Archive for October, 2015

Mississippi Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Discuss Collisions from Behind

Friday, October 30th, 2015

A recent motorcycle accident that claimed the life of an Alcorn State University professor serves as a tragic reminder of just how deadly accidents involving motorcycles and cars can be. This particular accident occurred when a car struck the motorcycle from behind. The impact caused the rider to be ejected from his motorcycle, and he was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.

When a car or other type of vehicle collides with a motorcycle, serious injury and/or death are likely to result. The direction from which the impacting vehicle is moving also affects the likelihood of fatality. For example, rear-end motorcycle accidents frequently result in rider fatality. Motorcycle riders and their passengers do not have the protection that drivers and passengers who are enclosed in vehicles do. Because of this, the impact of a vehicle hitting a motorcycle often crushes the rider and their passenger, if they have one, or sends them airborne.

Because rear-end collisions are so often deadly, both drivers and riders must learn how to share the roads safely. Understanding how rear-end collisions between vehicles and motorcycles occur is an important part of understanding how to prevent or avoid them. There are two ways in which most rear-end motorcycle accidents happen. Either the rider is stopped at a traffic light or for some other reason, and the vehicle strikes them from behind, or the motorcycle collides with the rear end of the vehicle after the vehicle stops suddenly. Both types of collision often result in the rider being ejected from his or her bike. A rider can collide with moving or fixed objects as they fly through the air, and when they hit the ground, they do so with tremendous force. Unfortunately, airborne riders also sometimes land in the path of moving vehicles.

Many motorcycle accidents can be prevented. Drivers can reduce the risk of hitting a motorcycle by looking twice in either direction before entering an intersection, and by checking side and rearview mirrors when changing lanes and navigating on and off ramps. Both riders and drivers can reduce accident risk by using turn signals to enable others on the road to anticipate their movements. Accidents can also be prevented by giving other vehicles, including and especially motorcycles, enough space. When there is adequate space between vehicles of any type, drivers and riders have a chance to respond to the movements of vehicles around them. What many drivers may not realize is that motorcycles need at least twice as much space as other types of vehicles because of the way that they slow down and stop.

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

If you have been injured or someone that you love has been killed in a motorcycle accident, you may have many questions on your mind. The Mississippi Motorcycle Accident 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 Medical Malpractice Attorneys Discuss Diagnostic Errors

Friday, October 16th, 2015

Most people are familiar with medical diagnostic tests, such as x-rays. These tests are designed to help medical professionals accurately pinpoint the cause of the patient’s suffering so that an appropriate treatment can be implemented quickly. Unfortunately, what most people do not know is that diagnostic errors happen more frequently than you might imagine.

Most diagnostic errors remain unseen to the public, but for some of the individuals and families who are involved, they can be painful, frightening, and even deadly. When diagnostic errors do make headlines, it is sometimes because the situation involves a serious public health threat. For example, a man with Ebola was initially diagnosed as having sinusitis. When he returned to the hospital, he had gotten even sicker, and e eventually died. It is estimated that one in twenty people who seek outpatient care each year experience a diagnostic error. Diagnostic errors are actually the leading type of paid medical malpractice claims, and they are almost twice as likely as other types of claims to have resulted in a patient’s death.

Some of the most powerful diagnostic tools that medical professionals have available to them, like x-rays, CAT scans, and MRIs, enable those professionals to see the inside of patients’ bodies. However, the ability to look inside of a patient’s body does not automatically lead to an accurate diagnosis and proper treatment. It takes a high level of skill and care to properly interpret the images that the diagnostic tools produce. When these images are not interpreted correctly, inaccurate diagnoses may be made, diagnoses may be missed, or inappropriate treatments may be prescribed. When this happens, patients can become sicker and, in some cases, they can even die.

There are many things that can go wrong while medical professionals are performing or interpreting a diagnostic test. The test could be performed improperly, or it could be done on the wrong part of the body. The test results could be misinterpreted. One example of what can happen when an x-ray is misinterpreted is the case of a woman whose chest x-ray showed a mass on her lung which was not noted in the x-ray interpretation. The woman was a smoker, and she had a family history of lung cancer. Those factors were not taken into account in the x-ray interpretation, and the woman was given a diagnosis of a respiratory infection. She was prescribed antibiotics for treatment. Eighteen months later, she was still experiencing pain and had another chest x-ray done, which revealed advanced lung cancer and a mass that had doubled in size. The woman eventually died of lung cancer. Is it possible that she could have lived longer if she had received lung cancer treatment following the initial chest x-ray?

Giddens Law Firm, P.A.: Supporting the Victims of Medical Malpractice in Mississippi

Diagnostic errors can cause patients to get even sicker before they receive proper treatment for their illnesses or injuries. Unfortunately, some diagnostic errors are even fatal. If you have been injured or if someone that you love was killed by a medical diagnostic error, the Mississippi Medical Malpractice Attorneys at the Giddens Law Firm, P.A. are here to help you. Please call our office today at (601) 355-2022.

Mississippi’s Toughest Kids

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

Giddens Law Firm participated again this year in the Mississippi’s Toughest Kids golf tournament hosted at Whisper Lake. MTK exists to provide exciting experiences and exploration to children who face serious illnesses, disabilities and special needs.

The Giddens Law firm has sponsored a hole and a team at the tournament for the past two years and is more than happy to participate with this wonderful organization.

Two beneficiaries of MTK.

Two beneficiaries of MTK.


Other ways to support MTK

Other ways to support MTK

Mississippi Products Liability Attorneys Discuss Risks Associated With Bair Hugger Warming Blanket

Sunday, October 4th, 2015

A warming blanket manufactured by 3M is at the center of a products liability lawsuit in which the injured party alleges that the warming blanket caused bacteria and contaminants from the floor of the operating room to enter her surgical wound, resulting in a catastrophic post-surgical infection. The blanket, which is called a Bair Hugger, is used to stabilize the body temperature of patients in an operating room setting by using forced hot air.

The injured party in this lawsuit, a woman from Mississippi, was undergoing knee replacement surgery when the Bair Hugger warming blanket was used to keep her body temperature stable. After the surgery was completed, the wound became infected and the knee implant that had been inserted had to be removed. An antibiotic spacer had to be put in place of the knee replacement because the woman’s knee joint was so badly infected. Months later, another knee replacement was put in, and the woman has had multiple surgeries since the placement of the second knee replacement device.

Post-surgical infections are not uncommon, but in some situations they can be linked to a condition which created an increased risk that infection would occur. For example, there are a growing number of cases in which catastrophic infections developed after Bair Hugger warming blankets were used during knee and hip replacement surgeries. Some of the injured parties have even filed lawsuits that are similar to the one that has been filed by the woman from Mississippi.

The Bair Hugger warming blanket was designed to meet a need within the hospital setting, but its use poses a great risk to patients. It is true that the body temperature of a patient who is undergoing a hip or knee replacement surgery will drop during the time that they are in the operating room because they are anesthetized and because they are not moving. It is necessary to stabilize their body temperature, but it is not necessary to create an increased risk of infection by using a product that affects the air flow within the operating room, thereby allowing bacteria from the floor to enter the open surgical wound. The Bair Hugger forced hot air warming blanket is just one type of device that can be used to warm patients as they undergo hip or knee replacements. Other alternatives to the Bair Hugger exist, such as warming blankets that resemble electric blankets and which do not use forced hot air. 3M is aware of the risk that their forced hot air warming blankets create, but the company has not warned hospitals of that risk.

Giddens Law Firm, P.A.: Representing Mississippi Plaintiffs in Products Liability Lawsuits

The Bair Hugger forced hot air warming blanket is just one example of a medical product that can cause harm to the very patients that it is intended to help. If you have been injured or if someone that you love has died as the result of an unreasonably dangerous medical product, 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 Automobile Accident Attorneys Talk about Rollover Accidents

Saturday, October 3rd, 2015

A recent accident involving a tractor trailer and an SUV illustrates just how serious rollover accidents can be. After the two vehicles, which were traveling in the same direction, collided, the SUV rolled over. The driver of the SUV and the four passengers were all injured, and one of them suffered a head injury so severe that she had to be airlifted to the hospital.

Rollover crashes often cause severe injury and/or death. Rollover accidents can be caused by many things, such as weather, road conditions, vehicle type, and driver skill. Fortunately, this means that there are multiple things that drivers can do to decrease the risk that they will be involved in a rollover accident, including improving their driving skills and choosing not to drink and drive.

In some rollover accidents, the vehicle that rolls over has physical features that actually made it more prone to rolling over than other vehicles on the road. For example, vehicles that are tall and narrow have the greatest rollover risk. The shape of these vehicles, which include many SUVs, vans, and pickup trucks, gives them a high center of gravity. This means that it takes less force to roll them over than it would take for other vehicles with lower, wider stances. Some vehicles have features like stability control, which reduce rollover risk. Stability control features detect overcorrections and compensate for them by braking automatically. Variable ride height suspensions help vehicles adapt to changing driving conditions and make automatic adjustments to reduce the likelihood of a rollover.

Excessive speed can cause rollover accidents, and, unfortunately rollover accidents that are caused by excessive speed are often fatal. Alcohol consumption greatly increases the likelihood that you will make poor choices while you are driving, which may cause you to lose control of your vehicle and roll it over. Approximately half of all fatal rollover accidents involve alcohol. Road conditions can play a role in rollover accidents, too, with rollover crashes happening more frequently on rural roads, where the dividing lines are not as clearly marked and where the speed limits may be high, even though there are curves.

Since many of the causes of rollover crashes are directly related to driver behavior, drivers can greatly reduce the risk that they will have a rollover accident by making better choices while they drive. Some choices that reduce risk include following posted speed limits, choosing not to drink and drive, choosing not to drive while tired, avoiding distractions, properly inflating and maintaining tires and loading vehicles properly.

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

If you were injured in a rollover accident or someone that you love was killed, a Mississippi Automobile Accident Attorney may be able to help you pursue a claim for damages. To learn more about how the Mississippi Automobile Accident 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.