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Privacy Rights You Need to Know as a Plaintiff in a Personal Injury Case

Published on Aug 29, 2019 at 10:48 am in Personal Injury.

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With how information is shared today, it can seem like everyone has unlimited access to information through a variety of means. The U.S. Supreme Court, however, believes in a person’s right to privacy. When an accident victim files a personal injury case, they have privacy rights that are important to be aware of. If you’re the plaintiff in that type of case, knowing what you need to disclose versus what you can keep private can help you build a strong case. Your lawyer will be able to explain your rights to you as they apply to your circumstances, but let’s go over the basics.

Can I File a Personal Injury Claim on Behalf of an Injured Family Member?

Published on Jul 19, 2019 at 10:46 am in Personal Injury.

It’s hard to see a family member in serious pain or incapacitated after an accident. As their loved one, it’s natural to want to do something to help them fight for justice if they’re in a situation where they can’t take legal action for themselves. If they’re incapacitated, they may not be able to file a personal injury lawsuit. So what can you do?

If your loved one has legally appointed you to manage their affairs, you can file a personal injury claim normally through power of attorney. Otherwise, you can petition in court to appoint yourself as their guardian. This way, you can handle their legal endeavors similarly to power of attorney.

How Can Serious Burn Injuries Be Prevented?

Published on May 23, 2019 at 11:15 am in Personal Injury.

Burn injuries can cause considerable harm. They can be painful and have long-lasting effects. Sometimes, negligence is their root cause. When you’ve experienced a burn injury, you may think about how you can avoid these situations in the future. There are a few precautions you can take to prevent burns from occurring. However, your concern with safety does not mean that everyone has the same concerns. Unfortunately, all it takes is for one person to act negligently for a burn injury to happen. But your knowledge may help you recognize potential dangers and perhaps educate others about these dangers that can lead to burn injuries.

How Are Pain and Suffering Damages Calculated?

Published on Apr 10, 2019 at 12:09 pm in Personal Injury.

After an auto accident causes injuries, you can file a claim to potentially get compensation for what you’ve been through. When going through the process of filing an injury claim, you want a trusted legal representative at your side who will make sure that your settlement is fair and will cover the costs of your injuries.

While some costs, often referred to as damages, may be obvious to you, such as the totals of your medical bills or damages to your vehicle, you have to consider the other effects of an auto collision. You may have suffered from significant emotional stress and this may continue to affect your life. These kinds of damages are called non-economic damages. These are difficult to assign a numerical value to, but your lawyer will be able to expertly calculate a fair settlement based on both your economic and non-economic damages.

5 Tips to protect your rights after a car accident

Published on Dec 14, 2018 at 10:32 am in Personal Injury.

Unfortunately, car accidents happen. When they do, the actions taken by those involved immediately following the accident play a very large role in the outcome. It is important for drivers and passengers to be informed and prepared in the event of an accident. They can protect themselves by following these five tips.

Tip 1: Remain at the scene of the accident

Always stay at the scene of the accident. Make sure that no one is seriously injured in the accident and if they are, call 911 immediately. If someone is injured and you leave the scene, you can be criminally charged. You will also need to exchange contact and insurance information with the other driver. Make sure to write down the names of any passengers involved as well. You should also gather information from any witnesses and speak with the police when they arrive on the scene.

Look out for delayed injury symptoms — even after minor crashes

Published on Dec 14, 2018 at 10:31 am in Personal Injury.

Regardless of the severity of car accidents, they will always be traumatic experiences. While severe injuries are usually immediately evident, yours may only manifest over time. Even low-speed rear-end bumper-bashing incidents can cause whiplash that can lead to years of neck or back problems or one of several other delayed car accident injury symptoms. You may want to refuse medical evaluation immediately after a crash because there is no evidence of broken bones or bleeding wounds. However, this could make it much more difficult to include undiagnosed injuries in any personal injury claim that you want to pursue following the wreck.

Was your child injured by an attractive nuisance?

Published on Oct 3, 2018 at 9:34 am in Personal Injury.

Living in a rental property often means having less control over your environment than if you owned a home. You may be able to live without the option to change the color of your living room in exchange for the convenience and affordability of renting a house or apartment. However, you also lack the control over making important safety decisions that may affect your children.

Your landlord is responsible for keeping the property as safe as reasonably possible. If your building has smoke alarms, fire extinguishers and flood lights, your landlord may feel he or she is doing enough to protect you and your family. What your landlord may not see are the attractive nuisances on the property.

What is an attractive nuisance?

An attractive nuisance is anything that may lure your child into a dangerous situation. Perhaps the most common example of this is a swimming pool. Your child may see an unattended swimming pool as delightfully enticing. Without adequate fencing and locks that meet the codes of Mississippi, many pools have lured children to a tragic end. However, even if there is no pool on your landlord’s property, other circumstances may create an attractive nuisance that could place your child in danger, for example:

  • A fountain, hot tub or well
  • Machinery such as riding mowers, ATVs, golf carts or tractors
  • Piles of debris such as materials your landlord is using for construction or renovations
  • Old appliances like freezers or refrigerators with the doors still attached and unchained
  • Unattended play equipment such as trampolines
  • Abandoned or dilapidated sheds or outbuildings
  • Dogs or other animals

It is not enough for the landlord to post a sign warning of the danger. Your child may not yet be able to read, and the enticement of the object may be enough that even a reading child misses the sign.

Dealing with the problem

The law may not consider natural features such as trees or ponds to be attractive nuisances, and your landlord may escape liability if the cost of removing or remedying the situation is prohibitive. However, if you landlord can reasonably conceive that a situation or object on the property could cause harm to a child, he or she may have an obligation to remove or secure it. Each case is unique, and the court takes many factors into consideration.

If your child suffers injury because of an attractive nuisance on your landlord’s property, you may wish to seek the counsel of an attorney who will review the details of the case and advise you on the best course of action for your situation.

Car crash may lead to serious brain injury

Published on Jul 21, 2018 at 10:14 am in Personal Injury.

As you drive to town one morning, your brain mulls over all of the tasks you have planned for your seemingly ordinary day. Little do you know, however, that this same brain will soon take a hit — literally — in a motor vehicle crash resulting from a negligent driver.

Brain injuries are serious, with the potential to lead to lifelong complications. If you are involved in a car crash in Mississippi that causes you to suffer a traumatic brain injury, you have the right to seek to hold accountable the at-fault party through the civil court system.

Brain injuries

Each year in the United States, about 1.7 million emergency room visits, hospitalizations and deaths related to traumatic brain injury occur. You do not have to be traveling speedily or hit a hard object to suffer this type of injury. Any type of trauma affecting the neck or head region can actually cause your brain to swell, tear, bruise or bleed. Symptoms of these types of injuries include confusion, dizziness and nausea, a severe headache and even unusual sluggishness or tiredness.

Types of brain injuries

Two types of brain injuries exist: open and closed. You have suffered an open injury if you have fractured your skull, which may occur if your skull ends up making direct contact with an object or surface that is hard. Meanwhile, you have suffered a closed injury if the injury does not involve a fracture.

Closed injuries, however, may actually be more serious than open ones as a result of the potential for brain swelling as well as the formation of blood clots in the skull. Serious open and closed injuries may lead to the loss of consciousness, paralysis or death.

What to do

If you have suffered a traumatic brain injury in a car crash as a result of a careless driver, you may opt to file a personal injury claim against the driver, seeking damages. A preponderance of the evidence is required to establish liability in civil court in Mississippi. No amount of monetary damages in a successfully fought claim can undo the events leading to a brain injury. However, financial damages may help with addressing ongoing medical costs and other expenses stemming from such an injury.

Car collision may leave you up to your neck in pain, costs

Published on Jul 13, 2018 at 9:52 am in Personal Injury.

A morning that starts out normal may end up being one of the most unforgettable mornings of your life — for all of the wrong reasons — as a result of a car crash. In addition to causing you emotional duress, a motor vehicle crash stemming from another driver’s carelessness can cause you a variety of physical problems, including whiplash.

Fortunately, if you have suffered injuries, such as whiplash, in a car collision that was not your fault, you have the right to seek compensation for your injuries. Here is a look at what whiplash is and how to address it with the help of the legal system in Mississippi.

What is whiplash?

Whiplash is a soft-tissue injury that often occurs to passengers and drivers during rear-end crashes. After all, in these types of crashes, your head can easily snap back and forth in a violent manner, thus injuring the ligaments, muscles and vertebrae in your neck area. Whiplash can happen whether your accident took place at a high rate of speed or a slow speed. This type of injury also goes by several other names, including a hyperextension injury, cervical strain and cervical sprain.

What physical problems can whiplash cause?

With whiplash, you may experience the following medical problems:

  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Nick stiffness and tightness
  • Memory issues
  • Dizziness
  • Balance issues
  • Headaches
  • Aching, dull neck pain

The challenge with whiplash is that the symptoms of whiplash may not surface immediately following your accident. In fact, you might not experience whiplash’s consequences until a few days or weeks following the motor vehicle collision. If you begin to experience any of these symptoms, it may behoove you to see a doctor right away for examination. You will probably receive a referral to visit a neck and back expert, neurologist or chiropractor for treatment.

Various whiplash treatment options exist, depending on your situation. For instance, a doctor may recommend that you wear a cervical collar. Other possible treatments include massage therapy and physical therapy.

Your rights as a whiplash injury victim following a car crash

You have the right to file a personal injury claim against the driver who caused your whiplash injury due to negligent behavior behind the wheel. If you are successful in your claim, you may receive monetary damages that might help you to cover your medical bills, the loss of wages and other losses tied to the car collision.

Don’t let a car crash send your world crashing down

Published on Apr 12, 2018 at 9:54 am in Personal Injury.

A seemingly normal day can quickly become a devastating one in a split second if you are driving near a negligent driver. Unfortunately, oftentimes, there is no way to tell whether the driver behind you or beside you is careless, until it is too late.

If a negligent driver in Mississippi has reportedly caused you to suffer injuries in a car crash, your injuries can take a toll on you — not only physically but also emotionally, mentally and financially. However, you have the right to seek to hold this other driver accountable for your injuries. Here are a few helpful steps to take following an accident that was another motorist’s fault.

What to do directly after the crash

Following the accident, seeking medical attention immediately is critical, if the crash caused injury to you and other individuals. If you are able to write down notes about the injuries you have suffered, this may also be a wise move. Ensuring that all of the motor vehicles involved in the collision are out of traffic is additionally important to prevent another collision or a traffic jam.

What information to gather following the collision

Gathering several details at the scene of the car accident is paramount. These include the following:

  • The allegedly at-fault driver’s name, address and phone number
  • The other driver’s insurance company policy number and name
  • Statements from witnesses and the witnesses’ contact information
  • Photos of the accident scene

You may also want to contact the police so that authorities can file a report on the accident. Your explanation of the events leading up to the accident in the police report may ultimately give you some leverage if you decide to seek compensation for your injuries.

Your rights as an injured car accident victim

It is within your rights to file a personal injury claim against the driver who reportedly caused you to suffer injuries in your motor vehicle wreck. Competent proof of negligence — such as speeding or texting while driving — is necessary to establish liability before a civil court in Mississippi.

If you end up winning your claim, you may receive a monetary damage award that might help you to cover your medical bills related to the car crash. Your award might also help with addressing the loss of wages if your injuries prevented you from being able to return to work in a timely manner.

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