Personal Injury FAQs
You Have Questions About Personal Injuries. We Have Answers.
Over the past 40 years, our team at Revo Law Firm, LLC has learned that the more our clients know about their rights, the more empowered they feel throughout the legal process. We responded to several frequently asked questions to give you basic information about personal injury litigation.
After reading our FAQ answers, contact our Albuquerque-based law firm to discuss your accident in detail. Your first appointment is free, so you run no risks by letting us review your claim.
1. Is there a deadline for filing my personal injury claim?
New Mexico laws impose a statute of limitations on all personal injury cases. Typically, the deadline for filing a personal injury claim is three years from the date of the accident. However, there are exceptions for minors; incidents of fraud; and for claims against the state, county, city or any government agency or organization. For these types of claims, there is a two-year statute of limitations and a 90-day notice requirement. If you file your notice or lawsuit late, the court will deny your right to recover, even if you have a valid cause of action.
2. Do I have a valid claim, and what is it worth?
Every case has unique facts and circumstances. Therefore, nobody can honestly advise you on the validity of your claim or its value without first reviewing the issues related to your accident. At your free first appointment, our attorney will conduct a full analysis of your case and explain your options and potential outcomes. We consider 12 to 15 factors to calculate value and will help you decide whether to pursue your claim.
3. What is a contingency fee arrangement?
Revo Law Firm takes personal injury cases on a contingency basis, meaning we do not bill for any attorney fees until we recover compensation through a settlement, arbitration or verdict. Our fee is based on a percentage of the amount of damages we recover, plus costs. This arrangement allows you to exercise your rights without most risks. We will explain our fees in detail during your free initial consultation.
4. How should I prepare for my first appointment with Terrence Revo?
Your preparations can help our lawyer make the most accurate evaluation of your case during your free initial consultation. Give us as much information about your accident as possible. We suggest you write down the key points so you remember to tell us important details. Also bring doctors’ notes, hospital records, diagnostic test results, medical bills, insurance information, pay stubs, photos, repair estimates and your declarations pages from your insurance claim so we can assess your potential damages.
5. Can you help me get my medical records?
The red tape involved in retrieving your own records can feel overwhelming, especially while you are still coping with an injury and medical treatment. Our legal staff has helped clients obtain their records from hospitals and doctors for over 40 years. We can recover the documents you need for your case promptly and relieve you of this frustrating task.
6. Can you help me find a qualified doctor to treat my injuries?
We have represented thousands of injured clients and heard their good and bad opinions of their doctors. Because we work closely with numerous health care providers, we have developed solid professional relationships with many exceptional practitioners who have treated our clients in the past. We will refer you to qualified health care providers in the appropriate specialty and geographic area, including in Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, Los Lunas, Santa Fe and communities throughout New Mexico.
7. What damages should I expect to recover for my injuries?
The types of damages you can recover depend on the facts of your individual case, but may include:
- Lost income
- Diminished future earning capacity
- Medical bills
- Costs of future medical treatments
- Disability and dysfunction
- Disfigurement and scarring
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of your life
- Emotional distress
- Household services
- Punitive damages
- Loss of companionship
8. Will my personal injury case go to trial?
Most personal injury cases settle through mediation, arbitration or insurance negotiations. However, our attorney will recommend a lawsuit or trial if we believe you can reach better results in your case.