Have you been injured or unexpectedly lost a loved one in an accident in Mississippi? If another person is responsible for the accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Call Tupelo attorney William Wayne Housley today to learn about the benefits of filing a personal injury lawsuit. The money you recover from a lawsuit can help to pay for costly medical bills, make up for lost income, and compensate for the pain and suffering you experience.
Hiring an attorney to handle your case will help to maximize the amount of compensation you get. Call Tupelo Mississippi personal injury attorney William Housley to request a free consultation and find out how he can help you after an accident.
What Personal Injury Cases Do You Handle?
In Mississippi, accident victims have the right to file a personal injury claim for damages whenever another person's negligent or wrongful actions cause them harm. For the past 25 years, attorney William Housley has been dedicated to helping accident victims recover the compensation they need after an accident. He has successfully represented clients in a wide range of personal injury matters, including those for injuries resulting from:
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Defective products
- Dog bites
- Premises liability
- Workplace accidents
- Wrongful death, and more.
If you have been injured in Mississippi, do not hesitate to contact us for help. We will analyze your case, explain your legal options, and answer any questions you have. Call today to set up a free consultation.
Why Should I File a Personal Injury Lawsuit?
An unexpected accident and injury can be incredibly overwhelming. If your injury is severe, you may require extensive medical care and be forced to miss a lot of time at work to recover. This can impose significant financial burdens. In fact, the average cost of a bodily injury claim after a car accident is more than $15,000. In situations where your injuries result in disability, emotional distress, or chronic pain, the cost can be much greater. Filing a personal injury claim for damages can help you recover the money that is necessary to cover these (and other) accident-related costs.
What Compensation Can I Recover After a Mississippi Accident?
What kind of compensation can you recover from a successful personal injury lawsuit? Attorney William Housley can help you recover both economic and non-economic damages. In some cases, you may even be entitled to an award of punitive damages.
Economic damages, which are also known as compensatory damages, are paid to compensate victims for the direct financial costs of an accident and injury. Examples of economic damages include:
- Medical bills
- Property damage
- Travel expenses for medical procedures and treatment
- Lost income and wages, and
- Reduced earning capacity due to disability.
Economic damages are limited to your present and reasonably calculable future costs. In other words, you can only recover economic damages for the verifiable out-of-pocket expenses and costs you have.
Non-economic damages are paid to compensate accident victims for injuries that may not have direct or immediate financial consequences. These injuries are incredibly subjective and personal, making them difficult to value in terms of money. Examples of non-economic damages include:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Injury to reputation
- Physical impairment, and
- Loss of enjoyment of life.
Mississippi places a limit on the amount of non-economic damages that can be awarded in a personal injury case. A jury may not award more than $1 million in non-economic compensation. In medical malpractice cases, non-economic damages are capped at $500,000.
Punitive damages are generally not available in most personal injury cases. However, if the person responsible for your injuries acted fraudulently, with actual malice, or with gross negligence displaying a reckless disregard for your safety, punitive damages may be available. These damages are intended to punish the defendant for his or her actions and are awarded in addition to other compensation you receive.
Why Should I Hire a Personal Injury Attorney?
Hiring an attorney to handle your Mississippi personal injury case is the best thing you can do after an accident. Here's why.
The Law is Complicated
Mississippi personal injury law can be complicated. In order to successfully recover damages, you must be able to understand relevant law and procedure. Attorneys spend years learning how to find, analyze, and argue the law properly. Your attorney will know how to investigate, frame, and litigate your case in a way that will strengthen your case and get you the money you deserve.
Valuing an Injury Can Be Tough
How much is your personal injury case worth? Whose valuation should you trust? If you don't hire an attorney, you will be forced to rely on insurance company's analysis. Since they are only interested in protecting profits and their bottom line, you can bet that their valuation will be low. You can make sure that your claim is properly valued by letting an experienced attorney handle your case. Your attorney will thoroughly investigate your claim, consult with experts, and determine a fair settlement amount.
You Don't Have the Time
If you have been seriously injured in a Mississippi accident, you may not have the time to spare for a legal battle. If you try to split your focus, your physical and emotional recoveries will be unnecessarily extended. Hiring an attorney to represent you will give you the ability to focus on your recovery.
When Do I have to File a Personal Injury Claim in Mississippi?
While you do have the right to file a personal injury claim after an accident, you only have a limited amount of time to do so. In Mississippi, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims is three years from the date of an accident. If you don't file your claim before the statute of limitations expires, you will not be able to recover the money you deserve.
You can make sure that your claim is filed on time by calling an experienced Tupelo personal injury attorney immediately after an accident.
What If I Am Partially Responsible for an Accident?
Mississippi law follows the rule of pure comparative negligence, which means that you can recover compensation for injuries you sustain in an accident, even if you are partially at-fault. As long as you are not entirely responsible for your accident and injuries, you can recover damages. However, the amount you are entitled to receive will be directly reduced by your own degree of fault.
For example, if you are determined to 50 percent at fault for your injuries, you will only be entitled to recover 50 percent of any damages you sustain. If you suffered $100,000 in damages, you would only be entitled to recoup $50,000 from the other responsible party.
Experienced Mississippi Personal Injury Attorney
Have you been injured in a Mississippi accident? Has a loved one died in a Mississippi accident that was caused by another person's negligence? You may be entitled to compensation. Call Mississippi personal injury attorney William Housley to for assistance filing a personal injury claim for damages.
Attorney Housley has over 25 years of experience litigating personal injury cases and fighting to help Mississippi accident victims like you recover meaningful compensation. You have a limited amount of time to file a claim, so do not hesitate to call today to schedule your free consultation.