Flora Explosion Could have been Prevented According to OSHA

The U.S. Department of Labor reports the Flora explosion could have been prevented which cost the life of a 25-year-old welder. The explosion that occurred in July 2022 injured 6 and killed one of the employees of W.S. Red Hancock Inc. At the time of the explosion, they were replacing old metal tanks with fiberglass ones at a saltwater disposal site for oil and gas fields. Federal investigators say the explosion could have been prevented if they had followed federal workplace safety standards. Courtney Bohannon, the OSHA Area Office Director in Jackson, Mississippi stated “The terrible loss of a young worker’s life is a reminder of how volatile and dangerous welding and cutting work can be,” “W.S. Red Hancock failed to follow established safety procedures, leaving a family, friends and co-workers to grieve a preventable loss of life and the other injured workers to deal with the aftermath.” The Bentonia oilfield contractor, W.S. Red Hancock was cited by OSHA for not properly cleaning the metal tanks of any flammable material that might have remained. OSHA also cited the company with serious violations for the failing to:
  • Instruct workers about unsafe conditions and regulations for working around equipment containing flammable substances.
  • Make provisions for prompt medical attention for workers exposed to explosion hazards.
  • Have valid certifications available that confirmed a person on site had first-aid training and that the closest infirmary or medical facility more than 10 minutes away.
  • Remove or protect movable fire hazards near welding operations and flammable substances.
  • Ensure employees working in a basket aerial lift used or utilized fall protection.
OSHA has also proposed $196,886 in penalties for their violations and has 15 days to respond. Unfortunately, workplace incidents happen everyday throughout the U.S. Even when companies comply with all OSHA regulations injuries can still occur leaving the victims in both physical and financial pain. If you are injured on the job it’s important to report the injury to your supervisor immediately, take note of any witnesses and take pictures, seek medical attention ASAP no matter the severity of it, and contact an experienced Workers’ Comp Attorney. At Chhabra & Gibbs P.A. we have the experience to handle all types of workplace injuries no matter the extent of injuries. Our dedicated team of lawyers and support staff are available 24/7 to help you and your family in your time of need. Contact us for a FREE consultation at 601-948-8005. Visit msinjurylaw.com for more personal injury news.

Serious 18-Wheeler Accident

According to WLBT and Yazoo County Sheriff a multi-car wreck including 5 cars and an 18-wheeler injured 3 people Thursday afternoon. The serious 18-wheeler accident occurred at the intersection of Hwy 49 and Ole Benton Rd after a pickup truck ran a red light causing the 18-wheeler to lose control and hit a stop light along with 3 other vehicles. Three people were taken to the hospital, but their injuries are unknown. Unfortunately, serious cat accidents such as this one happens everyday cause pain to both the victims and their families. The pain resulting from a car wreck isn’t just physical pain but also financial pain as the victims and their families are left with heavy medical bills and many times the victim is out of work in order to recover resulting in lost wages. It is important to make sure you protect your rights after a car wreck, 18-wheeler accident, or motorcycle crash. By following these steps, you can better protect yourself and loved ones if you are ever in this unfortunate situation.
  • Contact Police after an accident.
  • Take pictures and information of any witnesses to the crash.
  • Get a copy of the Police report.
  • Seek medical attention ASAP.
  • Contact an experienced personal injury attorney.
At Chhabra & Gibbs P.A. our team of experienced car accident attorneys have the experienced needed to handle all types of personal injury claims. Contact us 24/7 to find out how we can get you maximum compensation for your injuries. Call us at 601-948-8005 for a FREE consultation. Visit msinjurylaw.com for more personal injury news.

Hearing Problems Linked to Drug Tepezza

Recent studies have shown hearing problems linked to drug Tepezza. If you or someone you know has used the prescription drug Tepezza and are now experiencing hearing problems, call Chhabra Gibbs & Herrington now at 601-948-8005 for a free case evaluation. Attorney Brian Herrington explains in more detail the cause of this and what can be done if you experienced these severe side effects of Tepezza. What is Tepezza? Tepezza, made by Horizon Therapeutics, was designed to treat Thyroid Eye Disease, which is a medical condition that causes inflammation in the eye muscles, eyelids, tear glands, and fatty tissues behind the eyes. Tepezza is administered intravenously (through an IV). A typical treatment of Tepezza consists of 8 infusions given over a period of approximately 5 weeks (an infusion 1 time every 3 weeks). Tepezza Has Been Linked To Hearing Loss Clinical testing submitted to the FDA prior to approval included reports of hearing loss. Despite this, the FDA approved Tepezza in January 2020. Many patients have continued to report hearing problems associated with taking Tepezza. In a 2022 study published in the American Journal of Ophthalmology, the majority of the patients tested experienced some type of hearing problem usually around the 4th infusion or about 12 weeks into treatment. Many of these problems resolved after therapy except for hearing loss. The drug’s label contains warnings regarding the side effects of Tepezza, including infusion reactions, exacerbation of pre-existing irritable bowel disease, and hyperglycemia, but does not specifically address or caution consumers about hearing loss or tinnitus. Many Tepezza patients around the country have filed lawsuits claiming that Horizon failed to warn consumers about the risk of hearing loss. Do I Have A Case? Tepezza can cause permanent or partial hearing loss as well as other hearing-related side effects. If you or a loved one has suffered hearing loss after taking Tepezza, you may be eligible to file a claim. Please contact Chhabra Gibbs & Herrington at 601-948-8005 for a FREE consultation. Visit msinjurylaw.com for more personal injury news.

How to file a personal injury claim in Mississippi

If you’ve been injured due to someone else’s negligence in Mississippi, you may be able to file a personal injury claim to seek compensation for your damages. Here are the general steps on how file a personal injury claim in Mississippi: Seek Medical Attention: The first and most important step is to seek medical attention for your injuries. It’s important to get proper medical treatment and document your injuries and treatment. Gather Evidence: Collect as much evidence as possible to support your claim, such as witness statements, photographs, medical bills, and police reports. Hire an Attorney: It is highly recommended to hire an experienced personal injury attorney in Mississippi to help you navigate the legal process and maximize your compensation. Your attorney can help you determine the strength of your case, investigate the accident, and negotiate with insurance companies. Notify the Other Party: You must notify the at-fault party and their insurance company that you intend to file a claim. Your attorney can handle this for you. File Your Claim: Your attorney will file your personal injury claim in the appropriate Mississippi court and serve the other party with a copy of the complaint. Discovery Phase: During this phase, both parties will exchange information about the case, such as witness statements, medical records, and expert opinions. Negotiation or Trial: After the discovery phase, your attorney will try to negotiate a settlement with the other party. If a settlement cannot be reached, the case will go to trial, and a judge or jury will determine the outcome. It’s important to note that the statute of limitations varies per state and in Mississippi it can vary depending on the type of personal injury claim. Personal injury claims such as car accidents, 18-wheeler wrecks, slip and falls, wrongful deaths, and defective products have a 3-year statute of limitations. In other personal injury claims such as an injury that happened on state owned property or caused by a state entity, your claim is subject to the Mississippi Tort Claims Act which only has a 1-year statute of limitations. Medical Malpractice claims have a 2-year statute of limitations unless it falls under the state entity of 1 year which includes state owned hospitals and clinics. It is important to contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible to make sure your claim can still be filed. Chhabra & Gibbs P.A. has the experience to handle all types of personal injury claims. Our aggressive team of attorneys has over 130 years of combined experience to get you maximum compensation. Contact our Mississippi Personal Injury Lawyers at 601-948-8005 for a FREE consultation.

Should I Hire an Attorney for a Workers’ Comp Claim?

A workplace injury can be devastating, leaving you in physical and financial pain as well as your family that depends on you. It is important that you get the treatment needed in order to recover and that you are financially compensated for your injuries. If you or a loved one is injured on the job you may wonder, should I hire an attorney for a workers’ comp claim. Whether or not to hire an attorney for a workers’ compensation claim depends on several factors, including the complexity of the case, the severity of the injury, and the level of dispute between the employee and the employer or insurer. If your injury is minor, and you are satisfied with the benefits offered by your employer or their insurance company, you may not need an attorney. However, if your injury is severe, your claim is being denied or disputed, or you have any doubts about your employer’s willingness to provide you with the benefits you are entitled to, it may be beneficial to consult with an experienced workers’ compensation attorney. An attorney can help you understand your legal rights and obligations, navigate the workers’ compensation system, and negotiate a fair settlement with your employer or their insurance company. They can also represent you at hearings and appeal if necessary. Keep in mind that workers’ compensation laws vary by state, so it’s essential to find an attorney who is familiar with the laws in your state. So, whether or not to hire an attorney for a workers’ compensation claim is a personal decision that depends on several factors. If you are unsure about whether you need an attorney, you may wish to schedule a consultation with a workers’ compensation attorney to discuss your case and your legal options. At Chhabra & Gibbs P.A. our dedicated team of attorneys have over 130 years of combined experience handling all types of workers’ comp claims. We offer a FREE consultation to discuss your case and are available 24/7 when you need us most. Contact us at 601-948-8005 and let us Fight for You. Visit msinjurylaw.com for more personal injury news.