Our Albuquerque Attorneys Help Victims of Trips, Slips and Falls
Premises liability claims in New Mexico
Business and property owners have a duty to keep their premises in safe condition and to make reasonable inspections to discover potential hazards and conduct the necessary repairs. This duty — called premises liability — allows you to enter a supermarket, shopping mall, apartment complex, office building, movie theater, sports arena or public park without constant fear of sustaining a serious injury.
Premises liability lawsuits are not always easy to win in New Mexico. The injured victim has the burden to prove that the property owner or renter is at fault. Founded 25 years ago, Revo+Smith Law Firm, L.L.C. advises you on your rights to recover for slips, trips and falls on residential, commercial or government property. We pursue fair and reasonable compensation for your injuries, which may include brain trauma, spinal damage, a slipped disc, a wrist sprain, shoulder dislocation, ankle fracture or other serious injuries.
A business owner's responsibility to you
To prevail on a premises liability claim, you must demonstrate that the property owners shared significant responsibility for the dangerous situation or that they failed to conduct a reasonable inspection that would have alerted them to the danger. Our personal injury lawyers investigate the facts surrounding your injury to determine whether you have a valid claim for trips, slips and falls that occur because of:
- Slippery liquid spilled on supermarket floor
- Shelves overstocked with heavy items at top
- Blocked aisles in a retail space
- A dark parking lot
- Ice on stairs or a walkway
- Uneven pavement on sidewalks
- An unsupervised swimming pool or children's playground
- A vicious dog or exotic pet
- Inadequate security in a hotel, shopping mall or other business
- An unmarked construction site
We consider evidence that indicates how long a hazard existed to prove the business breached its duty of reasonable inspection. For example, a broken jar of cream that is brownish in color, curdled, smeared across the floor and has footprints tracking through it probably created a risk of injury for longer than acceptable under the rules of premises liability.
Filing a slip and fall lawsuit against the government or a private entity
New Mexico's laws impose a three-year statute of limitations for most premises liability claims. However, if you are suing a municipal government entity, you must file your notice of intent to claim within 90 days — not even three months. An intent to claim is not a full lawsuit, just your notice to the government that you intend to file a claim. If you miss the strict notification deadline, you lose your opportunity to obtain fair compensation for your injuries and medical expenses from the government agency responsible for your accident.
Obtain compensation against negligent property owners
Let our law firm guide you in filing your slip, trip and fall claim. Call Revo+Smith Law Firm, L.L.C. at 505-293-8888 or contact our injury firm online to schedule your free initial consultation. Our Northeast Heights, Albuquerque law office offers plenty of parking and flexible ours. We serve injury victims in Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, Los Lunas, Belen, Bernallilo, Santa Fe and all of New Mexico.