We Understand how Difficult it is to Speak to a Lawyer about Death —Wrongful, or Not.
When working with a wrongful death lawyer, it is important to work with one whom you feel comfortable with and who can be sensitive about the details of your case. The Davis Kelin Law Firm handles a wide range of wrongful death cases and we are sensitive to fact that this is most likely one of the toughest times you've ever been faced with.
Victims of Crime
Crime victims – even deceased victims – may have suffered from aggravated assault or battery, murder, voluntary or involuntary manslaughter, abandonment or abuse of a child, stalking or kidnapping – the list goes on. A “victim” of a crime may not necessarily be limited to the victim; but also the victim’s family and dependents, including any individual who assumes funeral or medical expenses. The effects are numerous and can be very detrimental. Regardless of the outcome of the criminal prosecution, crime victims and their families can file a civil lawsuit against the offender.
Wrongful Death in Nursing Homes
Unfortunately, nursing home residents die each year as a result of nursing home neglect and abuse. These New Mexico wrongful death cases may include deaths associated with bedsores, elopement and wandering, falls, malnutrition and dehydration, and the use of excessive chemical and physical restraints. In many cases, improperly trained staff or poor operational oversight leads to life-threatening infections, falls, injuries, and illnesses that could have been prevented if the proper standards of care had been followed.
More About Wrongful Death Claims
New Mexico wrongful death cases include catastrophic injuries, criminal attacks, death during a supervised activity, medical mistakes, car or plane accidents, slip and fall, work-related exposure to dangerous conditions or substances, personal injury, medical malpractice, poisoning, drowning, and fire and burn-related incident. In cases of common law jurisdictions, wrongful death is a claim against a person who can be liable for the death. Brought in a civil action, these types of cases are typically filed by spouses, children and parents of family members who have died as the result of negligence or carelessness of another. When the case goes to court, damages will be determined based on pecuniary injury as well as non-economic damages.
Pierce v. City of Albuquerque
Throughout the course of litigation, our client* maintained that police could have arrested a serial killer long before he killed her husband.
A police crime lab had DNA evidence from an earlier victim in a national database.
Additionally, there were other indicators that were ignored because detectives had settled upon a pair of young magazine salesmen as the culprits in a previous murder of an elderly couple - killed by the same man.
*Attorneys Brad Hall and Ben Davis