"Big Rigs": With the
explosion of trucks on America's highways, literally and figuratively,
accidents between automobiles and semi-trailer trucks are on the rise. Many of
these accidents result in major injuries. Compliance with state and
federal requirements and modern technology such as “black boxes” and satellite
tracking are often central to establishing liability for damages caused when
collisions with these “big rigs” occur. We are knowledgeable about
the trucking industry and the federal regulations governing them, which helps
us assist our clients who have been injured by their practices.
Business and Commercial Litigation: We have
substantial experience in initiating and defending various business and
commercial disputes. We handle claims that range from simple real estate
or contractual disputes to more complicated claims involving partnerships,
joint ventures, banking, insurance or the control of a business. From
negotiations to drafting to final review, each stage of contract development is
important in obtaining the goals of the parties.
Claims Against Governments: Claims
against all City, County, State and Federal Governments.
Construction Law or Defects: Our
practice includes a significant amount of construction-related
litigation. We largely represent property and homeowners including
their associations. We have handled litigation involving many defects in
construction including improper soil excavation or preparation, construction of
foundations, framing, roof construction, window installation, soil subsidence
or erosion, as well as contract and indemnity issues. These areas include
Construction Defects, Contracts, Warranties, Liens, Zoning, Variances.
Complex Civil Litigation.
Consumer Law: Our
clients work hard for their money and will not allow themselves to be cheated
with bad products or in one-sided business transactions. We have intimate
knowledge of the federal and state laws designed to protect consumers and have
on many occasions helped clients achieve satisfaction through litigation and
alternative dispute resolution. We have represented clients in claims
based on unfair or deceptive trade practices, fraud and shoddy contract
Examples include home, auto, mobile home, &
other major purchases. Unfair trade practices in the purchase of goods or
services and warranty violations are areas of our practice.
Corporate Law: Review, negotiate, evaluate
and enforce contracts of all types. Complex litigation in the
Corporate arena, including collections on behalf of corporations and
employer/employee disputes. Representation of Creditors in Bankruptcy
Criminal Defense: All
Misdemeanor and Felony Cases. Federal, Tribal, State, Municipal,
Metropolitan and Magistrate Courts including DWI and Domestic Violence.
Criminal Defense / DUI / DWI / Traffic
Violations: Our firm has extensive experience defending the rights
of people arrested and accused of criminal offenses. We handle all types of
criminal cases, including minor infractions and misdemeanors and the most
serious felony indictments including murder, domestic violence, drug
possession, narcotics sales, theft and grand larceny, white collar fraud,
embezzlement, sex offenses, arson, conspiracy, and all other crimes. We
practice in all area courts including Tribal Courts, Magistrate and
Metropolitan Courts, State District Court and Federal Court.
Dog Attacks: Thousands
of innocent people every year are bitten, seriously injured and even killed
because of dog attacks. Many dog breeds are capable of causing serious injury
and even death. On average, at least ten to twenty people die each year as a
result of dog attacks in the United States. Unfortunately the majority of the
victims are children. Each year there are more than 850,000 dog bites requiring
medical attention and over four million dog bites ranging from minor nips to
serious dog maulings resulting in serious bodily injury and even death.
If you have been bitten by a dog, you may have the right to recover your
We aggressively pursue dog attack victims’ rights
to compensation for all injuries and damages connected with the dog bites. Dog
bite injury often extends beyond the physical injury and damage. Often there is
emotional and psychological trauma associated with dog bites and dog
attacks. Costs of treatment for the dog bites are often very high and the
prospect of permanent scarring very real. Dog bite treatment includes emergency
room visits, sometimes hospitalization, psychological treatment and often
plastic surgery. If the victim of the dog attack was working, some of the
damages we may pursue are lost wages, loss of present and future earning
capacity and pain and suffering.
Homeowners’ liability insurance coverage for dog
bites: If the owner of the vicious dog owns a home, in most cases, liability
for dog bites and dog attacks is covered by a homeowners’ insurance policy.
Domestic Relations/Family Law: Divorce,
Legal Separation, Annulment, Domestic Violence, Custody/Timesharing, Child
Support,, Visitation, Adoption, Kinship/Guardianship, Post-Decree Enforcement,
Interstate Family Law.
Elder Law: This area of our practice focuses on the special
legal needs and concerns of those over sixty. The firm can assist with wills,
living wills, general and durable powers of attorney, and other documentation.
The firm is dedicated to making sure that your wishes are followed and that
your loved ones are protected. Services in Elder Law include:
• Guardian Ad Litem services
• Wills/Living Wills/Trusts
• Health Care Powers of Attorney
• Durable Powers of Attorney
• Transfer on Death Deeds
ERISA Claims: If you have had a claim for
benefits (such as Long-Term Disability) under a group policy from your
employer, your claim is governed by ERISA (the federal Employee Retirement
Income Security Act). The ERISA law is complex. Remedies available under
other laws are not available to claimants under ERISA (such as punitive damages
and jury trials). The Carter & Valle Law Firm has handled numerous ERISA
claims at all levels of representation, from pre-denial consultations and
administrative appeals through federal court litigation and Circuit Court
Family Law: Our
family law practice, headed by former Judge Kathleen Carter, provides
experienced and practical representation over a wide range of family law
matters. We are proficient in the courtroom, but often use mediation or
arbitration to resolve disputes efficiently. We often involve other
professionals including valuation experts, tax experts, and mental health
professionals in a team approach to achieve clients’ goals. Our
representation is aggressive, ethical and focused on providing close personal
The firm’s family law practice includes:
• Dissolution of Marriage/Legal Separation
• Identification, Valuation and Division of
Property in Complex Estates
• Valuation and Distribution of Retirement Plans,
Stock Options and other Economic Interest
• Tracing and Characterizing Separate and
• Child Support and Subsequent Modifications
• Child Custody and Subsequent Modifications
• Maintenance and Vocational Issues
• Cohabitation Relationships
• Post decree enforcement
Government and Municipal Liability: The
Carter & Valle Law Firm has extensive experience in representing clients
against governmental entities and municipalities in personal injury suits and
other tort liability cases. Our attorneys are well versed in all aspects of
potential governmental liability and the defenses governments and
municipalities may raise under the New Mexico Tort Claims Act and Federal Tort
Insurance Law: Claims Against Insurance
• Bad Faith
• Unfair Insurance Trade Practices
• Coverage Issues/Denied Claims
Medical Malpractice / Medical Negligence / Nursing
Home Negligence: Medical mistakes are responsible for between 48,000 and
100,000 unnecessary deaths each year, according to the Institute of
Medicine. Medical malpractice occurs when a healthcare provider - doctor,
hospital, HMO, nurse, chiropractor, therapist or other individual or entity
licensed to provide medical care or treatment fails to do what a competent
doctor would have done, resulting in injuries, disabilities, or birth
defect. If you or a loved one may have been a victim of medical
malpractice or negligence, contact The Carter & Valle Law Firm immediately
to preserve your rights.
Personal Injuries: Vehicle
Collisions, Animal Attacks, Slip and Fall Injuries, Wrongful Death, Faulty Design/Maintenance issues.
Premises Liability: Owners and occupiers of
buildings and land have certain duties to prevent injuries to those who enter
upon their property. We have represented clients in pursuing claims involving
retail establishments, home and apartment owners and other public and business
facilities. Such claims may arise from improper or inadequate design,
maintenance or security of the building, parking lot or other areas.
Privately owned as well as governmental facilities may be involved.
Defects may also be based on latent defects, attractive nuisance or other
Unfair Insurance Practices: We
represent our clients in disputes with insurance companies under all types of
first and third party policies from simple auto liability cases to complicated
extra-contractual claims and declaratory judgment actions. These issues include
the insurance company’s duty to pay, defend and indemnify.
Automobile insurance issues such as Uninsured or
Underinsured Motorist issues, stacking, offsets, permissive use, covered
vehicles and excess coverage are common areas of concern for our
Insurance companies process claims every
day. The typical claimant or insured is unfamiliar with that process
until a loss occurs, giving the insurance company a huge advantage.
Without understanding the policy, coverage, exclusions and interpretations, the
insured feels helpless when presented the carrier's interpretation and
settlement offer. This can lead to a settlement for far less than what the
policy provides or the claim is worth. We know the claims process and how
to challenge the large insurance companies.
Vehicle Collisions: We represent clients for
injuries and damages that occur in vehicles under a wide range of circumstances
including: Rear End Collisions, Intersection Accidents, Hit and Run
Accidents, Car Accidents Involving Passenger Injuries, Car Accidents Involving Driver
Injuries, Motorcycle Accidents, Pedestrian Accidents, Hit And Run Drivers,
Uninsured Motorist Issues, Drunk Driver Accidents, Motorcycle/Bicycle Accidents
And Boat/Truck Accidents Vehicle Damage and Rental Car Arrangements
are handled without charge as part of any injury case.
Wills, Estate & Probate Law: Wills,
Guardianships, Estate and Probate Actions in Probate and State District Courts.