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Iowa COVID-19 Civil Immunity for Nursing Homes & Providers

How the Iowa COVID-19 Civil Immunity Legislation Affects Medical Malpractice and Nursing Home Abuse Cases For the purposes of this article, any mention of “immunity” will refer to civil immunity granted by the state and not immunity to the disease COVID-19. Furthermore, our discussion refers to the legal liability immunity granted to medical providers against medical malpractice lawsuits related to patients with the novel coronavirus. In recent months, certain states such as Pennsylvania have passed executive orders and temporary laws that protect medical providers from lawsuits when treating patients who have contracted COVID-19. Iowa as well as Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana and Utah...

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Why Work With An Iowa Car Accident Attorney

Hurt in an Iowa car accident? Get help from the Galligan Law auto accident attorneys in Des Moines, Iowa

Facing any court issue can be a difficult and stressful thing. Estimates from 2018 show that nearly 6 million car accidents occur every year in the United States. In 2019, it was estimated that 38,800 of those auto accidents lead to fatalities.  With so many car accidents, many only lead to property damage. Many, however, do lead to personal injury. If you’ve been injured in a car accident, a trucking accident, or another form of an auto accident in Iowa, find out how an auto accident lawyer can help you.  What to Do After A Car Accident in Iowa When car accidents occur,...

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A Guide to Iowa Medical Malpractice Laws

Talk to an Iowa Medical Malpractice attorney at Galligan Law in Des Moines Iowa.

At Galligan Law, we tackle a high volume of Iowa medical malpractice cases. These cases are complicated, varied, and important. Medical malpractice cases are hard to win, especially in the state of Iowa. There are many hoops for medical injury victims to jump through, and pursuing a case is typically expensive. As a branch of personal injury law, medical malpractice law is a subset of tort law. What is Medical Malpractice Law? In order to determine if you have a successful case, you need to have an accurate definition of medical malpractice law. First, it is a branch or tort law, or...

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How Personal Injury Lawsuits Protect Your Rights

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Human beings have inherent rights, just by existing. Some of them include worker’s rights, rights to physical and mental well-being, and social protection. These rights help people every day work at a safe job, earn a living, and live safely during retirement. However, what happens when these rights are violated by a third party? And how can you further protect your rights? Inevitably, personal injuries will be sustained. But, you don’t have to recover from those injuries by yourself. You have the right to seek compensation for injuries sustained at the fault of another. Keep in mind that there are many essential...

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Common Injuries from Outdoor Activities in The Summer

How to avoid summertime injuries from Galligan Law in Des Moines, Iowa

Summer is an exciting time for most people. Kids are off from school and families spend their time traveling and participating in outdoor activities. However, with more activities, comes a higher risk of summertime accidents that cause minor to severe summer injuries. Depending on the circumstances around your accident, another party may be liable. Typically these kinds of accidents result in premises liability cases. In order to help you have a safe summer, we’ve gathered a list of common summer injuries and how to avoid them. In addition, here we will share what to do if you are injured and when...

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Why Medical Records Are Important In Personal Injury Law

A client reviewing their medical records with a personal injury attorney.

Medical records are essential in personal injury law for many reasons. When it comes to building a successful personal injury claim, you must have evidence not only of the injury but also that it was caused by another party’s negligence. After experiencing an injury, one of the first things you should do is see a medical provider to begin creating and gathering medical records. This goes for injuries caused by accidents, to overuse injuries from work. However, gathering your medical records will require work. Learn more about medical records and how working with a lawyer will help you build a successful case.  Let’s...

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Workers’ Compensation and COVID-19

COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus, has been a hot topic of discussion for months now. Since the first reported case at the end of 2019 to now, the numbers continue to rise. The federal government, along with state governments, have placed mandated orders in the hopes of slowing down the spread. However, businesses are hurting and some employers are reluctant to shut down, putting their employees at risk. Essential workers may be entitled to workers' compensation from working in unsafe conditions, or have recently been diagnosed with COVID-19.   Workers’ Compensation Overview Workers’ compensation is a state-mandated insurance program that provides benefits...

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5 Things to Avoid in A Personal Injury Case

The success of a personal injury law case depends on several factors. No matter how you look at a personal injury case, the proceedings can be a long and drawn-out affair. It is possible to win these cases and get compensation, however, there are some key mistakes that can reduce the total amount of damages you are awarded. In order to help you prepare a successful personal injury lawsuit, here are five things that can cause you to lose compensation in a personal injury case that you should avoid. This list includes: waiting, organizing your case alone, accepting the first insurance...

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10 Facts About Prescription Drug Lawsuits

Prescription drug lawsuits are long and complicated cases. Getting help from an experienced personal injury lawyer will help you prepare for the complexities of your case.

One difficult part of personal injury law is winning compensation from dangerous prescription drug lawsuits. Typically, these lawsuits fall under product liability laws. These cases are challenging due to the sheer amount of resources that pharmaceutical companies have to defend themselves with. Bad drug lawsuits are also very complicated due to distribution chains, drug regulations, and previous case rulings. This can make it hard for the plaintiff to sue the right party.  Working with a trained and experienced product liability attorney will help you build an effective case against big pharmacy companies. If you are considering taking action against a pharmaceutical...

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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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