Mississippi Personal Injury Attorneys Discuss Canoe and Kayak Accidents

April 14th, 2015

Warmer weather is finally here, and it seems like everyone is eager to get outdoors and have some fun. Mississippi is a great place to be outdoors, and the Mississippi river is a popular destination for many outdoor enthusiasts. The sparkling water seems like the perfect complement to the warmer weather and sunshine. Unfortunately, springtime is not the safest season for canoeing and kayaking, both on the Mississippi and on other bodies of water throughout the state. As tempting as it might be to head for the Mississippi river or your favorite body of water as soon as the ice has melted, there are a few reasons to pause and reconsider before taking the plunge.

Spring is marked by frequent flooding, and floodwaters move fast. Floods can also occur without warning, sweeping unsuspecting canoers and kayakers away in a rush of water. It can be difficult to paddle safely in flooded areas, and this increases the risk of canoe and kayak accidents. River and weather conditions can change in the blink of an eye, and large pieces of debris can be obscured from view by churning, fast-moving water, leaving boaters with no chance to avoid them.

When the river is not flooded, the cold water poses another danger to boaters because it decreases the chance for survival in the event of a capsize or other type of accident. When the water temperature is less than sixty degrees, canoe and kayak accidents are five times more likely to be fatal than they are when the water temperature is warmer.

Because of the dangers of early season canoeing and kayaking, water safety experts suggest waiting until May to venture out on the river. If you absolutely must go canoeing or kayaking now or at any other time, be sure to wear a life jacket. Awareness of weather conditions is another important safety precaution that canoers and kayakers should take to keep themselves safe while they enjoy the river. Check forecasts often in order to be sure that you have the most up to date information about what you can expect while you are on the water. Make a plan to be off of the water before the sun goes down, to ensure a safe conclusion to your outing. Float plans are also a good idea, especially since the cold water decreases survival rates, making it essential that boating accident victims are located promptly.

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Before you go out on the Mississippi river, consider the dangers of doing so at this time of year. If you were injured in a boating accident, speak with Mississippi Personal Injury Attorneys right away, to increase your chances of recovering financially for your injuries. The Mississippi Personal Injury Attorneys at the Giddens Law Firm, P.A., can help you to pursue compensation for all of your injuries by working to obtain a settlement offer that meets your needs. Please call (601) 355-2022.



Mississippi Automobile Accident Attorneys Share Tips for Driving Safely Near Big Trucks

April 14th, 2015

A recent accident on Highway 28 that involved an SUV and a log truck serves as a reminder that extra caution is required when driving near large trucks. The accident occurred when the driver of the SUV tried to pass the truck and bumped into it instead. The impact caused the driver of the SUV to lose control of the vehicle, which then flipped over several times as it left the roadway.

Unfortunately, accidents like the one mentioned above, which involve a passenger vehicle and a large truck, are not all that unusual. Approximately two hundred and fifty such collisions occur on American roadways every year. In many of these accidents, the drivers of the passenger vehicles were fully or partially responsible for the collisions. Fortunately, drivers of passenger vehicles may be able to reduce the likelihood that they will be involved in an accident with a big rig by learning more about how to drive safely near large trucks.

One time that accidents are more likely to occur is when the driver of a passenger vehicle passes a truck. Trucks go slowly when they are going up hills, and drivers often want to pass trucks because they feel anxious about driving in close proximity to them. However, it is important that drivers understand how to pass trucks safely. It takes longer to pass a truck than it does to pass another passenger vehicle, but it is important that you maintain a steady speed as you pass, even if it means that the pass takes you a bit of time. Only pass a truck on the left, and be sure that you are well ahead of it before you switch lanes again. You can also avoid collisions with trucks that are passing your vehicle by slowing down a bit so that they can make their pass sooner.

Of course, accidents can happen even when trucks and passenger vehicles are not passing each other. If the driver of a passenger vehicle is distracted or tired, they may get too close to a truck and hit it or drift out of their lane and collide with the truck if they are driving next to it. When passenger vehicles merge improperly and cut in front of an oncoming truck, the truck driver may not be able to slow down in time or switch lanes in order to avoid a collision.

Drivers who disregard or are unaware of a truck’s blind spots increase the likelihood of an accident. A tractor trailer or other, similarly sized vehicle has blind spots directly behind it, next to its left rear quarter, and next to its right front quarter. If a passenger vehicle is in a truck’s blind spot, the truck driver cannot see it and therefore might collide with it if they move in its direction.

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If you were hurt by an accident involving a tractor trailer, call qualified Mississippi Trucking Accident Attorneys right away. The Mississippi Trucking Accident Attorneys at the Giddens Law Firm, P.A. are here to help you, so please call us today, at (601) 355-2022.

Mississippi Medical Malpractice Attorneys Share a Big Picture View of Malpractice

April 4th, 2015

Everyone needs medical care sometimes. When a person needs medical care for any reason, they trust the professionals that they are receiving care from to help them with whatever medical situation they are seeking help for. While most of the time, medical professionals do help those to whom they provide care, sometimes, they do more harm than good. Sometimes, medical professionals make mistakes, or they are not careful enough when they are treating the patients in their care. Some mistakes do not have a negative impact on the patient or their health, but others can have serious adverse health effects and, in some cases, can even result in death. When a mistake is made by one or more medical professionals who owe a duty of care to a patient, and the patient is damaged by the mistake, then medical malpractice or medical negligence has occurred.

There are many ways in which medical malpractice has touched the lives of those who have been affected by it. While each instance of medical malpractice is distinctive and affects the victim and their family in a way that is unique, many people would like to know more about how medical malpractice affects the population as a whole. Statistics on medical malpractice are valuable in that they provide an overview of what kinds of incidents result in medical malpractice, what injuries the victims suffer, and what kind of care the victims were receiving when the malpractice occurred.

There are eight types of medical malpractice claims which correspond to eight types of medical care scenarios. For example, the greatest number of medical malpractice claims arise from situations in which there has been an incorrect diagnosis or a failure to diagnose. The other types of claims arise from surgeries, treatment, obstetrical care, medication errors, anesthesia, and patient monitoring. As with any compilation of statistics, there are incidences of medical malpractice which do not fit neatly into one of the seven aforementioned categories, so the eighth type of medical malpractice claim is that which results from some “other” type of incident.

The victims of medical malpractice experience a range of injuries, and, in approximately a third of instances, death. The other categories of injury that are commonly alleged in medical malpractice claims are permanent injuries, brain damage, quadriplegia, and injuries that will require care for the remainder of the victim’s life.

The medical professionals whose errors give rise to medical malpractice claims are distributed fairly evenly between those who work in an inpatient setting and those who provide care on an outpatient basis. Neurosurgeons and thoracic-cardiovascular surgeons top the list of the types of professionals who are sued for medical malpractice most often.

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If you have been injured as the result of medical malpractice, Mississippi Medical Malpractice Attorneys can help you to recover financially for the injuries that you have sustained. If you have questions about medical malpractice in Mississippi, please call the Giddens Law Firm, P.A., at (601) 355-2022.

Mississippi Trucking Accident Attorneys Discuss Accidents Involving Dangerous Cargo

April 1st, 2015

Motor vehicle accidents can cause serious injuries and even death, and accidents involving trucks are even more likely to cause more injuries, damage, and fatalities than those involving only passenger vehicles. There are some trucks which increase the amount of harm that can result from an accident even more, because of the cargo that they contain. Accidents involving dangerous cargo happen more often than you might think. For example, over three thousand trucking accidents which happened between 2004 and 2013 involved some sort of hazardous cargo. The accidents caused a combined amount of four hundred and fifty million dollars in damage, ninety one fatalities, and many serious injuries.

The accident scenarios which can occur when hazardous cargo is involved resemble regular accidents, except that additional emergency response personnel may need to help clean up the accident scene and additional precautions, such as road closures and evacuations, may be required to keep people safe. For example, when one tanker truck collided with a pickup truck, it flipped over and spilled some of the corrosive liquid that it was carrying. Hazmat crews reported to the accident scene, and they had to close the road for a few hours while they cleaned up the spilled chemicals. As a precaution, area residents were told to stay indoors, so that they would not inhale the noxious fumes from the chemical spill.

A similar situation occurred when a tractor trailer which was carrying naphtha, a flammable substance, overturned. Traffic was diverted from the area of the crash for twelve hours, as emergency response crews cleaned up the chemical spill and removed the wreckage. Sometimes, there are even incidents where no collision occurs, yet an emergency situation is created because something else happens which creates a danger to people in or near the area where the truck carrying hazardous cargo is located. One such incident occurred when the refrigeration system of a FedEx Custom Critical delivery truck stopped working. The truck’s refrigerated trailer was loaded with two hundred gallons of liquefied peroxide, which becomes flammable at temperatures above fifty degrees and is highly explosive. The failure of the truck’s refrigeration system therefore created a risk that the liquefied peroxide would reach too high of a temperature, which could result in a fire or an explosion. The truck driver stopped the truck as soon as he became aware of the problem, and he called for help. Emergency response crews rushed to the scene and secured the area. They even evacuated a nearby business in the process. Fortunately, this potentially dangerous situation was managed without incident.

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If you were hurt or someone in your family was killed in a trucking accident involving hazardous cargo, the Mississippi Trucking Accident Attorneys at the Giddens Law Firm, P.A. can help you to pursue the financial recovery that you deserve.  To learn more about how we can help you, please call our office today, at (601) 355-2022.

Mississippi Personal Injury Attorneys Talk about School Bus Accidents

March 28th, 2015

Last week, a school bus that was transporting fifty students from Germantown Middle School overturned, injuring sixteen students and the bus driver. The injuries were all non-life-threatening, but there were some broken bones. It was a frightening ordeal for both the students and for their parents, who rushed to the scene after the accident to see if their children were okay. The cause of this accident is still under investigation.

Every weekday morning, parents from all over Mississippi help their kids get ready for school and then send them out to catch a ride on the school bus. In the afternoon, the school buses bring children home after the school day is done. Parents depend on school buses to provide their children with safe and reliable transportation to and from school. Many parents work, and sending their kids to school on school buses is the only way to ensure that everyone gets to where they need to go on time each morning.

In light of the recent Mississippi school bus accident involving students from Germantown Middle School, parents across the state are likely to be wondering whether school buses really do provide safe transportation for their kids. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration states that school buses are indeed the safest way for children to get to and from school. Additionally, statistics show that riding on a school bus is seven times safer than riding to school in a car or truck.

It might be difficult to believe these statistics, though, because there are not any seat belts on school buses. How can a vehicle with no seat belts keep students seven times safer than a passenger vehicle can? There are actually several ways that school buses keep kids safe. The large size of a school bus disperses the impact of a collision. Also, the cushioned, high backed seats on school buses divide the bus into smaller compartments, which reduces the amount of movement that each passenger experiences during an accident.

School buses are, in fact, a safe and reliable way to get kids to and from school. Although school bus accidents do occur from time to time, the injuries sustained by the passengers are usually minor. Unfortunately, school bus accidents can be very frightening for parents and children alike.

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Although school bus accidents are rare, they are extremely difficult events for both the children who are involved in them, and for their parents.  If your child has been injured in a school bus accident, it is important that you speak with a Mississippi Personal Injury Attorney so that your rights will be protected. A Mississippi Personal Injury Attorney can help you to pursue compensation for your child’s injuries. If you have questions about a Mississippi school bus accident, the knowledgeable Mississippi Personal Injury Attorneys at the Giddens Law Firm, P.A. invite you to call us at (601) 355-2022 to discuss your case.

Arbitration Agreements: Just Say No

March 25th, 2015

In the last twenty years arbitration agreements have become increasingly popular in the United States. The agreements are pervasive across any contract between individuals and companies and have been promoted by chambers of commerce and better business bureaus across the country.

The language has become standard boilerplate in contracts even though very few people who sign these contracts know what they are really signing away when they agree to them.

The gist of these agreements is that the signor is agreeing to give up any right he would have to bring a lawsuit in the Courts of the state where he lives, and agrees to binding arbitration with a “neutral” who is often affiliated in some way with the chamber of commerce or better business bureau.

Individuals should have access to the courts of their home state, and arbitration agreements represent an artificial barrier to this access without any good reason. Recently 107 organizations have asked that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau make new rules prohibiting individuals to be forced into arbitration agreements.

In contracts in Mississippi it is possible to make changes on the fly, cross out paragraphs, write in paragraphs and make other changes and then sign your initials next to these changes prior to signing if you are the first to sign. We recommend crossing out the paragraphs pertaining to Arbitration agreements, initialing that cross out, or just refusing to sign a contract that includes an Arbitration agreement.

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

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.

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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).

Mississippi Personal Injury Attorneys Discuss a Dangerous Effect of Americans’ Lack of Sleep

March 11th, 2015

If you are often tired, and if it seems like many other people that you know are also tired much of the time, you might begin to think that being tired all of the time is just a normal part of everyday life. Unfortunately, while being sleep-deprived has become “normal” for many Americans, our bodies are not designed to function very well with as little rest as most of us get. Many of us know that getting too little sleep over a prolonged period of time can have adverse health effects. What you may not realize is that even as few as one or two nights of inadequate rest can greatly increase the risk that you will nod off while you are behind the wheel.

In conjunction with the recent decline in the amount of sleep that Americans are getting, there has been an increase in the number of motor vehicle accidents that have been caused by tired drivers. Recent estimates indicate that drowsy drivers cause approximately 1550 fatalities and forty thousand non-fatal injuries in America every year.

Driving when you are very tired is actually as dangerous as driving while you are under the influence of alcohol. In fact, drowsiness and alcohol affect your body in similar ways. When people are very tired, their reaction time slows, their degree of awareness decreases, and their judgment becomes impaired. These physical changes greatly increase the risk of an accident. However, unlike their intoxicated counterparts, the bodies of tired drivers do not provide much in the way of physical evidence of their impairment at the time of an accident. Fortunately, crash scene investigators know what types of clues to look for when they visit an accident scene. One example of a situation which might cause an accident investigator to suspect drowsy driving as the cause of an accident is an accident scene in which there are no skid marks from the driver’s vehicle. That could indicate that the driver was asleep at the moment the crash occurred. Also, fatal or nearly fatal single-vehicle accidents are often caused by tired drivers.

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If you were hit by a drowsy driver, or if you have lost someone that you love in an accident caused by someone who was too tired to drive, you may be able to recover for your injury or loss. Drivers who put themselves and others at risk by driving when they are too tired to do so safely should be held accountable for their actions. The knowledgeable and dedicated Mississippi Personal Injury Attorneys at the Giddens Law Firm, P.A. can help you by pursuing compensation for your injuries or loss while you concentrate on healing your body and your family. To find out more about how we can help you with your Mississippi drowsy driving accident case, please call the Giddens Law Firm, P.A., today, at (601) 355-2022.


Mississippi Medical Malpractice Attorneys Discuss the Relationship between Communication and Quality of Care

March 5th, 2015

The next time you have an appointment with a doctor or other health care professional, you may want to pay close attention to both what they say and how they say it. Of course you need the information that the doctor is giving you, but the context within which it is given is just as important, and it may have implications for the quality of care that you receive, both now and in the future.

When doctors take plenty of time to address all of their patients’ concerns, respond to phone calls and other correspondence promptly, and treat their patients with kindness and respect, their patients are likely to be very satisfied with the care that they receive. Additionally, if a patient has this type of relationship with someone who is providing medical care to them, they are likely to be more forgiving if something goes wrong and attribute whatever harm has occurred to a mistake instead of negligence or intentional wrongdoing.

Unfortunately, not all patients feel this way about those who provide health care services to them. Sometimes, patients do not feel as though they can trust their doctor, and they may wonder whether their doctor truly has their best interest in mind. Other patients may feel as though their doctor treats them rudely, or is dismissive of their concerns. Some patients may even feel like their health care provider does not respect them, and treats them like they are not intelligent enough to understand what is going on with their own bodies. In these types of relationships, when errors are made, patients are much less forgiving and much more likely to accuse the doctor of being negligent or even harming them intentionally.

Some of the communication problems that develop in the relationships between health care providers and their patients develop because there is a trend in the medical profession towards perceiving patients as potential adversaries. The trend has developed because of growing concerns about medical malpractice liability, but it does not help the situation any. In fact, it only makes matters worse because it weakens relationships and creates an atmosphere of low trust.

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If you feel as though you have been injured by the negligence or intentional wrongdoing of a doctor or other medical professional, get help from another health care provider immediately. Also, when it is possible for you to do so, contact a Mississippi Medical Malpractice Attorney. Your attorney can help you file a claim for damages against the person or people who are responsible for your injuries. The Mississippi Medical Malpractice Attorneys at the Giddens Law Firm, P.A. work hard to obtain financial recovery for people who have been injured by the negligence of medical professionals. To learn how the Mississippi Medical Malpractice Attorneys at the Giddens Law Firm, P.A. can help you, please call us today, at (601) 355-2022, to schedule an initial consultation.

Mississippi Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Discuss Street Racing and Other Dangers of the Road

March 1st, 2015

Last November, a man was killed in a tragic crash that resulted from a high-speed motorcycle race in Jackson. According to a witness, two people on motorcycles blocked rush hour traffic so that two other riders could race down the street. The riders who were racing attained speeds of up to one hundred miles per hour. As the racers sped down the boulevard, a vehicle pulled out of a side street and into their path. One rider was able to avoid the vehicle, but the other rider collided with it. The rider who crashed into the vehicle died at the scene of the accident.

Racing in rush hour traffic is an extremely risky endeavor, not to mention an illegal activity. Unfortunately, some people still choose to engage in dangerous riding behaviors that put their lives and the lives of other people at risk. Risky behavior can lead to motorcycle accidents, whether you are riding alone or with a group. Studies have shown that younger riders are much more likely to take risks while riding than older riders are. This is probably the reason that the Center for Disease Control and Prevention has identified the two age groups with the highest motorcycle accident risk as twenty to twenty four year olds and twenty five and twenty nine years year olds.

Any motorcycle can be safe or dangerous, on any given day, depending upon the rider and their behavior choices. Street bike riders are involved in four times more deadly crashes than riders of cruisers are.  Differences in the way that street bikes and cruisers are designed create variations in how often and under what circumstances they are likely to crash. Street bikes are light weight, with short wheel bases, so they are easier for novice riders to control on dry pavement. The longer wheel bases of cruisers provide more stability and make for fewer crashes on wet pavement, provided that riders are able to handle them properly.

Riders should be aware that the single most important factor affecting motorcycle crash risk is rider behavior. Some risky behaviors have been shown to be exhibited by one type of riders more frequently than another. Statistically, street bike riders ride faster than riders of cruisers. It makes sense, then, that, speed causes more street bike accidents than cruiser accidents. Alcohol is involved in more fatal crashes by people who ride cruisers than it is for people who ride street bikes. Both speed and alcohol use are things that a rider can control. Although accidents can be caused by factors that are outside of a rider’s control, riders are, in large part, able to reduce the risk that they will be involved in a motorcycle accident by choosing to ride safely.

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

Motorcycle accidents can be devastating for injured parties and for families who have lost loved ones. If you have been hurt or someone in your family was killed in a motorcycle accident. The Mississippi Motorcycle Accident Attorneys at the Giddens Law Firm, P.A. can help you to pursue the financial recovery that you deserve as you focus on your physical recovery. Please call our office today, at (601) 355-2022.