We work closely with victims and their families who are confronting the ongoing challenges of a personal injury. With understanding and compassion, we stand together with our clients every day, fighting tirelessly for just compensation. We have a long track record of securing significant damages from those responsible, and have earned a reputation in Mississippi and along the Gulf Coast as trial lawyers who are relentless in our advocacy for those we represent.
When facing the trauma, both mentally and physically, due to a personal injury, At Rushing & Guice, our experienced personal injury lawyers fight tirelessly for just compensation in all types of personal injury cases. Consult us promptly for maximum accountability and the full compensation you and your family deserve anywhere in the Gulf Coast.”
Personal Injury Attorneys Serving the Gulf of Mississippi
At Rushing & Guice, our team of personal injury lawyers in Biloxi, Mississippi is committed to helping clients navigate the complexities of personal injury law. In Mississippi, personal injury refers to harm caused by the negligence or intentional actions of another party. We understand the physical, emotional, and financial toll personal injuries can have on individuals and their families.
In Mississippi, you can sue for pain and suffering in certain cases, although it depends on the circumstances and the extent of your injuries. It is worth getting a hold of Rushing & Guice to learn more.
As for spousal entitlement to a personal injury settlement, Mississippi follows the doctrine of separate property, which means your settlement is generally not automatically considered marital property. However, specific factors and circumstances can impact this determination.
Average settlements for personal injury claims in Mississippi vary widely depending on the nature and severity of the injury, medical expenses, lost wages, and other factors. It is crucial to consult with our experienced attorneys to assess the unique aspects of your case and determine the potential value of your claim.
What are the consequences of a personal injury in Mississippi?
As the name implies, In Mississippi, personal injury refers to physical or psychological harm suffered by an individual as a result of someone else’s negligence, intentional actions, or strict liability. It encompasses a wide range of injuries, including but not limited to those arising from car accidents, slip and falls, medical malpractice, product defects, workplace accidents, and assaults. Personal injury claims in Mississippi typically require establishing that the responsible party had a duty of care, breached that duty, and caused the injury, resulting in damages such as medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other related losses.
A personal injury harms more than just the victim; in many of these cases, continual care must be provided by family members whose lives become upended in order to ensure the well-being of their loved one. The day-to-day challenges of rehabilitation and overwhelming medical bills may become long-lasting or permanent fixtures in the victim’s household. Our clients benefit from our lawyers’ experience in negotiation with insurance companies as well as our considerable litigation experience. We will provide rigorous legal advocacy to get you a fair settlement through negotiation or award of damages resulting from litigation.
Personal injuries can include back injuries, neck injuries, brain injuries, burns, damage to vital organs, partial or full paralysis, paraplegia, or quadriplegia. These injuries may affect a person’s ability to earn a living and enjoy a normal routine and activities. And these injuries can cause a victim’s family considerable stress. Injuries involving the brain may change a person’s personality, make it difficult to remember things, or even prevent him or her from recognizing and interacting with loved ones. The emotional trauma that follows in the wake of such injuries can cause tremendous strain on relationships and the mental health of those struggling with a difficult new way of life.
Damages for personal injury cases include both economic and non-economic losses.
Economic losses are those that can be quantified, for example:
Emergency services, hospitalization costs, the cost of surgeries and other treatments, specialized care, medications, rehabilitation expenses such as physical and occupational therapy, and the ongoing costs of medical care.
Loss of Earnings/Earning Capacity
Victims lose more than just the wages for the work time they have missed. If an injury is permanent and debilitating, they also lose their current and future earning capacity.
Funeral and Burial Costs
A victim’s loved ones should be compensated for funeral and burial costs in the case of a wrongful death.
Because non-economic losses are intangible, they can be harder to quantify. Such losses include:
Physical Pain and Suffering
The victim should be compensated for enduring pain and suffering caused by the negligent or reckless actions of another person or entity.
Anxiety and distress that results from living with the debilitating condition long into the future.
Diminished Quality of Life
The victim enjoys a lesser quality of life than prior to the accident and injury.
Loss of Consortium
This can include loss of companionship and/or the ability to enjoy an intimate relationship.
At Rushing & Guice, we work tirelessly to secure the most favorable outcome for families during extraordinary trying times. We can and do recover compensation for lost wages, loss of the enjoyment of everyday life, mental stress, pain and suffering, loss of future income, permanent disability, and medical bills. Our compassionate lawyers are vigilant advocates on our client’s behalf.
What types of personal injuries are recognized in Mississippi?
In Mississippi, various types of personal injuries are recognized, encompassing a broad range of incidents and circumstances. Some of the different types of personal injuries recognized in Mississippi include:
- Car Accidents: Injuries resulting from automobile accidents, including collisions involving cars, trucks, motorcycles, pedestrians, or bicyclists.
- Semi Truck Accidents: These accidents involve collisions with large commercial trucks, often causing severe injuries and significant damages. Victims of semi truck accidents may pursue compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other related losses.
- Slip and Fall Accidents: Injuries caused by dangerous conditions on someone else’s property, such as slippery floors, uneven surfaces, inadequate lighting, or poorly maintained premises.
- Medical Malpractice: Injuries resulting from medical negligence, such as misdiagnosis, surgical errors, medication mistakes, birth injuries, or failure to provide proper treatment or care.
- Product Liability: Injuries caused by defective or dangerous products, including design defects, manufacturing defects, or inadequate warnings or instructions.
- Workplace Accidents: Injuries occurring in the workplace, such as construction site accidents, falls from heights, machinery accidents, or exposure to hazardous substances.
- Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect: Injuries caused by abuse, neglect, or mistreatment of elderly residents in nursing homes or assisted living facilities.
- Dog Bites: Injuries resulting from dog attacks or animal bites, where the owner may be held liable for damages.
- Assault and Battery: Injuries caused by intentional acts of violence, including physical assaults, battery, or acts of intentional harm.
- Wrongful Death: In cases where an individual’s negligence or wrongful actions result in the death of another person, leading to a claim for compensation on behalf of the surviving family members.
How long do I have to file a personal injury claim in Mississippi?
In Mississippi, you may still pursue a personal injury claim even if you were partially at fault for the incident. The state follows a comparative negligence system, specifically a pure comparative negligence rule. Under this rule, your compensation may be reduced based on the percentage of fault assigned to you. For example, if you are found to be 20% at fault and the total damages amount to $100,000, your compensation would be reduced by 20% to $80,000.
It’s important to note that the comparative negligence rule allows for the recovery of damages even if you are predominantly at fault. However, your final compensation will be adjusted based on the degree of fault assigned to each party involved. Consulting an experienced personal injury attorney in Mississippi is crucial in these cases, as they can help assess the circumstances, gather evidence, negotiate with insurance companies, and advocate for your rights to ensure you receive a fair and just compensation based on the comparative fault principles.
Statute of Limitations & Comparative Negligence Due to Personal Injury
Mississippi requires that claims for personal injury be filed within three years of the date of injury. Mindful clients seek legal counsel as soon as possible to preserve all of their rights and all possible avenues for recovery.
In Mississippi, contributory negligence is not a bar to suing for damages. Mississippi is a comparative negligence state, meaning that even if the victim contributed somewhat to the accident, he or she is not precluded from suing for damages. An award for damages by the court, or a settlement reached through negotiation, will be devised taking into account the percentage of each party’s culpability. Even if you made a mistake, you still might be entitled to compensation.
Let experienced lawyers at Rushing & Guice determine whether you have a viable claim, and throughout the process, we will show you the compassion and rigorous advocacy that will let you feel cared for and get you the best results.
Insurance Companies and Their Personal Injury Strategies
Insurance companies often approach claims for compensation for personal injury with a combination of tactics to downplay the injury, diminish the value of the claim, or even deny the claim altogether. Or they might immediately make an offer of settlement to a victim or the victim’s family before a full understanding of the extent of injury is known, and then pressure the victim to accept the lesser offer. This is especially distressing if the minimal offers are made before the victim of personal injury has hired counsel.
At Rushing & Guice, we know how to handle insurance companies and will not be bullied by their tactics. We know how to negotiate with large insurance companies and with our litigation experience, we know how to use the litigation process to prove the full range of injury and need for compensation. We handle the legal tasks, which are often complex, and let you focus on your recovery.
Rushing & Guice, P.L.L.C: Mississippi and Gulf Coast Personal Injury Lawyers
At Rushing & Guice, experienced, aggressive, and innovative legal services on the Gulf Coast are a phone call away. Call us at (228) 374-2313 or fill out our online form to arrange for a limited initial consultation. We look forward to hearing from you, and look forward to the opportunity to serve as your attorneys.