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Burnout may be a contributing factor to medical malpractice

People entrust doctors and surgeons with their medical well-being. Surgeons in particular may literally hold patients' lives in the palm of their hands in New Mexico. The process of becoming a doctor takes years of schooling followed by a medical residency, where one is supervised by more experienced professionals. In spite of all of this training, medical malpractice remains a problem.

According to recent studies, medical errors are not uncommon in the United States health care system, and these errors have been shown to contribute to inpatient deaths. But what causes the physicians to commit the errors? While no one is perfect, a high level of proficiency is expected from doctors and surgeons.

Winter storms increase likelihood of truck accidents

Trucks on New Mexico highways can pose a threat to other drivers. When severe winter weather is added to the mix, the potential for serious truck accidents increases. Sadly, when trucks are involved, these accidents can turn deadly.

A recent spate of storms across the state has resulted in numerous accidents. One accident near Albuquerque resulted in the death of a person who had stopped to assist a police vehicle that had been hit by a tractor trailer while the officer was investigating a previous crash. The person who stopped to help was a tow truck driver who was offering to help clear the prior accident.

Holiday distractions can contribute to truck accidents

The holiday season is in full swing, which brings with it the holiday shopping season in New Mexico. As shoppers flood the stores, inventory is ramped up and our nation's truck drivers strive to meet the increased demand for the cargo they carry. This can lead to added hours to an already fatiguing job, sometimes resulting in tragic truck accidents.

One morning in late November an accident involving a tractor trailer and multiple passenger vehicles occurred. The accident happened on U.S. 62/180 near Carlsbad. The tractor-trailer driver failed to notice that traffic had slowed to allow for construction work in the road ahead. The truck driver was unable to slow in time and crashed into five vehicles.

Breast implants expose FDA product safety flaws

For a decade, makers of breast implants were required by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to report issues with their medical devices in bulk – one report standing in for thousands of cases.

That’s why until the fall of 2017, the FDA saw only about 200 complaints annually about breast implants. But the Associated Press reports that in mid-2017, the FDA instructed breast implant manufacturers to file individual complaint reports. That’s when the number of complaints jumped from about 300 in all of 2016 to more than 4,000 in the second half of 2017 and more than 8,000 in the first half of 2018.

Faulty artificial joints lead to product liability lawsuits

Hip replacement surgery is rapidly becoming one of the most common joint replacement operations carried out in the United States and around the world. As the procedure has become more prominent in New Mexico and elsewhere, the makeup of the joints themselves has evolved from the metal on metal joints that had been used in years passed. Those joints were widely hailed as being beneficial for active patients but ended up causing numerous problems that led to product liability lawsuits.

One such case involves a man who by age 35 was suffering from a disease that had damaged his hip joints to the extent that he required a double hip replacement. In 2011 he received a double hip replacement and the joints used were metal-on-metal that were developed by a company called Biomet. He remained pain-free for six years but then began experiencing severe pain. It was found that the artificial joints were damaging the bone and that the patient also had metal in his blood stream. The artificial joints were removed and the patient filed a lawsuit against Biomet.

Holiday season can bring an increase in motor vehicle accidents

As the holiday season approaches, accidents and breakdowns may be more frequent as drivers hurry to reach destinations and more cars are on the roads. In most states, including New Mexico, the law requires that highway traffic move over a lane or slow down when approaching a vehicle that is stopped on the side of the road. Failure to do so can lead to motor vehicle accidents.

A woman and her two passengers were stopped on the side of Interstate 10 waiting for a tow truck. Before the two truck arrived, the vehicle was struck by a car. The accident happened near Vado.

Faulty pediatric care can lead to medical malpractice

People entrust doctors with their care and expect them to properly diagnose and treat any issues that may arise in New Mexico. This is particularly true of pediatricians who are entrusted with the care of children. In a medical malpractice case in another state, a pediatrician's failure to adequately treat a kidney ailment resulted in a sizeable malpractice lawsuit.

A young girl became a patient of a pediatrician when the girl was 17 months old. She had experienced frequent urinary tract infections. The doctor ordered blood tests that showed evidence of kidney impairment. The child was later treated by a physician's assistant at the same facility and was found to be suffering from high blood pressure. A year later she was still suffering from high blood pressure, but there was no medical follow-up.

Tips on how to choose a car accident attorney after you have been injured in a car wreck that was not your fault.

Car accidents happen every day. According to the New Mexico Department of Transportation and the University of New Mexico, a car accident occurs every 12 minutes in New Mexico. Every time you get behind the wheel and drive to work or take your kids to school you run the risk of getting into a car crash. Fortunately, that statistics show that the chances of you or a loved one being killed in a car crash are extremely low at less than 1% in 2016.

Improperly executed procedure results in medical malpractice

People in New Mexico and elsewhere in the country entrust their health to medical professionals. Surgeons, especially cardiac surgeons, can literally hold someone's life in their hands. If cardiac surgery is required, one trusts that the utmost care will be taken to see that the surgery and follow up care are carried out properly and carefully. Failure to adhere to these principles can result in a medical malpractice lawsuit.

In a case in another state, a person required a pericardiocentesis. This procedure involves removing fluid from the sac that surrounds the heart. The procedure is typically carried out in a cardiac catheterization lab. In this instance, the procedure was performed at the patient's bedside. As a result, the patient was said to have suffered a severe brain injury.

Surgical errors can lead to medical malpractice suits

People tend to trust doctors in New Mexico and their ability to do what they say they're going to do. Doctors go to school for a long time and people expect them to be well-versed in their chosen fields of practice. One doctor in another state failed multiple patients and is the subject of multiple medical malpractice suits.

In one case, a gentleman was suffering from severe neck pain and felt his only option was surgery. He found this surgeon online in a search looking for a nearby hospital and one that would take his insurance. When he found the surgeon, he did an additional search to check out the qualifications and reviews of the surgeon. Everything in his online presence looked good.

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