Personal Injury Attorney Southaven Mississippi

Southaven, Mississippi Personal Injury Lawyer

If you've sustained injuries in a Southaven, Mississippi accident, contact the personal injury attorneys at Germany Law Firm, PLLC, to learn more about your legal options and right to compensation.

A Mississippi personal injury attorney's most important job is helping clients navigate a serious accident's consequences. People who are injured because of someone else's intentional or negligent actions have the right to pursue compensation for their damages.

As reported by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over three million people in the United States are hospitalized with injuries annually. The CDC also states that Mississippi has an accident-related fatality rate of 82 people out of every 100,000. By comparison, the fatality rate from injuries nationwide is only 62 people out of every 100,000.

While personal injury lawyers can't prevent accidents or stop severe and fatal injuries from happening, they can work on behalf of injured victims to obtain financial compensation from the at-fault party. This financial compensation is intended as reimbursement for any monetary damages the victim endured due to their accident.

Germany Law Firm, PLLC is a Southaven, Mississippi, personal injury law firm that is a step above the others. Our attorneys provide exceptional service and one-on-one support for our clients.

If you are in the midst of a personal injury dispute and are contemplating filing a claim, we can review your potential case and help you plan accordingly.

Elements of a Valid Southaven, MS Personal Injury Claim

To establish your personal injury case and hold the liable party responsible, you must prove that the four elements of negligence were present during your accident.

Our attorneys build these cases daily and know the most effective methods for proving each element.

The four elements that must be proven include:

  • Establish Duty of Care- Establishing that a duty of care was owed to the victim. In legal terms, a duty of care indicates that the at-fault party owed the victim a basic level of consideration to make sure they were not putting them in danger. When behind the wheel, drivers have a duty to make sure that they follow all traffic laws and ordinances and act with reasonable care. Physicians, nurses, and other healthcare providers are responsible for their patients to provide them with a reasonable standard of care.
  • Show that a Duty was Violated- This means you must show that the at-fault party violated the duty of care they owed you. Accounting for the events leading up to the accident and the knowledge the at-fault party had at that time, you need to show that they should reasonably have been aware that someone could be hurt or killed because of their carelessness.
  • Provide Proof- Proving that their violation was the direct cause of the accident and, therefore, your injuries.
  • Damages- Demonstrating that you sustained compensable damages, such as economic, emotional, and physical harm.

How Can a Mississippi Personal Injury Attorney Help Me?

The concept of damages can appear abstract and complicated to understand if you are not familiar with how personal injury cases are investigated and how to identify the at-fault party correctly. This is just one of the many reasons it is advantageous to work with one of our experienced lawyers instead of attempting to build a compelling claim on your own. Our knowledge and skill also extend to valuing your claim and securing you a fair settlement offer.

To prove your case, we will collect evidence that supports your version of events, including:

Police reports/Reports filed by first responders
Eyewitness statements
Physical proof
Keep a record of expenses you encurred due to your injury
Medical records pertaining to the investigation
Pictures and video of the scene, your injuries, and other important details
Expert testimony

Contact us today to discuss your accident and find out if you have the right to pursue a claim for your injuries and losses.

What Types of Personal Injury Cases Do We Handle?

We are happy to review any personal injury claim that comes to us. Our current legal team has handled a wide variety of personal injury cases.

Our practice areas include the following below.

Motor Vehicle Accidents

In 2019, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recorded 581 fatal vehicle accidents in Mississippi, resulting in 643 deaths.

Car accidents in Southaven and throughout Mississippi occur for many reasons. Sometimes, an intoxicated or distracted driver gets behind the wheel and causes a serious crash resulting in injuries to other drivers or pedestrians. Additionally, an exhausted or sleep-deprived driver could be unable to focus on the roadway, making them more prone to causing an accident with injuries. There is also the danger that a driver will speed, pass illegally, or disregard other safety laws, increasing the chances that they will cause an accident.

At Germany Law Firm, PLLC, we work hard to ensure that our clients receive full and fair financial compensation for their injuries and losses.

Tractor-Trailer Accidents

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, oversized commercial trucks were involved in almost 10% of fatal motor vehicle accidents in Mississippi in 2019. Overall, large commercial trucks were associated with 78 fatal collisions that same year.

Tractor-trailer operators are tasked with hauling freight from one place to another. Due to strict deadlines placed on them by their employers, they often speed or drive excessively long hours to reach their destination on time. Punctuality notwithstanding, there is no excuse for a truck operator to take such dangerous risks. If a truck driver fails to take appropriate safety precautions, they become a threat to others on the roadway and should be held accountable.

The Southaven personal injury lawyers at Germany Law Firm, PLLC want the victims of tractor-trailer accidents to feel confident regarding their case. We are familiar with the difficulties of establishing liability in these cases and have the resources necessary to work with professionals in the industry. Fortunately, our law firm has more than four decades of experience handling tractor-trailer accident cases and other personal injury litigation. If you are injured by a negligent truck operator or trucking company, we will help you get the compensation you are entitled to for your injuries and damages.

Motorcycle Accidents

Mississippi boasts dozens of scenic roadways, such as the Natchez Trace Parkway, that motorcycle riders enjoy all year. Statistics reviewed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Federal Highway Administration record an average of 14.57 deaths for every 10,000 registered motorcyclists.

A motorcycle rider in Mississippi has to navigate our state's roadways with care and precision at all times. Failing to do so is a common cause of accidents that injure the rider and others on the road.

Our legal team can offer assistance if you sustain injuries in a motorcycle crash. You should not be on the hook for the damages caused by your accident if they were caused by a motorcyclist's failure to obey safe driving laws. Our Southaven personal injury lawyers will investigate your accident and help you with your personal injury claim.

Wrongful Death

Under Mississippi law, wrongful death is a loss of life resulting from someone else's negligence. Wrongful deaths can take place for multiple reasons, including:

  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Medical negligence/Medical malpractice
  • Defective products
  • Premises liability
  • Negligent security
  • Deliberate, unlawful acts

Following a wrongful death, the victim's surviving family members are eligible to bring a lawsuit against the at-fault person, persons, or entity. If they can prove that the victim's death was directly caused by the at-fault party's negligence and that, had the at-fault party exercised due care, the death could have been prevented. Alternatively, surviving family members can also prove that the at-fault party deliberately caused the victim's death.

After a wrongful death, we work closely with the victim's family to ensure they receive compassion, support, and reliable legal guidance.

Medical Malpractice

Over the past several years, many of Mississippi's doctor's offices and hospitals have merged to form corporate entities that bear almost no resemblance to the dedicated healthcare providers of the past. This has led to a state-wide increase in patients being treated like a number instead of a person, and when something goes awry, they are often ignored.

Elements of a Medical Malpractice Claim

Not every medical injury results from a doctor's mistake, and not every mistake a doctor makes results in injuries. In order to prevail on a personal injury claim of medical malpractice, the previously mentioned elements of negligence must be proven.

Essential to a conclusion of breach of duty is whether the physician acted as other physicians in their field would have performed under the same or similar circumstances, meaning that current professional medical standards are the measurement by which duty of care is ruled. Our lawyers will carefully construct a solid argument during our investigation to establish each element and back up our claims with compelling evidence.

Spinal Cord Injuries

Motor vehicle accidents, workplace injuries, slip and fall accidents; any one of these incidents can result in considerable injury to your back, demanding medical attention as a result.

A minor injury to the spinal cord could cause tingling and weakness and might require surgery. Even with modern technology, significant damage to the spinal cord could result in paralysis and may be impossible to fix.

Common Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries

The spinal cord is one of the essential parts of the human body. It allows the brain to send and receive signals to and from the rest of the body. It is protected by bone, muscle, fluid, and cartilage. In spite of all these protections, however, it is still extremely vulnerable during an accident.

The National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center published that automobile collisions are the number one cause of spinal cord injuries in the United States.

Falls from a height and injuries caused by recreational activities are also extremely common. In any given year, around 12,500 people experience some degree of spinal cord injury nationwide.

Sudden and violent movements, such as in a car crash, can cause the vertebral bones in the spine or the discs cushioning those bones to move unnaturally, placing undue pressure on the spinal cord and on other neural networks.

In some instances, the spinal cord is severed entirely, causing a tremendous amount of damage.

Brain Injuries

Due to the distinctive placement and vulnerability of the brain, an injury's impact can be unpredictable and dangerous. Even a minor brain injury can cause long-term difficulties, and a more serious one could leave you with life-long brain damage. Both of these outcomes are accompanied by excessive medical bills.

Sustaining a brain injury, especially one caused by someone else's carelessness, can be distressing, and the recovery process can leave you economically, emotionally, and physically devastated.

The brain injury attorneys at Germany Law Firm, PLLC, have a strong track record of recovering maximum damages for their clients who have brought claims against negligent drivers, physicians, and businesses for the injuries they have inflicted on others.

Side-Effects of Brain Injuries

The effects of a brain injury can be profoundly traumatizing. They include:

  • Seizures
  • Memory loss
  • Headaches/Difficulty focusing
  • Major personality changes/Sudden mood swings
  • Psychological changes

This list is far from complete. Brain injury victims are susceptible to a wide variety of symptoms.

Aviation Accidents

One of the busiest airports in Mississippi is Jackson–Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport which services roughly 150 aircraft daily. Hawkins Field Airport is a civil and military airport for military, commercial, and private pilots. Dozens of jets, propeller planes, and training helicopters arrive at and depart daily from Trent Lott International Airport in Jackson County.

This heavy air traffic has prompted several aviation accidents in which Germany Law Firm, PLLC, has helped victims of plane crashes recover damages.

Common Causes of Plane Crashes

Our Southaven aviation accident lawyers investigate thoroughly to find all potential causes of an aviation accident. Issues that are commonly encountered include:

  • Pilot error
  • Air traffic controller error
  • Malfunctioning aircraft equipment
  • Structural or design flaws in the aircraft
  • Poorly maintained aircraft
  • Runway maintenance or design problems
  • Unbalanced load
  • Helicopters that are too heavy or over-fueled
  • Failing to de-ice before takeoff
  • Procedural mistakes
  • Acts of passenger violence or terrorism

Investigating Plane Crashes

The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration investigate all aircraft crashes, both private and commercial. We routinely deal with these federal agencies and are well-acquainted with their investigative methods and how they compile their reports. We use this knowledge to help construct the strongest case against the negligent flight crew, pilot, aircraft owner, aircraft manufacturer, or airport liable for your injuries.

Our lawyers also consult with aviation operations, manufacturing, and engineering professionals. With access to these experts, our firm is able to go head-to-head with aviation corporations to get you the settlement you deserve.

Bad Faith Insurance Claims

Our lawyers know that when a claim is submitted to an insurer, the policyholder expects the company to act in good faith and observe the claim's validity. Conflicts commonly arise when an insurance carrier denies a legitimate claim, usually without explanation.

Insurance carriers make more money when policyholders fail to collect on submitted claims or don't file. Some insurers deny claims, irrespective of their validity, and only investigate if and when a policyholder takes legal action.

Unfair claim handling takes place when an insurance carrier tries to get out of paying a valid claim or decreases their policyholder's payment. Some examples of unfair claim handling include deceiving or misleading a policyholder, fraud, refusal to fulfill a contractual obligation, neglect, or deliberate malfeasance on the part of the insurance company.

Product Liability

People use hundreds of different products every single day without incident. This is primarily due to product liability laws. Since companies can be held responsible for defects in the production or design of their products, they exercise an appropriate degree of caution. They consider the unforeseen costs, such as high-dollar lawsuits, that come with cutting corners. This important area of the law protects you from severe injuries and, if a severe injury does occur, gives you a legal avenue for collecting compensation for your damages.

Types of Product Defects

Our product liability attorneys in Southaven, Mississippi, have the determination and skill to establish fault in complex product liability claims. We consult with top professionals regarding multiple products' manufacturing and design processes. We are shrewd negotiators, capable of reaching an equitable settlement without going to court, and aggressive litigators prepared to take any claim to trial.

Commons product liability claims we handle include:

  • Motor vehicle parts
  • Swimming pool construction
  • Lawn maintenance equipment
  • Flammable textiles
  • Household appliances
  • Cleaning products
  • Cosmetics/Beauty products
  • Contaminated foods
  • Dangerous drugs
  • Defective medical devices

Our product liability attorneys work with two purposes in mind; seeking the maximum recovery for your damages and, by holding the negligent company accountable, preventing the defective product from endangering others.

Dangerous Drugs

Before they are made available to the public, prescription and over-the-counter medications must undergo rigorous testing to ensure their safety and efficacy. Regrettably, testing is not always as comprehensive as it should be, and companies often take shortcuts that allow them to distribute dangerous medications that can result in serious injuries to consumers, all so they can make a quick buck.

Even with the United States Food and Drug Administration supervising the approval process, unsafe drugs are regularly made available to the public and induce several thousand avoidable injuries and deaths every year.

Some examples of drugs with highly harmful side effects include Prilosec, Viagra, Zantac, Valsartan, and Nexium. Sadly, numerous people take these harmful drugs without being aware of their potentially dangerous side effects. When these incidents happen, victims are entitled to seek financial compensation for their medical expenses, pain, suffering, lost earnings, and other damages caused by using a defective product.

If you or a family member sustained injuries or died from the use of a harmful prescription drug or an over-the-counter medication, we urge you to speak with a Southaven dangerous drugs attorney who has decades of experience in handling mass tort cases. Unsafe drugs often have catastrophic consequences for susceptible patients, who experience adverse effects from drugs they were told would help them recover from injury or illness.

Medical Devices

The FDA is also responsible for authorizing the release of new medical devices. In spite of their rigorous testing and high standards, faulty medical devices still find a way into the marketplace where unsuspecting consumers purchase them. These defective devices can cause serious health problems, which lead to excessive medical bills, disability-related costs, lost earnings, and more. With a fair compensation settlement, you can pay for these expenses and move forward with your life.

Some common defective medical devices include:

  • Hip implant and knee replacement parts.
  • Pacemakers that broke or stopped keeping rhythm.
  • Breast implants and similar devices that can harm your immune system.
  • Heart valve implants that leak or break, causing additional surgeries or fatalities.
  • Poorly sterilized devices used in gynecological procedures, causing infections, infertility, or even miscarriages.

Any medical device can be faulty or defective, including devices used by tens of thousands of Americans every day, such as heart valve implants, insulin pumps, pacemakers, and more. When they are defectively designed, these products can seriously injure the person using them since they normally play a vital function in their health. Along with internal organ damage and pulmonary complications, patients who wind up with faulty medical products could also die.

If a defective or faulty medical device injured you or a member of your family, contact Germany Law Firm, PLLC right away.

What Damages Are Available in a Southaven, MS Personal Injury Claim?

Based on the severity and nature of your accident-related injuries, there are multiple forms of damages that may be available to you via a personal injury claim, including:

  • Medical bills arising from or relating to your injuries
  • Lost earnings and job benefits
  • Reduced earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional trauma
  • Other associated damages

If you were injured and are considering pursuing financial compensation for your injuries, the first step you need to take is choosing suitable representation. Our Southaven personal injury lawyers are ready to help and advise you, whether you were injured in a motor vehicle collision, a farm mishap, or if you lost a family member in an accident caused by a defective product and you wish to bring a wrongful death claim.

Schedule a Consultation With Our Southaven Personal Injury Attorneys Today

Our legal team offers free consultations so you can stop by and discuss your potential case with a qualified attorney and be advised on the best way to proceed. From a minor injury caused by a fender-bender to a permanent disability caused by a catastrophic accident, our Southaven personal injury lawyers are prepared to represent you, defend your rights, and ensure that you obtain the full compensation you are entitled to for your injuries and losses. Contact Germany Law Firm, PLLC at 601-401-6884 for a free consultation.

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