New Mexico Personal Injury Lawyer

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If you have suffered an injury or property damage due to the negligence of others, you need to find a good personal injury lawyer in New Mexico.

A personal injury is defined as an injury to the emotions, mind, or body, juxtaposed to an injury to a piece of property. It usually is referred to a lawsuit that involves a plaintiff who has been injured due to another person's carelessness. There are many different types of personal injuries, including assault claims, dog bites, accidents at work, accidents in the home, holiday accidents, medical and dental accidents, and defective product accidents. A personal injury is not only accidental in nature, but it can also be an industrial disease case. These include occupational stress, contact dermititis, mesothelioma and asbestosis, chest diseases, vibration white fingers, and repetitive strain injuries.

When you have suffered an injury, the idea of going to court to fight for damages can be daunting. You need someone who is going to fight on your behalf to recover your losses. A personal injury lawyer can sue for lost wages, future reduced earnings, medical expenses, property damage, mental suffering and many other damages.

Some common areas of personal injury law include automobile accidents, slip-and-fall accidents, injury due to an unlabeled or mislabeled product, worker's compensation cases, fire deaths, or any other injury in which you or your loved one suffers as the result of another person's or company's negligence.

Personal injury attorneys also handle cases of wrongful death, in which a spouse or domestic partner, child or other relative can sue for damages based on loss of income and loss of consortium.

In personal injury cases, the burden of proof is on the plaintiff, meaning that the injured party must prove not only negligence on the part of the defendant, but also that this negligence led directly to the accident or injury. This is where an attorney, who has extensive knowledge of New Mexico personal injury laws, as well as experience arguing personal injury cases, can come in handy. After reviewing all the facts of your case, your attorney will be well-equipped to prove that the other party is not only responsible for your injury but breached their duty to you.

Recently in New Mexico three policemen were indicted on charges of involuntary manslaughter because of their unorthodox attempt to subdue a man on drugs. He was shackled by his legs to a police car and the police sat on his back after tasering him multiple times. Because of this incident, his breathing became impaired and he then died.

A personal injury will come to your home or hospital room if you are unable to travel to the attorney's office. Furthermore, most personal injury attorneys work on contingency. This means that you will not have to pay a retainer up front to secure your lawyer's services. She or he will pay all court costs and can even aid in finding you a doctor who will delay payment. Once you have won your personal injury case, then and only then will the attorney receive payment, in the form of a portion of your award. Most states cap attorney's fees.

When you have the initial consultation with your attorney, be sure that you understand the terms of payment, and ask any questions you might have about the process of recovering damages in your personal injury suit. A number of personal injury cases are settled out of court, so you may never need to worry about going in front of a judge. If you do, however, you can rest assured that you have a professional sitting next to you through the whole process, who understands how insurance companies and the litigation process work.


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