Archive for August, 2016

Mississippi Birth Injury Attorneys Discuss Obstetric Violence

Monday, August 29th, 2016

Obstetric violence is something that you would like to think would never, ever happen. Unfortunately, violent acts are sometimes committed against pregnant women in their most vulnerable hour – during labor and delivery – by the people that they have trusted to care for them during the birth of their child. An Alabama mother recently won a lawsuit against a birthing center after she had an extremely disturbing birth experience there that has left her with permanent physical and emotional injuries.

The woman claimed that as she was laboring on her hands and knees and her baby’s head was emerging when a nurse grabbed her wrists and flipped her onto her back. Then, as the woman struggled to get off of her back, a nurse pushed the baby’s head back into her body for six minutes, supposedly because the doctor was in the room yet.

The horrifying birth experience described above happened over four years ago, and the mother has suffered much since that time. She has a permanent nerve injury called Pudendal Neuralgia. Her body is so badly damaged that she cannot have intercourse, nor can she have future children. Her physical injuries cause her chronic pain and the emotional trauma that she experienced during the birth of her son causes her to suffer panic attacks.

After a two-week trial, the jury found that the birthing center had violated the standard of maternity care. They also found that the birthing center had participated in “reckless misinterpretation of fact” by advertising their facility as a place where women had many choices available to them throughout the birthing process, options that were not available to them once they were at the birthing center. Not only were options like birthing tubs not available, but the treatment that the mother received was harsh, dangerous, and violent.

This case is important because it exposes an issue that many women who may have received questionable treatment during their birthing experiences are reluctant to talk about. The growing awareness of obstetric violence enables those who have already experienced it to step forward and get the care that they need and seek damages in situations where it is appropriate to do so. It also makes women aware that they should ask questions and speak up if they find themselves receiving questionable care throughout pregnancy, labor, and delivery.

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

If you or your child were hurt in any way during childbirth, you might have many questions and concerns on your mind. Birth injuries can take a long time to heal, and they can even cause permanent physical and emotional damage that may require a lifetime of treatment or accommodation. Let us help you pursue a claim for damages while you focus on healing your body and mind, your child’s body and mind, and your family. If you have questions about birth injuries, the Mississippi Birth Injury Attorneys of the Giddens Law Firm, P.A. are here to help you. Please call our office today, at (601) 355-2022, to learn more.


Mississippi Workplace Injury Attorneys Talk About Marine Towing Accidents

Saturday, August 13th, 2016

Did you know that the leading cause of death among towing industry workers is falling off of vessels? Last year, six towing industry workers fell to their deaths. Fortunately, crew fatalities have been declining steadily overall within the industry. In 2015, there were seven deaths per hundred thousand employees in the towing industry, which is lower than the fifteen or so deaths per hundred thousand in the overall transportation sector that includes air, rail, trucking, and every other type of transportation. Within the towing industry, one hundred and nine injuries were reported in 2015, and only two of them were classified as severe. During that same year, most of the accidents involving towing vessels were not very serious and resulted in only minor injuries and damages.

Statistics like those mentioned above provide only a glimpse into the dangers of working in the towing industry. Tugboats have enormous amounts of horsepower, and they have many moving parts that can pose a risk to their crews, like giant winches, large steel tow lines, and rotating drums. Tugboats work in all kinds of weather, so decks can be slippery when wet or icy, or if oil spills onto them. Slips and falls are relatively common, and as mentioned above, falling overboard poses a great risk to life.

As is the case with any other industry, the owners of towing vessels have a duty to keep the work environment on their vessels reasonably safe. Workplace injuries on towing vessels are governed by the Jones Act, which enables injured workers to file causes of action for lost wages, pain, suffering, and other types of damages against their employers for damages in situations where either the employer or an agent of the employer was negligent. The Jones Act also provides a wrongful death cause of action for the survivors of seamen killed in workplace accidents.

The Jones Act mainly applies then the vessel is on the water, but much of the work of towing industry workers takes place at docks and terminals. Fortunately, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations apply to those locations, so the safety of towing industry workers is protected whether they are on land or the water.

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

If you or someone that you love was injured or killed while working in the towing industry, it is essential to get legal help right away. A Mississippi Workplace Accident Attorney can help you make sense of the process of filing a claim for damages, and they can support you at each step of the process as they work to resolve your claim. What’s more, they can formulate a strategy for presenting your case in court, if it has to go to trial. If you have questions related to Mississippi workplace accident law, the Workplace Accident Attorneys of the Giddens Law Firm, P.A. could help you. Please call our office today, at (601) 355-2022, to learn more.

Mississippi Personal Injury Attorney Discusses Cyclist Brain Injuries

Sunday, August 7th, 2016

A cyclist has made a remarkable recovery from a serious crash that resulted in a serious brain injury, among other injuries. The accident put him into a medically induced coma for a time, and he has titanium implants throughout his face, but he has now reached a point where he can compete again. The connection between his brain and the right side of his body had been severed, but he did not accept being halfway paralyzed as his fate. Instead, he chose to work hard each and every day to heal and rebuild his body’s functioning. Eventually, he was able to ride a bike again and continued to gain strength and mobility until he reached the point where he is now, able to compete competitively.

This amazing story of recovery after a serious brain injury is a great example of the potential to heal that some brain injury victims have when they are given access to physical therapy and other types of life changing treatment. It is important to note that the cyclist may not have recovered as well as he has if the doctors who had been treating him had not fully assessed his injuries right after the accident as well as identifying and evaluating possible treatments and courses of action as he recovered. Thorough assessment of brain injuries is important to a successful physical recovery, and it is also important for the recovery of monetary damages.

Mississippi Brain Injury Lawyers know a lot about brain injuries and the ways in which they affect accident victims, their friends and their families. At their worst, a traumatic brain injury can cause death. When a brain injury victim survives, the range of disabilities and impairments that they have suffered may not be apparent until well after the injury occurred. Brain injury victims and their families often find it hard to wait for a long-term assessment of what must happen for the brain injury to heal because the medical bills pile up, and insurers may pressure them to settle the claim quickly, perhaps before they know the full extent of the damages.

A Mississippi Brain Injury Lawyer can help you to find the middle ground between obtaining the financial recovery that you need right now and making sure that you get compensated for the full extent of your brain injury. If you were injured in an accident and you have a head injury, it is important that you get evaluated immediately. Prompt medical evaluation can lead to the detection of brain injuries that could otherwise remain unseen until serious symptoms appear, and it ensures that the victim can start treatment right away. Even if no symptoms are detected right after the accident, seeking prompt medical attention creates a medical record that can later prove useful if brain injury symptoms do develop.

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

Brain injuries have profound impacts on the lives of the injured parties as well as the lives of their family members. Fortunately, when brain injuries are evaluated carefully, healing can begin right away and can continue in many cases to full or almost full recovery. If you have a brain injury, or a loved one has suffered a brain injury, the Mississippi Personal Injury Attorneys at 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 Brain Injury Attorney Discusses Brain Injuries and Future Outcomes

Monday, August 1st, 2016

Kids bump their heads in all kinds of ways, and parents do the best they can to supervise them and then hope for the best each time that they do fall and bump their heads. Unfortunately, some of those seemingly harmless head knocks may have long-lasting negative medical and social effects. Difficulties with learning and with interacting with others are some of the problems that can follow a head injury, and those challenges can last a lifetime. Research has indicated that the more severe the brain injury, the worse the outcomes are in adulthood.

Many people think that if a person does not have a concussion, they will not suffer long term damage. This is simply not true. Unfortunately, research has shown that even a seemingly harmless bump on the head that does not qualify as a concussion can change the brain’s physiology and affect the person’s neural functioning. When a person has experienced multiple concussions during their lifetime, they may develop a serious and often tragic neurodegenerative disease called chronic traumatic encephalopathy later on in life.

One important factor in head injury outcomes is the age at first head injury. Children who were older than fifteen years of age when they had their first head injury have been found to be more likely to have difficulties as adults. The reason that younger children may recover more fully from head injuries might have something to do with neuroplasticity, which is the ability of the brain to adapt and change its networks and behavior. Neuroplasticity is higher in younger people and lower in order people.

There are still more questions than answers on the topic of head injuries and short and long term outcomes. However, there is agreement that minimizing head trauma, especially in children, is important. Children get head injuries much more easily than adults because their bodies are much smaller and weaker. Parents can supervise toddlers as they learn to walk and make sure kids wear helmets while riding bikes, scooters, skateboards, skis, and snowboards. Some parents may even choose to encourage their kids to avoid sports like hockey and football where head injuries are most prevalent.

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

Head injuries can have serious short and long-term implications. If you or someone that you love has suffered a head injury, it is important to get it evaluated right away so that treatment and recovery can begin. Recovering from a brain injury is no small feat, and it is important that you have the time and energy to focus on becoming well again. The Mississippi Brain Injury Attorneys at the Giddens Law Firm, P.A. can help you file a claim for damages and work towards obtaining the compensation that will allow you to make as much of a recovery as you possibly can. If you have questions about brain injuries, please call our office today, at (601) 355-2022, to learn more.