What is Considered to be a Personal Injury?
Personal injury refers to any type of injury that a person sustained in an accident caused by another person’s carelessness. Some examples of an injury caused negligent behavior include the driver who is too preoccupied with his phone to pay attention to the road or the drug manufacturer who produces a medication known to have extremely harmful side effects. Several parties could be held responsible for an accident victim’s injuries – another individual, a business, a manufacturer, or even the government.
It is important for people who have suffered injuries due to someone else’s reckless behavior to be compensated. Many catastrophic injuries will result in expensive medical bills, missed time at work, and the need for physical therapy and rehabilitation. There is also the possibility that a person will be left with a disability that impacts their ability to work in the future. In order for a person to get the treatment they need to recover, and the support they need moving forward, the law makes it possible for those who have suffered these injuries to hold the responsible party liable.
Since 1999, the Giddens Law Firm has provided dedicated representation to individuals who were harmed in accidents. We know that each claim we handle has a huge impact on our clients’ lives and we strive to give our clients the personalized attention they need in order to understand the legal process and how their claim is proceeding. Our personal injury attorneys are committed to seeking the best outcome for our clients by developing individualized litigation strategies and fighting to ensure our clients get the compensation that they deserve.
What Personal Injury Practice Areas Does Giddens Law Firm Handle?
We provide representation to individuals in a wide variety of personal injury claims, including:
How Can Giddens Law Firm Help You With Your Injury Case?
We understand how you’re feeling right now. You’re probably anxious about your injuries and worried about how you’re going to pay for your expenses. This is why it’s always wise to speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer from Giddens Law Firm to peace of mind you need following an accident.
Our lawyers will listen to your case, investigate to see who is responsible and get you a rough estimate of how much your claim is worth. We will then go after those responsible for your injuries and make sure you get the compensation you deserve. And, if negotiations break down, we will represent your interests in the courtroom.
If you were in an accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence, we’re here to help. Contact Giddens Law Firm today for a free consultation.
Frequently Asked Questions About Personal Injury
How Do I Know If I Have a Personal Injury Claim?
Anytime you get into an accident that was caused by someone’s careless or reckless behavior, it’s always best to speak with a personal injury lawyer to learn if you have a claim. Since each accident is different, there are no specific guidelines to whether you have a claim. That’s why after an accident, your first call should be to our Jackson law office to see what we can do for you.
What If I Am Partially At Fault For the Accident?
In Mississippi, you can collect damages from another person who is liable for your injuries, even if you share some of the blame. However, you may receive only a percentage of damages depending on how much you are at fault. This is what is known as comparative fault.
For example, if you were texting at the time of a car accident with a drunk driver, and the insurance company finds you 20 percent at fault for the accident, your reward would be reduced to 80 percent.
What Are Damages?
Damages are monetary compensation paid to the injured party by the party who caused the harm. You can collect damage to cover medical bills and lost wages, but also for your pain and suffering. In some cases, where the defendant’s conduct was particularly egregious, it is possible to collect punitive damages, which are meant to punish the defendant.
Will I Have to Go to Trial?
Most cases settle before they ever reach a trial. This means you and your attorney will negotiate an amount of compensation with the defendants and avoid actually going to trial. Some cases do go to trial, of course, but they are the minority.
How Much Does it Cost to Hire an Attorney?
We work on a contingency basis. What this means is we do not get paid for our services until we win your case. Once the case is settled, we will take a small percentage of the settlement. If we are not successful, then you will not owe us anything.
Do I Need a Personal Injury Lawyer?
Sometimes following an accident, an insurance company will offer to pay the injured person a settlement. This might seem a lot easier than going through the process of filing a legal claim. However, it is important to note that these offers are often far smaller than the claim is worth.
Additionally, many people do things that hurt their chances in a future claim without even realizing it. An attorney can help you navigate the process, and ensure that you are not going to be taken advantage of by an insurer, or that your actions are not misrepresented and used against you. An attorney can be a powerful advocate and can help your claim succeed.
If you were injured in an accident, you might feel angry, confused, or vulnerable, and you likely have a lot of questions about what to do now. It is important that you find someone who can represent you and look out for your interests.
At Giddens Law Firm, we understand what is at stake, and will work to provide you with the representation you need in order to reach a successful outcome to your claim. Call us today for a free consultation at (601) 355-2022 to learn more about how we can make a difference for you.