Frequently Asked Personal Injury Questions
You've been injured. Now what?
Immediately following an injury, there is a good chance that you have questions.
What should be your next step? How can you pursue deserved compensation?
Can you do it alone, or should you retain an attorney's help? Can
you afford a lawyer right now? All of these questions have answers, and
our team at Crow Law Firm is here to help you face the future armed with
the information you need to navigate your choices with confidence.
Call us at 575-291-0200 to learn more during a
free case evaluation. Here are some of the questions we hear most often.
Answers from Our New Mexico Personal Injury Lawyer
Can I sue my doctor for releasing my records to my employer?
You may be able to file a lawsuit depending on your company’s health
plan which may contain provisions which allow the employer to review medical
records covered by the plan. Releasing such sensitive information could
be a violation of the HIPAA privacy rule which requires appropriate safeguards
to protect the privacy of such information and limits who can disclose
the information. Speak with a Roswell personal injury attorney to learn
if your particular case is a violation of HIPPA privacy rules.
Am I eligible for a malpractice suit?
If a doctor-patient relationship existed between you and a physician and
you suffered severe, permanent, and disabling injuries as a direct result
of their negligence, you may have a claim. In Florida, parents can even
sue on behalf of their injured child if they are 25 years old or younger.
You must also be within the two-year statue of limitations to file your
claim. You will need to be able to demonstrate the physician displayed
negligent behavior, and was the immediate cause of foreseeable harm.
Am I in line to receive compensation for my injury?
Every single case is different. There is simply no broad answer to this
question. You must speak with an attorney to understand the nuances of
your individual situation—but don't worry. Initial case evaluations
with our New Mexico personal injury attorney are absolutely free, so there
is no risk in pursuing the advice you need to make the right decision.
To which types of compensation am I entitled?
Again, this depends on the circumstances of your case. Potentially, you
could receive compensation for losses such as:
Medical costs — both for past bills and projected treatments
Permanent disability / disfigurement
Future loss of earning capacity
Pain and suffering
Wrongful death claims involve different types of compensation, including
loss of companionship, loss of protection, funeral expenses, and so on.
What are punitive damages?
Punitive damages—also referred to sometimes as "exemplary damages"—go
beyond compensation and serve as a form of punishment for the defendant
responsible for your injury. These may be awarded in some situations.
How long do I have to file a claim?
Statutes of limitations laws prevent individuals from filing injury claims
a certain number of years after the accident occurred or the injury /
illness was discovered. In the state of New Mexico, the civil statutes
of limitations are found under Chapter 37, Article 1 of the New Mexico
Statutes of Limitations. For personal injury, wrongful death, medical
malpractice, and product liability claims, the statute of limitations
vary and should be discussed with your attorney.
I don't think I have the money to afford a lawyer right now. What should I do?
Many people find themselves facing expensive medical bills after an injury,
which can create especially serious financial problems when coupled with
missed paychecks from time taken off because of that injury. This shouldn't
stop you from speaking with our lawyers at Crow Law Firm. We do not charge
you unless your case is successful. Learn about our
contingency fee policy.
If you have further questions, please contact us at 575-291-0200 to schedule
a free consultation!