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When the surgeon is negligent, elective surgery can be dangerous

Elective surgery is still surgery, and can carry the same risks as any other type of operation. Errors in the administration of anesthesia, operating on the wrong body part and leaving surgical instruments inside your body, to name a few common surgical errors, can leave you with a permanent disability.

For example, some patients undergo cosmetic surgery, only to end up badly injured because of their surgeon’s negligence. In one particularly sad example, a young woman suffered severe brain damage while undergoing a breast augmentation procedure in 2013.

How to Avoid ATV Injuries

At Galligan & Reid, P.C., we have made it our work as personal injury lawyers to help make the world a safer place. We take that work very seriously and always aim to help people avoid having to come to see us to protect their rights when they have been injured.

It is not infrequent that clients come to us after having suffered a serious injury as a result of using an ATV. A brief understanding of ATV vehicles can help you and your loved ones avoid such an injury.

Surgical error at University of Iowa hospital paralyzed patient

Most patients know that undergoing surgery is rarely totally free of risk. Every type of operation has a chance, even if remote, of leading to serious side effects.

This is why, before you go under the knife, hospitals generally require you to sign documents acknowledging that you are consenting to the procedure. But under the law, if your surgeon has not adequately explained the risks associated with the operation you will be undergoing, you cannot truly consent. After all, how can you consent to something you don’t really understand?

The Preventive Role of a Lawyer

When many people hear the words "personal injury lawyer", they immediately think of attorneys who help represent clients who have been injured in motor vehicle accidents, in the workplace or by malfunctioning products.

And while personal injury attorneys do represent and look out for clients' best interests in those circumstances after someone has already been injured, a major part of any personal injury attorney's job is to help reduce the frequency and severity of those types of accidents. Ultimately, personal injury attorneys want to help make our country a safe place for all of us to live in.

Do universal helmet laws save lives?

Many motorists in Iowa take certain measures to ensure their safety on the roadways. For drivers and passengers, this often means using a seatbelt. For motorcyclists, this usually means wearing protective clothing and a helmet. Many riders will wear a helmet even when the law does not require it. Only three states in the nation, Iowa included, do not have legislation that requires either all bikers or bikers below a certain age to wear a helmet. This causes some to question whether helmet laws are effective at reducing serious and even fatal injuries in the event of a motorcycle crash.

Do universal helmet laws save lives? Universal helmet laws require all motorcycle riders to wear a helmet, while partial helmet laws are age specific, usually for those under the age of 18 or 21. Because the highest rate of injuries and deaths from a motorcycle accident are among riders 20-to-24-years-old, studies have looked at the rates of states with universal helmet laws versus those with partial helmet laws, or none at all.

Motorcycle-RV collision in Iowa injures motorcyclist

Although fall weather is settling in throughout the state of Iowa, motorcyclists are still seen on roadways throughout the state. Even on cooler days, drivers should still expect to encounter these small vehicles on all road types. When a driver fails to take note of motorcyclists around them, they could collide with the rider, resulting in a serious or even fatal motorcycle accident.

Authorities in Iowa were recently dispatched to a motorcycle collision in LeClaire. According to preliminary reports, the accident involved a motorcycle and an RV. Police believe the collision occurred when the motorcyclist was traveling down a rural road and encountered an RV that was backing into a private driveway.

The dangers of commercial truck accidents

As a previous post highlighted, a large number of tractor-trailers travel on all types of roadways in Iowa and other states across the nation. This makes truck safety an important issue; however, to understand why these measures are imperative, the dangers that large trucks could pose on the roadways should be understood.

A recent study conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration considered the rate of fatal and injury causing truck accidents occurring that year. When looking at the decade before, the number of fatal commercial truck accidents decreased from 4,721 to 3,906 from 2003 to 20013. While this is a 17 percent drop, roughly 327,000 police-reported truck crashes were reported in 2013.

Can new technology reduce truck accidents?

Because large trucks are necessary and helpful in the world of interstate and intrastate commerce, residents in Iowa often encounter semi-trucks and tractor-trailers on the roadways throughout the state. While improvements have been made to these large vehicles, and new federal trucking laws have been passed over the last few years, accidents involving trucks still occur. This is a very concerning matter because truck accidents do not only cause large accident sites but are also likely to involve injured victims and fatalities.

Can new technology reduce truck accidents? Current truck safety systems in place, such as active brake assist, electronic stability control and forward collision warning, are all types of technology that have been implemented to increase truck safety. While these help to improve the safety for the driver and others traveling on the roadway, technology affects the entire driving experience and this condition needs to be addressed in the evolution of new trucking technology.

Helping victims following an Iowa truck accident

The importance and influence the trucking industry has on interstate and intrastate commerce in Iowa and elsewhere has led to the high numbers of large trucks on the roadways throughout the nation. While tractor-trailer trucks can travel from one destination to another without any errors or mishaps, the reality is that it only takes a small error to cause a truck accident. Violations of federal trucking regulations often lead to serious and even fatal truck collisions, making it important for victims and their loved ones to consider the responsibility of trucking companies and the truck driver.

Claims following a truck accident are often complex, and victims may not be aware of all the liable parties following a truck crash. Our law firm has helped past clients navigate their claims, assisting them an aggressive pursuit for justice. With over 25 years of experience, the law firm of Galligan & Reid, P.C. has devoted much time to helping clients understand their rights and actions available to them.

Holding a drunk driver liable following a drunk driving accident

Being involved in any type of motor vehicle accident can be a very serious event for residents in Iowa and elsewhere. In some situations, it may not be entirely clear what caused the collision; however, in others, it can easily be determined that the negligence of a driver was the cause. With regard to drinking and driving, when a driver fails to drive below the legal blood-alcohol limit, he or she could be held responsible for the accident resulting from their intoxication and any injuries, losses and damages arising from it.

When individuals consider the penalties that a drunk driver could face after a drunk driving accident, most highlight the criminal aspects of the incident. While there is a great possibility that the driver will face criminal charges and penalties for his or her negligence behind the wheel, the driver could also endure civil liabilities. In fact, an injured victim can use the evidence and information associated with a criminal action in a civil action against a drunk driver in an effort to hold a drunk driver liable.

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