Frequently Asked Questions

If you’re weighing your legal options after a personal injury, you might be overwhelmed by the process. There are a lot of variables in these cases, including the type of injuries, how the accident occurred, who was involved, and who was at fault for what happened.

Sorting through your details alone is exhausting, but a personal injury attorney can guide you step by step through your claim.

Here at Martinez, Hart, Thompson & Sanchez, P.C., we have a real commitment to provide personal attention to each one of our client’s personal injury cases. We understand that most people have important questions before deciding whether they have a personal injury claim and whether they should hire an attorney. Below are only some of frequent questions clients have asked us on their personal injury claims. If you have a question about your personal injury case, you can call us at 505-343-1776 to get a free, no obligation consultation.

How do I know if I have a personal injury case?

To recover damages as a consequence of an accident or criminal act, you must be able to answer several legal questions first. In New Mexico, you first have to prove that the person who caused the accident or criminal act owed you a duty to exercise care. Understanding your relationship with the person who caused you harm is an important first step for a lawyer to examine. You next have to prove that the person who caused you harm breached the duty he or she owed to you. Determining how, when, and to what extent the person breached their duty to you is a critically important step that requires careful legal expertise. After proving breach, you next have to prove that the person’s breach was a cause of the damages your suffered. While this question may appear simple, understanding the legal cause of your damages will require careful legal analysis.

We are happy to take your call at 505-343-1776 to help you determine whether you have a personal injury case.

How much is my personal injury case worth?

Predicting the trial value of any New Mexico personal injury case is nearly impossible. There are many factors that can affect the value of your case. Every case is different and your case value could vary depending on the specific facts and circumstances of your case. The value of your case depends on the nature and extent of your medical injuries, your pain and suffering, lost wages, loss of household services, and loss of enjoyment of life. An attorney can only give you a general idea of the value of your case based on cases he or she has handled with similar injuries and will not be able to predict the precise amount you will receive. This may also vary depending on how much available insurance coverage is available to readily compensate you for your injuries.

That said, our law firm uses its 100-years of combined legal experience representing injured New Mexicans to help provide clients with an approximate settlement range and jury verdict range based on the specifics of your case to help you evaluate the value of your case. To get started on evaluating how much your case is worth, please give us a call at 505-343-1776 for a free, no obligation consultation with one of our attorneys.

Do I have to pay you any money for a consultation or to hire you?

No. Our clients never pay anything upfront. Martinez, Hart, Thompson & Sanchez, P.C., provides free and no obligation consultations with an attorney on our team. If we believe you have a

case and you decide to hire us, our law firm works on a contingency fee. That means our law firm is compensated for our legal services only if we obtain a financial recovery for you.

Do I need a lawyer to handle my personal injury claim?

Many clients believe they can save money by handling their personal injury case by themselves. However, clients quickly discover that the insurance company representing the person or business who caused them harm has interests that are fundamentally at odds with your right to fair, speedy, and just recovery. The insurance company’s goal is to either deny your claim completely or pay you as little as possible to settle your claim. To accomplish this goal, the insurance company will hire a team of skilled investigators, adjustors, and attorneys to work against you.

To stand up to the insurance company’s defense team, you need strong, experienced, and dedicated attorneys by your side every step of the way. Our team is ready to take your call, listen to your case, and provide you an initial consultation. For a free, no obligation consultation with one of our attorneys, please call 505-343-1776.

Why should I pick you over another law firm?

The simple answer is that we have 100-years of combined legal experience in providing effective legal representation for our clients. We have a track record of not only producing results for our clients, but also a reputation for providing the highest degree of personal attention and service to our clients. Our attorneys return client calls and emails. We make sure to keep our clients informed about important decisions in their case and include them as an integral member of the team. We have built a reputation for our tireless work ethic, for taking and successfully handling tough cases, for protecting our clients, and for achieving results.

Please feel free to give us a call at 505-343-1776 if you would like to know more about our law firm.

Do you take cases from clients living outside of Albuquerque?

Yes. Our law firm has the expertise to handle any personal injury case that occurs in New Mexico. In doing so, we have represented many clients who live throughout the four corners of New Mexico, and, even some clients who live outside of New Mexico but were injured in New Mexico. Please feel free to give us a call at 505-343-1776 to see how we can help you.

When should I hire a personal injury attorney?

You should retain a personal injury attorney as soon as possible after your accident. After being seriously injured in an accident, you are likely already placed at a distinct legal disadvantage.

While you are preoccupied dealing with your injuries, coordinating paying for medical bills, and other financial concerns, the party who caused you harm has likely already notified their insurance company, who begins to work against you. Accordingly, if you are an accident victim in New Mexico, you should protect your legal rights by contacting our experienced team of personal injury attorneys at Martinez, Hart, Thompson & Sanchez, P.C.

Your team at Martinez, Hart, Thompson & Sanchez, P.C. will often arrange to take photographs of the accident scene and damages, take statements from witnesses, and help preserve physical

evidence like surveillance video recordings. Your team at Martinez, Hart, Thompson & Sanchez,

P.C. will ensure that you comply with statutes of limitations and other legal requirements that would otherwise bar you from bringing your personal injury claims if you wait too long to bring a claim or hire an attorney. Please feel free to give us a call at 505-343-1776 to see how we can help you.

How long do I have to bring a personal injury claim?

In New Mexico, you must file your personal injury claim within the statute of limitations, which is a fixed period of time by when you have to file a lawsuit or otherwise be forever barred from bringing any claims against the party who caused you harm. The majority of personal injury cases in New Mexico are required to be filed within 3-years from the date of the accident.

However, some statutes of limitation are shorter and carry more stringent requirements. For example, claims against state governmental entities must comply with the New Mexico Tort Claims Act, which requires an initial Tort Claim Notice to be filed within 90-days from the accident and then requires the lawsuit to be filed within 2-years of the accident. Statutes of limitation may be extended under certain situations in New Mexico personal injury cases, such as when an injured person is under the age of 18.

Each case is different, which may have particular or varying statutes of limitations. To ensure that you comply with the statute of limitation for your case, you need to contact an attorney as soon as possible. For a free, no obligation consultation with one of our attorneys, please call 505-343-1776.

How much of my time will this take?

Your personal injury claim will not require a great deal of your time, unless it goes all the way to trial. After the initial interview and a contingency fee agreement is signed, your team at Martinez, Hart, Thompson & Sanchez, P.C. will do almost all of the work for you to ensure you focus on the most important goal—your recovery. Your job is to recover the best that you can from your injuries from the accident.

Once you complete your medical treatment, if an acceptable settlement is offered, your case may be completed soon after that. However, if there are disputes about fault or damages, cases can take many months or longer, especially if we have to go to trial. Your time commitment obviously changes if yours is in the minority of our personal injury cases that goes to trial. The final trial preparation process will require more of a time commitment if your injuries are substantial.

To develop a better understanding about how long your case could reasonably take to resolve, you need to contact an attorney as soon as possible. For a free, no obligation consultation with one of our attorneys, please call 505-343-1776.

Our Firm Can Answer Other Questions You Have

If you’re still not sure about the best way to proceed with your case, contact Martinez, Hart, Thompson & Sanchez, P.C. today. Our team of personal injury attorneys have a reputation for

skilled, passionate legal assistance. We are available to speak with you regarding your case and questions.

Contact our firm today for more information on the legal services we offer. You can also call our office at 505-343-1776 to schedule a free consultation.

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