Archive for March, 2016

Mississippi Workplace Accident Attorneys Discuss Barge Accidents

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

A recent barge accident on the Mississippi River has claimed the life of a worker. The accident occurred near the U.S. 190 bridge. While little information is known about this particular accident because it happened very recently and because it is currently under investigation, this tragedy calls attention to the dangers of working on the river. Many workers work on or near the river every day, and, just as is the case with any other type of workplace, there is the potential that injury or even death may occur at work.

The Mississippi River is a very busy waterway, with barge and towboat traffic that can be rather heavy at times. The towboats and barges that operate on the Mississippi and on other major waterways can be dangerous places to work, especially in crowded areas where there are many vessels in close proximity to each other on the water. Water and weather conditions can change suddenly, which can increase accident risk dramatically. Workplace accidents on barges and towboats can occur when vessels collide, as well as when vessels are moving along the waterway and even when they are docked or at anchor. Slips, falls, and other sudden injuries can occur on barges and towboats, as can injuries associated with lifting heavy things and operating machinery.

Since workers on barges and towboats can be seriously injured or killed, it is important that these workers and their families understand that the worker’s compensation laws which govern most workplace injuries do not apply to individuals who are injured while they are working on navigable waters. When a worker is injured while working on navigable waters, a law called the Jones Act serves as the means by which the injured worker can collect damages.

The Jones Act differs from ordinary workers’ compensation in a couple of ways. One major difference is that a worker must prove negligence on the part of their employer before they can be awarded damages. Another difference is that the Jones Act provides for payment of some categories of damages, such as pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment, that regular worker’s compensation does not. The Jones Act also provides free medical care and maintenance payments that help injured workers pay for their living expenses as they recover from their injuries.

Giddens Law Firm, P.A.: Support for Mississippi Workplace Accident Victims

Barge and towboat accidents are different than regular worker’s compensation cases, but that does not have to stop you from recovering for your injuries or damages. If you were hurt while you were working on navigable waters, you may be eligible for one or more types of relief under the Jones Act. An experienced Mississippi workplace accident attorney can help you understand the various types of relief that may be available to you, as well as how you can pursue any relief that you may qualify for. The Mississippi Workplace Accident Attorneys of the Giddens Law Firm, P.A. may be able to help you. Please call our office today, at (601) 355-2022, to learn more.

 

 

Mississippi Workplace Injury Attorneys Talk about Construction Accidents

Monday, March 28th, 2016

A recent construction accident in Shelby County claimed the life of a construction worker. The worker was working on a bridge project when he became trapped between two pieces of equipment. Despite the efforts of medical personnel to treat the worker’s injuries, he died at the scene of the accident. Unfortunately, fatal construction accidents like this recent tragedy do sometimes occur and numerous nonfatal construction injuries happen on job sites across Mississippi and elsewhere.

If you are a construction worker, you may already know that your job is more dangerous than many other jobs. There are numerous types of hazards that can be found on all types of construction sites, from road and bridge construction to building homes or office buildings. Falls are one of the most common causes of construction site injuries, and falls are also a leading cause of construction-related fatalities. Other common causes of construction site injuries and deaths include being crushed in between heavy objects or machinery, as happened in the recent fatality described above, electrocution, and being struck by moving or falling objects or machinery. Injuries caused by exposure to chemicals or by repetitive motion are also not uncommon among construction workers.

The risks that lead to construction accidents can be reduced by careful attention to safe work practices, but they cannot be eliminated entirely. If you work in construction, it is important that you know what to do after a construction accident in case you get injured on the job. When you get hurt, you will more than likely need to leave the job site to obtain medical care. It is important that you do so right away, so that you injuries can be treated and you can begin to heal. Be sure to fill out an accident report right away, and make sure that your employer gets a copy of it. Keep a copy of it for yourself, in addition to a detailed set of notes about what happened, so that you can remember all of the important details later on. It is also important to speak with a workplace injury attorney so that you can file a claim for damages that can help you recover financially from your accident while you work to recover from it physically.

Depending upon the type and severity of your injury, you may have to take additional time off of work to recover from your injury. Continue to document your experience with notes, pictures, and other information. When your doctor begins to discuss your recovery in the context of going back to work, pay close attention to their recommendations. It can be difficult to learn that you may not be able to return to the job that you had before you were injured. Your doctor may be able to help you learn about what other work options may be suitable for you.

Giddens Law Firm, P.A.: Support for Individuals Affected by Workplace Injuries

If you are a construction worker who has been hurt at work, you may be interested in filing a worker’s compensation claim. Unfortunately, claims that individuals file on their own do not often go through to completion easily, and awards of benefits can be slow to come while your bills continue to pile up. The Mississippi Worker’s Compensation Attorneys of the Giddens Law Firm, P.A. may be able to help you with your claim. To learn more, call us today, at (601) 355-2022.

Mississippi Birth Injury Attorneys Talk about What Birth Injuries Look Like

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

The term “birth injury” does not, on its own, refer to any one specific type of injury. It refers to an injury that occurred during labor or delivery. There are a variety of types of birth injuries, and they are not all visible immediately after the baby is born. While some birth injuries may be noticeable right away, such as injuries that affect the nerves of the brachial plexus, other birth injuries do not get discovered until parents begin to notice things about their child that indicate that there may be something amiss.

Delays in reaching developmental milestones are one clue that may lead parents to investigate the possibility that their child was injured at birth. Every child develops at his or her own rate, but there are general and widely accepted guidelines that describe ranges of time within which almost all children do certain things like making eye contact or crawling. Pediatricians are often very helpful in working with parents to determine whether a child has a developmental delay or, in the alternative, whether the child is taking his or her time with a particular milestone. If there is a developmental delay, a pediatrician may be able to investigate possible causes of the delay, including the possibility that the delay is caused by a birth injury.

Seizures, tremors, spasms, or other abnormal body movements, are another thing that can alert parents to the possibility that their child was injured at birth. Not every child who has seizures or abnormal movement was injured at birth, but it is important to discuss them with your child’s pediatrician right away, so that the pediatrician can look into the cause of the seizures or abnormal movements and help your child obtain any necessary treatment.

If you are working with your pediatrician to address an issue with your child’s health and development and you suspect that your child may have a birth injury, it is important to think back to your birth experience and remember as much about it as you can. In particular, it is useful to think about whether risk factors for birth injuries were present during your labor and delivery. Some risk factors include the use of forceps or a vacuum extractor or an emergency cesarean birth. If you had an emergency c-section, try to remember as much as you can about how the decision to operate was made by medical staff and how much time passed between the decision to operate and the time that your surgery began. Any and all information that you are able to remember could help doctors determine whether your child was injured at birth.

Giddens Law Firm, P.A.: Mississippi Birth Injury Attorneys

If your child is exhibiting signs of a birth injury, it is only natural to wonder whether their injury was caused by medical negligence. Some birth injuries will eventually heal, while others may require additional care throughout your child’s lifetime. A birth injury lawsuit could help your family provide the support that your child needs. The Mississippi Birth Injury Attorneys at the Giddens Law Firm, P.A. may be able to help you. Please call us today, at (601) 355-2022.

 

Mississippi Wrongful Death Attorneys Talk About Pedestrian Accidents

Friday, March 11th, 2016

A pedestrian was killed in a tragic accident that occurred on Highway 25 in Starkville. The pedestrian died at the accident scene, and the driver who had struck the pedestrian left the scene of the crash. The driver was then located a short time after the accident. The driver could face criminal charges as the result of their actions. As is the case with many pedestrian accidents, it is possible that the family of the deceased could bring a wrongful death claim against the driver in addition to any criminal charges that may be brought.

Pedestrian accidents like the one that is described above happen more frequently than most people realize. On average, twelve American pedestrian are hit and killed by vehicles every day. The survival rate for pedestrians who are struck by vehicles is low because the force of an impact from a vehicle can throw a pedestrian quite a long distance or crush them between the vehicle and some other vehicle or object. Many times, the pedestrian dies instantly or dies within a short time after the accident at the accident scene as the result of their injuries.

The family of a pedestrian accident victim can bring a wrongful death action against the driver who struck and killed their loved one. A wrongful death action can help the accident victim’s family recover for the losses and damages that they have experienced due to the loss of their loved one. Some of the damages that family members may experience are funeral expenses, loss of support, and loss of companionship.

When a pedestrian is killed as the result of being hit with a vehicle, the driver of the motor vehicle may have been driving negligently or recklessly, possibly in violation of the law. However, fatal pedestrian accidents do sometimes occur without any unlawful behavior on the part of the driver. Fortunately, families of pedestrian accident victims can bring wrongful death actions regardless of whether criminal charges are filed. As far as unlawful behaviors that lead to pedestrian accidents are concerned, driving under the influence of alcohol is one of the most common. Sometimes, the conduct of the at-fault driver even exceeds that which the law considers unlawful behavior. There are various types of criminal charges, such as vehicular manslaughter and involuntary manslaughter, which can be filed in cases involving extreme recklessness.

Giddens Law Firm, P.A.: Supporting Mississippi Wrongful Death Plaintiffs

If someone that you love was killed in a pedestrian accident, you may be feeling many different things all at once. Losing a loved one suddenly in a pedestrian accident is tragic, and your family needs support during this difficult time. The Mississippi Wrongful Death Attorneys at the Giddens Law Firm, P.A. may be able to help you pursue a wrongful death claim against the driver who is responsible for your loss. A wrongful death action can help your family with funeral expenses and provide financial support in acknowledgement of your loss of your love one’s support and companionship. To learn more, please call our office today, at (601) 355-2022.