Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Albuquerque, NM Wrongful Death Lawyers

WRONGFUL  DEATH  CLAIMS UNDER NEW MEXICO LAW

By: Mark Caruso, Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Attorney (Albuquerque, NM)

When you lose a loved one due to an accident caused by the careless actions of another, you want and need answers quickly. The New Mexico wrongful death attorneys at Caruso Law Offices can help you find out why the accident happened and help your family gain closure. 

 
The challenge of facing life without your loved one combined with funeral costs, loss of wages and support, and medical bills can be too much to handle alone. While no amount of compensation could ever make up for your loss, it’s our goal to help alleviate some of the financial responsibilities related to your loved one’s death, so that you can grieve with your family.
 
We can help you find out the real reason why your loved one’s death happened, and we can work with you to hold those who caused the death responsible.
 

How a N.M. Wrongful Death Lawyer Can Help

 
A wrongful death claim can help provide your family with the financial support needed to cover expenses associated with your loved one’s death. It may be difficult to receive compensation without an experienced New Mexico wrongful death lawyer who can help prove the party responsible for your loved one’s accident. Investigating the fault of all possible individuals and their various levels of insurance coverage can be complex.
 
Mark Caruso and his staff at Caruso Law Offices have been assisting families like yours in overcoming personal tragedies for more than 31 years. It’s our passion to help take care of your family’s needs during this difficult time.  You’re not alone—call us today at (505) 883-5000 or visit our web site at www.carusolaw.com
 

WHAT IS A WRONGFUL DEATH CLAIM?

 










Wrongful death claims are different than other personal injury cases. If you’re filing a wrongful death claim on behalf of your loved one, you’re not only facing outstanding medical bills and treatment costs; you’re dealing with grief, funeral preparations, and the difficulty of facing life without your family member.
 
In its simplest terms, a wrongful death claim is seeking compensation or money damages from the at fault people and their various insurance companies to pay for the loss of your loved one. Often there are several different layers of insurance that must be looked into before settlement can be made with any one particular insurance company.
 
 Mark Caruso and his staff at Caruso Law Offices will approach the legal process with compassion and understanding to get your family the legal support it needs. For more than 31 years, our legal team has helped the victims of tragedy receive the compensation necessary to rebuild their lives.
 

Who Can File a Claim?

 
Although many family members may be considered beneficiaries—or recipients—of wrongful death damages, only one family representative, who has been appointed by the District Court, can file the claim. We begin our involvement in the claim by talking to all family members who have any interest in becoming the lead person to handle the claim. Once a family decision is made on who this person will be, we file the appropriate court documents in the  court to name this person as  the representative (also known as the Administrator or Executor) of the estate.After the court appointment, we file a wrongful death claim against the at fault person.
 
Some of the family members who have traditionally been appointed by the Court to act on behalf of your loved one include a spouse, a child, an heir or heiress, a chosen beneficiary or a parent.
 
One of your duties as a representative of the estate is to hire a law firm to represent the estate. If you’re unsure if you’re eligible to file for wrongful death damages, a Mark Caruso can answer your questions and explain your family’s options.
 

Types of Damages in NM Wrongful Death Claims

 
In New Mexico, depending on the details surrounding your family member’s death, you may be able to recover damages for:
 
  • funeral expenses,
  • pain and suffering following the trauma causing the death,
  • medical expenses resulting from the trauma leading to death,
  • lost wages and future lost wages,
  • lost benefits and future lost benefits,
  • loss of support,
  • loss of inheritance,
  • loss of your loved one’s medical bills,
  • mental anguish suffered by surviving family members.
  •                                                                                                                                                          Mark Caruso and his staff of attorneys, paralegals, legal assistants, investigators and experts will use every resource possible to recover the full amount of compensation you need.

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We promise to leave no stone unturned in investigating every asset available to your family.
 
Mark Caruso can meet with you at either of his Albuquerque offices--Northeast Heights or Westside.  Consultations with Mark Caruso are FREE and without obligation.  He can meet you at your home, work, hospital on weekends and after-hours.  We represent wrongful death clients statewide New Mexico and in the Indian Pueblos and Navajo Reservation. Contact us at (505) 883-5000