Advances in medical science and technology have enabled healthcare professionals to diagnose and treat diseases and conditions more effectively, but medical practitioners and the public recognize that no procedure or medication can be 100-percent guaranteed. However, when an avoidable medical error results in injury or death, the responsible party can be held legally accountable and must compensate the patient
Wisdom: Legal Category
More than a quarter of a million Americans have hip replacement surgery every year. For many, the procedure allows for greater mobility and reduces pain. Unfortunately, several of the hip implants have been defective, wreaking havoc on the lives of patients who have had to deal with infections, painful complications and additional surgeries. As a result, thousands of injury lawsuits have been filed against the manufacturers of these faulty medical devices.
New Mexico has strict penalties for drunk driving, including license suspension, hefty fines and possible jail time. Drivers who are impaired by alcohol or drugs endanger themselves and every other driver with the misfortune to be on the same road. The state’s drunk driving laws have helped decrease the incidence of auto accidents.
Drunk drivers are an unacceptable hazard, and law enforcement officers have a duty to apprehend drivers who appear to be impaired. However, officers also have a duty to protect the safety of civilians. The family of Ashley Browder believes that this duty was breached on the night of February 10, 2013, and they are suing the Albuquerque Police Department (APD) in the wrongful death of their daughter.
Most of us try not to think too often about having a car accident. However, even experienced, cautious drivers cannot always avoid an auto collision — especially when a negligent driver is at fault. Nevertheless, if you are injured, you can take steps immediately after the accident and in the following weeks to protect your legal rights and to help establish grounds for compensation.