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.

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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.

Mississippi Workplace Injury Attorneys Report: Health Care Workers at High Risk for Workplace Injuries

February 27th, 2015

Nurses, orderlies, and other health care workers spend their working hours helping other people heal from illnesses and injuries. Working in the health care industry can be rewarding, because of the positive feelings that accompany helping others, but it is also stressful work, in addition to being physically demanding, and sometimes even dangerous.

Every year, over six hundred and fifty thousand health care workers experience work-related illnesses or injuries. Many health care workers who are injured must take time off from work to recover. In fact, the number of injury-related absences is approximately four times higher for health care workers than it is for people who are employed in other fields.

Back injuries are a frequent occurrence among nurses and others who work in health care, and they are the leading cause of injuries to health care workers. Back injuries often occur when aides, nurses, and other workers move or reposition patients. Sometimes, workers attempt lifts on their own because not enough staff are available to ensure that lifts are performed by multiple workers or because there are no mechanical devices available that they could use to lift the patients. In situations where multiple workers perform a lift, there is still a high risk for injury due to unpredictable movements by the patient or communication errors among the staff who are performing the lift. Mechanical devices which assist in lifting patients greatly reduce the risk of injury, but, as noted before, they are not always available.

Unfortunately, many health care facilities do not have clear rules and procedures in place for lifting and moving patients, nor are there rules for safe patient handling imposed upon employees and facilities from outside agencies like OSHA. Unfortunately, many health care employees who experience back injuries must often miss work, at least for a short period of time, while they recover. Workers who experience severe back injuries are often unable to return to work in their previous positions.

Other causes of injuries in the health care environment occur when employees slip and fall, or when they contract infectious diseases. Injuries caused by repetitive motion are also fairly common among health care workers. Some health care workers are even injured by chemical exposures, or by acts of violence in the workplace.

One reason why so many workers in health care facilities may be getting hurt at work is that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the government agency which is responsible for ensuring safe work conditions, does not inspect health care facilities as frequently as it inspects other types of workplaces, such as construction sites.

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Nurses and others who work in the health care industry are at a greater risk of being injured at work than most other workers, including those who do jobs in fields like construction and over the road trucking. If you are a health care worker who has been hurt at work, you can get top-quality legal assistance from qualified Mississippi Workplace Injury Attorneys by calling the Giddens Law Firm, P.A., at (601) 355-2022.


Mississippi Products Liability Lawyers Talk about Transvaginal Mesh

February 15th, 2015

Medical products are often at the center of major products liability lawsuits, and for good reason. Many medical products are used in surgeries, and are designed to remain inside of our bodies permanently after they are put into place. When a medical product fails to perform as it is intended to, there can be devastating consequences for the people who have that product inside of their bodies. One medical product which has been the subject of numerous products liability lawsuits is transvaginal mesh.

Transvaginal mesh is surgical mesh which is used in some types of pelvic surgeries, including the repair of stress urinary incontinence and the repair of pelvic organ prolapse. Surgical mesh is a medical product that is designed to support weak or damaged tissue, and it can either be made from animal tissue or synthetic materials. Some types of mesh are designed to be absorbed by the body over time, while other types are designed to be permanent.

Prolapses of pelvic organs are more common than many people may realize. There are multiple organs in the pelvic area, and there are internal structures, muscles, tissues, and the like, which hold all of those organs in place. If those internal structures are injured or if they become weak, one or more of the pelvic organs may descend from its usual position, causing a bulge in the vagina. It is estimated that one in every ten women will undergo surgery to correct some type of pelvic organ prolapse before she reaches eighty years of age. While multiple varieties of transvaginal mesh products are used to correct pelvic organ prolapses, it is also possible to treat pelvic organ prolapses without using mesh.

Some people who have undergone surgeries in which transvaginal mesh was used have experienced serious complications that have caused them a great deal of pain and suffering. From internal bleeding to blood, bladder, and urinary tract infections and the rupture of organs in the pelvic area, the complications which can arise after a transvaginal mesh implant are as concerning as they are painful. Patients who experience complications due to transvaginal mesh implants often need multiple surgeries to remedy the injuries caused by the implants, and many experience severe and chronic pain.

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If you are experiencing complications related to transvaginal mesh, it is important that you seek medical care right away. In addition to working with your doctor to develop a plan for addressing your injuries, you may be able to file a claim for damages against one or more of the parties responsible for your injuries. The Mississippi Products Liability Attorneys at the Giddens Law Firm, P.A. are dedicated to ensuring that people who have been injured by dangerous products are adequately compensated for their injuries. To learn how the Mississippi Products Liability Attorneys at the Giddens Law Firm, P.A. can help you, please call our office today, at (601) 355-2022, to schedule an initial consultation.

Mississippi Automobile Accident Attorneys Talk about Chain Reaction Accidents

February 10th, 2015

Last December, a horrific chain-reaction accident occurred near the border of Mississippi and Louisiana. The accident occurred when a tractor trailer collided with traffic that was stopped because there was debris in the road from an earlier accident which had occurred further up the road. Four people died in the wreck, and four others were injured.

This tragic accident, like many other accidents involving a chain reaction or a pile-up, caused a great deal of property damage in addition to multiple injuries and the loss of multiple lives. Chain reaction accidents pose additional risks to accident victims because of the manner in which they occur. For example, any accident can quickly turn into a chain reaction accident if the vehicles from the original accident are in or very close to the roadway and other vehicles cannot avoid them. Likewise, when vehicles are in or near the road, people who were inside of the vehicles are in danger of being hit by passing vehicles when they exit their vehicles to assess the damage. When a chain reaction accident occurs, accident victims are at an even greater risk of harm because they may be difficult to extricate from their vehicles if they are trapped inside of them by other vehicles in the wreckage.

Chain reaction accidents are dangerous, and they are often deadly. Drivers can take precautions which may enable them to avoid becoming entangled in a pile-up. One thing that you can do to greatly reduce the risk of a pile-up is to get your vehicle out of the road if you are involved in an accident and if you can do so safely. If one or more vehicles can’t be removed from the roadway, place flares or cones in the road if they are available. These devices can quickly get the attention of other motorists and help them to avoid a collision.  Once you are out of your vehicle, move to a safe place that isn’t too close to the road.

There is an increased risk of chain reaction accidents at any time when visibility is low due to rain, snow, fog, or other conditions. Slowing down when visibility is poor can give you the time and space that you need to react to other vehicles or objects in the roadway, thus reducing the chance of a collision. In any driving situation, leaving adequate space between your car and the car in front of you is another way that you can avoid accidents, including chain reaction accidents.

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Chain reaction or pile-up accidents can create complicated sets of facts. Unfortunately, this can make it difficult for accident victims to be promptly compensated for their injuries and damages.  A Mississippi Automobile Accident Attorney can help you to cut through the confusion to get the results that you need. If you have been injured in an accident, the Mississippi Automobile Accident Attorneys at the Giddens Law Firm, P.A. invite you to call us at (601) 355-2022 to discuss your case.

Mississippi Medical Malpractice Attorneys Discuss Negligence

February 5th, 2015

There are times when a person is injured and amputation of a limb is absolutely necessary. Unfortunately, there are also times when amputation becomes necessary because of negligence in caring for a patient who would not otherwise be in a position to lose a limb. A sixty five year old man was recently awarded a $3.157 million verdict for that very reason.

The man was hospitalized because he felt dizzy and weak, and he suspected that he might have internal bleeding. As part of the care that he received at the hospital, a doctor evaluated his left leg, which was wounded. The doctor put an Unna Boot, a specific type of gauze bandage, on the man’s leg to aid in healing the wounds. After the bandage had been on for five days, it was discovered that some of the tissue on the man’s leg had become necrotic, and amputation was deemed necessary.

Whenever a patient seeks medical care, whether it is at a doctor’s office, a hospital, or in some other health care setting, they bring their past with them. A patient’s medical history is extremely important to the medical professionals who are providing medical care because, among other things, it can help them to identify why a patient may be feeling a particular way or it can help them to know whether specific courses of treatment would be safe and appropriate for that particular patient.

In the case of the man who lost his leg, the Unna Boot bandage was not an appropriate way to treat his wounds because he had an underlying medical condition which reduced blood flow to his legs. The man had a history of peripheral vascular disease in his lower extremities, which means that the arteries in his lower body had narrowed and he had poor circulation in that area. According to the patient’s lawyers, the Unna Boot was not a proper way to treat wounds for a patient who has reduced blood flow. Additionally, no attempt was made to improve blood flow in the man’s leg prior to treating the wounds. The doctor had also failed to seek assistance from a vascular surgeon, which arguably could have helped the doctor find a way to treat the wounds without causing tissue necrosis in the area with reduced blood flow.

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Your medical history is tremendously important to doctors and others who provide you with medical care because it helps them to determine how they can best care for you. When doctors fail to provide care in a manner that addresses underlying conditions in a patient’s medical history the results can be tragic. If you have been injured by negligent medical care, protect your rights and get help from Mississippi Medical Malpractice Attorneys as soon as you can. The Mississippi Medical Malpractice 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.