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If you have been injured by a government agency or employee, you may be able to seek compensation from the state itself. One example is filing a claim against the New Mexico Department of Transportation.
If you have a claim against the New Mexico Department of Transportation, we may be able to help. Call a Zinda Law Group attorney to discuss your case. Our lawyers have the knowledge and resources necessary to guide you through the entire legal process. Call (800) 863-5312 to speak with one of our experienced attorneys about your claim against the New Mexico Department of Transportation.
What should I do after a personal injury?
Although each personal injury is unique, there are steps that you should take to ensure you receive the care you need—especially if you’ve been injured in an accident. In addition to getting the medical care you need, be sure to follow all of these steps; this will help when it comes time to present evidence that strengthens your claim. These steps include:
Seek Medical Attention
In some personal injury cases with serious injuries, you may receive medical treatment at the scene of a car accident, your workplace, or the location where you were injured. In other cases, you may not receive treatment at the scene of the accident; however, you should still visit your doctor as soon as possible to determine whether you need medical treatment.
After you leave the hospital or doctor’s office, be sure to watch for any additional signs or symptoms that occur in the days following the accident. You shouldn’t ignore any signs or symptoms because you can experience the effects of an accident several days after it happens.
Report the Accident
After an accident, you should report it to the appropriate authority. For example, in a car accident, you should call the police and file a report. If you suffer from a workplace injury, you should notify your supervisor. A documented report of the accident may help strengthen your claim as it will contain important information about what occurred.
Document Your Damage
You may have been too injured or shaken to take photos of the damage at the scene of an accident. As soon as possible, be sure to take photos of the damage. This could include injuries you sustained in the accident, damage to a vehicle, or a defective product, among other damage that a personal injury can cause.
Keep Track of Your Expenses
It’s important that you keep track of all receipts and paperwork related to your accident. In order to seek the compensation you may deserve, it will be important to demonstrate how the personal injury financially impacted you. This could include:
- Hospital and doctor bills
- Physical therapy
- Chiropractor bills
- Documented time taken off from work due to any injuries
- Receipts for the repair or replacement of damaged property
Contact a New Mexico Personal Injury Lawyer
If you have been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence and would like to seek compensation, you may need to file a lawsuit against the person whom you believe caused your injuries. An experienced personal injury attorney can help walk you through every step of the process. This may include:
- Ensuring you receive proper medical treatment
- Investigating the accident
- Interviewing witnesses
- Collecting crash reports
- Negotiating with insurance companies
- Reaching a settlement
- Filing a lawsuit
- Going to trial
Our New Mexico personal injury attorneys understand that an injury can leave victims with many questions about their case and the next steps to take. We want to be here to answer your questions, provide updates on your case, and ensure that you receive the compensation you may deserve.
POTENTIAL PERSONAL INJURY COMPENSATION
There are different kinds of compensation that you may be entitled to for your New Mexico Department of Transportation claim. The compensation you may receive depends on your unique case and the injuries or property damage you may have sustained. A Zinda Law Group attorney may help investigate your case and speak to you about the compensation you may be entitled to. Below are the different kinds of compensation or “damages,” that you may be able to receive in your unique case:
The first kind of damages is economic damages. Economic damages are also known as “specific” damages. These kinds of damages are meant to compensate the victim for their actual out-of-pocket expenses. These expenses may include hospital bills, pharmaceutical costs, property damage, and lost earnings.
Non-economic damages are another form of potential compensation that you may be able to receive. Non-economic damages are also referred to as “general” damages. Non-economic damages are more difficult to calculate and cannot easily be decided by adding out-of-pocket costs. Examples of non-economic damages include, but are not limited to emotional distress, pain and suffering, permanent disfigurement, and loss of enjoyment of life.
If you have suffered an injury due to an accident involving the New Mexico Department of Transportation, you may be entitled to compensation. A Zinda Law Group personal injury attorney may be able to help you with your claim. We have the experience necessary to investigate your case, determine who is at fault, and discuss what your case might be worth. We give each one of our clients the individualized attention they deserve for their unique case.
TYPES OF ATTORNEY FEES
If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident, you may be wondering if you should hire an attorney. One determining factor may be the costs and fees associated with attorney’s fees in your matter. There are many different types of attorney’s fees. For example, some attorneys may require you to pay a hefty retainer before they will begin work on your case. Other attorneys will only require payment if they have won your case. Always make sure to discuss attorney’s fees before hiring an attorney for your claim against the New Mexico Department of Transportation. Below are examples of different kinds of attorney’s fees:
Some attorneys have a set hourly rate that they charge each client for the work performed on their case. Attorneys may independently decide what hourly rate they will charge, or it may be decided by the law firm where the attorney works. If an attorney asks you to pay them an hourly fee, you must pay that fee for every hour in which the attorney works on your case, no matter if the lawyer was successful in getting you compensation for your injuries or not.
Typically, you must pay for every aspect of your case, which may even include an initial consultation. Further, there is no guarantee that the attorney will spend his or her time wisely on your case. This may make your lawsuit very expensive, very quickly. This is why Zinda Law Group attorneys are only paid if we are successful in winning your case, not hourly.
Fixed Payment Plans
A fixed payment plan is when you and your attorney agree to a set amount of money to be paid at specific intervals. For example, if you owe your attorney a total of $20,000, he or she may agree that you will pay $5,000 per month for 4 months. There also might be interest rates included in this kind of payment plan. As with hourly payments, you must pay your attorney whether or not they were successful in getting you compensation for your claim. This means you may be responsible for your medical bills, property damage, and attorney’s fees, without receiving any compensation for the accident.
Lastly, some attorneys are paid on a contingency fee basis. This may also be referred to as a “No Win, No Fee” guarantee. In other words, if an attorney is working on a contingency fee basis, they will not require payment unless they are successful in winning the case. The obligation for the client to pay is contingent upon a successful outcome in their case.
Unlike an attorney who is working on an hourly fee or fixed payment plan, an attorney working on a contingency fee basis is only paid if they win compensation in your case. This encourages attorneys to resolve the case quickly, and successfully, which is a benefit to the client.
At Zinda Law Group, our attorneys work on a contingency fee basis. This means our attorneys are driven to work more strategically, more aggressively, and more competitively on every case they take. We work hard to provide high-quality legal representation to each one of our clients, without the stress of our clients having to pay hefty legal fees upfront.
STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS
The statute of limitations is the legal time limit you have to file a claim. This time limit is different for each different type of lawsuit, and each state has different statutes of limitations, so it is important to contact an attorney in your state before filing any kind of claim.
However, when a government agency or employee negligently caused your injuries, your time limit may change. Under the New Mexico Tort Claims Act, the statute of limitations is two years. Contact a New Mexico Department of Transportation accident attorney today to help you file your claim on time. If you have a claim against a government entity or employee in New Mexico, you must abide by the New Mexico Tort Claims Act:
NEW MEXICO TORT CLAIMS ACT
According to the New Mexico Tort Claims Act, you must provide the government agency notice of your lawsuit within 90 days of your injury. This notice should provide a brief description of the accident, as well as include the claim of injury or other damages. Under this Act, you are permitted to file a claim against a government entity so long as three elements are met:
- The defendant was a public employee who was acting within the scope of his or her employment at the time of the accident, and
- The defendant committed a civil wrong against you, or
- The defendant violated your constitutionally protected rights, privileges, or immunities.
If you have a claim against a government entity or government employee, contact an experienced Zinda Law Group personal injury attorney lawyer. We may be able to investigate your case, determine if your claim fits within the requirements of the New Mexico Tort Claims Act, and can help negotiate on your behalf to get you the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
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TALK TO OUR EXPERIENCED NEW MEXICO PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS TODAY
If you have been injured due to the negligence of a government employee or agency, you may be able to file a claim against the state. Our New Mexico personal injury attorneys have the experience necessary to explain the legal process, discuss what your claim may be worth, negotiate on your behalf, and more. We may help you build the strongest case possible to seek the maximum amount of compensation available for your injuries.
If you or someone you love has been the victim of an accident involving the New Mexico Department of Transportation, contact us today. Our Zinda Law Group personal injury lawyers have the experience and resources necessary to get you the compensation you deserve. Contact us today at (800) 863-5312 to schedule your free consultation. Further, you will not pay us a thing unless we are successful in getting you compensation in your lawsuit. That is our No Win, No Fee Guarantee.
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