Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Phoenix School of Law is First Choice for Giovanna Caruso, Daughter of Successful Albuquerque Attorney Mark Caruso and Owner of Caruso Law Offices

Phoenix School of Law is first choice for Giovanna Caruso. 

By:  Mark Caruso, Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Attorney (Albuquerque, NM)

Giovanna Caruso,  a 2013 graduate of a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Baylor University in Waco, Texas, announced that she has chosen Phoenix School of Law from the list of 15 law schools who had accepted her as a first year law student. The law school is one of three ABA approved law schools in Arizona. She will begin Phoenix School of Law in August 2013.

Among the factors that influenced Giovanna Caruso to choose Phoenix School of Law were the beautiful new one year old complex in downtown Phoenix on the top floors of One North Central Avenue. The law school has state of the art classrooms, courtrooms, library and other facilities.  Other factors included the proximity of Phoenix School of Law to Albuquerque, a substantial scholarship from the law school, and Indian Law courses she will take at the law school.

More important, however, is Phoenix School of Law's  unique emphasis on lawyering skills and its training of its law students to be ready to practice law after they pass the Bar.  
Giovanna Caruso

At Phoenix School of Law Giovanna hopes to specialize in personal injury and wrongful death litigation for her future employment as an attorney at Caruso Law Offices.  Giovanna has worked as a legal assistant at Caruso Law Offices during her vacations away from Baylor University. She assisted attorneys with personal injury lawsuits from car, truck, motorcycle and pedestrian accidents and collisions.

Giovanna said, "I studied at Baylor University in Texas.  I studied English Literature at Oxford University in England.  I studied Spanish at the University of Granada in Spain.  Now I get to study law at Phoenix School of Law in Arizona.  I'm so excited about moving to Phoenix and studying law."
Giovanna Caruso is the daughter of Mark and Judy Caruso of Caruso Law Offices in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Caruso Law Offices is a personal injury and wrongful death law firm representing victims of vehicular, car, auto, truck, semi truck, tractor trailer, motorcycle, bus, bicycle and pedestrian crashes, wrecks, accidents and collisions. Mark and Judy Caruso have operated Caruso Law Offices in Albuquerque since 1987.  Caruso Law Offices can be contacted at or thru their web site at

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Thursday, May 9, 2013

Neck Pain and Back Pain After NM Car or Truck Accident? Answers by Former Insurance Company Attorney.

I have neck pain and back pain after my New Mexico car accident... Who will pay for my injuries?
By:  Mark Caruso, Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Attorney (Albuquerque, NM)

Will the insurance company for person who caused accident pay for my exam and treatment by a doctor or chiropractor?


Will the ambulance, hospital or doctor agree to directly bill the insurance company for person who caused accident?

These are some of the most common questions we are asked at Caruso Law Offices by people who were just involved in a auto, car,  truck, motorcycle, bicycle or pedestrian accident or collision. They may have been taken away by an ambulance to the emergency room and sent home with medications.  They may have begun treatment with an orthopedic doctor, their primary care doctor or a  chiropractor.
Woman with low back pain after car accident.
But it is usually the same question....

Who will pay for my injuries?

If you have health insurance, you have less problems.  Most New Mexico health insurance companies such as Lovelace, Presbyterian and Blue Cross Blue Shield will immediately pay the ambulance and emergency room bills.  You may still have a deductible or co-pay.

Woman with neck pain following car accident.

However, many insurance companies now have a provision in the health insurance policy stating that they do not pay for injuries resulting from auto and truck accidents caused by another.

Where can you get the care that you need to treat your neck and back injuries from the car accident?

I personally believe that hands on exercise and therapy are the best ways to treat any soft tissue injury to your back or neck such as whiplash or back strains.
This type of treatment can be by chiropractors, physical therapists and medical massage therapists. Most of these health care providers will agree to directly bill the insurance company for the person who caused the accident.  Most will also accept a letter of protection and lien by a personal injury attorney.

You need to be very careful about who you chose to treat your injuries. 

Chiropractors, physical therapists and medical massage therapists have good and bad reputations among the insurance company for the person who caused the collision.  Chiropractors must follow the Croft Guidelines which limit the duration of treatment and number of total treatments.  If they fail to do so, your claim could be severely jeopardized.  Physical therapists and medical massage therapists need to be working with a doctor of some type to justify their bills to the insurance company.

Doctor reviewing x-rays following car accident.

Personal injury attorney Mark Caruso can help you select a credible chiropractor, physical therapist and medical massage therapist.
 Because Caruso Law Offices only handles personal injury and wrongful death cases we know the reputations of local doctors and health care providers. 
We listen to our clients, but we also listen to the comments of the insurance adjusters we fight daily. We know which health care providers to avoid, and we know which have the best reputations. 

Getting the health care provider paid

Once you make your selection on which health provider you want to treat your injuries, we can offer the medical doctor, chiropractor, physical therapist or medical massage therapist a letter or protection or medical lien on your claim.  That means the health care provider knows that we will submit their bills and records for payment from the insurance company for the person who caused the accident.  It also means that they know that they will get paid at the end of your case. 
Caruso Law Offices has worked with several hundred of New Mexico's health care providers over the past 27 years that Mark Caruso has had his personal injury and wrongful death law firm in Albuquerque.  We have an excellent reputation among health care providers because we get them paid from the insurance company for the person who caused the accident or collision. We can help you with your referral and letter of protection. 
Call personal injury attorney Mark Caruso at 505-883-5000 to get more information about how to treat your neck pain and back pain and other spinal injuries after your New Mexico car or truck accident.  You can also visit our website at  Please read our client testimonials and reviews.

We have received the 2013 Client Distinction Award from Martindale Hubbell and are rated a 9.6/10.0 by AVVO lawyer ratings.  We also have an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau.

Mark Caruso will give you a FREE consultation at one of our Albuquerque offices--Northeast Heights or Westside--or at your home, work or other location during the day or in the evenings or weekends.  We handle cases statewide throughout New Mexico and in the pueblos and reservations throughout our state. 
Mark Caruso will also explain our 29% discounted attorney fee for all personal injury and wrongful death claims resulting from auto, car, truck, motorcycle, bus, bicycle or pedestrian accidents and collisions. Why would you ever want to pay the higher 33 1/3% attorney fee that most personal injury and wrongful death attorneys charge.
Call us today at (505) 883-5000  

Friday, May 3, 2013

Discounted Attorney Fee, NM Car, Truck and Motorcycle Accidents and Collisions

Discounted 29% attorney fee  for personal injury and wrongful death cases that settle prior to a lawsuit, including auto, car, truck, motorcycle, bicycle and pedestrian accidents and collisions

By: Mark Caruso, Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Attorney (Albuquerque, NM) 
Discounted 29% attorney fee for personal injury and wrongful death cases that settle prior to a lawsuit is offered by Caruso Law Offices.  This includes personal injury and wrongful death cases resulting from auto, car, truck, motorcycle, bus, bicycle and pedestrian accidents and collisions.

This  29% discounted attorney fee  is unprecedented in New Mexico, and Mark Caruso was the first Albuquerque Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Attorney to give such a discount to his clients. Most every other  personal injury  and  wrongful death  attorney still charges the full 33 1/3% attorney fee.


This discounted attorney fee applies to all  personal injury  and  wrongful death  cases handled by Mark  Caruso including accidents, collisions, crashes and wrecks involving a  car,  truck,  semi-truck, 18 wheeler, tractor trailer, commercial vehicle,  motorcycle,  bicycle, bus,  pedestrian  and to all types of injuries and wrongful death including head trauma,  brain injury,  spinal cord injury,  broken bones, soft tissue injury, psychological injury including PTSD.

**The FORMULA  for the discounted attorney fee for all personal injury and wrongful death cases  is simple.

At the conclusion of the pre-litigation settlement of your personal injury or wrongful death claim only 29% is deducted for attorney fees, not 33 1/3%.
The math is simple, but the additional pocket money for the client can be enormous!

**The RATIONALE for the discounted attorney fee for all personal injury and wrongful death cases  is simple.

Caruso Law Offices  spends less money on expensive advertising than those other personal injury and wrongful death attorneys charging the   33 1/3% fee.
Caruso Law Offices  doesn't spend tens of thousands of dollars per month on television, radio, billboard and bus advertising. Because of the reduced advertising overhead, Mark Caruso can discount the attorney fee and put more money in the client's pocket. You don't really benefit from their advertising.

In fact, some jury polls indicate that juries don't like personal injury and wrongful death lawyers who advertise on television, radio, billboards and sides of buses. There is some evidence that they will award you less money because of who you have representing you in the courtroom.

Mark Caruso cites the NM Lawyers' Rules of Professional Responsibility which requires personal injury and wrongful death attorney to charge only a reasonable attorney fee based on the amount and kind of work performed. If the amount of work is less, why shouldn't the fees to the attorney be less. All personal injury and wrongful death attorneys should be following  Caruso Law Offices  example of the discounted fee. Fortunately, some attorneys have now begun copying Caruso's discounted fees.

**The  RESULT of the discounted attorney fee for all personal injury and wrongful death cases is simple.

A discounted attorney fee means more money in the client's pocket and less money in the attorney's pocket at the end of the case.
At the settlement of your case you are happier with our firm because you see more money going into your pocket with the  29% discounted attorney fee.

Mark Caruso continues to handle the property damage settlements and rental car for free.

A discounted fee does not mean discounted service!

Mark Caruso  has been practicing law since 1982--that's 31 years. An honors graduate of Pepperdine University School of Law, Mark is licensed in both California and New Mexico. He has been successfully handling personal injury and wrongful death cases for 31 years.

As a former insurance company attorney,  Mark Caruso  knows the ins-and-outs of the insurance claims business to get his personal injury and wrongful death clients the most money possible. He now uses that experience to help his clients against the same insurance companies. The lawyers and staff at  Caruso Law Offices  have been expertly trained by one of the most experienced and best personal injury and wrongful death attorneys in New Mexico.

There is no sacrafice in quality legal representation just because of the discounted attorney fee.

A discounted fee just means more money in your pocket when you settle your case.


Caruso Law Offices  gets new client referrals from prior clients, other non-personal injury attorneys, out of state attorneys, doctors, body shops and even insurance agents. These make up the majority of Mark Caruso's clients.

Some clients are attracted to the  discounted 29%  attorney fee.  Others are attracted to his experience as a former insurance company attorney who now works for the victims against these same insurance companies. Still others look at the high client ratings and testimonials as evidence of good work for their clients.

The attorney does less work in getting your case settled before a lawsuit is even filed,  and you should get a discounted fee since no lawsuit was required.

The discount applies to all  car accidents,  truck accidentsmotorcycle accidents, bus accidents, bicycle accidents  and  pedestrian accidents.  It applies to all personal injury claims and all wrongful death claims.

The people benefiting from this discounted fee are the clients of Caruso Law Offices. Call 505-883-5000 for a free consultation with Mark Caruso and find out why his  personal injury  and  wrongful death  law firm is so highly rated by clients and other attorneys. You can also see our website at

Mark Caruso  is available NOW to discuss your  personal injury  or  wrongful death  case. Call him today at 505-883-5000

Call  Mark Caruso  for a FREE CONSULTATION to discuss your case by telephone or in person.
Once you personally talk to  Mark Caruso  you will understand why you need his history of experience and  skills in your personal injury and wrongful death claim.

Your consultation is FREE, so you have absolutely nothing to lose--and everything to GAIN!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Michael Morgan, Intern for Caruso Law Offices Passes 2013 Texas Bar!

Caruso Law Offices announces that Michael Morgan, the  personal injury  and  wrongful death  law firm's  spring/summer 2013 legal intern has passed the 2013 Texas Bar Exam!

By:  Mark Caruso, Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Attorney (Albuquerque, NM)
Michael Morgan is a JD/MBA candidate at Baylor University School of Law and the Hankamer School of Business.  He received his Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Alabama.  He was a finalist in Baylor School of Law's Dawson Moot Court Competition.  Mr. Morgan studied abroad in Madrid, Spain and is fluent in Spanish.

Michael Morgan is actively involved in assisting Caruso Law Office attorneys with personal injury and wrongful death cases including those involving auto accidentstruck accidents and motorcycle accidents.

 In addition he has been a valuable asset to the firm with their Spanish speaking clients. He has also been extremely involved in several wrongful death claims handled by Mark Caruso.
Passage of the 2013 Texas Bar Exam permits Mr. Morgan to soon return to Texas to practice law and complete his Baylor MBA.  Mr. Morgan intends to ultimately have his own law practice where he can focus in the area of personal injury and wrongful death

After seeing first hand how a plaintiff's personal injury and wrongful death law firm operates, he is excited to help his own clients with their own  car accidenttruck accident and motorcycle accident claims.

Caruso Law Offices is based in Albuquerque, NM and strictly handles personal injury and wrongful death cliams involving vehicular accidents.  Mark Caruso, an attorney with 31 years experience and a former insurance company attorney, has two offices in Albuquerque and represents clients statewide in New Mexico and in the pueblos and reservations of NM.   Additional information about Caruso Law Offices can be found at  or from Mark Caruso directly at  or at  (505) 883-5000

Current clients and others wanting to congratulate Mr. Morgan can contact him directly at Caruso Law Office at    (505) 883-5000. 



Attorney Fees for Albuquerque Car Accident

Don't Pay the Higher 33 1/3% Contingency Attorney Fee in your Albuquerque Car Accident, Truck Accident or Motorcycle Accident

By: Mark Caruso, Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Attorney (Albuquerque, NM)

You have probably seen all the personal injury attorneys advertising on television, billboards and the sides of buses offering to represent you in your Albuquerque  personal injury or  wrongful death claim on a percentage fee basis.  This is called a contingency fee.

A contingency fee means that you pay the personal injury attorney no hourly fee, but instead pay a "percentage fee" at the conclusion of the claim.  If the lawyer recovers no money on the claim, the attorney gets no attorney fee.

The New Mexico Rules of Professional Conduct for Attorneys set the ethical rules for  New Mexico attorneys to follow when charging personal injury clients a contingency fee for their  car accident,  truck accident  or  motorcycle accident. The Rules require the contingent fee to be reasonable and that the contingent fee agreement be in writing and signed by the client and attorney.

Most every auto accident and personal injury  attorneys in Albuquerque, NM  charges a contingency fee of  33 1/3% for all personal injury or wrongful death cases that are settled prior to a lawsuit being filed. This seems a little steep, especially because so little work is done by the personal injury attorney before the lawsuit is filed. Most of the initial proof of liability against the at fault driver and gathering of medical records and bills for treatment of personal injuries are done by a paralegal or legal assistant supervised by the attorney.

The personal injury attorney becomes much more involved in the preparation of the settlement demand to the insurance company adjuster,  the negotiation of settlement and the conclusion of the claim with the client.

It's only if the insurance adjuster won't settle with the attorney and client that a lawsuit may be required.  The majority of our cases at Caruso Law Offices do in fact settle without a lawsuit.    If a lawsuit is filed because the case could not be settled, then the attorney has much more involvement and expenses in the claim.

Beginning in 2009  Mark Caruso  and  Caruso Law Offices  pioneered a new approach to contingent  attorneys fees in Albuquerque, NM. 

Caruso began discounting the attorney fee to 29% contingency fee in cases that settled before the filing of a lawsuit. Caruso believed that to be in compliance with the "reasonable fee" requirement of the Rules and knowing that less work was required to settle a case if no lawsuit was yet filed, that a discounted fee was warranted.

We currently discount the contingency fee to only 29% if a case is settled before a lawsuit is filed.

The result is that more money goes into our  client's pocket in every case that we settle before a lawsuit! We also believe  it also means quicker settlements for clients. As an example, using a settlement of a $50,000 case, the attorney fee would be $14,500 rather than $16,666.  That's $2,100 more into the client's pocket rather than the attorney's pocket.

The response from clients to the discounted contingency fee has been amazing. 

Caruso Law Offices  receives most of its personal injury client referrals from word of mouth, and little advertising is really needed. Today, most of our clients with  car accident claims,  truck accident claims  and  motorcycle claims  are by word of mouth and referrals.

Lawyers insisting on the 33 1/3% fee try to argue that a discounted 29% fee means a lesser qualified attorney or law firm.   Not so with Caruso Law Offices!

Mark Caruso, the senior attorney at Caruso Law Offices, has 31 years experience and is a former insurance company attorney who now helps injured victims.   He is also licensed in both New Mexico and California, and he is a member of the New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association, the American Association of Justice and the prestigious Million Dollar Advocates Forum.  Caruso has been awarded Martindale-Hubbell's Client Distinction Award, AVVO Lawyer Ratings Superb 9.6/10.0 rating and Better Business Bureau's A+ rating.

Because Caruso Law Offices does not do television, radio, billboard or bus advertising, its law firm advertising overhead is much lower.  It doen't need to justify the higher 33 1/3% fee to pay for this expensive advertising. More importantly, the discounted fee of 29% helps who it supposed to help--clients of Caruso Law Offices.  It puts more money in the client's pocket, and less money in the attorney's pocket.

Helping the clients should be the number one priority of every attorney, and it is the priority at Caruso Law Offices.

Caruso Law Offices isn't spending lots of money on advertising and can afford to pass the savings to his clients.  Advertising is an expensive overhead.  Freeway billboards can cost $8,000 a month, and some attorney television budgets are $20,000 monthly.  This attorney advertising does not mean that the particular attorney is a better attorney, only that he is spending more on advertising and probably charging the higher 33 1/3% fee rather than the discounted 29% fee.

Mark Caruso would like to personally meet with you to confidentially discuss your car accident, truck accident or motorcycle accident. The consultation will be FREE and without any obligation whatsoever. We will discuss the facts of the accident, medical care you have received and future medical care that you may require.  We will discuss what to expect from the claims process and the "personality" of the automobile insurance company your claim is against.  We promise to answer all of your questions and give you honest and truthful answers.

 You can call Mark Caruso at 505-883-5000 or toll free at 800-657-9292.  We have two locations in Albuquerque-our Northeast Heights office and our  Westside office. Mark Caruso can also meet you at your home, work or hospital and on weekends and after hours.

We represent personal injury clients with vehicular accidents throughout the state of New Mexico and in the pueblos and reservations of our state.

You can also visit our web site at  or contact Mark Caruso at   We look forward to hearing from you.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

How Much Can I Get For Pain and Suffering After My Albuquerque Car Accident?

One of the most common questions I'm asked by clients is, "How much is my pain and suffering worth under New Mexico law?"

By:  Mark Caruso, Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Attorney (Albuquerque, NM)
My response is always that I quantify pain and suffering using the facts of each case. I have been an attorney for 31 years. During that time I have exclusively handled personal injury and wrongful death claims. I worked as an insurance company attorney for a part of that time. So, I will give you my own analysis.

The purpose of compensation for pain and suffering is to compensate you for what you have been thru because of the car or truck accident that caused your injuries.


This not only includes the physical pain, but also includes the psychological effects, the stress, the time at the physician's office, the effect on your lifestyle and hobbies, and basically how the accident has affected you as a person.

The amount of the medical bills does not always dictate the amount of pain and suffering.


Clearly, victims with broken ribs or bones have less medical bills but have much higher pain and suffering than soft tissue cases. Soft tissue cases usually have higher medical bills, because treatment is more intensive, while broken bones can usually be casted and left without alot of follow up care. Also, not much can be done to treat broken ribs.

Based on my experience of 31years of handling  personal injury  and  wrongful death cases, I believe that the pain and suffering for soft tissue cases are worth about 3 times the reasonable and necessary medical bills. In addition, there should be compensation for lost earnings, future medicals and permanent impairment. I believe that broken bone cases are worth about 7 times the medical bills.


Arbitrators in Albuquerque have been typically awarding 3 times the medical bills in court mandated arbitrations in Bernalillo County. Juries are much more inpradictable.


It is extremely important that injured patients communicate to their health care providers all of their pain and suffering and carefully describe how the injuries have affected them. If they don't communicate pain and suffering to their health care providers, they will have a much more difficult time getting 3 times the reasonable and necessary medical bills. 

Health care providers won't fabricate complaints and symptoms of pain and suffering, so if there are no complaints by the injured patient they will have nothing documented by the health care provider. Picture it this way. You need to give the doctor the ammunition for your gun. They need you to feed them the information so they can document your complaints. 

It is more difficult for men to communicate pain and suffering to their doctor.

The reason is that most men find it more difficult to complain about their pain. Men are macho, and it may be considered a sign of weakness to complain of pain. Nevertheless, men must report the pain to their doctor to get full value for their pain and suffering.

Insurance company adjusters and their attorneys, judges, arbitrators and jurors will carefully read the medical records written by the health care provider. If no pain and suffering is mentioned, don't expect a large amount of pain and suffering.


A personal diary of how the injuries have affected you is also helpful.


The diary can track specific instances an dates of pain and suffering. The diary should include names of people who witnessed the discomfort and the degree of discomfort. The diary can also be read by the decision maker in determining how the injuries affected your daily life.

Attorney Mark Caruso is a former insurance company attorney who now represents injured clients in their  personal injury  and  wrongful death  claims.   Caruso Law Offices  has two locations in Albuquerque to serve its clients--Northeast Heights and Westside. Mr. Caruso will also meet you at your home, work or hospital on weekends and after-hours.

For a FREE consultation you can contact  Mark Caruso  at the Northeast Heights Office (Montgomery & Carlisle) at 505-883-5000 or his Westside Office (Coors NW and I-40) at 505-369-1361.

Your consultation will be with  Mark Caruso,  not a legal assistant or paralegal. He will give you a confidential and honest evaluation of your claim, discuss medical treatment and explain  Caruso Law Offices'    discounted 29% contingency attorney fee  on all pesonal injury  and  wrongful death claims.