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A Mississippi personal injury lawyer helps clients dealing with the aftermath of an accident. These clients have suffered injuries due to someone else’s negligent or intentional acts, and they are seeking out compensation for injury-related damages.
Each year, more than 3 million people in the United States are hospitalized due to injuries, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In addition, the CDC notes that Mississippi has a death rate of 82 per 100,000 people from intentional and unintentional injuries. Comparatively, the national death rate from injuries totals 62 per 100,000 people.
A Mississippi personal injury attorney cannot stop accidents or prevent injuries or deaths from occurring. Rather, the attorney works on behalf of their client to get compensation from an at-fault party. Compensation won’t change the fact that the accident occurred and caused associated damages. Instead, the compensation accounts for any monetary losses the victim experienced as a result of their accident.
Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz is a Mississippi personal injury law firm unlike any other. Our personal injury attorneys are nationally recognized for their expertise. We offer outstanding legal services and support for our personal injury clients. We are easily accessible via phone or email and have convenient office locations in Jackson and Tupelo.
If you are considering filing a personal injury claim or are in the midst of a personal injury dispute, we can help evaluate your case and plan accordingly.
Types of personal injury cases we handle at NST law
We can review any personal injury legal claim that comes our way. To date, our team has handled a variety of personal injury cases. Our practice areas include:
Proving Liability in a Mississippi Personal Injury Case
Our attorneys strive to prove liability in Mississippi personal injury cases. To do so, we must prove the following elements of negligence:
- The defendant owed a duty to the plaintiff.
- The defendant breached their duty.
- The defendant’s breach of duty (actions or inactions) caused the plaintiff’s injury, and the defendant reasonably knew their behaviors could harm others.
- The plaintiff experienced verifiable damages (this individual must be able to show proof of their injury and resulting harm).
Each of the aforementioned elements of negligence must be present in a Mississippi personal injury case. Our team can review a personal injury claim to determine if these elements are present and how to move forward with the case.
What if I share fault for an accident or injury in Mississippi?
Miss. Code Ann. § 11-7-15 defines pure comparative negligence in Mississippi. It indicates that a plaintiff can recover damages from a defendant in a personal injury case regardless of how much the plaintiff was responsible for their injury. However, a plaintiff’s damages can be reduced based on the percentage of fault a judge or jury assigns to them.
For instance, a personal injury accident victim may pursue $10,000 from an at-fault party. If the judge determines the plaintiff was 20% responsible for the accident, this individual’s compensation will be reduced accordingly, allowing them to recover $8,000.
Miss. Code Ann. § 85-5-7 describes limitations in Mississippi personal injury cases that involve damages caused by two or more people. In these cases, each defendant is liable only for damages allocated individually in direct proportion to their percentage of fault. Joint and several liability can be held for individuals who knowingly pursue a common plan or tortious act.
Types of Available Damages in a Mississippi Personal Injury Case
Three types of damages are available to Mississippi personal injury case victims: economic, non-economic, and punitive.
Economic damages involve compensation for verifiable monetary losses. Non-economic damages are subjective compensation and relate to non-monetary losses such as pain and suffering. Punitive damages are awarded to deter illegal behaviors.
Does Mississippi law limit the amount of damages I can receive?
In general, Mississippi has no caps on economic damages in personal injury cases. However, the State has caps on certain personal injury damages.
There is a $1 million cap on non-economic damages and a $500,000 cap on medical malpractice damages in Mississippi, according to Miss. Code Ann. § 11-1-60. Also, punitive damages are capped based on the defendant’s net worth.
Deadlines to File a Mississippi Personal Injury Lawsuit
A personal injury legal claim must be submitted within three years of the accident in accordance with Miss. Code Ann. § 15-1-49. The three-year statute of limitations also applies to fraud and product liability cases.
For medical malpractice lawsuits, there is a two-year statute of limitations based on Miss. Code. Ann. § 15-1-36.
Claims Against Mississippi Municipalities
Miss. Code Ann. § 11-46-11 applies to claims against Mississippi municipalities. The statute indicates an individual can file a personal injury lawsuit against a Mississippi municipality within one year of the accident date. This lawsuit must be filed with the state’s attorney general, board of supervisors, or a municipality representative. Also, a 90-day notice of claim must be sent to the chief executive officer of the governmental entity.
How can the Mississippi personal injury attorneys at NST Law help me if I’m injured?
A Mississippi personal injury lawsuit can be costly and time-consuming. A knowledgeable attorney can provide a plaintiff with expert legal guidance and help with all the necessary and complex steps of their case.
NST Law provides fast, easy access to some of the nation’s top personal injury attorneys. We proudly serve Mississippi communities and won’t settle for subpar personal injury case results.
Our personal injury lawyers have helped our clients receive more than $1.5 billion in settlements. We do everything we can to help our clients get compensated for their accidents and injuries.
We are available to discuss your personal injury case. To learn more information or request a free consultation, please contact us online or call us at 800-529-4004.