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Wrongful death: boat accidents and their causes

The weather in Arizona is pleasant enough year-round to allow residents and tourists alike to enjoy the state's various rivers and lakes. This includes boating. Although cars and trucks seem to take most of the attention when it comes to reporting of accidents, boat accidents can be just as tragic. Individuals who are involved in these types of wrecks can suffer serious injuries, and far too often individuals die as a result.

Things to consider before settling a wrongful death claim

Individuals who choose to file and pursue a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit often look forward to the opportunity to find accountability by imposing liability on a negligent individual or entity, but they also hope to recover compensation for the damages that have been unfairly thrust upon them. In their pursuit of closure and a favorable outcome, these individuals usually have a lot of questions. One of those questions often involves how much money may be recoverable. Of course, the circumstances of a case make all the difference, but so, too, can the way a case resolves itself.

Pedestrian accident leaves Albuquerque girl dead

It only takes the blink of an eye for one's life to be forever changed. Oftentimes, these incidences have a ripple effect that affect an individual's loved ones. This is particularly true when a car accident leaves an unsuspecting individual either seriously injured or dead. In cases where an individual is wrongly killed, surviving family members may be looking for a way to find justice and closure.

Deposition can be a powerful tool in wrongful death cases

Any time an individual decides to pursue a legal claim, he or she needs to be prepared with a plan to show the legal elements necessary in order to win their case. In most cases, a significant part of this plan is merely tracking down evidence and witnesses, then crafting compelling legal arguments. Thorough preparation is key, as surprises in the legal world are not a good thing. There are very specific things a plaintiff can do, though, to ensure that he or she avoids unexpected surprises when pursuing a wrongful death or personal injury claim.

Establishing the standard of care in medical malpractice cases

Even though hospitals are often thought of as places of healing, they are sometimes places where the unthinkable happens. Some patients are subjected to negligent, reckless, or intentionally harmful care. This substandard care can come in many forms, including failure to diagnose, surgical errors, and medication errors. When this negligent care results in the death of a patient, his or her family can be left facing significant damages that are emotional and financial in nature.

Compassionate lawyers competently handling wrongful death claims

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.

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