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500 4th Street NW Suite 405 Albuquerque, NM 87102
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Albuquerque Attorneys handling cases throughout New Mexico in the area of personal injury and wrongful death.   The bulk of our cases are in the area of medical malpractice with auto accidents and premises liability (slip and fall accidents) following as close seconds. 

We handle other personal injury and wrongful death claims as well such as work related injuries.  However, due to the New Mexico Workers’ Compensation Act’s exclusive remedy provisions, we handle only third party work related personal injury claims. 

We have successfully handled hundreds of personal injury and wrongful death cases across New Mexico since the firm opened in 2001.  Our attorneys have over 50 years of combined experience.   

We are honored to serve injury and wrongful death victims and their families.  We are grateful for the trust and confidence that our clients place in us and we strive to earn that trust each and every day with each and every client.

We offer a free initial case review in our areas of practice.  We strive to promptly review cases during the initial review stage.  Once this is done, we then do our best to fully evaluate a case.  Full case evaluations vary in time depending upon the area of practice.   

For instance, medical malpractice cases take quite some time to evaluate due to the necessity of an expert medical review of the file.  Auto accidents, premises liability and work related injuries can be evaluated fairly quickly. 

In addition to our statewide personal injury and wrongful death practice, Collins & Collins, P.C. also handles criminal and DWI defense, and divorce and family law matters in the Albuquerque and Rio Rancho metropolitan area. 

Collins & Collins, P.C. is conveniently located next to the Metropolitan, District and Federal court buildings in downtown Albuquerque .   Please feel free to contact us online through our website or by phone at 505.242.5958.

Our website and blogs have a great deal of information on our practice areas as well as the free case review and case evaluation processes

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It is awful that the VA pushes veterans to highly addictive and dangerous prescription opiates while the federal government at the continues to obstruct their access the safe and effective (for many) option of medical cannabis.
Nearly a year after his death, Marine Corps veteran Jason Simcakoski was at the center of a debate on Capitol Hill on Wednesday over new regulations for opioid prescriptions at the Department of Veterans Affairs.
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Every person has a duty to protect his or her own safety. Under New Mexico law, it is referred to as a duty of care. A breach of the duty of care will be alleged by insurance companies fairly routinely even when clearly it is not an issue. When it is raised, it is raised as an issue of comparative negligence which means the insurance company is attempting to shift the financial responsibility from itself to the injured person.
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The New Mexico Domestic Violence Act prohibits the arrest of a suspect in domestic violence unless the person is at the scene of the crime.

This seems simple enough. However, the definition of “at the scene” can very broad depending on the location of the crime.
Application of misdemeanor arrest rule to domestic violence arrest depends on the location of the defendant, proximity to the scene enough for exception.
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The “best interests of the child” is always the standard in New Mexico child custody cases. This applies to older children just as it applies to young children.
There is a perception that when a divorce or other contested child custody situation, the children involved can automatically decide which parent they would like to live with if they are 14 years or older. This perception may not be entirely accurate, as the court will take into account many factors beyond the desires of …
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Paternity, custody and time-sharing can be big issues on both sides of the equation in case of unwed parents.

Most people have the impression that it is always the dad trying to dodge responsibility for the child. The fact is that the father is often trying to establish parental rights.

The process is the same no matter which parent is trying to establish paternity. The differences lie in the way the process plays out with the parties.
It is the preference of New Mexico courts that both parents participate in the lives of their children. This participation can become complicated when unmarried parents are involved, particularly when disagreements arise or an unmarried father is being denied access to his child. Under New Mexico law, a child born to married parents is presumed …
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Homeowner’s insurance protects homeowners from liability for accidents on their property. This is the very definition of homeowner’s insurance. Remarkably, both the homeowner and friends/family injured on the property are protective of the insurance and reluctant to invoke it.

The fact is the homeowner’s insurance has been purchased for this reason. Any lawsuit is essentially against the insurance not the homeowner’s own assets. The alternative is to allow the insurance company a free pass while an innocent visitor bears the burden of injuries on the property.

In short, get the insurance and use it when an accident occurs. It is what a “good neighbor” would do.
It is not uncommon for neighbors, friends, family or others to help each other out in a pinch. Often times, the help comes in the form of work around the house. This may include home improvement, cleaning, and sometimes just helping with some heavy lifting. It is also relatively common that personal injuries are suffered …
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Do I Have to Pay My Insurance Company Back For Medical Treatment From My Personal Injury Settlement? http://ow.ly/ONtat
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In New Mexico, if you blow .08 or above, your license will almost surely be revoked. The license revocation hearing has a very low standard of proof. This outcome applies even if you win your criminal case.

There are a couple of things that you should do to give yourself a chance of winning the revocation hearing. First, send in the Request for Hearing within 10 days of arrest. Second, show up for the hearing since the officers on occasion do not appear resulting in an automatic dismissal.
The issue of your driver’s license is among the first issues that will come up in your New Mexico DWI case. There are many important deadlines in a DWI case. Among the earliest deadlines in your DWI case involve your driver’s license. The question of what happens to your driver’s license has a couple of …
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Claims against the VA Hospital fall under the Federal Tort Claims Act. Consequently, all the rules, procedures and deadlines under the Federal Tort Claims Act apply.
It is important to understand the FTCA along with its interaction with state laws.
There are procedural rules and deadlines on claims against the VA for medical negligence. There are also substantive requirements. It is important to follow the rules.
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The “eggshell plaintiff” is something you learn about very early in law school. It basically means that a personal injury claim that the plaintiff was more vulnerable than others and that the injuries would not have occurred if not for the vulnerabilities can not be defended.

This is important for plaintiffs to understand and to address. For example, many plaintiffs are reluctant to provide information on prior injuries or medical conditions believing this will negate their legal claims.

This is not true. Prior conditions may play into the calculation of damages but it will not negate the claims. In fact, they may enhance the claim in the calculation of damages.

The problem is that hiding these conditions is far worse than admitting them right away so that a lawyer can address them head on. The safest way to proceed is to assume that any conditions that have been medically documented in the past will be discovered by the insurance company. It is far easier for a lawyer to deal with these issues from the beginning than to get blind-sided by them down the road, worst case being at trial.
Many people that suffer personal injuries in an accident come with some baggage. Among the most common are preexisting medical conditions or injuries. Many injured plaintiffs are reluctant to share the preexisting conditions with their lawyers for fear that they will hurt their case. There are several problems with the failure to disclose preexisting conditions …
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Poor bookkeeping in the case of hot checks is no excuse under the law. So know your balance and don’t go over it. Otherwise, there is a good chance that some fairly serious charges will be faced in your future.
Though it can be a pain, failure to balance your checkbook can be significantly more painful in New Mexico. Under New Mexico‘s Worthless Check Act, a bounced check over $25 may be charged as a felony. Business establishments may report individuals who write bad checks to the District Attorney who will prosecute the matter. It …
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Wow! Texting school bus driver. How prevalent is this? It never occurred to me that a school bus driver would be so reckless. Perhaps, an absolute ban on driver phones while on duty is in order.
One lawsuit is in the works and another three have already been filed after last December's deadly school bus crash in Knox County.
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