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Losing a loved one is never easy. Yet, the ordeal can be even more heart-breaking when the incident that caused a loved one's passing was preventable. For many New Mexico residents, this is a sad reality that leaves them and their families reeling. Whether a death is caused by a car accident, medical malpractice, nursing home neglect or abuse, or an incident that occurred on the property of another, surviving family members can be left with emotional pain. This pain can be exacerbated by the sudden jolt some suffer in their finances when medical expenses and funeral costs come due, and the reality of their loved one's lost wages takes hold.

Wrongful death and nursing home neglect

As our loved ones age, we oftentimes must make a decision about how to care for them. Sometimes, we or our other family members are able to step in and provide housing and medical care as needed, but many times such involvement isn't feasible. Therefore, many New Mexico residents turn to nursing homes to help care for their elderly loved ones. While these institutions carry a heavy responsibility, most of them live up to the duty of care imposed upon them. Sometimes, though, negligence occurs, and the results can be deadly.

Wrongful death claims involving children and the elderly

We've talked about wrongful death lawsuits on this blog before, but usually in the context of a working adult being killed due to the negligence of another. While this is frequently the case for New Mexican families, sometimes wrongful death strikes the most vulnerable amongst us, namely children and the elderly. Even though these individuals may not be working and earning a wage at the time of their passing, their families may still be able to recover damages if they succeed on a wrongful death lawsuit.

Car accidents and wrongful death lawsuits

Driving has become more dangerous than ever. Far too often, motorists are distracted, intoxicated, or sleepy, all of which diminish their ability to safely operate a motor vehicle. Even the most defensive driver can find him or herself unable to avoid a collision with one of these drivers. For many of these defensive drivers, a car accident results in damage to their vehicle and maybe some bumps, bruises, and cuts. For others, more serious injuries, like broken bones, torn ligaments, and even brain damage, can be suffered. In the worst cases, however, the result can be death.

We aggressively advocate wrongful death claims

Recently on this blog we discussed how heart attacks are diagnosed. This medical condition, as is the case with many diseases, can oftentimes be effectively treated when quickly and accurately diagnosed. In other words, competent medical care should lead to a favorable outcome, or at least one where the harm is minimized. Yet far too often in our society, individuals act negligently, resulting in harm being suffered by innocent people. Sometimes this negligence can lead to death.

How is a heart attack diagnosed?

Most New Mexico residents have been placed under extreme stress at some point in their lives. For some, stress can be accompanied by drastic physical symptoms, which may include headaches, difficulty sleeping, and an upset stomach. Others, though, may experience chest pain. Although this may just be a sign of stress, it might also be a symptom of a heart attack. Stress, while unhealthy over the long run, typically poses no immediate safety risk. A heart attack, on the other hand, can prove fatal.

How is breast cancer diagnosed?

Going to the doctor shouldn't be an experience to fear. In fact, those Albuquerque residents who go see a medical professional should feel better by either figuring out that there isn't anything wrong with them, or by obtaining effective treatment that soothes their symptoms and, perhaps, cures their ailment. Although this is what happens in most cases, sometimes medical professionals make mistakes that leave patients in harm's way. This can occur in a variety of ways, but perhaps one of the most worrisome is when a doctor fails to diagnose a medical condition.

Surgical errors may be more common than we think

Going in for surgery can be terrifying. We've all heard horror stories on the news and portrayed in the movies, which can leave us afraid that we'll come out of an operation worse off than when we went in. Although some experts report that these fears are unfounded, claiming that surgical errors are extremely uncommon, the statistical occurrence of these "never events" may be much higher than previously thought. Additionally, those who are injured or killed by one of these event care very little about how common or rare they are.

Modification of a wrongful death award

The sudden and unexpected loss of a loved one is never easy to take. Surviving family members can be left grief-stricken, not knowing how to carry on with their own lives. The heartache can be exacerbated when the death was caused by the negligence of another. Knowing that the fatal accident that stripped their loved one away from them can leave a family thirsty for some sense of justice. Oftentimes this comes in the form of a wrongful death lawsuit, which, when successful, can bring accountability, closure, and compensation.

Don't wait too long to file a wrongful death suit in New Mexico

Most people in New Mexico do not anticipate dying early. They often assume that they will live to a ripe old age, perhaps retiring after a long career, and, for some, seeing their children grow and seeing grandchildren born. However, all these rights of passage can be stripped from a person if they experience a wrongful death.

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