Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is personal injury?
  • Is it possible to file a personal injury claim anytime?
  • Can anyone file a personal injury claim?
  • How are victims of a personal injury compensated?
  • How do I know if I have a case?

What is personal Injury?

“Personal Injury” is when someone receives an injury to their body, mind, or emotions.  Basically, it is when “someone” who is injured and not “something” such as property.  If property is also harmed in association with the personal injury, getting compensation for the damaged property is added to the personal injury lawsuit.

The law is set up to punish the offenders by awarding compensation to the victims.  It is the job of your lawyer to help you obtain the highest possible compensation you deserve for your injuries.

Is it possible to file a personal injury claim anytime?

There is a statute of limitations which controls the time frame that you may make a claim.  If you file a claim after that timef rame, most likely your case will be dismissed. It is important to contact the Clovis Accident Attorney as soon as possible to determine the statute of limitations for your case.

Can anyone file a personal injury claim?

Your attorney will file the lawsuit on your behalf or on the behalf of the victim. Contact us and we will review your case and determine who the proper person to bring the lawsuit is.

How are victims of a personal injury compensated?

There are 2 types of damages that are awarded: punitive and compensatory damages.  Compensatory damages are designed to compensate the person injured for their suffering.  A Clovis New Mexico attorney will be able to help you calculate this value.  The amount is determined by the personal damage and property loss and can be estimated or actual. The actual can include repairs for damaged property, lost wages, medical bills, and earned vacation or sick time. Generally pain and suffering is the only estimated portion of compensatory damages.

Punitive damages are awarded to punish the perpetrator of the injuries.  Punitive damages are not always awarded in every personal injury lawsuit.

How do I know if I have a case?

Only your New Mexico personal injury lawyer can best determine if you have a case.  Contact the Law Office of Mark S. Sweetman, the Clovis Accident Attorney in Clovis New Mexico at (575) 762-9060 for your FREE Case Evaluation.

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