Las Cruces Wrongful Death Lawyers
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No one can truly understand the tragedy of losing a loved one except those who have experienced it. It may cause you to completely rethink your life’s priorities. Coping and being with your family are probably your top concerns, but you also may feel it is important to pursue justice in honor of that person. If your loved one’s death was caused by the negligence of another party, you and your surviving family members may have a wrongful death claim against them.
At Zinda Law Group, we recognize that this is a trying time, and we want to take some of the burden off you by navigating the legal process surrounding a potential lawsuit. We would welcome the opportunity to meet with you and answer your questions to determine if you have a case.
If you have faced the tragedy of a family member’s untimely passing, call Zinda Law Group at (800) 863-5312 for a 100% free case evaluation with our Las Cruces wrongful death attorneys.
Filing a Wrongful Death Suit in New Mexico
In New Mexico, to file a wrongful death lawsuit, you must be the personal representative of the deceased’s estate. This typically will mean that you are named in the estate plan as such. Commonly, this will mean you are a surviving spouse or adult sibling. If the personal representative is not named in the estate plan, then the court will appoint one.
The personal representative is responsible for filing the claim, but damages awarded as a result of the claim will not go directly to him or her. Instead, they will go to the estate and benefit the surviving family members of the deceased, or whoever is stipulated to receive benefits in the deceased’s will.
New Mexico law also holds that the statute of limitations to file a wrongful death suit generally is 3 years. If the death was caused by a governmental entity, then it is 2 years. This means that, with some limited exceptions, a wrongful death suit must be filed before 2 or 3 years after the death has occurred.
The New Mexico Wrongful Death Act
If you are eligible to file suit, it will greatly benefit you to seek the advice of an experienced attorney. There are some elements of the New Mexico Wrongful Death Act that are essential to the success of your claim. Through this Act, there is both a common-law and a statutory basis for wrongful death claims.
In part, this means that wrongful death suits flow out of personal injury law. In other words, wrongful death may result from a number of situations, such as:
- Medical malpractice;
- Car accidents;
- Construction accidents;
- Product defects;
- Premises liability; or
- Nursing home neglect.
Several deadlines, expert needs, damages caps, and more exist depending on the type of law. For this reason, it is critical that you find a team of attorneys who specialize in this area.
Get Help from Our Las Cruces Wrongful Death Attorneys
At Zinda Law Group, our Las Cruces wrongful death attorneys have helped families pursue justice after the profound suffering of the loss of a loved one. We have the knowledge and resources necessary to help you seek maximum compensation for funeral expenses, the lost income of your loved one, pain and suffering, and more.
Our firm also believes that the families of wrongful death accident victims should never have to worry about their ability to afford excellent legal representation. That is why we offer 100% free consultations, and why you will pay nothing unless we achieve a favorable settlement, judgment, or verdict for your case. That’s our No Fee Guarantee.
If one of your family members has been killed as the result of another party’s negligence, call Zinda Law Group at (800) 863-5312 to receive your free consultation with our Las Cruces wrongful death lawyers.
Meetings with attorneys are available by appointment only.