2020 Mississippi Law Changes

Published on Dec 20, 2019 at 8:51 am in Legal Information.

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Every new year brings new state laws. If you’re planning to file a personal injury claim or you’ve already done so and your case is carrying over into 2020, law changes could impact your case. No matter what area of civil litigation your claim falls into, it’s important to understand the applicable state laws.

At Pittman Roberts & Welsh, PLLC, we stay up-to-date on all of Mississippi’s law changes to ensure our clients receive the best representation possible. This list is not comprehensive because law changes take place at different times throughout the year, but the following have been announced prior to the 2020 session. Let’s take a look at what the state will see in 2020.

Can You Reverse the Decision If Your Vehicle Is Declared a Total Loss?

Published on Dec 16, 2019 at 3:11 pm in Car Accidents.

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Some car accidents cause more damage than others. At first, you might think you can get your car damages repaired. But that can quickly change if your car is declared a total loss. According to total loss law, when your car is totaled, it means the cost of repairs and scrap value is equal to or higher than the cost of actual cash value (ACV) of your car.

If your car is newer, it’s less likely that it’ll be determined a total loss because the value is high, but if it’s an older car, the value might be so low that any damage makes it a total loss. But do you get a say on whether or not your car is a total loss?

How Do You Know You’re Too Intoxicated to Drive?

Published on Dec 12, 2019 at 3:03 pm in Car Accidents.

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There are tons of bars and clubs to enjoy in Jackson when you’re of age. Going out for drinks and dancing can be a great stress reliever after a long week. But the stress of the week can extend into the weekend when you drink too much, drive home, and get a DUI. Not only are you putting yourself in danger physically and financially when you drink and drive, but you’re also putting everyone else on the road in danger.

What Does an Expert Witness Do in a Medical Malpractice Trial?

Published on Dec 5, 2019 at 12:21 pm in Medical Malpractice.

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Medical malpractice is one of the most complex areas of personal injury litigation. If you’ve been injured as a result of a medical professional’s negligence, filing a claim can help you recover from your losses. Proving negligence and fault, however, is not an easy task. Medical terminology is confusing and without the proper breakdown, proving injury can seem impossible. When you work with a lawyer from Pittman Roberts & Welsh, PLLC, we have the ability to bring an expert witness in to speak on your behalf and prove you were wronged. Let’s take a look at what an expert witness does in a medical malpractice trial.

Most Common Defective Auto Parts

Published on Nov 27, 2019 at 8:04 am in Product Liability.

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When you’re driving your car, you’re depending on many different systems and parts to work as designed so you can get safely to your destination. However, when something goes wrong, you could lost control of your vehicle and get into a terrible accident. While you’re trying to recover from your injuries, you may wonder what led to the crash. If your vehicle had a defective auto part, you may have grounds for a claim against the manufacturing company that made it.

Defective auto parts falls under an area of law called product liability. If you’re looking to file a claim, you should have dependable representation at your side. Pittman, Roberts & Welsh, PLLC has experienced lawyers that will fight for your rights.

How Often Do Rollover Truck Accidents Occur?

Published on Nov 21, 2019 at 5:45 pm in Truck Accidents.

Seeing a tractor trailer laying on its side or flipped over is frightening for a lot of reasons. Not only is it dangerous for the driver of the truck, but it’s also dangerous for all of the cars and drivers in the truck’s path. You might not realize, but large trucks can rollover easily if the conditions are right.

Because of their design, tractor trailers rollover more often than regular vehicles. They have a higher center of gravity, which can be thrown off more easily than a passenger vehicle. They also have more weight that might not be evenly distributed, which makes them easier to tip over.

In fact, 48% of fatal large truck accidents were rollovers, compared to only about 36% of fatal accidents of regular sized vehicles, as reported by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Overturning of semi-trucks is the most dangerous event that could happen to a truck, and is the leading cause of fatalities in truck accidents, according to he Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

The Ultimate Guide to Holiday Fun in Jackson – 2019 Edition

Published on Nov 20, 2019 at 11:18 am in Fun Stuff.

The Ultimate Guide for Holiday Fun in Jackson 2019 Edition

As the holiday season approaches, it’s time to once again take advantage of all our city has to offer. Throughout November and December there are a number of activities to take part in all over the city.

Whether you’re looking to spend an evening with family and friends, want to enjoy the area’s best dining options, need some help with your shopping list, or are getting ready to decorate, we have the ultimate guide for the holidays in Jackson, Mississippi.

How Long Do You Have to Report a Hit-and-Run Accident?

Published on Nov 15, 2019 at 6:57 pm in Car Accidents.

Car accidents can be a shocking experience, especially if the person who caused it leaves the scene. Usually there’s property damage, and there might even be physical damage, so it’s important to report the accident in a timely manner. That way, the person responsible can be caught quickly and correctly. So then how long do you have to report a hit-and-run accident?

Mississippi Hit-and-Run Laws

After a hit-and-run, you might not know what comes next. You might not even be sure that what they did was illegal. Rest assured because Mississippi code requires a driver who causes damage to another driver or their property to pull over and exchange information. If the damage looks like it costs over $500, it must be reported to the police.

What Laws Can Affect a Nursing Home Abuse Claim in Mississippi?

Published on Nov 6, 2019 at 9:09 am in Nursing Home Abuse.

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When your loved one is in a nursing home, you expect them to get the best care possible. Learning the professionals in charge of taking care of your loved one has neglected or abused them can be devastating. If this has happened, the first step is to get your loved one in a safe environment. After you take care of this, you can start to explore your legal options. A trustworthy attorney from Pittman, Roberts & Welsh can help you get justice for your loved one.

Filing a nursing home abuse claim can become complex. Our lawyers will look into the accounts of what happened to find how your loved one was abused and the injuries they suffered. To make sure your claim is as strong as possible, you may want to be aware of some laws that could affect your Mississippi nursing home abuse claim.

What Traffic Laws Are Most Commonly Broken in Mississippi?

Published on Oct 31, 2019 at 11:34 am in Car Accidents.

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Rural roads can be treacherous, but that just means that they require more caution than more urban roads when you drive. Mississippi has mostly rural roads, but unfortunately, some drivers are more reckless than others and break a ton of traffic laws. In fact, 63% of fatal car accidents in our state are on rural roads, as reported by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

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