Shoulder dystocia, Erb's palsy and a host of other birth injuries are often preventable harms that befall newborns due to the negligence of the medical professionals present at the times of their births. Many birth injuries occur when doctors, nurses and other medical professionals fail to properly monitor mothers-to-be and their unborn babies for identifiable conditions that may suggest risks and complications. An unfortunate number of New Mexico families are affected by these tragedies each year.
Shoulder dystocia is a medical condition that occurs during the labor and delivery process. An Albuquerque mother and child may experience this sometimes serious and often scary complication when the baby's shoulders cannot pass through the birthing canal. As a result, a baby can become lodged inside of their mother and both mother and child can suffer significant complications as a result.
While some may choose to stay home and enjoy the upcoming holidays under their own roofs, a number of people will take to the roads to visit with friends and family members who live great distances from their own homes.
Not long ago this New Mexico personal injury legal blog discussed the role of negligence in accidents that occur between motor vehicles and bicycles. While both vehicle drivers and bicyclists are tasked with driving their chosen means of transportation with care, it is often the unreasonably dangerous and negligent actions of motor vehicle drivers that put bicyclists in harm's way. When a fast moving vehicle collides with a small bike it is not uncommon for the bicyclist to suffer life-threatening injuries and to be left with serious losses to recover from.
Elder abuse is a problem that plagues many of our nation's older residents. It can occur between members of a family and it can also occur between care givers and their older charges. In New Mexico and communities all throughout the United States senior citizens face serious threats to their physical, mental and financial health when they put their trust in nursing homes and other facilities that purport to provide them with adequate care.