Archive for January, 2013

What You Should Consider When Hiring a Mississippi Personal Injury Attorney

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

 If you have been seriously injured in a car accident in Mississippi, you likely have conducted some research online in order to find an attorney to assist you.  Although sustaining injuries in a car accident is difficult enough, sometimes finding the right Mississippi auto accident attorney can become a rather formidable task.   In the Yellow Pages and on numerous law firm websites, many attorneys promise to deliver a multitude of results however, there is no way to tell whether they are being honest about their level of experience or not.  Additionally, many personal injury attorneys often state that they are “experienced” or “highly skilled” however, they have in fact only handled relatively few auto accident cases.

Overall, there are several important qualifications that an attorney should possess when representing clients in personal injury matters.  The following are some useful tips that you should consider when hiring a Mississippi auto accident lawyer:

  1. Hire an attorney who has significant experience in personal injury representation.  Only a qualified personal injury attorney has the skills necessary to handle your case, regardless of how challenging or complex.   To illustrate, an experienced attorney is in the best position to maximize your chances of recovering since they are familiar with the laws, the local courts and the judges.
  2. Ask family and friends whether they can recommend a qualified personal injury attorney.  Oftentimes, the best attorneys are those that build their businesses and their reputations by word of mouth.
  3. Only work with an attorney who will take the time necessary to explain everything about your case in a clear and concise manner.  It is never recommended that a person hire an attorney who cannot explain things in layman’s terms.  Essentially, the failure to understand various aspects of your case may affect your ability to make informed decisions throughout the pendency of your lawsuit.
  4. Do not hire an attorney who is not forthcoming about his or her fees. When working with an attorney, you should always be familiar with all of the court costs and associated expenses of your case.
  5. Do not work with an attorney that makes you feel uncomfortable or who seems impatient.  In other words, it is important to hire an attorney that is compassionate, patient, and aggressive – only when necessary. Sometimes, overzealous attorneys are just as ineffective as inexperienced ones.  Moreover, do not hire an attorney that fails to listen to you or to respect your decisions.  In other words, you, not your attorney, must make all of the final decisions in your case.

For more information, contact our Mississippi law firm to find out more about how we can help you.  We will take the time necessary to advise you of your legal options and help you make informed decisions about your case.  We look forward to providing you with superior legal representation.

 

An Overview of Whiplash Injuries in Mississippi Auto Accident Cases

Sunday, January 6th, 2013

Nearly every day, we hear stories about people who sustain serious injuries in auto accidents across the U.S.  The most common forms of injuries that accident victims sustain are fractures, lacerations, concussions, head and neck trauma, and a variety of soft tissue related injuries.  In general, many individuals fail to appreciate the severity of soft tissue damages – including whiplash – which can be serious and life threatening if not immediately treated.  Unfortunately, whiplash occurs for a variety of reasons during a car accident, even when someone is wearing his or her seatbelt.  However, the severity of the whiplash depends upon the type of crash and the amount of force generated as a result.  For instance, a rear end collision involving high speeds typically result in cases of whiplash that are severe enough to disable a person for weeks.  Conversely, a side swipe accident involving lower speeds may leave a person with a stiff neck however, they are able usually to recover within a short period of time.

            In general, whiplash is a form of soft tissue damage that occurs when a vehicle is struck during an accident, causing a person’s head to rapidly move back and forth, much like the snap of a whip.  Oftentimes, people are unaware that they sustained a whiplash-related injury since it takes time for the initial trauma and shock of an accident to subside.   Otherwise stated, it is not uncommon for people to start feeling the effects of their accident within hours if not days following an accident.  As a seasoned Mississippi auto accident lawyer that has represented numerous whiplash victims, they often tell me that they did not realize just how badly their neck was injured until they woke up the next day.

As noted above, whiplash can be a serious injury and often manifests itself in a variety of different ways.  For instance, there are many symptoms which indicate that a person is suffering from whiplash.  Being aware of these symptoms may help mitigate the risks should you sustain a whiplash injury.   The most common symptoms of whiplash are:

  1. Mild to moderate head and neck pain
  2. Difficulty remembering
  3. Episodes of vertigo
  4. Fainting spells
  5. Feeling dizzy
  6. Feeling fatigued
  7. Difficulty focusing or concentrating
  8. Mild to severe back pain
  9. Anxiety
  10. Depression
  11. Radiating pains that stem from the neck and affect numerous parts of the body
  12. Neck stiffness
  13. Numbness and tingling in various parts of the body
  14. Muscle cramps

For more information, contact our seasoned Mississippi car accident attorneys now learn more about your legal options.  We will take the time to examine the facts of your case and advise you of all of your rights and responsibilities.  We look forward to providing you with superior legal representation.

An Overview of Catastrophic Injuries in Mississippi

Friday, January 4th, 2013

Each year, several thousand people in Mississippi are injured in serious car and trucking accidents located throughout the State.  A large proportion of these victims unfortunately sustain catastrophic injuries, which is defined as a sudden, life altering accident that leaves it victims disabled or seriously impaired for the remainder of their lives.  Unfortunately, catastrophic injuries often have devastating consequences, such as permanent disability, scarring, chronic pain, devastating disfigurement, loss of income, the inability to work, endless medical expenses and more.  In general, catastrophic injuries are typically caused by the wrongful misconduct or negligence of others, perhaps due to reckless driving, driving over the speed limit, driving while intoxicated or driving while distracted.  Overall, the most common forms of catastrophic injuries are as follows:

  • Back injuries & spinal cord damage
  • Disfiguring burns
  • Blindness
  • deafness
  • Traumatic amputations
  • Complete or partial paralysis
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Deep lacerations
  • Serious organ damage
  • Internal bleeding
  • Wrongful death

For victims that face these types of catastrophic injuries, much uncertainty remains as to the quality of their future.  In fact, catastrophic injury victims often have no idea as to whether they will ever be able to walk, perform routine tasks, work or enjoy life as they did before their accident.  Moreover, not only do catastrophic injuries greatly impact its victims, friends and family also feel the effects as they try to help them adjust to their new lives following their accident.  For those that ultimately lost a loved one as a result of catastrophic injuries, they are left with a lifetime of emotional trauma and pain.

While every type of injury is different, there are aspects that are similar to nearly all catastrophic injury cases.  For example, catastrophic injuries as a whole are often challenging to treat, have life threatening and sometimes fatal consequences, cause severe emotional trauma, leave many people with painful disabilities and can be complex to prove in a court of law.   Moreover, they often require a significant amount of medical treatment and numerous hours of painful rehabilitation.   Lastly, they may also require a victim’s immediate family members to greatly alter their in order to appropriately care for them in the future.

If you sustained catastrophic injuries, it is crucial that you speak with an experienced Mississippi personal injury attorney today.  We will take the time to review your case and advise you of all of your legal options.  Don’t wait until it is too late to fight for your rights and obtain the compensation you rightfully deserve for your injuries.

The Steps You Must Take Following a Bus Accident in Mississippi

Tuesday, January 1st, 2013

Dealing with the aftermath of an auto accident can be rather difficult, leading to a great deal of fear, confusion and uncertainty among its victims. However, when a crash involves a passenger bus, the moments following the accident can be simply terrifying. Unbeknownst to many people, accidents involving passenger buses can result in serious and sometimes fatal accidents. The main reasoning behind this is that people who use public transit on a regular basis typically do not wear their seatbelts. Otherwise stated, they often trust that the bus or taxi driver will take all protective steps necessary to keep them safe. Unfortunately, reality dictates that this is not always the case. Several people fail to realize that the way buses are generally designed leave passengers vulnerable to serious and sometimes fatal injuries. For example, many buses do not even contain seatbelts and other customary safety devices (i.e. passenger airbags), making injury and death more likely to unknowing passengers.

For those who have been injured in a bus accident, the good news is that there are steps you can take to protect yourself. These are as follows:

1. Seek immediate medical treatment should you be involved in a bus accident. The shock associated with being in this type of accident can cause a person to not feel anything for days after the incident, despite being seriously injured.

2. Follow all of the instructions of law enforcement and the first responders at the scene of the accident. Allow them to take you to the hospital should they believe that your injuries warrant further evaluation.

3. Call the police department to find out when your accident report will be available. Make sure to review the document and advise the police of any errors before accepting it.

4. Write down a summary of the facts underlying your accident. Do so immediately as delays in this regard could end up resulting in the loss of crucial information.

5. Do not allow yourself to be recorded when dealing with your insurance company without first speaking with an experienced personal injury attorney. Any statements you make could be construed against you. Having an attorney to guide you through this process can prevent you from making innocent, yet costly mistakes in your case.

6. Do not provide recorded statements to your insurance carrier without speaking to a Mississippi personal injury attorney. This way, they will not be able to misconstrue what you way or use your statements against you later on to deny coverage.

7. Contact a skilled Mississippi bus accident attorney. Specifically, bus accidents often involve many very complex and challenging issues that only an experienced attorney is capable of effectively handling. Having an attorney by your side can help maximize your chances of obtaining the compensation you deserve for your injuries.

For additional information, contact our office today to learn more about your rights and responsibilities. We look forward to providing you with superior legal representation.