Catastrophic injury and trauma attorneys who will fight for you.

If you or a loved one has been a victim of a catastrophic injury from an oil or gas accident, you may be entitled to specific compensation. Catastrophic trauma that burn victims endure may result in permanent disability and a lifelong need for medical care. It is the responsibility of the negligent party to make sure that you are compensated for these expenses.

When you are the victim of negligence, you have certain rights under the law. These rights may include:

  • Right to have all your medical expenses paid for, even if the treatment will be required for an extended period.
  • Right to be compensated for your pain and suffering due to the negligent act.
  • Right to receive compensation for lost wages and future earnings if you cannot return to work
  • Right to be trained in a new profession if you are unable to return to work
  • The right to receive compensation for loss of enjoyment of life

If your loved one died as the result of this accident, you may have different and specific rights for compensation under the law.

When you contact an attorney that is qualified to handle catastrophic injury claims you can expect the following:

  • A complete review of the incident and all parties involved
  • A complete review of your medical treatment and prognosis
  • A complete review of the laws associated with your specific case.

Once these reviews have been completed, your attorney will present their findings to you and proceed with filing a claim.

Burn victims suffer in a way that is not comparable to any other injury. Recovery times are extensive, and in many cases, a full recovery is not possible. It is the responsibility of the negligent party to make sure that the victim is well cared for and compensated for their actions.

Do You Know What To Do In the Event Of an Auto Accident?

Automobiles are far safer than they were just twenty years ago; yet automobile accidents are still a fairly common occurrence. Recently, distracted driving has been one of the more cited reasons for causing accidents, and texting while driving and cell phone use have been prominent subcategories of distracted driving. Despite campaigns to make drivers aware, driving under the influence is still a common cause of auto and motorcycle accidents, especially around holidays and weekends. Finally, drivers who do not maintain their cars regularly can undermine the new safety features that have been recently introduced in low and mid-range vehicles, which can lead to accidents as well.
Since there is always a chance that you might be involved in an auto accident, it’s important for you to know the best steps to take if one occurs:

  • First and foremost, make sure that everyone in the accident, including yourself, is getting the medical care that you might need on the scene. Call 911 if needed.
  • If the damage to any vehicle is more than $500, or if fault needs to be determined, call the police. The police will file an accident report and will provide an official record of the incident.
  • If possible, take pictures of the accident scene and damaged vehicles.
  • Document as much as you can at the accident scene including location, time, traffic conditions, weather, etc. Make sure to make notes about any conversations with the other drivers and note their demeanor.
  • Exchange driver’s license, license plate, and insurance information with the other drivers involved in the accident.

When it comes to optimizing your protection, hiring an auto accident attorney like Berenson & Associates, PC can be your best move. Whether you or another driver are at fault, an auto accident attorney can make sure that your interests are protected so you either get the compensation that you deserve or you that you don’t have to pay the penalties that you shouldn’t have to. Make sure that you have the phone number of a trusted attorney on hand in case you need it.

Driving Distractions: Recognizing Risks and Finding Solutions

Driving distractions cause most auto accidents and near-accidents. According to a 2011 study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, distraction-related accidents account for 80% of car accidents annually, and 65% of near-accidents, in which a driver narrowly avoids a crash by last-minute action. If you are the victim of a distraction-related accident, contacting helpful attorneys can be extremely beneficial in recouping the many expenses of an auto accident.

Drivers can be distracted by many factors. Anything that takes a driver’s hands off the wheel and eyes off the road can cause a potentially fatal accident. Typical driver distractions include:

    o Being on the phone while driving
    o Texting while driving
    o Reaching for objects in the car
    o Looking at objects or situations outside the car
    o Reading
    o Eating
    o Applying makeup or other grooming tasks

Of these distractions, cell phone use and texting account for the highest number of crashes and near-misses. The NHTSA study notes that simply dialing the phone doubles the risk of a cell phone-related accident, and talking on the phone makes a driver 1.3 times more likely to have an accident than a non-distracted driver.

Although cell phone conversations raise accident risks, texting while driving poses the greatest risk of distraction. The highest risk of a distraction-related accident is linked to texting – 23 times higher than that of a non- texting driver. And while distractions can plague drivers of all ages, teen drivers are most at risk.

Since cell phones and other devices have become increasingly indispensable to modern life, the risk of distraction-related accidents is likely to remain high, and many cities have instituted public service programs to raise awareness of driving distractions, and enacted laws to eliminate the worst offenders. Bans on cell phone use while driving carry stiff penalties, and special restrictions on cell phones pertaining to teen drivers, especially new ones, aim to reduce the risk of potentially fatal crashes in that age group.

However, the most obvious solution for reducing distraction-related accidents is to educate drivers about the dangers of distractions and to take active steps to remove them: don’t text, take or make phone calls while driving, wait until the vehicle is stopped to eat or do other tasks, and keep attention focused on the road while you’re behind the wheel.

Auto Accidents that Require Legal Representation

Car accidents are certainly not all the same. You generally hear about fender benders on the interstate in the mornings during your commute. Unfortunately accidents do happen, but when car accidents happen as a result of reckless and negligent behavior, you may have a legal case.

While there are no guarantees to compensation, after an auto accident you’ll want to contact an Albuquerque auto accident lawyer to review your case. If your accident was a result of recklessness, you may have a legal case. Here are some examples of reckless or negligent behavior that can cause car accidents:

Speeding

While most people never admit to it, virtually everyone has sped at some point in time while driving. A “harmless” five miles over the speed limit may not seem like a big deal, but this reckless behavior can have serious consequences if it causes an auto accident. If you were injured in an accident that was determined to be the result of speeding and reckless driving, contact an Albuquerque or Santa Fe personal injury attorney. They can review your case and may be able to seek compensation for any injuries sustained due to this reckless driving.


Cell Phones

Cell phone distractions are becoming commonplace in American society. It seems everyone is always talking or texting while driving. Any use of a cell phone without a hands free device is illegal in Albuquerque and Santa Fe and is negligent behavior. While fender benders during rush hour happen, if they are the result of someone being distracted by their cell phone, this reckless behavior may be cause to seek legal representation. If you were injured in a car accident by someone using their cell phone in Albuquerque or Santa Fe, personal injury lawyers can represent you in the event of possible legal action against the reckless driver.

Driving Under the Influence

Unfortunately, driving under the influence is an epidemic in New Mexico. Despite tough DUI laws, these accidents happen frequently and with tragic results. Albuquerque and Santa Fe personal injury attorneys can represent you if you’ve been injured as a result of a DUI car accident. DUI is one of the most extreme examples of recklessness and negligence and if you’ve been injured in one of these accidents, a personal injury attorney can review your case and may be able to seek legal compensation on your behalf for medical bills and pain and suffering.

No single auto accident is like any other. With some accidents, there is no legal recourse because some auto accidents are just that. But if further investigation reveals the accident was a result of someone else’s recklessness and negligence, an Albuquerque auto accident lawyer can represent your interest and try to win compensation for your injuries, medical bills, and pain and suffering.

Steps To Take Following a Car Accident

 An unfortunate reality in life is that everyone, at some point, is involved in an auto accident. Those first moments after an accident are crucial to your health and well-being. Unfortunately, after an accident everyone involved is probably not thinking as clearly as they should. This blog post will provide a basic list of steps you should take after an auto accident. 


After being involved in an accident, your adrenaline will be racing and your nerves will be frayed. The following tips are some common sense tips, but also wise advice to keep in mind following an accident: 

  1. Safety First

    : Stop your vehicle. If at all possible, move your vehicle out of traffic lanes and to the side of the road. When your vehicle is secure, check for injuries among yourself and passengers. If you or any passengers are injured, do not move. Dial 911 immediately and wait for an ambulance. If you are uninjured and it is safe to do so, check on the other driver(s) and again dial 911 if there are any injuries.  

  2. Exchange Information

    : You’ll want to call the police for a police report, but before they arrive, you’ll also want to exchange information with the other driver. Albuquerque and Santa Fe car accident attorneys may recommend you exchange the following information: full name, address, phone number, insurance information (including company, policy number, and expiration date), driver’s license number, license plate number, and the make, model, and year of the other person’s vehicle.  

  3. Take Notes

    : If later you must contact an Albuquerque personal injury attorney as a result of your accident, you’ll want pictures, notes, and contact information for witnesses. This can help an attorney determine what kind of case you may have by being able to look at some of the initial evidence.  

  4. Inform Your Insurance Company:

    Your insurance company will look at your accident claim and communicate with the other driver’s insurance company. Insurance companies will generally offer you a sum of money for repairs and medical expenses. Before you settle, contact an Albuquerque or Santa Fe personal injury lawyer to review the facts of your case and ensure you’re getting a fair settlement to help you get your life back on track.   

 The actions you take after an auto accident are crucial. You want to ensure your safety and get immediate medical attention for any injuries. After the accident, it can take time to get your life back on track and you may need the assistance of a Santa Fe or Albuquerque personal injury lawyer to help you seek any possible compensation you may be entitled to.

SUV Rollover Information

Due to their rugged construction, size and versatility, SUVs are often a popular choice for families and adventure seekers across the country. Unfortunately, many have a false sense of security in such vehicles—not realizing that SUVs are more likely than any other vehicle to be involved in serious rollover accidents.

While rollovers are the least common type of auto accident, they are responsible for about thirty percent of all traffic fatalities. That means, when rollovers happen they are most likely to be deadly. Continue reading

Common Symptoms of Brain Injury

Brain injury occurs whenever the brain sustains trauma through direct force (i.e., making contact with an object) or indirect force (i.e., whiplash). Since traumatic brain injury can vary in degree and in the symptoms that it presents, diagnosis can be difficult.

Commons symptoms of traumatic brain injury include things like: Continue reading

When to Hire a Car Accident Attorney

Car accidents are a daily occurrence in the U.S. and affect millions of Americans every year. While minor fender benders or accidents resulting in damages less than $500 probably do not warrant the help of a car accident attorney to recover losses, you will want to think about utilizing the expertise of an accident lawyer if you are offered little or no compensation for your damages, if your damages are significant, or if you have been part of a personal injury accident. Continue reading

When You’re involved in a Car Accident with an Uninsured or Underinsured Motorist

While most states require a minimum amount of liability insurance to be carried by motorists, the Insurance Research Council’s most recent report of uninsured motorists (2001) estimates that 14 percent of the motorists in the U.S. do not carry auto accident insurance. That means that if you are involved in a car accident, there is a 1 in 7 chance that the at-fault driver is uninsured. And this does not take into account the extreme disparity between states which may make your chances of being involved in an accident with an uninsured motorist much more likely in one state than another. Continue reading

Understanding Statutes of Limitations

We live in a world of deadlines. We need to pay our bills, submit offers and complete work by certain dates or we forfeit our right to receive the benefit of accomplishing these tasks on time. Sometimes a late response can cost us additional money and sometimes a late response can cost us an opportunity. While deadlines tend to cause stress in our day-to-day lives, without deadlines we would see very little closure in our lives. Regardless of whether a deadline is met or missed, deadlines provide us with an opportunity to move on in life. The same is true when you are involved in an accident. Continue reading