Texas Jury Awards Nearly $500 Million to DePuy Pinnacle Metal Hip Victims

A Texas jury recently returned an award in the amount of $497.6 million to five DePuy Pinnacle hip plaintiffs. Approximately $360 million was designated as punitive damages while the remainder of the settlement was for compensatory damages. Prior to this landmark settlement, Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary, DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., submitted numerous requests to the Court to divide the trial into two parts in an effort to obtain a ruling on a specific set of legal issues without the Court looking at all aspects of the Plaintiffs’ claims. DePuy also submitted more than ten requests for a mistrial. All of the requests were denied during this bellwether trial presided over by Judge Ed Kinkeade, of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas.

Injuries and Harm Suffered by Five Pinnacle Hip Device Plaintiffs

The five plaintiffs asserted the DePuy Pinnacle metal hip device had resulted in a variety of significant health problems, including unreasonably high failure rates, the deterioration and death of bone and tissue, severe pain in the hip, thigh and groin areas, and significant inflammation, leading to the necessity of revision surgery. Other serious health issues associated with metal toxicity have also been seen in many patients with metal hip implants. Just a few of those issues include loss of vision and hearing, neurological and cardiovascular issues, alterations in DNA, memory loss, reproductive disorders, gastrointestinal, renal and thyroid disorders and skin rashes.Continue Reading

Bananas Are the Least of Your Concerns When It Comes to Slip and Falls

Bananas Are the Least of Your Concerns When It Comes to Slip and FallsOn Saturday mornings, my family would gather around and watch as Looney Tunes villains targeted our favorite characters with anchors and bombs and laugh as Bugs Bunny and friends would retaliate with none other than…banana peels. Although the banana seems less dangerous than your everyday anchor, the slippery peel would turn the characters upside down and flat on their backs.

This theatrical yet serious act was not invented by the Looney Tunes characters though. Rather, the origin of the dangerous banana began in the early 1900s when the popular fruit peel would be left on the ground to rot and create a slimy, slippery hazard, according to the Myth Busters on Discovery.

During that time, this rotting fruit caused many people to fall and suffer resulting injuries.  This was the beginning of the slip and fall safety discussion around the country. Fortunately, today a simple banana peel on the ground typically wouldn’t cause you to wipe out, but there are nonetheless other, more common hazards that people now encounter in everyday life.

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What to Do During and After a Car Accident

What to do in car accident

It seems that phrases such as “it was so unexpected” and “good things happen to bad people” always fall into conversation after a car accident. Like most tragic accidents, auto crashes happen when you least expect them.

No matter the time or the season, it is essential that you know what to do if you are ever in a car accident. The minutes—even seconds—after a car accident can prove crucial for your health, well-being, and future.

Our parents, spouses, and loved ones often provide valuable advice about what to do after a car accident, but much of this advice is easily forgotten in the stressful environment following a crash.

At the Stroud Law Firm, we want to make sure that you are prepared to handle the stress associated with a car accident and the challenges in dealing with insurance companies immediately following.  Car accident attorneys see the effects of serious car accidents on a daily basis; we see the injury, the struggle, and the fight that our clients endure.

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Winter Slip and Fall Safety Tips and Tricks

Street ViewIt’s that time of year again where the leaves are gone, nights are long, and the cold, winter chill is upon us. While Mississippi can’t complain too much about the frightful winter weather, the weather has increasingly become hazardous for the entire country.

It is hard to forget the frigid winter that we had last year. The polar vortex struck Desoto County and the north and south both faced troubles. States on the northern border like New York, Connecticut, Minnesota and Ohio had lots of snow and below freezing wind chills, while the southern states like Georgia, Tennessee, and Mississippi learned how to deal with ice, and winter traffic delays.

While the north may get a very different winter landscape, the south still faces winter troubles. Car accidents seem to be the most prominent winter accident but slip and falls affect Southaven and surrounding neighborhoods even more.

Slip and falls account for over one million emergency department visits each year and are the leading cause for brain injuries and hip fractures. With over 25,000 slip and falls happening every day, it is important to remember to be safe and on the lookout while walking outside and through local businesses.

The lawyers at The Stroud Law Firm have created winter slip and fall guidelines to encourage Southaven neighbors to be safe and cautious over the winter months. During the winter time, neighbors should remember the three P’s of slip and falls: Plan, Practice, and Prevent.

Plan for Winter Weather

The first step to prevent slip and falls is to prepare and plan for winter events. When winter storms strike, many Southaven residents are left wondering what to do with the minimal resources they have. Here is a list of items that will be beneficial for the winter months. Most items can be bought less than annually.

  • Extra non-skid mats: place these mats both inside and outside of the main walkways of your house or workplace. Non-skid mats will move less when people are trying to scuff off the winter ice and snow and will leave the space with less puddles.
  • Winter shoes: While we may not need the trekking boots that more snowy states require, it is important to have shoes that you can wear with high tractions on the bottom. Try avoiding leather or plastic soles as those will easily slip when wet. You can always bring your high heels or shoes with you and that will prevent salt marks on your nicer shoes too.
  • Car ice scraper: We may not get snow, but ice and sleet have become a problem that cannot be avoided. A car ice scraper will be your best friend during those wintery months.
  • Anti-freeze windshield wiper fluid: It is essential to keep a gallon of anti-freeze in your garage, especially if you have young family members in your house. Good anti-freeze fluid (and windshield wipers) can make a difference in whether you can see the road or not.
  • Salt or sand: You can buy salt or sand at most general and hardware stores. The salt can help melt ice near your common walking areas, and sand can provide traction. Salt is the best option to cover ice patches.
  • Walkway cord covers: With holidays and decorations abuzz during winter, extension cords and walkway cord covers will be your friends. Walkway covers can prevent you from tripping over a cord that is not commonly in your routine. Extension cords can help you turn on your lights or decorations without a hassle.
  • Light bulbs: Light bulbs always seem to burn out at the most inconvenient times. Keep extra light bulbs for your outdoor and indoor lights to keep your walkways clear and visible.

 

Practice Safety Tips Daily

With your extra planning in place, it is important to practice safety slip and fall tips and tricks. The most common time slip and falls occur is when people are walking in a hazardous area or unfamiliar place. When you are walking around, always look around and take in your surroundings. Be aware of hazard signs, potential slippery areas, and where guardrails are properly places.

One of the most important practices that you should follow during all four seasons is walking with your hands near your side, not in your pockets. When your hands are in your pockets, you eliminate any chance of catching yourself if you slip. If you place your hands next to you and outside of your pockets, you will have more balance and crucial moments to catch yourself before you may fall and severely injure yourself.

Many slip and falls occur outside of your property. When you are walking in unfamiliar places—especially parking lots, sidewalks, and walkways, try taking smaller steps. Smaller steps will help regain your balance and will make you more thoughtful of your steps. Never be afraid to tap an unfamiliar walkway with your toes to determine if it is slippery or not.

Even when the weather is cold, you should only carry what you can hold without eliminating your visibility. Never carry something that will cover your feet or your eyes. If you fall with a load in your hands, let go of you load and try to regain your balance or catch yourself. Your life is more important than your groceries or decorations!

Use proper equipment when you are doing work around your house and workplace. Before stepping on a ladder or step-stool, be sure that the equipment is in good condition and on balanced floor. Have a family member or friend stand near the ladder to be your spotter, or call someone if an injury happens.

Last but not least, always have a friend or family member to call if you are in a rut! If you feel uncomfortable doing a specific chore or simply need assistance, it is always best to have someone to watch your back.

Over 300,000 Americans become severely injured from slip and falls each year. Practice these safety tips to decrease your chances of slipping on a wintery slope and maintaining your healthy, active lifestyle.

Prevent Serious Injury from Slip and Falls

When all else fails and you do fall, do not panic. Even in the split of a second, try to place yourself in a position that will have minimum injury. Instead of trying to break your fall with your hands (and breaking a bone), try rolling your head downward and rolling into the fall, using your shoulder as a guide. Try to twist and roll backwards and hit the floor with your thigh, hip, and shoulder. That will hopefully eliminate any brain injury and broken bones.

If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident due to the negligence of others in the Southaven, Mississippi or Memphis, Tennessee area, contact the experienced lawyers at The Stroud Law Firm today. A slip and fall attorney can be on your side during this troubling time and fight to help you obtain the compensation that you deserve.

We hope you look at these guidelines, remember the three P’s, and be safe this winter!

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Ole Miss Football Ticket Giveaway!

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The Stroud Law Firm is giving away one set of Ole Miss football tickets, for the home game on September 27th.  Ole Miss will play the Memphis Tigers, one of their biggest rivals, and this game is one that college football fans don’t want to miss.

If you’d like to be entered in this contest, type your name, age, and email in the submission form below. Don’t miss and opportunity to watch Ole Miss dominate their home football field, enter to win two free tickets!

The winner will be randomly selected from the pool of entries on September 23nd. We will email the selected winner the tickets that day, and you can print them out at home. If you have questions or concerns, contact us.

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Philip Stroud Selected as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer

personal injury attorney Southaven MississippiOne of our own exceptional lawyers, Philip Stroud, was selected as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers.

The National Trial Lawyers is a professional organization that focuses on life-long advocacy training, educational programming, and networking. The organization is a common place for clients to find a civil plaintiff and criminal defense trial lawyers in their state and around the country.

In order to achieve this status, Philip underwent a multi-phase selection process and was ultimately asked to join this “invitation only” organization. All members are re-evaluated every year to ensure that only the most qualified are granted membership in the organization.

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DUI Myths Debunked

DUI Myths | Southaven, MS | The Stroud Law Firm

If you have been charged with a DUI/DWI in Mississippi or Tennessee then you are likely scared, and a million scenarios of what may happen to you are running through your head.

There are a lot of myths floating around about getting a DUI and how to handle it. Dealing with a DUI is stressful enough without falling victim to one of these myths and subsequently falling victim to the charge you face.

Can I be stopped and arrested for DUI or DWI in Mississippi even if the vehicle was not moving?

Here are some of the most common DUI myths and the realities that should replace them:

Myth:  If you’re found guilty of a DUI/DWI, you will have to face the full punishment outlined by your county.

Reality:  Too many people automatically assume that if they are found guilty of a DUI, they will automatically serve the full punishment.  But, defendants who have an experienced DUI defense attorney may be able to successfully challenge serving the full extent of these punishments.  An attorney, whose job it is to protect you, will review your case and aggressively challenge the prosecution’s case against you.

Myth:  The consequences of driving while under the influence of a legal, or an illegal, drug are not as serious as being caught for driving above the legal limit for alcohol.

Reality:  When you are charged for driving under the influence of any substance — be it an over the counter medicine, prescription painkiller, sleep aid, or illegal narcotic, or recreational drug — you should assume that the consequences could be as severe as driving under the influence of alcohol.

Your best option in a case like this is to speak with a Southaven DUI attorney as soon as possible.  An experienced criminal defense attorney can review your case and get you back on your feet with the minimum punishment possible.

Myth: You should hire the first attorney you speak with to handle your DUI/DWI case.

Reality:  It’s natural to go into a state of panic after being charged with a DUI, and a part of that is feeling the need to take action to defend yourself right away.  But, this does not mean you should trust the first attorney you speak to.  It is vitally important to find an experienced DUI/DWI attorney who will handle your unique case with care.

These are only three of several more myths about a DUI charge, to read about more check out this article.   But, the most important thought to take away from this is to take great caution when you have been charged with a DUI/DWI.

Don’t assume you are guilty and deserve full punishment, and do get the proper representation to get you through the situation as smoothly as possible.

If you need legal representation after a DUI charge in Northern, Mississippi, contact the experienced criminal defense attorneys at the Stroud Law Firm to set up an appointment to discuss your case and the services we can provide.

Americans Serving Undeserved Jail Time

Lifetime in Prison | Southaven, MS | The Stroud Law FirmWhen you hear that a person is sent to jail, you expect that they have committed a crime that deserves jail time.  But, unfortunately, many Americans are sent to jail for committing nonviolent crimes.

According to a recent news article, a report from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) revealed that in 2012 more than 3,000 Americans were serving life sentences in prison without parole for nonviolent crimes.

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DeSoto County Developing Green Transportation

Trails and Greenways in DeSoto | Southaven, MS | The Stroud Law FirmApril showers bring May flowers: spring is in full swing and that means lots of green, everywhere.  DeSoto County and regional officials are taking advantage of the season by planning and developing the environmentally friendly future of our region.

The officials are developing the Memphis Greenprint and Sustainability Plan and have been holding public meetings to gather feedback from residents about the best way to make the county even more sustainable.

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Driver Attacked, Teenager Charged

Assault Charge | Southaven, MS | The Stroud Law Firm

In some cases of assault, it is hard to tell who committed a crime and who was acting to protect or defend another person.

A Michigan teenager was recently arrested for the assault of a driver who accidentally hit a young boy who had stepped out into the street.  According to a recent news article, the driver was beaten right after he stepped out of his car to check on the injured child.

A group immediately began to attack the driver with their hands and feet, leaving the man in critical condition.  The driver is in a medically induced coma, and the injured boy is nursing a hurt leg at home.Continue Reading