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Do the benefits of an epidural outweigh the risks?

Epidural is the common form of pain relief during labor, according to the American Pregnancy Association. More than 50 percent of women who give birth in American hospitals use this type of anesthesia to help mask the pain of labor and delivery. Though epidurals are common, they are not risk-free. If you plan to request an epidural when you go into labor in New Mexico, it is important that you understand both the benefits and risks of getting one.

Congress seeks to lower maternal death rate with new law

Many people in New Mexico may believe that the United States is one of the safest places to give birth. However, research shows this is simply not true. In fact, according to USA TODAY, complications in childbirth kill around 700 women each year, and about 50,000 more suffer serious harm. About half of those who die from complications could have been saved if their doctors had taken proper care to diagnose and treat those complications.

'Defensive medicine' leads to huge rise in cardiology malpractice

Have you heard of the term "defensive medicine"? It is used to describe when doctors make treatment decisions not based on what is necessarily in the patient's best interests, but instead in effort to protect the doctor from potential medical malpractice claims.

Inexperienced physicians and mistakes

In a medical setting, mistakes happen for all sorts of reasons and even the most caring medical professionals may make an error. However, these mistakes can be incredibly disastrous for patients who are harmed and make life very tough for their families also. There are times when a physician may be even more likely to make an error, such as someone who does not have very much experience. Whether someone is performing a surgical operation that they do not have much familiarity with or a doctor simply has not worked with many patients in their brief career, inexperience can increase the probability of devastating errors.

Why should you bring someone with you to a doctor's appointment?

When you are planning to visit your doctor in New Mexico, chances are you have previously done your research to find a health care provider that you trust and are comfortable working with. However, this does not adequately protect you from the mistakes that can sometimes happen when a doctor sees multiple patients each day or is fatigued or has received miscommunication. Fortunately, one of the ways that you can better protect yourself is to have someone you know and trust accompany you to your doctor's appointment. 

Failure to obtain informed consent is a crime

As a patient in New Mexico, the choice to receive a particular medical treatment is entirely in your hands. Doctors are required by law to advise you about the procedure, its benefits and any anticipated side effects. This is called informed consent. At Curtis and Lucero, we represent clients who have not received the information they need to make a knowledgeable decision from their doctor.

Study looks to find correlations between doctor burnout and error

When people in New Mexico head to their doctor in search of solutions for discomforting symptoms, they rely heavily on their health care provider's ability to provide high quality and thorough care. Unfortunately, doctors can make mistakes at times which can leave patients fighting for their life or suffering diminished quality of life. Experts suggest that patients be an active advocate for their own health and wellbeing by going to their doctor prepared to ask questions and receive answers. 

What patients should know about informed consent

When people in New Mexico discuss a medical condition with their doctors, many may have questions about their diagnosis and the recommended treatment plans. In many cases, according to the American Medical Association, doctors are required by the code of medical ethics to obtain informed consent from patients before proceeding with treatment.

How common are diagnostic errors?

We go to the doctor expecting that we can trust the care we are receiving. When a doctor gives us a diagnosis and prescribes treatment, we trust what he or she is saying. After all, the doctor is the medical professional, the one who went through years of medical school and specialized training to get to where they are. With their knowledge, we have to put our health in their hands.

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