Martinez, Hart, Thompson & Sanchez, P.C.
800-698-1773 | 505-633-8770

Pursuing a wrongful death claim after a loved one's death

Most people in Albuquerque hope that their loved ones will live to a ripe old age and will pass away after having a long, fulfilling life. Unfortunately, sometimes a person's life is cut short due to the negligence of another. Whether it is a fatal car crash, a workplace accident or an act of medical malpractice, when a person's demise is caused by another person's actions, this can be a difficult pill for the person's loved ones to swallow. They may want answers and accountability with regards to their loved one's death. And, on a more practical note, they may be suffering financially due to their loved one's death.

When this happens, it may be possible to pursue a wrongful death suit. New Mexico, like all other states in the nation, have laws that dictate how such a suit can be brought. Unlike criminal cases, which must be proven "beyond a reasonable doubt" a wrongful death suit is a civil action, and therefore the burden of proof is lowered to a "preponderance of the evidence."

It is important to consult with an attorney as soon as possible if a person would like to investigate a potential case for the wrongful death of their loved one.  There are important deadlines that need to be addressed and the attorney will need time to investigate whether there is a viable claim.

Although the financial compensation is helpful, it is true that no amount of money can replace a loved one lost. However, it can go a long way to feeling like a modicum of justice has been done, and the responsible party has been held accountable for his or her actions.

Source: FindLaw, "Wrongful Death Overview," Accessed May 15, 2017

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Email us for a response

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Martinez, Hart, Thompson & Sanchez, P.C.
1801 Rio Grande Blvd NW
Suite A
Albuquerque, NM 87104

Toll Free: 800-698-1773
Phone: 505-633-8770
Map & Directions