Legal Question in Personal Injury in New Mexico

I was hurt at a store, my husband was with me,Over the phone I've agreed to an amount,when I recieved papers it asks my husband's signature, does he have to?He doesn't agree with amount,he lost time off work to take care of me for a couple weeks!

Asked on 6/18/12, 2:38 pm

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Charles Aspinwall Charles S. Aspinwall, J.D., LLC
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NM is a common law state. That gives your husband a right to some of the damages in your case. If he has a claim of his own, he should submit it. He cannot claim through you, but must make his own claim. He cannot complain about the amount you receive because of a loss he may have which has not been presented. Both husband and wife must sign a release in NM when money is being paid for personal injury and collateral damages such as loss of wages.

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