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Albuquerque Medical Malpractice Law Blog

Fall prevention has to be a priority in hospitals

Patients in hospitals sometimes have a risk of falling. There are many reasons why this might happen. Medical conditions, medications and similar factors can all mean that a person is unsteady on their feet. So how do hospitals handle people with an increased risk of falling?

One of the primary things that must be done is that the person must be clearly identified as a fall risk. Making notations in the chart and putting a bracelet on the person lets hospital employees know about the problem before something tragic happens.

Brain injury impacts can affect your career and personal life

Living with a brain injury isn't easy. Even minor injuries can impact you in ways that you didn't expect. These difficulties can extend to your career, your social life and your home. We realize that finding solutions to deal with these challenges can be stressful.

One thing that you have to think about is that you might be able to seek compensation for the damages that you suffered because of the accident. This is possible when you are dealing with a brain injury that was due to someone else's negligence.

Did your child's birth go wrong due to medical negligence?

For most New Mexico parents and others throughout the nation, having a baby is typically one of the most exciting, joyful experiences in life, that is, as long as nothing goes wrong during pre-natal, labor, delivery or post-natal care processes. You may be the type of person who likes to research potential risks ahead of time when you are planning to give birth or participate in some other activity that can be dangerous.

You may also be one of many who later wishes they hadn't read so much because some stories and data available are rather frightening. As an expectant mother, you should be able to reasonably expect that each of your care providers will meet or exceed established standards of care. Sadly, careless mistakes and negligent doctors and nurses often cause newborns, and/or their mothers, severe injuries.

Falls can devastate older Americans

Elderly individuals face several hazards on a regular basis. One of the biggest risks that they face is falling. Many people don't think about how dangerous a fall can be for an elderly person because of how minor falls from low heights are for others. Even falls from a standing or sitting position to the ground can devastate an older person.

One of the issues that can occur when an elderly person falls is a brain injury. Sadly, these can often be life-ending injuries for Americans who are older. Even when they aren't life ending, they might be life-altering.

Medical errors that harm or kill are simply unacceptable

Some medical errors don't cause any serious issues for the patient, but others are harmful or even deadly. When a patient is harmed due to a doctor's errors, there isn't ever an acceptable excuse for why the incident occurred. We are ready to help you take action to seek compensation for the harm you suffered.

There is a lot of work that goes into a medical malpractice lawsuit. We need to think about various points so that we can start putting your case together and make it clear that we are very serious about you being compensated for the negative impacts the malpractice had on your life.

Don't fall victim to preventable medical errors

Medical errors are an atrocity, especially those that are preventable. When you are a patient, you can take steps to help prevent these errors from occurring. One issue is that many patients don't feel comfortable speaking up when it seems like they are taking a stance against their doctors.

One of the most important things that you can do is to remember that everything these medical professionals are doing can have a direct impact on you. Never be afraid to speak up if you think that something isn't correct. You might just save your own life or prevent a catastrophic event from occurring.

The loss of someone you love can devastate you for a long time

The death of a loved one isn't something that you can get over quickly. Instead, it will likely bring a lifetime of sadness. This sadness doesn't usually come all at once. You might find that it sort of hits you in waves. The first year, you might have a lot of grief waves as you go through the "firsts" without your family member. The following year, it might be a bit less intense, but the grief won't ever go away.

We realize that you might still be upset about the death of your loved one, especially if the death was recent. An unexpected death, such as one that is caused by medical malpractice or negligence, can be particularly troublesome for those who are left behind. In these cases, there might be options that you can explore that would help you to avenge your loved one's death through the civil court system.

Medical staff may leave objects in bodies more often than thought

Having trust in your doctor may have come easily for you. Perhaps you have gone for regular checkups for years and created a doctor-patient relationship with which you felt comfortable and happy to have. However, when you need to undergo a serious medical procedure such as surgery, your regular physician may not have the ability to perform the necessary tasks. As a result, you may find yourself having to trust a surgeon you have only met a few times.

Going through any type of surgical procedure can be frightening in itself simply due to the nature of operations. Having your body cut open in order to repair, remove or explore a medical issue can have many risks. Unfortunately, one risk that can cause serious health problems relates to negligent actions on the part of the surgeon or other staff.

You have a lot to do after a loved one's death

The unexpected death of a loved one is the first event in a long line of things that you might not be prepared for. If the person who died is a loved one, you might be responsible for his or her final arrangements and other related matters. Here are a few things that you should consider if you've recently lost a loved one:

One of the priorities is going to be getting the funeral arrangements made. You need to contact a funeral director to make these plans. You will need to decide between burying your loved one or cremating him or her. You will need to write an obituary and plan the services that you will have for the person.

Pay attention to your finances after a brain injury

Making the right decisions after you suffer from a traumatic brain injury (TBI) can be difficult, especially when it comes to your finances. There are several different things that you need to think about, but it is important for you to take the time to figure everything out and make a plan.

A budget is important no matter what type of financial situation you have going on, but it is even more important when you have a brain injury that is going to cost money and might prevent you from being able to work. Not only do you need a good budget, but you also need to think about how you are going to earn money.