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How should you address medical bills?

Overall, you may have been a relatively healthy person throughout your life. However, just like any other New Mexico resident, you could face an unexpected medical emergency. This emergency can feel frightening and put your well-being at risk. In the best case, medical professionals will have the ability to treat your issue and have you back at peak health. Unfortunately, you may once again begin to feel ill after receiving your medical bills.

Medical expenses can immediately seem daunting, and without proper coverage, you could find yourself on the hook for most, if not all, of those costs. Even individuals with savings and other financial safeguards could end up struggling to pay off their balances. In many cases, medical debt can cause people to struggle financially, and you may be among those who need debt relief. What could you do to handle your bills?

Rebuilding your creditworthiness after bankruptcy

At our law firm, we assist New Mexicans who face insurmountable debt with facing their financial problems with creativity and from a position of strength. A variety of approaches to these issues exists, but often our clients ultimately decide to use bankruptcy as the main tool for financial recovery.

Bankruptcy stays on your credit record for 10 years if you used Chapter 7 liquidation bankruptcy and seven years for Chapter 13 wage earner reorganization bankruptcy. This fact, however, does not have to mean that your financial recovery is on hold during that time. There are many things you can do to rebuild your credit score and make lenders and creditors more open to working with you in the future.

Potential financial challenges for New Mexico tech startups

Nykia Allen, the president of the New Mexico Technology Council, recently spoke optimistically about the technology sector in the state, citing a range of enterprises from tiny startups with ideas in infancy to larger tech companies with more solid financial underpinnings, according to KOB4. She continued, however, with a concern that the recent federal decision to remove the guaranty of net neutrality could slow the upward "momentum" of New Mexico tech businesses.

Allen noted that if "drastic changes" in Internet access are made, the tech "startup scene" could be negatively affected. The article also quotes U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, D-N.M., as saying that if Internet providers "unfairly discriminate against certain companies and consumers," by allowing unequal access, the state economy would be hurt because "innovators and small companies depend on an open, free, and fair Internet."

Stabbing victim recovers in negligent security case against store

Here at Giddens, Gatton & Jacobus, P.C., we represent people in personal injury lawsuits throughout the state of New Mexico who have been injured because of the negligence or wrongful conduct of others. One kind of personal injury claim we handle is called premises liability.

Premises liability actions

Premises liability claims involve the duty of people, businesses and other entities to keep their premises reasonably safe for people invited onto the premises. The classic example of this duty is of a grocery store to keep floors clear of liquid spills and slippery substances so that shopping patrons do not slip and fall, which could cause injury.

Wrongful death suit for death of man in senior living facility

Here at Giddens, Gatton & Jacobus, P.C., we represent elderly individuals who are the victims of abuse and neglect as well as their families in the pursuit of justice. In an extreme case, a wrongful death suit may be called for.

Santa Fe wrongful death lawsuit

In September, the surviving family members of a man who died while in the care of a Santa Fe senior living facility filed a suit in state court for the wrongful death of their father, who suffered from Alzheimer's disease and lived there, reports the Santa Fe New Mexican.

The problem with pedestrian accidents in Santa Fe

At our law firm, we represent the victims of pedestrian-vehicle accidents across New Mexico. We recently settled one such catastrophic case for $1.5 million dollars. In mid-September, the Santa Fe New Mexican published a comprehensive article about pedestrian accidents in the city.

In the broader picture, pedestrian accidents have been on the rise across the country and New Mexico is a state regularly experiencing relatively higher numbers of these types of crashes. Of major concern is the contribution of mobile phone use and other "electronic distraction."

Bankruptcy issues for New Mexico medical-marijuana businesses

Since 2007, New Mexico has allowed legal, regulated use of cannabis to treat certain medical conditions. As of October, the state was home to an average of about 44,000 active medical marijuana patients, with the highest numbers using it to alleviate the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD and severe, chronic pain, with cancer a distant third, reports the New Mexico Department of Health.

Bernalillo County has by far the highest number of medical cannabis patients.

Calls for federal big-rig side-underride guard requirements

At our law firm, we represent the victims of motor vehicle accidents in the quest for justice for our clients and the public. When a negligent or reckless driver causes injury or death in a collision with another vehicle or a motorcycle, bicyclist or pedestrian, we fight for money damages in a personal injury lawsuit to cover medical bills, property damage, lost wages and earning capacity, long-term care, pain and suffering, and other losses.

Driving too fast is a quick way to cause a serious car accident

Everyone who has ever gotten behind the wheel of a motor vehicle of any kind is likely guilty of speeding at some point. Speeding is one of the most common traffic violations in New Mexico, yet people assume that a ticket is the worst consequence for speeding. In reality, speeding dramatically increases the chance that a person will be involved in an accident. 

Speeding seems like a victimless crime, up until the moment that it causes a serious accident. If you suffered injuries in a motor vehicle accident collision, there is a good chance that speeding was a cause or increased the severity of the consequences of the accident. Like other types of negligent or reckless driving, it is possible to hold speeding drivers accountable for their actions.

Fighting for the help you need when medical care goes wrong

When you submit to the care of a doctor when you are ill or injured, it is with the expectation that you will receive quality care, a proper diagnosis and the right treatment. Most doctors do their due diligence and provide care that allows a patient to get better, but there are times that mistakes are made, leading to the suffering of innocent individuals.

If you believe that you are the victim of a mistake made by a New Mexico doctor, misdiagnosis or other type of preventable error, you may have grounds for a medical malpractice claim. Financial compensation cannot reverse what happened to you, but it can help you deal with your financial losses, as well as compensate you for your pain and suffering.

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