Archive for August, 2015

Mississippi Birth Injury Attorneys Describe the Birth Injury Case Process

Sunday, August 30th, 2015

If your child was injured at birth, you may already be feeling the weight of your responsibilities as parents. Depending upon which type of birth injury your child has, you may be learning how to care for injuries that could last for weeks, months, years, or a lifetime, in addition to providing the love and care that all infants need. You may also be thinking of pursuing a lawsuit against one or more of the medical professionals who provided medical care to you and your child during pregnancy, labor, or delivery.

Sometimes, having a general idea of what to expect during a birth injury case can help parents feel more at ease going into the process. This brief overview of the birth injury case process describes the path that most birth injury cases follow. Many birth injury cases take between eighteen months to two years from start to finish, but some cases do take longer. Although birth injury cases take time, it is important that you do not let the length of time that is likely to be involved deter you from holding negligent medical personnel responsible for their actions and obtaining compensation that will enable to provide the care that their child needs both now and into the future.

The first step in a birth injury case is the initial consultation.  At your initial consultation, an attorney will talk to you about your pregnancy, labor and delivery. They will also want to know about what your life has been like since your child’s birth, such as any special day to day care or additional medical procedures that have been needed. It is helpful to your prospective attorney if you obtain copies of your prenatal care records, your hospital records from the birth of your child, and your child’s medical records in advance of the initial consultation and bring them with you. If the attorney feels as though your medical records and the information that you have discussed with them support a conclusion that your child’s injury is the result of medical negligence, they may offer to help you file your claim for damages. It is important to note that no action will be taken by the attorney on your behalf until an attorney-client relationship has been formally established.

Once your claim has been filed, a few things might happen concurrently over an extended period of time. Your attorney will gather information about your case through the discovery process, which is the means by which attorneys prepare a case for trial, even if it is possible that the case may settle beforehand. During discovery, both written requests for information, called interrogatories, and verbal examination of witnesses, called depositions, are conducted by attorneys on both sides of the case.

Often, plaintiffs receive settlement offers from the defendants during discovery. When this happens, the plaintiffs choose whether to accept or reject each individual settlement offer. Your attorney can help you to assess settlement offers, so that you don’t accept an offer that does not adequately compensate you for the injuries that your child has suffered and the care that they will need in the future. If the defendants do not produce a suitable settlement offer, your attorney will present your case at trial.

Giddens Law Firm, P.A.: Representing Families Affected by Birth Injuries in Mississippi

If your child has a birth injury, the Mississippi Birth Injury Attorneys of the Giddens Law Firm, P.A. may be able to to help you. Please call our office today, at (601) 355-2022, to learn more.

 

 

Mississippi Personal Injury Attorneys Talk about Seeking Medical Care after an Accident

Sunday, August 23rd, 2015

People who have been involved in automobile accidents often wonder whether they should bother with seeing a doctor after their accident if they do not feel any pain. As personal injury attorneys, we can say with confidence that regardless of whether you are currently in pain, it is crucial that you see a doctor as soon as possible after your accident.

There are several important reasons to get checked out by a doctor immediately after an accident. You may not feel any differently than you did before the accident, but your health could be at risk. Some of the injuries that often occur during car accidents, including some types of serious and life-threatening injuries, are not always noticeable right away. Doctors have training and experience in detecting and treating injuries, and they know how to examine accident victims in order to thoroughly assess their condition.

Another reason why you should see a doctor as soon as possible after you are involved in an accident is that it could cost you money later on if you do not. When insurance adjusters assess the value of a claim for injuries and damages that resulted from a car accident, they consider many variables. One of these variables is how long the injured party waited after the accident to get seen by a doctor. If you wait too long, it could be considered a “delay in treatment” which could reduce the amount that the insurer is willing to pay on your claim.

It is possible that your regular primary care physician may not be able to see you immediately after your accident. Fortunately, you have options. You can ask to be seen by someone else in their practice, go to an urgent care facility, or even get an appointment with a chiropractor. Because of the aforementioned insurance company calculation, being seen by a doctor as soon as possible is more important than being able to see a specific doctor. Likewise, do not forego a visit to the doctor because you do not have health insurance. Let the people at the doctor’s office know that you are not insured, and ask them what your payment options are. They may be able to find a way to help you with the cost of the visit.

Giddens Law Firm, P.A.: Supporting Automobile Accident Victims throughout Mississippi

Automobile accidents can cause serious injuries, some of which can take a long time to heal. If you have been injured in an automobile accident, see a doctor as soon as you can. Not only does your health depend on it, your potential for recovering financially from the injuries and damages caused by the accident depends on it. If you were injured in an automobile accident, the Mississippi Personal Injury Attorneys at the Giddens Law Firm, P.A. are here to help you.  To learn more about how we may be able to help you file a claim related to a Mississippi automobile accident, please call our office today, at (601) 355-2022.

Mississippi Personal Injury Attorneys Discuss Lawn Mower Accidents

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

Many of us use lawn mowers on a regular basis. However, many of us may not think about just how dangerous they can be. Two recent Mississippi accidents involving lawn mowers illustrate that lawn mower accidents can result in fatalities, in addition to serious and permanent injuries.

One lawn mower accident involved a ride-on mower that overturned into a pond. A man had been spraying chemicals on weeds that were growing next to the pond when the accident happened. The day before that tragic accident, a sixteen year old boy was killed in a lawn mower accident when the mower that he was riding on flipped over and landed on top of him.

In addition to fatalities, lawn mowers can cause injuries of all kinds, including some very serious and permanent injuries. The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission keeps track of injuries that are associated with all different types of things that people use every day. It is estimated that over thirty seven thousand Americans are hurt or killed by power lawn mowers every year.

Foot injuries are a common type of lawn mower injury, and they range in severity from deep cuts to severed tendons to amputated toes and other severe injuries. Some of the people who have sustained foot injuries caused by lawn mowers were wearing sandals or walking barefoot while operating the lawn mower that injured them. Sneakers do not even provide much safety for your feet while operating a lawn mower. Work boots or other heavy shoes are the safest choice.

Operating a lawn mower causes certain parts of the lawn mower to become very hot. If your mower runs out of gas, allow it to cool off before refueling to reduce the risk of burns or fire. When you are done mowing, let the mower cool off before putting it away. Always avoid touching parts of the mower that could be hot.

Ride-on lawn mowers create additional risks, including the risk that they could roll over and cause the operator to be injured or killed. The risk of injury or death increases with the size of the ride-on lawn mower. Some ride-on mowers do have roll cages, which can prevent some injuries.

If you use a lawn mower, there are some things that you can do to reduce the risk that you or someone else will be hurt while you are mowing the lawn. Children must stay away from the area where you are mowing. Waiting for the grass to dry before you mow the lawn can seem like a hassle, but it is essential for your safety that you do so. If the lawn that you are mowing has a slope, mow slowly across it. If the mower becomes clogged, do not reach under the mower or into the chute. Turn the mower off and wait for the blade to stop moving before doing anything to dislodge the stuck material. Do not pull the mower backwards while it is running. If you are buying a new push-style lawn mower, look for one which shuts off automatically when you release the handle.

Giddens Law Firm, P.A.: Representing Mississippi Lawn Mower Accident Victims and Their Families

Lawn mower accidents can cause serious injury or death. If you have been injured or if someone in your family was killed in a lawn mower accident, the Mississippi Personal Injury 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.

Mississippi Personal Injury Attorneys Talk about Birth Injuries

Saturday, August 1st, 2015

When you think about birth injuries, you may think that parents notice them immediately after their babies are born. While it is true that some birth injuries are visible right away, there are others which remain obscured from view until well after the baby is born. Birth injuries come in many forms, and the ways in which they reveal themselves to parents vary depending upon the type of injury that the child has experienced.

One way in which some parents discover that their babies were injured during labor and delivery is delay in reaching developmental milestones. While each child does develop at his or her own rate, there are general guidelines that provide a range within which almost all babies do things like vocalizing, making eye contact, rolling over, crawling, walking, and so on. Your pediatrician can help you to determine whether your baby is simply taking his or her time with a particular milestone or whether a delay might indicate that something more serious is going on.

Seizures, tremors, or other abnormal or spastic body movements are another sign that a child may have experienced a birth injury. Whenever any of these things happen, it is important to let your child’s pediatrician know about them right away so that they can look into what is causing the seizures or abnormal movements.  Seizures and abnormal movements have numerous causes, just one of which is that the child was injured at birth, and prompt medical attention can ensure that your child gets the care that they need as soon as possible.

Developmental delays, seizures, and abnormal body movements are just some of the things which may indicate that a child experienced a birth injury. While you are working with your pediatrician to address these issues, be sure to think back to your birth experience and consider whether any risk factors for birth injury were present at that time. If forceps or a vacuum extractor were used during your delivery, there is an increased chance that your child was injured. Also, if you ended up having an emergency cesarean birth, try to recall the details of how that decision was made by medical staff, and how much time passed between the decision to operate and the actual surgery. A variety of birth injuries can be caused by delay in performing an emergency c-section, so if that was a part of your birth experience, it is possible that your child’s current condition indicates that they were harmed by the delay. Some of these details may be difficult to remember, but others are likely to remain clear in your memory, such as whether your baby appeared to be blue or purple and limp or silent upon delivery instead of coming into the world red-faced and crying. These details may indicate a heightened risk of birth injury or birth trauma. If you recall things from your labor and delivery that might have increased the chance that your child experienced a birth injury, tell your pediatrician right away so that they can explore that possibility.

Giddens Law Firm, P.A.: Helping Families with Birth Injuries throughout Mississippi

If your child was injured at birth, a Mississippi Birth Injury Attorney may be able to help you pursue a claim for damages. To learn more about how the Mississippi Personal Injury Attorneys of the Giddens Law Firm, P.A. can help you with your personal injury claim, please call our office today, at (601) 355-2022.