Albuquerque Law Blog

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.

Multiple issues uncovered in crash that killed 20 people

Commercial vehicles that transport goods and people are held to a high standard with regard to inspections and safety equipment; the drivers of these vehicles are held to a higher standard as well. And while people might think that these standards only apply to truckers and the tractor-trailers that drive across the country, the fact is that they apply to all commercial vehicles and drivers, including those that transport people.

If a commercial operator or vehicle fails to meet these standards, there aren't just financial penalties to consider; people could suffer serious or fatal injuries in an accident with an unsafe vehicle. This appears to be what happened in the recent crash that resulted in the deaths of 20 people.

Lawsuit: Technicians stuck drummer 40 times looking for vein

When people undergo routine medical procedures, hospital staff members typically assure them not to be concerned. After all, if it is something the doctors and nurses have successfully done numerous times and unlikely to present any complications, there should be no reason to be nervous.

However, even routine procedures can take a turn when medical workers make mistakes. Recently, for example, Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker filed a lawsuit against a medical center after he says he developed severe injuries during a routine MRI.

Recovering “black box” data from a commercial truck accident

Commercial trucks are enormous vehicles compared to consumer vehicles that share road with them, making commercial truck accidents some of the most deadly and damaging when they occur. Even relatively small commercial truck accidents can leave victims with serious injuries and thousands upon thousands of dollars in property damage and lost income during recovery.

If you experience a large truck accident, then you should build a strong accident claim as soon as you can. These matters often take much longer to resolve than typical consumer car accidents, both because they are much larger in scale and because several more parties may face liability for the damages and injuries.

Understanding clawback provisions in employment contracts

Signing an employment contract is not unusual, particularly for executives and employees at large companies. These contracts can include a wealth of complex clauses and provisions, and it is crucial that they be two things in particular: enforceable and understood by the party signing them. 

As such, whether you are an employer or an employee, it can be wise to understand certain clauses that may appear in an employment contract. For example, do you know what a clawback is?

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