The wrongful death of a loved one tragic. It is emotionally catastrophic and many times financially devastating to a family.

New Mexico personal injury laws serve to protect families from the wrongful death of a loved one. Wrongful death claims proceed much like any other personal claims in terms of all the rules, deadlines, law and legal processes.

The big difference between a wrongful death and a personal injury claim is the magnitude of the loss to the deceased as well as surviving family. The full and fair compensation for these losses are referred to as recoverable damages.

Although, the claims are brought on behalf of the deceased, the monetary compensation goes to the heirs of the deceased. In addition, the surviving spouse and minor children may have their own independent claims for compensation.

Because these cases involve such enormous losses and recoverable damages, they are often fought vigorously by the insurance company. An experienced personal injury attorney can help to insure that you and your family receive the full and fair compensation to which you are entitled.

There are very short deadlines, as little as six months, on some cases. These short deadlines apply to claims against the government. It is important to meet these deadlines as well as other deadlines such as the statute of limitations.

The Albuquerque attorneys at Collins & Collins, P.C. are here to help. We can be reached at (505) 242-5958.