Practice Areas

Scott Atkinson, Albuquerque New Mexico’s leading personal injury lawyer, focuses his practice on personal injury, wrongful death, child injuries, burns/scars, auto accidents, motorcycle accidents, and uninsured/underinsured motorist claims.

Personal Injury Law

Perhaps the best definition of personal injury law is that it deals with people who have been physically or psychologically injured due to the negligence or wrongdoing of someone else. The “someone else” may also be a person, company, another entity or even a government agency. This area of the law is also referred to as tort law, which deals with wrongdoing and thus also includes economic and non-economic damages to property, reputation or rights and civil wrongs.
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Wrongful Death

Nationwide statistics show that every day people are killed as a direct result of the negligence of another person. This is called a wrongful death, and while it is not a criminal action, it is actionable as a civil suit. When all else fails in a criminal court, or if there never are criminal charges laid, there is another recourse, and that recourse is a wrongful death suit through the civil courts under the auspices of the state’s Wrongful Death Statute.

If you have lost a loved one due to the wrongdoing or negligence of another, it is crucial you speak to a highly skilled personal injury attorney and find out what your rights are and how to pursue them. You need assistance in cases like this in order to find justice and financial compensation for your family.
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Child Injuries

Toddlers and younger children are notorious for sticking their fingers into anything they find. The younger years are all about constant supervision to make sure they don’t trip and fall into a sharp corner on a coffee table or fall out of their cribs.

It’s one thing to have control over those things you see that may be a hazard to your child. It’s another to have no control over a dangerous situation and find out later that you may have missed a serious accident by sheer luck of the draw.

Statistics reveal that approximately 45% of unintentional child injuries and deaths at home are the result of poisoning, fire, drowning, choking and falls. In fact, children under the age of one usually die as a result of choking on an object. Falls are next in line, showing that about one third of ER visits are for children under the age of four.

Whatever the reasons were for your child injury accident, the injuries sustained by your child or their unnecessary death may change your life. You may have a right to sue to recover damages for pain and suffering, medical bills and even punitive damages.
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Some of the most severe injuries that people sustain are burns, which in turn cause scarring. What matters is the fact that those who have suffered burns have had their lives turned upside down and will now have to live with scars for the rest of their lives.

When someone is the victim of a burn injury there are usually three types of scars that may appear. The first is referred to as keloid scarring. The second category of scarring is hypertropic scarring and third category is contractures.

Treating burn injuries is expensive, painful, usually long-term and if the burn and subsequent scarring was the result of someone else’s negligence, you have the right to sue for damages.
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Auto Accidents

When involved in a crash where two cars, weighing an average of 4,000 each, meet in places they should not, the damages may be life altering.

Unfortunately, the statistics tell a story about the number one cause of most car accidents – driver distraction. Driver distraction actually accounts for up to 50% of all the car crashes in America today. Put talking on a cell phone, texting while driving and other tasks like adjusting the car radio into the possible fatal distractions category.

The most common injuries afflicting people involved in car crashes are those that affect the back and neck area. Traumatic brain injury is another life altering event which occurs if your head strikes something hard while in the car.

The most critical thing you need to know and do if you have been involved in a car accident is seek medical attention. It does not matter if you think the injuries are minor, as even seemingly harmless injuries have a way of manifesting themselves into something far more serious later. In order to sue the other driver if there is negligence involved, you must have medical proof of injuries sustained to show in court. Never “skip” doing this, as it may cost you the right to file a valid claim.
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Motorcycle Accidents

Motorbike crashes total over 8% of all traffic accidents in the US every year. The number of deaths represented by the 8% figure is 5,000 individuals lost and each year that passes, the numbers seem to creep up even higher.

Motorcycle accidents need the assistance of a skilled personal injury attorney who will be able to ensure justice is done for a rider who may have been harmed through no fault of their own. If you survived a motorcycle crash, speak to an attorney immediately and be upfront and detailed about the facts of the incident.

Do not underestimate the nature of your injuries even if they appear to be mild. Motorcycle collision injuries have a habit of developing into something a lot worse than what they appeared to be at first blush. If neck or back injuries are involved, you may need long-term therapy to get full mobility back. You may also need other medical tests, physiotherapy, pain medications and frequent visits to the doctor. These are things your motorcycle attorney needs to know to negotiate a claim for damages.
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Uninsured / Underinsured Motorists

One of the least understood areas of the law is the underinsured/uninsured motorist. The reason why a lot of people don’t really understand this area is because they think that if they get into an accident and the other person has no insurance, they can’t collect anything anyway.

If you have been in an accident with an underinsured/uninsured driver and have sustained serious injuries, you may have a devil of a time getting the other insurance company to pay anything other than the minimum or anything at all.

While this may sound like there is nothing you can do if you are in an accident involving an underinsured/uninsured driver, this is “not” the case. What you do is hire an experienced personal injury attorney and look to “your” insurance company uninsured/underinsured coverage to compensate you for your damages. A lot of people are not aware of this because this is not usually what insurance is actually for.

Don’t wait to consult with a seasoned attorney to find out what your rights really are when it comes to settling up with an insurance company after an accident involving an uninsured/underinsured motorist.
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