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Nov 15, 2018

Deadly Tunica-Bound Bus Crash: Was It Avoidable?

By |November 15th, 2018|Bus Accident|0 Comments

Yesterday afternoon, a Teague VIP Express tour bus traveling from Huntsville, Alabama to Tunica flipped onto its side while traveling down I-269 near U.S. 78. The bus was carrying 45 passengers, plus the driver. The crash led to the deaths of two passengers, and the remaining 44 people on the bus were injured. According to the Commercial Appeal, the victims were taken to multiple hospitals in the area: Baptist Memorial Hospital in Southaven Regional One [...]

Nov 13, 2018

Mississippi is Below Average – and We Could Not Be Happier About It

By |November 13th, 2018|Brain Injury|0 Comments

It is not very often that folks can be proud of being below-average – but when it comes to the number of children with traumatic brain injuries (TBI), being below-average is a good place to be. MedPage Today reports that in a recent study, published in JAMA Pediatrics, “The lifetime prevalence of traumatic brain injury (TBI) among children age <17 years was an estimated 2.5%, based on parents' reports of healthcare professionals' diagnoses.” In Mississippi, [...]

Nov 6, 2018

The VA Has Fewer 1-Star Hospitals – But There Is Still Work to be Done

By |November 6th, 2018|Medical Negligence|0 Comments

The latest rankings of Veterans Affairs hospitals have been released, and the number of 1-star hospitals has dropped from 14 to 9. This is good news, of course, but we should not get our hopes up quite yet; 35 hospitals were given 2-stars, which means just under a third of all ranked VA hospitals (146 in total) are still below average. According to USA TODAY, 40 hospitals in all dropped at least one star, and [...]

Oct 30, 2018

OSHA Cites Two Companies for Hazardous Conditions that Led to the Death of a Worker in Utica, MS

By |October 30th, 2018|Worker's Compensation|0 Comments

In September, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued citations to two companies – Midway Tower Service Inc. and Bracken Equipment Holdings LLC – for hazardous conditions after a communications worker died on a worksite in Utica. According to WorkersCompensation.com, “Midway Tower Service Inc. was cited for exposing employees to fall and struck-by hazards, failing to remove or replace damaged attachments between the hook of a crane and the load, and for not capping [...]

Oct 25, 2018

Daylight Saving Time Switches Can Be Deadly

By |October 25th, 2018|Car Accident|0 Comments

On Sunday, November 4th, Daylight Saving Time (DST) officially ends, as we “fall back” in the Standard Time designation. Gaining that extra hour of sleep does more than simply boost moods and morale, however; it can also prove deadly. The switch into DST in the Spring has been linked to an increased number of fatal car accidents, and “a 24% spike in heart attack visits around the country,” per Business Insider. Changing back into Standard [...]

Oct 16, 2018

The Unscrupulous Practice of Balance Billing

By |October 16th, 2018|Medical Negligence|0 Comments

Many of us will require emergency medical care at some point in life. Depending on the type of ailment you have when the medics arrive, you may not have a say in who provides you with care, including the ambulance and the hospital to which you are taken. Unfortunately, some healthcare providers have figured out a way to overcharge patients in their hour of need through the practice of balance billing. This is certainly an [...]

Oct 9, 2018

Dangerous Roadways in Mississippi and Car Accident Claims

By |October 9th, 2018|Car Accident|0 Comments

Many serious car accidents in Mississippi and throughout the nation are initiated by careless or inattentive drivers. However, some crashes are due to dangerous roadways. In Mississippi, roadways that are inadequately maintained or designed improperly and without certain features that contribute toward traffic safety can lead to accidents. When defective design, maintenance, or construction leads to a motor vehicle crash, those injured as a result may have a legitimate car accident claim. In these cases, [...]

Oct 2, 2018

Epinephrine Shots After Cardiac Arrest Leading to Brain Damage

By |October 2nd, 2018|Medical Malpractice|0 Comments

Medical teams throughout Mississippi and across the nation have commonly used adrenaline, also called epinephrine, for many decades to treat emergency cardiac arrest victims in an attempt to save their lives. Traditionally, adrenaline is use when CPR and electric shocks have failed to start the heart and restore breathing. New information available, however, provides evidence that the use of epinephrine in these cases only increases the survival odds of patients to slight degree, while at [...]

Sep 25, 2018

Pelahatchie Construction Site Explosion Reinforces the Dangers Faced By Heavy Industry Workers

By |September 25th, 2018|Worker's Compensation|0 Comments

A building was heavily damaged when an explosion rocked a central Mississippi construction site on the afternoon of September 10 in Pelahatchie, east of Jackson. No one was reported injured. According to news reports, three workers were performing tank welding operations at the Jackson Commodities building when vapor in the air ignited, causing the explosion. According to Mike Ward, Rankin County Emergency Management Director, the top portion of one of the tanks was propelled through [...]

Sep 18, 2018

Is It Safe for Teens to Be Truck Drivers?

By |September 18th, 2018|Truck Accident|0 Comments

A recent driver shortage across the United States has caused a push to put older teens and young adults – ages 18 to 21 – on the highways as truck and tractor-trailer drivers. Many trucking industry representatives, as well as politicians, believe one way to assuage the issue could be loosening federal regulations around the legal age for interstate truck drivers. Past efforts to drop the federal age for tractor-trailer drivers have failed, illustrating that [...]

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