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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

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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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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 go under anesthesia. Anesthetics reduce and prevent pain during surgery. 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 must also review the patient's history, prior medications, and allergies. Finally, they have to review the time requirements of the operation in order to determine the best dose of anesthesia.  Three Main Types of Anesthesia General anesthesia is a combination of medications that put you in...

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Medical Mistakes and Low-Rated Hospitals | Galligan Law

Medical Mistakes and Low-Rated Hospitals

Medical Mistakes and Low-Rated Hospitals Lower-ranked U.S. hospitals have increased medical risks for patients. These risks relate to medical mistakes, deadly infections, and serious safety omissions as a new study shows. Specifically, this study is based on data collected from about 2,600 U.S. hospitals since 2016. It estimates that around 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 hospital grades based on safety and quality. The assigned grades range from A to F. The CEO of the group, Leah Binder, says...

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