Hattiesburg Personal Injury Lawyer
Personal Injury Claims in Forrest & Lamar Counties
If you were injured due to someone else’s negligent or wrongful conduct, you could have grounds for a personal injury claim. In Mississippi, you generally have three years from the date of an injury (or the date on which an injury was discovered/became discoverable) to file a personal injury lawsuit, but the sooner you act, the better. Over time, evidence can be lost; when you take immediate action, you put yourself in the best possible position to recover a fair settlement or verdict.
At ‘Maggio | Thompson, LLP, our Hattiesburg personal injury lawyers offer truly personalized legal representation to victims of all types of motor vehicle accidents, workplace accidents, slips and falls, and other injury-causing events. We recognize that no two cases are exactly alike. Because of this, we work directly with our clients to develop customized legal strategies tailored to their unique needs, concerns, and goals. We are known for achieving results and have secured millions of dollars in compensation for our clients.
When to File a Personal Injury Claim
While Mississippi’s statute of limitations allows you three years (in most cases) from the date of injury to file a personal injury lawsuit, this does not apply to personal injury claims. Depending on the applicable insurance policy, you may be required to file a personal injury claim within a “reasonable period of time.” What constitutes a “reasonable period of time” is not always specifically defined by the policy, but generally means anywhere from a day to several weeks.
First, however, you must determine if you have grounds for a claim. Ask yourself the following:
- Were you injured, and did those injuries lead to specific measurable damages, such as medical bills, lost wages, and/or pain and suffering?
- Did someone else have a responsibility to act reasonably and/or take certain measures to prevent you from being injured?
- Did the other person or party fail to uphold this responsibility, either by acting negligently, carelessly, recklessly, wrongfully, or intentionally inflicting injury?
- Were your injuries and damages the result of the other person or party’s negligence or wrongful/intentional conduct?
- Is the other person or party strictly liable for your injuries and damages under the law, regardless of whether they acted negligently or wrongfully?
Determining when you are entitled to file a personal injury claim can be difficult. At ‘Maggio | Thompson, LLP, our attorneys are happy to sit down with you and discuss the details of your case during a no-cost, no-obligation consultation. We can answer any questions you may have and advise you as to the best course of action based on your unique situation.
Damages in Personal Injury Cases
Personal injury lawsuits are civil cases. The purpose of civil litigation is to allow people who have been negatively affected by the conduct of others to recover monetary compensation for their losses, whether through a settlement or judgment awarded after a civil trial.
If you were injured in an accident or otherwise due to someone else’s negligence, you have likely sustained numerous economic and non-economic losses as a result of your injuries. Collectively, the money provided to victims (known as “plaintiffs”) for these losses are referred to as “damages.” Compensatory damages are meant to reimburse the plaintiff for losses with a specific dollar value; general damages, on the other hand, are intended to compensate the plaintiff for their intangible losses, or those without a specific monetary value.
Some examples of common damages in personal injury cases include:
- Emergency medical care costs
- Surgeries, rehabilitation, and other treatments
- Ongoing and future medical care
- Lost income, wages, and other employment benefits
- Lost future earnings and income
- Diminished or lost earning ability due to impairment, disability, or incapacitation
- Pain and suffering, including emotional trauma and distress
- In-home care and assistance, home modifications, and other miscellaneous expenses
In addition to compensatory and general damages, some plaintiffs are able to recover punitive damages. Also known as exemplary damages, punitive damages do not compensate the plaintiff for either economic or non-economic damages. Rather, they are meant to punish the defendant when the defendant is found to have been egregiously negligent or to have caused willful, wanton, or intentional injury to another.
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At ‘Maggio | Thompson, LLP, we are here to guide you throughout the entire legal process. Whether you were seriously injured in a car accident, slipped and fell due to unsafe conditions on someone else’s property, or lost a loved one as a result of medical malpractice, our Hattiesburg personal injury lawyers are prepared to fight for you and the justice you deserve.
There are no legal fees unless we recover compensation for you. Reach out to us today to get started with a complimentary consultation and case evaluation.