Mississippi Car Accident Attorneys Explain What Happens When Police Investigate A Car Crash

June 28th, 2016

Police called to the scene of a car crash are immediately swamped with numerous decisions to make. Accident scenes are emotionally charged and can be chaotic. Police must deal with people at their most vulnerable. Minutes pass like hours in the immediate aftermath of a crash, especially a violent crash in which people are severely and perhaps critically injured.  Police must quickly assess and triage the injured, perform life-saving measures, and provide first aid to those not critically injured. The officer must decide whether the ambulance must respond.

Once the dust settles, the officer will begin an investigation as to how the accident occurred.  The officer will interview the drivers if they are able, and any witnesses to the accident.  Witnesses may include passengers riding in the cars involved in the crash, pedestrians, and other motorists. Frequently, the officer’s investigation will be complete after reviewing the crash scene and interviewing witnesses.  The officer will then write a police report detailing the crash and listing any criminal or civil charges against a driver. If police suspect one of the drivers committed a serious crime causing the crash, then officers might call in a special unit, sometimes called an accident reconstruction unit, to determine how the crash occurred. An accident reconstructionist will respond if the crash results in a fatality and will also respond in other circumstances. An accident reconstructionist is a highly trained law enforcement officer who can use the physical evidence from the crash and make several determinations about what happened. The crash reconstructionist can determine the speed of the vehicles, the length of time the car was braking before the crash, and use the physical characteristics of the crash to determine what was going on inside the car seconds before the crash.

Technological advancements in motor vehicles also assist investigators. A vehicle’s data recorder aids an accident reconstructionist by storing pre and post-crash data. The data recorder is known as the “black box.” A car’s black box works like an airliner’s black box.  A vehicle’s black box records pre and post-crash speed, the amount of braking, the amount of steering, and as well as other factors.  Police must get a search warrant authorizing them to take the data recorder if the driver refuses to consent to police examining the item.

One thing police will want to know whether the driver or drivers were distracted at the time of the crash. The most obvious distraction is a cell phone. Most states have launched law enforcement campaigns to combat distracted driving. Many states now have “hands-free” laws, including Mississippi. Crash investigators will determine whether a driver was texting or using their cell phone immediately before the crash.

Where does the investigation lead? The police may charge a driver with a crime or a motor vehicle infraction if the investigation determines that a driver committed such an act. A person injured in the crash has a vested interest in seeing the police investigation through to the end.   Under Mississippi law, if a person injures another while breaking the law, the person who broke the law is “per se negligent.” The injured party might recover money damages if they were supposed to be protected by the law the other person broke that caused the crash. For instance, if a person driving under the influence of drugs or liquor crashes into another after swerving into the opposite lane and injures a person, the injured party does not have to prove the other was at fault. The injured party is certainly one whom the law was supposed to protect from harm.

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Mississippi Medical Malpractice Attorneys Caution That Claims Can Be Barred By Wrongful Conduct

June 14th, 2016

Healthcare professionals have a duty to treat their patients with reasonable care. What happens if the doctor prescribes painkilling medication that leads to an opiate addiction? Is the doctor responsible? With the opiate crisis in the United States reaching pandemic proportion as a result of over-prescribing prescription drugs, medical malpractice lawsuits present an alternative for a grieving family to redress their loss. The opiate crisis serves to put healthcare professionals on notice that over-prescribing painkillers can lead to addiction and death from overdose. On the other hand, possession of narcotics such and heroin and fentanyl without a prescription is a crime. Does the healthcare industry have a viable defense based on the wrongful conduct of the addict against malpractice claims?

A recent Mississippi court ruling illustrates the complexity of the question. The healthcare professionals in the case were a physician and an inpatient drug rehabilitation facility.  The young man stole Suboxone from the physician’s unlocked office. The young man died from an overdose of Suboxone. The young man’s parents sued the physician and the facility for medical malpractice. The healthcare professionals defended the malpractice suit by arguing that the young man’s illegal conduct prevents his family from claiming the physician and his staff committed malpractice.  But, the Suboxone to which the young man gained access was unlawfully stored in the physician’s office.

Mississippi has a long-standing rule of the law that has its origins in England that prevents a person from suing for injuries caused by their illegal conduct. The rule is called the “wrongful conduct rule.” The wrongful conduct rule states that courts will not allow a person to sue for injuries occurring while the injured person engaged in unlawful or immoral acts.  The wrongful conduct rule prevented a plaintiff from successfully claiming that his Oxycontin addiction was the fault of healthcare professionals.  The plaintiff sued several doctors and pharmacies saying it was their fault he was addicted to the drug because of they should have known he was an addict. The plaintiff lost because he committed fraud by obtaining Oxycontin prescriptions from several doctors and filled them at multiple pharmacies in three different cities.

The rule is limited. The defense will not work simply because the defendant says the plaintiff was doing something illegal when the plaintiff was hurt.  The defense is viable only if the injuries are the result of the illegal conduct. If the illegal conduct is not the direct cause of the injuries, then the plaintiff can recover damages. The wrongful conduct rule has another limitation as well. If both parties committed illegal acts, then the plaintiff can recover for injuries if the defendant’s illegal acts were greater than the plaintiff’s.

In the recent ruling, the court looked at the duty a hospital owes to people who are inpatients. The hospital must use reasonable care to protect the patient from a known or foreseeable danger and, if necessary, protect the patient from harming himself. It is foreseeable that a drug addict, seeking medical care for addiction, would try to steal and take drugs found on the premises. It is also foreseeable that an addict may overdose on narcotics as well. The unfortunate young man discussed in the case was struggling mightily in his battle with addiction. He was hospitalized to fight the addiction. It makes sense that the medical facility must take every precaution to make certain narcotics do not fall into the wrong hands.

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Mississippi Personal Injury Attorney Explains How You Can Still Recover An Award Even If You Are Partly To Blame

June 3rd, 2016

The defense will always try to blame the injured person for causing an accident. In years past, the injured party could not recover any award if they somehow contributed to causing the accident. The jury could return a verdict awarding zero dollars if the injured party, called the plaintiff in court, was merely one percent at fault. Courts observed over the years that this rule was very harsh and unjust. Mississippi was the first state in the U.S. to change that rule. The new rule allows for plaintiffs to receive a jury award even if they did something wrong that contributed to their injuries.

The new rule, called comparative negligence, is found in Mississippi’s statutes. The comparative negligence rule applies in wrongful death cases, personal injury cases such as car accidents, as well as property damage cases. The rule says that if the person injured, or the owner of the property or the person who is in control of the property that is damaged did something wrong, then the injured party does not automatically lose. The percentage of fault for which the plaintiff is responsible reduces the jury award by that amount.

The theory is relatively simple in practice. The jury must find a percentage of fault for both the plaintiff and the defendant. The jury assesses damages at the amount proven by the plaintiff. The plaintiff will win the full amount of the award if they jury found the plaintiff did not contribute to the injuries. The jury must reduce the award if they find the plaintiff contributed to the accident or his injuries. If the jury finds that the plaintiff somehow contributed to the injuries, then the jury must reduce the total award by the percentage of fault the jury assigns to the plaintiff.  It is possible, under this theory of law, for the plaintiff to be 99% responsible and the defendant 1% responsible for the accident. In that case, the jury would award the plaintiff 1% of the total award.

The defense in every personal injury, wrongful death, or property damage case will blame the plaintiff for their injuries. The defense will claim that the plaintiff did not use reasonable caution to avoid an accident. The defense, most often a lawyer for an insurance company, will argue if the plaintiff was not careful, then the defendant is not responsible for all of the injuries the plaintiff suffered. The argument is designed to keep the insurance payouts lower.

A person should always be careful but given human nature and the various distractions we face in our modern society we can easily slip up. A person can try to remember a few simple rules to avoid contributing to their injuries if they are indeed unlucky enough to be in an accident.  A driver must always remain vigilant and follow the rules of the road. Remember to make full stops at stop signs and red lights and yield when merging. Also, you should always use your directionals when turning. Never, ever, drink and drive. Also, you should never text and drive. Try not to use your mobile device at all while driving. If you must use your device, then switch to hands-free mode. Hands-free will help you keep your eyes on the road and not looking down at your cellphone.  Pedestrians should bear the same rules in mind. Pedestrians must exercise caution when walking in the street by crossing on the correct light, crossing at a corner, and paying attention while walking and not being distracted by a cellphone.

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Mississippi Personal Injury Attorneys Explain What Happens At An Independent Medical Examination

June 1st, 2016

Courts permit independent medical examinations of plaintiffs in certain lawsuits. An independent medical examination, or IME, is a tool for the defense to use against a plaintiff to determine if the plaintiff has reached a full recovery or reached a medical result for treatment. Attorneys defending insurance companies commonly use IMEs to show that the plaintiff’s injuries have healed, or the plaintiff is not limited or permanently disabled in any way.

The defense cannot simply order you to go to a doctor you did not choose. The defense must ask the court hearing the case for permission to send a plaintiff to an IME. Generally speaking, however, the defense is entitled to ask the court to allow an IME if the plaintiff claims physical injuries caused by the defendant.  The court can order the plaintiff to attend an IME if the defendant shows there is “good cause” to send the plaintiff for the IME. The judge will not allow an IME unless the defendant shows why good cause exists for an IME. The IME can be a physical examination or a mental health examination.  The plaintiff’s medical condition must be an issue in the trial before a judge orders an IME.  The defense must give the plaintiff notice of when and where to appear. Also, the examination is not without strict boundaries. The IME’s limitations must be specifically spelled out, meaning the doctor cannot examine the plaintiff for anything and everything. The examination must be related to the injuries that are an issue in the case.

The defendant cannot show good cause simply because a plaintiff sues a defendant for damages stemming from injuries caused by the defendant. The defense must prove to the judge that there is no alternative but to have an IME. That means the defense has to look through all of the medical records produced in the case as well as all of the other sources of information at their disposal. Other sources of information include interrogatories or written questions, and depositions, especially depositions of medical experts.

The IME is limited to the order made by the judge. The time, place, identity of the qualified medical professional who will perform the examination as well as the scope of the examination. The defense is not allowed to select any physician it wants to perform the examination. These requirements make certain that the IME is conducted fairly, without stacking the deck for the defense.  The plaintiff should object to the doctor nominated by the defense if the doctor is known to be defendant-friendly or otherwise impartial in some respect.  The whole idea is to have an “independent” physician examine the plaintiff. It is often best that the parties agree on the doctor performing the exam. That way the plaintiff can feel comfortable knowing that she had a say in the process. The judge will appoint a doctor if neither party can agree on a physician. The plaintiff can feel comfortable in this situation as well because the physician will have no bias toward either side.

An IME can benefit the plaintiff. If the doctor who performed the IME writes a favorable report about the plaintiff’s condition, then the plaintiff can use that report in court to help prove her case.  In reality, if the results of the IME favor the plaintiff, the defendant will look to settle the case.

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Mississippi Wrongful Death Attorneys Discuss Pedestrian Accidents

May 31st, 2016

A recent fatal pedestrian accident occurred in West Orange when a bus hit an eighty-two-year-old woman. The accident happened at an intersection, where the bus was attempting to make a left turn onto the street as the woman was crossing the road. After the collision, the bus driver got out of the bus, called the police, and rendered aid to the woman, who later died as the result of her injuries.

While no charges have been filed against the bus driver in the aforementioned accident yet, and charges may not ever be filed if there is no reason to do so, many fatal pedestrian accidents do lead to wrongful death actions. Some drivers strike pedestrians with their vehicles when they are driving negligently, recklessly, or in violation of the law.

Unfortunately, pedestrian accidents happen more often than many people realize. In America, approximately twelve pedestrians are struck by motor vehicles every day. Some of those pedestrians survive, and many of them suffer permanent or long-lasting damage from their injuries. Many pedestrians do not survive their accidents with motor vehicles. When a pedestrian gets hit by a motor vehicle, the force of the impact can throw the pedestrian into the air or crush them. Some of the pedestrians die instantly while others die within a few minutes or a few hours as the result of their injuries.

After a pedestrian accident, the victim’s family often seeks civil damages in relation to their loss. There are two types of civil actions that family members can bring. Survival actions enable the families of accident victims to recover the damages that the victim could have recovered if they had survived the accident. The other type of civil action is a wrongful death action against the at-fault driver. Wrongful death actions are intended to help families of accident victims recover damages that they have experienced in connection with the losses of their loved ones, such as funeral expenses, loss of companionship, and loss of support.

In addition to the civil actions described above, additional causes of action may exist in a pedestrian accident case. For example, the State may pursue criminal charges in a situation where a pedestrian was struck and killed by a driver who was speeding or who was driving under the influence of alcohol. In a few, extreme cases, the conduct of a driver who hit and killed a pedestrian accident is so outrageous that it receives special treatment under criminal laws, resulting in vehicular manslaughter or involuntary manslaughter charges.

Giddens Law Firm, P.A.: Representing Mississippi Pedestrian Accident Victims

If someone that you love was struck and killed by a vehicle while they were walking, you have a lot to gain from working with a Mississippi Wrongful Death Attorney. Pedestrian accident cases can be complicated, and it is important that you have the experienced legal support that you need right now so that you can focus on grieving and healing as a family. To learn more, call the Mississippi Wrongful Death Attorneys of the Giddens Law Firm, P.A., at (601) 355-2022.

Mississippi Medical Malpractice Attorneys Discuss Third Leading Cause of Death in the U.S.

May 31st, 2016

Each medical malpractice case is unique. One patient may be prescribed the wrong medication or the wrong dose of medication. Another patient might undergo surgery, only to find out that the surgery was performed on the wrong side of their body.  Whatever the medical error in any given case, it is possible that serious injury or death may result.

In one recent medical malpractice action, a verdict was issued in favor of the family of a nearly eighty-nine-year-old man. The man died after a feeding tube was inserted into his lung instead of into his stomach. A feeding tube had been successfully placed before when the man was transferred to the hospital from a nursing home, but he had removed the tube. The man was restrained so that he could not pull out his feeding tube, and another feeding tube was put in. That tube was removed by doctors after an X-ray revealed that it had been placed improperly, into his lung instead of his stomach. The tube was inserted a third time, and x-rays taken following its insertion showed it as being in the stomach, and not in the lung. However, the tube had been inserted into the lung, and the feeding solution dripped into his lung for twelve hours until he died of drowning.

The aforementioned medical malpractice case is just one example of how medical care can go horribly wrong. There are many kinds of avoidable medical errors, and these errors, when taken as a group, are the third leading cause of death in America, claiming approximately seven hundred lives every day.

Medical malpractice in the form of medical errors is a form of negligence. Negligence occurs when someone either does something that a reasonably prudent person in a similar situation wouldn’t do or fails to do something that a reasonably prudent person would do in that situation. In a medical setting, the reasonably prudent person is a reasonably prudent doctor, with all of the training and knowledge that goes along therewith. In a medical malpractice case, the patient would have lived if they had been treated by a reasonably prudent doctor instead of by a negligent doctor.

Giddens Law Firm, P.A.: Supporting Mississippi Medical Malpractice Plaintiffs

If you were injured or someone that you love die as the result of medical malpractice, you may have a medical malpractice cause of action against the people or people whose conduct caused the error that hurt you or killed your loved one. The Mississippi Medical Malpractice Attorneys at the Giddens Law Firm, P.A. may be able to help you bring a medical malpractice claim against the parties who are responsible for your injuries or the death of your family member. A medical malpractice claim could help you recover both physically and financially after your accident. To learn more about how we may be able to help you, please call our office today, at (601) 355-2022.

 

Mississippi Personal Injury Attorneys Discuss Single Vehicle Accidents

May 6th, 2016

A recent single-car crash that claimed the life of one man serves as a somber reminder of the dangers of single-vehicle accidents. The accident early in the morning, on Highway 53. The vehicle left the roadway and caught fire. The driver could not exit the vehicle, and he perished in the blaze. The recent fatal single-car accident is, unfortunately, far from an atypical scenario. Single-vehicle accidents are deadlier than accidents involving multiple vehicles, accounting for sixty-five percent of all fatal motor vehicle accidents in the United States.

Because one-vehicle accidents are so often fatal, much effort has gone into studying the accidents and looking for the reasons why they happen. This research has led to a discussion of the things that drivers can do to prevent single-car accidents. Many single-vehicle accidents result from things that drivers have some degree of choice over, such as drinking alcohol, speeding, driving while drowsy, and texting or other distractions. The number of single-vehicle accidents could be reduced by drivers who make safe choices like staying sober so that they can drive home, calling a cab or riding with a designated driver if they choose to drink, getting sufficient rest before making a road trip, following posted speed limits, and choosing to focus on the road instead of allowing themselves to be distracted.

While some single-vehicle accidents could be prevented, research has also shown that other single-car crashes are caused by things that are completely outside of the driver’s control. For example, rainy weather brings with it slippery roads and poor visibility which can cause drivers to lose control. Mechanical defects can also cause sudden and unpredictable changes in vehicle function that could cause a driver to lose control.

Although some information has been gathered regarding single-vehicle wrecks, many individual single-car crashes remain surrounded in mystery. It is harder for investigators and authorities to piece together what happened to cause any given single vehicle accident than it is for them to make sense of the aftermath of a multiple vehicle collision. One reason for this is that in many fatal, single-car accidents, the sole eyewitness is the driver who died in the wreck.  When this occurs, it can be challenging for police and investigators to be able to say with any certainty what happened. Also, the victim’s  family receives no meaningful explanation regarding the loss of their loved one, which can make mourning their loss even harder.

Giddens Law Firm, P.A.: Protecting Mississippi Accident Victims

If you were injured or someone that you love died in a single-vehicle crash, contact a Mississippi automobile accident attorney right away. Your rights and interests are at stake, and it is important that you have your case evaluated by someone who can help you. During this uncertain and challenging time in your life, it can be a great relief to have someone knowledgeable by your side to represent your interests. To learn more, call the Mississippi Automobile Accident Attorneys at the Giddens Law Firm, P.A. at (601) 355-2022.

Mississippi Workplace Injury Attorneys Discuss a Recent Increase in Workplace Accidents

May 4th, 2016

Sometimes, statistics can be shocking. For example, in 2014, one person died on the job every other hour, every single day for the entire year? The total number of on-the-job deaths in 2014 amounted to 3.3 deaths per one hundred thousand workers, which is a slight increase from the 3.4 deaths per hundred thousand workers that occurred in 2013. The aforementioned numbers only account for deaths that happened on the job. The numbers do not include any deaths that resulted from job-related sicknesses like black lung disease.

The consensus among the people who study workplace injuries and fatalities is that workplace deaths continue to increase because there are not stiff enough penalties to deter employers from utilizing dangerous or even illegal labor practices like failing to provide necessary safety equipment or have adequate staff on duty to allow for sufficient breaks. Workplace deaths are not distributed evenly throughout the United States. For example, Mississippi residents may be surprised to learn that their home state had 7.1 workplace deaths per hundred thousand people in 2014, which put it behind only four other states as the fifth most dangerous state to work in.

As you might imagine, not all of the workplace injuries and deaths were evenly distributed among different types of work. Logging, fishing, oil drilling, and construction caused the most deaths, and falls were the most common type of workplace death. Unfortunately, 2014 was a record-setting year for workplace deaths among older workers, which includes workers over the age of fifty-five. One thousand six hundred and ninety-one older adults died on the job that year. There are even some workplace deaths that are not accidents – just over eight hundred workplace murders took place in 2014.

The increase in workplace deaths in 2014 occurred despite some progress towards improving job safety. For example, enforcement has increased, along with some fines. One significant development allows OSHA to adjust its federal civil fines for inflation, which increases maximum employer penalties significantly. It is possible that moving forward; these increased penalties will have a deterrent effect on companies who do not take safety seriously.

Giddens Law Firm, P.A.: Support for Workplace Accident Victims and Families

If you got hurt at work or if you lost someone that you love in a workplace accident, do not wait – reach out for help right away. After you get medical attention, call a workplace injury attorney and speak to them about your accident. Your attorney can help you make sense of what happened and they can work with you to develop safe work practices. What’s more, they can help you to formulate a plan for presenting your case in court, if need be. If you have questions related to Mississippi workplace accident law, the Mississippi Workplace Accident Attorneys of the Giddens Law Firm, P.A. could possibly help you. Please call our office today, at (601) 355-2022, to learn more.

Mississippi Automobile Accident Attorneys Remind Drivers to Use Caution on Wet Roads

April 29th, 2016

A recent accident in Arkansas claimed the life of a Mississippi man. The crash occurred when the man lost control of his car and collided with a vehicle on the other side of the road. The weather might have played a role in this crash. It was raining and the road was wet at the time of the accident. Other accidents occurred throughout the nearby area that day, and wet roads may have contributed to causing those wrecks, too.

Rainy weather and wet roads are just two of the possible hazards that drivers may encounter on the roadway. Wildlife and highway defects are other examples of things that can contribute to causing automobile accidents. Rain increases the risk of car accidents in two ways. When it is raining, visibility is reduced, and drivers may have difficulty seeing nearby vehicles, intersections, road signs, and other things that they need to see to drive safely. Also, road surfaces may become slippery, which increases the likelihood that a driver will lose control of his or her vehicle. Some road surfaces provide better traction in wet weather than others do, and when there is water on the road surface, hydroplaning may occur.

When it is raining, and even after the rain has stopped and the road is wet, drivers can implement a few safe driving practices to increase their chances of arriving at their destinations safely. Slowing down can give you more time to see vehicles, signs, and other things and it can reduce the likelihood that your vehicle will hydroplane. Stopping a car on a wet surface requires more distance, so leave yourself plenty of time. Also, leaving plenty of room between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you will give you more time to react to that vehicle’s movements. Keeping a safe distance is always important, but it is even more crucial when the road is wet, and there is an increased risk that that vehicle will hydroplane, swerve, or make other unanticipated movements.

Other road hazards include potholes and rough patches, poor roadway design, inadequate lighting, and confusing signs. Older roads are more likely to contain road hazards because road design has evolved to create increasingly safer roads. Inadequate road maintenance can also increase the risk of automobile accidents. Road surfaces experience considerable wear and tear, and highway budgets do not permit state and local governments to repair and resurface all of the roads that need attention right away, so unsafe conditions may exist for some time before work crews can make the necessary repairs.

Giddens Law Firm, P.A.: Support for Mississippi Automobile Accident Victims

If you got hurt in a car crash, the weather might have played a role in causing the accident. Whether or not the weather was a factor in your accident, you would benefit from working with a Mississippi Automobile Accident Attorney. The insurance claims process can be more time-consuming than you might imagine.  Your attorney can help you resolve your claim while you focus on your health and healing. To learn more, call the Mississippi Automobile Accident Attorneys of the Giddens Law Firm, P.A., at (601) 355-2022.

Mississippi Workplace Injury Attorneys Discuss Drillship Accidents

April 24th, 2016

A seaman from Mississippi filed a lawsuit against his former employer and another company. The man claims that he was operating a high-pressure lance on a drillship when he fell, sustaining severe injuries. In his lawsuit, the plaintiff alleges that the defendants did not give him the gear and equipment that he needed to do his job safely, among other things. The lawsuit also touches on issues involving whether there were unsafe working conditions on the drillship and whether the ship’s crew was adequate.

Drillships are one type of offshore oil and gas drilling rig. These enormous and powerful machines drill holes for the extraction of oil and gas. Drillships and other offshore oil and gas drilling rigs present significant safety hazards to the people who work on them. Between 2001 and 2010, there were over eight hundred fires and explosions on offshore drilling rigs. One thousand three hundred and forty-nine injuries and sixty-nine deaths occurred in these workplaces during that same period.

Some of the hazards that are present in an offshore drilling work environment are slippery surfaces, unfavorable weather conditions, heavy machinery, fires, explosions, and falls. As is the case in any workplace environment that involves the use of machinery, equipment failure can cause injury or death and improperly maintained equipment presents an increased risk of harm to the workers who use it. Crew members who do not receive proper training and support are at risk for injury, and they also put other workers at risk because they are unable to work safely or to support their co-workers in doing so. There are many ladders and stairs on a drillship, and falls from ladders, staircases, and other tall pieces of equipment may cause severe and sometimes fatal injuries. Oil and natural gas are combustible, so fires and explosions are a very real risk in offshore drilling workplaces.

If you work on a drillship and you get hurt, seek medical attention right away. Prompt treatment ensures that you can know the full extent of your injuries and begin receiving essential medical care right away. As is the case with any injury, immediate treatment provides the best possible chance at a full recovery. Missing work because of an injury could deplete your financial resources quickly. In addition to helping you recover sooner so that you can return to work, seeking treatment right away helps provide the documentation that will support your claim for damages.

Giddens Law Firm, P.A.: Supporting Mississippi Workplace Injury Plaintiffs

If you experienced a workplace accident in an offshore drilling workplace, you are not alone. Offshore drilling is dangerous work, and employers must do their best to prevent harm from befalling the employees who work for them. The Mississippi Workplace Injury Attorneys at the Giddens Law Firm, P.A. may be able to help you pursue a worker’s compensation claim against the parties who are responsible for your injuries. A worker’s compensation claim could help you recover both physically and financially after your accident. To learn more about how we may be able to help you, please call our office today, at (601) 355-2022.