Determining Liability for Significant Damage
If you were seriously injured on someone's property, you might be wondering what rights you have to file a claim. Each state has different requirements for these liability cases; let's discuss when New Mexico property owners are liable for injuries occurring on their premises.
New Mexico's Law
Under New Mexico law, someone who is legally visiting someone else's property, whether it be a residence or a place of business, has the right to an environment that is safe and free from obstructions or obstacles that may cause harm. Suppose any conditions present that might pose a danger to someone visiting the property. In that case, the owner has the responsibility to remove that danger to ensure safety for guests once again.
For example, say you are walking down a flight of stairs in a commercial parking garage, but the stairwell is poorly lit, preventing you from accurately seeing where you are walking. The owner of the parking garage is responsible for maintaining their property and replacing lights that are out or dim. If the owner's lack of safety measures caused you to sustain an injury to your spinal cord, the owner could be liable for the damages.
Disclaimer on Filing a Claim
Note that a premises liability claim can only be made if the property owner's fault. If you are not paying attention to where you are walking, the property owner cannot be held liable for injuries you sustain. However, you should also know that such a defense may be used against you even if the property owner's negligence caused your injury. It's essential to work with a personal injury attorney who can help you fight back against such false claims to receive the compensation you deserve.
Working With an Attorney For Your Claim
Injuries to your spinal cord can be devastating, and you may feel effects from your injury, both short-term and long-term. In addition to your injuries, you may face time away from work and staggering medical bills, both of which can contribute to severe feelings of anxiety. Know that in these times, you are not alone. McGinn, Montoya, Love & Curry, P.A. is prepared to help you receive proper compensation for your injury caused by someone's negligence. Our firm is ready to help you.
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