Why You Need an Experienced Attorney After a Major Accident
Violent car accidents often cause victims to sustain significant injuries. In severe cases, these collisions can result in death, disfigurement, loss of bodily functions, and other catastrophic injuries. Injuries of this severity may require years of medical care and permanently impact the victim's quality of life. New Mexico families who are dealing with the consequences of a serious car crash need the help of Albuquerque’s best personal injury lawyers.
Serious Injury Attorneys Know How Much Your Claim is Worth
The primary goal of insurance companies is to pay out as little as possible to the victims of an accident. If you or a loved one has been injured in a collision, the insurer will present a minimal settlement offer, which will not be sufficient compensation to cover damages that you and your loved ones may have incurred. In addition, accepting a settlement offer precludes you from pursuing additional compensation or filing a lawsuit against the at-fault party in the future.
Our firm understands the ways that an insurance provider will attempt to undermine the value of an injury claim. Do not agree to a settlement without first contacting a qualified Albuquerque personal injury lawyer. A knowledgeable attorney can use their experience and established relationships to ensure that your legal rights are secure and that you recover the maximum compensation and benefits you deserve.
One way to maximize the value of your claim is to pursue compensation for pain and suffering.
You May Be Eligible for Pain and Suffering Compensation
According to Northwestern University’s Law Review, an estimated 50% of damages recovered in personal injury cases are for “pain and suffering.” The assessment of economic losses associated with pain and suffering damages is not always easy to calculate. These damages are meant to compensate victims for present and future pain and suffering, caused by their severe injuries.
Pain and suffering damages are not as concrete as damages for medical costs, and there is often not a clear dollar amount that can be assigned to pain and suffering damages. This is why pain and suffering are referred to as non-economic damages.
New Mexico does not usually place a limit on how much compensation can be pursued or recovered for pain and suffering. The only exception is medical malpractice, which caps non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering, to a maximum of $600,000 for healthcare providers, as established under the New Mexico Medical Malpractice Act.
Intersection Accidents in Albuquerque
Serious car accidents overwhelmingly happen within an intersection. There are an estimated 2.5 million intersection accidents each year in the United States. These crashes usually involve serious injuries and account for more than 50% of all severe roadway accidents.
Unfortunately, intersection accidents often cause fatal injuries to victims. Statistics show that 20% of all deadly traffic accidents take place at an intersection each year. The types of crashes within an intersection vary, with the most common involving left-hand turns and red-light runners.
The firm of Will Ferguson & Associates has the necessary experience to recover full and fair settlements. We have a proven track record, and our team of trained Albuquerque personal injury lawyers has recovered millions of dollars for our clients over the years. Contact our offices today at (505) 243-5566 if you have been injured by a reckless driver.