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Elderly Recovery After Surgery – How Long Does it Take?

When something’s seriously wrong with your body, you may need surgery. Depending on how severe the condition is, you could get either major or minor surgery. There are many kinds of minor surgeries. Some are performed as outpatient procedures, and some can be performed in surgical offices. Usually, patients recover quickly from minor surgeries. However, if you have frailty, overlapping medical conditions, or are elderly recovery after surgery can be difficult. Seniors are the most susceptible to frailty. The condition, as defined by surgeon Dr. Ronnie Rosenthal of the Yale School of Medicine, is “an accumulation of problems that leave the...

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Avoiding Winter Accidents and Winter Travel Tips

Avoiding winter accidents is harder in the snow. Follow these tips to help you avoid accidents in the snow.

  Winter brings snow, making avoiding winter accidents harder. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration, more than 1,300 people are killed and more than 116,000 suffer injuries in automotive accidents because of snowy, icy or slushy roadways every year. Severe winter weather can be extremely dangerous to drive in. The first thing you should always do is determine whether it is necessary to drive in harsh weather conditions.  If you absolutely have to, these driving tips will help you avoid winter accidents.  Check the weather on your route ahead of time. By planning ahead, you will know what to...

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Malpractice Liability for Anesthesia Errors

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Many surgeries require patients to be placed under anesthesia.  Anesthetics are used to reduce or prevent pain. Because anesthesia is a risky part of any surgery, an anesthesiologist is required to administer the medication and monitor the effect on the patient.  Before any medical procedure requiring anesthesia begins, a specialist will review the patient’s medical record. They are also required to review the patient history, prior medications, allergies and time requirements of the operation to determine the best form of anesthesia.  Three Main Types of Anesthesia General anesthesia is a combination of medications that put you in a sleep-like state before...

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Medical Mistakes and Low-Rated Hospitals | Galligan Law

Medical Mistakes and Low-Rated Hospitals

Medical Mistakes and Low-Rated Hospitals Patients' risk of serious injury from medical mistakes, deadly infections and safety omissions have gradually increased at lower ranked hospitals throughout the U.S. A new study based on data collected from about 2,600 U.S. hospitals since 2016, has shown an estimated 160,000 lives are lost annually from avoidable medical errors. This study is based on information shared from Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade.  Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is a non-profit that issues grades to hospitals based on safety and quality ranging from A to F. The CEO of the group, Leah Binder, says that nearly all of the...

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Doctor Fatigue | Galligan Law

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Doctor Fatigue Patients aren’t the only ones suffering from decision fatigue. Believe it or not, physicians suffer from fatigue just like anyone else. According to a study, as the day passed on, doctors became more fatigued, which defaulted to them taking “shortcuts” or taking the “easy route” when assisting patients. For example, during the study, doctors who had experienced decision fatigue were more likely to write a prescription for an antibiotic rather than taking the time to explain to patients why it is not necessary. This resulted in patients leaving the doctor's office with unnecessary prescriptions. In the same study, doctors...

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How to Avoid Making Mistakes on Social Media During Your Lawsuit

Most people use their social media accounts without thinking. Whether you post a progress photo at the gym or just tag a friend that you haven't seen in a while, social media is a natural extension of your life. But during a lawsuit, you need to be very careful about your public image. You could make some notable mistakes on social media that could potentially harm your case, even if they seem to be harmless at the time. Here's how to avoid the most common issues. Don't: Discuss Your Case With the Other Party Many people are inclined to work things out through social media...

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Why an Injured Party’s Family Should Consider Loss of Consortium

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Has your family member or spouse been seriously injured or killed in an accident? This is a difficult time for anyone whose loved one was hurt. But what about the damage you may have suffered? You may be able to recover damages for what is known as loss of consortium. What is loss of consortium? How can it help you? And how can you demonstrate your case? Here is a brief guide. What is Loss of Consortium? This legal term refers to the loss of a personal relationship as a result of someone's negligent actions or a breach of duty. Your relationship with your...

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Four Signs of Elder Abuse or Neglect

With more and more Americans living longer and therefore requiring more health care for longer periods, loving families often have to rely on healthcare professionals of all types. You want to provide your loved parent or grandparent with a high level of care that keeps them safe, healthy, and happy. But how can you know if you can trust healthcare providers or if you should be concerned about something? The answer is often to be diligent and know what the signs of elder abuse or neglect look like. Here are a few indicators that may warrant further investigation of nursing...

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What Happens When a Cat Bites You? | Galligan law

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What Happens When a Cat Bites You? While most people associate animal bites with dogs, felines are actually common culprits as well. Animal attacks can have devastating consequences, even if a common house pet, like a cat, causes them. If a cat has bitten you, you may have legal grounds to pursue a personal injury case, even for cat bites. Why Are Cat Bites Dangerous? Cat bites are more dangerous than many people think. Feline bites may be more likely to become infected than some other types of injuries, including dog bites. One notable feature of cat teeth is that they are curved...

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What You Should Know About Pressure Cooker Injuries

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If you have bought into the pressure cooking craze in recent years, you may have been excited to pressure cook foods. Unfortunately, many people who use these pressure cookers experience injuries from their use. This guide will provide some information to individuals who want to learn what to do when they face injuries caused by these pressure cookers. How Do Pressure Cookers Lead to Injuries? Pressure cooker injuries can occur for a number of reasons. One common reason for injuries occurs when the lid is not sealed properly. The pot should not begin building pressure until the lid is locked on, but...

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