It’s evident that within a lifetime, a person will experience the death of a loved one. Though we are never fully prepared to lose a beloved friend or family member, some instances, such as old age or illness, allow time for a sense of peace in readiness or expectancy. However, when someone is lost unexpectedly by an act of carelessness or misconduct, the grief is made all the more difficult to bear. At The Dinelli Law Firm in Albuquerque, our dedicated team of wrongful death attorneys have successfully represented families and helped them get justice for their late loved one. We recognize that this is a difficult and emotional time, and in addition to offering our deepest sympathy and condolences, we demand justice – we’re dedicated to doing whatever necessary to ensure you’re awarded compensation that allows you to celebrate the life of your loved one, find peace, and resume life.
What is Considered Wrongful Death?
Wrongful death cases may be filed when a victim, who would have otherwise had a personal injury claim, is killed as a result of negligence or an intentional harmful act. There are various incidents that can be considered wrongful death, including but not limited to:
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Bike Accidents
- Medical Malpractice
- Car Accidents
- Trucking Accidents
- Nursing Home Abuse
New Mexico Wrongful Death Laws
Under New Mexico statutes, section 41-2-1 defines wrongful death as one that is caused by the wrongful act, negligence, or default of another. A wrongful death claim in New Mexico is treated as a personal injury claim that the deceased person is no longer able to bring to themselves and therefore, a personal representative must bring the claim to court, establish the defendant’s liability, and seek damages. In the majority of cases, the personal representative is named in the deceased’s estate plan. If this named representative cannot or will not serve or there is no estate plan to name one, the court appoints a personal representative.
If a defendant’s liability is properly established in court, damages may be awarded. These damages often depend on the personal representative and their relationship to the victim. In the state of New Mexico, damages typically available in a wrongful death case may include:
- Funeral and Burial Expenses
- Victim’s Medical Expenses
- Loss of Inheritance
- Loss of Companionship
- Pain and Suffering the Victim Endured
- Mental Anguish Caused by the Victim’s Death
The Dinelli Law Firm Demands Justice
At The Dinelli Law Firm, we empathize with the loss of your loved one. We understand that this is a devastating, emotional time and one that calls for expert representation. Families not only suffer the heartbreak of the unanticipated death, but are also forced to endure the huge financial burden that comes along with it. Our commitment is to you and your lost loved one: Doing all we can to ensure you’re given rightful compensation and they’re awarded justice. The attorneys at The Dinelli Law Firm in Albuquerque are familiar with the New Mexico regulations, laws, and deadlines surrounding wrongful death. We put our knowledge and experience to work to present a successful claim and aggressively fight for justice!
If you’re the family of a wrongful death victim, you’ve suffered enough. Though no amount of compensation can ever amount to the value of your late loved one’s life, the attorneys at The Dinelli Law firm can help you find peace and comfort. Call (505) 582-2157 today!