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Discover the Importance of Keeping an Injury Journal

How do courts determine how much you can win in a lawsuit? Some of the damages are easy to calculate. Presenting bills and pay stubs to the court gives evidence of how much you’re due to correct those problems. But what about the less-tangible things like pain and suffering? Part of your lawyer’s job is to sway the court to give you the money you deserve, but if you create an injury journal you can make it much easier and make it far more likely you’ll get a bigger payout. Here’s what you need to know. What is an injury journal? An injury journal is a record...

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Staying Safe on the Ice

Winter is coming in fast across the country. Even the southern states are experiencing freezing temperatures. With cold temperatures, what comes next? Ice! Ice can be beautiful but it is also very dangerous. Here’s what you need to know to stay safe in slippery conditions, and what to do in case you fall down and get injured.   Walking Safety Ice is a major contributor to winter-time injuries and crashes. We all know that it makes surfaces slick. For homes and businesses, getting some ice protection for walkways is crucial. First, if you know ice is coming, spread cat litter on icy spots to...

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World Reaction to Hernia Meshes

Medical device cases can end up causing world-wide legal trouble for companies. That’s what’s been happening with surgical meshes for hernia cases. Hundreds of thousands of victims had these meshes implanted to solve a variety of problems like prolapse and incontinence. However, these meshes are causing more problems than they solve. Further injury, pain, and even infection have been reported. New Zealand So how has the world responded to this? Let’s start with New Zealand. They have completely banned the use of surgical mesh for all uses since January of this year. Regulators took action after they reviewed data from Australia about...

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Grain Bin Accidents

The sight of growing corn and grain bins are common if you go driving in the countryside of Iowa. What you might not know is that those grain bins are dangerous places to work. Workers have to take plenty of precautions before using them. Why are they so dangerous?   Flowing Grain Flowing grain traps around 30-40 people a year, but it’s likely that the number of accidents is underreported. It is estimated that about half of those entrapments are fatal. Entrapment most often happens when the grain is emptied. It’s much like being in an avalanche. Once the snow settles it compacts...

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Psychological Care After Death or Injury

When you’ve been in a car accident, it’s natural to be a little nervous for a while when you go driving again. But for some people, that nervousness never goes away or gets worse. Every car that pulls out into the street could feel like they’re aiming for them. Their stress level rises and affects their quality of life. In extreme cases, it could keep them from driving completely. After you’ve undergone a traumatic incident, it can leave scars on both the body and the mind. Most injury accidents focus on the physical symptoms, but the psychological ones should not be...

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Why Are Nursing Homes Negligent?

Nursing home neglect is an all-too-common problem in our nation’s nursing homes. Every patient that comes into a nursing home has certain needs to stay healthy and cared for. When this isn’t done, and it’s not due to a deliberate action that would qualify as abuse, the well being of the patient goes down and could lead to an injury. That would be grounds for a negligence charge. But what would lead to negligence in the first place? Most nurses strive to care for their patients as best as they can. The really bad ones end up with abuse charges. Yet...

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What Does “Pain and Suffering” Mean?

The idea behind compensation in personal injury cases is that the money makes the injured person “whole” again. For objective costs, this is easy to calculate. Your repair bills and medical expenses can be presented in black and white to an insurance company or jury. But the stress from an injury adds a physical and mental toll that can’t be calculated by bills. This is a subjective form of damage that also needs compensation. The legal term “pain and suffering” covers this personal part of what you deserve. In a minor case, pain and suffering could just be compensation for the...

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How Do I Get Paid?

It’s a great relief to win a lawsuit or to reach a settlement, but it doesn’t mean that you’ll get paid immediately. The waiting period and legal procedures that must be followed before you receive your money does confuse clients sometimes. There are a lot of possible factors. Here is what you can expect in the most common scenarios. Settlement Once a settlement has been reached, it’s now up to the lawyers to finish it up. Usually, this has to be fully completed within 30-60 days of the ruling, depending on local laws. The defendant has to send your lawyer the settlement...

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If a Mechanical Failure Caused My Injury, Can I Still Sue?

Almost all accidents are caused due to driver failure, but there are still many which are caused by mechanical defects in the car. The at-fault driver may have done everything they could to avoid the accident, but the car wouldn’t let them. This raises an important question. If you are injured and it was due to a mechanical failure on the car, can you still sue successfully? The answer is yes, but just who you can sue will depend on why the mechanical failure occurred.   Owner failed to maintain their vehicle   Many mechanical failures are due to worn tires. A sudden flat can...

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Avoiding a Bad Nursing Home

Galligan Law - Avoiding a Bad Nursing Home

With all the worries about elder abuse and negligence in nursing homes, it’s natural to worry about which homes might be best for your loved one. It’s important to know that not all nursing homes are horror stories waiting to happen. There are many fine facilities providing excellent care. But you need to know what to look for. Here are a few tips that can steer you away from a bad nursing home. Medicare Star Ratings Any nursing home that accepts Medicare or Medicaid has to submit to inspections by the government. From these inspections, each nursing home is given a star...

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