Slip and fall accidents are very common in governmental facilities. The rules regarding premises liability claims against the government are somewhat different than with private defendants. Most importantly, the deadlines are much shorter, some running in as little as 90 days.
Deadlines on Governmental Claims
The lawsuit filing deadlines against the government are substantially different under the New Mexico Tort Claims Act than the filing deadlines on legal claims against the government are substantially different than those on claims against private individuals or entities. One very important deadlines that comes up very fast in a governmental claims is the Tort Claims Notice deadline.
The deadline on the Tort Claims Notice is only 90 days for personal injury claims and 6 months for wrongful death claims. This means that you must send a notice to the appropriate government entity prior to the deadline or your claims will be barred with very few exceptions.
Seek Legal Assistance Early
Because of the short deadlines, it is important to seek legal guidance early. Delay can jeopardize your fights to full and fair compensation for your injuries and losses.
One way or another, you need to get the Tort Claims Notice out on time to the right governmental entity. You can do this on you own at New Mexico General Services website which provides both the form along with instructions for properly sending it.
An experienced personal injury attorney can help. For serious personal injuries or wrongful death, Collins & Collins, P.C. can be reached at (505) 242-5958