Rankin County Personal Injury Attorneys
Fighting for Your Rights After Serious Accidents
Life can be risky. Every time you drive a car, use a product, receive medical attention, or visit someone else’s property, you have the potential to face a devastating accident. Fortunately, most days unfold without incident. Unfortunately, others can result in life-changing injuries and losses.
What started as a typical commute to work could end up in a devastating automobile collision. A routine doctor’s visit could result in a missed diagnosis or life-threatening prescription error. The list is endless.
Nevertheless, few of these situations occur on their own. In each event, someone acts or fails to act in a way that puts others in danger. When this kind of behavior negatively affects you, you have the right to pursue legal action.
If you’ve been harmed by someone else’s negligence or lost a loved one to a preventable accident, ‘Maggio | Thompson, LLP can help you pursue the resources you need to recover.
Am I Entitled to Compensation?
When an injury or loss interrupts your life, leaves permanent scars, or affects your livelihood in any way, and your suffering is the result of someone else’s behavior; you are entitled to seek compensation.
Whether or not you are awarded this compensation, known as “damages,” in a courtroom or settlement negotiation will depend on whether or not you can prove negligence.
Negligence is loosely defined as a failure to behave with the level of care that an ordinary person would typically exhibit under the same circumstances. It’s essentially a legal term for carelessness, and this carelessness carries consequences in both criminal and civil law.
To prove a negligence claim, you must prove 4 main components:
- The person who harmed you owed you a legal duty of care
- That person (the defendant) breached their duty towards you
- You (the plaintiff) suffered an injury or other loss (damage)
- The defendant’s breach was the proximate cause of your damage
While this seems straightforward, accidental situations are not usually cut and dried. That’s why it’s important to have our talented legal team on your side.
Case Study: Car Accidents
Consider, for example, you are filing suit after a car wreck. Drivers have a duty to exercise reasonable care anytime they are on the road, so the 1st component of your case is already established.
Now, you have to show that the defendant breached this duty, which means proving their careless behavior. If the driver was intoxicated or distracted by their phone, you might be able to prove this by bringing their lab test or phone log into evidence. Assuming this is done properly, usually with the help of a lawyer, you will have proven the 2nd piece of your case.
From there, you have a responsibility to demonstrate your injuries. Medical bills can prove that you were hurt and face expenses, but how do you prove the pain and suffering the accident caused you? If you’re not able to work at the same level after the accident, how do you explain the financial losses you will endure? Our experienced attorneys can help you make your case for damages and fulfill the 3rd requirement of your negligence claim.
You’ll notice that proving negligence gets more difficult with each step. Proving that someone else caused your accident is perhaps the most challenging aspect of your case. This is where the defense will try to discredit your driving, bring up any pre-existing conditions you might have, and generally deny as much responsibility for the accident and your injuries as possible. During this 4th and final phase, it is more important than ever for you to have a fearless advocate in your corner. Further, your case will be stronger if your lawyer already illustrated components 1-3 of your case clearly.
The bottom line: our seasoned attorneys can help you win your case.
What Other Situations Lead to Personal Injury Claims?
While automobile accidents are the area in which most personal injury claims arise, many other events can lead to successful personal injury lawsuits.
Some examples include:
- Car Wreck Accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Medical mistakes
- Product defects
- Dog bites
- Nursing home abuse
- Fires and explosions
If you’ve been injured by a dangerous product, medication, or medical device that was sold to the public, you may also share your story with many people across Rankin County, Mississippi, and the United States.
When this is the case, you might be able to join one of our class-action lawsuits.
To find out how we can serve you best, call us at (601) 265-6869 today.
What Can I Use My Compensation For?
If your case is successful, you will be awarded damages for any injuries and losses you suffered. In most personal injury cases, you can use this money to cover, offset, or provide comfort for:
- Medical bills
- Rehabilitative services
- Missed wages
- Diminished earning potential
- Changes to your quality of life
- Pain and suffering
In cases of wrongful death, compensation can also help you cover burial and funerary expenses, account for any inheritance you would have received, and help you cope with the loss of a family member.
While no amount of money can undo your injury or bring your loved one back, compensation can keep you out of difficult financial situations and give you the resources you need to move forward with both the care you need and the comfort you deserve.
Pursue maximum damages with our firm.
When Should I File?
Under its statute of limitations (Mississippi Code 15-1-35), the state of Mississippi requires personal injury lawsuits to be filed within 3 years of your accident or the moment you discover your injuries.
The sooner you file, however, the easier it will be for your attorneys to investigate your accident and collect the appropriate evidence to prove your case.
While we understand you may not want to pursue civil action right away, we encourage you to do so as soon as you are ready.
Why Should I Choose ‘Maggio | Thompson, LLP?
Our firm has successfully resolved more than 5,000 cases. Because we focus our practice on personal injury, many of these cases are similar to yours. That being said, we understand that every case is different, and we appreciate the value of personalized support.
For this reason and many others, we always put our clients first and provide compassionate advocacy during difficult times. Additionally, we do not collect any fees unless you win your case, so recruiting our firm will not make a financially trying time more stressful.
At ‘Maggio | Thompson, LLP, you can expect each of our attorneys to be involved and invested in your case; you can expect dedication to you and your cause, and you can rest assured that we will pool the entirety of our skill and resources to give you the best chance of winning your case.
If you’re ready to get started, call us 24/7 at (601) 265-6869 or request a free consultation online.