If you’re looking for things to do here in Carlsbad, there’s a little something for everyone in this relatively small southeastern New Mexico city with a population of nearly 30,000. This abundance of activities draws individuals to come to reside, work, and relax in this part of Eddy County.
While most who live or work in Carlsbad or venture around the city do so without encountering problems, others aren’t so lucky. There are countless ways in which individuals can get hurt when moving about handling their everyday responsibilities. Knowing your rights and responsibilities is important if you suffer injuries on someone else’s property. A Carlsbad premises liability lawyer from Buckingham Barrera Vega Law Firm can provide some insight.
Hazards on another person’s property can leave you with severe injuries, requiring extensive medical care, surgery, physical therapy, and medication to treat. You may lose work as you recover from your injuries. Fortunately, New Mexico law allows victims to recover compensation stemming from someone else’s negligence. Get in touch with our Carlsbad premises liability attorneys to learn about how to handle your case.
Types of Carlsbad Premises Liability Cases We Handle
The ways in which someone might suffer injuries on another person’s property here in Carlsbad or elsewhere in Eddy County are endless. Some of the more common injury incidents our premises liability attorneys handle include:
- Rental or office building environmental hazards: These may include lead paint, carbon monoxide, or mold exposure.
- Negligent security matters: These may include failures of landlords to change rental property locks between tenants or to have adequate security measures in place like security gates or roving security guards despite knowing there’s the potential for criminal activity in the area.
- Slips, trips, and falls: These may occur on poorly maintained, slippery pool decks, in grocery store aisles, or along office building lobby floors, on uneven, cracked sidewalks, or even on cluttered or poorly lit stairwells.
- Dog bites: A canine may run out of its owner’s home, get loose from its yard, or become aggressive while on a walk with its human companion, attacking and injuring anyone in its path.
- Physical violence: Assaults, including physical or sexual ones, may have stemmed from a bar not cutting off a customer from ordering alcohol early enough, or bouncers at a club may not have broken up a fight and ordered dueling parties to go home, resulting in a brawl on their premises that left someone hurt.
The list above is only a small snapshot of the injuries someone may suffer on another person’s New Mexico property that warrants the filing of a premises liability lawsuit. Swimming pool drownings, struck-by injuries near construction or oil and gas worksites, elevator or escalator malfunctions, electrocutions, parking lot or garage incidents, and building collapses are all examples of situations that may warrant the filing of a Carlsbad premises liability claim too.
Injuries That May Result From Premises Liability Incidents
The types of injuries someone can suffer in a personal injury accident on someone’s property range in scope from minor to major. They can even be potentially fatal, warranting the filing of a wrongful death claim.
Some relatively minor, recoverable injuries include:
- Lacerations (cuts)
- Bruises (contusions)
- Strains and sprains
Moderate to severe injuries individuals might suffer on another person’s property include:
- Pervasive respiratory infections
- Birth defects
- Bone fractures that could result in amputations
- Concussions or other traumatic brain injuries
- Internal organ damage or bleed-out scenarios caused by an impaling
- Spinal cord injuries leading to paralysis
An injury’s seriousness isn’t always obvious. It may take some time for its severity to manifest itself. By the time you realize something is wrong, it may be too late to avoid suffering a permanent disability or life-altering illness.
What Should You Do if Injured on a Carlsbad Property?
While it probably seems obvious, it’s important that you let the homeowner, business owner, or manager of the premises where you were hurt know about your incident as soon as possible after it occurs. You’ll want to ask them to document the incident on a report and provide you with a copy.
You should also take any photographs of the scene of the incident, including the hazard that caused your injuries, lighting in the area, signs warning of potential dangers, and your injuries.
Noting any relevant individuals’ names, including the point of contact for the property, their insurer, witnesses, and dog info (if your incident involves an animal bite).
You should next seek medical attention, whether that involves traveling in an ambulance or traveling to an urgent care facility or hospital on your own.
The next step you should take is reaching out to a premises liability lawyer to learn more about whether you have a valid claim.
Compensation You May Be Able To Recover in a Carlsbad Premises Liability Case
You’re bound to have significant medical bills and significant losses of income if you suffered a serious injury on someone else’s premises. There might also be funeral or burial costs if the injury incident resulted in a loved one passing away. You may be able to recover economic damages in situations like these.
Financial compensation for non-monetary losses such as loss of companionship, loss of consortium, pain and suffering, and mental anguish may be recoverable as well.
You may also demand punitive damages. The aim of doing so is to try to dissuade others from doing the same thing as the defendant.
Why Work With Buckingham Barrera Vega Law Firm on Your Premises Liability Case?
Building a premises liability claim is often very complicated. We’re skilled at handling insurance companies, know statutes of limitations that apply to cases like these, and what it takes to secure compensation.
Schedule a free consultation with a Carlsbad personal injury lawyer here at Buckingham Barrera Vega Law Firm. We’ll give your New Mexico case the competent attention and follow-through that it needs.