Archive for April, 2012

Trayvon Martin Shooting a Cautionary Tale for Property Owners Association Neighborhood Watch Programs

Sunday, April 29th, 2012

The Trayvon Martin case involving the shooting of an unarmed teenager by George Zimmerman has captured national headlines and resulted in sharply polarized positions about the criminal charges pending against Zimmerman.  There has been little discussion about the civil liability aspects of this tragedy.  A growing number of communities are using neighborhood watch programs to supplement law enforcement efforts.  When property owner associations authorize and endorse such programs they are potentially liable when innocent parties are injured or excessive force is used to prevent a crime.

Neighborhood watch programs typically use untrained residents to patrol for criminal activity.  The lack of training and supervision of those who engage in these neighborhood watch programs can mean that mistakes are made resulting in shootings, physical injury in fights or other injuries resulting from the use of force by a resident who is patrolling as part of a neighborhood watch program.  While liability rules vary based on state law, someone who is injured or dies because of the negligent or wrongful conduct of a homeowner’s association in establishing, training or supervising neighborhood watch activities may have the right to pursue a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit.

Although most homeowner’s associations have errors or omissions insurance policies to cover lawsuits against POA board members, this coverage typically would not cover neighborhood watch activities.  This could mean that when a neighborhood watch program causes injury to someone, the homeowners might each face an individual assessment to cover the cost of liability from the negligent or intentional acts of a member of the neighborhood watch program.

At the Nahon Firm, we recognize that while volunteerism in a homeowner association or condominium association is commendable, it is important to conduct due diligent to ensure that members of neighborhood watch programs are qualified and competent to be entrusted with participation in the program.  A POA may also be liable if it fails to provide adequate training or clear policies about the use of force of varying degrees.  At Barrett Law, our experienced Mississippi personal injury lawyers represent injury victims throughout Mississippi.  If you are injured by someone engaged in neighborhood watch activities, our experienced Mississippi personal injury attorneys may be able to help you obtain compensation to cover medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and more.   Our law firm has roots that reach back 75 years so contact us today for your free initial consultation at (662) 834-2376 to see how we can help.

Mississippi Judge Rules Damage Caps Unconstitutional

Saturday, April 28th, 2012

While the future of damage caps in our state may soon be decided by the Mississippi Supreme Court when they announce their ruling in the case of Sears v. Learmonth, an interesting decision issued by Circuit Judge Charles Webster of Coahoma County provides an insightful perspective on why damage caps in tort cases may be unconstitutional.  Judge Webster focuses not on the nature of the existing damage caps in Mississippi but on the implications for the power of the legislature to effectively eliminate the judiciary in Mississippi if damage caps imposed by the legislature are lawful.

Mississippi currently has a one million dollar damage cap on non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering and impaired quality of life.  The Mississippi legislature has followed the example of other states in enacting caps on damages to prevent the supposed negative impact of out of control juries that award excessive verdicts.  The problem with this reasoning is that while a million dollars may sound like a lot of money to some; it is woefully inadequate for a victim who suffers quadriplegia or permanent severe brain damage.  One would be hard pressed to find an accident victim who would take a million dollars for a lifetime of being unable to using one’s extremities or being unable to take care of one’s own basic needs.

Judge Webster’s take on the constitutionality of damage caps seems well reasoned and hopefully will serve as a pre-cursor for the Mississippi Supreme Court’s ruling.  Judge Webster reasoned that either the legislature has the power to set damage caps or it does not have this power.  The reasonableness of the cap in terms of the type of damages and amount of the cap is irrelevant provided the legislature has the power to establish the caps in the first place.  Judge Webster points out that if the legislature has the power to set damage limits for the judicial system then it may also set those limits lower than a million dollars and may establish caps on economic as well as non-economic damages.

The implication of Judge Webster’s ruling is that a legislature empowered to limit the damages awarded by courts could also set those limits at zero dollars and have the limit apply to economic damages, such as medical expenses, lost income and property damage.  Judge Webster reasons that if the legislature has the ability to set damage cap limitations it also has the ability to completely pre-empt judges of any ability to compensate victims of negligent conduct.  Because the decision in Sears v. Learmonth has been pending for some time, it is unlikely that Judge Webster’s ruling will play a role in our state supreme court’s ruling but can hope that our highest court’s ruling will be as well reasoned so that injury victims can again be fully compensated, and those who cause injury will be forced to bear the full cost of their wrongful conduct.

Defective Playground Equipment Can Cause Severe Injuries to Small Children

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

While a playground is intended to provide a place of fun and recreation for children, it can also be a place filled with hazards involving defective playground equipment.  Many parents whose children are hurt on playground equipment presume that accidents on jungle gym equipment are just part of growing up and that there is no basis for liability from the manufacturer.  However, the manufacturer of playground equipment as well as public entities and private businesses that install such equipment have an obligation to protect children from the unreasonable risk of harm from defectively designed or manufactured playground equipment as well as such equipment that is negligently installed or maintained.

Injuries to children caused by defective, improperly installed, or poorly maintained playground equipment are more common than most parents realize.  Approximately 32,000 pre-school and elementary school aged children per year are treated in emergency rooms for injuries suffered on playground equipment.  More than two-thirds of these injuries result from the failure of the playground equipment or falls.  These accidents may be caused from a wide range of causes including:

  • Lack of soft material like wood chips of padding to protect children that fall
  • Slick surfaces that result in slip and fall accidents
  • Sharp edges or protruding bolts that can cause gashes
  • Inadequate warnings
  • Poorly constructed equipment that may break

If your child is injured while playing on a piece of playground equipment, your child may be entitled to compensation from the manufacturer, distributor or supplier of the equipment based on product liability or the public or private property owner if the equipment is not properly put together or maintained.

Playground injuries can result in broken bones, head injuries, spinal cord injuries, lacerations and other serious injuries.  These types of injuries may require surgery or other significant medical care.  An experienced playground or swing set accident attorney at the Mississippi personal injury law firm of Barrett Law may be able to assist you in seeking compensation for your child’s injuries.

Evidence can be destroyed or altered and time limits apply for pursuing a claim.  If the injuries occurred at a park or school playground owned by a public entity, you may have only a matter of months to file a claim so it is important to seek legal advice immediately.  At Barrett Law, our experienced Mississippi personal injury lawyers represent injury victims throughout Mississippi.  Our law firm has roots that reach back 75 years so contact us today for your free initial consultation at (662) 834-2376 to see how we can help.

Understanding the Unique Dangers Posed by 15-Passenger Vans

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

While they often transport children to youth activities like church camp or boy scout outings, 15-passenger vans are extremely hazardous vehicles.  These vehicles were never intended to transport large groups of people like a mini-bus but were solely developed to function as a cargo vehicle.  Because 15-passenger vans are not used as intended, they pose a substantial risk of being involved in a rollover collision, especially when fully loaded with passengers.  Rollover accidents are among the most deadly types of vehicle crashes because vehicle occupants are often ejected from the vehicle where they have no protection from injury.

Despite the fact that there are still many 15-passenger vans on Mississippi roadways, the danger they pose to vehicle occupants is well-established.    Many schools no longer permit 15-passenger vans to be used for transporting students, and a growing number of insurance companies refuse to provide coverage for these vehicles.  Although the vans have similarities to other vans, they are longer so there is more seating capacity.  When these vans were extended to add more seating, the vehicle manufacturers never redesigned the vans to make them safe for the purpose of transporting large numbers of vehicle occupants.

Ironically, the very characteristics that 15-passenger vans were intended to provide also play a substantial role in their propensity to rollover.  The vehicles are most dangerous when loaded with more than ten passengers.  The vehicles do not have a wide enough wheel base and are top heavy.  This tendency to be top heavy is magnified when the vehicle is more heavily loaded down with passengers.  Passenger vans share many of the characteristics of SUVs, which are also prone to rollover accidents.  However, 15-passenger vans have an additional feature that makes them prone to rollover crashes.  When the vehicle is full loaded, four passengers sit behind the rear axle.  This means that when the driver of a 15-passenger van must veer sharply to avoid a collision the back of the vehicle is heavy and tends to swing around leaving the vehicle exposed to rollover crashes.

15-passenger vans are hazardous because of this tendency to be top heavy and back heavy.  This danger is more significant because many passenger vans do not have seatbelts installed for all passengers.  A seatbelt is never more urgent than when a vehicle is involved in a rollover accident because there is a high risk of a vehicle ejection.  The importance of seatbelts in 15-passenger vans is reflected by the fact that less than 15 percent of all passenger van fatalities involved occupants that were wearing seatbelts.  If you are injured in an accident involving a 15-passenger van in Mississippi, there are a number of parties that may be responsible including:

  • Other negligent motorists
  • Inexperienced passenger van drivers
  • Manufacturers of these defective vehicles
  • Owners that fail to check for proper tire pressure or old tires

If you or someone you love is injured in a collision involving a 15-passenger van, our experienced 15-passenger van accident attorneys at Barrett Law understand the unique design characteristics that make these vehicles particularly dangerous to occupants.  At Barrett Law, our experienced Mississippi personal injury lawyers represent injury victims throughout Mississippi.  Our law firm has roots that reach back 75 years so contact us today for your free initial consultation at (662) 834-2376 to see how we can help.

 

Complying with Timing Requirements in Mississippi Wrongful Death Claims

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

When you lose a loved one because of the careless conduct or criminal act of a third party, the emotional hardships can be enormous.  The notion of worrying about practical concerns like financial challenges, legal actions, and insurance hassles when coping with overwhelming grief can be extremely difficult.  However, there are critical time limits that apply to wrongful death actions, which make it important to take prompt action to avoid violating these critical deadlines.

The statute of limitations is the formal deadline by which a lawsuit must be initiated to preserve your legal rights to bring a legal action including a wrongful death claim.  The importance of the statute of limitations cannot be overstated because failure to comply with this timing requirement will typically result in a permanent bar to bringing a wrongful death claim.  There are generally no exceptions to the statute of limitations so even where failure to comply with the time limit results in devastating results the court cannot override this critical timing requirement.  If you have a loved one taken from you prematurely by the wrongful conduct of another, it is essential to obtain legal advice at the earliest opportunity.

An example may illustrate how an experienced Mississippi wrongful death attorney may help you avoid having a wrongful death claim permanently barred.  If a loved one is killed in a car accident on the roads of Mississippi, you must initiate a wrongful death action within three (3) years of the date of death.  While this may seem like a long time, the reality is that the time can pass quickly.  Sometimes a party that is not represented by counsel may be negotiating with an insurance company and not realize that the statue is approaching.  The insurance company is certainly not going to alert you and may drag out negotiations until it is too late to file a lawsuit.

The severe consequences of failing to file prior to the statute of limitations running also means that law firms may be hesitant to get involved in a wrongful death claim if the statute of limitations is close because of the potential liability.  Many times the law firm needs to conduct an investigation into the merits of a wrongful death claim so the firm must have sufficient time to determine whether they wish to take the case.

The determination of the date by which the case must be filed also can be complicated without legal advice.  A wrongful death claim that is based on an intentional tort in Mississippi has only a one year statute of limitations.  An intentional tort essentially refers to injuries caused by intentional rather than accidental conduct, such as sexual assaults, physical assaults and similar types of claims.  Medical malpractice claims generally must be filed within two years of the act or omission that gave rise to the claim or within two years of when the injury is or should have been discovered.

While these time limits may sound straightforward, there are a number of complications that may be involved in determining when the statute of limitations runs (i.e. expires).  Sometimes the period may be “tolled” or suspended and calculating when the period starts is sometimes tricky.  The harsh consequences of failing to comply with the statute of limitations means that you must be extremely vigilant about seeking legal advice promptly.  It must also be noted that other shorter time limits may apply if you are bringing a claim against a governmental entity.

If your loved one dies because of the wrongful act of another, the experienced Mississippi wrongful death attorneys at Barrett Law are committed to helping families recover the compensation that they need and holding those whose conduct harms others accountable.  At Barrett Law, our experienced Mississippi personal injury lawyers represent wrongful death victims throughout Mississippi.  Our law firm has roots that reach back 75 years so contact us today for your free initial consultation at (662) 834-2376 to see how we can help.

States Cracking Down on Pokey Drivers That Promote Aggressive Driving and Road Rage

Friday, April 20th, 2012

There are a virtually unending list of unsafe driving practices that may cause serious collisions and result in major life changing injuries or the loss of a loved one.  The state of Delaware is the newest state to enact a law targeting an increasing cause of auto collisions that is rarely thought of by the typical driver as a major accident risk – driving too slow.  Many states are now passing tough new laws that impose substantial fines for drivers that drive slowly in the left lane of traffic.  While most drivers understand that speed is a major contributor to car accidents, it is usually driving too fast, rather than too slow, that most drivers perceive as a serious danger of causing auto accidents.

The new laws sprouting up in a growing number of states specifically designates the left lane as being reserved for passing on roads that have at least two traffic lanes in both directions.  Many states including Mississippi require drivers to remain in the right lane when traveling slower than the flow of traffic.  When drivers obstruct traffic by driving relatively slowly in the left lane, other drivers get impatient and angry, and aggressive driving and road rage incidents are a frequent result.

Aggressive driving generally is comprised of consciously engaging in more than one traffic violation at any point in time.  An example might include a driver passing on the shoulder while speeding.  While violating traffic safety laws always creates a risk of injury for other vehicle occupants, motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians, these risks increase dramatically as a driver disregards an increasing number of traffic laws while driving.  It is not uncommon for aggressive driving to anger other drivers resulting in the even more lethal danger of road rage incidents.  Road rage is different from aggressive driving because it does not involve “accidents” based on unsafe driving.  The term refers to aggressive behavior that is intended to cause injury or harm another.

While dawdlers in the left lane of traffic may be annoying, the practice certainly does not excuse or justify aggressive driving behavior or road wage.  Nonetheless, legislators and law enforcement authorities in many states believe that alleviating this source of frustration will make the roads safer by discouraging the interruption in the flow of traffic caused by pokey drivers in the left lane.

One driving safety advocate points out that it is never a good idea to continue driving in the left lane if you are being passed on the right.  Drivers that are frustrated by drivers traveling too slowly may tailgate, flash their lights, make obscene gestures and even pass on the left shoulder, which is extremely reckless behavior.  If you or someone you love is injured or a loved one dies because of aggressive driving and road rage, the experienced Mississippi aggressive driving accident attorneys at Barrett Law are committed to holding drivers who consciously violate traffic safety laws accountable for their actions.  At Barrett Law, our experienced Mississippi personal injury lawyers represent injury victims throughout Mississippi.  Our law firm has roots that reach back 75 years so contact us today for your free initial consultation at (662) 834-2376 to see how we can help.

Study Reveals that Motorists Cause Most Adult Bicycle Collisions

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

A common factor in many bicycle accidents is the lack of respect and courtesy shown by drivers of motor vehicles like cars, trucks and SUVs.  For many motorists, a bicycle is really nothing more than an annoying obstruction to the flow of traffic.  Although bicyclists have the same rights to share Mississippi roadways equally with motor vehicles, they frequently are not treated that way by drivers.  Many drivers even presume that it is careless conduct by cyclists that causes the majority of bicycle accidents.

Insurance companies routinely defend Mississippi bicycle accidents by trying to shift blame to the cyclists for not stopping at red lights or stop signs, failing to wear visible bright clothing, wearing ear buds, or not using lights at night and other similar factors.  Despite this common tactic by insurance companies and assumption by many drivers, studies reveal that in most cases adult bicyclists are not responsible for their own injuries.  A study conducted in England found that while these factors do play a role in a small number of bicycle accident, they are very minor factors.  The study indicates the following frequency for such factors in bicycle collisions with motor vehicles:

Lack of visible clothing:                                                      2.5 %

Cyclist violations of stop signs and red lights:              2.0%

Failure to use lights:                                                            2.0%

The study revealed that some form of driver negligence was involved in bicycle accidents  between 60-75 percent of the time when the cyclist was an adult rider.  The study makes clear the importance of carefully supervising children when riding bikes.  The rate at which children commit an error and get injured in a bicycle accident is far greater than for adults.  When a child bicyclists is involved in a collision their riding behavior may be a significant contributing factor to a bicycle crash almost 75 percent of the time.

Whether you are a child or an adult that is involved in a bicycle accident, the insurance company for the driver will usually point to actions that the you took or failed to take that a reasonably prudent person would have to protect oneself.  This legal concept is referred to a comparative negligence.  It is important to keep in mind that even if the police report indicates that you were the primary or secondary cause of a bicycle accident this does not necessarily preclude you from recovering compensation for your bicycle accident injuries.  Under Mississippi personal injury law, a bicyclist may recover damages for injuries and loss even if the cyclist is 99% responsible for the bike accident and the driver is 1% responsible.  However, the cyclist measure of compensation will be reduced in proportion to the cyclist degree of fault.

If you or a loved one is injured or a family member dies in a Mississippi bicycle accident, you may be entitled to seek compensation for your injuries regardless of whether you partially the cause of the accident.  Drivers of passenger vehicles are the cause of most injuries to cyclists, particularly adult riders.  At Barrett Law, our experienced Mississippi personal injury lawyers represent injury victims throughout Mississippi.  Our law firm has roots that reach back 75 years so contact us today for your free initial consultation at (662) 834-2376 to see how we can help.

 

Avoiding Serious Injury in Mississippi ATV Accidents

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), there have been over 6,000 deaths in the last 20 years resulting from injuries sustained while on an ATV.  In a typical year, over 125,500 riders of ATV’s are involved in accidents that necessitate visits to the emergency room.  Children and teenagers are disproportionately represented amongst those injured in ATV accidents with approximately 38,600 of those injured under the age of 16.

The fact that there are so many ATV accidents is not really a surprise given how many people use ATV’s in different settings.  They are used by those of all ages for work and play.  The speed at which they can be driven and the way they can be maneuvered often entices riders to engage in risky procedures that can pose a high risk of injury to the rider.  ATVs may be used a wide variety of settings including:

  • Recreational riding
  • Ranch and farm work
  • Accessing non-auto areas
  • Hauling cargo

There are certain safety measures that can help reduce the risk of suffering serious injuries in an ATV accident regardless of whether the ATV is being use for productivity or recreation:

Protective safety gear should be used.

The use of a helmet is imperative when riding an ATV, and eye protection also should be worn at all times.  The use of proper boots and gloves also reduce the likelihood of injury to your hands and feet if you are involved in an ATV accident.

Ride the right size ATV for you.

There are many different makes and models of ATVs on the market for people spanning a wide range of ages, heights and weights.  The guidelines below provide a general suggestion of appropriate size based on age.

Ages six to twelve under 70 cc engine

Over age twelve to age 16 70-90 cc engine

Age 16 and older engines may exceed 90 cc’s.

Always inspect your ATV before you ride it.

Routine maintenance should be performed on ATV’s because they take so much abuse when they are ridden. You should make sure that your brakes, light switches, and gears are operating correctly.  Proper tire pressure also should be maintained.  All parts of the vehicle should be inspected for cracks, breakage, or strange noises.

Participate in a training class.

A rider should never operate an ATV without taking some training, and even the most experienced rider can learn to driver an ATV safer by taking a refresher course. It is easy for experienced riders to develop bad habits or get complacent about the potential risks posed by ATV’s.

Be Smart About Your Riding Habits

You should never operate an ATV when under the influence of drugs or alcohol.  Drugs and alcohol slow your ability to react, and reaction time is critical when you are riding an ATV.  The CPSC conducted a study that found that 30 percent of all fatal ATV accidents involve intoxicated operators.  Distracted driving of an ATC is almost as dangerous so you should never use a cell phone while operating an ATV in Mississippi.  You should also avoid riding with people on the back of the ATV.

ATV’s can be a great source of fun and enjoyment as well as a great tool of productivity on a farm or other workplace setting.  Even if you are extremely careful, you can still be seriously injured or a loved one can suffer wrongful death in an ATV accident.  If you or someone you love has been injured in an ATV accident, you may have a right to seek compensation for your loss including medical costs, lost wages, pain and suffering and future loss of earnings.  At Barrett Law, our experienced Mississippi personal injury lawyers represent injury victims throughout Mississippi.  Our law firm has roots that reach back 75 years so contact us today for your free initial consultation at (662) 834-2376 to see how we can help.

Feds Propose Mandatory Brake Override System to Prevent Sudden Acceleration Accidents

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

Federal regulators are proposing a new rule designed to reduce the risk of potentially deadly sudden unintended acceleration accidents.  The regulation would make installation of a brake throttle override mandatory in all new vehicles.  The goal of the proposed safety regulation is to provide a safe way to slow a vehicle where the brake pedal becomes stuck or depressed by a faulty floor mat.  Toyota has recalled millions of cars in the wake of complaints of sudden unintended acceleration accidents.  The automaker also settled a lawsuit for $3.8 million in a fatal unintended acceleration collision in San Diego, CA.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) officials have suggested that the proposed change could prevent sudden acceleration accidents caused by sticky gas pedals and defective floor mats based on the results of studies conducted by NASA and the NHTSA.  The vehicle’s onboard computer would automatically disengage the throttle when the vehicle’s brake pedal is depressed.

The impetus for the new regulation is in part a fatal collision in 2009 in which a floor mat trapped the gas pedal of a Lexus ES350 and caused the vehicle to accelerate to over a hundred miles per hour before crashing and igniting into a fireball of flames.  The crash resulted in the tragic death of an off duty CHP officer and three family members.  Witness reports indicated that at the time the vehicle was accelerating out of control, a vehicle occupant was on the phone with 911 reporting that the vehicle would not slow down despite the driver repeatedly depressing the brake peddle.

Lexis cars and other vehicles manufactured by Toyota suffered severe sales declines in the wake of repeated recalls related to unintended acceleration defects.  Although some vehicle manufacturers already employ brake override systems, they are not yet standard many vehicle makes and models.

Sudden acceleration accidents present a terrifying situation because the uncontrolled acceleration makes the vehicle harder to maneuver and impossible to stop.  While any vehicle that accelerates on its own to high rates of speed poses an extremely high risk of causing an accident, this type of collision is also likely to cause catastrophic injuries and fatalities because of the force of impact.

If you or someone you love has been involved in a sudden unanticipated acceleration accident in Mississippi, our experienced Mississippi sudden acceleration car accident attorneys may be able to represent you in seeking the financial compensation your deserve.  At the Barrett Law Offices PLLC, our experienced Mississippi personal injury lawyers represent injury victims throughout Mississippi.  Our law firm has roots that reach back 75 years so contact us today for your free initial consultation at (662) 834-2376 to see how we can help.

 

New Study Reveals Child Seat Compatibility Remains a Serious Car Accident Safety Issue

Monday, April 16th, 2012

While child safety restraints (e.g. car seats, booster seats) can significantly impact your child’s safety if you are involved in a serious auto accident, a new study reveals that your child may not be nearly as safe as you think.  Child safety restraints may be limited in their effectiveness at keeping your children safe in a collision by compatibility issues that cause an improper fit between the vehicle seat and the child safety restraint.  Despite revised legal standards enacted a decade ago requiring use of an attachment system referred to as LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children), a recent report by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute found that seven vehicle completely failed to comply with the standards.

The LATCH system was made mandatory after traffic safety experts determined that many car seats do not fit properly in vehicle seat, or they are difficult to install because of compatibility issues.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a report almost a decade ago in which it found that almost 75 percent of child safety restraints and booster seats had “critical misuse” problems that could cause injury or increase the severity of injury during a car accident.

Vehicles were evaluated based on whether the car seat anchors were clearly visible and easy to use without applying excess force.  The tests revealed that the buckle of seat belts and other seatbelt hardware often obstruct the child safety restraint anchors.  The seatbelt anchor can also sit so low in the car seat that they are difficult to access when installing the child car seat or booster seat.  The study also revealed that many parents may need more clear instructions on proper use of child safety restraints because they do not realize the importance of attaching the upper tether.  This can be a crucial error because the car seat or booster seat may jerk too far forward during a collision resulting in severe injuries to the head or neck of the child.

The results of the tests reveal that compliance with the LATCH system is still poor, which is reflected by the fact that only 21 percent of vehicles tested met all the requirements for the LATCH system.  Seven of the vehicles failed ALL of the requirements.  The complexity of assuring a safe fit between a safety restraint and the bench seat or bucket seat is compounded by the multitude of child safety restraint models and manufacturers.  Government safety experts recognize the importance of the two industries working together to reduce compatibility issues and improve the safety of children in auto accidents.

If your child has been injured in a car accident in Mississippi, our experienced Mississippi car accident attorneys have the experience to investigate accidents involving children and determine if a lack of compatibility or other car seat defect played a role in your child’s injuries.  At the Barrett Law Offices PLLC, our experienced Mississippi personal injury lawyers represent injury victims throughout Mississippi.  Our law firm has roots that reach back 75 years so contact us today for your free initial consultation at (662) 834-2376 to see how we can help.