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Don't let bad judgment make business disputes worse

"It's not personal, it's business." This is a common phrase people hear or say when business owners must make difficult decisions that will likely make some people unhappy. However, when it comes to small or medium-sized businesses, it can be all but impossible to separate the personal element from the business element.

Considering how intertwined business and personal matters can be, it is important to keep potentially bad judgment in check if you run a business with a friend or relative.

What are the riskiest behaviors and days for truck accidents?

Every time we get in our cars or trucks, there is some risk of getting into an accident. However, there are certain behaviors and time periods that can increase this risk.

A recent report from Lytx reveals some of the factors that can result in a high risk of collisions involving trucks. Knowing what these are can help all drivers stay alert and make any necessary changes to their own behaviors to prevent crashes.

People in the smaller vehicles get hurt more in truck crashes

Commercial trucks are a critical part of the modern American capitalist system. They help keep costs low for goods and materials transported across the country. Unfortunately, the trade-off for the cost reduction provided by commercial trucking is often more risk on the road.

Sharing the roads with commercial trucks is downright scary. These massive vehicles have incredibly loud horns, cause massive wind shear and tend to drive very aggressively. This can create unnecessary risk on the road. Being aware of this risk is critical, especially because you are at a greater risk than anyone in a commercial truck.

Albuquerque child psychiatrist charged with death of 36 patients

The New Mexico police are investigating an Albuquerque psychiatrist in relation to drug overdose deaths of 36 patients. The 74-year-old psychiatrist was most commonly known for his work with children. However, authorities have not yet commented on whether any of the deaths involved minors.

During his career, the psychiatrist reportedly engaged in some questionable behaviors. For instance, reports say he was known for dressing up as a clown and prescribing large amounts of psychiatric medications to his minor patients. Some of his patients recall him handing months of prescriptions to them upon walking into his office. He didn’t even sit down and talk to the children about whether they even needed or wanted the medication.

Woman's kidney mistakenly removed during surgery

Medical malpractice cases are typically complex, and they often require extensive investigation into surgical policies and procedures. That said, sometimes the mistakes that trigger these claims are quite blatant.

For instance, back in 2016, a woman went in for a spinal fusion surgery. When she woke up, she learned that a surgeon had mistakenly removed one of her kidneys.

Do we have a contract?

Contracts are the backbone of business relationships. Business owners have contracts with partners, employees, vendors and sometimes customers. And these agreements are the tools that define expectations, establish rules for the relationship and protect parties from certain types of conduct.

If a party breaches a contract -- or is accused of breaching a contract -- there can be hefty penalties. One of the first steps to resolving these matters is to establish that there is a valid contact in place to begin with.

Tech companies work to address fatigue in trucking industry

Fatigue is a major concern in the trucking industry. Between high demand for goods to be delivered by truck and the troubling shortage of truckers, drivers are putting in a lot of hours on the road. And despite regulations in place to curb excessive driving, the fact is that many truckers are putting their lives and the lives of other motorists in danger by being on the road too long.

To address fatigue in the trucking industry, two companies are teaming up to deliver monitoring and management solutions for truckers and fleets.

Spotting and reporting a drunk driver can keep everyone safe

As a driver, you understand the importance of being alert at all times. This means you should never get behind the wheel if you are under the influence of alcohol (or drugs).

Even if you fully understand the dangers of drunk driving, you can't assume that other people on the road are taking the same level of caution. There will always be people who think it's okay to drink and drive. This holds true of people operating passenger vehicles and commercial trucks.

How hospitals can reduce adverse impact of ICU stays on patients

When a patient is admitted to any Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in New Mexico, he or she should receive close, constant medical attention. Patients and their families should expect round-the-clock care and sufficient staffing resources capable of treating such high-risk patients.

Some hospitals are taking their responsibility to help these patients a step further by adopting a relatively new checklist to reduce a common consequence of an ICU stay: delirium. 

Handling business disputes when they involve family

Many businesses across New Mexico are family businesses. Even if they didn't start that way, business owners might hire family as time goes by. There are numerous benefits to working with family, like supporting each other and sharing in the success of a company.

However, there are drawbacks, as well. Disputes between family members who work together or for one another can quickly sour both the familial and the professional relationships. As such, it is important for business owners and employers to know what they can do in such situations to prevent them from causing irreparable damage.

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