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, physical, and emotional damages.
At the Gardner Law Firm, our practice is driven by helping people get the money they deserve. Since 1978, we have proudly served the people of Mississippi’s Gulf Coast, working tirelessly to help them recover maximum compensation for their injuries. Personal injury is a complex area of the law, and there are numerous factors that contribute to the success or failure of a case. Our lawyers practice almost exclusively in this area, and over the years, we have dealt with nearly every scenario that can arise with this type of case.
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 they engage in dangerous driving behaviors. Even when the determination of fault in a motor vehicle accident is fairly straightforward, obtaining full and fair compensation to cover the cost of your injuries can be surprisingly difficult. Our attorneys can help.
We have successfully represented victims who have been injured in all types of traffic-related events, including but not limited to:
- Car Accidents: Passenger cars are the most common type of vehicle, and they are the vehicle that is most frequently involved in crashes. Car accidents are usually the result of negligence on the part of one (or more) of the drivers, a third party, or a combination of factors. Some of the most frequent causes include speeding, reckless driving, distracted driving, drunk driving, and vehicle product defects.
- Truck Accidents: Accidents involving commercial trucks are some of the deadliest that occur on the roadways. When a fully loaded tractor-trailer that weighs in excess of 80,000 pounds collides with a passenger vehicle, motorcycle, bicycle, or pedestrian, the results can be catastrophic. Trucking accident cases are some of the most complex types of personal injury claims. There are numerous laws and regulations that govern the industry, and there are multiple parties that could be at fault for an accident, such as the driver, trucking company, the owner or lessor of the truck, the shipping/cargo company, or the party responsible for maintaining the vehicle.
- Motorcycle Accidents: Motorcyclists who are involved in crashes are also at greater risk of serious injuries. When a motorcycle collides with another vehicle or object, those riding it do not have a steel cage to protect them, so there is not much that separates their bodies from hitting the pavement. Motorcycle accidents have been on the rise in recent years, largely because of distracted driving causing motorists not to see motorcycles because of their smaller profile.
- Bicycle and Pedestrian Accidents: Like motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians have very little protection when they are involved in collisions with motor vehicles. This makes them more susceptible to severe injuries and fatalities resulting from an accident.
- Bus Accidents: Accident cases involving large buses have a unique set of dynamics. These cases will typically involve a government entity or private bus company and their insurer, and there are specific steps and procedures that must be followed in order to successfully pursue a claim. For this reason, it is very important to work with attorneys who know how to navigate the complexities of cases like these.
In addition to motor vehicle accident cases, we also have a proven track record helping victims who have suffered catastrophic injuries, such as severe burn injuries and traumatic brain injuries (TBI). These types of cases are be far more complicated as they involve extensive damages and insurance companies tend to push back harder and spend more resources to avoid paying the compensation victims deserve. We routinely go up against well-funded adversaries such as large insurers, and we are not intimidated by their vast resources or the common tactics they employ to try and undermine a claim.
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 during 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 involved in a shipyard accident.
In stores, parking lots, restaurants, hotels, and other public buildings, property owners and managers are responsible for your well-being with regards 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.
Damages Recoverable in Mississippi Personal Injury Claims
When someone suffers an injury that was caused (either totally or in part) by another party, they deserve to be compensated. Compensatory damages for personal injuries can be divided into two general categories:
- Economic Damages: These are direct monetary losses incurred by the victim, such as property damage, medical costs, lost wages (both present and future), and funeral and burial expenses (in the case of a wrongful death).
- Noneconomic Damages: These are losses that are more intangible and difficult to quantify, such as pain-and-suffering, emotional distress, diminished quality of life, disfigurement, and permanent injury. In Mississippi, there is $1 million cap on noneconomic damages.
In rare cases in which the actions of the party responsible for the injuries were willful, wanton, fraudulent, or grossly negligent, punitive damages may be awarded to punish the wrongdoer and help discourage similarly egregious actions in the future. Mississippi places a cap on punitive damages using a complicated formula that is based on the defendant’s net worth.
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 negligence or reckless actions, please contact Gardner Law Firm to schedule a free initial consultation. For more than 40 years, our attorneys have helped individuals and families get the money they deserve from insurance companies and at-fault parties.
We handle all personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning we only receive attorney fees if we recover compensation on your behalf