Archive for June, 2014

Mississippi Accident Attorneys Discuss the Dangers of Head-On Collisions

Saturday, June 28th, 2014

Perhaps the most violent of all forms of car accidents, head-on collisions are the primary cause of automobile accident fatalities and often result in serious injuries.  When two vehicles are traveling in opposite directions and collide head-on (or face to face), the force experienced by both vehicles is immense.  Those involved in a head-on collision rarely emerge from this serious accident unscathed.

Causes of Head-On Collisions

The majority of head-on collisions occur when two vehicles heading in opposite directions collide with one another.  Head-on accidents can also happen when a vehicle crashes into a fixed object, such as a telephone poll or tree, straight on.  Negligence is the leading cause of all head-on collisions.

Some of the most frequent scenarios to result in head on accidents include:

  • Passing when it is not safe to do so
  • Turning into the path of oncoming traffic
  • Failing asleep while driving
  • Taking a corner at high speed
  • Failure to observe road signs and signals
  • Driving while impaired by drugs or alcohol
  • Distracted driving
  • Low visibility due to poor weather conditions
  • Tire blow outs
  • Obstacles in the roadways, such as debris or animals

Common Injuries to Arise from Head-On Accidents

While the severity of injuries will depend upon a number of factors following a crash, head-on accidents usually result in devastating injuries for those involved.  Some of the most common injuries sustained by the victims of this form of accident include:

  • Brain injury
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Head injury
  • Neck injury
  • Back injury
  • Broken bones
  • Paralysis
  • Lacerations
  • Whiplash
  • Burns
  • Internal organ damage
  • Death

When a large truck or commercial vehicle is involved in a head-on collision, the chance of victims sustaining life threatening or permanent injuries is grave.  The force of an often 80,000 pound tractor trailer pummeling into an oncoming sedan or smaller passenger vehicle is tremendous, often crushing the car and seriously injuring its occupants.

Following a head-on collision, it is imperative you obtain the contract information from all witnesses to the accident along with vital details concerning the incident.  These details can be forgotten in the aftermath of an accident if not immediately recorded.

Those involved in a head-on accident should retain the representation of an experienced Mississippi car accident attorney as soon as possible after the crash.  Under Mississippi law, negligent drivers who cause the injury of another can be found liable for the victim’s medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, rehabilitation, permanent disability, and more.  Head-on collisions often involve negligence on the part of one driver, whether it be drinking and driving, driving tired, or attempting to pass a vehicle when it is unsafe to do so.  All of these scenarios and more can lead to a recovery for your losses incurred as a result of the accident.

Barrett Law PLLC: Experienced Representation for Auto Accident Victims Across Mississippi

For over 75 years, across three generations, the Mississippi Accident Attorneys at Barrett Law, PLLC have provided skilled, zealous, and intelligent representation for the victims of head on collisions and other types car accidents across the state.  Our car accident attorneys have the knowledge, experience, and resources to obtain the results you desire.  Barrett Law, PLLC operates on a contingency fee basis and the first consultation is always free.  The attorneys at Barrett Law, PLLC pride themselves on ensuring each and every client receives superior representation, with passion and zeal.  Call today at 1 (800) 707-9577 to schedule your free consultation.

Two Mississippi Paramedics Killed in Deadly Ambulance Crash

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

A tragic accident in Greene County, Mississippi on June 24, 2014 resulted in the loss of two local paramedics.  The paramedics were responding to an emergency medical call around 11 a.m.  While traveling on Highway 63 in the Sand Hill Community, an 18-wheeler hauling a bulldozer took a left turn in front of the approaching ambulance.  The 18-wheeler and the ambulance collided, causing both vehicles to burst into flames.  Both paramedics, Alan Smith and Dennis Rushing, died in the accident.  The driver of the 18-wheeler, who has been identified as 47 year old Charles E. Bexley of Beaumont, Mississippi, was transported to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

While the accident is still under investigation, Brent Barfield of the Mississippi Highway Patrol has publically stated that the ambulance had the clear right of way because the paramedics were responding to a medical call.  The speed with which ambulances are able to make it to the scene of a crisis is extremely important to the individual 911 callers and the public as a whole.  Brent Barfield, Trooper 1st Class, knew the victims personally and emphasized the need to recognize the efforts and heroism of paramedics every day.

This Mississippi ambulance crash is sadly one of many that occur each year.  In 2010, over 250 ambulance crashes made the news.  With nearly 50,000 ambulances on the roadways each day, it is likely far more crashes occur that are simply not carried by the local news stations.  One major problem with calculating ambulance accident rates is the lack of a central repository for crash reports.  Neither the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health nor the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention require reporting.

            An analysis of the available ambulance crash data reveals that the following factors are most often involved in accidents:

  • Intersections: Over half of all ambulance accidents occur at intersections.  This is likely due to ambulances attempting to navigate through red lights while other drivers fail to yield or move out of the way.
  • Loss of control of the vehicle: A large portion of ambulance accidents involve loss of control of ambulances.  Often, these vehicles are traveling at high rates of speed in an attempt to reach the waiting injured or sick people.  Excessive speed can be a contributing factor to accidents as can overcorrecting of steering.
  • Road conditions: Slippery roads made slick by snow or ice cause several ambulance crashes each year.  Hydroplaning causes accidents most often but wind can be a factor as well.
  • Rear end collisions: Rear end accidents involving either a car or truck striking an ambulance, or vice versa, occur in high numbers.

If you have been injured in a large vehicle accident, whether it be a truck, ambulance, or other sort of commercial vehicle, contact a licensed Mississippi accident attorney as soon as possible.  Accidents involving these vehicles will have special issues of recovery and fault.  Your best chance of a full recovery will be to start the process early.

Barrett Law, PLLC: Zealous Representation for Truck or Commercial Vehicle Accident Victims

For decades, the Mississippi Personal Injury Attorneys at Barrett Law, PLLC have provided aggressive representation for the victims of all forms of large or commercial vehicle across the state.  Our truck accident attorneys have the knowledge, experience, and resources to obtain the results you desire.  Barrett Law, PLLC operates on a contingency fee basis and the first consultation is always free.  The attorneys at Barrett Law, PLLC pride themselves on ensuring each and every client receives superior representation, with passion and zeal.  Call today at 1 (800) 707-9577 to schedule your free consultation.

Mississippi Boating Accident Attorneys Explain Boating and Tubing Accidents in Mississippi

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

During the summer months, thousands of Mississippians will take to the waterways to enjoy boating, tubing, and other water sports.  Mississippi is home to numerous rivers, lakes, streams, and the ocean in the South.  Unfortunately, summertime is also the most common time for boating accidents to occur.  Recently, in Clinton County, five people, including two children, were on board a flat boat, about 16 feet long, that capsized in the Mississippi River.  Both children and one adult were rescued.  The two other adults perished in the accident, with the body of one found days later.

Earlier in the summer, a nine year old boy from New Orleans died in a boating accident on the Wolf River.  The young boy and his sibling were riding behind a boat in a tube.  While navigating around a bend, the tube hit a tree and the nine year old body, who was wearing a life jacket, died in the accident.  The cause of death was determined to be blunt force trauma.

These tragic accidents serve to highlight the need for heightened boating and tubing safety in Mississippi.  The following is a list of the most common causes of boat accidents, intended to keep you safe while on the water this summer.

  1. Crowded waterways: The number of boaters on the waterways increases drastically during the warm summer months.  Along with this increase in the number of boats comes a rise in the number of inexperienced boaters.  Many summer boaters only boat occasionally and lack the expertise that comes with more regular boating.  These boaters are often out with family and friends, which can diminish their attention.  Combine inexperience with distraction and accidents can occur.
  2. Alcohol: Over half of all boating accidents and fatalities are attributed to drunk boaters.  While alcohol use is common amongst boaters, it is illegal to operate a boat while intoxicated.  Drinking excessively while operating a boat is not just a crime; it endangers the lives of those in your boat and around you.
  3. Speed: Boating at speeds excessive for the waterway, conditions, or your experience can lead to accidents.  Excessive speed will diminish lookout and awareness of the presence of obstacles, such as sandbars, tubers, or other boats.  Speed frequently goes hand in hand with alcohol consumption, making an even more dangerous situation.
  4. Failure of equipment on the boat: Proper maintenance of your boat is imperative.  You should regularly inspect the engine, steering system, communication system, navigation lights, rescue capacity, and all other vital parts.  Sometimes, however, equipment failure will occur even despite the best of maintenance.  Faulty parts or parts that are improperly installed can cause serious accidents.

If you have been involved in a boating accident that may have been caused by the negligence of a boat operator or due to a faulty piece of equipment, a personal injury attorney can help you recover for your medical bills, lost wages, and more.

Barrett Law PLLC: Assisting Boating and Tubing Accident Victims Across Mississippi

For over 75 years, across three generations, the Mississippi Boating Accident Attorneys at Barrett Law, PLLC have provided skilled, zealous, and intelligent representation for the victims of boating and other water related accidents across the state.  Our personal injury attorneys have the knowledge, experience, and resources to obtain the results you desire.  Barrett Law, PLLC operates on a contingency fee basis and the first consultation is always free.  The attorneys at Barrett Law, PLLC pride themselves on ensuring each and every client receives superior representation, with passion and zeal.  Call today at 1 (800) 707-9577 to schedule your free consultation.  We look forward to providing you with superior legal representation.

 

 

Mississippi Auto Accident Attorneys Discuss the Dangers Associated With Rollover Accidents

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

A rollover accident occurs when a vehicle, mainly a Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV), truck, pickup truck, van, or car flips over onto its roof or side.  Rollover accidents are the number one cause of deaths involving SUVs.  They are second behind only head on collisions as the primary cause of all vehicle related accidental deaths.  Each year, over 10,000 vehicles are involved in fatal rollover accidents.  When a rollover crash does not result in death, it will often inflict serious and sometimes permanent injuries.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that rollover accidents are more likely than any other sort of accident to result in serious injury and fatality.

In Brownwood, Mississippi, 23 year old Howard L. Adams was recently killed in a rollover crash.  Adams was driving his Ford model SUV when the vehicle left the road and overturned on Interstate 20, close to the Toomsuba exit.  Adams, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected from the overturned vehicle.  Emergency responders declared him dead at the scene of the accident.

Factors Contributing to Rollover Crashes

The following factors have been found to cause or contribute to rollover accidents:

  • Unstable or top heavy vehicles: Vehicles that are tall with a high center of gravity, such as SUVs, buses, trucks, vans, and minivans, are more likely to be involved in a rollover crash than are smaller, low to the ground sedans.  The increased height of larger vehicles makes them less stable and more likely to rollover.  Securing large objects to the roof, such as kayaks, luggage, bikes, and the like, will also increase the risk of rollover.
  • “Trips” and jerking the wheel: When a vehicle hits a median, curb, or other object, this is referred to as “tripping.”  The U.S. Department of Transportation has found that an estimated 80% of all rollover accidents are caused by tripping.  Rollovers can also occur when the driver makes a sudden or sharp jerking movement of the steering wheel.
  • Multiple vehicle accidents: When a vehicle, especially an SUV, truck, or other top heavy one, is struck by another vehicle, it can lead to rollover.  These accidents account for some 20% of all rollovers.
  • Speeding and distracted driving: Speed is a common cause of rollover accidents, as drivers traveling at an excessive speed are less likely to be able to stop to avoid a trip or another vehicle.  Distracted driving is also a major cause of rollovers because distracted drivers take their eyes and mind off the road for several seconds at a time, during which they could hit an object or another vehicle.
  • Wet weather: Poor weather conditions increase the risk of all vehicle accidents.  For those vehicles prone to rollover, skidding on a slippery surface can cause the driver to overcorrect the wheel and accidently cause a rollover.

Due to the often serious nature of rollover accidents, all accident victims will require the assistance of a licensed Mississippi car accident attorney as soon as possible after the crash.  Your auto accident attorney will investigate the accident and seek recovery for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.

Barrett Law PLLC: Experienced Representation for the Victims of Rollover Accidents

For decades, the Mississippi Auto Accident Attorneys at Barrett Law, PLLC have provided aggressive representation for the victims of rollover and other car accidents across the state.  Our car accident attorneys have the knowledge, experience, and resources to obtain the results you desire.  Barrett Law, PLLC operates on a contingency fee basis and the first consultation is always free.  The attorneys at Barrett Law, PLLC pride themselves on ensuring each and every client receives superior representation, with passion and zeal.  Call today at 1 (800) 707-9577 to schedule your free consultation.

As Investigations Continue, GM Hints Its Recall Avalanche May Come to an End

Sunday, June 15th, 2014

Recently, auto industry giant General Motors, who is also embroiled in much litigation and governmental investigations, hinted that its avalanche of older vehicle recalls may be over.  Earlier this year, General Motors recalled over 2.6 million vehicles, all of which were older models and small sedans, due to a faulty ignition switch.  The defective ignition switch allows the vehicle to switch out of run, switching it into off.  In the off mode, the power steering and brakes are disabled.  This can cause drivers to lose control of the car.  Further, the faulty switch will disable the air bags, causing them not to inflate in the event of an accident.  This faulty ignition switch has been linked to over 54 crashes and 13 deaths.  It is expected more accidents and deaths will be uncovered as investigations continue.

Months after this initial massive recall, the recall widened to include another 3.4 million vehicles.  The cars involved in this recall were larger model, older cars.  GM revealed that the faulty switches in these vehicles are, in fact, different from those in the initial smaller recalled vehicles.  The ignition switches in these vehicles can be knocked out of the run position due to the force of a large bump.  They can also be knocked into off mode by only a swinging keychain.  These faulty switches have been linked to at least six injuries in eight crashes.

Recalled vehicle models include several Chevrolets, Pontiacs, Saturns, Buicks, Cadillacs, and a Chevy Monte Carlo.  Not all years are affected.  Anyone who owns one of these vehicles and has been in an accident, or has been involved in an accident with a potentially recalled vehicle, is advised to consult with an attorney as soon as possible.

The number of lawsuits filed against GM continues to grow daily as the faulty switches are being linked to more and more accidents.  Several investigations are underway and substantial evidence has been revealed that demonstrates GM’s longstanding knowledge of the problem and failure to correct it.  GM apparently became aware of the faulty nature of the switch in 2001, but did not issue a recall to owners of affected vehicles until this year.  In 2005, GM engineers actually developed a fix to the problem that would have cost just $1 per vehicle.  GM, however, chose not to fix it.

While GM’s recall avalanche over the ignition switch problem may be over, the automaker will likely continue to be involved in lawsuits and litigation for some time to come.  GM is attempting to put together a settlement to compensate auto accident victims, but the details are unclear as of yet.

Barrett Law, PLLC: Experienced Representation for Defective Automobile Accident Victims in Mississippi

For over 75 years, across three generations, the Mississippi Car Accident Attorneys at Barrett Law PLLC have provided skilled, zealous, and intelligent representation for the victims of defective automobile accidents and other types car accidents across the state.  Our personal injury attorneys have the knowledge, experience, and resources to obtain the results you seek.  Our attorneys will immediately investigate the facts of your accident to uncover whether a recalled GM part or other sort of product defect played a role.  We will then guide you towards a full and complete recovery.  Barrett Law, PLLC operates on a contingency fee basis and the first consultation is always free.  The attorneys at Barrett Law, PLLC pride themselves on ensuring each and every client receives superior representation, with passion and zeal.  Call today at 1 (800) 707-9577 to schedule your free consultation.

 

Letter from the U.S. Office of Special Counsel Reveals VA Downplayed Whistleblower Findings

Friday, June 13th, 2014

Over the past few years, a number of whistleblowers have come forward with disturbing complaints concerning the G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center.  This VA hospital is located in Jackson, Mississippi, and treats thousands of veterans per year.  The whistleblower allegations raised serious questions about the hospital’s management system and ability to care for veterans.

A report from an independent federal agency criticized the Department of Veterans Affairs for not adequately responding to the information provided by whistleblowers which raises systematic concerns about patient care.  The report from the U.S. Office of Special Counsel reprimanded the VA for downplaying the severity of its problems at several facilities, including Jackson.

In a letter sent Monday, June 23, 2014, to the President from Special Counsel Carolyn Lerner stated that she remained concerned about the VA’s willingness to acknowledge and address the problems raised by whistleblowers.  She cited specifically to those brought to light in Jackson.  Here, numerous disclosures concerning patient care were made by Dr. Charles Sherwood, Dr. Phyllis Hollenbeck, and five other whistleblowers.  The VA substantiated alarming information, such as inadequate review of radiology findings, improper credentialing of providers, unlawful prescriptions for narcotics, unsterile medical equipment, and non-compliant pharmacy equipment used to create chemotherapy drugs.  In addition to these frightening problems, the whistleblowers revealed a persistent patient care problem of understaffing and excessive wait times, resulting in patients leaving the facility without ever having received care.

Complaints against the Jackson VA are certainly not new.  Several whistleblowers stepped out in 2009 to reveal concerns about improper sanitation and a lack of cleaning.  The VA vowed to take action after these allegations surfaced, but the number of whistleblowers have only increased since then.

According to Special Counsel Lerner, despite confirming each of these problems, the VA raised the defense of “harmless error”—asserting that these issues had no impact on patient care.  According to Lerner, this approach is preventing the VA from taking any real action to ensure veterans’ safety and health.

OSC recently closed investigations into the Jackson VA facility.  It still has over 50 pending cases of whistleblower disclosures from various VA employees.  In addition, Lerner’s, letter to the President came just two weeks after OSC stated it was investigating dozens of accusations of retaliation against VA whistleblowers.

Jackson VA officials have responded to Lerner’s letter by stating that they have embraced recommendations that came from OSC last summer and taken action to deal with identified problems. Officials state that the closing of the OSC report does not end its commitment to ensuring veterans obtain quality health care.

If you have information concerning unethical, illegal, or harmful practices occurring in your workplace, consult with a whistleblower attorney today to protect your rights.  Whistleblowers are protected against retaliatory action for raising complaints concerning the disruptive practices they see.  Further, qui tam lawsuits can result in the whistleblower receiving monetary compensation for their actions in coming forward to stop injustice.

Barrett Law PLLC: Protecting Mississippi’s Brave Whistleblowers

For over 75 years, across three generations, the Mississippi Whistleblower Attorneys at Barrett Law, PLLC have provided skilled, zealous, and intelligent representation for courageous Mississippi whistleblowers.  We believe that whistleblowers serve a vital function in our society, exposing waste of government resources and fraudulent conduct.  As such, we will strive zealously to assist you in exposing such harmful conduct.  Barrett Law, PLLC operates on a contingency fee basis and the first consultation is always free.  The attorneys at Barrett Law, PLLC pride themselves on ensuring each and every client receives superior representation, with passion and zeal.  Call today at 1 (800) 707-9577 to schedule your free consultation.

Welcome to Our Mississippi Personal injury and Accident Blog

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

Thank you for visit our Mississippi personal injury and accident website. You probably found our website because you are searching for answers to common question like: “how much is my case worth?” or “how do I file a claim?” Often times people visit our website because that want to speak with an attorney to better understand their legal rights. Many people feel frustrated because they are not being treated fairly by the insurance company.

This website is a service for you. Please look around and if you have questions about your case and would like immediate answers to those questions, please call us at (800) 707-9577.

Mississippi BP Oil Spill Attorneys Report: BP Starts to Pay Medical Claims

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Four years after the disastrous BP oil spill pumped over 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf, BP has started to pay the first 100 of the over 10,000 medical claims filed against the company.  The claims were filed by Gulf Coast residents and cleanup workers who suffered medical affects from the spill.  Payments made will cover the cost of treating skin and respiratory ailments, along with other physical illnesses, caused by contact or close proximity to the spilled oil.

BP’s payments to these oil spill victims will continue for some time.  Matt Garretson, the administrator of the settlement presided over by U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier, reports that payments should begin to flow in earnest over the next few months.  Garretson states that there are about another 800 cases ready for payment and more to come shortly.

The payment of these medical claims to the victims impacted by the nearly three months during which oil spilled into the Gulf comes after a year of delay.  BP has waged a battle in the courtroom against the way a different claims administrator had been paying individuals and business under another, separate, economic damage settlement.

While the medical claims did not involve such a fight, it is still been a slow process to reach the payment phase.  The settlement was approved in January of 2013, but appeals by claimants kept the payments from starting until February of 2014.

Under the settlement, medical payments range from $900, obtained with a signed declaration and proof that the claimant lived or worked on the oiled coastline, to over $60,000 for documented chronic injuries associated with the spill that required hospitalization.

Garretson reports that his 300 claims adjusters have denied more than 2,600 claims so far and have requested further documentation from another 4,000.  The forms required to obtain medical claims benefits are numerous and complex.  Further, final payments can take time as the adjusters are required to check on private insurance, Medicare, and Medicaid reimbursements.

The settlement does set out specific and clear rules, enough to avoid any sort of appeals or court challenges like those experienced in the economic settlement process.  Those individuals that meet the medical claims requirements and fill out the forms correctly with sufficient documentation will receive a pre-determined settlement amount.  Not included in the settlement are any sort of civil liability claims, such as claims by oil workers that they were not provided with the proper protective clothing and equipment.

As part of the settlement, BP will run a program of medical consultations and provide grants for healthcare providers in the Gulf Region Medical Outreach Program.  Thus far, around 100 claimants have consultations scheduled and over $80 million in grants have been disbursed.

All those who may have suffered health affects due to the BP oil spill are encouraged to consult with an attorney as soon as possible.  It is imperative your claim is initiated soon as payouts continue to be made.

Barrett Law, PLLC: Assisting Victims of the 2010 BP Gulf Oil Spill

The 2010 BP oil spill impacted millions of individuals and businesses across the Gulf Coast, particularly affecting many in Mississippi.  Victims of the spill suffered from economic damage, environmental damage, medical illnesses, and more.  Though the spill occurred four years ago, litigation is ongoing.  The Mississippi BP Oil Spill Attorneys at Barrett Law, PLLC have provided skilled, zealous, and intelligent representation for the victims of the BP oil spill since the day it occurred.  Our efforts are ongoing.  If you have been affected by the BP oil spill, no matter how you were affected, we can help. Call today at 1 (800) 707-9577 to schedule your free consultation.

Mississippi Whistleblower Attorneys Report: Supreme Court Sides with Whistleblower in Retaliation Case

Friday, June 6th, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court recently issued an important decision in a case involving whistleblowing and retaliation.  The case is titled Lane v. Franks, and involves a public employee who was fired from his job after testifying about corruption.  The facts of the case are as follows:

            Back in 2006, Edward Lane of Alabama worked as the director of Central Alabama Community College’s Community Intensive Training for Youth (CITY) program.  The program is a statewide one aimed at helping at-risk youth.  While employed in this position, Lane conducted an audit which uncovered that a state representative was on the program’s payroll, despite not conducting any work for the program.  Lane fired the representative, Susan Schmitz.  Shortly afterwards, Schmitz was indicted federally on charges of mail fraud and theft.

Lane testified, under subpoena, in an ensuing FBI case against the state representative. Meanwhile, the at-risk youth program run by Central Alabama Community College experienced budget shortfalls.  Lane and 29 other employees were fired in a claimed effort to manage financial difficulties.  Days later, however, Central Alabama Community College President Steve Franks rescinded all but two of the 29 terminations—those of Lane and one other employee.

The firing led Lane to file a suit against Franks, claiming that Franks violated Lane’s First Amendment protections.  Lane sought reinstatement and damages.  The two lower courts sided with Franks and the college, finding that Lane acted in an official capacity in firing Schmitz, and therefore could not claim the protections of the First Amendment.  Lane continued to fight, taking the matter all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

In its ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court disagreed with the lower court and sided unanimously with Lane.  It clarified previous rulings in which the court held that public employees have free speech rights when acting as citizens, but not when testifying as to information they learned in their jobs or are required to speak due to their specific duties.  The Supreme Court found that Lane testified as a citizen on a matter of public concern.  Lane’s sworn testimony was cited as a quintessential example of citizen speech as Lane was under an obligation to tell the truth.

The Court’s opinion will add a new layer of complexity as to how whistleblowers are treated in the U.S.  The opinion, written by Justice Sonia Sotomayor, stresses that citizens do not surrender their First Amendment rights by accepting public employment.  Rather, the rights of public employee’s to free speech must be balanced against the employer’s interests in promoting efficiency of the public services it performs.

The case of Lane v. Franks will have positive ramifications on public employees who act in a whistleblowing capacity for some time to come.  Traditionally, public employees have received the least whistleblower protections.  In recent years, however, the Court has continued to strengthen the free speech and other rights of public employees, who so often provide vital information concerning wrongdoing occurring in public agencies across the nation.

Barrett Law PLLC: Experienced Representation for Mississippi Whistleblowers   

For over 75 years, across three generations, the Mississippi Whistleblower Attorneys at Barrett Law, PLLC have provided skilled, zealous, and intelligent representation for courageous Mississippi whistleblowers.  We believe that whistleblowers serve a vital function in our society, exposing waste of government resources and fraudulent conduct.  As such, we will strive zealously to assist you in exposing such harmful conduct.  Barrett Law, PLLC operates on a contingency fee basis and the first consultation is always free.  The skilled attorneys at Barrett Law, PLLC pride themselves on ensuring each and every client receives superior representation, with passion and zeal.  Call today at 1 (800) 707-9577 to schedule your free consultation.

Mississippi Workers’ Compensation Attorneys Discuss Electrocution and Burn Injuries in the Workplace

Sunday, June 1st, 2014

The workplace is home to thousands of electrocutions and other electrical accidents each year.  The Bureau of Labor & Statistics states that electrocution is the fifth leading cause of workplace related deaths.  Every year, over 500 workers will die by electrocution on the jobsite.  Employees working in industries that place them in close proximity to electrical sources are at the greatest risk for electrocution and electrical burns.

Employees who experience an electrical accident at a Mississippi job site will generally be entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits.  Mississippi requires most employers to carry workers’ compensation insurance, which will cover all work related accidents.  Further, Mississippi employees who utilize the workers’ compensation system will be protected from any retaliatory action resulting from the filing of their claim.

Electrocuted on the Job: Who is Most at Risk for Electrical Accidents and Injuries?

Employees who work in the fields list below are at the highest risk for electrocution and other electrical accidents:

  • Electricians
  • Construction workers
  • Utility workers
  • Manufacturing workers

The number one source of electrical fatalities is overhead power lines, so anyone working in a field that requires contact with power lines is at a heightened risk for electrocution.

Electrocution, Electric Shock, and Burns

Employees often suffer from electric shock due to wear and tear on machines or wiring, ungrounded power supplies, and contract with underground electrical cords or overhead power lines.

Some of the most common electric shock injuries include:

  • Burns
  • Brain damage
  • Nerve damage
  • Tissue, nerve, or muscle damage
  • Organ damage
  • Neurological damage
  • Internal bleeding
  • Heart attack
  • Respiratory and cardiac arrest
  • Wrongful death by electrocution

Burns are often associated with fire, but they have other causes.  Electrical explosions, accidents, defective products, chemical exposure, and workplace accidents can also inflict burns.  Electrical burns are often severe and can lead to:

  • Tissue and nerve damage
  • Infection
  • Disfigurement or scarring
  • Loss of sight, hearing, smell, or taste
  • Inhalation injuries

Liability for Electric Shock Accidents

Mississippi employees injured in an electrical accident will generally incur significant medical expenses, require a lengthy recovery period, and be unable to maintain work obligations.  Employees will also experience pain and suffering, along with sometimes severe emotional or psychological affects.  Regardless of fault for the accident, Mississippi employees injured in electrical accidents are able to pursue benefits through workers’ compensation insurance.  In addition, any family who losses a loved one due to an electric accident in the workplace can obtain death benefits through the workers’ compensation system.

The workers’ compensation process can be confusing and often the employee will not immediately obtain the full benefits to which they are entitled.  All injured Mississippi employees, especially those who have sustained serious electrical accident related injuries, should contact an attorney early on to ensure they receive the benefits they need to fully cover medical and missed time from work expenses.

Barrett Law PLLC: Protecting Mississippi Workers

For over 75 years, across three generations, the Mississippi Workers’ Compensation Attorneys at Barrett Law, PLLC have provided skilled, zealous, and intelligent representation for Mississippi employees injured in work-related accidents across the state. Our workers’ compensation attorneys have the knowledge, experience, and resources to obtain the results you desire.  Barrett Law, PLLC operates on a contingency fee basis and the first consultation is always free.  If your workers’ compensation claim has been denied or if you are confused about the workers’ compensation process, the attorneys at Barrett Law, PLLC can help.  Call today at 1 (800) 707-9577 to schedule your free consultation.