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Flagging system warns of nursing home abuse at facilities

It is never an easy decision for New Mexico residents to place a loved one in a nursing home. Although there can be mixed feelings about doing so, it is frequently for the best, as a person who is elderly or infirm will need a certain level of attention that families cannot provide. Nursing homes are supposed to have trained staff and medical professionals who provide a reasonable standard of care. However, it is an unfortunate truth that some of these facilities have incidents of nursing home abuse.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has a Nursing Home Compare website. It has informed consumers that there were issues with neglect, residents being exploited or abused in 5 percent of these facilities. Out of 15,262 nursing homes, that came to 760 icons tagging them. Updated each month, this information is designed to warn people as to whether the facility, they are considering for a loved one is adhering to the necessary requirements to care for residents.

Drowsy driving leads to fatal car accident in New Mexico

Various dangerous behaviors behind the wheel, like distracted driving, drunk driving, reckless driving and more, can cause an accident in New Mexico. A frequently underreported problem is drowsy driving. When there is a car collision, there is a possibility that one of the drivers fell asleep while driving.

According to recent reports, a woman died when the vehicle she was riding in was hit by another vehicle, whose driver allegedly fell asleep. The accident happened at approximately 3 a.m. The 38-year-old female driver of a Hyundai Sonata hit a Ford Explorer. A passenger in the Explorer was killed. After law enforcement officials investigated, the driver of the Sonata was arrested. According to her, she said she had not been drinking nor had she used prescription medications. Another person said he had been with the woman at dinner and she had some wine.

Concerning rate of preterm births and birth injuries

Whether it is a woman's first child or not, expecting a baby is an exciting time. And, as a woman nears her due date, she is likely in anticipation that the baby will come sooner than later. Even though it is difficult to wait for the arrival of a baby, it is important that a baby reaches a certain gestational age to ensure he or she is healthy and can survive on his or her own. Babies who are delivered early are considered "premature," and a premature birth could be the result of medical negligence.

With World Premature Day in November, this draws attention to the concerns regarding preterm birth. Specifically, that the rate of preterm births in the U.S. has been rising. While trends indicated a drop between 2007 and 2014, the rate of premature births has been rising since 2014.

Lack of social workers and a concern for nursing home neglect

Placing a loved one in the care of another can be a difficult decision to make. Because it is challenging to care for an ill or aging loved one, family members are frequently faced with the decision to place their loved one in a nursing home facility. While many of these facilities are more than adequate and safe to care for residents, some may fall short. In fact, nursing home abuse and neglect could lead to significant harm to residents, even causing death in the worst of cases.

When it comes to navigating needs in a nursing home facility, social workers are very beneficial, as they can help make decisions regarding ever-changing health needs. Additionally, social workers are also available to provide emotional support and are also there to help residents cope and adapt with their changes in health.

The right approach following a car accident

When people think of a car accident, many might think about the minor fender-benders that can cause traffic to backup in New Mexico and elsewhere. And while minor accidents do make up a good portion of car accidents that occur across the nation, the unfortunate reality is that some accident victims suffer serious and even fatal injuries as a result of a major collision.

At our law firm, we understand just how complex and life-altering a car accident can be. We take the time to evaluate the claims asserted by our clients, helping them determine fault and uncover any negligence that may have played a role in the collisions.

Nursing home neglect can occur in many different ways

A nursing home should be a safe and secure place for aging or ailing individuals to receive the care and support that they need to live. All across New Mexico thousands of people reside in care facilities and put their trust in the hands of administrators and care professionals to provide them with life-sustaining care. While many nursing homes are well-managed and adequately staffed, others lack basic safety mechanisms to provide their charges with sufficient care.

Nursing home neglect is a problem in many American facilities, and nursing home residents and their loved ones should be aware of what signs to look out for when they have concerns about possible instances of neglect or abuse. One red flag that may warn of neglect is evidence that residents are not having their basic needs met.

What is the difference between a birth injury and a birth defect?

Each day many parents in New Mexico rush to their local hospitals to experience the miracle of childbirth. Labor and delivery can be a particularly stressful, not to mention painful, experience for parents, and once they have the opportunity to see their newborns they often feel the relief of knowing that everything will be fine. However, in some unfortunate situations, newborns enter the world with health struggles that may or may not have been caused by the medical professionals charged with their care.

When babies are hurt during labor and delivery, they may suffer a serious birth injury. Birth injuries happen when mistakes are made during the birthing process and a child suffers harm. Birth injuries can cause broken bones, hypoxia and other serious and potentially life-threatening complications.

Legal guidance for victims of motorcycle accidents

The Jaffe Law Firm is located in Bernalillo, New Mexico. Its dedicated team of attorneys has more than 40 years of combined legal experience that is available to its clients. The firm works with individuals who have suffered personal injuries due to the actions and negligence of others, such as those who have suffered harm in motor vehicle and motorcycle accidents.

Motorcycle accidents can be devastating to victims, and those victims are often the riders of two-wheeled vehicles. When a car or truck hits a motorcycle, its driver may be thrown from their vehicle, may collide with other cars or objects in their path, and may hit the ground with significant force. It is not uncommon for victims of motorcycle accidents to suffer traumatic injuries to their brains and spines, to break bones and suffer organ damage, and to endure significant lacerations, burns, and other harm.

How does alcohol affect a driver's ability to drive?

Responsible adults who choose to drink alcohol may know that it is incredibly dangerous to drink and drive. Driving a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol can pose many risks to the health and safety of a New Mexico resident, as well as all of the other individuals that they encounter while out on the road. To avoid these hazards, individuals can get rides, call cabs, assign designated drivers and take other proactive steps to avoid drunk driving.

Drinking and driving is dangerous because alcohol has an immediate and significant impact on the human body. When a person's blood alcohol concentration reaches .02% they may begin to feel warmth, more relaxed and even less able to make sound judgments about what they are experiencing. The more a person drinks, the more detrimental effects they may experience.

Common injuries from bicycle accidents

Bicycles can be a healthy mode of transportation but offer little protection to their riders when they are involved in crashes with cars. New Mexico victims of bicycle accidents can suffer a range of serious and traumatic injuries that can threaten their lives. While this post offers a discussion of some of the most common types of injuries that bicycle accident victims can suffer, it does not provide its readers with any medical or legal advice.

Head injuries are one of the most common types of harm that bicycle accident victims suffer. Even when bicyclists wear protective gear like helmets head injuries can result. Traumatic brain injuries can have lasting effects on their victims, and skull fractures, bleeding, and other damage is possible.

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