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A Guide to Iowa Medical Malpractice Laws

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At Galligan Law, we tackle a high volume of Iowa medical malpractice cases. These cases are complicated, varied, and important. Medical malpractice cases are hard to win, especially in the state of Iowa. There are many hoops for medical injury victims to jump through, and pursuing a case is typically expensive. As a branch of personal injury law, medical malpractice law is a subset of tort law. What is Medical Malpractice Law? In order to determine if you have a successful case, you need to have an accurate definition of medical malpractice law. First, it is a branch or tort law, or...

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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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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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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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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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Avoiding a Bad Nursing Home

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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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What You Need to Know About Spinal Cord Injuries

Spinal cord injuries are devastating, often severely impacting a person for the rest of their life and requiring massive amounts of medical care and support to maintain a reasonable quality of life. Cases involving spinal cord injuries are complex and require a skilled and experienced attorney who understands how to build your case and prove the full impact of your injury so that full justice through compensation is realized. Types of spinal cord injuries Spinal cord injuries are classified by two components. The first is where the injury occurred in the spinal cord.  As a general guideline, nerve function below where the...

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Medical Mesh Lawsuits

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Medical mesh implants can be used to treat a few conditions, both in men and in women. One type of mesh is used to treat hernias, with surgeons relying on mesh to help keep hernias from recurring and to help reduce surgery time. Over 90% of groin hernias utilize surgical mesh to repair the condition. Women who have a condition known as pelvic organ prolapse, a complication of pregnancy and stress urinary incontinence, vaginal mesh may be used to treat these conditions. In 10% of patients, the women who have received these mesh implants have had intense pain and some have...

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An Overview of Recent Drug Recalls

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The Food and Drug Administration is responsible for testing the safety of drugs and medical devices before they become available. However, early testing doesn’t always catch problems, which can have disastrous medical consequences on the public. When these are found, the FDA can issue additional warnings or drug recalls to pull the product from the market. Medical manufacturers fear these additional penalties because it can open them up to lawsuits from the public, and rightfully so. The manufacturers are ultimately responsible for the creation and sale of the product. When a product causes damage to the public, the people then have...

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Does Your Doctor’s Age Matter?

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When choosing a physician, do you look for an experienced doctor with years of practice under their belt? Or, do you look for degrees, certifications, or awards? Older doctors bring years of clinical experience to the table, but there are also downsides for aging physicians. Should Age Matter? Researchers at Harvard University published a paper last year showing patients being taken care of by younger doctors were less likely to die. Physicians with less experience were also less likely to order unnecessary tests in both men and women. For example, overall, 32 out of 62 evaluations reported decreasing performance with increasing years...

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