My Spouse Was Killed At Work in New Mexico. What Next?

Some jobs are more dangerous than others, and we often take those who are willing to do them for granted. It’s not until those people never come home from work that we realize just how much they’re risking for the rest of us. 


If you’ve just lost your spouse to a work accident, the last thing you want to do is deal with a web of paperwork, lawyers, island insurance companies. But after you’ve caught your breath, it’s absolutely imperative to sort out your affairs and see what type of compensation you’re eligible for. This is going to be the foundation for the rest of your life. 


Get in touch with the Law Office of Brian K Branch to see what your options are. Branch’s firm has been helping families in New Mexico get justice and compensation for their lost loved ones for over thirty years, and can do the same for you today. 


Who’s liable for my loved one’s death?


All companies are responsible for making sure their employees are working in safe, sanitary conditions. If it is found that the employer failed to provide these conditions, they could be liable for your loved one’s wrongful death. 


In Santa Fe, an auto parts shop took heat for allowing people to continue working despite having symptoms of COVID-19. This clear example of negligence led to the death of a 46-year-old woman. The state fined the company nearly a quarter of a million dollars, and lawsuits are ongoing between the company and the woman’s family.


James Kennedy, New Mexico’s Environment Secretary said that “Providing employees with a false sense of protection from COVID-19 by putting policies in place to comply with state law and then not following them is unconscionable. It’s possible this tragic situation could have been avoided.”


Getting compensation


Getting compensation for the death of your spouse will either happen by negotiating with their employer’s insurance company or suing the employer for wrongful death. This depends on the situation, and your attorney will advise you on which route to take. 


In the event of a wrongful death lawsuit, you can receive compensation for a number of damages: 


  • Loss of household income
  • Loss of companionship
  • Punitive damages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Medical costs can also be recovered


Under New Mexico’s wrongful death statute, you are eligible for monetary compensation for your loved one’s death as a spouse of the victim.


Do you need help getting justice for the death of your spouse? 


If you need help seeking compensation for your spouse’s death, contact The Law Office Of Brian K Branch today. 


The Law Office of Brian K Branch


715 Marquette Ave. NW

Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102

Tel: 505.764.9710

Toll Free: 888.972.1212

Fax: 505.764.9722


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