Some injuries are so severe they have life-altering consequences. If you or a loved one recently sustained severe injuries because of hazardous property, a public or private vehicle driver, intentional acts of violence, or any other reason where another party is liable, contact a Greene County catastrophic injury lawyer.
Reduce the burden on yourself by having a knowledgeable personal injury attorney handle the legal aspects of your case while you focus on your recovery. Expect dedicated counsel, guidance, and representation to potentially win damages that do not make up for the accident, but allow you to manage daily life without financial stress.
To classify an injury as catastrophic, it must affect at least one bodily system, such as the muscular, respiratory, neurological, gastrointestinal, or urinary system. Auto accidents can cause such injuries, including those between fellow drivers, pedestrians and drivers, and bicyclists, and drivers. They can also involve commercial vehicles, public transit, and motorcycles.
Medical malpractice such as birth injuries, surgical errors, and failure to diagnose can also result in catastrophic injuries and require a legal professional’s help, as can defective or dangerous products and drugs, and intentional assaults. Construction work accidents are known as the “fatal four” cause severe injuries as well and include struck-by, falling, electrical, and caught-in/between accidents.
Types of injuries resulting from such accidents include:
Plaintiffs and their attorneys typically request a variety of economic and non-economic damages from crippling accidents. Economic damages provide compensation for injury-related tangible losses, while non-economic damages cover intangible losses such as emotional trauma and grief. Common economic damages from catastrophic injuries include emergency care, surgery, and other medical procedures, physical therapy, ongoing doctor visits, medical equipment, loss of wages and benefits, convalescence, and home or nursing care.
Non-economic damages in such accidents typically include pain and suffering, loss of life quality, mental anguish, and loss of companionship. These damages can be challenging to prove due to their nature; however, evidence such as therapy bills and witness statements help plaintiffs recover non-economic losses.
As types of personal injury cases, catastrophic injury claims in Greene County must be filed within three years from the accident date as per Title 15, Chapter 1, Section 15-1-49 of the Mississippi Code. If a case is filed after the three-year deadline, the court will likely dismiss the case, and the plaintiff will not be able to collect damages with a legal professional’s assistance.
Mississippi courts determine fault in personal injury cases using pure comparative negligence laws. Unlike comparative negligence where the plaintiff can collect damages if they were not 50 percent or more at fault for the accident, pure comparative negligence approves damage collections regardless of the plaintiff’s degree of fault. The amount of damages the plaintiff receives is reduced in light of the fault percentage, such as a 60 percent reduction for an accident deemed 60 percent the plaintiff’s fault.
Serious injury cases can take months to years to settle since each claim is uniquely complex, often featuring surgery, rehabilitation, and other processes that delay proceedings. Get started on your legal claim today by contacting a Greene County catastrophic injury lawyer to avoid statute of limitations issues and other delays.
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