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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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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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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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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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4 Tips to Help You Through a Personal Injury Case

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Whether you were involved in an automobile accident or slipped and fell at a local eatery or retailer, you may be able to file a personal injury claim. The claim can help pay for your medical care, which is important if you have suffered injuries that affect your quality of life and life satisfaction. Additionally, if your injuries prevent you from working, compensation is even more important. Especially, if you can't pay for health care. Of course, the claim filing process is stressful and overwhelming. However, winning a personal injury case brings valuable compensation. This guide and an attorney will help you...

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What Happens When a Cat Bites You? | Galligan law

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What Happens When a Cat Bites You? While most people associate animal bites with dogs, felines are actually common culprits as well. Animal attacks can have devastating consequences, even if a common house pet, like a cat, causes them. If a cat has bitten you, you may have legal grounds to pursue a personal injury case, even for cat bites. Why Are Cat Bites Dangerous? Cat bites are more dangerous than many people think. Feline bites may be more likely to become infected than some other types of injuries, including dog bites. One notable feature of cat teeth is that they are curved...

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Should You Settle Your Personal Injury Case?

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If you are injured, you might feel stuck between a rock and a hard place without legal advice. You might ask yourself "How am I supposed to move forward with my case?" If you have another attorney or insurance company offering to settle with you in court, you will have a lot of questions. This guide will help you determine if settling a personal injury case is the best option.  Settling a Personal Injury Case to Reduce Stress One of the major challenges associated with a court case is the existing stress of the injured person. If your case takes days or...

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