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No one goes into a procedure, a medical office or hospital with the thought that their doctor, nurse. or health care professional is going to make a mistake that may result in death or permanent life-threatening injuries. But the truth is many thousands of Americans die each year because of medical errors according to a comprehensive, highly regarded hospital survey conducted by Harvard University, more than 1,000,000 people suffer injuries each year as a result of medical mistakes.

Medical errors can be caused by treating doctors, surgeons, nurses, pharmacists, and other health care professionals. Medical errors can result from neglect, abuse, incompetence or simply mistake. Individual practitioners, hospitals, and even nursing homes or loan term health care facilities can be held liable for medical malpractice. Common types of medical malpractice include:

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In Texas and New Mexico we hold strong to the concept of personal responsibility and accountability. At the law firm of Hutchison & Foreman, PLLC, our attorneys endeavor to hold wrongdoers accountable for their actions in personal injury, employment, consumer rights and civil rights actions.

At Hutchison & Foreman, PLLC, we are always open to clients who have suffered from unexpected calamities, crashes and personal losses. As a professional personal injury attorneys in Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Missouri we are here to serve you. I’d like to take some time here to list some examples of the top personal injury cases that we represent:

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One of the most important pieces of legislation in New Mexico State history became law this year. The passage of the New Mexico Civil Rights Act provides the citizens of New Mexico with additional protections against infringements on their freedoms and civil liberties. Many attorneys are hailing it as a breakthrough in protecting residents’ civil rights.

Many Americans are familiar with excessive force cases dating back before Rodney King and continuing through George Floyd. The greatest impediment to prosecuting these civil rights cases is the judicially created notion of qualified immunity. There has been much debate and discussion on Capitol Hill regarding legislation that would abolish qualified immunity, but New Mexico took the bold step of abolishing it for the citizens of New Mexico immediately while the federal legislation languishes in committee.

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A small business man recently called and indicated that a limited liability company he ran had been sued. He had filed a response to the allegations of the complaint with the court and sent a copy to the attorney for the plaintiff. The plaintiff’s lawyer immediately filed a motion to strike the answer and for default judgment on the basis that the response was not a proper answer to the complaint because it failed to follow the requirements of an answer, and because it had not been signed by an attorney. Since the time to file a proper answer had expired, the plaintiff asked the court for a default judgment.

The Supreme Courts of other states have been asked whether a notice of appeal by a corporation signed by an officer of the corporation who was not an attorney was valid. The courts concluded that it was not a valid notice of appeal, and therefore, the appeal was dismissed. There were primarily two bases for that decision; first, under some states’ law and statutes, a corporation, except in small claims court, must be represented by an attorney, and second, in that case, the notice of appeal filed by a person who was not an attorney was determined to be the unauthorized practice of law, that is to say, the practice of law by someone other than a licensed attorney.

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A San Antonio couple is suing the San Antonio Police Department and the city in federal court over a 2019 arrest. The pair say they were wrongfully arrested after being assaulted by a police officer. The married couple own Garden Bistro Bar on North Blanco Street. The suit stems from an argument between the officer and the owners over a party at their restaurant after it was closed. View the full story. 

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Navigating work related claims can be tricky under Texas law. Many people ask us "do I have a claim for hostile work environment?" Our answer is that it is very fact intensive. There is no such thing as hostile work environment claim unless it is specifically related to race, age, sex, religion, national origin, or a disability (or retaliation for reporting or opposing one of those categories).

Texas is a very employer friendly state. It is an "at will" state, meaning that your employer can hire you, fire you, promote you or demote you for a good reason, a bad reason or no reason at all IF it is not related to race, age, sex, religion, national origin, a disability, retaliation or a few whistleblower exceptions. We call these the "protected categories" because the law does provide protection for bad conduct related specifically to these categories. Your supervisors, co-workers or management are free to be mean, obnoxious, unfair, unfriendly and/or unkind so long as it does not relate to one of the categories mentioned. In other words, if the bad person is an "equal opportunity" bad person—they're mean, obnoxious, unfair, unfriendly and/or unkind to everyone or it is not related specifically to one of the protected categories, then it is not against the law. There is no claim for hostile work environment unless you can prove that the bad conduct is specifically related to one of the protected categories or retaliation for reporting/opposing discrimination in one of the categories.

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