Did you know that one of the leading causes of injury and accidental death in New Mexico is slip and fall accidents? Sometimes people make light of that phrase – slip and fall – envisioning an older person who has accidentally tripped and landed on their backs on a sidewalk. Slip and fall accidents can be more serious than most people realize, and no one is immune to the risk. They also are one of the top reasons for premises liability lawsuits in Albuquerque.
New Mexico has a lot of things to be proud of, including our beautiful state parks and our award-winning tacos. Unfortunately, our state also leads the nation in deaths and unintentional injuries suffered in slip and fall accidents. That is not exactly something to boast about on tourist advertisements and bumper stickers.
Slippery surfaces, such as recently-mopped floors, can cause us to easily end up on our bottoms. While our pride and posteriors may be bruised, these kinds of slips and falls do not usually cause lasting pain or suffering for healthy individuals. Older adults always run the risk of broken bones due to their age and the likelihood of having osteoporosis.
There are other kinds of falls that cause the kinds of injuries that temporarily or permanently disable someone. Slipping at the top of a flight of stairs and tumbling all the way to the bottom can lead to multiple injuries or even death. Inadequate outdoor lighting could cause an individual to fall into a pothole, trench, or ditch. Damaged sidewalks are always a risk, especially in wet weather.
Some pretty serious injuries can occur.
The sooner victims of slip-and-fall accidents consult with an experienced attorney the better. Our team of highly skilled lawyers at Cameron & Russell can intervene with insurance adjusters and at-fault persons to ensure victims can focus on what is most important: healing from their injuries. We offer a no-obligation consultation to review your case and will provide guidance on the next steps if you opt to pursue a slip and fall claim. Depending on whether the accident happened on a residential property or at a commercially owned building, clients will be advised on whether a personal injury lawsuit or a premises liability lawsuit is the best approach.
Most slip-and-fall cases are settled out of court in New Mexico. If your case manages to see the inside of a courtroom, New Mexico law allows for the application of the Pure Comparative Negligence Rule. This means, if both parties are found to be at fault, they will share the cost of damages awarded.
Attorneys can seek damages to cover:
As with other personal injury lawsuits, claimants have three years from the date of injury to file a civil suit. Failure to file by the deadline means the defendant will have an easier time requesting the courts dismiss the case. At Cameron & Russell, we make sure to file on time so our clients can get the compensation they deserve.
Bill Russell and Marcus Cameron are the faces behind Cameron & Russell. We go the extra mile for our clients to pursue personal injury claims and provide criminal defense. We approach every case with a fresh eye to detail and the determination to represent our clients to the fullest extent the law allows. We passionately defend clients facing criminal charges, and relentlessly seek out fair compensation for personal injury claims. No matter your situation, we promise to tirelessly represent your legal needs.
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Albuquerque, NM 87102
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