We Treat Wrongful Death Clients With Care
The accomplished lawyers at Dominguez Law have represented countless families near Albuquerque who have lost loved ones because of someone else’s negligence. These cases often provide the only form of justice a family can ever obtain for their loss. Aware of this situation, our legal team will channel all of our energies into protecting your rights. With years of courtroom experience, coupled with our use of innovative technology, we can provide the high level of attention that a wrongful death case requires.
Pursuing A Wrongful Death Lawsuit
This type of legal claim arises from negligent behavior that tragically causes a person to lose his or her life. In cases where carelessness by a person or entity causes someone’s death, there are important legal considerations to take into account. New Mexico law sets out specific provisions that determine who may bring a lawsuit, when it must be brought and who is entitled to damages.
The New Mexico Wrongful Death Act allows a lawsuit whenever the death of a person is caused by another’s wrongdoing or negligence. Typically, a wrongful death action in New Mexico is brought by the personal representative of the decedent’s estate. This is commonly a surviving spouse, sibling or other family member.
State law provides the specific manner in which proceeds will be distributed in a wrongful death case. Any damages would first be given to a surviving spouse, or divided between a surviving spouse and children. In the event there is no surviving spouse or child, compensation from a wrongful death suit would be distributed among other family members, such as grandchildren, parents or siblings, depending on the family circumstances.
Damages that may be available in a wrongful death action include:
- Pain and suffering
- Medical expenses
- Loss of consortium or companionship
- Mental anguish
- Loss of financial contribution
In addition, there may be circumstances when survivors can seek punitive damages, which punish the party that caused the death through intentional, reckless or negligent actions.
Protect Your Rights After A Tragic Loss By Consulting A Lawyer
The death of a loved one is a devastating occurrence. The injury attorneys at Dominguez Law understand the long-lasting effects that losing a relative can have on families. We will help you consider your options and decide on next steps following a fatal accident.
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