Common Examples of Personal Injury Cases
Our firm has a history of helping clients with personal injury cases. Below are just a few types of cases we focus on:
- An 18-wheeler truck driver carelessly wrecks into you or a loved one’s car.
- You are severely injured in a wreck with a drunk driver.
- You are hit by a car while riding your motorcycle and suffer debilitating injuries.
- A loved one is killed in a careless work injury on an oil rig.
- A work injury such as a forklift causes brain injuries, broken bones or worse.
Our team of personal injury attorneys offers free case evaluations with a personal injury lawyer in New Mexico to discuss your options for seeking justice and reimbursement.
Potential Value of a Personal Injury Claim
Each case is unique, but regardless of the circumstances, your New Mexico personal injury attorney from our firm can help you calculate all your economic and non-economic damages for your claim.
When you discuss your story with our team of personal injury lawyers, we will carefully assess your situation to develop a clear picture of what happened and who is responsible. We will interview witnesses and experts. We will gather the necessary evidence to prove negligence and liability. We will fight hard to secure the compensation that meets your needs.
Supporting Your Claim
You can help your claim go more smoothly by following certain steps. These will aid you whether you file on your own or use the services of a lawyer. To support your claim, take these actions:
- Take photos and video of your injuries, the accident scene, the person who hurt you, your clothing, and any personal property damage that occurred.
- Seek medical attention and follow your doctor’s orders for further treatment.
- Write down the time you miss from work and estimate your lost wages.
- Track all expenses related to your injuries and property damage.
- Avoid speaking with family and friends about the accident in case they are asked to give statements. These can be used against you.
- Avoid posting on social media about the situation.
- Consult with your lawyer before taking any further action or returning to work.
Statute of Limitations in New Mexico for Personal Injury Claims
The statute of limitations differs for each state and sets out the length of time you have to settle a claim or file a lawsuit. Wait too long, and you can lose your right to make a claim. Insurance claims must also be settled within the statute of limitations timeline.
New Mexico statute states that you have three years from the date of the accident to file. Your attorney can advise you on whether these differences apply to your case.
A New Mexico Personal Injury Attorney Strengthens Your Claim
There are many advantages to working with a personal injury lawyer in New Mexico. We understand the state’s laws as they apply to seeking compensation, who you can sue, and when you must file your claim. We specialize in building a strong case for both insurance claims and court trials. Regardless of how far you must go to win the reimbursement you deserve, Glasheen, Valles, & Inderman Injury Lawyers are here to support you.
We offer many valuable services to take the pressure off you so you can heal and recover. Our team of legal professionals is dedicated to giving each client superior care and guidance. Some of the ways we work to handle your case include:
- Negotiating with insurance representatives to maximize your settlement
- Connecting you with medical specialists to correctly diagnose your injuries
- Hiring accident reconstruction experts for an independent assessment
- Speaking with witnesses for their testimony
- Accessing and analyzing photos and video of the incident
- Using powerful evidence to demonstrate negligence and liability
- Accessing medical, criminal, and driving records to demonstrate a history of reckless behavior
When there are multiple parties at fault, we work to determine how much liability each one bears. Working with more than one insurance company or lawyer can be very complicated, but we have years of experience in reaching agreements that maximize our clients’ recovery. Our team will not rest until those who hurt you have been held accountable.
Types of Injuries You Could Suffer
Some common examples of catastrophic injury include:
- Amputation or loss of limbs
- Bruising, tearing, or punctures to internal organs
- Organ failure that requires removal or a transplant
- Injuries to soft tissue, such as muscles, tendons, and ligaments
- Spinal cord damage such as paraplegia, tetraplegia and hemiplegia
- Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
Workers’ Compensation vs. Personal Injury Third Party Claim
If you are injured in a work-related accident, your New Mexico company must supply worker’s compensation insurance if they employ three or more workers. This insurance is designed to pay for your medical bills and two-thirds of your wages while you are unable to work due to your injury. The coverage is meant to avoid expensive personal injury lawsuits.
However, if you were hurt on your job site by someone who does not work for your company, you may have a third-party claim. This could include vendors, visitors, product manufacturers, contractors, security companies, or maintenance workers. There are some situations where you could be able to file for workers’ compensation benefits while also seeking a civil suit against a third party. For these instances, it is best to consult with a personal injury lawyer to see if this applies to your case.
Insurance Claims in New Mexico
Some cases can easily be settled by negotiating with an insurance company for a settlement. If your injury puts you out of work for a few days but is not life-threatening or disabling, you may find that an insurance claim is the most satisfactory route. However, even filing a claim with your own insurer can have unexpected obstacles.
As mentioned before, insurance companies try to ensure you are being honest so they do not pay fraudulent claims. They also become very difficult to deal with because they know that every payout costs their company in profits. They will also use your statements against you to deny or reduce your settlement.
At Glasheen, Valles, & Inderman Injury Lawyers, we are skilled in negotiating the best settlement for you. We will fight for you to receive compensation in full.
Car Accidents in New Mexico
Injuries from car accidents can usually be handled by filing an insurance claim, but this depends on the extent of your injuries and damage. New Mexico law requires that all motorists carry a minimum amount of liability insurance. The minimum amounts are:
- $25,000 for bodily injury to or death of one person
- $50,000 for bodily injury to or death of two or more persons
- $10,000 for property damage in any one accident.
Drivers must carry all three of these amounts. You can also choose to carry Uninsured Motorists Insurance in the event the person who hits you does not have coverage. This pays for your medical and property damage bills that an uninsured driver causes.
However, liability insurance does not pay for non-economic losses. If a driver carries only the minimum, it may not be enough to cover all your current and future bills. This is when you may choose to file a civil lawsuit.
When You Are Injured on Someone’s Property
Accidents that occur on another person’s property fall under the category of premises liability. In New Mexico, premises liability depends specifically on proving negligence, especially if the property owner knew or should have known about the hazard and failed to correct it. All New Mexico landowners owe a reasonable duty of care to anyone who enters their property unless the person is trespassing.
Premises liability also applies to situations such as animal attacks. If a dog is enclosed in a yard with warning signs, their owner is still at fault for any damage the dog causes if it escapes the yard. However, if you enter the yard without permission or attempt to pet the dog over the fence and are injured, it is unlikely that a court will decide in your favor.