Do I Have Grounds to File a Personal Injury Lawsuit?
After an accident that causes you bodily harm or your loved one’s fatality, it is reasonable to wonder if you have an actionable personal injury lawsuit in New Mexico. You have grounds to file a case if you were negligently injured and the insurance company refuses to pay you the benefits you legally deserve for your losses.
Lawsuits are typically a “last resort” option. Before filing a civil court petition, make sure you have exhausted all of your legal remedies beforehand.
The most direct way to determine if you have a case is by discussing the facts with a New Mexico personal injury lawyer. We will offer you insight regarding your potential options, including a negotiated insurance settlement or potential civil court award, during a free consultation.
In the meantime, here are four questions you can ask yourself to help you decide whether you should contact an attorney or not.
Question #1) Did the Person Who Caused Your Accident Owe You a Duty of Care?
Personal injury cases start by looking at what duty of care the defendant owed you or your deceased family member. For example, licensed drivers in New Mexico owe each other a duty to drive safely on the road, and property owners must ensure that their premises are hazard-free for visitors. Singular or numerous parties may carry liability in your case, which means it is essential to identify them adequately.
Question #2) Did the Defendant Negligently Breach His or Her Duty of Care?
Once your New Mexico personal injury lawyer establishes that the defendant had a duty of care, the next step is to prove that his or her negligence caused your accident. As in the example of a car accident injury claim, distracted driving is a form of negligent breach. Negligence is the defining element behind the cause of your case.
Question #3) Did the Accident Cause Your Injuries or Loved One’s Wrongful Death?
For a personal injury case to have standing, an injury must be present. Injuries not only include bodily harm, but they also include severe psychological damage and wrongful death.
Without evidence of an injury, you do not have grounds to file a personal injury lawsuit in New Mexico. You also must seek immediate medical treatment and prevent further damage from occurring.
Question #4) Did the Injury Result in Financial Damages?
If the accident injury caused you or your family financial damages, you have the right to go after the compensation you need through an insurance settlement or civil jury award. New Mexico personal injury laws state
Your claimable amount is known as your damages within the legal context. Every case is unique, which means that every dollar amount is, as well. The facts of the case determine the outcome.
If you have grounds to file a personal injury lawsuit, your New Mexico personal injury lawyer will go after money to pay for:
- All related medical costs, including future care
- Lost work benefits and wages for time missed
- Physical pain and suffering
- Diminished qualify of life
- Lost future earning capacity
- And other recoverable awards.
It is also worth noting that wrongful death laws in New Mexico allow surviving family members to pursue benefits under NMSA § 41-2-1 (1978). Under these laws, you may be able to obtain compensation for the above-referenced items, as well as the loss of companionship, mental anguish, and more. However, you must have a familial relationship with the decedent to recover under a wrongful death claim.
Final Thoughts and Considerations
If you answered yes to all four questions above, you likely have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit in New Mexico. Even if you are still unsure, it NEVER hurts to ask and seek clarity regarding your legal options. Doing so could be the difference between getting an adequate award and not receiving enough.
Only a licensed attorney can provide legal advice as it relates to your potential claim. Go directly to the source and request a free consultation to get the answers you want. Make sure you check out this article regarding questions you should ask an attorney during this conversation.
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