Archive for December, 2015

Mississippi Product Liability Attorneys Discuss Risks Associated With IVC Filters

Thursday, December 31st, 2015

The inferior vena cava is a major vein that carries deoxygenated blood from the lower body into the heart. When blood clots develop in the veins in the legs, there is a danger that those blood clots will travel to the heart or lungs, causing severe health complications or death. A medical device called an inferior vena cava (IVC) filter can be implanted in the inferior vena cava in order to trap blood clots and prevent them from moving to the heart or lungs. There are both permanent and retrievable IVC filters. Retrievable IVC filters are designed to be removed when the risk of pulmonary embolism has passed. However, some retrievable filters are not able to be retrieved, and they are left in the patients’ bodies. Retrievable IVC filters are implanted in thousands of patients each year, and patients are not always warned by their doctors about the risk of injury that is associated with the IVC filters.

As with any medical device, there are risks associated with retrievable IVC filters. One filter in particular, the Bard Eclipse inferior vena cava (IVC) blood clot filter, has been the subject of personal injury lawsuits by patients who were injured by the devices. The Bard Eclipse IVC filter is a retrievable filter made of thin metal wires that are arranged in a cone shape. Sometimes, the wires break off or the filter tilts inside of the vein, creating a risk that part of the filter will cause an embolism or that part of the filter will perforate the vein.

Medical device experts say that since the retrievable IVC filters are designed to be temporary, they are not designed to remain in the body for extended periods of time. The failure rate for retrievable IVC filters is high. In fact, since every retrievable IVC filter will eventually fail if it is not retrieved, it can be said that the failure rate is one hundred percent. This means that for each patient who is implanted with a retrievable IVC filter that is not removed from the body, the question is not whether the filter will fail, but when.

One Mississippi plaintiff was injured when his Bard Eclipse IVC became tilted. The filter perforated his inferior vena cava, and doctors could not remove it from his body. Unfortunately, he is one of thousands of patients who have been injured by IVC filters. Litigation involving these filters is on the rise, and some cases have already been set for bellwether trials.

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

If you have been injured by a medical product like the Bard Eclipse IVC filter described above or some other medical device, you may be able to recover for the damages that you have suffered. If you have questions about injuries caused by medical products, the Mississippi Product 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 Automobile Accident Attorneys Discuss the Importance of Seat Belt Use

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015

A number of fatal accidents occurred in Mississippi around Thanksgiving this year. One night, four fatal, single-vehicle accidents occurred. Three of the four drivers in the fatal accidents were not wearing seat belts. This tragic group of accidents is illustrative of the dangers of not wearing a seat belt.

In Mississippi, drivers and front seat passengers are required by Section 63-2 of the Mississippi Code to wear a seat belt. Also, children under age seven must be buckled into a child safety seat that is appropriate for their size, age, and weight. As you can see, the seat belt requirements in Mississippi do not cover all of the passengers in every vehicle. Adult passengers in rear seats are not required to wear seatbelts, nor are children between the ages of seven and eighteen who sit in the back seat.

Seat belt laws like the ones that apply to drivers and passengers in Mississippi play an important role in ensuring that many drivers and passengers wear their seat belts. Seat belts are recognized as the single most effective way to prevent injuries and deaths from car accidents. There are many ways that seat belts save lives, but perhaps the most important reason is that seat belts keep people inside of vehicles.

People who do not wear seatbelts are thirty times more likely to be ejected from a vehicle during an accident than those people who do buckle up. When people are ejected from their vehicles, it is highly likely that death will result. In any given automobile accident where one or more people are ejected from the vehicle, there is a seventy-five percent chance that the person or people who were ejected from the vehicle will die either immediately or later on as the result of their injuries.

Seatbelt use also reduces the severity of injuries that drivers and passengers receive in car accidents. The medical bills of automobile accident victims who were wearing seat belts when their accidents occurred are about fifty percent lower than the medical bills of accident victims who were not wearing their seat belts when the vehicle that they were diving or riding in crashed. Children are at an even higher risk of being severely injured or killed in a car accident if they are not using the right car seat or seatbelt, and this is why there are specific seat belt and child safety seat rules that apply to child passengers. Choosing the correct child safety seat or belt for your child’s age, height, and weight is a good start towards keeping them safe in the car; however parents must be aware that a child’s car seat or booster seat must be installed in the vehicle correctly for it to prevent injury and death in a car accident. If you have questions about whether you are using the right seats for your kids, or if your kids’ car seats are installed correctly, you can get a free car seat safety check at many local police departments and fire stations.

Giddens Law Firm, P.A.: Representing Those Who Are Injured in Mississippi Automobile Accidents

The Mississippi Automobile Accident Attorneys of the Giddens Law Firm, P.A. are here to help the victims of Mississippi automobile accidents. If you were injured or if someone that you love was killed in an automobile accident, you may have many questions on your mind. Please call our office today, at (601) 355-2022, to learn more about how we can help you.



Mississippi Workplace Injury Attorneys Discuss On the Job Injuries for Fire Fighters

Saturday, December 19th, 2015

Fighting fires is, by nature, a dangerous occupation. Firefighters undergo constant training and education about how to keep themselves safe as they work to save the lives of others, and often times that training pays off and firefighters are able return home after putting out a fire uninjured. Unfortunately, not every fire call goes as planned. According to the National Fire Protection Association, approximately 63,350 firefighters incurred line-of-duty injuries in 2014.

A recent house fire in Mississippi injured five firefighters. The house was vacant at the time of the fire, and two firefighters were hurt when they fell through a hole in the floor. Three other firefighters sought medical attention later on, after they experienced pain and discomfort as a result of their efforts to extinguish the blaze. When the five fire firefighters were injured in the aforementioned house fire, it brought the total number of firefighters hurt while fighting fires in Mississippi this year up to twenty.

The causes of work-related injuries among firefighters extend beyond injuries sustained at structure fires, vehicle fires, and brush fires, although those injuries do account for nearly half of all work-related injuries among firefighters. Other injuries occur while firefighters are in transit, either responding to or returning from the scene of a fire or other emergency. Some firefighters get hurt during non-fire emergency calls like natural disaster responses, hazardous materials calls, and rescue calls. Finally, some firefighters are injured during training exercises and other on-duty activities such as inspections and maintenance duties.

The types of injuries that firefighters experience in their line of work range from fire-related injuries like burns and smoke inhalation to strains, sprains, broken bones, and neck and back injuries. Strains and sprains amounted to just over half of the workplace injuries that were sustained by firefighters at fire scenes last year. Many of those injuries were caused by slips, falls, and jumps. Surprisingly, burns accounted for just under two percent of the injuries that firefighters received while fighting fires.

The injuries that firefighters sustain on the job often cause them to miss work and incur medical expenses. Some injuries even result in temporary or permanent disability, and may prevent the injured firefighter from ever returning to active duty. Other firefighters recover fully from their injuries within a few weeks or a few months, after which they are able to return to work in their previous positions. Whenever a firefighter must leave work on a short or long term basis due to an injury, they may endure financial hardship in addition to the pain and suffering that are associated with the injury. Pursuing compensation for a work-related injury can help to ease the strain on the injured firefighter and their family.

Giddens Law Firm, P.A.: Helping Injured Workers Throughout Mississippi

If you are a firefighter who has been injured at work, you may have many questions about whether and how you can obtain compensation for your injuries. The Mississippi Workplace Accident Attorneys of the Giddens Law Firm, P.A. may be able to help you find the answers that you need. Please call our office today, at (601) 355-2022.

Mississippi Trucking Accident Attorneys Discuss Accidents Involving Live Animal Cargo

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

Sometimes, trucking accidents cause additional risks to people and property because of the cargo that they are carrying. One recent accident in Mississippi involved an 18-wheeler that was transporting cattle. The accident occurred when the driver of the truck encountered difficulty in navigating a turn. During the crash, the truck tipped over, killing some cows and turning approximately one hundred others loose onto the interstate.

The interstate was closed for about five hours after the accident occurred, as authorities rounded up the loose cattle and got them back onto the truck. Many of the cows were able to be located and successfully reloaded. At least one cow was injured when it was struck by another vehicle. Some of the cows remained at large for quite some time after the accident.

Many trucks carrying livestock navigate American highways every day. Many of the animals that ride on those trucks are part of our food supply. They are raised on farms and then transported to factories for processing. Truck drivers who transport livestock must adhere to specific regulations from both the United States Department of Agriculture and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration that are designed to get the animals safely to their destination while minimizing the risk to the public as they travel over the road. Unfortunately, accidents involving livestock transport vehicles do occur, posing a risk to both human and animal lives.

Accidents involving animal transport vehicles can be caused by many different things. Driver fatigue, excessive speed, improperly maintained equipment, failure to negotiate a curve, slippery roads, shifting weight due to movement of the animals, or a poor judgment call by either the truck driver or the driver of another vehicle are just some of the ways in which these crashes occur. When a wreck involving an animal transport vehicle happens, the driver and some or all of the animals on board the vehicle can be injured or killed. If animals become entrapped in the wreckage, they may perish if the truck catches fire. If the animals are released from the vehicle as the result of the accident, they are in danger of being struck by other vehicles. These subsequent collisions can cause injury, property damage, and even death for the drivers of those other vehicles, their passengers, and the animals.

If you are driving in an area where an animal transport vehicle accident has occurred, be alert for the presence of animals in or near the roadway. If you see an animal that has wandered into the road, try to avoid hitting it if you can do so safely. If the animal appears too quickly and it is not safe to try to avoid a collision, try to hit the animal at an angle in order to push it away from the car instead of tossing it upwards and onto the vehicle, as is likely to occur if you hit it head-on.

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

Trucking accidents can present complicated factual scenarios and cause immense amounts of bodily injury and property damage. If you have been injured in a Mississippi trucking accident, the Mississippi Trucking Accident Attorneys at the Giddens Law Firm, P.A. are here to help you recover for your injuries, damage, or losses. Trucking companies have attorneys working hard on their behalf, and a trucking accident attorney is a strong and knowledgeable ally who can help you navigate every stage of your trucking accident case from start to finish. Please call our office today, at (601) 355-2022, to learn more.