Personal Injury Lawyers for Mississippi’s Gulf Coast
Every day avoidable accidents injure numerous Mississippians, disrupting lives and causing pain and suffering for many. When another person’s oversight, mistake, or irresponsible behavior caused or contributed to an injury-causing accident, victims have the right to pursue compensation for their financial and emotional damages. At Gardner Law Firm, our practice is driven by helping people get the money they deserve.
Common Types of Personal Injury Claims in Mississippi
Car accidents and truck accidents are the basis for most personal injury claims in Mississippi and nationwide. Many drivers simply do not take proper precautions behind the wheel, and engage in dangerous behaviors like speeding, drunk driving, and texting while driving. Even when the determination of fault in a motor vehicle accident is fairly straightforward, obtaining fair compensation to cover the cost of your injuries can be surprisingly difficult. Our attorneys can help; for more information, please see our car accident and truck accident pages.
Along Mississippi’s Gulf Coast, offshore accidents also occur frequently, and give rise to many types of personal injury claims. If you have been injured in the course of working on a barge, fishing vessel, oil rig, or other maritime vessel, please see our offshore injuries page. We can also help if you were injured as the patron of an offshore casino, charter boat, or other maritime facility hosting the public.
In stores, parking lots, restaurants, hotels, and other public buildings, property owners and managers are responsible for your wellbeing in regard to maintaining a safe premises. If you were injured after slipping on a wet floor, tripping on torn carpeting or uneven flooring, or another situation involving poorly maintained premises, our Mississippi personal injury lawyers can help you win compensation from responsible parties.
Mississippi law defines wrongful death as a death caused by any real, wrongful, or negligent act or omission; unsafe machinery, way, or appliances; or, the breach of any warranty of fitness of any item intended for human consumption. For all intents and purposes, a wrongful death action arises if the deceased person would have been able to bring a personal injury claim had he or she lived.
You are eligible to bring a wrongful death claim if you are the personal representative of the deceased person’s estate, or a surviving spouse, parent, child, or sibling. Damages paid to the estate in a wrongful death case include medical expenses, funeral and burial expenses, and payments for damaged or destroyed property. Damages paid directly to beneficiaries include pain and suffering, loss of society and companionship, and lost wages and benefits that would have been earned by the deceased.
Deadlines for Filing a Personal Injury Claim in Mississippi
All states set limits on the amount of time you have to file a personal injury claim after sustaining an injury. The laws mandating these time limits are called “statutes of limitations.” In Mississippi, you have three years from the date the incident causing your injury occurred to file a claim in civil court. If you attempt to file a claim after the statute of limitations has expired, your claim may be denied, and you can be barred from seeking compensation for your injuries.
One exception to Mississippi’s three-year time limit on personal injury claims are claims brought against a city, county, or state entity. Notice of these claims must be filed within one year with the state’s Attorney General, Board of Supervisors, or City representative, which means it is especially important to act quickly if you believe a government employee or agency may be responsible for your accident and resulting injuries.
Contact the Personal Injury Attorneys at Gardner Law Firm
If you have sustained a personal injury due to another party’s oversight, mistake, or irresponsible behavior, please contact Gardner Law Firm to schedule a free initial consultation. For more than 35 years, our attorneys have helped individuals and families get the money they deserve from insurance companies and at-fault parties.