Albuquerque Personal Injury Lawyer
A moment of carelessness or inattention can change a person’s life forever. If someone’s negligence has harmed you, however, you have the right to hold that individual or entity accountable. The Albuquerque personal injury attorneys of Dominguez Law Firm, LLC can provide representation in a wide range of claims, including car accidents, medical malpractice, and product liability cases. We also defend people who are facing criminal prosecution. Our lawyers take pride in our knowledge of innovative technology, but we also recognize that there is no substitute for hard work and determination. Simply put, we are driven to win, and we will work hard to help you seek a fair and equitable resolution to your case.Dedicated Representation in Car Crash and Medical Malpractice Cases
All negligence lawsuits derive from the principle that people owe each other a certain level of care and consideration to avoid unnecessary risks of foreseeable harm. In ordinary situations, such as operating a vehicle, this duty consists of taking “due care.” A successful negligence claim must show that this duty was breached and that the victim was hurt and incurred damages as a result. In medical malpractice cases, such as those arising from surgical errors, the individual bringing the lawsuit usually offers expert testimony as to the professional standard of care to which the defendant should be held. All negligence lawsuits are subject to a statute of limitations, after which a victim may no longer seek compensation.
In New Mexico, the statute of limitations in ordinary negligence cases is three years. In medical malpractice cases, this period depends on several factors, including whether the victim was a minor at the time of the injury, whether the defendant was a “qualified healthcare provider” under the New Mexico Medical Malpractice Act, whether the defendant was a governmental entity, and how long it took to discover the harm. Since malpractice claims must be reviewed by a medical review commission prior to suit, victims of mistakes by doctors should seek legal counsel early so that an Albuquerque personal injury attorney can gather and review medical records and other evidence.
Available damages in negligence cases often include medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, and damage to property. The compensation award may be reduced in proportion to any role that the victim played in contributing to the accident. In situations when someone dies because another individual or entity was negligent, the deceased person’s family may bring a wrongful death lawsuit, but only people specified under the New Mexico Wrongful Death Act may share in any damages that may be recovered.Skilled Guidance in Product Liability Lawsuits
Product liability cases arise when a consumer is hurt because of a dangerous or defective device. Some of these actions proceed under a theory of negligence, but others may be based on strict liability or breach of warranty. A person pursuing a product liability case may try to argue that the flawed device had:
- Manufacturing defects, which usually affect a limited number of items;
- Design defects, which are inherent problems with the entire model of product; or
- Inadequate warnings, which happens when a seller or manufacturer fails to alert consumers to potential risks involving in using the product.
Many of these product liability cases are brought as mass tort actions. We can represent groups of injured consumers bringing claims based on Xarelto, Taxotere, Invokana, Fosamax, Yaz, Yasmin, and other medications that may have contained defects. Manufacturers also may be held accountable for faulty products such as talcum powder, hip implants, and other medical devices that contain design flaws or inadequate warnings.Albuquerque Attorneys Skilled in Helping Accident Victims
If you or a loved one has been hurt in an accident or accused of a crime in the Albuquerque area, the accident lawyers at Dominguez Law Firm, LLC are here to help you work through the complexities and details of your particular situation. We will listen to your story, conduct a thorough investigation, and pursue a favorable settlement or outcome at trial. Our Albuquerque personal injury lawyers are sensitive to our clients’ needs and place a particular emphasis on professionalism, ethics, and integrity in handling their cases. To schedule a free initial consultation, call us today at (505) 850-5854 or contact us online.