Pascagoula, Mississippi Attorneys Help Clients Recover Damages After a Personal Injury
Proving negligence and recovering fair compensation for you
Serious injuries suffered from a car accident, a slip and fall in a grocery store, a defective product, or a workplace accident can have a devastating effect on the quality of your life. When you are unable to work, the medical bills start piling up, and you begin to worry about how you will get on with your life. For more than 50 years, the attorneys at Cumbest, Cumbest, Hunter & McCormick have been helping people who have been injured in accidents. We represent Mississippians in the following areas of personal injury law:
- Auto accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Jones Act maritime injuries
- Motorcycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Premises liability and slip and fall injuries
- Products liability
- Truck accidents
- Workplace injuries
- Wrongful death
Our Pascagoula attorneys know how to investigate and determine who is responsible for your injuries, and we work hard to get you fair compensation.
How your Pascagoula attorney helps after a personal injury
Some people ask, “Why do I need to hire an attorney?” There are many benefits to hiring a skilled lawyer, including:
- Experience with personal injury cases: Are you aware of how insurance companies work or what the law says with regard to personal injury claims? Do you know all the different kinds of damages for which you can request compensation? Can you estimate the proper amount of compensation for a catastrophic brain injury or spinal injury? Without knowing the answers to these and other questions of personal injury law, you are at a distinct disadvantage.
- The knowledge and skill to negotiate a fair settlement: How do you know whether the amount of money the insurance company is offering you is a fair amount for your injuries? What if there was a wrongful death in the accident? Are you familiar with the tactics that insurance companies use to pay out as little as possible on a claim? Do you know how to negotiate with insurance companies? If not, you might consider working with an experienced attorney who is a skilled negotiator and who knows how to work with the insurance companies to seek fair compensation for you.
- Competent representation in court: If you need to try your case in court because the insurance company is disputing your claim, how will you represent yourself? Our personal injury attorneys are formidable litigators who know how to present your case in court. We will carefully and aggressively handle your matter.
Our Pascagoula law firm serves injured clients throughout Mississippi.
Damages available for personal injury in Mississippi
The goal of personal injury law is to “make the victim whole.” But since it is not possible to undo physical harm, the at-fault party must pay sufficient compensation to effectively balance the harm done. Victims can collect monetary awards to offset a variety of economic and noneconomic losses, including:
- Medical bills
- Lost earning, present and future
- Future medical costs
- Costs of physical therapy and home care
- Costs to modify a home to accommodate a disability
- Pain and suffering
- Diminished quality of life
Mississippi currently caps noneconomic damages (such as pain and suffering) in medical malpractice cases at $750,000 and in all other injury cases at $1 million. But there remains a question of whether that cap is valid under the Mississippi Constitution, which requires that the jury decide the amount of damages. Although most personal injury settlements are confidential, it is clear that many cases settle for more than the cap amount.
Mississippi statute of limitations sets a deadline for injury claims
Mississippi law requires injured parties to bring an action within a set time period or lose their rights forever. For most injuries, the deadline is three years from the date of the injury event. For medical malpractice, the period is either two or seven years, depending on when the plaintiff discovers the injury. For a wrongful death claim, the period is three years from the victim’s death, which may be later than the injury event.
There are factors, such as incapacity or a defendant’s bankruptcy, which could extend the statutory period. But it is always best to consult an attorney as soon as possible, not just to avoid problems with the statute of limitations, but also to begin assembling the evidence before it is lost or destroyed.
How much does it cost to hire a lawyer after an accident?
Most people have the idea that hiring an attorney is too expensive to consider. They don’t know how much a personal injury lawyer costs or what the attorney could do for them. But you should know that your chances of getting a fair settlement are better if you hire a lawyer, and there are no upfront fees!
Personal injury attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, which means you pay us only if we win your case. Because we only get paid if we win, we have a significant incentive to get the fairest settlement possible for you.
Call a Pascagoula, Mississippi personal injury attorney today to discuss your case
At Cumbest, Cumbest, Hunter & McCormick, we are committed to helping you get fair compensation for your injuries. Our lawyers put more than 100 years of combined legal experience to work for you. Call us today at 866.461.1591 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation with a compassionate and dedicated attorney.