Archive for April, 2015

Mississippi Personal Injury Attorneys Discuss Canoe and Kayak Accidents

Tuesday, 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

Tuesday, 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.

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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

Saturday, 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

Wednesday, 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.