Albuquerque Personal Injury Attorney
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 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 attorney 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.
Albuquerque Personal Injury Lawyers
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:
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Large truck accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Rideshare accidents
- Scooter accidents
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.
Personal Injury Cases We Can Help With
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Spinal cord injuries
- Total or partial paralysis, including paraplegia and quadriplegia
- Neck injuries
- Back injuries
- Internal organ injuries
- Broken bones and fractures
- Muscle strains
- Joint damage, including knees, ankles, shoulders, wrists, hips, and more
- Torn ligaments and tendons
- 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.
Common Causes of Personal Injuries in Albuquerque
While it is true that some people become injured due to their own 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 payout.
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 Albuquerque 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.
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
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How Can Parnall Law Help Me with My Albuquerque Personal Injury Claim?
The Albuquerque injury lawyers of Parnall Law are here to help you if you were hurt in an accident that was not your fault.
We aren’t afraid to stand up for you and fight back against insurers who want to avoid paying you what you deserve.
Call us or contact us online now to schedule a FREE no-obligation consultation with a knowledgeable injury attorney.