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November 2012 Archives

State court says compensation fund has to pay up

When faced with a medical malpractice suit, many professionals choose to settle the case and avoid a lengthy and possibly costly court battle. Physicians are required to carry medical malpractice insurance to cover situations of malpractice if they arise. But in some states, the state government has a fund that exists to cover excess damages. These organizations, however, are sometimes more likely to challenge a claim of doctor negligence in a court of law.

Overdose death sparks medical malpractice, wrongful death claim

As service members return to New Mexico from combat missions, many in the medical field are turning their attention to making sure veterans are mentally healthy. In the case of one Navy veteran, however, doctors may have made a fatal oversight.

Veteran to sue Albuquerque VA for botched eye surgery

After a surgery at the Albuquerque VA left him with an eye infection, vision impairment and permanent scarring, a veteran who served in the Tuskegee Airmen says he wasn't offered a cent by the hospital.

Failure to diagnose stroke leads to lawsuit in Santa Fe

Because of the potential for extensive brain damage, a person who is having a stroke must be diagnosed and placed on the appropriate medications right away. Failure to diagnose a stroke can lead to delayed treatment which, in turn, can result in long-term medical consequences including permanent disability. For the New Mexico doctor who fails to catch the problem in time, this can lead to a medical malpractice lawsuit.