Wrongful death attorney in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
If someone close to you has died due to the negligent, reckless, or intentional behavior of another party, it is crucial that you contact a skilled and compassionate wrongful death attorney as soon as possible to discuss the option of filing a wrongful death claim. Albuquerque Wrongful Death Attorney Benjamin Hancock has 25 years of experience filing wrongful death claims on behalf of his clients.
Damages in Wrongful Death Cases
A wrongful death claim is intended to compensate surviving family members for their losses caused by a loved one’s death.
When a loved one dies due to another’s negligence, wrongful death laws allow juries to award compensation for damages that include:
- Economic damages that include medical expenses; funeral and burial costs; financial support the victim would have contributed to the family; and lost gifts or benefits the survivors expected to receive had the victim lived.
- Non-economic damages that include mental anguish and emotional suffering of survivors; and loss of consortium, love, and companionship.
- Punitive damages in certain cases, to punish the conduct of the wrongdoer, and to deter such conduct in the future.
Who may pursue a wrongful death claim?
New Mexico wrongful death laws only permit individuals with certain relationships to the victim to file a wrongful death claim. The victim's surviving spouse and children take precedence. If there is no surviving spouse or children, then other claimants such as parents, siblings, or grandparents may pursue wrongful death claims in New Mexico.
Contact a Albuquerque Personal Injury Attorney
If you lost a loved one and are concerned about your legal rights, wrongful death lawyer Benjamin Hancock, is here to help you understand your options. When you choose Benjamin to be your wrongful death lawyer, you will gain a personal legal advocate dedicated to protecting your interests, both inside and outside of the courtroom.
You will always be treated with dignity and respect, and your wrongful death claim will receive the personal attention of Mr. Hancock. The firm's staff takes your concerns seriously, returning your phone calls promptly and answering your questions in plain English, not legalese. Contact the firm to schedule a free, no-pressure initial consultation to discuss your case.