New Mexico Medical Malpractice Attorneys Curtis & Lucero

April 2017 Archives

Causes of delayed care in emergency departments

An emergency room in New Mexico is expected to provide quick care, especially in true emergency situations. However, there are many reports of situations where a person’s care was delayed in the emergency room, which led to serious complications or medical issues as a result. Understanding what is causing such delays is not always easy because of the many factors at play.

Ways patients can prevent doctor errors

Many people in Albuquerque are already apprehensive about seeking medical care without the threat of doctor errors and medical mistakes looming over their heads. According to U.S. News and Health Reports, the third leading cause of death in the country is medical errors. Many deaths that occur due to medical and doctor mistakes are preventable. Doctors and medical staff are not the only ones who can keep patients from dying while they are under the knife.

Possible link between military weapons, brain injury

Last year, a study by the U.S. Armed Forces revealed firing heavy weapons can cause memory and learning problems, but signs indicate it may also increase the risk of brain injury for soldiers across New Mexico and the United States. Per NPR, much of the concern centers around a military weapon known as the Carl Gustaf, which releases an explosive stream of hot gas out its back after shooting at a speed of more than 500 mph.

Are taxes due on wrongful death settlements?

If you have won a wrongful death lawsuit in New Mexico and received a settlement, then you have to be mindful of your tax requirements. Not paying the taxes due on any income you receive can bring about harsh penalties. According to the IRS, punitive damages, which would be any money you receive that is designed to punish the defendant and not directly related to paying for expenses, lost income or other monetary damages, are taxable under federal law. However, there are exceptions.

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