Wednesday, December 31, 2008


If you are involved in an accident with a drunk driver, please call Caruso Law Offices, PC for a free consultation. Don't let the drunk's insurance company take advantage of you. Mark Caruso, attorney, is a former insurance company attorney and he will make sure that you get everything you are entitled to get. That includes property damage to your vehicle, loss of use of your vehicle or rental car, medical bills, pain and suffering, lost earnings and wages, permanent injury and impairment and PUNITIVE DAMAGES. Call us today at 505-883-5000 or at 800-657-9292 or see our detailed web page at Thank you, and drive safely this New Year.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Receive Punitive Damages in Albuquerque, New Mexico Drunk Driver Accidents

New Mexico law states that you can get punitive damages when you are involved in an auto accident with a drunk driver which causes you injuries. The punitive damages are to punish the drunk driver for violating New Mexico law. Typically the amount of punitive damages for a drunk driver accident depends on such facts as the blood alcohol content and the number of previous convictions for drunk driving. Typically, the drunk driver's insurance company will refuse to pay punitive damages. However, most will pay extra money to settle the case and keep it from going to trial. If the drunk driver's insurance refuses to pay an extra money, you may have a right to claim punitive damages from your own insurance company. While this may sound strange at first, your own insurance company will pay for claims that are uninsured with the drunk driver's insurance. Payment of uninsured motorist coverage from your own insurance company may depend on the amount of money you are offered from the drunk driver's insurance and the amount of uninsured motorist coverage you have.
As we approach New Year's Eve, please drive safely. Never Drink and Drive no matter how much alcohol you have consumed.
If you have questions about injuries from a drunk driver please call us immediately at 505-883-5000 or 800-657-9292 or e-mail us at or see our detailed web site at
Thanks for visiting us. Mark Caruso

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Financial Crisis Causes Injured New Mexico Victims of Car Accidents to Hire Attorneys

The recent financial crisis is causing insurance companies to offer limited settlements to unrepresented claimants injured in auto accidents. Insurance adjusters are telling unrepresented claimants that they won't fully pay for medical bills, pain and suffering, lost earnings and permanent injury because the insurance company just doesn't have the money to pay.
In most instances this is just not true. Insurance companies are still settling cases for the same amounts as the months before the financial crisis as long as the claimant has an attorney. It is just a gimmick to get people to settle quick and for less money.
The reaction has been for these claimants to hire an attorney to fight the insurance company. In the long run, it costs the insurance more money to settle the case when a lawyer is involved.
It is very easy for a client to hire an attorney in a car accident claim against an insurance company. Most attorneys require no money up front and get a percentage of the total settlement at the end of the case. This is called a contingency fee agreement.
The client will get an honest evaluation of their claim by the attorney, and the attorney can offer treatment from health care providers who will wait until the case settles to be paid. The insurance company will no longer be able to communicate or intimidate the client after an attorney is hired.
Mark Caruso is a former insurance company attorney, and we know how insurance companies think and act. We will protect you from the insurance company and do our best to get you the most money possible. Mark Caruso is licensed in New Mexico and California since 1982 and is a graduate of Pepperdine University School of Law.
Call us for a free consultation at 505-883-5000 or at 800-657-9292 or e-mail us at or see our detailed web site at

Diminution in Value to Vehicle Following Car Accident

Following your car accident you may be entitled to an extra payment from the insurance company for diminution in value to your damaged car. This payment is in addition to the repairs of your vehicle and loss of use of your car which should be paid to you by the insurance company. New Mexico law states that you are entitled to the loss in value, depreciation or diminution in value if your car is worth less following the accident.
We use an appraiser to determine the value of the car before the accident versus the value of the car after the accident. The difference is the diminution in value. We normally make this claim for clients with newer cars with substantial damage. Simply, this means that your car is worth less as a trade in or when offered for sale because it has been in the accident. You are entitled to get money from the insurance company for this difference.
If you have a diminution in value claim and have additional questions please contact us for a free consultation.
Thank you. Mark Caruso, attorney. Licensed in New Mexico and California since 1982. Our contact information is 505-883-5000 or 800-657-9292 or or see our detailed web site at

Family Sues Over Tainted Meat

The parents of a 10-year-old girl from Mahtomedi, who became seriously ill after allegedly consuming E. coli-tainted beef patties, filed a multimillion dollar lawsuit Tuesday against Cargill Meat Solutions Corp.
In the suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, Art and Leah Hemmingson say their daughter, Ruth, was hospitalized for nearly a month last year with life-threatening complications associated with an E. coli infection. She will probably need a kidney transplant or dialysis to survive, they said.
The couple is seeking more than $4.3 million for past and future medical expenses, as well as unspecified damages for pain and suffering.
A spokeswoman for Minnetonka-based Cargill would not comment on the lawsuit. In October 2007, Cargill voluntarily recalled more than 840,000 pounds of ground beef patties after a number of Minnesota children who ate burgers made from the meat developed E. coli-related illnesses. The patties were distributed at Sam's Club stores nationwide.
Paul Downes, an attorney with Sieben, Grose, Von Holtum & Carey, which filed the lawsuit along with the Seattle law firm of Marler Clark, said the Hemmingsons bought a box of 18 frozen beef patties from a Sam's Club in White Bear Lake for a back-yard barbecue. The family ate just three of them. Downes said that after Ruth became sick, the Hemmingsons turned the meat over to the Minnesota Department of Health, which found it contaminated with E. coli.
On Sept. 16, 2007, three days after Ruth consumed the beef, she fell ill with stomach cramps, nausea and diarrhea, according to the lawsuit. Leah Hemmingson took Ruth to a pediatrician, who prescribed antibiotics after finding "nothing remarkable," the lawsuit says.
However, not long after the doctor's visit, Ruth's symptoms worsened dramatically, the lawsuit says. She suffered more bouts of diarrhea and eventually became badly dehydrated, prompting another doctor's visit Sept. 24. Blood tests indicated that Ruth was suffering from the onset of kidney failure, according to the lawsuit.
Ruth was admitted to Lakeville Hospital and then transferred to Children's Hospital of St. Paul, where repeat urinalysis showed protein and blood in her urine -- "sure signs of kidney injury," the lawsuit says. She was hospitalized from Sept. 25 through Oct. 22, during which she was put on dialysis to rid her blood of waste products that her kidneys no longer were able to process.
Ruth has returned to Mahtomedi, where she is home-schooled by her mother. Doctors have said that she is likely to develop kidney failure in the future, Downes said. So far, the family has incurred more than $300,000 in medical expenses, and future medical costs associated with likely complications from Ruth's kidney injury, including dialysis and a kidney transplant, could top $4 million.
"The parents have been told she would likely have problems, but they haven't been told when," Downes said. "They literally worry about if it's going to be next week, next year or 10 years from now."
Cargill has been named as a defendant before in relation to the contaminated ground beef recalled in October 2007. Marler Clark filed eight other lawsuits against Cargill involving people in Colorado, Minnesota, North Carolina and Tennessee who claim they suffered from E. coli-related illnesses after eating the beef. All of those lawsuits have been settled.
For more information, contact Caruso Law Office at 505-883-5000.

"I was hurt in an Albuquerque car accident, yet don't have health insurance..."

One of the key advantages to retaining counsel in your auto accident case is the ability to obtain needed medical care on a physician's lien, also known as a letter of protection. Caruso Law Offices has been helping Albuquerque folks injured in auto accidents for over two decades and in that time has established relationships with a wide variety of medical care givers. Our clients have the choice of dozens of doctors, physical therapists, massage therapists, TMJ Specialists, Diagnostic specialists, and Chiropractors who are willing to see our clients with no co-pay or upfront cost; they agree to wait to be paid when we settle the client's case.

As many as one out of three New Mexicans do not have decent health insurance. Even when health insurance is available co-pays and restrictions of HMO policies make treatment for injuries difficult and sometimes impossible. Obtaining prompt, necessary treatment is crucial to getting back on one's feet after an accident. Further, insurance adjusters generally use the amount of necessary and reasonable medical treatment as a measure of the value of an injury case. If you are hurt and don't get prompt treatment the insurance companies will not pay a reasonable value for your pain and inconvenience.

Caruso Law Offices is committed to helping accident victims receive all the reasonable and necessary medical care they need. We understand that an auto accident is a family and personal crisis. We care, and we can help. Call today for a free, no obligation, consultation on your accident case.

Kelly Vickers, JD 505-883-5000
Assistant to attorney Mark Caruso

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Commitment to Excellence, Albuquerque Personal Injury Attorney

It has been an honor to be associated with Caruso Law Offices, P.C. for over five years. We pride ourselves in being a smaller, boutique law firm offering strong individualized attention to each of our clients. While we have done a wide variety of tort claims and defective drug and medical product cases, the focus here has always been in helping people in the city of Albuquerque and the surrounding areas who have been injured in auto accidents. Mark Caruso, long ago, worked within the insurance industry and now brings his insider experience to help injured people maximize the resolution of their injury claims.

I have been doing personal injury work for nineteen years and have a doctorate in law. I work in the capacity of a paralegal and assistant to Mark Caruso meeting the day to day needs of our clients. To provide the best possible service Mark Caruso has assembled a team of well trained and experienced individuals---each of whom share Mark's commitment to excellence.

Kelly Vickers
Assistant to Mark Caruso

Albuquerque, New Mexico Undocumented and Illegal Aliens Have Rights in a Car Accident

Today I received a telephone call from an individual who was involved in a car accident. The individual is an illegal alien, and he was concerned whether he still had rights to get his car fixed and bring a personal injury claim against State Farm Insurance. The answer is yes. Just because an individual is an illegal alien, he is still allowed to bring a property damage and personal injury claim against the insurance company. The insurance company is required to pay for the repairs of his vehicle and daily fee for loss of use of his vehicle while it is in the repair shop. The insurance company should also pay for all medical care, pain and suffering, lost earnings and permanent injury needed because of injuries he received in the car accident. Don't let the insurance company intimidate you just because you may be an illegal alien. You still have rights! Mark Caruso 505-883-5000 Empleados bilingues

Free Consultation for your Albuquerque, New Mexico Car Accident

Caruso Law Offices has 27 years experience with car accidents in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Call us for a free consultation for your injury claim. Thank you for visiting our blog site. You can also visit our main internet site at or call us at 505-883-5000 or 800-657-9292 for a free consultation. We will meet with you at our office, your home or your hospital during the week, evenings or weekends. Mark Caruso, Caruso Law Offices.

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