Wrongful Death Attorneys in New Mexico
We Hold Negligent Parties Accountable
The negligence of one person can have severe consequences for others. In some cases, a negligent person’s actions can cause the death of another person and the suffering of the deceased person’s loved ones. These situations comprise an area of the law known as “wrongful death.”
We offer our condolences if you have lost a loved one because of someone else’s negligence and are here to help you hold them accountable and receive compensation for the damages. We understand that no amount of money can truly right this situation. However, by filing a wrongful death claim, you can ensure your expenses are taken care of.
At Lyons & Simmons, LLP, our wrongful death lawyers in New Mexico can help you file a claim. We will fight for you and handle the legal processes so you can focus on spending time with your family and honoring the life of the person you lost.
What is “Wrongful Death”?
A wrongful death case may include any incident in which a person was killed because of the negligence of another person or organization. Wrongful death cases are similar to personal injury claims but involve a death rather than an injury. When a wrongful death occurs, the victim’s family can file a claim for damages.
Wrongful death claims can be filed in relation to a wide range of fatal accidents and injuries, including:
- Car accidents
- Construction accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Truck accidents
- Slip and falls
- Dangerous products
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim in New Mexico?
The right to file a wrongful death claim is reserved only for specific people. The regulations for who can file a wrongful death claim vary by state.
In New Mexico, wrongful death claims must be filed by the personal representative of the deceased person’s estate. Generally, an estate representative is identified in the deceased person’s will. If someone was not identified in the victim’s will, a personal representative will be appointed for the purpose of filing a claim.
When a wrongful death claim is resolved, the compensation is provided to the loved ones of the deceased. The deceased person’s spouse will be provided with compensation if they do not have any children. If the deceased person was married and did have children or grandchildren, compensation will be distributed evenly between the spouse and children. All compensation is given to the deceased person’s children or grandchildren if they were not married. The parents of the deceased person can recover compensation through a wrongful death claim if the victim was not married or did not have children, or if their children were under the age of 18 at the time of their death. If the deceased person was not married, did not have children, and their parents are also deceased, compensation is provided to their siblings.
Wrongful Death Claim Damages
By filing a wrongful death claim, the loved ones of the deceased can receive compensation for the financial and non-economic damages that the liable party’s negligence caused. Compensation generally includes coverage for funeral and burial costs, as well as medical expenses that were paid before the victim passed away.
Non-economic damages are the emotional and mental effects caused by an incident. Commonly referred to as “pain and suffering,” it is possible to receive compensation that accounts for these damages as well.
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The Lyons & Simmons, LLP team is here to assist you during this difficult time. Our lawyers are experienced litigators who will take care of all of your legal needs. We are dedicated to helping your family receive the support you need.