If you were injured or a loved one was killed in a pedestrian accident, you may have a right to financial compensation for the damages caused. You may be entitled to compensation for lost income, medical bills, pain and suffering, and more.
A D’Iberville pedestrian accident lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm could help you build a strong claim. Call (228) 357-9621 for a free case evaluation.
Damages You May Recover After a Pedestrian Accident
Pedestrian accidents can lead to catastrophic injuries and fatalities. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), 13% of Mississippi fatal car accidents in 2018 involved pedestrians. Many more leave victims facing:
- Traumatic brain injuries, like concussions
- Damage to internal organs
- Nerve damage
These kinds of injuries can affect a victim’s life for months or years. Some may even cause permanent disability. If you or a loved one was involved in a pedestrian accident, you may be entitled to damages related to these injuries.
A personal injury claim or lawsuit can help you hold the at-fault party accountable and seek compensation for medical expenses and other costs.
Compensation for Medical Bills
Victims of pedestrian accidents may be burdened by steep medical costs and other financial harm because of their injuries. These costs could even continue if long-term care is necessary.
When you file a claim or lawsuit against the liable party, you could receive compensation for the costs associated with:
- Emergency room and hospital care
- Physical therapy, occupational therapy, and other rehabilitative care
- Physician appointments
- Medical devices
- In-home care and nursing care
- X-rays, MRIs, CT scans, and other imaging tests
- Laboratory testing and bloodwork
- Other medical treatment related to your injuries
Recovering Lost Income Caused by Missed Work
While healing from a pedestrian accident, you may need to miss several days or weeks of work. Compensation for your lost wages—including future lost wages caused by follow-up appointments—may be available.
If your accident has permanently reduced your ability to earn a living, you may also be entitled to compensation for your reduced income-earning ability.
Non-Financial Harm Caused by a Pedestrian Accident
In addition to serious physical injuries, many pedestrian accident victims develop anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, phobias, and other distressing psychological conditions. Victims may never again enjoy the same quality of life that they experienced before the accident. Compensation for non-economic damages may be recoverable when you file a lawsuit against the liable party.
Non-economic damages refer to those that do not have their own monetary value, such as:
- Pain and suffering
- Diminished enjoyment of life
- Mental and emotional suffering
An attorney with the Morris Bart law firm can help you identify the damages you experienced and may continue to experience. We will also help you estimate the value of your case so that we know how much compensation to seek on your behalf.
For a free legal consultation with a Pedestrian Accident lawyer serving D'Iberville, call 800-537-8185
Legal Options After a Fatal Pedestrian Accident
If your loved one was killed in a pedestrian accident, you may be able to bring a wrongful death case against the liable party. According to Miss. Code Ann. §11-7-13, wrongful death refers to a death caused by:
- A wrongful or negligent act
- Unsafe machinery
- Breach of warranty involving items intended for human consumption
A wrongful death lawsuit may be brought by the deceased person’s spouse, child, parent, or sibling. Otherwise, a personal representative of the victim’s estate can file. Filing this type of lawsuit may help you hold the at-fault party accountable and secure financial relief.
Damages in a Mississippi wrongful death case often include:
- Funeral and medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of your loved one’s companionship
- The income your loved one would have earned had they survived
Deadlines for Filing Pedestrian Accident Lawsuits in Mississippi
It is important to file your lawsuit before the applicable deadline, or statute of limitations, expires. Personal injury and wrongful death actions in Mississippi generally have a three-year statute of limitations, per Miss. Code Ann. §15-1-49.
If you do not file your lawsuit before three years pass, the court will likely dismiss the case.
How a D’Iberville Pedestrian Accident Lawyer Can Help
Navigating the Mississippi legal system can be hard enough under normal circumstances. Dealing with injuries or the death of a loved one can further complicate the process.
Let a D’Iberville pedestrian accident lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm handle your case so that you can concentrate on recovering. Our team can:
- Calculate the damages you sustained because of the accident
- Gather evidence and eyewitness statements
- Consult with experts, including accident reconstruction specialists and medical experts
- Handle communications with the at-fault party and insurance companies on your behalf
- Fight for a settlement that adequately compensates you for damages
- Build a case against the at-fault party
- Represent you in court
- Provide strong advocacy and legal support throughout your case
Contact a Lawyer at Morris Bart, LTD for a Free Case Review
If you were injured or a loved one was killed in a pedestrian accident, contact the Morris Bart law firm. When you hire us, a D’Iberville pedestrian accident lawyer can fight to protect your legal rights, build a solid claim, and help you seek compensation. Call us at (228) 357-9621 for a free case evaluation.
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