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No family should ever go through the heartbreak and devastation of losing a loved one due to another party’s negligence.
Unfortunately, many preventable accidents still occur in our region every year.
We understand that no amount of money will ever be able to make up for your loss.
Whether through an auto accident, a truck accident, or medical malpractice, carelessness takes far too many lives in New Mexico.
At Tawney, Acosta & Chaparro P.C. P.C., our experienced New Mexico personal injury lawyers handle all types of wrongful death claims.
We also know how important it is for you to be able to provide support and protection to your family. Let our compassionate attorneys handle your legal issues while you focus on your loved ones.
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New Mexico Wrongful Death Lawsuits: What You Need to Know
New Mexico’s Wrongful Death Statute
Wrongful death claims in New Mexico fall under Chapter 41 of the state’s legal code. This statute gives important rights and remedies to immediate family members of the deceased.
If your loved one died as a result of another party’s reckless or careless conduct, you should speak to a skilled wrongful death lawyer. They can help you bring a legal claim under New Mexico’s wrongful death law.
What is a Wrongful Death in New Mexico?
In New Mexico, wrongful death is a death that was “caused by the wrongful act, neglect, or default of another”. Of course, that is a broad and somewhat vague definition.
In practice, the state’s wrongful death law allows a family member of the victim to pursue a claim on similar grounds that the victim would have been able to pursue had they survived the accident.
Defendants can are legally liable for fatal accidents caused, at least in part, by their negligence. New Mexico defines negligence as the failure to take adequate safety precautions within the context of a specific situation.
Some notable examples of accidents in New Mexico that can lead to wrongful death claims include:
- Car crashes;
- Semi truck collisions;
- Workplace accidents;
- Oil field accidents; and
- Defective product cases.
Please note that wrongful death claims are deeply complex. Unfortunately, proving liability can sometimes be challenging. The defendants of these lawsuits are often large corporations or big insurance companies. They fight aggressively to deny or reduce their liability.
Following an accident, it is crucial that you consult with an experienced New Mexico wrongful death lawyer right away. Your lawyer will conduct a comprehensive evaluation of the case.
They’ll investigate the accident and help you take action to get justice for your loved one and full financial support for your family.
We are still grateful to Tawney, Acosta & Chaparro for getting us through a challenging time with professionalism and expertise. Our case was handled with care and precision. This is a firm our family trusts and recommends without reservations.- Amy C.
Ms Chaparro is definitely a go getter and a person of her word. I was with another attorney who did nothing for the first couple of months, so I changed law firm. Ms Chaparro took my trucking case even during the difficult covid situation. She work tirelessly on my case and got me my 6 figure settlement she promised me. Definitely recommend her and her law firm.- Jackie Arms
Alejandro Acosta is a great lawyer. He gave us peace of mind and handled our case pretty seamlessly. No issues and just solid answers. No runaround and he settled our case with the outcome he predicted. I have sent his info to a few friends and family. Great lawyer!- Madison Hernandez
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim?
There are a few important things that plaintiffs should know about New Mexico’s wrongful death law. First, only certain parties are legally eligible to benefit from a wrongful death claim.
Unfortunately, even if you have a very close personal relationship with the victim, you might not have the right to bring a wrongful death claim.
New Mexico law requires that the personal representative of the deceased must bring the claim on behalf of the deceased person’s family members. Who will serve as the personal representative?
Typically, it’s someone named in the person’s will, often a spouse.
The proceeds from a wrongful death suit are typically divided between the deceased person’s spouse and children. If there are no children, then all damages go to the spouse, and if there is no spouse, all damages go to the children. If there is no spouse or children, the damages may go to the person’s parents or siblings.
In some cases, non-child dependents of the victim may also have rights under New Mexico’s wrongful death statute. Unwinding wrongful death lawsuits can be confusing. It is a complicated situation. It’s normal to have questions regarding who can/should file a wrongful death lawsuit.
Speak to an experienced New Mexico wrongful death attorney as soon as possible. Our law firm has a deep understanding of New Mexico’s wrongful death procedures. We will get answers to your most pressing questions.
What is the New Mexico Statute of Limitations for Wrongful Death?
Eligible family members of the victim have a pre-specified period of time to file their lawsuit. Under New Mexico law (New Mexico Statutes § 41-2-2), wrongful death claims must begin within three years of the victim’s death. There are very few exceptions to this deadline.
One exception might be if it was not knowable that the death occurred on the date that it did. Still, it is uncommon for the Court to extend the statute of limitations. Failure to act within this time frame could lead to the automatic dismissal of the lawsuit.
If your loved one died in an accident, you should call a New Mexico wrongful death lawyer as soon as possible. This is the best way to protect the rights of your family and to seek justice for your loved one.
All wrongful death claims require a careful, thorough investigation. To prevail in a New Mexico wrongful death lawsuit, plaintiffs must present a claim backed by reliable supporting evidence. You should identify every negligent party and hold them accountable.
Compensation Available in Wrongful Death Claims
After you prove liability, your wrongful death lawsuit will move on to the issue of compensation. In New Mexico, eligible family members may recover financial compensation for the full extent of their losses. This covers both economic and noneconomic losses.
Depending on the specific facts of your claim, our wrongful death lawyers can help you seek recovery for:
- Any direct financial losses, including medical bills and funeral/burial expenses;
- Loss of economic benefits, such as insurance coverage, financial support, and inheritance; and
- Noneconomic damages, including mental distress, loss of love, loss of companionship, and loss of consortium.
In wrongful death cases, non-economic damages often represent the largest proportion of the claim. These damages are incredibly tough to value — because they are truly incalculable. No amount of money can ever make up for the loss of a spouse, child, or other close loved one.
Still, it is imperative that eligible family members can recover the available financial compensation. You and your family deserve justice. Our New Mexico wrongful death attorneys help clients protect their rights and interests.
We know how to hold at-fault defendants and their insurance companies accountable.