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FAQs About Personal Injury Cases

37 years of litigation solutions in accident cases

Revo Smith Law was established in 1979 and focuses solely on personal injury claims. Because all of our resources and experience are concentrated on this one field of law, we are equipped to handle the most challenging cases.

Over the past 37 years, we have learned that the more educated our clients are about their rights, the more empowered they feel throughout the legal process. Our attorneys respond to these frequently asked questions to give you basic information about personal injury litigation. After reading these FAQs, 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.

Get the answers to your questions about personal injury recovery

To get the answers to your PI questions, call Revo Smith Law at 505-908-3151 or contact our injury firm online. At your free initial consultation, we conduct a full case review and advise you on your options. Our Northeast Heights law firm helps injured clients in communities throughout New Mexico, including in Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, Los Lunas, Belen, Bernallilo, Santa Fe and the surrounding areas.

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 or incidents of fraud or 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 lawsuit late, the court will deny your right to sue, even if you have a valid cause of action.

2. Do I have a valid claim and what is it worth?

Every case is different, with 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 attorneys conduct a full analysis of your case and explain your options and potential outcomes. We consider 12 to 15 factors to calculate value and help you decide whether to pursue your claim.

3. What is a contingency fee arrangement?

Revo/Smith takes personal injury cases on a contingency basis — meaning we do not bill you for any attorneys' fees until we recover compensation through a settlement 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 risks. We explain our fees in detail during your free initial consultation.

4. How should I prepare for my first appointment with Revo/Smith?

Your preparations can help our lawyers 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. Our legal staff has helped clients obtain their records from hospitals and doctors for 37 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?

During our 37 years in practice, our firm has represented thousands of injured clients and heard their good and bad opinions of their doctors. Because we work closely with numerous health care providers on our cases, we have developed solid professional relationships with many exceptional practitioners who have treated our clients in the past. We 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
  • Disfigurement and scarring
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of enjoyment of your life
  • Emotional distress
  • Household services
  • Punitive damages

8. Will my personal injury case go to trial?

Most personal injury cases settle through mediation or insurance negotiations. However, our attorneys recommend trial if we believe you can reach better results in your case