can bring back your loved one, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your pain and suffering.
The Emotional and Financial Impact of a Wrongful Death
Negligence that results in death only compounds the grief of the surviving family members and friends. While you and those close to you struggle with the emotional impact, attorney Youngers and her team will deal with the facts and evidence of your wrongful death claim. The effects of the death may go beyond grief, particularly if the deceased family member was the primary wage earner.
Ms. Youngers will take a detail-oriented approach to building your wrongful death claim. Too much is at stake to leave out any detail. She will interview family members and friends to get a complete story and then present that story to the judge or jury. In addition, she will partner with financial experts to determine the more tangible losses to ensure that you get the compensation you need to make up for the contributions of your lost loved one.
Settling Versus Litigating Your Wrongful Death Case
While many wrongful death cases are settled, Ms. Youngers prepares all claims for trial. That shows the opposing attorneys that you are serious about finding the best resolution to your legal matter.
What to Know About New Mexico’s Wrongful Death Laws
Losing a loved one before their time is traumatic. In the wake of making funeral arrangements, paying for medical treatment and mourning, you may feel uncertain and overwhelmed. You may not even know what questions to ask. You are not alone. Youngers Law would like to help you with answers to your questions and provide you with some comfort in the legal realm.
Legal needs vary according to the specific case, but some principles remain the same. Below are some common legal questions that attorney Joleen Youngers and her staff receives. You can also get personalized advice and information from her. Schedule a free initial consultation by calling 505-933-8480 or 575-636-2057. You can also schedule an appointment by completing the contact form.
Who can bring a wrongful death claim in New Mexico?
In general, the decedent’s next of kin or loved ones are eligible to bring a wrongful death claim. This will vary by case, but generally, spouses, parents or children can bring a wrongful death claim through an appointed personal representative.
What kinds of compensation are awarded in wrongful death cases?
Wrongful death claims are meant to provide financial compensation for losses that your family endures due to the wrongful death of a loved one. The compensation is meant to help provide for your family as you regain a sense of normal. This includes compensation for any medical bills for the decedent’s injuries, funeral costs, and any income or emotional support lost due to the untimely death of your loved one. Attorney Youngers will fight for full compensation so that you can focus on your life, your loss, and your family.
Do I need a lawyer?
Yes. The unfortunate truth is that insurance companies are businesses. They are more concerned with their profitability than with your care. Often, the insurance company will approach a grieving family and offer a seemingly large settlement. These offers frequently are insufficient for their needs. Before accepting an initial settlement offer, speak with the attorney at Youngers Law, PA She can help you obtain a settlement that truly provides for you and your needs in the wake of a tragedy.
Schedule a Free Consultation with a Wrongful Death Lawyer
For more information, or to schedule a free initial consultation with an experienced wrongful death lawyer, please contact the firm online or call 505-933-8480 or 575-636-2057. Ms. Youngers provides free consultations in wrongful death cases.