Archive for June, 2015

Mississippi Birth Injury Attorneys Discuss Serious Birth Injury to Infant Boys

Monday, 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

Saturday, 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

Friday, 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

Monday, 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.