Hattiesburg Personal Injury Lawyer
It is no secret that your life can change drastically from the moment you’re in an accident. Aside from dealing with mounting medical bills and emotional distress, it is incredibly difficult to come to terms with the fact that another person’s negligent actions resulted in your pain and suffering.
While it is a tough position to be in, you do not have to suffer in silence. With the help of a Hattiesburg personal injury lawyer, you can hold the responsible parties accountable by filing a claim to recover your damages.
Cases Our Personal Injury Lawyers Represent
Our Hattiesburg personal injury lawyers have years of experience representing people across Mississippi in a range of personal injury cases such as:
- Car Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Truck Accidents
- Workers’ Compensation
- Medical Malpractice
- Offshore Injury and Jones Act Accident
- Slip and Fall
- Premises Liability
If your loved one passed away because of another individual’s negligence, a personal injury lawyer can help you file a wrongful death lawsuit. Our team of compassionate attorneys will fight for your legal right to compensation.
For a free legal consultation with a Personal Injury lawyer serving Hattiesburg, call (601) 602-8431
Types of Torts That Give Rise to Liability
There are many reasons why an injured person would file a lawsuit against those responsible for their injuries. Outside of recovering damages for bodily harm and emotional distress, the intent behind the accident can also propel a lawsuit. Below, you will find the three types of tort that give rise to liability:
The basis of a significant number of personal liability claims hinges on negligence. Here, the responsible party violates their duty of care, causing someone to sustain injuries. For instance, a store owner must keep their premises free of hazards that can cause slip and fall accidents. Failure to do so can give rise to a personal injury lawsuit if someone gets hurt.
Often seen in product liability cases, strict liability applies in areas where a situation or product carries an inherent danger or the possibility of causing harm. For example, if a company rolls out a product that causes harm to consumers, a personal injury claim can be filed. Their liability comes from their duty to ensure that their products are safe.
An intentional tort is when someone purposefully inflicts harm on another person. Although it can sometimes give rise to criminal charges, civil law regulates personal injury torts and not criminal.
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Filing Your Personal Injury Lawsuit
As soon as the lawyer accepts your case, your legal process has begun. The first and most critical step in a personal injury claim is the discovery process. Discovery refers to the exchange of information between the legal teams. This information includes facts about the case, witnesses, and the evidence each side will present.
Steps Involved in the Discovery Process
Discovery prevents trial by ambush, where one side is oblivious to the other side’s witnesses or evidence until the trial and having little to no time to prepare for a rebuttal. It consists of four critical steps with each explored in detail below.
In simple terms, interrogatories refer to written questionnaires that one legal team sends to the opposing legal team. The purpose is to inquire about events that are relevant to the lawsuit. As such, they use fact-gathering questions to receive information about:
- Any insurance covering the accident
- The name and contact information of involved parties and witnesses
- The description of injuries
- The medical treatment received for injuries
- The medical history of the plaintiff
Request for Production
This written request asks the opposing attorney to present all relevant documents for cross-examination. Typically, requests for production follow interrogatories, and all parties must turn over all relevant documents. Per the type of lawsuit, the opposing party may ask for:
- Police reports
- Photographs taken at the scene of the accident
- Receipts proving repair work
- Copies of medical records
Request of Admission
This discovery is one party’s written factual statement served to the opposing legal team who then must deny, accept, or object to the statement. If the party who received the statement of admission fails to respond within 30 days, a judge will deem it as admitted.
Any out-of-court testimony that is recorded and transcribed by a courtroom reporter for later use in court or discovery purposes is known as a deposition. It is an essential step in discovery because it helps to capture the basis of the lawsuit and even the most minute details.
If the case proceeds to trial, the video recording or transcript of the deposition can be used to dispute or corroborate a testimony.
Mississippi Statute of Limitations for Personal Injury Cases
Do not wait to take legal action. According to Mississippi’s statute of limitations §15-1-49, you only have three years from the date of the accident, or when your injuries were discovered, to file your personal injury claim.
If you should miss this deadline, your case will likely be dismissed by civil courts and you will be unable to recover from your losses.
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Join the Winning Team by Calling Morris Bart Today
In the past three decades, Morris Bart has been on a mission to represent the injured and help them to recover damages for their pain and suffering, medical bills, lost income, and emotional distress.
Our goal is to help you receive the compensation you deserve. To learn more about how Morris Bart, LTD can help you win your case, call us or fill out a form online for a free case evaluation.
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Our office in Hattiesburg serves Forrest, Lamar, and Perry counties, including the towns and cities of Lumberton, New Augusta, Petal, Purvis, Richton, and Sumrall. We are located near the intersection of Hardy Street and Westover Drive, across from Gander Mountain Sporting Goods.