Archive for March, 2015

Mississippi Personal Injury Attorneys Talk about School Bus Accidents

Saturday, March 28th, 2015

Last week, a school bus that was transporting fifty students from Germantown Middle School overturned, injuring sixteen students and the bus driver. The injuries were all non-life-threatening, but there were some broken bones. It was a frightening ordeal for both the students and for their parents, who rushed to the scene after the accident to see if their children were okay. The cause of this accident is still under investigation.

Every weekday morning, parents from all over Mississippi help their kids get ready for school and then send them out to catch a ride on the school bus. In the afternoon, the school buses bring children home after the school day is done. Parents depend on school buses to provide their children with safe and reliable transportation to and from school. Many parents work, and sending their kids to school on school buses is the only way to ensure that everyone gets to where they need to go on time each morning.

In light of the recent Mississippi school bus accident involving students from Germantown Middle School, parents across the state are likely to be wondering whether school buses really do provide safe transportation for their kids. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration states that school buses are indeed the safest way for children to get to and from school. Additionally, statistics show that riding on a school bus is seven times safer than riding to school in a car or truck.

It might be difficult to believe these statistics, though, because there are not any seat belts on school buses. How can a vehicle with no seat belts keep students seven times safer than a passenger vehicle can? There are actually several ways that school buses keep kids safe. The large size of a school bus disperses the impact of a collision. Also, the cushioned, high backed seats on school buses divide the bus into smaller compartments, which reduces the amount of movement that each passenger experiences during an accident.

School buses are, in fact, a safe and reliable way to get kids to and from school. Although school bus accidents do occur from time to time, the injuries sustained by the passengers are usually minor. Unfortunately, school bus accidents can be very frightening for parents and children alike.

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

Although school bus accidents are rare, they are extremely difficult events for both the children who are involved in them, and for their parents.  If your child has been injured in a school bus accident, it is important that you speak with a Mississippi Personal Injury Attorney so that your rights will be protected. A Mississippi Personal Injury Attorney can help you to pursue compensation for your child’s injuries. If you have questions about a Mississippi school bus accident, the knowledgeable Mississippi Personal Injury Attorneys at the Giddens Law Firm, P.A. invite you to call us at (601) 355-2022 to discuss your case.

Arbitration Agreements: Just Say No

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

In the last twenty years arbitration agreements have become increasingly popular in the United States. The agreements are pervasive across any contract between individuals and companies and have been promoted by chambers of commerce and better business bureaus across the country.

The language has become standard boilerplate in contracts even though very few people who sign these contracts know what they are really signing away when they agree to them.

The gist of these agreements is that the signor is agreeing to give up any right he would have to bring a lawsuit in the Courts of the state where he lives, and agrees to binding arbitration with a “neutral” who is often affiliated in some way with the chamber of commerce or better business bureau.

Individuals should have access to the courts of their home state, and arbitration agreements represent an artificial barrier to this access without any good reason. Recently 107 organizations have asked that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau make new rules prohibiting individuals to be forced into arbitration agreements.

In contracts in Mississippi it is possible to make changes on the fly, cross out paragraphs, write in paragraphs and make other changes and then sign your initials next to these changes prior to signing if you are the first to sign. We recommend crossing out the paragraphs pertaining to Arbitration agreements, initialing that cross out, or just refusing to sign a contract that includes an Arbitration agreement.

Zofran Investigated – Possible Link to Cleft Palate, Lip, and Heart Defects

Friday, March 20th, 2015

Zofran (ondansetron HCl Dihydrate) is produced by Glaxo Wellcome Pharmaceuticals and is often prescribed to treat nausea during pregnancy. It is not fully known how the drug works but millions in our country have been prescribed this medication in a very free fashion because the potentially dangerous nature of the drug for expectant mothers was never disclosed by the Pharmaceutical company. Zofran was believed to be safe to treat any number of nausea symptoms during pregnancy. There have been new reports that Zofran has been linked to birth defects in babies, including cleft palate, cleft lip and congenital heart defects.

Our firm is investigating these claims and would be happy to speak with any individual who has questions about their child’s cleft palate, cleft lip or heart defect and any possible links to the medications they have been prescribed. If you or a family member has recently had a child with a cleft palate, cleft lip or other heart defect after taking Zofran you may need to act now to preserve your rights. Our attorneys are available 24 hours a day and we have gathered additional information if you or a loved one would like information on this topic.

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Many medications have unforseen side effects.

When you contact our firm, consider the following questions: Why was Zofran prescribed? Do you have any known allergy to Zofran? The dosage amounts of Zofran and directions on use. (the prescription bottle may contain this information).

Mississippi Personal Injury Attorneys Discuss a Dangerous Effect of Americans’ Lack of Sleep

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

If you are often tired, and if it seems like many other people that you know are also tired much of the time, you might begin to think that being tired all of the time is just a normal part of everyday life. Unfortunately, while being sleep-deprived has become “normal” for many Americans, our bodies are not designed to function very well with as little rest as most of us get. Many of us know that getting too little sleep over a prolonged period of time can have adverse health effects. What you may not realize is that even as few as one or two nights of inadequate rest can greatly increase the risk that you will nod off while you are behind the wheel.

In conjunction with the recent decline in the amount of sleep that Americans are getting, there has been an increase in the number of motor vehicle accidents that have been caused by tired drivers. Recent estimates indicate that drowsy drivers cause approximately 1550 fatalities and forty thousand non-fatal injuries in America every year.

Driving when you are very tired is actually as dangerous as driving while you are under the influence of alcohol. In fact, drowsiness and alcohol affect your body in similar ways. When people are very tired, their reaction time slows, their degree of awareness decreases, and their judgment becomes impaired. These physical changes greatly increase the risk of an accident. However, unlike their intoxicated counterparts, the bodies of tired drivers do not provide much in the way of physical evidence of their impairment at the time of an accident. Fortunately, crash scene investigators know what types of clues to look for when they visit an accident scene. One example of a situation which might cause an accident investigator to suspect drowsy driving as the cause of an accident is an accident scene in which there are no skid marks from the driver’s vehicle. That could indicate that the driver was asleep at the moment the crash occurred. Also, fatal or nearly fatal single-vehicle accidents are often caused by tired drivers.

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

If you were hit by a drowsy driver, or if you have lost someone that you love in an accident caused by someone who was too tired to drive, you may be able to recover for your injury or loss. Drivers who put themselves and others at risk by driving when they are too tired to do so safely should be held accountable for their actions. The knowledgeable and dedicated Mississippi Personal Injury Attorneys at the Giddens Law Firm, P.A. can help you by pursuing compensation for your injuries or loss while you concentrate on healing your body and your family. To find out more about how we can help you with your Mississippi drowsy driving accident case, please call the Giddens Law Firm, P.A., today, at (601) 355-2022.

 

Mississippi Medical Malpractice Attorneys Discuss the Relationship between Communication and Quality of Care

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

The next time you have an appointment with a doctor or other health care professional, you may want to pay close attention to both what they say and how they say it. Of course you need the information that the doctor is giving you, but the context within which it is given is just as important, and it may have implications for the quality of care that you receive, both now and in the future.

When doctors take plenty of time to address all of their patients’ concerns, respond to phone calls and other correspondence promptly, and treat their patients with kindness and respect, their patients are likely to be very satisfied with the care that they receive. Additionally, if a patient has this type of relationship with someone who is providing medical care to them, they are likely to be more forgiving if something goes wrong and attribute whatever harm has occurred to a mistake instead of negligence or intentional wrongdoing.

Unfortunately, not all patients feel this way about those who provide health care services to them. Sometimes, patients do not feel as though they can trust their doctor, and they may wonder whether their doctor truly has their best interest in mind. Other patients may feel as though their doctor treats them rudely, or is dismissive of their concerns. Some patients may even feel like their health care provider does not respect them, and treats them like they are not intelligent enough to understand what is going on with their own bodies. In these types of relationships, when errors are made, patients are much less forgiving and much more likely to accuse the doctor of being negligent or even harming them intentionally.

Some of the communication problems that develop in the relationships between health care providers and their patients develop because there is a trend in the medical profession towards perceiving patients as potential adversaries. The trend has developed because of growing concerns about medical malpractice liability, but it does not help the situation any. In fact, it only makes matters worse because it weakens relationships and creates an atmosphere of low trust.

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

If you feel as though you have been injured by the negligence or intentional wrongdoing of a doctor or other medical professional, get help from another health care provider immediately. Also, when it is possible for you to do so, contact a Mississippi Medical Malpractice Attorney. Your attorney can help you file a claim for damages against the person or people who are responsible for your injuries. The Mississippi Medical Malpractice Attorneys at the Giddens Law Firm, P.A. work hard to obtain financial recovery for people who have been injured by the negligence of medical professionals. To learn how the Mississippi Medical Malpractice Attorneys at the Giddens Law Firm, P.A. can help you, please call us today, at (601) 355-2022, to schedule an initial consultation.

Mississippi Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Discuss Street Racing and Other Dangers of the Road

Sunday, March 1st, 2015

Last November, a man was killed in a tragic crash that resulted from a high-speed motorcycle race in Jackson. According to a witness, two people on motorcycles blocked rush hour traffic so that two other riders could race down the street. The riders who were racing attained speeds of up to one hundred miles per hour. As the racers sped down the boulevard, a vehicle pulled out of a side street and into their path. One rider was able to avoid the vehicle, but the other rider collided with it. The rider who crashed into the vehicle died at the scene of the accident.

Racing in rush hour traffic is an extremely risky endeavor, not to mention an illegal activity. Unfortunately, some people still choose to engage in dangerous riding behaviors that put their lives and the lives of other people at risk. Risky behavior can lead to motorcycle accidents, whether you are riding alone or with a group. Studies have shown that younger riders are much more likely to take risks while riding than older riders are. This is probably the reason that the Center for Disease Control and Prevention has identified the two age groups with the highest motorcycle accident risk as twenty to twenty four year olds and twenty five and twenty nine years year olds.

Any motorcycle can be safe or dangerous, on any given day, depending upon the rider and their behavior choices. Street bike riders are involved in four times more deadly crashes than riders of cruisers are.  Differences in the way that street bikes and cruisers are designed create variations in how often and under what circumstances they are likely to crash. Street bikes are light weight, with short wheel bases, so they are easier for novice riders to control on dry pavement. The longer wheel bases of cruisers provide more stability and make for fewer crashes on wet pavement, provided that riders are able to handle them properly.

Riders should be aware that the single most important factor affecting motorcycle crash risk is rider behavior. Some risky behaviors have been shown to be exhibited by one type of riders more frequently than another. Statistically, street bike riders ride faster than riders of cruisers. It makes sense, then, that, speed causes more street bike accidents than cruiser accidents. Alcohol is involved in more fatal crashes by people who ride cruisers than it is for people who ride street bikes. Both speed and alcohol use are things that a rider can control. Although accidents can be caused by factors that are outside of a rider’s control, riders are, in large part, able to reduce the risk that they will be involved in a motorcycle accident by choosing to ride safely.

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

Motorcycle accidents can be devastating for injured parties and for families who have lost loved ones. If you have been hurt or someone in your family was killed in a motorcycle accident. The Mississippi Motorcycle Accident 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.