Practice Areas

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 suffered injuries by someone’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:

Truck Accidents

Attorney for Truck Driver Accident Injuries and Wrongful Death Lawsuits in MississippiThe sheer size of an 18 wheeler makes it an imposing vehicle. Because of their size and weight, trucks cannot stop as fast as cars and can slide, or jack-knife if they attempt to turn quickly. Additionally, truckers often spend extended amounts of time behind the wheel, making it more likely that they will face moments of inattention or are easily distracted. Trucking accidents often result in catastrophic injuries and fatalities.

Over the past several years, our truck accident lawyer has been helping victims of crashes involving semi-trucks and tractor trailers throughout the United States. We understand the complexities these cases often have and can fight for your rights following a truck accident.  Not only does Mr. Giddens represent the interests of those hurt in these wrecks, but he also studies the trucking industry and follows new developments in it so that he can remain at the forefront of trucking litigation.  For example, Mr. Giddens has served as an ambassador for the implementation of side underride guard protections, which can substantially prevent death or serious injury in nearly 75% of trucking crashes when installed.

18 Wheeler Accidents

Getting into an accident with an 18 wheeler can be a frightening experience. You may not know what your next steps should be following the accident. Chances are, you or a loved one is experiencing severe, life-changing injuries and crippling financial debt. What you need is an 18 wheeler accident attorney who has the experience and the knowledge necessary to fight for your rights following an accident.

Giddens Law Firm has been handling 18 wheeler accidents for over 20 years. We are not afraid to go after the trucking company or the insurance carrier and will do whatever we can to make sure you get the compensation you deserve after a catastrophic accident. Using the latest technology and trial techniques, our 18 wheeler accident lawyer will aggressively go after those responsible for your injuries.

Car Accidents

A close up of a red emergency triangle on the road in front of a car after an accident.

Collisions between automobiles are so common that most people will experience one at some point in their lives. Although many of these accidents are minor, there are times when an auto accident can result in severe injuries that could take months, even years to recover from. Negligent drivers are the cause of car accidents in most cases, and if you suffered an injury as the result of one of these drivers, the law allows for you to recover compensation from them.

But dealing with the insurance company is never an easy task. Insurance adjusters will do whatever they can to prevent you from getting the maximum amount of compensation for your injuries. Your best option after a car accident is to contact a car accident lawyer to learn what legal options are available to you and to have someone fight on your behalf against the insurance adjuster.

Bicycle Accidents

Accident on pedestrian crossingBicycles are smaller and lighter than other vehicles and they are quieter and less visible than cars and motorcycles. Despite this, bicyclists often share the same roads as other vehicles. However, many Mississippi drivers fail to realize they need to share the road with bicycles and unfortunately, drivers are not as focused on the road as they should be. This is when bicycle accidents occur.

Accidents between cars and bicycles are fairly common, and the cyclist is the one who will typically suffer serious injuries. When a negligent driver causes harm to a cyclist, the cyclist can collect compensation.

Motorcycle Accidents

motorcycle accident lawyersIndividuals who ride motorcycles are far more vulnerable than passengers in an automobile. The smaller nature of motorcycles also makes them somewhat harder to see in some circumstances. Of course, if a driver of a vehicle causes a collision with a motorcycle, it’s the motorcyclist who will likely suffer the greater harm. These claims often involve very serious injuries.

If you were involved in a motorcycle accident, you may be facing huge medical bills and lost wages. It’s always best to speak with an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer to learn what your next steps should be.

Brain Injuries

brain injuryReceiving a brain injury following an accident can be devastating to you and your family. You could be facing years of medical treatments, changes in your daily routine, and may not even be able to work ever again. It can put a strain on your finances and your relationships. If you experience a traumatic brain injury as a result of someone’s negligence, you will need to pursue a personal injury claim so your needs are met.

At Giddens Law Firm, our brain injury lawyer understands what you and your family are going through at this time. We will do everything in our power to make sure you get the compensation you need so you can continue to heal without worrying about how you’ll pay for your expenses.

Dangerous Drugs

dangerous drugs

When a manufacturer fails to create a safe product, either because the design was flawed, there was an error in manufacturing, or simply because they failed to properly warn consumers of a risk, then the manufacturer or seller of that product becomes liable to consumers who suffer an injury from the defective product. Many product liability claims involve pharmaceutical products that create unreasonable risks to those who use them.

If you suffered an injury caused by a dangerous drug, you have the right to hold the manufacturer or drug maker responsible for their actions. With years of experience in dangerous drug litigation, our defective drug lawyer is ready to answer your call.

Workers’ Compensation

Mississippi Worker's Compensation LawsIf you get injured while on the job, workers’ compensation is meant to pay your medical expenses and any wages you may have lost while you are recovering. However, workers’ comp is an extremely complex program that not many employers understand. Sometimes, your claim can be denied for having a preexisting condition or you’re not classified as an employee. Whatever the case may be, it’s important to speak. with a workers’ compensation attorney if you have any issues with your workplace accident claim

In addition, there are times when a workplace accident may involve more than one party. For example, if you get into a car accident while on the job, you may have a third party claim against the driver. If this may sound familiar, speak with our personal injury lawyer today to learn your options.

Birth Injuries

Mississippi Birth Injury AttorneysMedical malpractice can happen to anyone who receives medical care. When medical malpractice impacts a newborn baby, the resulting claims can be highly complex. It is often difficult to know what went wrong, and parents might not know whether or not the doctor made an error.

Birth injury claims involve complex issues that require an understanding of the medical practice, appropriate treatments, and the use of experts. These cases have a huge impact on families as birth injuries can lead to disabilities and necessary medical treatment that can be extremely expensive. A successful birth injury claim can reduce these burdens for the impacted family.

Wrongful Death

Mississippi Head-on collision lawyer in Jackson, MississippiWhen a family loses a loved one in an accident, it is a devastating experience. In addition to the emotional trauma, a family could face financial hardships resulting from the loss of a breadwinner. A wrongful death claim can force the responsible party to pay damages to the family of the deceased individual.

In addition to our work in personal injury claims, our attorneys are experienced in trust litigation. Beneficiaries of trusts are owed a fiduciary duty by the trustee who managed their trust. In many cases, a corporate fiduciary manages the trust for the beneficiaries, and in some situations, the fiduciary fails to adequately manage the trust assets. In these cases, the beneficiaries have a right to be compensated for failures on the part of the fiduciary.

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.