Archive for February, 2015

Mississippi Workplace Injury Attorneys Report: Health Care Workers at High Risk for Workplace Injuries

Friday, February 27th, 2015

Nurses, orderlies, and other health care workers spend their working hours helping other people heal from illnesses and injuries. Working in the health care industry can be rewarding, because of the positive feelings that accompany helping others, but it is also stressful work, in addition to being physically demanding, and sometimes even dangerous.

Every year, over six hundred and fifty thousand health care workers experience work-related illnesses or injuries. Many health care workers who are injured must take time off from work to recover. In fact, the number of injury-related absences is approximately four times higher for health care workers than it is for people who are employed in other fields.

Back injuries are a frequent occurrence among nurses and others who work in health care, and they are the leading cause of injuries to health care workers. Back injuries often occur when aides, nurses, and other workers move or reposition patients. Sometimes, workers attempt lifts on their own because not enough staff are available to ensure that lifts are performed by multiple workers or because there are no mechanical devices available that they could use to lift the patients. In situations where multiple workers perform a lift, there is still a high risk for injury due to unpredictable movements by the patient or communication errors among the staff who are performing the lift. Mechanical devices which assist in lifting patients greatly reduce the risk of injury, but, as noted before, they are not always available.

Unfortunately, many health care facilities do not have clear rules and procedures in place for lifting and moving patients, nor are there rules for safe patient handling imposed upon employees and facilities from outside agencies like OSHA. Unfortunately, many health care employees who experience back injuries must often miss work, at least for a short period of time, while they recover. Workers who experience severe back injuries are often unable to return to work in their previous positions.

Other causes of injuries in the health care environment occur when employees slip and fall, or when they contract infectious diseases. Injuries caused by repetitive motion are also fairly common among health care workers. Some health care workers are even injured by chemical exposures, or by acts of violence in the workplace.

One reason why so many workers in health care facilities may be getting hurt at work is that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the government agency which is responsible for ensuring safe work conditions, does not inspect health care facilities as frequently as it inspects other types of workplaces, such as construction sites.

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Nurses and others who work in the health care industry are at a greater risk of being injured at work than most other workers, including those who do jobs in fields like construction and over the road trucking. If you are a health care worker who has been hurt at work, you can get top-quality legal assistance from qualified Mississippi Workplace Injury Attorneys by calling the Giddens Law Firm, P.A., at (601) 355-2022.

 

Mississippi Products Liability Lawyers Talk about Transvaginal Mesh

Sunday, February 15th, 2015

Medical products are often at the center of major products liability lawsuits, and for good reason. Many medical products are used in surgeries, and are designed to remain inside of our bodies permanently after they are put into place. When a medical product fails to perform as it is intended to, there can be devastating consequences for the people who have that product inside of their bodies. One medical product which has been the subject of numerous products liability lawsuits is transvaginal mesh.

Transvaginal mesh is surgical mesh which is used in some types of pelvic surgeries, including the repair of stress urinary incontinence and the repair of pelvic organ prolapse. Surgical mesh is a medical product that is designed to support weak or damaged tissue, and it can either be made from animal tissue or synthetic materials. Some types of mesh are designed to be absorbed by the body over time, while other types are designed to be permanent.

Prolapses of pelvic organs are more common than many people may realize. There are multiple organs in the pelvic area, and there are internal structures, muscles, tissues, and the like, which hold all of those organs in place. If those internal structures are injured or if they become weak, one or more of the pelvic organs may descend from its usual position, causing a bulge in the vagina. It is estimated that one in every ten women will undergo surgery to correct some type of pelvic organ prolapse before she reaches eighty years of age. While multiple varieties of transvaginal mesh products are used to correct pelvic organ prolapses, it is also possible to treat pelvic organ prolapses without using mesh.

Some people who have undergone surgeries in which transvaginal mesh was used have experienced serious complications that have caused them a great deal of pain and suffering. From internal bleeding to blood, bladder, and urinary tract infections and the rupture of organs in the pelvic area, the complications which can arise after a transvaginal mesh implant are as concerning as they are painful. Patients who experience complications due to transvaginal mesh implants often need multiple surgeries to remedy the injuries caused by the implants, and many experience severe and chronic pain.

Giddens Law Firm, P.A.: Mississippi Products Liability Attorneys

If you are experiencing complications related to transvaginal mesh, it is important that you seek medical care right away. In addition to working with your doctor to develop a plan for addressing your injuries, you may be able to file a claim for damages against one or more of the parties responsible for your injuries. The Mississippi Products Liability Attorneys at the Giddens Law Firm, P.A. are dedicated to ensuring that people who have been injured by dangerous products are adequately compensated for their injuries. To learn how the Mississippi Products Liability Attorneys at the Giddens Law Firm, P.A. can help you, please call our office today, at (601) 355-2022, to schedule an initial consultation.

Mississippi Automobile Accident Attorneys Talk about Chain Reaction Accidents

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

Last December, a horrific chain-reaction accident occurred near the border of Mississippi and Louisiana. The accident occurred when a tractor trailer collided with traffic that was stopped because there was debris in the road from an earlier accident which had occurred further up the road. Four people died in the wreck, and four others were injured.

This tragic accident, like many other accidents involving a chain reaction or a pile-up, caused a great deal of property damage in addition to multiple injuries and the loss of multiple lives. Chain reaction accidents pose additional risks to accident victims because of the manner in which they occur. For example, any accident can quickly turn into a chain reaction accident if the vehicles from the original accident are in or very close to the roadway and other vehicles cannot avoid them. Likewise, when vehicles are in or near the road, people who were inside of the vehicles are in danger of being hit by passing vehicles when they exit their vehicles to assess the damage. When a chain reaction accident occurs, accident victims are at an even greater risk of harm because they may be difficult to extricate from their vehicles if they are trapped inside of them by other vehicles in the wreckage.

Chain reaction accidents are dangerous, and they are often deadly. Drivers can take precautions which may enable them to avoid becoming entangled in a pile-up. One thing that you can do to greatly reduce the risk of a pile-up is to get your vehicle out of the road if you are involved in an accident and if you can do so safely. If one or more vehicles can’t be removed from the roadway, place flares or cones in the road if they are available. These devices can quickly get the attention of other motorists and help them to avoid a collision.  Once you are out of your vehicle, move to a safe place that isn’t too close to the road.

There is an increased risk of chain reaction accidents at any time when visibility is low due to rain, snow, fog, or other conditions. Slowing down when visibility is poor can give you the time and space that you need to react to other vehicles or objects in the roadway, thus reducing the chance of a collision. In any driving situation, leaving adequate space between your car and the car in front of you is another way that you can avoid accidents, including chain reaction accidents.

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Chain reaction or pile-up accidents can create complicated sets of facts. Unfortunately, this can make it difficult for accident victims to be promptly compensated for their injuries and damages.  A Mississippi Automobile Accident Attorney can help you to cut through the confusion to get the results that you need. If you have been injured in an accident, the Mississippi Automobile Accident Attorneys at the Giddens Law Firm, P.A. invite you to call us at (601) 355-2022 to discuss your case.

Mississippi Medical Malpractice Attorneys Discuss Negligence

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

There are times when a person is injured and amputation of a limb is absolutely necessary. Unfortunately, there are also times when amputation becomes necessary because of negligence in caring for a patient who would not otherwise be in a position to lose a limb. A sixty five year old man was recently awarded a $3.157 million verdict for that very reason.

The man was hospitalized because he felt dizzy and weak, and he suspected that he might have internal bleeding. As part of the care that he received at the hospital, a doctor evaluated his left leg, which was wounded. The doctor put an Unna Boot, a specific type of gauze bandage, on the man’s leg to aid in healing the wounds. After the bandage had been on for five days, it was discovered that some of the tissue on the man’s leg had become necrotic, and amputation was deemed necessary.

Whenever a patient seeks medical care, whether it is at a doctor’s office, a hospital, or in some other health care setting, they bring their past with them. A patient’s medical history is extremely important to the medical professionals who are providing medical care because, among other things, it can help them to identify why a patient may be feeling a particular way or it can help them to know whether specific courses of treatment would be safe and appropriate for that particular patient.

In the case of the man who lost his leg, the Unna Boot bandage was not an appropriate way to treat his wounds because he had an underlying medical condition which reduced blood flow to his legs. The man had a history of peripheral vascular disease in his lower extremities, which means that the arteries in his lower body had narrowed and he had poor circulation in that area. According to the patient’s lawyers, the Unna Boot was not a proper way to treat wounds for a patient who has reduced blood flow. Additionally, no attempt was made to improve blood flow in the man’s leg prior to treating the wounds. The doctor had also failed to seek assistance from a vascular surgeon, which arguably could have helped the doctor find a way to treat the wounds without causing tissue necrosis in the area with reduced blood flow.

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

Your medical history is tremendously important to doctors and others who provide you with medical care because it helps them to determine how they can best care for you. When doctors fail to provide care in a manner that addresses underlying conditions in a patient’s medical history the results can be tragic. If you have been injured by negligent medical care, protect your rights and get help from Mississippi Medical Malpractice Attorneys as soon as you can. The Mississippi Medical Malpractice Attorneys at the Giddens Law Firm, P.A. can help you to pursue the financial recovery that you deserve as you focus on your physical recovery. Please call our office today, at (601) 355-2022.