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What if my rideshare crashes?

Using rideshare services like Uber and Lyft has become a norm in the United States. While many of us see no issue getting a ride from a stranger, there can be potential consequences.

Based on a study done in 2018, the number of traffic-related deaths has increased by 2-3% in the U.S. since the introduction of rideshares. If you do end up in an accident while in a rideshare vehicle, it is important to be prepared to take the right steps.

Compounding pharmacies could put your health at risk

Many commercial prescriptions are standard. But they don't necessarily suit all patients' needs. You may have difficulty swallowing, making medications in tablet form not an option for you. Or perhaps you have an intolerance for the standard dosage of a commercial medication and require a smaller amount.

In cases like these, doctors rely on compounding pharmacies to help. Unlike commercial pharmacies, compounding pharmacies are designed to produce tailor-made medication in small batches on an as-needed basis. While this may seem like a good solution, there are some serious drawbacks in how such pharmacies operate.

New policy limits legal recourse for nursing home abuse victims

In a previous post, we discussed a new policy under the current administration that is limiting the consequences a nursing home faces for mistreatment of their residents. In this post, we discuss another recent policy change—which robs mistreated nursing home residents of their right to a trial in court.

A recent policy under the current administration allows nursing homes to include forced arbitration clauses in their residency agreements. Under this requirement, if a resident experiences neglect or abuse in the nursing home, they cannot sue the nursing home or seek justice from a jury in court.

New federal policy more lenient on nursing home mistreatment

The decision to move your elderly parent into a nursing home has been a difficult one. You know you can’t care for them yourself, but you’re also worried about the quality of care they may receive in a senior living facility.

You may assume that government regulations help to enforce quality care in nursing homes. But new policies under the current administration have shifted to protect nursing home administrators – rather than their residents.

How do you know if you have a wrongful death claim?

The loss of a loved one can devastate a New Mexico family in many ways. You may be left grieving your family member but also dealing with expenses that can continue to impact you for years to come. If your loved one died as a result of the actions of another person, it is possible that you could have grounds for a wrongful death claim. 

Simply because someone you love passed away does not necessarily mean that you have a claim. However, it is always worthwhile to explore your legal options and determine whether you have grounds to move forward with a wrongful death claim. If you do not, it may still be possible to recoup some of your losses and secure damages for pain and suffering.

When tragedy strikes your loved one, what are your rights?

Humans are social beings. Our connections with family and friends are a huge part of what makes us feel happy and whole. It’s the people closest to us whom we rely on every day for love and protection.

But life can change quickly. One day, you get a call at work informing you that your wife was hit by a reckless driver while walking home. In an instant, your life is turned upside down. Your priorities change. You’re spending all your free time and energy caring for—and supporting—her.

Left untreated, a TBI can affect your interpersonal relationships

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is common effect of an accident--from crashing your car to falling on a slippery floor. Often, brain injuries go undetected--and untreated--for too long. When finally discovered, such injuries can be difficult to recover from.

In a previous post, we examined some of the common symptoms of a TBI. But in addition to these more easily recognized symptoms, TBI also commonly leads to emotional processing problems--which can inhibit the way sufferers can relate to the people they care about.

Older adults more likely to sustain brain damage from a fall

As you get older, your body becomes frailer, and your bones become more brittle. A stumble on the sidewalk may lead to a broken hip--when, as a child, it would've only left a bruise. This is an expected part of the aging process.

But did you know that in addition to weakening bones, your brain also becomes more susceptible to injury with age?

Look out for these warning signs on your nursing home tour

Your elderly mother has been getting frailer and more forgetful lately. You know it’s not safe for her to continue living by herself, but you also know you don’t have the capacity to care for her in your home.

The decision to move your parent into a nursing home can be painful under any circumstances. But with all of the news stories lately of nursing home neglect, the idea of putting your parent in a stranger’s care is even more stressful.

Think hands-free calling while driving is safe? Think again.

New Mexico has taken legislative action in recent years to prohibit cellphone-related driving distractions. Since cellphones have becomes so prevalent, there has been a corresponding spike in accidents from distracted driving. It is now illegal to hold your cellphone while driving—regardless of whether you’re calling, texting or reading.

This law was put into place to improve traffic safety. Holding a cellphone while driving does increase rates of distraction—this much is clear. However, there is a widely held belief that hands-free calling eliminates the danger. This is untrue. Here’s why:

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