Wrongful Death Lawsuit FAQ

The loss of a loved one is never easy, but the difficulties surrounding a wrongful death suit can make it all the more difficult. At Angela Arellanes Law, I am here to help you through this time as you pursue the compensation you need and deserve.

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The following are frequently asked questions I receive from clients about wrongful death cases:

Q: What is a wrongful death?
A: By definition, a wrongful death is a death that was caused by the negligence or wrongful act of another.

Q: Who can bring a wrongful death suit?
A: The question of who can bring a wrongful death suit can be complicated, but in general only immediate family: a spouse, a mother or father, a sibling or a child.

Q: What is the statute of limitations for wrongful death claims?
A: The statute of limitations in New Mexico for a wrongful death case is 2 to 3 years, depending on the circumstances surrounding the death.

Q: How are damages calculate?
A: The calculation of damages will depend upon many factors, including relationship of the plaintiff to the deceased, age, potential financial contributions, life expectancy, loss of companionship and mental anguish. Damages may also cover medical and funeral expenses as well as pain and suffering before death.

Q: What kind of negligent or harmful act can cause a wrongful death?
A: There are a variety of negligent or harmful acts that can cause a wrongful death, including:gas leak negligence

  • Medical malpractice
  • Auto accidents
  • Dog attacks
  • Fires
  • Explosions
  • Industrial accidents
  • Defective products
  • Distracted driving

Whether the cause of death can be considered a wrongful death will be determined during the case.

I will do everything necessary to pursue the compensation for which you may be entitled to by law for your wrongful death case. I have over 25 years of experience representing the best interest of my clients in Albuquerque, and have an impressive win-recording in obtaining favorable settlements.  If you have a question beyond those covered on this page, please contact me as soon as possible.

Call 505.247.2417 to discuss your possible case.