Albuquerque Personal Injury Lawyer

Personal Injury Lawyers in Albuquerque

Were you hurt in an accident in Albuquerque? Did someone else’s reckless, careless, or intentional actions cause you to suffer serious, life-altering injuries?

If so, you may be wondering who to turn to for legal help. The personal injury lawyers of Parnall Law Firm, LLC have provided winning legal representation for injury victims and their families in Albuquerque and throughout Central New Mexico since 1997. Backed by a 100% client service satisfaction guarantee, we have been the preferred legal team for countless people just like you in our community.

When someone else is to blame for the physical harm and financial losses you’ve suffered, you have the right to hold them accountable through a civil claim. An experienced Albuquerque personal injury lawyer will be able to help you pursue every dollar that you need and deserve. Parnall Law recovered more than $100 million in verdicts and settlements for our clients. We can explore all of your legal options as soon as you call us or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.

Personal Injury Cases We Can Help With

Parnall Law has successfully secured compensation for our clients in a wide variety of personal injury claims in Albuquerque.

Our firm has extensive experience with personal injuries caused by:

People who are involved in accidents may end up with significant injuries that require several weeks, months, or even years of treatment.

Some people may be unable to return to work for an extended period of time, while others may be permanently unemployable because of their injuries.

Common Injuries in Albuquerque Accidents

  • Broken bones and fractures
  • Sprains
  • Muscle strains
  • Joint damage, including knees, ankles, shoulders, wrists, hips, and more
  • Torn ligaments and tendons
  • Burns
  • Facial disfigurement

Every victim will have a different path to recovery, and Parnall Law can make sure that you are getting the help and care you need.

Personal Injury Statistics

Severe injuries are more common than many people think. The New Mexico Department of Health reports that injuries are the leading cause of death among people aged 1 to 44 in New Mexico.

On average each day, five people die, 40 are hospitalized, more than 700 are seen in emergency rooms, and over 2,000 visit other healthcare facilities for treatment of their injuries. While they are often referred to as “accidents,” the circumstances that cause many of these catastrophic injuries are anything but. In many cases, people’s lives are forever altered by someone else’s negligent actions.

New Mexico Statute of Limitations

Under New Mexico law, actions for injuries must be filed within three years of the date of an accident. However, you should never assume that you can wait three years to get help for your case.

Personal Injury Claim Liability

While it is true that some people become injured due to their carelessness, recklessness, or distraction, many accidents can be traced back to someone else’s wrongdoing. The specific causes of accidents can vary widely.

  • Motor vehicle accidents may involve the negligence of other drivers or an automotive defect.
  • Premises liability cases, such as slip-and-fall claims, usually stem from the negligence of a property owner.
  • Medical malpractice cases involve the failure of medical professionals to exercise an acceptable standard of care.

An insurance company for the negligent party is most likely going to do whatever it can to avoid liability and minimize what they have to pay.

Victims often worry that their own actions will negate their ability to recover the compensation they need to pay their bills and recover wages they’ve lost from time missed from work.

How New Mexico Comparative Fault Law Works

New Mexico is considered a pure comparative fault state, which means that you are allowed to file a lawsuit against any person regardless of the amount of fault for an accident. The catch to pure comparative fault is that your final award is reduced by your percentage of negligence.

For example, if a jury awarded you $100,000 but found you to be 45% at fault, your award would be reduced by $45,000 and you would receive $55,000.

You need to find a lawyer right away to conduct an independent investigation to determine the actual cause and collect all of the evidence needed to prove that another party was at fault.

Insurance Coverage in Personal Injury Cases

After a severe injury accident, the insurance company for the negligent party will likely reach out to you immediately.

  • You should politely avoid speaking to them until you have legal representation.
  • An insurance company wants to minimize the amount it has to pay you – paying out nothing at all if possible.
  • One common way this is accomplished is by getting people to unknowingly say things during recorded conversations that can be taken out of context and twisted to make it look like you were at fault.
  • Another common tactic is a quick lump-sum settlement intended to make your claim go away quickly and cheaply.
  • The truth is that the initial settlement offer is almost certainly a lowball amount nowhere near what you are actually entitled to.

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Pursuing a Personal Injury Claim in Albuquerque

When you have an attorney, they will deal with the insurance company on your behalf. This will eliminate any concerns about making statements that can be used against you. Your lawyer will also work to negotiate for a full and fair settlement based on calculations of the total extent of your losses. If an attorney cannot reach an adequate settlement, they may have to file a lawsuit to try your case in court. If you prove your case by a preponderance of the evidence, you could be awarded compensatory damages. Compensatory damages are a combination of both economic and non-economic damages.  Economic damages refer to costs with a price tag, while noneconomic damages are more subjective.

Economic damages may include:

  • medical expenses and non-medical expenses
  • lost earnings or lost earning capacity
  • property damage

Noneconomic damages may include:

  • pain and suffering
  • loss of household services
  • loss of enjoyment of life

In a very rare number of cases, punitive damages could also be awarded. Punitive damages can be awarded when a defendant’s acts were malicious, willful, reckless, wanton, or fraudulent.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why Do I Need a Lawyer?

When would someone need a personal injury lawyer?

If you have been involved in a serious accident and sustained significant injuries, you need to consult with an Albuquerque personal injury lawyer to understand your legal options. After a serious injury accident, you will need to file a claim and deal with the insurance adjusters. The insurance company will try to minimize the amount it pays out in claims to protect its profit margin. It may deny your claim or offer a settlement that is a fraction of the fair value of the claim. A lawyer will help you understand your legal rights and whether you have a valid personal injury lawsuit.

A lawyer can collect evidence to strengthen your claim and negotiate on your behalf with the insurance company representing the at-fault party. A lawyer can push back if an insurer tries to deny your claim or take advantage of you. If the case goes to trial, an experienced personal injury attorney will know how to present your case to jurors to increase your chances of a favorable jury verdict.

Attorney Bert Parnall is a fighter. He and his legal team will fight for your legal rights if you have been injured in an accident due to the negligence of someone else in Albuquerque or anywhere in Central New Mexico.

Why is a lawyer important?

An experienced personal injury lawyer brings a knowledgeable perspective to the process of negotiating with insurers and settling an injury claim. Based on years of experience handling similar claims, an attorney will have a sense of the fair value of your injury claim. Most accident victims are uncertain what their claim is worth. An attorney will analyze the facts of your case and provide guidance about whether an insurer’s settlement offer is reasonable based on the specifics of your case. If you have never dealt with a claim before, it may be difficult for you to know whether an offer is fair on your own.

The insurance company will have lawyers advising its staff during the settlement process. Having an attorney on your side and looking out for your interests evens the playing field. Insurance companies want to avoid going to court. The insurance company may agree to a higher settlement in order to avoid litigation if you have a lawyer advocating for you. If you do not have legal representation, you will be at a disadvantage in dealing with the insurance company.

How do I find the right lawyer?

You want a lawyer that has years of experience handling cases similar to your case and has a record of verdicts and settlements. Ask the lawyer what percentage of his or her practice involves the practice area that applies to your case. You want an established lawyer who knows the local court system and has the resources and determination to pursue your case to completion.

You want a lawyer with whom you feel comfortable communicating and sharing information. You want a lawyer who will listen to your questions and concerns and offer informative answers. You want a lawyer who will be accessible when you have questions and keep you informed of the status of your case.

You want a lawyer that has good references.

Steer clear of any attorney who promises or guarantees you a settlement or a certain outcome. No lawyer can ethically guarantee a certain result in a case.

To find an attorney, you may ask your friends, relatives or co-workers to recommend a lawyer who they have used. You can also schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with an attorney at Parnall Law to get an understanding of your legal options. The consultation will help you clarify your legal options at no charge whether you decide to work with our law firm.

What the most common reasons that people hire personal injury lawyers?

The most common reason to hire a personal injury lawyer is to provide representation after a car crash caused by someone else that resulted in serious injuries. The law allows people who are harmed by others’ negligence to seek compensation. That is an adversarial process. It is helpful to have an experienced injury attorney standing up for you when dealing with an insurance company representing the at-fault party. The insurance company may dismiss or delay your claim if you do not have a personal injury lawyer representing you.

Other reasons to hire a personal injury lawyer include pursuing compensation for injuries caused by unsafe conditions at someone else’s property or protecting a loved one in a nursing home if you suspect your loved one is being subjected to neglect or abuse.

In many instances, people who need legal guidance may have questions about a troubling situation and need a personal injury attorney to investigate the matter and find answers.

Bert Parnall and the team at Parnall Law are available to answer your questions and discuss your legal needs during a free and confidential consultation. The attorneys at Parnall Law have helped thousands of accident victims obtain proper compensation and move forward with their lives.

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