Here’s a fact that may surprise you about personal injury law: the vast majority of cases are settled out of court before either party takes any legal action. In many preventable accidents, the party who is at fault is clear and uncontested – for this reason, the only issue that needs to be settled is how much the at-fault party will pay to the victim. For some concrete examples, consider the following scenarios:
- A drunk driver runs a stoplight and causes an accident
- A store owner is aware of a dangerous stairwell, takes no action, and a person slips and falls
- A medical professional operates on the wrong body part
- A car manufacturer is aware of a defect in a particular vehicle but decides to sell it anyhow, resulting in injury-causing accidents
In the above cases, it is likely that the at-fault party’s insurance would simply settle the case and save everyone the expense and hassle associated with going to trial. In many cases, insurers will reach out to victims shortly after an accident with a seemingly large settlement offer, hoping that victims will simply take it and move on. You should never accept an insurance company’s settlement offer without first speaking with an attorney.
Determining how much a particular injury case is worth is a complicated process and it requires years of education and experience to do it accurately. In many cases, victims will significantly undervalue their claims leading them to accept settlement offers that can be tens of thousands of dollars below what their case is actually worth. This is often because injured victims are unaware of the kinds of damages that are recoverable after an accident. These generally include the following:
- Medical expenses
- Lost income
- Property damage
- Physical and emotional pain and suffering
- Loss of quality of life
When you meet with an attorney, he or she will thoroughly review the facts of your case and your injuries and determine what your case may be worth. After this step, your lawyer will negotiate on your behalf with the insurance company handling your case and make sure that you get the compensation to which you are legally entitled. Should the insurance company not make an adequate settlement offer, your lawyer can file a lawsuit on your behalf in New Mexico state court to make sure that you are compensated for your losses.
Call an Albuquerque Personal Injury Lawyer Today to Schedule a Free Consultation
If you have been hurt in an accident that could have been prevented, you are likely entitled to significant compensation. At the Khayoumi Law Firm, we are dedicated to representing the legal rights of injured victims and work tirelessly to ensure that each client we take gets the largest settlement or award available under New Mexico law. To schedule a free consultation with attorney Salim Khayoumi, call our office today at 505-333-8613.