The loss of a loved one is a tragic occurrence, no matter the circumstances. However, losing a loved one because of a preventable accident is even more devastating.
Along with missing the person who was so important in your life, you’ll also be faced with many other challenges. There are end of life medical care expenses, which may not be covered by health insurance. You’ll also need to worry about funeral costs, which can be exorbitant. In the long term, you might not know how you’ll be able to cover living expenses, such as rent or mortgage payments.
You shouldn’t have to worry about financial issues during your time of grief. Roybal-Mack & Cordova, PC is here to handle the practical legal issues surrounding your wrongful death suit so you can focus on what really matters. With our assistance, you’ll also be able to hold the negligent party accountable for the actions that took away your loved one.
In New Mexico, only the deceased’s personal representative can file a wrongful death. Personal representatives are typically chosen when creating an estate plan, as this person will be responsible for carrying out duties on behalf of the estate when the time comes. Many people name their spouses as personal representative, but any individual can occupy the role.
If there is no personal representative named at the time of death, the court will choose one. Regardless of who this person is, the immediate family of the deceased will receive any damages won for a wrongful death claim. This includes the surviving spouse, children, and grandchildren. If a person has none of these relations, their parents or siblings will be eligible to receive damages.
Wrongful death cases are often complex. As a result, there are many types of damages one may claim when filing suit. Along with medical bills and funeral expenses, family members can also request damages for emotional distress and pain and suffering. Children of the deceased can claim loss of inheritance, while spouses can claim loss of companionship. Loss of income is another option, which helps surviving spouses pay for essential living expenses for years into the future.
Here at Roybal-Mack & Cordova, PC, we use our considerable legal skill to support you during this difficult time. Calculating damages in a wrongful death case can be complex, but an injury attorney can help you arrive at an accurate figure.