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Through someone else’s negligence, you or a loved one were injured and left with a towering stack of bills. Perhaps the accident changed the trajectory of your life. Recovering from injury and stress is hard enough, but if you want compensation, you will have to navigate complicated legal procedures.
Josh Wood, experienced personal injury attorney and founder of Wood Injury Law, wants to ensure you’ve got all the information you need to simplify the process. Below, he answers some of the most frequently asked questions about personal injury cases.
What Accidents Count as a Personal Injury Case In New Mexico?
You may be entitled to compensation if you’ve suffered an injury or other damages because of someone else’s negligent actions. Personal injury cases involve situations such as:
What Kinds of Damages Are Involved in Personal Injury Cases?
You can receive compensation for medical bills, such as surgery, hospital stay, medication, and physical therapy. If you were absent from work because of your injuries, you’re entitled to the wages you lost, as well as any future wages you’ll miss.
You can also get compensation for the pain and suffering you endured because of the accident. Stress, anxiety, and depression are all common after serious injuries.
How Much Compensation Will I Get?
No two cases are the same. The amount of compensation you can receive depends on multiple factors such as:
- The extent of your injuries
- Medical expenses
- Amount of lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Percentage of fault
How Long Do I Have to File a Personal Injury Claim After a Car Accident?
In New Mexico, you have three years from the day of the accident to file personal injury claims and four years for property damage claims. Consult a personal injury attorney for injury cases as soon as possible to ensure you can recover your damages.
Do I Have to Report a Car Accident In New Mexico?
New Mexico law requires you to report a car accident that resulted in a person’s injury or caused more than $500 of property damage. You must provide an oral report, meaning you need to call the police and notify them of the accident. You’ll also have to file a written statement to the New Mexico Department of Transportation within five days of the incident.
Can I Still Get Compensation If I Am Also at Fault?
Yes, you can still receive compensation even if you are partially at fault for the accident. New Mexico is a comparative negligence state, meaning you will recover less compensation if you are at fault to some degree. The higher the percentage you are at fault, the less you will receive. If you are more at fault than the other party, you may not get compensation for your damages.
What Records Do I Need to Provide to Personal Injury Lawyers?
Keep track of every bit of information regarding the accident, the injuries you received, and any related expenses. Typical documents include:
- Police reports
- The other party’s information
- Your insurance information
- Pictures of injuries and property damage
- Contact information from witnesses
- Medical bills
It’s better to have too much information than too little. Bring anything you think you might need when you meet with your attorney.
How Much Does It Cost to Hire Lawyers for Personal Injury Lawsuits?
It depends on the law firm. Wood Injury Law represents clients on a contingency basis, which means we receive a percentage of your final settlement only if you win your case.
What Do I Do If the Other Party Offers to Settle?
Talk with your attorney. The insurance company of the person at fault will often try to settle for less than you need for your damages. An experienced personal injury lawyer will negotiate on your behalf or represent you in court if they can’t reach an agreement.
How Do I Find a Personal Injury Lawyer Near Me?
You’ll want to work with a skilled personal injury lawyer who practices in your area. You should find an attorney who is knowledgeable about personal injury law so that you’re more likely to win your case.
Why Should I Choose Wood Injury Law?
Attorney Josh Wood has experience in law enforcement and as an insurance defense attorney. He knows how the system works and how to help you claim compensation in a personal injury lawsuit. Our qualified team at Wood Injury Law will explain your available options without confusing legal jargon and create a strategy tailored for your unique case.
Wood Injury Law serves clients in New Mexico and Arizona. If you have been in an accident and need a personal injury attorney, call us at (623) 232-9355 or complete our online form to schedule a free consultation.
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