When you’ve lost a loved one in an accident that should never have happened, you likely want to see that justice is done. Speak with an Albuquerque fatal accident lawyer about your wrongful death case today to make sure the negligent party doesn’t harm someone else.
No amount of money in the world can truly right the wrong that has been done to you and your lost loved one, but winning a wrongful death case can serve you and your family member in many ways:
- You can hold accountable the negligent or reckless party who was responsible for this tragedy.
- You can protect other innocent people from being injured or killed in the same manner.
- You can receive the money you need to honor your loved one’s memory and provide for yourself and your family in the future.
Filing a claim may seem overwhelming when you’re already faced with so much loss and grief, but help can make all the difference in your case. Get in touch with an Albuquerque wrongful death lawyer who cares strongly about justice and compensation for accident victims.
What Is a Wrongful Death Under New Mexico Law?
A wrongful death is when a person dies because of the carelessness, negligence, or wrongful behaviors of another person. Wrongful death cases are handled under personal injury and negligence laws in New Mexico.
Common Causes of Fatal Accidents
Many things could bring about a person’s wrongful death in ABQ. No matter what type of accident resulted in the death of your family member, you can file a claim to hold the negligent party accountable. Listed below are some of the most common accident and injury types that lead to wrongful deaths in New Mexico:
- Pedestrian accidents
- Premises liability accidents
- Car accidents
- Trucking crashes
- Construction site accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Drunk driving
- Motorcycle wrecks
- Defective products
- Slip-and-fall accidents
Requirements for Filing a Wrongful Death Claim
In New Mexico, the personal representative of the deceased’s estate will need to be the one who files the wrongful death case. The personal representative of the estate can be a family member, such as a spouse, adult child, or parent. The representative can also be an attorney.
Although the representative acts for the estate of the deceased, the compensation obtained in your Albuquerque wrongful death case will be to the benefit of surviving family members of the victim.
Receiving Justice and Compensation for a Fatal Accident
When a loved one is killed in an accident, you are left dealing with incredible grief and loss, but that can be made even more difficult to handle if you believe the accident and death could have been prevented.
Death brings about a lot of financial struggles for the family members of the victim, such as the cost of medical care and funeral and burial expenses. Part of the compensation you can receive for a wrongful death will cover some of these expenses. However, you can also be compensated for your grief, suffering, and loss of your loved one.
See below for a list of common damages requested in New Mexico wrongful death cases.
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Loss of companionship
- Grief and mental anguish
- Pain and suffering of the deceased prior to death
- Medical expenses related to the accident
- Loss of the deceased’s financial contributions to your household
- Many other losses caused by the death
Deadline for Filing Your ABQ Wrongful Death Claim
The New Mexico statute of limitations for filing a wrongful death case is three years from the date of the death. That means that you must file your claim within three years, or you will more than likely lose your right to file a claim at all.
It’s also important that you submit your claim as soon as possible. Evidence is critical to winning wrongful death cases; if you wait, important evidence could be lost over time.
Reach Out to an Albuquerque Wrongful Death Attorney
The death of a loved one has shattered your world, and no amount of compensation can bring them back. Whoever was responsible for the death of your family member must be held accountable for the wrong or careless actions that caused your loss.
When you win your case, you will be protecting others from injury and receiving compensation your family needs at this difficult time.
Discuss your fatal accident case with an Albuquerque wrongful death lawyer during a free consultation. Call Will Ferguson & Associates directly at 505-243-5566 or fill out the online contact form below to get in touch.