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3 possible defenses to construction defect claims

It is not unusual for disputes and issues to arise during or upon completion of a construction project, particularly when it is an extensive project. One such issue involves alleged construction defects.

Construction defect claims typically involve work or products that are defective and lead to problems with a building like leaks, structural failures and dry rot. These claims are serious and they can have costly results, but there are numerous defenses to allegations of construction defects, including the three we discuss in this post.

What can patients do to minimize risk of adverse medical events?

It can be very upsetting to leave a doctor's appointment confused or with unanswered questions. Unfortunately, this is not that uncommon considering the fact that doctors are spending less time with patients. Under these circumstances, mistakes can be made with regard to a patient's care, medication or diagnosis.

To minimize the potential for confusion and adverse medical events after a doctor visit, patients can take a few important steps before, during and after an appointment. 

Trucking accidents: Factors that influence the risk of a wreck

Trucking crashes are some of the most devastating, and often it's easy to blame the driver of the commercial vehicle. The truth is that either party can be to blame in a commercial crash. Sometimes cars get too close to commercial drivers who can't slow down in time to prevent from hitting them. Other times, a commercial driver may forget to look alongside his or her vehicle, leading to a crash into the driver in the next lane.

Between negligence, hazards and dangerous driving techniques, there are plenty of reasons to be wary of driving. Many factors influence crashes including the three following issues.

Why are there still sleep-deprived truckers on the road?

Numerous laws and trucking regulations are in place to prevent truck crashes and keep motorists safe. They are supposed to prevent accidents caused by sleep-deprived drivers, unsafe cargo and defective equipment, but these accidents still happen leaving many people to wonder why.

The answer is simple and frustrating: People are breaking the rules.

7 ways employee handbooks can prevent employment disputes

Any legal dispute involving a business has the potential to be costly, both financially and with regard to company resources. As such, business owners and employers in Albuquerque would be wise to take whatever steps they can to prevent legal battles.

One such step is to have a comprehensive employee handbook. These handbooks can prevent disputes with employees in a number of ways.

Lawmakers propose bill to keep drivers safer in truck crashes

Collisions with a commercial-sized truck are some of the most catastrophic accidents on roads across Albuquerque. In many cases, victims suffer life-changing injuries; in other cases, victims do not survive the accident.

The difference between being killed in a truck accident and surviving one could come down to a single part: side guards. Unfortunately, these parts are not mandatory on trucks, and many trucks do not have them. However, that could change in the future if a bill to make side guards mandatory becomes a law. 

What damages can be awarded in medical malpractice claims?

Medical malpractice claims can be particularly upsetting. In these cases, people are often dealing with an adverse medical event and claims of wrongdoing, which takes an enormous toll on everyone involved. There can also be considerable financial damages involved.

More specifically, there are three categories of damages that courts could award to people injured by medical negligence or recklessness: economic, non-economic and punitive.

Things you can do to prevent a truck accident

As the driver of a passenger vehicle, you have no control over other people on the road. For example, you'll always be in close proximity to commercial trucks, and, obviously, you can't control the decisions these drivers make.

Fortunately, there are steps you can take to help prevent a truck accident. Again, there is no guarantee that you will never run into trouble, but you might as well do whatever you can to remain safe.

What happens when a party breaches a business contract?

Contracts are often the backbone of professional relationships, whether they are between employer and employee or partners developing new buildings. When parties are clear in the expectations of the relationship and follow through with their agreements, everyone can benefit.

However, this doesn't always happen. There are situations when a party breaches -- or is accused of breaching -- a contract. Should this happen, a legal dispute can arise putting the end product and the relationship in jeopardy. If you are in a situation involving an alleged breach of contract, you should understand a few basic elements about these claims.

What are typical causes of a truck accident?

Sadly, truck accidents happen all the time. They leave people with very serious injuries, and they often claim lives. When these accidents do happen, it is imperative that a full investigation be done to find out if any negligence or recklessness was involved in the crash. Sometimes, this is the case. But there are other reasons why a truck accident may occur.

Consider that, sometimes, it is actually the other vehicle's fault that a truck accident occurs. This can happen when another vehicle is traveling in a truck's blind spots, or when they abruptly merge in front of, or turn in front of, a truck. Remember, trucks are heavy, powerful vehicles with a lot of momentum. If you turn in front of one suddenly or brake suddenly, it will be very difficult for the truck to stop before it collides with your vehicle.

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