Mississippi Personal Injury Attorneys Fighting for the Rights of those with Catastrophic Injuries
Passionate and aggressive representation on behalf of the seriously injured in Southaven, Olive Branch, Hernando and throughout Mississippi
A catastrophic injury can occur as a result of a serious accident, such as a motor vehicle accident or an act of medical malpractice, or from something as seemingly innocent as tripping, falling and hitting your head. What makes an injury catastrophic is that the result is so severe that the injured person is no longer able to work or care for themselves. Oftentimes, the individual is left with permanent disabilities that will have a negative impact on the rest of his or her life.
The legal team at Taylor Jones Taylor understands how devastating a catastrophic injury can be not just for injury victims, but also for their loved ones. It can be challenging when a person who was in one moment a healthy, productive human being and in the next moment, suffered a devastating injury that requires around the clock care. While you focus on recovering from your injuries, the firm’s catastrophic injury attorneys focus on holding the negligent party who caused your injury responsible and getting compensation for your injuries. With offices in Southaven, Olive Branch and Hernando, the attorneys are always close by when you need one the most.
Common catastrophic injuries
There are a few injuries that are so severe that the life of the injured person will never be the same. Some of these injuries might include, but are not limited to the following:
- Spinal cord injury (paraplegia, quadriplegia)
- Burn injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries resulting in permanent brain damage
- Multiple bone fractures
- Loss of organs
- Permanent scarring or disfigurement
Types of accidents that could result in catastrophic injury
Any type of severe accident that involves significant speed and force upon your body – such as a fall from a great height, or a violent attack – can cause a catastrophic injury. Some examples of these accidents include:
- Motorcycle accidents
- Auto accidents, especially those involving head-on or multi-car collisions
- Commercial truck accidents
- Construction site or other industrial accidents
- Airplane, train or mass transit-related accidents
- High-impact sports, such as boxing, football or mixed-martial arts
- Explosions or fires
- Toxic chemical or radiation exposure
Determining the value of a catastrophic injury claim
One of the most significant hurdles in filing a claim or a lawsuit after a catastrophic injury is determining what it will cost to care for the injured person and provide for all of their needs for the remainder of their lives. Often, personal injury attorneys use the life care planning process which takes into consideration things such as the current and future medical needs of the injured person, rehabilitation, personal care attendants, modifications to their home and vehicle, medical equipment and whatever else the injured person might require now and into the future. The fact that the injury will prevent the individual from any kind of gainful work will have to be factored in along with compensation for pain and suffering, emotional distress, disfigurement and the loss of the enjoyment of life. As part of the preparation for the case, Taylor Jones Taylor’s injury attorneys take all of these factors and more into consideration when determining the value of a catastrophic injury.
Statute of limitations in Mississippi
There is a three year statute of limitations for personal injury negligence claims in Mississippi, which means that you have up to three years from the date of the injury to file a claim. After that date has expired, the court can throw the case out. Mississippi does have damage caps on non-economic damages.
Damage Caps in Mississippi
In 2004, the Mississippi legislature amended Miss. Code Ann. § 11-1-60 and placed limits on any recovery by an injured person of their noneconomic damages in all civil cases, with the exception of medical liability actions, to $1 million. What that means is that the Mississippi legislature thinks that no injury, no matter how catastrophic, should expose the negligent tortfeasor to a monetary judgment in excess of $1 million dollars. While this is good for big businesses and insurance companies, it is an injustice for the injured. This law has been challenged several times but is still on the books. Contact your state representative and tell them to repeal this arbitrary and totally unconstitutional limit on our justice system and the rule of law.
How a Southaven personal injury attorney can help when you have suffered catastrophic injuries
When you have survived a terrible accident that left you with a catastrophic injury, you may have many questions about how you will pay your medical expenses. If you have been in the hospital and unable to return to work, you may have worries about how your bills will get paid. At the law firm of Taylor Jones Taylor, skilled lawyers investigate the accident and make sure they have accurately determined the value of each client’s claim. The firm fights tenaciously to protect your rights and get the compensation you deserve so that your needs are taken care of now and into the future.
Helping Southaven families affected by catastrophic injuries
Recovering from a catastrophic injury can be quite challenging. The skilled legal team at Taylor Jones Taylor fights for the rights of catastrophic accident injury victims throughout Mississippi, protecting the rights of clients in Grenada, Tupelo, Clarksdale, Oxford, Batesville and Cleveland and beyond. You are welcome to call 662.253.5193, or fill out this contact form to make an appointment at one of the firm’s three offices in Southaven, Hernando or Olive Branch. How can we help you today?