Albuquerque, New Mexico Personal Injury, Accident and Medical Malpractice Law Firm
Other Offices: Rio Rancho (NM)
Law Firm OverviewThe Fine Law Firm is a personal injury law firm based in Albuquerque, New Mexico providing counsel of legal representation to injury victims throughout New Mexico.
Through nearly 40 years of serving clients, The Fine Law Firm has assisted clients with every type of personal injury claim from common injuries all the way to serious or catastrophic injuries such as injuries to the brain or spine, or injuries causing permanent disability/disfigurement. The firm also represents cases involving government liability, wherein an individual sues a government entity for damages caused by negligent or inappropriate conduct.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury, is strongly advised that you consult with an attorney prior to making any decisions about your claim. Injury victims often make the mistake of settling quickly out of desperation, allowing the insurance company to take the upper hand and potentially give them a smaller amount than they may be rightfully entitled to. The attorneys at The Fine Law Firm have the knowledge and experience to make sure your claim is treated fairly and will never back down to insurance companies, at a negotiating table or in a courtroom.
Year this Office was Established: 1975
Languages: Spanish, English
Areas of Law
- Alternative Dispute Resolution
- Appellate Practice
- Back & Neck Injury
- Bicycle Accident
- Birth Injury
- Brain Injury
- Burn Injuries
- Bus Accidents
- Car Accident
- Catastrophic Injuries
- Civil Litigation
- Construction Accidents
- Construction Injuries
- Criminal Defense
- Criminal Law
- Defective Drugs
- Defective Products
- Elder Law
- Failure to Diagnose
- Family Law
- General Practice
- Industrial Injuries
- Local, Municipal & State Law
- Medical Law
- Medical Malpractice
- Medication Errors
- Motor Vehicle Accidents
- Motor Vehicles
- Motorcycle Accident
- Nursing Home Abuse
- Pedestrian Accident
- Personal Injury
- Pharmaceutical Law
- Premises Liability
- Product Liability
- Product Liability Litigation
- Professional Liability
- Professional Malpractice
- Railroad Accidents
- Rollover Accident
- Sexual Abuse
- Sexual Harassment
- Slip & Fall
- Spinal Cord Injury
- Surgical Errors
- Traffic Ticket
- Truck Accident
- US Federal Courts
- Workplace Injuries
- Wrongful Death
Additional Areas of Law: Uninsured Motorist; Property Damage Law; Drunk Driving; Dram Shop Accidents; Laparoscopic Negligence; Emergency Room Malpractice; Medical Malpractice Expert Witnesses; Government Liability; Soft Tissue Injury.
Areas of Law Description
The Fine Law Firm provides legal representation and services in the following areas of practice:
- Serious Injuries
Personal injury claims and lawsuits arise when people are injured by careless or intentional acts of others, or injured by products that are defective in some way. When someone is determined to be legally responsible for injuring another, under New Mexico personal injury law, they are liable for the injury, and obligated to pay the injured person compensatory damages. Just as there can be many types of New Mexico personal injury cases, each such personal injury case can result in entirely different types of damages. Our New Mexico personal injury lawyers will evaluate your case for free, and if hired, review the actions available to you and work with insurance companies and other medical providers to maximize your recovery.
- Car Accidents
We have handled thousands of automobile, truck, and motorcycle cases to successful conclusions. Such accidents include those involving drunk or hit and run drivers, uninsured or underinsured drivers, as well as accidents occurring as a result of motor vehicle, SUV and semi-tractor trailer collisions and rollovers. While the costs are minimal in most of these New Mexico car accident cases, if necessary, we have working relationships with private investigators and reconstruction experts who can analyze critical data and reach conclusions as to who is at fault for particular accidents.
- Truck Accidents
New Mexico semi-truck, big rig, and 18 wheeler accidents may all have different names but often times share both the serious or catastrophic injury. We have helped clients who have suffered injuries from New Mexico truck accidents. Such cases typically require an aggressive approach. We are familiar with key trucking regulations and in a truck litigation case, we obtain trucking logs in order to determine whether the truck driver or the trucking company has complied with federal law regarding consecutive hours driven, rest periods, duty to keep a log, etc.
- Motorcycle Accidents
New Mexico motorcycle accident injuries are often the most serious and catastrophic. Motorcycle accidents are often caused by another driverís negligent action; however, due to the limited protection provided by motorcycle protective gear, injuries are often far worse that if the same accident involved a motor vehicle rather than a motorcycle. We are Albuquerque motorcycle accident lawyers that travel throughout the state of New Mexico helping those injured because of somebody else's fault.
- Wrongful Death
A wrongful death case involves a death caused by fault of another person. Although wrongful death cases can arise under numerous circumstances, they typically involve deaths caused by car or truck accidents; the manufacture of a defective or dangerous product; the construction of an unsound structure or building; or failing to properly diagnose or treat a serious medical condition. We will do our best to put a value on the monetary losses, pain and emotional suffering arising from the wrongful death of your loved one.
- Drunk Driving
The New Mexico drunk driving lawyers at the Fine Law Firm explore all avenues of recovery whether it the liability insurance, uninsured motorist coverage, as well as personal assets if need be. In addition, our drunk driving accident attorneys have also pursued dram shop cases in which a claim made when a bar or establishment over-serves a patron who goes on to cause a drunk driving accident. We have handled numerous cases resulting in punitive damages based upon intoxicated drivers injuring innocent individuals.
- Medical Malpractice
New Mexico medical malpractice cases are some of the most difficult ones to succeed at. Perhaps more so than any other case, it is crucial to have educated and effective experts to evaluate and if necessary testify. A successful New Mexico medical malpractice lawyer is aware that the strengths of a medical malpractice case are often based on the medical records and the testimony of medical experts and witnesses. We handled numerous such cases to successful resolutions. The information included here is intended to provide more information regarding New Mexico medical malpractice cases and related issues.
- Birth / Delivery Malpractice & Cerebral Palsy
The medical malpractice lawyers at the Fine Law Firm have handled numerous birth or delivery cases where infants were injured as a result of the medical providers failing to properly treat high blood pressure in the mother (also known as preeclampsia), thereby resulting in severe injury to the child. We have also handled cases in which the mother is prematurely discharged from the hospital, cases of meconium aspiration, cases in which the fetal monitoring strip was improperly read, and other birth-related cases.
- Surgical Mistakes
While some injuries occur in the absence of negligence, we have handled numerous cases involving surgical negligence, such as a cut ureter, negligence during a gallbladder removal; negligence in severing the femoral artery or sciatic nerve; failure to take advantage of a window of opportunity for correcting a surgical mishap; and permitting surgical objects to remain in a patient. The defense which we inevitably face in these cases is that the alleged negligence was a recognized risk of the procedure and was not the result of negligence. Strong expert testimony is required to rebut this defense.
- Nursing Home Abuse
As New Mexico nursing home abuse lawyers we have seen such abuse show itself in different forms. New Mexico nursing home abuse can be the cause of bedsores, infections, falls, rape, battery, dehydration, malnutrition, sexual abuse, physical abuse, and poor medical care. New Mexico nursing home abuse attorneys have found that substandard care in the form of neglect and intentional harms can be equally devastating. If you believe a loved one is the victim of nursing home abuse, we can help
- Slip & Fall
Slip and fall, or premises liability cases, require showing that the landowner or tenant was legally responsible for causing the plaintiff's injuries. Fault can be shown by proving that the defendant was responsible for the dangerous condition that caused the plaintiff's injuries, or that the landowner or tenant knew about the dangerous condition with enough time to fix it, but did nothing. A New Mexico slip and fall lawyer from the Fine Law Firm can help you recover the compensation you rightfully deserve.
- Product Liability
A product liability case involves an injury resulting from the negligence design, manufacture, marketing, or poor testing of a product. Products involved in New Mexico product liability cases range from cars and farming equipment to curling irons and humidifiers. A victim of a New Mexico product liability case may be able to pursue action against the manufacturer or distributor of the product.
- Government Liability
Cases against governmental entities in which we have prevailed include claims against highway departments for improper maintenance of a road; improper signing of a road; inappropriate construction areas; cases based upon using improper mixtures for making roads safe during winter storms; negligence in improperly maintaining public buildings; and negligent driving by public employees. We are one of the most active New Mexico firms regarding police pursuits. We have working relationships with experts in this field and are familiar with acceptable national standard operating procedures for police departments and agencies.
- Criminal Cases
The Fine Law Firm handles the entire spectrum of criminal cases, from petty offenses to the most serious charges, in state and federal court, appeals as well as trials. In the practice of criminal defense, there is no substitute for preparation. The Fine Law Firm maintains a moderate caseload so that a greater amount of attorney time may be devoted to each case. In addition to allowing clients to utilize payment plans, the Fine Law Firm may, depending on the nature of the case, structure the fee in phases or offer an hourly fee agreement, so that the client pays only for the work actually performed on his or her case.
- Work Related Injuries
One of the first things to understand about New Mexico worker's compensation and work injury law is that only in certain situation can an injured New Mexico worker pursue legal action outside of workers compensation law. Generally speaking, when an employee is injured on the job, he or she is limited to pursuing compensation for the injury under worker's compensation law. This is especially true if the injured worker, or nobody else, was responsible for the injury. However, even if the injury was caused because of an employer or co-employee's negligent conduct, the worker may still be limited under New Mexico worker's compensation law.
- Bicycle Accident and Death
A New Mexico bicycle accident lawyer should be familiar with the unique laws and rules that protect bicyclists and not treat a bicycle accident case as though it is a regular car accident. This is even more important considering the serious injuries that typically result from bicycle accidents. The New Mexico bicycle accident lawyers at the Fine Law Firm are aware of the unique demands that present themselves in a bicycle accident case and are prepared, if need be, to do what is necessary to maximize our clientís recovery.
- Uninsured Motorist
Assuming the responsible driver does not have sufficient assets to cover the other personís injuries, uninsured/underinsured motorist policies may provide a source of recovery for personal injury car accident victims. When a person is injured by an uninsured driver and has uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage, this part of the policy will act as if the responsible driver did in fact have insurance. Similarly, if the responsible driver has a minimal liability insurance policy and it is not enough to cover the full value of the injury, uninsured/underinsured coverage may be able to make up the difference.
- Traumatic Brain Injury
Ideally a New Mexico traumatic brain injury lawyer must be able to advise their client that it is likely best to wait for the entirety of the symptoms to reveal themselves before attempting to resolve the injury case. Unlike a broken arm or many other injuries, traumatic brain injuries are not revealed overnight. The impact that they have on a victim's life they take time to develop. It is again for this reason that the New Mexico traumatic brain injury lawyers at the Fine Law Firm take a cautious yet aggressive approach to make sure that the best interests of their clients are protected.
- Catastrophic Injury
Catastrophic injuries are those that may cause a permanent impairment, require extensive healing and therapy, shorten a life span, result in the loss of use of certain body parts or systems, cause a deformity or extensive scarring, affect the ability to work in the future, and cause extensive pain and suffering. Some victims never recover from a catastrophic injury and it can affect them for the remainder of their life. When handling a catastrophic injury case it is important for the personal injury attorney to be experienced and familiar with all aspect of damages that may be recoverable.
- Spine Injuries
Spine injuries are typically caused by some form of trauma to the vertebrae or disc that comprise the spine. Whether it is a fracture or a disc bulge that causes neural encroachment, spine injuries can cause symptoms throughout the body. Our New Mexico spine injury attorneys have seen common causes of spine injuries include: car accident, bike accident, truck accident, slip and fall, motorcycle accident, and product liability. Treatment for spinal injury varies as greatly as its causes.
- State Bar of New Mexico
- New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association
- The Association of Trial Lawyers of America
- American Inn of Court
Mr. Joseph M. Fine
Arbitration, Mediation, Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury
Mr. David M. Fine
Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury, Wrongful Death
Mr. Mark D. Fine
Civil Rights, Criminal Law, Personal Injury
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