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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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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 on Social Media Many people are inclined to work things out...

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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? Accidents cause hard times for victims and their loved ones. 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 injured...

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The Difference Between Liability for Semi-Truck and Car Accidents

large trucking accidents cause more damage than Iowa car accidents. Talk to a trucking accident lawyer at Galligan Law today.

Automobile accidents are never ideal, but an accident with a semi-truck can be disastrous and life-changing. Aside from the sheer size differences between a truck and a car, additional issues can come into play. These issues can make the healing process much more difficult in all aspects of an accident, including insurance and liability....

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Four Signs of Elder Abuse or Neglect

A woman visiting an elderly woman in a nursing home. No signs of nursing home neglect. Learn what to do if neglect occurs.

With more Americans living longer and the need for extended health care for seniors grows. As a result, loving families often rely on healthcare professionals of all types to care for their aging loved ones. 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...

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Dog Bite Overview: Prevention, Treatment, and Legal Action

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You should always take dog bites seriously. Any person who is bitten by a dog or other animal bite may need medical attention and could potentially have expensive medical bills or miss time from work as a result of the attack. Cases involving a dog that bit a person or pet may be grounds for a dog bite legal case. Learn more from this overview of dog bites, including how to prevent them, how to treat them, and how to proceed with possible legal action against the dog owner. Prevent Dog Bites Naturally, the best way to deal with dog bites or dog...

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