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May 2014 Archives

Serious injury after coffee spill leads to lawsuit

In-N-Out Burger has been sued by a 23-year-old woman who says she was burned by a cup of coffee. The woman claims that the scalding coffee fell in her lap after she went through a drive-thru in April 2013. Allegedly, the burger restaurant also refused to telephone 911 on her behalf following her serious injury. This case may appear familiar to some New Mexico residents, who may remember a 1992 lawsuit against McDonald's regarding a scalding hot coffee spill.

Serious injury to the brain has caused a spike in ER visits

New Mexico traumatic brain injuries can be scary for the victims and their loved ones. Serious injury to the brain can result in life-altering side effects. According to a recent report, it appears that the rate of TBI in the emergency room has spiked 30 percent. The data examined in the study was compiled between 2006 and 2010.

New Mexico residents have rights regarding nursing home abuse

When a person places a loved one in a New Mexico nursing home, it is usually because round the clock care or monitoring is necessary. Clearly, it is not so that the patients can become victims of abuse. Nursing home abuse is unacceptable. It is also illegal.

Teen with catastrophic injury discharged early from hospital

The family of an injured teenager says that their seriously injured 15-year-old son has been released to them from the hospital. Their son was in a serious accident that led to catastrophic injury to his brain, he was receiving treatment at the hospital since the car accident occurred last fall. While most families would be happy to get their son finally discharged from hospital care, this family disagrees. They say that their son is not yet medically fit to come home. Disagreements like this in New Mexico and elsewhere are common between insurance carriers and the individuals who rely on insurance money in the aftermath of a serious injury.

Can a catastrophic injury lead to a higher risk of homelessness?

A study conducted by hospital researchers indicates that approximately 50 percent of homeless men have suffered from a traumatic brain injury. Most of the catastrophic injury cases happened prior to the men losing their homes. According to the doctor who led the study, the findings could help to explain the behavioral challenges from which many homeless men suffer.

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