Wrongful Death

Trucking Accidents: File Suit, Ask Questions Later

In most personal injury matters, it is typically wise to conduct as much informal discovery as possible prior to filing suit. Informal discovery includes the collection of such things as police reports, witness statements, photos of the scene and so on. Formal discovery is what occurs once litigation is commenced (i.e. a lawsuit is filed)….

Legal Claims Abound for Over-Service of Alcohol Leading to DWI Accidents

It is illegal for bartenders or wait staff to over-serve patrons regardless if they are driving or not.  The state of New Mexico has launched a DWI campaign dubbed buzzkill cracking down on over-service of alcohol to prevent DWI accidents.  This is a always a significant issue during the holidays when folks are inclined to…

Congress Ignores Dangers of Excessive Trucking Hours

Studies have shown time and time again that fatigue is a significant cause of trucking accidents.  It has been shown that drowsiness causes up to 40% of trucking accidents.  Significantly, the risks of an accident increase 400% from the 8th hour of driving to the 11th.  Naturally Congress sees fit to maintain and perpetuate excessive…

Several Possible Claims and Defendants in New Mexico Jail Suicide Case

Wrongful death claims for jail suicides in local jails can be brought in New Mexico under a number of legal theories, laws and statutes.  In addition, there may be a number of defendants named in these types of lawsuits. The nature of the claims and the named defendants will be dependent upon a number of…

Suicide in Local Jails – Minimal Policies and Procedures for Protection of Inmates

Suicide is the leading cause of death in local jails.  There is really no excuse for this.  The risk factors, warning signs and preventive measures are well known. Despite the fact that risk factors, warning signs and preventive measures are all very clearly established, many jails have no written policies or worse yet, no policies…

Suicide in Local Jails Preventable Yet Far Too Common

  Suicide is the leading cause of death in local jails.  Suicide surpasses drug and alcohol, accidental and homicide related deaths combined. A study from the Bureau of Justice Statistics studying jail and prison deaths from 2000 to 2011 found that suicide for 25 to 35 percent of local jail deaths.  In 2011, suicide accounted…

VA Position On Delayed Treatment and Veteran Deaths Evasive at Best

It was reported last week in a number of news outlets that the Department of Veteran Affairs now admits that delayed VA Hospital treatment may have contributed to the deaths of some veterans. Sounds like progress?  Not so fast. There is a very wide legal gulf between “contributed to” and “conclusively” shown when it comes…

Failure to Diagnose Heart Attack

Diagnostic error leads the way in instances of medical negligence as well medical malpractice lawsuits.  Heart attack (myocardial infarction) misdiagnosis, along with cancer, the most frequently misdiagnosed condition. In order to avoid the often deadly consequences of a failure to detect a heart attack, clinical practice guidelines have been established.  These guidelines call for specific…

Lost Chance Damages and Failure to Diagnose Cancer

Failure to timely diagnose cancer can have disastrous consequences for the patient.  This failure can lead to serious and permanent injuries.  Far too often these failures result in the wrongful death of the patient.   In fact, diagnostic errors and the failure to diagnose cancers are the most frequently filed medical malpractice lawsuits. Wrongful Death Often…

Beat Goes on at the Albuquerque Police Department

Despite the damning 46-page report from the Department of Justice, apparently the beat goes on at APD. There have numerous cases since the release of the report regarding the use of excessive and unnecessary deadly force.  Now it appears that APD will be equipping its officers with military grade weapons which in light of the…

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