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"Justice remains the greatest power on earth. To that power alone will we submit." -President Harry S. Truman
You often forget how fragile life is until you lose someone you hold dear. These losses are even more traumatic when they result from a negligent or careless action. One moment of inattention while driving a vehicle or on a construction site and a person’s life, family, and legacy are changed forever. When that happens, it’s the family of the deceased who are left reeling in the aftermath.
Our firm, Martinez, Hart, Thompson & Sanchez, P.C., understands how damaging wrongful death truly is. Along with the emotional impact of losing a loved one, there is also the financial impact: How will you take care of your family? How will you cover end of life medical care and funeral expenses? How can you afford to put your kids through college? How will you cope with the lost companionship, love, and shared memories?
Each one of the attorneys at Martinez, Hart, Thompson & Sanchez, P.C., has the expertise and compassion to help you sort through these questions one-by-one, while also working to hold those responsible for your loss accountable. With our assistance, you can rest assured that your legal needs are taken care of, so you can focus on healing emotionally.
Before a wrongful death claim can be filed, you must determine whether you’re permitted to do so. In New Mexico, only a personal representative can file a wrongful death claim on behalf of the decedent’s estate. Appointing a personal representative is the first step towards developing the case against the wrongful actor. Our attorneys are happy to meet with you to discuss this process in greater detail.
While the personal representative is simply responsible for filing the wrongful death suit, damages are awarded to the surviving family of the deceased according to New Mexico’s Wrongful Death Statute. Our attorneys are happy to meet with you to discuss in greater detail how recovery is outlined under New Mexico’s Wrongful Death Statute.
Wrongful death cases are similar to personal injury cases when it comes to damages. You can pursue lost income, compensation for medical expenses, and pain and suffering on behalf of the deceased. You can also request money for funeral arrangements, provided that the expense is considered reasonable.
Additionally, you can seek damages for loss of companionship after losing a spouse. Family members are also allowed to claim mental anguish. These damages are not intended to make up for personal loss, but rather to hold the negligent party accountable for their misdeeds.
We know you have other things on your mind after losing a loved one. We’re here to handle practical legal matters so you can focus your attention on you and your family. We also strive to treat all clients with respect and dignity, so you can navigate through the wrongful death process as best you can.