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Truck accidents continue to plague New Mexico roadways

Trucks are a vital component of the American way of life. They transport everything from building supplies and food to gasoline to power the trucks and cars in New Mexico and elsewhere. Truckers have schedules to keep, and their efforts to meet those schedules may contribute to the possibility of truck accidents.

A serious crash recently occurred on Highway 82 near a tunnel. The speed of traffic occasionally slows when approaching a tunnel, though it is not yet known if speed was a contributing factor in this particualr accident. According to reports, the truck became disconnected from the tractor-trailer that it was towing and became engulfed in flames. At least one person died as a result of the accident and multiple vehicles were involved.

Product liability as it relates to Roundup and cancer in humans

Spring has sprung and with it the beginning of the lawn and garden season. In New Mexico, as elsewhere around the country, people strive for weed-free landscapes. One tool used to achieve that goal is the weed-killing product Roundup that was developed by Monsanto, which is now owned by Bayer. Roundup has been the subject of multiple product liability claims related to cancer.

The active ingredient in Roundup is glyphosate, which the Environmental Protection Agency has stated is probably not carcinogenic. That assertion has been challenged by the World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer. They classify glyphosate as probably being a cancer-causing substance to humans. This is supported by other recent scientific studies showing a connection between glyphosate and cancer in humans.

You may be able to seek compensation for your cancer

If you are an agricultural worker, you probably work long, hard hours in extreme heat. And while you must be healthy and strong to complete difficult manual labor tasks, the chemicals you use regularly could lead to your demise.

You likely use Roundup, the main active ingredient in which is glyphosate. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) believes that glyphosate is unlikely to cause cancer in humans. However, the World Health Organization (WHO) considers it to be a probable carcinogen. But how would you know whether Roundup might be affecting your health?

Truck accidents can scar a family

Tractor-trailer trucks are used to move goods on the nation's roadways. With a healthy economy and consumers willing to buy the goods the trucks are delivering, there is an increase in truck traffic on highways and two lane roads. In New Mexico and across the country, this creates an increased risk that serious truck accidents may occur.

A recent head-on crash between two trucks that also involved a pickup truck resulted in the loss of four lives. One truck was heading east on Interstate 10 when, for an unknown reason, it crossed the center line and crashed head-on into a westbound truck. A pickup that had also been heading west also became involved in the crash.

Mother claims incarcerated son victim of medical malpractice

Those convicted of a crime in New Mexico are sometimes sentenced to prison. Just because they lose their right to freedom does not mean they should lose their access to good health care. A failure to deliver acceptable health care is at the root of a medical malpractice case against the Central New Mexico Correctional Facility.

An inmate at the facility suffered from depression and other mental health issues. He had been prescribed medications as a young man to help him deal with his depression. While he was in jail, the medical staff changed his medications and prescribed medicines to treat anxiety, seizures, insomnia and other physical and mental issues.

Pharmaceutical companies involved in products liability case

People in New Mexico rely on their physicians to prescribe safe medication that will help heal an injury or illness. Many treatments include the treatment of pain. Opioid medications, such as Oxycontin, have been used in the treatment of pain since it was introduced in the 1990s. It is believed by some to be a contributing cause to the ongoing opioid addiction crisis that has taken thousands of lives. The first major products liability trial based on claims of responsibility for the opioid crisis is scheduled to begin soon in another state.

The trial involves three major pharmaceutical companies and their subsidiaries. Purdue is one of the major companies involved. The companies recently moved to have the trial delayed, claiming that the state was not turning over materials to the plaintiffs in a timely manner. The judge denied the request for a delay because the two sides reportedly agreed to turn over materials in an ongoing manner as preparation continued and the attorneys for the state acknowledged that this is happening.

Gout patients who take Uloric could have a higher risk of death

Using medications can help gout patients treat an acute attack and live with fewer attacks, leading to less pain throughout their life. However, not all medications are created equal.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently released a safety announcement that concluded using Uloric (febuxostat) correlates with an increased risk of death, compared to patients who took allopurinol to treat their symptoms.

Dangerous device the subject of product liability suit

As people age, medical issues can increase and become more acute in New Mexico. One danger faced by many is the risk of developing blood clots that can cause an embolism. A device, known as an intravenous filter (IVC) was developed by medical device manufacturers. One of them is Cook Medical, which has been the subject of a recently decided product liability lawsuit.

The devices have been found to be defective because they are intended to be a temporary fix that is to be removed when the risk of an embolism is lessened. The device is implanted in the vena cava, a vein that leads to the heart, to prevent blood clots from traveling to the heart or lungs and also to break up the clot. The issue is that the devices are very difficult to remove and are also prone to breaking apart with parts of the filter becoming lodged in other areas of a person's body.

Which day you schedule the surgery matters

Studies have purported that more than 4,000 surgical errors that could have been prevented happen each year. Even surgeries that seem minor can come with great risk of infection, injury and even death.

But, there is one simple way you can increase your likelihood of success and it may seem odd. Recent research has found that surgeries performed on certain days tend to have substantially higher rates of success.

Flawed prosthetics lead to product liability suit

As the American population ages, hip replacement surgery has become ever more common as the older population strives to remain active in their older years in New Mexico and across the country. The artificial joints that are used have changed and been improved upon over time. Earlier designs, created by Johnson & Johnson's orthopedic division, were found to be faulty and ended up in a product liability case. The devices were known as the ASR XL and Pinnacle Ultamet.

Two models marketed by the company did not live up to the company's marketing. The people who received the implants required revision surgeries sooner than indicated by the company's stated time frame. These surgeries led to complications, including allergic reactions, additional pain and instances of tissue necrosis.

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