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August 2014 Archives

Severe head trauma may lead to permanent damages or fatality

Brain injuries are a serious issue that affect well over 1 million people a year all across the country, including some here in New Mexico. Traumatic brain injuries are responsible for multiple deaths, hospitalizations and even permanent damages that may result in disability. As this issue is so widespread, it is important to understand what qualifies as a brain injury and how to get medical, legal and financial help when needed.

Paralyzed woman sues GM over serious injury

A young paralyzed woman was burned while riding in the backseat of a Chevrolet Suburban. Unbeknownst to her, the seat warmer on her seat had been activated. She fell asleep and woke up the next morning with a serious injury to her skin. The incident, which happened in 2012, resulted in a palm-sized blister on her backside. Although this case did not occur in New Mexico, numerous individuals are hurt by automotive defects in this state as well.

Camp gives burn injury victims hope after serious injury

A special camp is giving burn accident survivors the confidence they need to heal from their injuries. Most of those who attend Camp Nah Nah Mah are the survivors of burn accidents and were treated for serious injury at a university medical center. The camp was created by a burn ward nurse and it is held in a state next door to New Mexico.

Caregiver convicted, sentenced for nursing home abuse

A nursing home staff member has been found guilty of abusing a patient at a nursing home in the northwest. A judge found the woman guilty and sentenced the woman on a recent Wednesday. The nursing home abuse was discovered by the victim’s family, who videotaped the mistreatment by way of a hidden video camera in the woman’s room. Although this case did not happen in New Mexico, victims in this state can seek justice and legal remedies if they have been subjected to nursing home abuse.

Medical malpractice: FDA Pharmacist who saved thousands turns 100

A pharmacist named Frances Oldham Kelsey recently turned 100 years of age. These days, the woman’s name is not very well known. However, in the late 1950s and early 1960s, her actions prevented a nationwide health catastrophe that would have resulted in thousands upon thousands of babies suffering birth injury and premature death. If only we had more individuals like this woman working at the FDA today, numerous medical malpractice and defective drug cases in New Mexico likely could have been avoided.

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