Archive for April, 2016

Mississippi Automobile Accident Attorneys Remind Drivers to Use Caution on Wet Roads

Friday, April 29th, 2016

A recent accident in Arkansas claimed the life of a Mississippi man. The crash occurred when the man lost control of his car and collided with a vehicle on the other side of the road. The weather might have played a role in this crash. It was raining and the road was wet at the time of the accident. Other accidents occurred throughout the nearby area that day, and wet roads may have contributed to causing those wrecks, too.

Rainy weather and wet roads are just two of the possible hazards that drivers may encounter on the roadway. Wildlife and highway defects are other examples of things that can contribute to causing automobile accidents. Rain increases the risk of car accidents in two ways. When it is raining, visibility is reduced, and drivers may have difficulty seeing nearby vehicles, intersections, road signs, and other things that they need to see to drive safely. Also, road surfaces may become slippery, which increases the likelihood that a driver will lose control of his or her vehicle. Some road surfaces provide better traction in wet weather than others do, and when there is water on the road surface, hydroplaning may occur.

When it is raining, and even after the rain has stopped and the road is wet, drivers can implement a few safe driving practices to increase their chances of arriving at their destinations safely. Slowing down can give you more time to see vehicles, signs, and other things and it can reduce the likelihood that your vehicle will hydroplane. Stopping a car on a wet surface requires more distance, so leave yourself plenty of time. Also, leaving plenty of room between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you will give you more time to react to that vehicle’s movements. Keeping a safe distance is always important, but it is even more crucial when the road is wet, and there is an increased risk that that vehicle will hydroplane, swerve, or make other unanticipated movements.

Other road hazards include potholes and rough patches, poor roadway design, inadequate lighting, and confusing signs. Older roads are more likely to contain road hazards because road design has evolved to create increasingly safer roads. Inadequate road maintenance can also increase the risk of automobile accidents. Road surfaces experience considerable wear and tear, and highway budgets do not permit state and local governments to repair and resurface all of the roads that need attention right away, so unsafe conditions may exist for some time before work crews can make the necessary repairs.

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

If you got hurt in a car crash, the weather might have played a role in causing the accident. Whether or not the weather was a factor in your accident, you would benefit from working with a Mississippi Automobile Accident Attorney. The insurance claims process can be more time-consuming than you might imagine.  Your attorney can help you resolve your claim while you focus on your health and healing. To learn more, call the Mississippi Automobile Accident Attorneys of the Giddens Law Firm, P.A., at (601) 355-2022.

Mississippi Workplace Injury Attorneys Discuss Drillship Accidents

Sunday, April 24th, 2016

A seaman from Mississippi filed a lawsuit against his former employer and another company. The man claims that he was operating a high-pressure lance on a drillship when he fell, sustaining severe injuries. In his lawsuit, the plaintiff alleges that the defendants did not give him the gear and equipment that he needed to do his job safely, among other things. The lawsuit also touches on issues involving whether there were unsafe working conditions on the drillship and whether the ship’s crew was adequate.

Drillships are one type of offshore oil and gas drilling rig. These enormous and powerful machines drill holes for the extraction of oil and gas. Drillships and other offshore oil and gas drilling rigs present significant safety hazards to the people who work on them. Between 2001 and 2010, there were over eight hundred fires and explosions on offshore drilling rigs. One thousand three hundred and forty-nine injuries and sixty-nine deaths occurred in these workplaces during that same period.

Some of the hazards that are present in an offshore drilling work environment are slippery surfaces, unfavorable weather conditions, heavy machinery, fires, explosions, and falls. As is the case in any workplace environment that involves the use of machinery, equipment failure can cause injury or death and improperly maintained equipment presents an increased risk of harm to the workers who use it. Crew members who do not receive proper training and support are at risk for injury, and they also put other workers at risk because they are unable to work safely or to support their co-workers in doing so. There are many ladders and stairs on a drillship, and falls from ladders, staircases, and other tall pieces of equipment may cause severe and sometimes fatal injuries. Oil and natural gas are combustible, so fires and explosions are a very real risk in offshore drilling workplaces.

If you work on a drillship and you get hurt, seek medical attention right away. Prompt treatment ensures that you can know the full extent of your injuries and begin receiving essential medical care right away. As is the case with any injury, immediate treatment provides the best possible chance at a full recovery. Missing work because of an injury could deplete your financial resources quickly. In addition to helping you recover sooner so that you can return to work, seeking treatment right away helps provide the documentation that will support your claim for damages.

Giddens Law Firm, P.A.: Supporting Mississippi Workplace Injury Plaintiffs

If you experienced a workplace accident in an offshore drilling workplace, you are not alone. Offshore drilling is dangerous work, and employers must do their best to prevent harm from befalling the employees who work for them. The Mississippi Workplace Injury Attorneys at the Giddens Law Firm, P.A. may be able to help you pursue a worker’s compensation claim against the parties who are responsible for your injuries. A worker’s compensation claim could help you recover both physically and financially after your accident. To learn more about how we may be able to help you, please call our office today, at (601) 355-2022.

Mississippi Trucking Accident Attorneys Talk About Chain Reaction Wrecks

Sunday, April 10th, 2016

Sometimes, a car accident will cause traffic to back up for miles. When this happens, there is, of course, the immediate danger that other vehicles will collide with the crashed cars and pile onto the wreck. There is also the possibility that accidents will occur in the line of backed up traffic, especially if the drivers of some vehicles do not notice that there is traffic stopped ahead of them.

Last year, a horrific accident occurred when a tractor-trailer slammed into traffic that was backed up because of an accident. The wreck claimed the lives of five nursing students from Georgia who were traveling in two separate vehicles. Just recently, the company that employed the driver who is responsible for the deadly crash reached settlements in some of the wrongful death lawsuits that were filed by the victims’ families.

It is possible that this tragedy was the result of a poor hiring decision by Total Transportation of Mississippi. The company hired the driver, John Wayne Johnson, even though his previous employer had fired him for falling asleep at the wheel. As far as this accident is concerned, Johnson admitted that the deadly wreck was his fault. He claims that he was awake when the crash occurred, but he is unable to explain why he did not notice the traffic that had stopped ahead of him. Johnson also claims that his truck has a collision warning system that beeps if it gets too close to other vehicles. Johnson says that he did not hear the warning system before the crash. He also does not remember colliding with the two passenger vehicles that the nursing students were riding in, but he does remember hitting the back of a tractor-trailer that had stopped in traffic in front of those two vehicles.

This tragic accident is a sobering reminder that chain reaction accidents can occur at any time. Stop and go traffic contributes to many chain reaction accidents, and this one is no exception. Drivers can avoid some chain reaction accidents, but that is not always the case. In the wreck that killed the five nursing students, there was nothing they could have done that would have prevented the wreck. They were sitting in traffic, completely at the mercy of the drivers that were approaching them from behind. In other situations, drivers might be able to avoid chain reaction accidents by paying close attention to the driving conditions around them at all times, and being aware of traffic stopped ahead of them and slowing down as they approach it. Also, whether you are in stop and go traffic or traffic that is moving freely, be sure to leave adequate space between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you.

Giddens Law Firm, P.A.: Mississippi Trucking Accident Attorneys

If you were injured or you lost someone that you love in a crash involving a tractor-trailer or other commercial vehicle, it is important that you contact a Mississippi trucking accident attorney right away. The company that owns the truck has a team of lawyers and other professionals working hard on their behalf, and you deserve to have an experienced professional in your corner to represent your interests. To learn more, call the Mississippi Trucking Accident Attorneys at the Giddens Law Firm, P.A. at (601) 355-2022.

Mississippi Products Liability Attorneys Discuss the Mirena IUD

Friday, April 1st, 2016

One option for birth control is the intrauterine device or IUD. There are two main categories of intrauterine devices, those made with hormones and those made without hormones. Mirena is one of only three types of hormonal IUDs that are on the market. Marketing materials for the Mirena IUD target mothers who already have children, touting the product as a simple, reversible, no-hassle birth control method. The Mirena IUD has caused some serious health issues, and there have been over one thousand lawsuits filed against the manufacturer of Mirena since 2011 due to damages and losses that may have been caused by the product.

A recent lawsuit involving the Mirena IUD claims that the device caused Intracranial Hypertension, a condition which is also known as pseudotumor cerebri, or the dangerous and life-threatening buildup of fluid around the brain. When fluid builds up around the brain, the pressure inside of the skull becomes abnormally high, causing symptoms that include vision problems, severe headaches, and inability to tolerate light. The woman who filed the lawsuit experienced these symptoms and had a lumbar puncture performed to remove the excess fluid from her skull.

Other lawsuits alleging harm caused by the Mirena IUD involve situations where the IUD migrated after it was implanted, causing complications. Some of the damages suffered by plaintiffs in Mirena lawsuits include uterine perforation, miscarriage, organ damage, and ectopic, or tubal, pregnancies. Many of the lawsuits claim that the warnings provided with the product are insufficient and do not adequately communicate the risks associated with Mirena to those patients who are considering using it. At least one lawsuit alleges that the harm caused by the Mirena IUD resulted in a wrongful death. The plaintiff in the wrongful death lawsuit had a Mirena IUD implanted in 2009, and in 2013, she gave birth to a stillborn son. In her lawsuit, she states that the device became embedded in her uterine wall, greatly increasing the risk of harm to her fetus when the device did not prevent pregnancy like it was supposed to.

There have been many lawsuits that allege harm caused by the Mirena IUD, and the United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation considered the possibility of consolidating the claims into a class action lawsuit. In 2014, the panel declined to consolidate the claims. The panel did not combine the claims into a class action lawsuit because the individual claims are not so similar to each other that it would make sense to treat them as a group. There are various types of harm alleged in the current lawsuits, and, for now, each claim will be handled individually. It is possible that claims could be consolidated in the future as new plaintiffs continue to come forward and file lawsuits.

Giddens Law Firm, P.A.: Support for Those Harmed by Defective Products

Medical devices like the Mirena IUD often provide some health benefits, but the patients who use them are also at risk for serious side effects. If you believe that you are experiencing an injury or illness in connection with your use of a Mirena IUD, seek medical attention right away. If your IUD played a role in your injury or illness, the Mississippi Products Liability 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.