Alamogordo Personal Injury Lawyers
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Accidents can happen anytime, anywhere; you might be walking through the supermarket when you slip and fall, or trip over an object on the street. No matter where the accident happened, you might be left severely injured. You may also be wondering whether you can hold anyone responsible for your injuries. Fortunately, one of our Alamogordo personal injury lawyers can answer your questions.
If you or a loved one has recently been injured in Alamogordo, NM, call Zinda Law Group at (800) 863-5312 for a 100% free consultation with one of our Alamogordo lawyers. One of our experienced personal injury lawyers can help you seek maximum compensation for your injuries.
What to do if you are injured
If you are involved in an accident, you might be left with injuries. Some injuries are severe, and can require hospitalization; other injuries are less severe, but still require treatment. After an accident, you may be wondering what you should do, who you should call, and whether you should contact a lawyer.
Seek Medical Attention
When you have been involved in an accident, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible. Even if you do not think you are injured, you may be, because some injuries might not present themselves until hours or days after the accident. Depending on how you were injured, you might be suffering from injuries such as broken bones or head injuries; for example, if you slipped and fell, you may have a broken wrist or ankle.
If you believe you are severely injured, call an ambulance to the scene to take you to the hospital. Once at the hospital, a medical professional will evaluate you for injuries; they will perform a physical evaluation to determine whether you are suffering from any external injuries. They might also perform scans such as x-rays or MRIs to determine whether you are suffering from any internal injuries.
Once the medical professional determines the nature and extent of your injuries, they will provide you with a treatment plan. It is important to follow your doctor’s treatment plan to ensure you recover from your injuries and also so that you can later honestly report the extent and severity of your injury. Your doctor’s treatment plan might include taking prescribed medication or following up with other medical professionals.
Document the Accident
As soon as possible, document the accident for your own records. You can do this by taking photographs or writing things down on paper or your cell phone. Some information you might want to document includes:
- Your injuries
- Where, how, and when the accident occurred
- Any hazards that might have caused your accident
- Whether the accident occurred in a poorly lit area
- Contact information of any witnesses
Report the Accident
If the accident occurred in a public place such as a supermarket or apartment complex, report the accident to someone who is in charge, such as a store or property manager. When reporting the accident, make sure the person you are reporting to documents your account of what happened; they might do this in writing or by recording the conversation. Having a record of your report can help Alamogordo, NM, lawyers build a case to seek maximum compensation for your injuries.
Be sure to also document the name of the person you report the accident to. Tell them how and where the accident happened, and inform them of any hazards you may have tripped over or slipped on that caused your injuries. If there is no one available to report the accident to, ask the shift manager or site manager for the contact information of someone you can report the accident to and reach out to them as soon as possible, documenting your every attempt to reach them.
If the accident was severe, you may want to file a report with the police; you can do this by calling the Alamogordo police department, or by going on their website. The information that you documented can also be used to inform the police of the accident; they will likely generate a report of the accident. Ask your local police station how you can obtain a copy of any report of the accident that is generated.
Can i seek compensation for my injuries?
After an injury, you may be left with expensive medical bills. You may be wondering if you can file a lawsuit against those responsible for your injuries, and whether you can seek compensation from them.
Filing a Lawsuit
If you choose to file a lawsuit against those responsible for your injuries, first contact a personal injury lawyer in Alamogordo. Alamogordo, NM, lawyers will be able to explain the law to you and let you know whether you can file a lawsuit. When first meeting with a lawyer, it is important to be completely honest with them; the more your lawyer knows about what happened, the better they will be able to evaluate your case and come up with a plan to seek maximum compensation for your injuries.
Once your lawyer has all the facts about what happened, they will begin drafting the complaint. The complaint is the document that starts the a lawsuit. It informs the defendant, or party that injured you, what you are suing them for and why.
Your lawyer will likely file a claim for negligence against the defendant. Negligence is the failure to act with the level of care that a reasonable person would in the same circumstances. One example of negligence is failing to put out a “caution” sign to alert someone of a wet floor or other hazard that can potentially cause injuries.
After your lawyer files the complaint, the defendant will have to respond with an answer. They will likely deny your claims; once you receive the answer, you will move forward to discovery. Discovery is the process where both sides provide each other with important information about themselves and the accident; for example, your lawyer might request any security footage of the accident.
The defendant might request information about your income or social media accounts. Exchanging this information helps both sides build a case and determine whether it is best to move forward to trial or to settle.
Trial Versus Settlement
Often during discovery, the defendant will make a settlement offer; this is a monetary offer to end the case. If you accept the settlement offer, you will not have the opportunity to go to trial.
One benefit of settlement is it ends the case quickly. Going to trial can be very expensive and time consuming, so settling means you save money in legal fees. However, going to trial can result in a large monetary award from the jury—potentially even larger than the settlement offer.
Trials can be risky, so it is important to discuss with your lawyer whether you should accept a settlement offer. Ultimately, you get to decide how the case progresses, but your lawyer can help inform this decision.
If you choose to go to trial and you win, a jury will award you monetary or nonmonetary damages. Monetary damages refer to those that can be calculated; these include medical expenses and lost earnings. Nonmonetary damages are often awarded for emotional injuries, such as pain and suffering; a jury might award you both monetary and nonmonetary damages, depending on the nature and severity of your injuries.
A jury can also award punitive damages. Punitive damages are monetary amounts aimed at punishing a defendant for particularly reckless behavior. They also seek to compensate a victim further for their injuries. Speak with your lawyer to determine how you can seek maximum compensation for your injuries.
Statute of Limitations
Speak to a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after you are injured, for, in New Mexico, the statute of limitations for negligence claims is three years. This means that you have three years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit against the responsible party; once three years has passed, you will no longer be able to seek compensation for your injuries. If some time has passed since you were injured, Alamogordo, NM, lawyers can help you determine whether you are still able to file a lawsuit and seek compensation for your injuries.
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At Zinda Law Group, we understand that injuries can severely impact your life in various ways. Aside from the pain you may feel, you may be stuck with countless medical bills and be unable to work.
Zinda Law Group personal injury lawyers believe that you should not have to pay high costs for excellent legal representation, especially after suffering an injury. That is why we offer a No Win, No Fee Guarantee, so that you do not have to pay anything unless we receive a favorable verdict, judgment, or settlement in your case. If you or a loved one has been injured in Alamogordo, NM, call Zinda Law Group at (800) 863-5312 for a 100% free consultation with one of our Alamogordo lawyers.
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