Q:  I’ve been injured in an accident.  Do I need an attorney?

A:  If you have been involved in an accident, such as an automobile, motorcycle, trucking, bus, or pedestrian accident and another party was responsible, we recommend that you consult an experienced personal injury attorney regarding your case.  Hiring a qualified lawyer gives you several significant advantages.

Having a lawyer evens the playing field between insurance companies and injured individuals; a qualified attorney understands complex insurance regulations and can effectively negotiate with the insurer on your behalf.  Secondly, an attorney has the background and experience to fully describe the expenses the injured person has incurred, such as costly medical treatments, to the insurance company.

Additionally, an attorney can safeguard your interests and rights so that you don’t jeopardize your rights unintentionally during calls with insurance company representatives.  Attorneys will coordinate the calls with insurance companies, carefully respond to the insurers’ inquiries, and submit the necessary information needed to maximize the recovery in your case.


Q:  How much is my case worth?

A:  Generally, accident victims are able to recover for economic and non-economic damages, including medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and disfigurement.  The amount that you are eligible to recover is dependent on the facts and circumstances of your case.  An experienced personal injury lawyer needs to conduct a thorough evaluation of your case before assessing what you may be entitled to recover.


Q:  How much does it cost to hire a lawyer?

A:  The manner in which lawyers charge for attorneys’ fees vary with each attorney and the type of legal matter involved.  For example, in business transactional matters most lawyers charge on an hourly or fixed fee basis.  Personal injury matters are typically handled on a contingency fee basis, which means the lawyer receives a percentage of the final judgment or settlement for attorney’s fees.  In a contingency fee arrangement, if the client loses the case, the client does not incur any attorneys’ fees.  Individuals should keep in mind that even if the attorney accepts the case on a contingency fee basis, the client is still responsible for costs incurred, such as filing fees, deposition costs, and expert witness fees.

We accept most personal injury cases on contingency basis.  This means that you do not owe us any attorneys’ fees unless we are successful in recovering a settlement or judgment on your behalf.  If you have additional inquiries regarding attorneys’ fees, please contact Aguilar & Aguilar, P.C. by phone at (505) 243-6810 or by email.


Q:  How long do I have to file a lawsuit?

A:  New Mexico law limits the time in which injured individuals or the family members of the victim of a wrongful death can file certain claims.  If you another party injured you, don’t delay and contact an experienced New Mexico personal injury attorney at Aguilar & Aguilar, P.C. today.

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