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Peralta grandfather loses life after being struck by police car

A long-time veteran of the Los Lunas Police Department struck and killed a 69-year-old man the afternoon of Wednesday, May 17, 2017. The School Resource officer had been dispatched to Valencia Elementary School that a day after it had been reported that shots had been fired there. The decedent was returning from picking up his three grandchildren, two 6-year-old boys and a 17-year-old girl, at the time.

The accident occurred in Peralta along Molina Road near the intersection with State Road 47. As the 33-year veteran officer approached the intersection trying to make it to the school, he collided with the decedent's car. Once help arrived, he relayed to crash scene investigators that he had thought that the man was attempting to yield to him as he passed. However, he was not. He t-boned his car as a result.

Insurance coverage to protect you from the negligence of others

Regardless of the severity, a car accident can really ruin a person's day. The inconvenience of such an incident is likely bad enough, but if injuries are involved, the situation could be significantly more severe. Perhaps you have been in an accident recently, in which you suffered severe injuries, and along with any pain you may be experiencing, you probably find yourself struggling with the financial ramifications of such an event.

If the other driver was at fault in the collision, you may hope to obtain compensation through his or her insurance. Unfortunately, some drivers only carry the base amount of insurance required, or in some cases, none. However, your plan may include a certain amount of coverage in the event of an accident involving an underinsured driver.

Why slips, trips and falls occur in the workplace

Workplace injuries are all to uncommon. A distracted worker may not notice a spilled substance and end up slipping or his or her vision might be obstructed by something he or she has been asked to carry and he or she goes tumbling down the stairs.These are just two examples of the many different types of slips, trips or falls that a worker might find him or herself involved in.

U.S. Department of Labor data suggests that of all types of workplace accidents, the combination of slips, trips or falls make up the large majority of all reported incidents. In fact, workers' compensation claims filed for injuries related to these types of events account for over 25 percent of all injury claims filed on an annual basis.

Los Lunas' DWI program attempts to reduce DWI-related fatalities

When it comes to reducing the rates of fatal car accidents caused by drunk drivers, many grassroots organizations advocate for increased educational efforts and stiff penalties for those found to be driving drunk. It's believed that, in working to educate citizens about the dangers of driving drunk, including the risk of causing bodily harm to both themselves and others, that it can shape their choices and reduce unnecessary deaths.

In July of 2012, the Village of Los Lunas, in collaboration with Valencia County, implemented a DWI program intended to not only reduce incidence rates of driving under the influence across all age groups, but to specifically address underage drinking as well. This program is supported by both local and state grant funds.

New Mexico medical malpractice patient loses suit against doctor

In late March, the New Mexico Supreme Court passed down a ruling on a medical malpractice case that one of the state's residents had attempted to file against a surgeon at Lubbock's Texas Tech Hospital.

It wasn't a ruling as to how much, if anything, the patient should receive in compensation for the botched surgery she alleged to have received. Instead, it had to do with whether New Mexico should have upheld Texas state law to dismiss the patient's claim on grounds that the lawsuit was filed against the wrong party.

Use caution when dealing with workers' compensation

Injured workers need help. That fact is indisputable. The workers' compensation program was set up to help these workers to get the medical care they need to live, as well as to help them with expenses while they are off of work.

Unfortunately, some people take advantage of the system and collect benefits when none are actually necessary. This has created the need for a system to weed out the people who are actually committing fraud with their workers' compensation claims. This has also made it much more difficult for people who truly need the benefits to get these benefits. People who truly need the benefits are often watched closely and some cases might be denied when benefits should actually be paid.

Steer clear of possible drunk drivers

Driving in New Mexico nowadays is obviously quite different from how it was several decades ago. When you're behind the wheel, you face many increased risks that drivers long ago rarely experienced. Reasons for this vary, including higher posted speed limits, far more traffic, the almost continual presence of tractor-trailers and other commercial vehicles on the road, and last but not least: more drunk drivers.

While any of the above factors places you at risk for catastrophic injuries while driving, the latter definitely ranks high on any given list of driving dangers. Drunk drivers place themselves and all who share the roadways in direct harm's way. Unless you're well aware of potential signs of intoxicated driving and know just what to do if your vehicle crosses paths with one, it may be nearly impossible to avoid a collision.

How fast can you get workers' compensation?

Workers' compensation is supposed to help injured employees fill in the financial gaps while they can't work. This can include helping to pay medical bills and cover the impact of lost wages. The system isn't perfect, though, and one issue some people run into is dealing with the time it can take to receive workers' compensation payments.

A first thing to know is that all workers' compensation claims are not approved. Your claim can be denied because the carrier or employer doesn't believe the injury was related to a work activity, for example. If your claim is denied incorrectly, you do have options for appeal. You can work with a workers' compensation lawyer to help increase your chances at an appeal.

How to Obtain Compensation from a Premises Liability Case

When you think of premises liability, it's probably the one thing that every property owner must uphold whenever guests visit their premises. Whether it's a grocery store or office building, each property owner is obligated by law to protect visitors and employees from various forms of hazards that can lead to slip-and-fall accidents. When you walk into a retail store, it's a general opinion that every precaution has been taken to protect you from danger. This translates that such proprietors have gone above and beyond to warn guests of potential hazards, or better yet provide them with protective equipment.

Fiery crash kills 1, injures 4, driver facing charges

A 24-year-old man from Santa Fe, which is a little over an hour from Los Lunas, has been charged with two counts of great bodily harm by vehicle and vehicular homicide. The man was allegedly driving while intoxicated when he turned in front of another vehicle.

The man reportedly told police that he had consumed three beers before getting behind the wheel that night. After the two vehicles collided, the man's vehicle struck another car, rolled and caught fire. When police arrived, they said the front passenger in man's car was deceased. Another passenger and the man were not seriously injured.

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