3 Key Benefits of Working with a Personal Injury Attorney

3 Key Benefits of Working with a Personal Injury Attorney

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When you have been injured in an accident, at no fault of your own, you deserve compensation for your medical bills, emotional trauma, and lost wages. While you have the option of representing yourself, should your case go to court, the best way to ensure a successful outcome in your favor is to work with an experienced Denver personal injury attorney. A personal injury attorney can represent you in a variety of situations like a medical malpractice claim, car accident, or slip and fall case. There are several benefits of working with a personal injury attorney including: They have experience with litigation: An experienced personal injury attorney has dealt with a variety of cases similar to yours and can fight ardently for you in court. They understand how to negotiate…
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When Is a Landlord Liable for an Apartment Slip and Fall Injury?

When Is a Landlord Liable for an Apartment Slip and Fall Injury?

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Slip and fall injuries occur in apartment, condo, or other rental premises on a frequent enough basis that the question of liability must be answered when injuries result. While some slip and falls happen as a result of a pure accident for which no one is to blame, others occur because of dangerous conditions on a property that should not be present. If you suffer a slip and fall accident in an apartment building and are harmed, who’s liable – you or your landlord? LANDLORD LIABILITY FOR APARTMENT SLIP AND FALL INJURIES If you live in a rental property, your landlord is responsible for ensuring your safety – and preventing a slip and fall accident – to a certain degree. In common areas, your landlord owes you a duty of care that…
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Top Causes of Neck Injuries in Albuquerque

Top Causes of Neck Injuries in Albuquerque

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Neck pain can be a burden to live with, preventing a person from doing activities they love the most, or even from sitting, sleeping, or performing daily tasks comfortably. In some cases, neck pain is so severe that it is debilitating. There are multiple activities and accident types that cause neck injuries. While some may be  truly accidents for which no one is to blame, in many cases, the root cause of a neck injury is the fault of another party. Consider these top causes of neck injuries: CAR ACCIDENTS Car accidents continue to be one of the leading causes of neck injuries, and the most common car accident neck injury is whiplash. Whiplash occurs when the head is whipped violently back and forth as a result of force exerted…
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Car Accident at a Stop Sign

Car Accident at a Stop Sign

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A common area for a car accident to occur is at a stop sign. Usually, this is because one driver fails to stop, simply speeding through the stop sign and hitting another vehicle or person, or because there is confusion over which vehicle has the right of way, leading to both vehicles proceeding at once. In New Mexico, those who cause accidents are responsible for paying for them. Consider the following regarding car accident at a stop sign liability– WHO HAS THE RIGHT OF WAY IN ALBUQUERQUE AT A STOP SIGN? Of course, if someone fails to come to a complete stop at a stop sign in New Mexico, and this failure causes a car accident, that driver is at-fault for the crash, and can be held liable for damages…
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What Types of Damages Can I Recover in a Personal Injury Lawsuit?

What Types of Damages Can I Recover in a Personal Injury Lawsuit?

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When the fault of another person leads to your injury, one of the most important things is ensuring that you get the compensation that you deserve. Whether you are harmed in a car or truck accident, a slip and fall, an accident involving a defective product, or another accident type, if another’s negligence caused your injuries, then you have the right to seek damages for your losses. The following considers the types of damages that you may seek in a personal injury lawsuit in New Mexico, as well as damages caps. SPECIAL DAMAGES Special, economic or compensatory damages are those damages that are quantifiable, and that refer to actual monetary losses. In a personal injury lawsuit in New Mexico, there is no cap on the amount of economic damages that…
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How Do Comparative Fault Laws in New Mexico Affect Recovery for Personal Injuries?

How Do Comparative Fault Laws in New Mexico Affect Recovery for Personal Injuries?

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Each state has different laws regarding how the claims processes works after an incident where you have been injured. Some states have implemented a no-fault system, where for example drivers involved in a car wreck can turn to their own insurance, regardless of fault. But New Mexico maintains a traditional tort system of liability, also called an at-fault system. In New Mexico, fault dictates whether you can recover – and if so, how much – damages after an accident. Here’s what you need to know– AT-FAULT DRIVERS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR PAYING FOR ACCIDENTS The basis of a tort system is that drivers are responsible for paying for the accidents that they cause. This means that if you are injured by a speeding, drunk, inattentive otherwise negligent person, you can file…
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What’s the Difference Between a Personal Injury Claim and a Lawsuit?

What’s the Difference Between a Personal Injury Claim and a Lawsuit?

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The terms, “personal injury claim,” and “personal injury lawsuit,” are often used interchangeably. However, while both claims and lawsuits involve seeking damages for injuries from an at-fault party, the two processes have some stark differences. A PERSONAL INJURY CLAIM: THE START OF THE RECOVERY PROCESS The recovery process begins with the filing of a personal injury claim, which is a claim filed with the insurance company of the at-fault party. Or if the party does not have insurance, then a claim under your Uninsured Motorist Coverage. For example, if you suffer a slip and fall accident due to a defect on your neighbor’s property, you would file a claim for compensation for your injuries with your neighbor’s homeowners’ insurance company – this is a personal injury claim. Throughout the claims…
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What Happens if I’m Involved in a Crash with an Uninsured Motorist?

What Happens if I’m Involved in a Crash with an Uninsured Motorist?

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The state of New Mexico has one of the highest rates of uninsured drivers in the nation. The Insurance Information Institute (III) reports that 21.6 percent of drivers in the state of New Mexico are uninsured, ranking New Mexico as fourth in the country in terms of most uninsured vehicle operators. If the driver is uninsured, though, how is a car accident victim paid for their damages? For drivers who sustain injuries in car accidents through no fault of their own, compensation is normally sought from the at-fault driver’s insurance company. Where the wrong-doer does not have insurance, you may still be able to recover for your damages. UNINSURED AND UNDERINSURED MOTORIST COVERAGE Many states in the nation require drivers to purchase uninsured/underinsured (UM/UIM) coverage for the exact reasons specified…
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What To Do After You’ve Been Injured

What To Do After You’ve Been Injured

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Personal Injuries can be very costly, and if the fall was caused by another person or business, a lawsuit may be the only way you can recover medical expenses, lost wages, or money to compensate for pain and suffering. There are a few easy but important points to keep in mind in the immediate aftermath of a slip and fall that will go a long way towards proving the property owner was at fault Immediately After a Slip and Fall Accident Occurs Your actions in the immediate aftermath of a slip and fall accident, both at the scene and shortly after you have received medical attention, can have a significant impact on an insurance claim or lawsuit. The following points are a helpful checklist to work through after a slip…
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What To Do After a Car Accident

What To Do After a Car Accident

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Accidents happen, even to careful drivers. After a car accident, you might be stunned with shock, dizzy with adrenaline or enraged at the guy who ran the red light. Remember that this is why we have auto insurance: to financially protect ourselves and others. The first thing to do after an accident? “Take a deep breath,” says insurance agent Scott Grimm of Newport Beach, California. That deep breath can help you shift your focus from the trauma of what just happened to what you need to do next. The post-accident process is fairly straightforward, but it’s not necessarily easy. Use the tips below to prepare yourself to handle the stressful aftermath of an auto accident and to make the claims process — if there is one — more efficient and…
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