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When Do I Need a Personal Injury Lawyer?

Answering the Important Question: When Do I Need a Personal Injury Lawyer Under New Mexico Law

If you are asking yourself whether you need a personal injury lawyer, chances are that you probably do need one.  But many people may struggle with this decision.  Some people do not want to feel like they need help, whereas other people who are injured may think it was their fault.  In fact, the defendant or insurance adjuster may even blame the victim to think it is their fault.  This can be damaging because often times it is not the victim’s fault at all.  Some people also just do not want to be the focus of attention in a lawsuit, meaning they do not want to be the one who appears to need help in a case.  But knowing the answer to “when do I need a personal injury lawyer” is an important part of protecting your rights.

It is also important to protecting your family’s rights too.  This is because New Mexico law not only gives the victim the right to compensation such as for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, property damage, and other related costs, but families also have certain rights too.  Most notably is the loss of consortium.  This is commonly thought to be the relationship between spouses for romance, time together, society, and their overall interactions.  But loss of consortium can also take the form of society and familial bonds, guidance, and relationship with other family members in a non-romantic manner, including just guidance and protection of children, closeness with parents or siblings, and other interactions with dependent family members.

Therefore, answering the question when do I need a personal injury lawyer in New Mexico is simply more important than just for your own losses—although these are most likely significantly more than any other member of your family.  Some of the most common considerations of when to get a personal injury lawyer include the following:

Get a Personal Injury Lawyer Anytime You Are Injured

The most obvious need for a personal injury lawyer is when you are injured.  Any time you have suffered any type of injury, even a mild injury, you should consult with a personal injury lawyer.  Even injuries labeled as “mild” can actually be catastrophic and result in significant pain and suffering or lost wages.  Mild injuries could also be particularly devastating, such as a mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) which there is no such thing as a mild brain injury.

Anytime you have been injured, always ask for a FREE review from a personal injury lawyer.

When You Have Extensive Property Damage

If your vehicle was seriously damaged in a motor vehicle accident in New Mexico, you should probably get the help of a personal injury lawyer—even if you do not think you are hurt.  The reasoning is two-fold.  First, you will need to get help recovering the property damage.  That is a given.  But second, if your vehicle suffered extensive damage, you probably did get impacted as well.  Some types of personal injuries can take weeks or months to manifest themselves, but still be particularly devastating. This includes neck and back injuries which can be horrific and require surgery.

When a Passenger in Your Vehicle Was Hurt

If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident and a passenger in your vehicle was hurt, you should call a personal injury lawyer in New Mexico.  This is several reasons, including the following:

  • If the passenger is someone who is a dependent under you (i.e., a child), you may be able to commence a lawsuit on the child’s behalf—but this is tricky and should be handled by a personal injury lawyer
  • If the passenger was injured, you may have been too and just have not realized it yet
  • There are instances when a passenger who is injured may actually have a claim against you, and it is a good idea to get a lawyer to protect your rights too—especially if you might have been injured

You Lost Time From Work

If you were involved in a trucking wreck of car accident and lost time from work due to the crash, doctor appointments, or your disability, you should seek the help of an Albuquerque personal injury accident lawyer. You likely have rights under New Mexico law because of your economic losses from being unable to work.

Ask the Personal Injury Lawyers at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. For Help

The best part about answering when do I need a personal injury lawyer is knowing that most lawyers offer a free case evaluation and pay the upfront costs of litigation for you.  Not all lawyers do that, which is why you should steer away from law firms that charge you for a case evaluation or require you to deposit money into your account for a personal injury case.

Here at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C., we offer FREE consultations, we pay the upfront costs of litigation for experts, medical records, and court costs which are only reimbursed if we recover compensation for you, and our attorney’s fees are only paid after we recover compensation for you in a settlement or verdict.  This means that we have a no win, no fee guarantee to help protect you and your family’s financial future but shouldering the risk. 

If you were injured in any type of personal injury accident in New Mexico, ask our Albuquerque personal injury accident lawyers for help by dialing dialing (505) 883-5000 for your consultation.  We handle cases throughout New Mexico, including Las Cruces, Santa Fe, Roswell, Cuervo, Rio Rancho, Clovis, Farmington, Hobbs, Albuquerque where our office is located, and anywhere else throughout New Mexico.  Please call to schedule for FREE appointment by dialing (505) 883-5000 or contact us through our website’s easy to use and convenient contact box available here.