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Mississippi’s Toughest Kids

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

Giddens Law Firm participated again this year in the Mississippi’s Toughest Kids golf tournament hosted at Whisper Lake. MTK exists to provide exciting experiences and exploration to children who face serious illnesses, disabilities and special needs.

The Giddens Law firm has sponsored a hole and a team at the tournament for the past two years and is more than happy to participate with this wonderful organization.

Two beneficiaries of MTK.

Two beneficiaries of MTK.


Other ways to support MTK

Other ways to support MTK

Zofran Investigated – Possible Link to Cleft Palate, Lip, and Heart Defects

Friday, March 20th, 2015

Zofran (ondansetron HCl Dihydrate) is produced by Glaxo Wellcome Pharmaceuticals and is often prescribed to treat nausea during pregnancy. It is not fully known how the drug works but millions in our country have been prescribed this medication in a very free fashion because the potentially dangerous nature of the drug for expectant mothers was never disclosed by the Pharmaceutical company. Zofran was believed to be safe to treat any number of nausea symptoms during pregnancy. There have been new reports that Zofran has been linked to birth defects in babies, including cleft palate, cleft lip and congenital heart defects.

Our firm is investigating these claims and would be happy to speak with any individual who has questions about their child’s cleft palate, cleft lip or heart defect and any possible links to the medications they have been prescribed. If you or a family member has recently had a child with a cleft palate, cleft lip or other heart defect after taking Zofran you may need to act now to preserve your rights. Our attorneys are available 24 hours a day and we have gathered additional information if you or a loved one would like information on this topic.

pills spilled by bottle

Many medications have unforseen side effects.

When you contact our firm, consider the following questions: Why was Zofran prescribed? Do you have any known allergy to Zofran? The dosage amounts of Zofran and directions on use. (the prescription bottle may contain this information).

Think Trial Lawyers Are Greedy? Think Again!

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

A recent article published by Public Justice examines how top companies are willing to sacrifice public safety in order to preserve profits. Trial lawyers protect the public by holding these companies accountable. Trial lawyers that obtain big judgements and verdicts help deter companies from putting profits over people. That is what trial lawyers and litigation does to serve public safety.

Call attorney John D. Giddens for a free consultation if you or a loved one has been injured due to the negligence of another.

Richland Elementary School

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

On Friday, November 8, 2013, Jackson, Mississippi injury attorneys, John Giddens and Baskin Jones visited with Richland Elementary School students. The injury attorneys donated a total of 566 helmets to the school for the students and for the staff. “We wanted to make sure each one of these students had access to a helmet, because head injuries on a bike or a skateboard are often life threatening.” John Giddens said after donating the helmets. Many of the students had bikes or skateboards but did not yet own a helmet.

Before the students received their helmets, the Brain Injury Association of Mississippi educated the boys and girls on proper helmet use and showed the effects of not using a helmet by dropping a cantaloupe from shoulder height while the melon was strapped into a helmet and not strapped into the helmet. Judging by the gasps in the room over the cracked cantaloupe, it seemed like the young students understood the importance of wearing a helmet if you are riding a bike or skateboard.

The students had this to say about the presentation and about their assignment to tell their teachers what Attorney’s do:
“Attorneys tell people about the law. Attorneys got really nice suits. Attorneys always are important to you. They can help you when you are in trouble.”

“Thank you for our helmets! We are thankful for your kindness! – Mrs. Alvarado’s class.”

View our student letters

Richland Elementary Video #1

Richland Elementary Video #2

Richland Elementary Video #2

NFL Concussion Litigation Motion to Dismiss Ruling

Friday, June 28th, 2013

Some of you have been waiting for the results of the recent hearings on the NFL and Riddell’s Motions To Dismiss the NFL concussion claims. The motions and responses to these motions were argued on April 9, 2013. These motions are an effort to move the NFL concussion claims off of the runway before the cases get started.

The Supervising Judge in these cases, Judge Anita Brody, has announced that she will have reached a decision on these Motions to Dismiss on July 22, 2013. The NFL argued in their motion that their player contracts included arbitration clauses which have to be heeded before a lawsuit could be brought anywhere else. This arbitration clause has been ruled unenforceable by other courts recently and the same may happen here.

We are confident that these claims will move forward and our staff is poised to move quickly in this case once these matters are decided.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at any time.

Mississippi Mirena IUD Lawsuit Attorneys

Friday, December 14th, 2012

Mirena IUD (Intrauterine Device) is a birth control solution that is physically placed into the female uterus to prevent pregnancy. Unfortunately there have been documented side effects which have been linked to serious injuries in Mississippi and all over the country. People who have used Mirena have reported perforation of the uterus, puncturing of the uterus and tearing of the uterus, movement of the Mirena device to other parts of the body and serious infections as a result of Mirena. These injuries can cause scar tissue and may cause infertility in the women who have used Mirena.

John D. Giddens, P.A. handles Mirena cases for women who have been injured by this device, and have experienced uterus perforation, movement or migration of the Mirena IUD, expulsion of the device, or infection from Mirena each of which could be accompanied by scarring which would affect a woman’s ability to have children in the future.

In December 2009, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) realized that there was an issue with Mirena and issued a warning letter to Bayer stating that Bayer had overstated how well Mirena works and that Bayer had made claims without basis about how well Mirena could prevent pregnancy. These false and misleading statements potentially caused more individuals to take the drug and be affected by these dangerous issues.
Other side effects of Mirena include irregular bleeding, ovarian cysts, back pain, weight increase, breast pain and tenderness, and acne.

If you or a loved one have used Mirena and experienced any of the following: uterus perforation or other uterine tearing, dislodging or migration of the Mirena device, expulsion of the Mirena device, or infections from Mirena contact our offices and we will help you determine what to do.

BP Business Claims

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

When the BP oil spill occurred on April 20, 2010 it didn’t just affect the fishing industry or the tourism industry, it affected everyone in Mississippi in one way or another. The economy slowed down as a result of the spill and every type of business across the southeast lost revenue during that time.

In 2012, funds were set aside by BP to pay back any type of business which showed a dip in its projected earnings in the time after the oil spill. Many businesses in North Mississippi have ignored their potential settlement because they were not aware that the settlement was for them. Our firm has been spreading the message and working with businesses to determine whether or not they have a claim, and the evaluation is free.

We have seen claims from all sorts of businesses including: Car dealerships, Retail storefronts, Hotels, Restaurants, Law Firms, Realtors, Developers, and Construction companies. Any type of business can file a claim, our experienced attorneys can quickly determine if your business is eligible for settlement funds and submit your claim. Our assessment of your business is confidential and free, you owe us nothing until we collect for you.

The process is simple and can be completed in just a few minutes online by filling out an Attorney / Client Agreement and Records Release. Once these documents are in place we will begin immediately to assess your claim.

If you have any questions or wonder if your business qualifies, please feel free to contact me at any time.

Baskin L. Jones
Attorney at John D. Giddens, P.A.
601-355-2022 (o)

Rose Cancer Criminal Sentencing

Sunday, December 9th, 2012

U.S. District Judge Daniel P. Jordan III presided over the sentancing hearing of Dr. Meera Sachdeva, Brittany McCoskey, and Monica Weeks on Friday, December 7, 2012. The hearing was to assign sentences to the three Healthcare workers for their involvement in the criminal side of the Rose Cancer Center case.

There have been allegations that the workers at the Rose Cancer Center diluted chemotherapy medication and reused dirty one-use needles on patients causing transmission of blood bourne diseases. This criminal hearing sentenced Sachdeva, McCoskey for providing false information to healthcare officials and changing numbers in their books.

Judge Jordan sentenced Dr. Sachdeva to twenty years in prison and nine year supervised release with a $250,000.00 fine and restitution in the amount of $8,168,524.72 to the companies who were defrauded in this matter.

This is the heaviest sentence allowable under the one count of health care fraud and two counts of making false statements charges Dr. Sachdeva pled guilty to on July 13, 2012.

Judge Jordan explained his sentence from the bench stating, “”It’s a very small thing to send this woman to jail for the next 20 years when you compare it to the damage she has done.”

Rose Cancer Center’s office manager, Brittany McCoskey, 26, of Monticello, was sentenced to thirteen months of incarceration and upon release three years supervised release along with $55,068.83 in restitution.

McCoskey pled guilty to making false statements, but said at the sentencing hearing that she knew a bone marrow biopsy was done at the Clinic by a phlebotomist who normally only takes blood. McCoskey said she knew that a Doctor should have performed the procedure but on certain occassions Dr. Sachdeva was not even at the Clinic when these procedures were performed.

Monica Weeks, 40, of Madison, MS, was in charge of the clinic’s billing from her Ridgeland firm, Medical Billing Group. She was sentenced to three months home confinement and 3 years probation. She was ordered to pay $19,549.00 restitution and a $2000.00 fine.

New England Compounding Fungal Meningitis Attorneys

Monday, October 8th, 2012

Investigations continue to determine what products produced by New England Compounding Pharmacy could be responsible for the meningitis outbreak that has to date killed seven people and sickened ninety-one. The outbreak has been linked to contaminated steroids which normally are used to treat for back pain and are sold by New England Compounding Center.

The steroid is called methylprednisolone acetate and was shipped to facilities in 23 states between July and September and have been the prime suspect for cases of meningitis which have been cropping up around the country. Meningitis is an inflammation of the lining of the brain and spinal cord which is potentially deadly. The infection is caused by certain types of bacteria or viruses, and this particular infection is fungal in nature.

As of October 5, a total of 47 cases* in 7 states and 5 deaths have been identified with a clinical picture consistent with fungal infection: Florida (2 cases), Indiana (3 cases), Maryland (2 cases, including 1 death), Michigan (4 cases), North Carolina (1 case), Tennessee (29 cases, including 3 deaths), and Virginia (6 cases, including 1 death). Fungus has been identified in specimens obtained from 9 patients, including Aspergillus and Exserohilum.

On September 26, 2012, the New England Compounding Center voluntarily recalled the following lots of methylprednisolone acetate (PF) 80mg/ml:

Methylprednisolone Acetate (PF) 80 mg/ml Injection, Lot #05212012@68, BUD 11/17/2012
Methylprednisolone Acetate (PF) 80 mg/ml Injection, Lot #06292012@26, BUD 12/26/2012
Methylprednisolone Acetate (PF) 80 mg/ml Injection, Lot #08102012@51, BUD 2/6/2013

Patients who have had an epidural steroid injection since May 21, 2012, and have any of the following symptoms, should talk to their doctor as soon as possible.

Worsening headache
Sensitivity to light
Stiff neck
New weakness or numbness in any part of your body
Slurred speech

If you or a loved one have developed meningitis or suffered a stroke after recieving medication from New England Compounding Pharmacy or methylprednisolone acetate please contact our firm for additional information.

Mississippi Nursing Home Neglect Attorney John D. Giddens

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

The Giddens Law Firm has a history of success in nursing home cases. Our firm has recently started investigating Emeritus Senior Living’s Assisted Living and Memory Care Departments at its facilities in Mississippi and other states. Emeritus’ Memory Care Departments care for elderly persons with Alzheimer’s or dementia.

Indications of poor care include falls, injuries, attacks by other residents, chemical sedation, unexplained weight loss and elopement. If a member of your family was not provided the promised care, contact our firm.

We are actively reviewing these cases in Mississippi and across the United States.

More on Emeritus

Emeritus Senior Living (NYSE: ESC) is a corporation which provides nursing home, assisted living, and Alzheimer’s care around the United States. The company was incorporated in Renton, Washington in 1993 and is headquarted in Seattle, Washington. Emeritus became a publicly offered stock on the American Stock Exchange in 2007 and in 2008 moved to the New York Stock Exchange where it is currently traded.