We are New Mexico-based car accident lawyers. A car accident is often as stressful as it is traumatic. In addition to the shock of the accident, victims are often left injured and in a state of confusion about what to do next. Making the right decision during this critical time can help ensure you receive the maximum compensation for medical bills, lost wages due to missed work, and pain and suffering.
New Mexicans involved in car accidents are often reluctant to deal with the insurance company, and with good reason. Insurance policies can be difficult to understand, with claims tied up in red tape and confusing policy language. Choosing an experienced New Mexico personal injury attorney who’s well-versed in handling car accident cases is essential to guarding against insurance industry tactics and preserving the value of your case.
At the law firm of Keller & Keller, Injury Attorneys Since 1936, our Albuquerque-based car accident lawyers have a proven track record of past successes handling claims just like yours. Our legal team knows how to deal with insurance companies in order to get results, and with our Zero Fee Guarantee, clients pay nothing until a recovery is made on their behalf.
Common Injuries Sustained in New Mexico Vehicle Crashes
No matter what kind of car you are driving, whether you are wearing a seat belt or not, and how the accident occurred, you are likely to suffer one of the following kinds of injuries when you are in a motor vehicle collision:
- Whiplash. Common even in minor collisions, whiplash can be debilitating, but is often disputed by insurance companies because the injury does not show up in x-rays or MRI scans. Whiplash occurs when the head is jerked back and forth rapidly, stretching and straining the muscles and tendons in the neck. Victims experience a stiff neck, loss of range of motion, and chronic pain. Treatment may include pain relievers, ice packs, physical therapy, and massage.
- Traumatic brain injury. The brain can be bruised in a car crash by either a direct blow to the head, such as against the steering wheel or windshield or by being knocked against the inside of the skull when the neck is jerked back and forth. Concussion or traumatic brain injury can cause permanent cognitive and motor skill damage, requiring costly rehabilitation and life-long assistance with personal needs.
- Broken bones. In rear-end crashes, the driver is at great risk of breaking arms, wrists, and fingers due to their position on the steering wheel. Legs and ankles can also be broken when the front of the vehicle is crumpled in a head-on collision. Recovering from a broken pelvis can be particularly difficult. Broken bones can be fairly minor, requiring short-term casting, or can be very serious, with compound fractures requiring surgery and metal rods. Sometimes, victims must endure rehabilitation and physical therapy to regain full use of broken limbs and joints.
- Musculoskeletal injuries. Some personal injury attorneys will not accept cases involving soft tissue injuries because, like whiplash, they are hard to document and prove. However, we do not shy away from these kinds of injuries. We understand that torn, strained, or sprained muscles, tendons, and ligaments can be extremely painful and difficult to recover from.
- Emotional injuries. Known as “pain and suffering,” the psychological damage you suffer as a result of the trauma of the accident, the pain of your injuries, and the losses you have experienced require as much attention as the physical damages you have suffered. These damages can be difficult to quantify, but our attorneys will make sure you get what you deserve.
These injuries all require expensive medical treatment, and when the crash was not your fault, you should not have to pay for it.