Mississippi Birth Injury Attorneys Discuss Serious Birth Injury to Infant Boys

June 29th, 2015

Expectant parents have a lot to think about and discuss as they wait for the arrival of their little ones. If parents know that they are expecting a baby boy, the question of whether or not to circumcise him is right up there on the list of things to consider. Parents who decide to circumcise must also decide when to do so.

Many circumcisions are successful, but it is important to remember that circumcision is a surgery, and all surgeries do carry some degree of risk. In the case of circumcision, if the surgery is performed incorrectly, it can have painful, lifelong consequences for the patient. Many people are not aware of the risks associated with circumcision. The types of injuries that can be caused by improperly performed circumcisions include infection, stroke, disfigurement, damage to the urethra, and even death. The incidence of circumcisions is not as low as one might expect for such a common procedure, with one out of every five hundred circumcisions resulting in severe complications.

There are many things that can go wrong when surgeons are operating on such a small part of a tiny baby. A few of the things that can cause complications after a circumcision are defective circumcision clamps and errors made by pediatricians, anesthesiologists, and other medical professionals who performed the procedure. Another type of error that can happen during a circumcision is the removal of too much skin or not enough skin. Additionally, circumcision is not safe for all little boys. The doctors and surgeons who perform circumcisions should know how to recognize situations in which it is important to defer to the expertise of a pediatric urologist who can assess the situation further and determine whether or not it would be safe to perform the operation on a specific patient. Unfortunately, while pediatric urologists can be helpful in recognizing situations in which circumcision would not be advisable or safe, these highly specialized doctors, do occasionally make mistakes that result in injury.

Giddens Law Firm, P.A.: Mississippi Birth Injury Attorneys

When a male circumcision goes awry, the results can include serious injury, disfigurement, intense pain and suffering, and, in some cases, even death. Since boys are often circumcised when they are very young, sometimes within hours or days of being born, circumcision-related injuries can be extremely traumatic for both the baby and his parents. If your child was hurt or killed as the result of an improperly performed circumcision or from complications resulting from circumcision, the Mississippi Birth Injury Attorneys at the Giddens Law Firm, P.A. are here to help you and your family obtain the recovery that you deserve.  To learn more about how we can assist you in pursuing a claim for damages resulting from a botched circumcision or other birth injury, please call our office today at (601) 355-2022.

Mississippi Personal Injury Attorneys Want You to Know All About Settlement Offers

June 20th, 2015

If you were hurt in a car accident or some other type of accident, you may be surprised to receive a settlement offer from an insurance company soon after your accident. In fact, you may feel relieved that the insurance company appears to be willing to settle your claim quickly and without issue. Unfortunately, all too many people misjudge these initial settlement offers as gestures of goodwill on the part of insurance company. With this in mind, some people accept the initial settlement offer because they feel that they may not get paid if they ask for more money. Others accept them because they fear that it will take a long time to resolve their claim, and they will be in a very difficult financial position should they delay their decision.

It is true that being injured in an accident can be very costly. However, it is also true that accepting an inadequate settlement offer could cost you even more. If you receive an initial settlement offer, be sure to read it very carefully. As you read it, keep in mind that someone whose interests are contrary to yours wrote it. In other words, the settlement offer that you hold in your hands is designed to maximize the benefit to the insurance company by convincing you to settle your claim quickly, and for as little money as possible

 If you have been involved in an accident, please remember that you deserve to be fully compensated for all of the damages that you have sustained, including harm to your body and/or property.  It is entirely possible that at this time, especially if not much time has passed since the accident, you may not know the full extent of your injuries and damages. In other words, accepting an initial settlement offer right now could put you at risk of settling your case for less than what it is truly worth.

Fortunately, you may choose to accept or reject any settlement offer. You can also receive qualified advice about whether to accept or reject a settlement offer from a seasoned Mississippi personal injury attorney. An attorney can help you understand what your case is worth and whether the proposed settlement offer would adequately compensate you for your damages. Your attorney can also take over the task of corresponding with the insurance company, and they can pursue a better offer if you choose to decline the offer that you have received. While your attorney negotiates with the insurance company and obtains additional settlement offers, you remain in control of which offer you will ultimately accept.

Giddens Law Firm, P.A.: Helping Injured Parties throughout Mississippi Obtain Fair Settlements

If you have been injured, qualified Mississippi Personal Injury Attorneys can help you obtain the settlement that you deserve. Your attorneys can help you to pursue a settlement that will compensate you for all of your injuries, and they are ready to take your case to trial if such an offer is not able to be obtained through negotiation. To learn more about how the Mississippi Personal Injury Attorneys of the Giddens Law Firm, P.A. can help you to recover financially for the injuries that you have sustained, please call us now at (601) 355-2022.

Mississippi Car Accident Attorneys Discuss Automobile and Bicycle Accidents

June 5th, 2015

Drivers know that it only takes a split second of inattention to cause a collision. This principle applies to collisions with other vehicles as well as anyone or anything else that is in or near the roadway.  Undoubtedly, vehicles can collide with pedestrians, people riding bicycles, animals, or objects.

When a collision occurs between a vehicle and a person riding a bicycle, serious injury or death are likely. While a collision between an automobile and a bicycle can occur on any road, people who ride bicycles can attest to the fact that some roads accommodate simultaneous use by motor vehicles and bicycles much more safely than others.  Notwithstanding, both drivers and cyclists can take action to decrease the chances of a vehicle-bicycle collision.

Specifically, drivers and cyclists should learn the rules of the road the places where they drive and ride.  State and local laws vary, so it is important that everyone understands what the requirements are for drivers and cyclists alike.  For instance, knowing what rules to follow when you are riding your bike on the road or when you are driving and you encounter someone on a bicycle will help you know what to do, as well as what you might expect other drivers or cyclists to do.

Additionally, knowing the rules of the road provides valuable background information that drivers and cyclists can use to make decisions while they are riding and driving. However, the most important thing that drivers can do in making the roadways safer for everyone is avoid cell phone use and other distractions while driving. Obeying posted speed limits can also go a long way towards preventing collisions. Driving at an appropriate speed helps drivers to be more aware of their surroundings, and it gives them more time to respond to the presence of cyclists.

Cyclists can help drivers see them easily by wearing light or brightly colored clothing, and by using lights on their bicycles if they are riding at dawn, at dusk, or after dark. They can also increase their ability to detect and respond to the presence of nearby vehicles by using rear view mirrors, which can be mounted on a bike or on a pair of glasses. Bicycle helmets are an essential piece of safety equipment for all cyclists, and they can save lives if they fit properly and are used on every ride.

Giddens Law Firm, P.A.: Representing the Victims of Mississippi Automobile-Bicycle Accidents

When a person driving a vehicle collides with someone who is riding a bicycle, serious injury or death are likely to result. While drivers and cyclists can take steps to prevent them, automobile-bicycle accidents do, unfortunately, still occur. If you were involved in an accident involving an automobile and a bicycle, the Mississippi Car Accident Attorneys of the Giddens Law Firm, P.A. are here to help you. Please call us today at (601) 355-2022 to learn more about your legal rights and responsibilities.


Mississippi Automobile Accident Attorneys Discuss Accidents Involving Wildlife

June 1st, 2015

Many people love animals, and they know that if they ever hit an animal with their car, they would feel quite upset.  Unfortunately, in addition to being upset, they could also be severely injured or even killed. Some people are not fully aware of the likelihood of serious injury or death in an accident involving a motor vehicle and an animal, especially a large or medium-sized animal like a moose, bear, or deer.

About a million and a half accidents are caused by animals each year in America. Many of these accidents happen at night when animals are on the move and it is difficult for drivers to see them present in or along the side of the road. Other animals are more active at dusk and at dawn, and their activity patterns, combined with less than optimal visibility, add up to quite a few vehicle-animal collisions.  The incidence of animal-related accidents also fluctuates with the changes of the seasons due to migration, hunting seasons, mating, and other factors that affect the movement of animals.

Animals can be present anywhere along the road. Deer are commonly seen where there are open fields. In areas where there are trees or other tall plants along the road, animals can be hard to see until they are actually in the road. Also, some animals, like deer, are often found in groups. If you are driving and you see a deer, carefully scan the area for others that may be nearby.

The weight and size of some animals, such as moose, deer, elk, and bears, can cause a very forceful impact in a collision with a vehicle. During any animal-vehicle collision, if an animal is tossed up into the air, it can crash through the front or rear windshield or even flatten the roof of the car. When this happens, serious injuries and fatalities may result. Sometimes, collisions involving animals can even cause vehicles to overturn, leave the roadway, or both, which further increases the risk that serious injuries and fatalities will occur.

If you cannot avoid hitting an animal that is in the road, do your best to hit it from an angle, to increase the chance that it will be deflected away from your car instead of into the air. If you hit an animal with your car, there is likely to be extensive damage to your car. If you hit an animal with your car, it is a good idea to call the police, so that the animal can safely be removed from the roadway. Also, drivers should know that insurers sometimes try to avoid paying claims for damages in accidents that were caused by animals in cases where a police report has not been filed.

Giddens Law Firm, P.A.: Representing Those Who Have Been Injured in Accidents Involving Wildlife

If you were hurt in any type of accident, the Mississippi Car Accident Attorneys at the Giddens Law Firm, P.A. are here to help you. Please call our office today at (601) 355-2022 to learn more about your legal options.  We look forward to providing you with superior legal representation.

Zofran Birth Defect Lawsuits

May 21st, 2015

More lawsuits are springing up around the country which allege that Glaxo Smith Kline’s drug Zofran caused multiple different types of birth defects in unborn babies when mothers took the drug during their pregnancies.

The lawsuits have alleged to following types of defects resulting from the use of Zofran during pregnancy:

  • abdominal defects
  • heart defects / hole in the heart (atrial septal defect)
  • brain defects
  • developmental delays
  • congenital birth defects
  • cleft lip
  • cleft palate
  • hypospadia birth defects
  • chromosomal birth defects
  • heart problems for the mother
  • webbed toes
  • inter-uterine growth restriction
  • musculoskeletal abnormality
  • kidney malformations

Zofran is not approved for use during pregnancy.

The FDA has placed Zofran in the “Pregnancy Category B” which means that the drug did not reveal abnormalities during animal studies but additional testing would be needed before this drug could become a Pregnancy Category A drug. Pregnancy Category A drugs have been put through studies but have not shown evidence of risk in later trimesters with human babies.

Giddens Law firm, located in Jackson, Mississippi, is currently accepting Zofran induced birth defect cases. Call for a free consultation if you or someone you know took Zofran while pregnant. Our attorneys would be happy to speak with you about this matter.

Mississippi Traumatic Brain Injury Resources

May 19th, 2015

Mississippi Brain Injury Association

The Brain Injury Association of Mississippi was founded in 1987 and serves people throughout the state of Mississippi. It is a private, non-profit corporation whose goal is to serve persons with traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries, their families, caregivers, and professionals.

The Association is an affiliated member of the Brain Injury Association of America. The Brain Injury Association of Mississippi is a 501(c)(3) corporation. As such, all donations, gifts, membership dues and bequests are tax deductible.


Mississippi Department of Health – Concussion Policy

The Mississippi Youth Concussion Law of 2014 requires that concussion education be made available for parents and other interested Mississippians.

Most concussions occur without loss of consciousness, but they still carry the potential for injury. Recognition and proper response to concussions when they first occur can help prevent further injury or even death.


Mississippi Personal Injury Attorneys Discuss Canoe and Kayak Accidents

April 14th, 2015

Warmer weather is finally here, and it seems like everyone is eager to get outdoors and have some fun. Mississippi is a great place to be outdoors, and the Mississippi river is a popular destination for many outdoor enthusiasts. The sparkling water seems like the perfect complement to the warmer weather and sunshine. Unfortunately, springtime is not the safest season for canoeing and kayaking, both on the Mississippi and on other bodies of water throughout the state. As tempting as it might be to head for the Mississippi river or your favorite body of water as soon as the ice has melted, there are a few reasons to pause and reconsider before taking the plunge.

Spring is marked by frequent flooding, and floodwaters move fast. Floods can also occur without warning, sweeping unsuspecting canoers and kayakers away in a rush of water. It can be difficult to paddle safely in flooded areas, and this increases the risk of canoe and kayak accidents. River and weather conditions can change in the blink of an eye, and large pieces of debris can be obscured from view by churning, fast-moving water, leaving boaters with no chance to avoid them.

When the river is not flooded, the cold water poses another danger to boaters because it decreases the chance for survival in the event of a capsize or other type of accident. When the water temperature is less than sixty degrees, canoe and kayak accidents are five times more likely to be fatal than they are when the water temperature is warmer.

Because of the dangers of early season canoeing and kayaking, water safety experts suggest waiting until May to venture out on the river. If you absolutely must go canoeing or kayaking now or at any other time, be sure to wear a life jacket. Awareness of weather conditions is another important safety precaution that canoers and kayakers should take to keep themselves safe while they enjoy the river. Check forecasts often in order to be sure that you have the most up to date information about what you can expect while you are on the water. Make a plan to be off of the water before the sun goes down, to ensure a safe conclusion to your outing. Float plans are also a good idea, especially since the cold water decreases survival rates, making it essential that boating accident victims are located promptly.

Giddens Law Firm, P.A.: Mississippi Personal Injury Attorneys

Before you go out on the Mississippi river, consider the dangers of doing so at this time of year. If you were injured in a boating accident, speak with Mississippi Personal Injury Attorneys right away, to increase your chances of recovering financially for your injuries. The Mississippi Personal Injury Attorneys at the Giddens Law Firm, P.A., can help you to pursue compensation for all of your injuries by working to obtain a settlement offer that meets your needs. Please call (601) 355-2022.



Mississippi Automobile Accident Attorneys Share Tips for Driving Safely Near Big Trucks

April 14th, 2015

A recent accident on Highway 28 that involved an SUV and a log truck serves as a reminder that extra caution is required when driving near large trucks. The accident occurred when the driver of the SUV tried to pass the truck and bumped into it instead. The impact caused the driver of the SUV to lose control of the vehicle, which then flipped over several times as it left the roadway.

Unfortunately, accidents like the one mentioned above, which involve a passenger vehicle and a large truck, are not all that unusual. Approximately two hundred and fifty such collisions occur on American roadways every year. In many of these accidents, the drivers of the passenger vehicles were fully or partially responsible for the collisions. Fortunately, drivers of passenger vehicles may be able to reduce the likelihood that they will be involved in an accident with a big rig by learning more about how to drive safely near large trucks.

One time that accidents are more likely to occur is when the driver of a passenger vehicle passes a truck. Trucks go slowly when they are going up hills, and drivers often want to pass trucks because they feel anxious about driving in close proximity to them. However, it is important that drivers understand how to pass trucks safely. It takes longer to pass a truck than it does to pass another passenger vehicle, but it is important that you maintain a steady speed as you pass, even if it means that the pass takes you a bit of time. Only pass a truck on the left, and be sure that you are well ahead of it before you switch lanes again. You can also avoid collisions with trucks that are passing your vehicle by slowing down a bit so that they can make their pass sooner.

Of course, accidents can happen even when trucks and passenger vehicles are not passing each other. If the driver of a passenger vehicle is distracted or tired, they may get too close to a truck and hit it or drift out of their lane and collide with the truck if they are driving next to it. When passenger vehicles merge improperly and cut in front of an oncoming truck, the truck driver may not be able to slow down in time or switch lanes in order to avoid a collision.

Drivers who disregard or are unaware of a truck’s blind spots increase the likelihood of an accident. A tractor trailer or other, similarly sized vehicle has blind spots directly behind it, next to its left rear quarter, and next to its right front quarter. If a passenger vehicle is in a truck’s blind spot, the truck driver cannot see it and therefore might collide with it if they move in its direction.

Giddens Law Firm, P.A.: Representing the Victims of Trucking Accidents Throughout Mississippi

If you were hurt by an accident involving a tractor trailer, call qualified Mississippi Trucking Accident Attorneys right away. The Mississippi Trucking Accident Attorneys at the Giddens Law Firm, P.A. are here to help you, so please call us today, at (601) 355-2022.

Mississippi Medical Malpractice Attorneys Share a Big Picture View of Malpractice

April 4th, 2015

Everyone needs medical care sometimes. When a person needs medical care for any reason, they trust the professionals that they are receiving care from to help them with whatever medical situation they are seeking help for. While most of the time, medical professionals do help those to whom they provide care, sometimes, they do more harm than good. Sometimes, medical professionals make mistakes, or they are not careful enough when they are treating the patients in their care. Some mistakes do not have a negative impact on the patient or their health, but others can have serious adverse health effects and, in some cases, can even result in death. When a mistake is made by one or more medical professionals who owe a duty of care to a patient, and the patient is damaged by the mistake, then medical malpractice or medical negligence has occurred.

There are many ways in which medical malpractice has touched the lives of those who have been affected by it. While each instance of medical malpractice is distinctive and affects the victim and their family in a way that is unique, many people would like to know more about how medical malpractice affects the population as a whole. Statistics on medical malpractice are valuable in that they provide an overview of what kinds of incidents result in medical malpractice, what injuries the victims suffer, and what kind of care the victims were receiving when the malpractice occurred.

There are eight types of medical malpractice claims which correspond to eight types of medical care scenarios. For example, the greatest number of medical malpractice claims arise from situations in which there has been an incorrect diagnosis or a failure to diagnose. The other types of claims arise from surgeries, treatment, obstetrical care, medication errors, anesthesia, and patient monitoring. As with any compilation of statistics, there are incidences of medical malpractice which do not fit neatly into one of the seven aforementioned categories, so the eighth type of medical malpractice claim is that which results from some “other” type of incident.

The victims of medical malpractice experience a range of injuries, and, in approximately a third of instances, death. The other categories of injury that are commonly alleged in medical malpractice claims are permanent injuries, brain damage, quadriplegia, and injuries that will require care for the remainder of the victim’s life.

The medical professionals whose errors give rise to medical malpractice claims are distributed fairly evenly between those who work in an inpatient setting and those who provide care on an outpatient basis. Neurosurgeons and thoracic-cardiovascular surgeons top the list of the types of professionals who are sued for medical malpractice most often.

Giddens Law Firm, P.A.: Mississippi Medical Malpractice Attorneys

If you have been injured as the result of medical malpractice, Mississippi Medical Malpractice Attorneys can help you to recover financially for the injuries that you have sustained. If you have questions about medical malpractice in Mississippi, please call the Giddens Law Firm, P.A., at (601) 355-2022.

Mississippi Trucking Accident Attorneys Discuss Accidents Involving Dangerous Cargo

April 1st, 2015

Motor vehicle accidents can cause serious injuries and even death, and accidents involving trucks are even more likely to cause more injuries, damage, and fatalities than those involving only passenger vehicles. There are some trucks which increase the amount of harm that can result from an accident even more, because of the cargo that they contain. Accidents involving dangerous cargo happen more often than you might think. For example, over three thousand trucking accidents which happened between 2004 and 2013 involved some sort of hazardous cargo. The accidents caused a combined amount of four hundred and fifty million dollars in damage, ninety one fatalities, and many serious injuries.

The accident scenarios which can occur when hazardous cargo is involved resemble regular accidents, except that additional emergency response personnel may need to help clean up the accident scene and additional precautions, such as road closures and evacuations, may be required to keep people safe. For example, when one tanker truck collided with a pickup truck, it flipped over and spilled some of the corrosive liquid that it was carrying. Hazmat crews reported to the accident scene, and they had to close the road for a few hours while they cleaned up the spilled chemicals. As a precaution, area residents were told to stay indoors, so that they would not inhale the noxious fumes from the chemical spill.

A similar situation occurred when a tractor trailer which was carrying naphtha, a flammable substance, overturned. Traffic was diverted from the area of the crash for twelve hours, as emergency response crews cleaned up the chemical spill and removed the wreckage. Sometimes, there are even incidents where no collision occurs, yet an emergency situation is created because something else happens which creates a danger to people in or near the area where the truck carrying hazardous cargo is located. One such incident occurred when the refrigeration system of a FedEx Custom Critical delivery truck stopped working. The truck’s refrigerated trailer was loaded with two hundred gallons of liquefied peroxide, which becomes flammable at temperatures above fifty degrees and is highly explosive. The failure of the truck’s refrigeration system therefore created a risk that the liquefied peroxide would reach too high of a temperature, which could result in a fire or an explosion. The truck driver stopped the truck as soon as he became aware of the problem, and he called for help. Emergency response crews rushed to the scene and secured the area. They even evacuated a nearby business in the process. Fortunately, this potentially dangerous situation was managed without incident.

Giddens Law Firm, P.A.: Mississippi Trucking Accident Attorneys

If you were hurt or someone in your family was killed in a trucking accident involving hazardous cargo, the Mississippi Trucking Accident Attorneys at the Giddens Law Firm, P.A. can help you to pursue the financial recovery that you deserve.  To learn more about how we can help you, please call our office today, at (601) 355-2022.