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What to Do Before You Sue a School for Your Child’s Injury

When your child gets injured at school, you might wonder if you can sue the school district for liability in the injury. A reasonable expectation of safety exists for a child going to school. When children get injured, parents can sue a school and receive financial compensation. However, suing your child's school or the school district is not as easy as it sounds. Specifically, strict regulations and restrictions in Iowa protect schools and school districts from lawsuits. Here's what you need to do before attempting to sue your child's school in the event of an injury. Get Medical Treatment The first thing you...

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Why Are Truck Accidents So Deadly?

Some of the most horrific accidents you can encounter on the road involve commercial trucks. A collision that would be minor with another vehicle can be deadly with one of these vehicles. Great care must be taken when driving near a commercial truck. Here’s why an accident with a truck is so dangerous.   Size Simple physics tells us that the heavier something is, the more force it can produce. Commercial trucks can weigh over 20 times the average weight of a normal vehicle. It’s no wonder that, out of the thousands of fatalities that happen each year with commercial vehicles, truck drivers...

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Electronic Logging Devices In Commercial Vehicles

Crashes with commercial trucks rarely end well for the smaller vehicle. The extreme mass of these vehicles makes the impact far harder and more deadly. But determining whose fault it was for the crash can be difficult. Proving Fault for Accidents Involving Commercial Trucks One way that a personal injury lawyer can prove it was a trucker’s fault is by consulting their work logs. If it can be proven they were driving longer than they are allowed to according to law, then driver exhaustion could have been a factor in the crash. However, at least until recently, this sort of information was kept...

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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

Stay safe on the ice and learn legal rights from Galligan Law in Des Moines, Iowa

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. When roads are iced over they become perilous for drivers and pedestrians alike.  Here’s what you need to know to stay safe on the ice in these 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...

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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

psychological care after death in Des Moines Ohio from Galligan Law

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. Psychological care after death or injury can help victims after a tragedy. After you’ve undergone a traumatic incident, it can leave scars on both the body and the mind. Most injury accidents...

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Why Are Nursing Homes Negligent?

negligent nursing home legal help from Galligan Law in Des Moines Ohio

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. It is a shame that our loved ones can end up in a negligent nursing home. But what would lead to negligence in the first place? Most nurses strive to care for their...

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What Does “Pain and Suffering” Mean?

What Does "Pain and Suffering" Mean After An Injury? Galligan Law in Des Moines, Iowa can help you navigate this.

Personal Injury Compensation is More Than a Medical Bill 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...

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