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July 23, 2009

Pearl, Mississippi Accident Shuts Down Interstate

 

An accident occurred in Pearl, Rankin County, Mississippi when an SUV that was being towed came loose and crossed the median and hit an 18 wheeler which burst into flames. The accident caused I-20 to be shut down for a long time as crews battled the flames on the big truck.18 wheeler2.jpg

WHOM CAN SUE WHOM AND WHY? The driver of the tow truck can be sued for not making sure that the SUV was attached properly to the tow truck. If another person or company performed that task in a careless manner, then they can also be sued. If the hitch were defective, then the maker of the hitch can also be sued. The actual cause or causes of the accident need to be investigate to see exactly what happened and why.

That is why when there is a serious accident, you need to hire someone who has experience in that field. Call Paul Snow who has over 30 years of experience of handling accident cases to discuss your case FREE of charge. Call now before it is too late, 601-969-1977 or contact us online. We represent clients all over MS including Ridgeland, Natchez, Greenwood, Clarksdale and Laurel.

July 22, 2009

Spinal Cord Injuries

 

Spinal Cord Injuries

Spinal cord injury (SCI) occurs when a traumatic event results in damage to the spinal cord. The most common types include bruising of the spinal cord and pressure on the spinal cord. Sometimes, the nerves are torn or severed which causes paralysis. In severe cases, breathing and bowel and bladder control are affected. SCI patients are also prone to develop secondary medical problems, such as bladder infections, lung infections and bed sores.

Motor vehicle accidents are at the top of the list, causing almost half of all spinal cord injuries. The leading causes are: work place accidents, diving accidents, electric shock, extreme twisting of the trunk, sports injuries and SUV rollovers.

If the victim receives a spinal cord injury at the neck level, the person will suffer from quadriplegia and will lose certain bodily functions. These type injuries can be devastating to the victim and the family of the victim, emotionally, physically and financially. Many people who suffer from spinal cord injuries require medical treatment for the rest of their lives and sometimes 24 hour nursing care. It is not uncommon to incur over $10,000,000 of future medical treatment for these types of cases.

In Mississippi, the law imposes a statute of limitations which sets a maximum amount of time that legal proceedings can occur after the day of the accident. Each year at our law office, people call me to ask me for help that have legitimate cases only to find that their statute of limitations has run out. It is one of the most difficult things for me to tell them that I cannot help them because they waited too long to talk with us. If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident and is suffering from a spinal cord injury, please call the Law Offices of Paul Snow immediately. I have over 34 years of experience in these types of cases and know the challenges and obstacles that you will face. Please don't give up hope, today is a new day.

Spinal cord injuries can be severe and life altering. Our firm understands that your immediate goals after going through such trauma are to get your medical bills paid, make sure you do not suffer financially through any lost wages, and make sure your insurance company will pay for future treatment relating to your injuries. Our experienced attorneys will discuss your situation and go over the options available to you, as well as work with insurance companies and other parties involved in your case to make sure all your needs are handled quickly and appropriately.

Paul Snow is a member of the National Brain Injury Association and the Mississippi Brain Injury Association.

Paul Snow has obtained a $16,500,000 structured settlement for a spinal injury patient who was injured in a truck accident on Interstate 220 in Jackson, Mississippi.

If you would like to discuss your legal options, contact us online or call us at 601-969-1977 or 1-800-640-4478 to set up a FREE consultation.

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July 22, 2009

Black Box In Truck Burns DUI Driver In Gulfport, Mississippi

 

William Bill Kelly was killed by Shirley Taylor who told officers that she drank twelve beers in an accident on Jan. 8,2008 near Gulfport, MS. Taylor was driving a 2007 GMC truck on Mark West Road going 57 mph, according to the "black box" recorder installed in her vehicle when she ran over Mr. Kelly. The speed limit was 30 mph. Officers stated that Taylor said after the accident, "i hope i killed that man". "Ms. Taylor has made some bad decisions that cost Mr. Kelley his life and it's going to cost Ms. Taylor her freedom."dui death.jpg

WHO CAN SUE WHOM AND WHY? The family of Mr. Kelly can sue the driver for causing the accident;but, also the bar that over served alcohol to the driver may also be sued. Additionally, if the driver did not have any insurance or did not have enough insurance on her vehicle, then the family may also make a claim for uninsured motorist benefits. One does not have to be in a vehicle in order to make a claim for uninsured motorist benefits. Pedestrians are covered also.

If you know of someone who has a claim against a drunk driver, or a bar that over served a drunk driver or an uninsured motorist case, call Paul Snow to discuss your legal rights FREE of charge. We do not charge any attorney fee unless we recover for you. Call now at 601-969-1977 or contact us online. We represent clients all over MS including Columbus, Clinton, Pearl, Starkville and Olive Branch.

July 21, 2009

ATV DUI Puts Four In Jackson, Mississippi Hospital

 

Jerry Thornton of Florence, MS was arrested for DUI as a result of an accident that happened on Hwy. 49 just south of Florence. Thornton was driving the ATV four wheeler with three children on board; he drove across the highway and made it to the median, but an SUV, driven by Thomas Arrington, swerved into the median and hit the ATV. All of the victims suffered serious injuries and were taken to University Medical Center in Jackson, MS.

WHO CAN SUE WHOM AND WHY? The driver of the ATV can be sued for driving while under the influence of alcohol and careless driving. But, that is not all. The driver of the SUV who actually hit the four wheeler may also be partly at fault for following the vehicle in front of him to closely. The car in front of the SUV slammed on brakes to miss the four wheeler. If the SUV driver were not speeding nor following to close, then he could have avoided the accident, so he has some liability for contributing to this accident.

If you know of someone who has been injured or killed in an accident involving any type of ATV, call Paul Snow to discuss your legal rights FREE. We do not charge any attorney fees unless we recover for you. Call now 601-969-1977 or contact us online. We represent clients all over the state, including Meridian, Tupelo, Southaven, Vicksburg and Pascagoula.rhino.jpg

July 20, 2009

Oxford, MS Woman Sentenced In DUI Death

 

Beth Lyon was sentenced to six years for the DUI death of Rodney Shaw who was a Mississippi Valley State University professor. Lyon's BAC test results showed that she was over the legal limit at the time of the accident when her vehicle crossed the median and hit Mr. Shaw's vehicle head-on. Mr. Shaw was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident which happened just in front of the main gate to the campus.

If the DUI driver obtained her alcohol from a bar or store that had a license to sell alcohol, then that business may be sued for contributing to this accident along with the driver. A lot of times, the driver only has minimal insurance coverage, or no insurance coverage, so the only way to recover any money for the wrongful death is to sue others who may be at fault for contributing to the accident.

Some of our biggest settlements came from grocery stores and bars who sold alcohol to a driver who then caused a car wreck. If you know of someone who was injured or killed by someone who had been drinking, call Paul Snow at 601-969-1977 for a FREE consultation or contact us online to discuss your case. We do not charge any attorney fees unless we recover for you.

We represent clients all over MS including Jackson, Gulfport, Biloxi, Hattiesburg, and Greenville. We represent clients who have been injured or killed in car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, drunk driving accidents and injuries from bad products.

Information provided by Mississippi Accident Lawyer Paul Snow.

July 15, 2009

Explosion In Smith County, Mississippi

 

An explosion in Smith County,MS killed one worker and severely injured other workers when a gas pipeline exploded. The workers were testing the pipeline with nitrogen when it exploded. The workers were from Texas and worked for Grand Bluff Constrution Company

Our lawfirm handled the explosion in Smith County, MS that happened in Raleigh, MS on 6-5-06. After working up the case for trial, it was settled for a multi-million settlement.

If you know of any workers who were injured or killed in any explosion, call my law office for a FREE consultation to discuss your particular situation, 601-969-1977 or 1-800-640-4478 or contact us online. We do not charge any attorney fees unless we recover for you. Be careful of investigators who work for ambulance chasers. Make sure that you check any lawyers track record paul snow.jpgfirst before hiring an attorney.

July 10, 2009

OHSA Cracking Down On Combustible Dust Citations In Mississippi

 

OHSA has found over 3600 violations as a result of 813 inspections over the last one and one-half years. The most cited violations are: hazard communication,personal protective equipment,electrical, and general duty clauses. The inspections were done as a result of the National Emphasis Program which is designed to reduce exposure to combustible dust hazards. A lot of the violations were willful, serious,repeat, or failure to abate.

Companies who have combustible dust need to review hot work processes, evaluate location of electrical equipment, prohibit flames in dust laden areas, make sure dust is released to a safe location, and develop an emergency action plan.

Dust fires and explosions occur when five factors are present: oxygen, an ignition source, dust, dispersion of the dust and confinement of the dust. These five factors are called the Dust Explosion Pentagon.

Additional information is available from OSHA regional office, 61 Forsyth St. S.W., Atlanta, GA.

If you know of someone who was injured or killed in an explosion accident, call Mississippi Accident Lawyer, Paul Snow, for your FREE consultation, 601-969-1977 or contact us online.

The last explosion case that we were involved in and were lead trial counsel involved an explosion at Partridge-Raleigh. The National Chemical Safety Board prepared a videotape of their final investigation.

July 8, 2009

Lawrence County, Mississippi Accident Leaves One Dead At Dangerous Intersection

 

An accident in Monticello, MS left an 85 year old woman dead when she failed to yield the right of way and hit the left side of an 18 wheeler at the intersection of Hwy. 84 and Ferguson Mill Road. The impact occurred just behind the rear wheels of the big rig. Anna Mae Bilyeu was killed on impact. The Jaws of Life were required to free her from the vehicle.

There have been 30 accidents at this intersection since the bypass opened in 2006.

If you know of someone who has been killed in an accident, whether from car, truck, motorcycle, or by a drunk driver, call Paul Snow now for your FREE consultation to discuss your legal rights. We do not charge any attorney fees unless we recover for you. We represent clients in all type of cases including offshore, premises, products, nursing home, legal malpractice,on-the-job injuries and wrongful death.

July 6, 2009

Two Rollover Accidents Near Laurel, MS

 

Two rollover accidents occurred in Jones County, Mississippi. The driver of a Buick LaSabre lost control of his vehicle,left the road,flipped several times and ended up against a cyclone fence. Mississippi Highway Patrol and Jones County Sheriff's Office responded to the wreck. Thereafter, an 18 wheeler caught on fire.18 wheeler1.jpg On the way to the 18 wheeler fire, emergency fire truck engine 1 came upon a rollover accident involving a Toyota pickup truck that happened on I-59. The driver was ejected from the vehicle and the engine was on fire. The driver was seriously injured and taken to the local hospital in Laurel, MS.toyota pickup.jpg

If you know of someone who was involved in an auto or truck accident, call Mississippi Accident Lawyer Paul Snow to discuss your legal rights FREE of charge, 601-969-1977, or contact us online. We do not charge an attorney fee, unless we recover for you.

July 4, 2009

Mississippi Alcohol Boating Safety Act

 

The Mississippi Alcohol Boating Safety Act prohibits anyone from operating a boat while intoxicated due to alcohol or drugs. A concentration of .10 bac is evidence that a person is intoxicated and that person will be given a BUI (boating under the influence). If one has less than .10 bac, then the charge will be reckless driving. These laws are strictly enforced. Drinking while on the water poses one of the greatest dangers to those swimming or boating. When you are on the water in the heat of the summer, fatigue sets in quicker. If you have been drinking, it hits you even harder.

According to statistics of the U.S. Coast Guard, over 50% of all water related deaths involved alcohol; 70% of those involved capsizing or falling overboard and 80% of those occured on boats under 26 feet.

A local Game and Fish officer said of the 44 body bags that he has seen, not one of them was wearing a life jacket. For a great example of what happens in a split second in a boating accident, watch www.youtube.com and search for "bass boat crash".

So, remember the other rules of boating safety. Anyone born after June 30, 1980, must have passed a boating education course. Any passenger 12 or under, must be accompanied by someone at least 21 years old. There must be a life jacket for each person on board. Children 12 and younger must wear their life jacket at all times that the boat is moving. There must be an additional throw cushion on board. Most boat related drownings happen to people who know how to swim, but are not wearing a life jacket. See Mississippi Boating Handbook which can be found at www.mdwfp.com. Follow the links for Fishing and Boating.

192,000 vessels are registered in MS and a majority of these will be on the water during the Fourth of July weekend. Most boating accidents are collisions with other boats, an object in the water, fire and/or explosions or passengers falling overboard. Jet ski accidents and others occur more during this holiday than any other time of the year because everyone is off of work and enjoying their water related activities during the heat of the summer.

Everyone should be safe on the water. If you are involved in a boating accident and have some questions, call Mississippi Accident Lawyer Paul Snow for a FREE consultation to discuss your particular case at 601-969-1977 or contact us online. We represent clients who have been injured or killed in boating accidents all over MS and LA including Jackson, Gulfport, Biloxi, Hattiesburg, Greenville, Meridian, Tupelo, Southaven, Vicksburg, and Pascagoula.american flag.jpg

July 1, 2009

Submerged SUV Drowns Two Men In Neshoba County, Mississippi

 

Two men were killed when the driver of a Ford Explorer veered off of the road and turned upside down in a drainage ditch drowning both men and injuring a passenger. Jordan Hall and Paul Guthrie were pronounce dead at the scene after being trapped inside the vehicle. An autopsy listed the cause of death as fresh water drowning. Casey Fancher was the front seat passenger and was rescued out of the vehicle. An eye witness saw the lights of the vehicle veer off of the road and into the ditch. She heard someone screaming for help, but there was nothing she could do until help arrived. She was rescued by the authorities when they knocked out the back glass and pulled her to safety.

If you know of someone who was injured or killed in a vehicle accident, call Paul Snow 601-969-1977 for a FREE consultation to discuss your case. We charge no fee unless we collect for you. We represent clients all over Mississippi including Jackson, Gulfport, Biloxi, Hattiesburg, Greenville, Meridian, Tupelo, Southaven, Vicksburg, and Pascagoula.

June 30, 2009

18 Wheeler Driver Kills Family Of Four In Magee, Mississippi

 

A van containing the Smith family from Inverness, MS was stopped at a traffic light waiting for it to turn green when all of a sudden a JNJ Express 18 wheeler driver crashed into the rear end of the van. All four members of the Smith family were pronounced dead at the scene. They were identified as: Edgar Smith, Kimberly Smith, Edgar Smith,V and Emily Smith.

Magee Police asked the Mississippi Highway Patrol to help with the investigation.

All too often, these 18 wheeler companies pay their drivers by the mile, and tell them the quicker they deliver their load, the more money they will make. So what happens is that the drivers work over the legal driving time limit and end up getting fatigued, falling asleep and causing a wreck like this one. The corporation should be required to pay for the damages for over-working their drivers who cause these type of accidents. If the same corporation has repeated violations of over-worked drivers, then that corporation should be put out of business. JNJ Express is out of Memphis and employs 184 drivers; the company carries at least one million dollars of insurance.

Fatigued truck drivers are the most dangerous vehicle on the highway. This aspect of dangerous driving is so common that the FEDERAL MOTOR CARRIER SAFETY REGULATIONS created one section dealing specifically with this problem. Section 392.3 states that: "No driver shall operate a commercial motor vehicle, and a motor carrier shall not require or permit a driver to operate a commercial motor vehicle, while the driver's ability or alertness is so impaired, or so likely to become impaired, through fatigue,illness, or any other cause, as to make it unsafe for him/her to begin or continue to operate the commercial motor vehicle."18 wheeler.jpg

Tractor-trailer trucks are dangerous already;but, they become extremely dangerous when their driver is fatigued! We represent clients who have been injured or killed in 18 wheeler accident cases. If you know of someone who may need assistance with one of these type of cases, call Mississippi Accident Lawyer Paul Snow for your FREE consultation 601-969-1977 or contact us online. Compare our track record to any other lawyer's track record in 18 wheeler cases.

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June 29, 2009

Rollover Accident Kills Driver Near Philadelphia, Mississippi

 

Ricky Dunn was killed in an accident when his pickup truck and an SUV collided on MS Hwy. 15 near the intersection of Hwy. 485. Dunn's Ford pickup truck flipped over and the roof of his vehicle collapsed causing his death. The other vehicle, a Jeep Grand Cherokee, was driven by Sharon Harris. Neshoba County Sheriff's Department came to the scene and helped with the investigation along with the Mississippi Department of Public Safety.

The family of Mr. Dunn may have a claim against the maker of the truck because the roof of his pickup truck caved in on top of him.Two other passengers in the truck had injuries and were taken to the local hospital.

If you know of someone who was killed in an accident, call Mississippi Accident Lawyer, Paul Snow at 601-969-1977 for your FREE consultation or contact us online. We charge no attorney fee unless we recover for you. We represent clients in car, truck, motorcycle, boat, drunk driving, or any kind of accident. We have clients in Hinds, Madison, Rankin, Harrison, Forest, Lee, Warren and all other counties in MS.

June 24, 2009

Pro Golfer Ken Green Injured In RV Accident In Mississippi

 

Pro golfer, Ken Green, was seriously injured and his brother and girlfriend were killed when the tire on his RV blew out and caused the accident. Green's brother was driving on i-20 near Meridian, MS when the right front tire blew out. The RV ran off the road, went down an embankment and then hit a tree. William Green and Jean Marie Hodgin were killed in the accident. The entire front of the RV was demolished.

Ken Green was flown to University Medical Center in Jackson, MS.pro golfer2.jpg

Tim Finchem, the PGA commissioner, said "Our thoughts and prayers are with Ken Green and his family in this very difficult time."

Ken Green's leg was amputated recently.

If you know of someone who was injured or killed as a result of a faulty tire, or careless maintenance or repairs to a tire that blew out, call Mississippi Accident Lawyer Paul Snow to discuss your legal rights or ask any questions that you may have at 601-969-1977 or contact us online. We represent clients in accidents all over MS including Jackson, Gulfport, Biloxi, Hattiesburg, Greenville, Tupelo, Southaven, Vicksburg and Pascagoula.

June 23, 2009

Mississippi Woman Killed In Fiery Car Crash

 

Stephene Roberts, a passenger in a 1995 Chevrolet Camaro was killed in an accident in Florida when the driver went into the grass median, over corrected, and then lost control and left the highway hitting a tree. The vehicle then caught on fire. The driver was ejected,but the passenger was not. Ms. Roberts was pronounced dead at the scene and the driver was taken to the local hospital, North Okaloosa Medical Center and listed in serious condition.

If you know of someone who was killed in a one vehicle accident by a negligent driver and have some questions, call Paul Snow at 601-969-1977 or contact us online. We represent people killed in all kinds of accidents including car, truck, motorcycle, boat, offshore, and from defective products.