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Suing a Government Agency in New Mexico

October 9, 2018
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Many people think you can only sue the government when there’s a major civil rights violation, but that’s not the only time. In fact, the government is sued on a daily basis—for minor accidents and large violations alike.

Although afforded some immunity, the New Mexico government can be liable for accidents just like anyone else.

If a government employee or agency harmed you because of negligence, you can file a claim for compensation against that party. The amount of compensation you can request will depend on your accident and the extent of your injuries; however, you can absolutely receive personal injury compensation from the government in New Mexico.

Accidents That Could Involve the New Mexico Government

Really, any injury you could sustain in an accident involving a civilian at-fault party could also involve the government. If a government employee or agency harms you during the course of their job duties, you can sue under certain circumstances.

In addition, when you suffer an accident on government property or in public places that the government is responsible for maintaining (such as bridges, roads, and parks), you may be able to sue the government for your injuries.

Here’s a list of some types of accidents that could involve the government and lead to a lawsuit:

  • Vehicle collisions, including public bus accidents and collisions with government work vehicles
  • Slip-and-fall accidents on government property, such as a courthouse or public street
  • Any premises liability accidents on government property
  • Construction accidents involving government work

New Mexico’s Laws About Suing the Government for Damages

If you’ve been harmed by the government in New Mexico, there are a few things you need to know.

First, the statute of limitations for government-involved cases in New Mexico is only two years—as opposed to the standard three-year deadline for other personal injury cases. You only have two years to file your case, but you also only have ninety days to give notice of your accident to a local New Mexico government agency

If you don’t file within that time period or give notice as the law requires, you won’t likely be able to sue the government for damages for your accident.

Next, you need to know that there are caps on damages in claims involving the New Mexico government. That means there is a limit to how much money you can receive for your injuries.

For personal injury accidents involving the government in New Mexico, you can receive up to $200,000 in property damage, $300,000 for medical expenses, and $400,000 total for all other losses.

Get in Touch with a Trusted Personal Injury Lawyer in Albuquerque

Filing a personal injury claim is always intimidating, but it can be even more so when the defendant is the government.

Government agencies have legal teams and are used to handling these types of cases. You know you deserve compensation—no matter who was responsible for hurting you. That’s why you could use a legal team of your own to fight for you.

Contact an Albuquerque personal injury lawyer today. Reach Will Ferguson & Associates by calling 505-243-5566 or by completing our online contact form below. Schedule a free consultation to find out your chances of winning your case and what your next steps should be.

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