Archive for November, 2015

Mississippi Workplace Injury Attorneys Talk about Construction Work Injuries

Monday, November 30th, 2015

If you work in construction, you are not likely to be surprised that a recent report issued by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics placed construction work among the top ten occupations for work-related injuries and illnesses. According to the report, which used information that was gathered in 2014, construction workers experienced over three hundred incidences of injury or illness requiring time away from work per ten thousand full-time workers.

Because of the highly physical nature of construction work, you are also not likely to be surprised to learn that the commonly injuries that were experienced by construction workers in 2014 were sprains, fractures, tears, and strains, tears. Workers who had been working for their employers between one and five years were the workers who experienced the most injuries. You may be interested in knowing that more injuries occur on Mondays than on any other day of the week.

Many construction workers are well aware that their jobs are more dangerous than most other jobs out there. Injury risks on the job are present whether you are building homes, bridges, office buildings, or anything else.  For this reason, many construction companies have policies in place which make workplace safety a top priority. However, construction accidents do happen, even on the safest job sites. Falls are a leading cause of construction site injuries, and they are also a leading cause of fatalities. Other construction-site injuries that may be serious or fatal include electrocution, being trapped between machinery or other items, and being struck by heavy objects. Injuries caused by repetitive motion and exposure to chemicals are also fairly common among construction workers.

Injured construction workers often have to leave work to obtain medical care, and some must remain away from work for a period of time as they recover from their injury. Sometimes, injured workers are unable to return to the same position that they were in prior to their injury. Workers who are severely injured may experience temporary or permanent disabilities which may have far-reaching impact on their day to day lives.

Giddens Law Firm, P.A.: Helping Workplace Injury Victims throughout Mississippi

If you have been injured at work, it is important that you see a doctor right away. You may be concerned about missing work, or you may not think that your injuries are serious enough to warrant a trip to the doctor’s office. However, some injuries do not cause immediate pain, including some types of injuries that can be serious or even fatal if left undetected. You doctor can determine whether you are injured and suggest a course of treatment. In addition to visiting your doctor, be sure to fill out an accident report for your employer and keep a copy for yourself. You may also want to take down some notes so that you can remember important information about your accident later on. To learn more about how the Mississippi Workplace Injury Attorneys of the Giddens Law Firm, P.A. can help you with your workplace injury claim, please call our office today, at (601) 355-2022.

Mississippi Products Liability Attorneys Discuss the Dangers of Xarelto

Friday, November 20th, 2015

Anticoagulants are a type of medication that is used in the treatment of a variety of health conditions. These powerful pharmaceuticals prevent blood from clotting, which is important for the treatment of patients with pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis, or other conditions which place them at risk for embolic stroke. Unfortunately, some anticoagulant medications do not have antidotes that can reverse their effects in emergency situations where controlling bleeding is the only way to save the patient’s life.

One anticoagulant medication, Xarelto, has been the subject of a number of products liability lawsuits. One of these cases was filed by a woman from Louisiana who claims that her grandmother died from intracranial bleeding that was caused by Xarelto. The woman’s grandmother had been prescribed Xarelto for the treatment of deep vein thrombosis in in her leg. Two months after she began taking the medication, she developed severe bleeding in her brain, and she died shortly thereafter.

In that lawsuit and in other lawsuits related to Xarelto, plaintiffs allege that the manufacturer of the drug failed to warn doctors and patients about the serious risks associated with the product. They also say that doctors and patients have not been warned that there is no antidote available to stop Xarelto users from bleeding in situations where their lives are in danger if bleeding cannot be controlled. Xarelto is promoted as being superior to and easier to use than Coumadin (warfarin) because Xarelto does not require continuous blood monitoring. However, Coumadin has been in use for many years and its blood thinning effects can be reversed quickly in an emergency situation in order to prevent patients from bleeding to death.

Giddens Law Firm, P.A.: Supporting Products Liability Plaintiffs throughout Mississippi

Pharmaceutical products have the potential to save lives. Unfortunately, some pharmaceutical products create risks to patients’ health and safety. While some side effects of some medications are more of an inconvenience or a discomfort than a threat to health and safety, other drugs create risks that serious injury or death will occur. Blood thinning medications such as Xarelto are particularly dangerous because there is not an antidote that can be administered to stop the bleeding in an emergency. The plethora of Xarelto lawsuits that are being filed indicates that many doctors and patients are not fully aware of the risks of prescribing and using that medication. The companies that manufacture drugs like Xarelto are responsible for ensuring that their products do not create an unreasonable risk of harm to the people who use them. In the case of Xarelto, the manufacturer’s failure to warn doctors and patients of the serious risks associated with the medication can cause serious injury or death. If you or someone that you love was injured or killed by excessive bleeding while using the prescription medication Xarelto, the Mississippi Products Liability Attorneys at the Giddens Law Firm, P.A. may be able to help you.  Please call our office today, at (601) 355-2022.

Mississippi Birth Injury Attorneys Talk about Erb’s Palsy

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

A recent birth injury case in Mississippi is an example of one type of birth injury – brachial plexus injury. The brachial plexus is a group of nerves which extend from the spine through the neck, all the way through the arm and into the hand. Sometimes, if doctors or other professionals pull too hard on the baby’s body while trying to aid in delivery, these nerves can be stretched or damaged, resulting in temporary or permanent injury.

Some brachial plexus injuries heal fully, while others heal partially or not at all. When brachial plexus injuries are severe, they require a great deal of care both immediately after birth, and throughout the life of the injured child. In this particular case, a baby girl has been diagnosed with Erb’s Palsy. Erb’s Palsy is a permanent complete or partial paralysis of the arm. The little girl in this case is permanently disabled as the result of her condition, which developed after a shoulder dystocia occurred during her birth.

When the mother of the little girl was laboring in the hospital, complications began to arise. The mother, who is also the plaintiff in the case, asserts that the defendant physician acted negligently in addressing the complications that she encountered during labor. Negligence during delivery is a common cause of brachial plexus injuries like Erb’s Palsy. Brachial plexus injuries are caused by force which is exerted on an infant during birth by medical professionals. The use of force during delivery is not necessary, as alternative methods of delivering the baby are available, including letting the mother continue to push the further down the birth canal if there is no fetal distress, or by performing a cesarean birth in situations where the baby is in distress or where the baby is lodged firmly in the birth canal as the result of a shoulder dystocia. The plaintiff in the case at hand claims that the medical staff who were attending her delivery did not use any of these alternative birthing methods, choosing instead to apply fundal pressure to her abdomen in an attempt to deliver the baby, and also pulling on the baby’s head.

When the brachial plexus nerves are damaged severely, resulting in Erb’s Palsy, the child experiences weakness and/or an inability to move his or her arm. As you might imagine, this weakness or inability to move one’s arm can cause profound and long-lasting disability as a result. Families with children who have been diagnosed with Erb’s Palsy face years of additional expenses ahead, including increased medical costs, physical therapy expenses and other accommodations. The children who are born with brachial plexus injuries experience physical and emotional pain and suffering. Their parents may experience emotional distress, lost wages, and other types of damages.

Giddens Law Firm, P.A.: Representing Mississippi Birth Injury Victims and Their Families

If your child was born with Erb’s Palsy or another type of brachial plexus injury, you may have many questions on your mind. 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 Products Liability Attorneys Discuss Underride Accidents

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

Earlier this year, a Mississippi man miraculously survived a dangerous type of tractor trailer accident that is known as an underride accident. The accident occurred when the man, who was driving an SUV, struck a tractor trailer that was merging onto the highway from a weigh station. As the SUV collided with the tractor trailer from the left, it became stuck underneath it. Emergency response personnel used the Jaws of Life to free the injured man from the wreckage so that he could be transported to a hospital for treatment.

Underride accidents happen when the front of a passenger vehicle goes underneath the trailer of a tractor trailer, either from the side or from the rear. In many underride accidents, the top of the passenger vehicle is sheared off, which increases the risk of severe injury and death for its occupants. Because of the manner in which underride accidents occur, head and neck injuries, as well as upper body injuries are common.

Since the structural design of tractor trailers permits underride accidents to occur, the United States Department of Transportation has issued regulations that are designed to reduce underride risk. Bumpers which meet the current DOT requirements may make some difference in the outcome of an underride crash. However, DOT compliant bumpers are not always effective in preventing underride accidents from happening because the passenger vehicle can push the trailer’s bumper forward with a forceful impact, thus going at least part of the way underneath the trailer. Also, a vehicle which is traveling at a slow to moderate speeds can get stuck underneath the trailer if it collides with the bumper on one side instead of in the center, or if the vehicle collides with the trailer from the side instead of from the rear.

Because the current DOT bumper requirements are not very effective at preventing underride accidents, accident victims, their families, and various other groups have asked the DOT to change its regulations and require larger, stronger bumpers that would be less likely to bend during a crash. Some tractor trailer manufacturers already make their trucks with bumpers which provide greater protection than bumpers that meet the current DOT regulations. Some manufacturers even make trucks with underride guards on the sides of the trailers. Crash test data suggests that these better-then-required bumpers are much more effective at preventing underride accidents. Unfortunately, there are far fewer trucks with improved bumpers on the road than there are trucks with bumpers that just meet the current DOT regulations and trucks with bumpers that do not even meet the DOT requirements.

Giddens Law Firm, P.A.: Representing Mississippi Plaintiffs in Trucking Accident Lawsuits

Underride accidents often result in serious injury or death. If you or someone that you love was hurt or killed in an underride accident, an experienced Mississippi Trucking Accident Attorney can help you pursue recovery for your injury or loss. If you need help with an underride accident case, 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.