Mississippi Personal Injury Law Blog

Some consumers at risk of allergic reaction to Frito-Lay chips

Having an allergy can be a scary characteristic for some Mississippi residents. They may be so allergic to something that they could have life-threatening experiences if they come in contact with or consume it. As a result, they often check product labels to ensure that they will not put themselves at risk. However, some individuals could suffer if they consume a product when a manufacturer did not disclose a potential allergen.

It was recently reported that Frito-Lay has issued a recall for a variety of its potato chips. The Lay's Lightly Salted Barbecue Flavored Potato Chips may have an undisclosed milk allergen, which puts certain consumers at risk of negative health effects. The chips were distributed to retailers in 24 states, including Mississippi. 

Jury rules in favor of couple in medical malpractice case

Putting trust in medical professionals is necessary when undergoing a serious procedure, like surgery. Of course, this trust may not prevent doctors or other medical staff members from making mistakes or acting in ways that are not in the best interests of the patients. In some cases, patients may find themselves considering medical malpractice claims because of the harm suffered due to a medical professional's negligence.

Mississippi readers may be interested in a lawsuit that a jury recently came to a decision about. According to reports, a woman had delivered a baby by Cesarean section, and months after the procedure, it was discovered that the woman still had placental tissue in her uterus. As a result, her doctor performed a procedure to remove that tissue, and he did so without the visual assistance of ultrasound or scope.

Why is an oil rig so dangerous?

Some have called working on an oil rig one of the single most dangerous jobs in the United States. It's a tough, physical job that not just anyone can do. Injuries happen. Workers have even lost their lives. This is a career path that you have to be committed to, and you need to know that you're taking on a certain level of risk.

But what is it that makes the job so dangerous? Here are a few factors that play into it:

Head-on car accident claims life, injures others in Mississippi

Head-on collisions are horrifying events, especially for the people involved. In some cases, it may not be exactly clear how the incident occurred or which driver may have been at fault, but authorities have the responsibility of conducting thorough investigations to determine such information. Often, this information can lead to legal claims after a car accident.

It was recently reported that a head-on crash took place in Mississippi. One vehicle was traveling west, and the other was traveling east when one vehicle failed to remain in the correct lane. The report did not specifically state which driver may have left his or her lane of travel, but the incident was still under investigation at the time of the report.

Single-car crash results in injuries in Mississippi

When many people think of serious car accidents, they may immediately picture incidents that involve multiple vehicles or maybe big rigs. Of course, a crash that involves only a single vehicle can also have severe outcomes, including injuries to those involved. Depending on the details of such an incident, legal claims could result.

It was recently reported that an accident in Mississippi involved one vehicle and resulted in injuries for two people. Apparently, the vehicle was traveling east when the driver failed to remain on the roadway. This event caused the vehicle to overturn multiple times before colliding with a gate for an apartment complex. The report indicated that authorities responded to the incident at approximately 3:15 a.m.

Medical malpractice continues to be a leading cause of death

The state of Mississippi is home to some of the best health care facilities in the country. Every day, thousands of patients place their lives in the hands of skilled and highly-trained physicians, surgeons and nurses. However, mistakes often happen any time humans are involved. When mistakes are made in health care, the patient suffers the consequences. Medical malpractice is unfortunately one of the leading causes of death and injury in the United States today.

A man in another state filed a lawsuit against a medical center after alleged negligent care led to the death of his wife. According to the lawsuit, the woman was taken to the emergency room with breathing difficulties. After being examined in the emergency room, the woman was transferred to the intensive care unit, the lawsuit said.

Medical malpractice cases involve proving negligence

Needing medical attention can cause any Mississippi resident to feel nervous. Though medical professionals often have years of education and training, mistakes can still take place that leave patients worse off than before. In some cases, patients may have reason to file medical malpractice claims in order to seek compensation for allowable damages.

Many people may be surprised to learn that medical mistakes are the third leading cause of fatalities in the United States. While taking legal action after such a death may be warranted in certain instances, it is important that those considering filing a claim understand whether such action could suit their circumstances. For instance, if a doctor does not meet the standard of care or it is otherwise believed that his or her negligence resulted in harm to the patient, filing a claim may be a feasible option.

Dog bites and attacks are a major expense for insurers

Having a pet dog can greatly improve an owner’s quality of life, especially if the dog is healthy and has a docile personality. Unfortunately, dogs that are naturally aggressive and/or are improperly cared for can be a danger to their owners and anyone who passes by the property where the dog resides.

Dog bites and attacks are a major hazard, as evidenced by insurance data. According to one recent report from Allianz Global & Specialty, dog bites made up the largest percentage of animal-related insurance claims – a category that cost nearly $500 million in losses over a five-year period.

Do you need a new doctor?

You need to trust your doctor. When you go in for advice or a checkup, you have to know that they have your best interests at heart. You have to know that they take your health seriously.

If you have any doubts about that, ask yourself why. Think about the outcome. Is your doctor going to miss a diagnosis or make a mistake that impacts your health? Could it even cost you your life or leave you with a permanent disability?

Here are 7 of the top driving distractions

Do not become part of the distracted driving epidemic. Keep your focus on the road at all times. Don't let your mind wander.

It sounds simple, but it's not. Distracted driving puts people in the hospital every single day. Even if you think you're a safe driver, odds are you have allowed yourself minor distractions when you should have kept paying attention to traffic. To keep yourself and others safe, you need to prevent these incidents from happening.

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