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When a hospital stay turns into a kidnapping

Hospitals can be scary places. If need to go to the hospital, you may be filled with concerns about something going wrong. Perhaps you’ll be misdiagnosed. Maybe your surgeon will make a mistake. Or you might be given the wrong medication. You may have a thousand worries fluttering through your mind. But one scenario you probably don’t expect is to be held in the hospital against your will.

The Mayo Clinic is one of the country’s most esteemed medical centers. When 18-year-old Alyssa suffered a burst blood vessel in her brain, her parents didn’t hesitate to take her to Mayo in order to receive the best care possible. After undergoing risky neurosurgery and given only a 2 percent chance of surviving, Alyssa made it through. She and her family were relieved and grateful.

After a car crash, it pays get a legal consult before you settle.

Being involved in a car crash can disrupt every aspect of your life. One minute you’re driving to the grocery store. The next you’re laid up in bed, unable to work or care for your family. The recovery from such an incident can be physically and emotionally draining.

If, on top of everything, if you’re seeking compensation from the at-fault party, the task can seem completely overwhelming. While you’re in this vulnerable state, an insurance claims adjuster may try to get you to agree to a settlement.

Staying safe on U.S. 550

Year after year, government traffic data reaffirms the local opinion that U.S. 550 is one of the deadliest highways in New Mexico. Other highways see more traffic and less accidents than the stretch of road between Bernalillo and Colorado state line.

According to safety traffic engineers and patrol officers, the high speed limit and lack of effective barriers between north and southbound roads are a dangerous combination. Concrete barriers between these lanes could greatly reduce head-on collisions.

Avoid these common fire hazards at your barbecue

There's nothing quite like gathering with friends and family for a good old-fashioned cook-out. You grill some meat, you share some beers and you enjoy the great outdoors together. There's a quiet simplicity about it, which makes it both fun and relaxing.

Unless something goes wrong, that is. Grill fires are more common than you might expect. Each year, 7,000 Americans are injured by barbecues gone wrong. In today's post, we provide essential safety tips for your backyard barbecue:

Are fires in electric vehicles a concern?

When you think of highly flammable substances, gasoline is probably high on your list. When petroleum comes into contact with heat and oxygen, combustion is inevitable. In a running car, all three of these components are present. If something goes wrong, the results can be immediate and disastrous.

With this basic understanding of chemistry in mind, you might think that when you remove petroleum from the equation—and run a car on a battery instead—that you eliminate the risk of fire. This is not entirely true. While electric cars have an 11 times lower instance of fire, electric fires pose their own unique threats.

Allegra Carpenter presents at the Annual AAJ Convention

Attorney Allegra Carpenter presented at this year's American Association for Justice's (AAJ) Annual Convention in Denver, Colorado, from July 7-10. A skilled litigator and trial consultant, Carpenter shared insights on how plaintiff attorneys can favorably represent clients concurrently involved in a criminal trial. 

Carpenter spoke to the Inadequate Security Litigation Group, presenting on the timely topic of "Straddling the Criminal and Civil Fence: Litigating Security Cases While Working with the Criminal Justice System." She explained the regular intersection of civil and criminal trials during inadequate security cases and how attorneys can strategically navigate these dual proceedings to benefit their clients.

New Mexico nursing homes rated among the worst

Over 5,700 elderly New Mexico residents rely on the care of nursing home facilities to meet their basic needs. Residents, and their families, should be able to trust that they will be well cared for in these homes; unfortunately, this is not always the case.

New Mexico’s care facilities are rated as some of the worst in the United States. Almost half of the nursing homes evaluated in a study by ProPublica had one or more serious deficiencies. What should all families know about nursing home neglect and abuse in order to protect their loved ones?

Considering laser hair removal? Read this first.

You’ve probably heard of the hair removal phenomenon that’s taken the country by storm. Laser hair removal businesses have exploded in recent years. What used to be an expensive procedure only conducted by select physicians is now becoming cheaper and more readily available to the general public.

If the prospect of permanent hair removal sounds tempting to you, it’s important to educate yourself on the procedure—and its risks—before you sign up.

Fireworks safety tips for the 4th of July

The Fourth of July is just around the corner. Time to celebrate the nation's Independence Day with hot dogs, beer, American flag cake, and of course--fireworks. Many families will watch a professional fireworks display--either in person or on TV. Leaving pyrotechnics shows to the professionals is by far the safest way to experience such an event.

Nonetheless, people often prefer to set off fireworks themselves. Without taking the right safety measures, such an activity can quickly lead to a holiday disaster. In today's article, we discuss some basic guidelines to making your at-home Fourth of July fireworks show a success:

The alarming trend of trucking accidents

Every time there's a plane crash, the story makes headlines in every major media outlet. Fortunately, such tragedies occur infrequently. But what would happen if there were a commuter plane crash every week in the United States--each time killing all of its passengers? Under such a scenario, plane crashes would kill more than 4,000 Americans each year. There would likely be a public outcry to increase plane safety and reduce unnecessary deaths.

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