Accidental injuries may occur at work, in the hospital, on vacation, during a sporting event or in a car accident, just to name a few. What action can you take to make sure you are not left with crippling negative effects caused by the injury?
In Jackson Mississippi you should immediately contact experienced, knowledgeable, dedicated personal injury attorneys at The Law Office of Malouf & Malouf, who can assist you in your claim to seek compensation to maintain your livelihood as it was before an accident you sustained. You will need legal advice to navigate your way through the process of seeking damages specific to any type of injury category. Most importantly, the accident should be officially recorded by the damaging institution or party to the accident.
What Should I know About Mississippi Law?
Legal actions initiated to seek damages for personal injury accidents must work within the framework of Mississippi Laws by adherence to:
- Mississippi has a statute of limitations (a designated time-period for filing a claim) of three years from the date of the accident. You must file your claim with a Mississippi court who has jurisdiction over your injury within that time-period or they will refuse to hear your case. Title 15 of the Mississippi Code Sec. 15-1-49 addresses this part of the law.
- Mississippi has a “Pure Comparative Negligence Rule” where the percentage of your fault will determine how much compensation you may be entitled to recover.
- Mississippi does not cap damages in personal injury cases. The Mississippi Supreme Court has consistently ruled these caps unconstitutional under the state’s constitution.
Special Circumstances Arise for Claims Brought Against a City, County, or State Entity.
If your injury or accident was caused by the negligence of a Mississippi government employee or agency, you’ll need to follow a different set of rules when seeking compensation for your losses. Injury claims against the Mississippi government must be filed within 90 days with the state’s Attorney General.
Injury Claims Against the Government of Mississippi are explained here.
Personal Injuries Include Injuries Resulting From:
Catastrophic Injury: those injuries that are so severe they can affect a person’s life permanently. Catastrophic injuries can occur in any of the remaining categories as permanent loss of life and limb can be caused by Vehicle Accidents, Product Liability Mistakes, Premises Liability, Workplace Injuries, and the last largest category, Medical Malpractice.
Vehicle Accidents: serious injuries due to events such as a car crash, a pedestrian being hit by a car, an accident with a tractor trailer, a motorcyclist accident with the greatest risk of death and dismemberment for example.
Product Liability: Injuries experienced by defective products cause thousands of injuries every year, and cost victims millions of dollars in medical bills and lost wages. Examples of product liability injury could be causes by improper labeling on medication, house fixtures, or children’s toys.
Premises Liability: Accidents that happen on a property where someone else is responsible for the maintenance and safety of those buildings. An example would be when a person falls over a broken step or slips in a puddle or sustains injuries from a pet that is roaming free.
Workplace Injuries: Include any type of injury sustained in the work environment during working hours. Farming, factory work, and construction are prime examples of dangerous labor jobs in Mississippi. Must follow standard operating procedure in reporting workplace injury.
Medical Malpractice Injuries: Probably the category with the broadest scope of actionable injuries. While most health care professionals are competent in their fields, treatment errors can happen from severe acts such as operating on the wrong body part, to less serious acts where a prescription was ordered that did not consider an allergy that the patient had leaving them with a skin condition.