Personal Injury Attorney Serving Coast-Wide Areas In Mississippi

In the United States, millions of individuals are injured in accidents every year. A substantial number of these accidents are not brought about by the victims themselves but are caused by negligence on the part of others. The injuries that the victims sustain can be costly, in a physical, mental and financial sense, and leave them struggling for years, or even a lifetime. As their injuries were sustained through no fault of their own, it is only right that they are compensated for the losses they have suffered.

At Atchison Law Firm, we have made it our mission to fight for injury victims throughout coast-wide areas in Mississippi. We understand that the pursuit of compensation for accident injuries is often a difficult one and that victims frequently need help. We provide that help by aggressively representing the best interests of our clients in their personal injury cases. If you have suffered any type of injury in an accident that was not your fault, we encourage you to contact a coast-wide personal injury attorney at our firm right away. We are prepared to assist you in accident cases that involve the following:

Car Accidents

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, six million traffic accidents take place on American roads and highways every year. The majority of these accidents involve cars, and some form of driver negligence. If you have been injured in a car accident that was caused by someone else’s reckless or negligent behavior, it is to your benefit to consult with a personal injury attorney as soon as you are able.

18-Wheeler Accidents

Accidents involving large trucks such as 18-wheelers usually have the same end result: serious injury or death for the individuals in the smaller vehicle. If you have been harmed in a collision with a large truck, a personal injury attorney may be able to secure your injury compensation from several sources, including the truck driver, the trucking company the driver works for or the truck manufacturer.

Motorcycle Accidents

Like bicycle accidents, motorcycle accidents can be extremely serious due to the lack of protection for the rider. While the use of helmets and other safety equipment has increased in recent years, it has not been enough to significantly reduce the number of motorcycle accident injuries and deaths.

Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice refers to an individual being injured or killed as a result of negligence on the part of a medical professional or institution (such as a hospital). Examples of medical malpractice include misdiagnosis of a condition, failure to diagnose, birth injuries caused by negligence, surgical errors and medication errors (including a wrong prescription or medicine prescribed in the wrong amount).

Workers’ Compensation

Workers’ compensation was created to protect the rights of individuals who have been injured or made ill while on the job. Employers are obligated to provide compensation for expenses associated with workers’ injuries, such as medical treatment, physical therapy and lost income.

Bicycle Accidents

Bicycle accidents occur with alarming frequency throughout the U.S. and are responsible for countless injuries and deaths every year. Damages are typically extensive in these accidents due to a general lack of protection for a rider. While helmets and pads can prevent injuries to a certain degree, they are not very effective in accidents that involve collisions with motor vehicles.

Boating Accidents

Open bodies of water lull many boaters into a false sense of security. The reality is that a boat can be just as dangerous as any road-going motor vehicle, and this is reflected in the number of boating accident injuries and deaths that occur annually. Such accidents are most often brought about by the consumption of alcohol, reckless behavior or a lack of knowledge regarding the proper handling of watercraft.

Birth Injuries

Roughly seven infants out of 1,000 are injured during the birthing process in the United States. These injuries can come in many forms, including brain swelling, facial nerve damage, bone fractures and cerebral palsy, and in many cases are caused by negligence on the part of the doctor in charge or medical facility staff.

Burn Injuries

More than one million Americans suffer burn injuries annually. A large percentage of these individuals require medical treatment or hospitalization. 4,500 of them succumb to their injuries. Burns can be caused in many situations, including fires or explosions, electrical accidents, thermal contact or chemical spills/accidents.

Catastrophic Injuries

“Catastrophic injury” is a phrase used to describe any injury that requires extensive medical treatment or hospitalization. Such injuries typically involve irreparable damage to a bodily system or function, and may even result in a shortened life span. Examples of catastrophic injuries include spinal cord injuries (resulting in partial or full paralysis), accidental amputation and serious head injuries.

Dangerous Drugs

Every over-the-counter and prescription drug is submitted to a rigorous testing regimen by the drug’s manufacturer and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. However, many drugs that are released onto the market possess side effects that were not identified during the testing process, and these effects can cause significant illness or injury in the drugs users.

Defective Products

If you have been harmed by a defective product, you have the right to take legal action against the people or organizations responsible, such as the designer or manufacturer, those in charge of shipping the product or the retailers who carry the product in their establishments.

Dog Bite Accidents

Nearly five million Americans are attacked and bitten by dogs every year. That’s almost 2 percent of the entire U.S. population. Almost 800,000 of these bite victims require medical treatment or hospitalization. About 15 to 20 of them die from their injuries. If you have been bitten by a dog, there is a chance that you will be able to recover monetary damages related to your medical treatment, pain and suffering, and loss of ability to work (for a greater or lesser period of time).

Drowning Accidents

Drowning accidents are responsible for thousands of injuries and deaths on an annual basis. Many of these accidents are caused by negligence such as a lack of pool maintenance, a lack of adequate supervision in pool areas, insufficient safety fencing or barriers in pool areas, and insufficient warning signage.

Drunk Driving Accidents

Three percent of the six million traffic accidents that occur every year in the U.S. involve a drunk driver. Drunk driving is punished very heavily in our state, and if you or a loved one has been victimized in an accident caused by a drunk driver, you will want to contact an attorney who can work toward securing the maximum injury compensation in your case.

Insurance Claims

Since 1973, we have assisted the residents of coast-wide areas in Mississippi with all types of personal injury and property insurance claims. Whether you were injured in an accident, or if you own a residential or commercial property and need to file a claim, we can help expedite the claims process and pursue maximum financial compensation on your behalf.

The Jones Act

Working on a sea vessel can be very dangerous. Crewmen are exposed to a constant risk of serious injury. If you work aboard a sea vessel, it is important to know that you are protected by a federal law known as the “Jones Act.” This act allows you to pursue significant compensation in the event that you are injured as a result of your employer’s negligence.

Maritime And Offshore Injury

The maritime industry can present many dangers for offshore workers, such as the risk of falls, electrocution, back injuries, burns and broken bones. In many cases, offshore injuries are caused by negligence on the part of the workers’ employers. In such circumstances, the victims have several legal avenues that allow them to seek restitution for the losses they have suffered.

Multivehicle Accidents

Collisions involving multiple vehicles account for the majority of the traffic accidents that occur in the U.S. These accidents can occur in a number of ways, including head-on collisions, rear-end collisions and side-impact collisions. If you have been involved in an accident with multiple vehicles, it may be possible for you to obtain compensation from multiple sources, if more than one driver engaged in negligent behavior.

Nursing Home Abuse

Through a study conducted by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, it has been estimated that nearly 30 percent of all nursing homes in the U.S. are guilty of engaging in some form of abuse against their patients. This abuse can come in a variety of forms such as rough physical treatment, neglect, inadequate hygienic care, sexual abuse, and malnutrition or dehydration.

Pedestrian Accidents

Our nation’s traffic laws state that pedestrians are always to have the right of way when traversing roads and city streets. Unfortunately, many drivers do not observe this law, and as a result, countless pedestrians are injured and killed in accidents every year.

Product Liability

Product liability has to do with defective or dangerous products that cause injury or death to consumers. There are several types of product defects that can result in harm, including initial design defects, manufacturing defects, and defects or risk brought about by those shipping the product or those selling the product in stores.

Spinal Cord Injuries

Spinal cord injuries are amongst the most devastating injuries that a person can endure. As the spinal cord is one of the main components in the body’s ability to move or experience sensation, any damage to the area can result in extremely serious consequences, including paraplegia or quadriplegia.

Train Accidents

Trains are one of our oldest methods of transportation. While they are generally considered to be safe, collisions involving trains occur on a regular basis, injuring and killing thousands of Americans every year. About 38 percent of these accidents are caused by factors such as negligence, according to the Federal Railroad Administration.

Traumatic Brain Injuries

Traumatic brain injuries typically come in the aftermath of a severe injury to the neck or head. They can be brought about in accidents involving electrocution, blunt force trauma, or extreme acceleration or deceleration. Consequences of traumatic brain injuries can include loss of memory, partial or full loss of motor function, problems with balance, and nerve damage.

Wrongful Death

Wrongful death cases are filed when an individual has been killed as a result of another’s reckless or negligent behavior. Such claims differ from typical personal injury claims in that it is the family filing the claim, in an effort to recover damages related to the victim’s death.

Personal Injury Claims

If you have been injured because of someone else’s negligence, you are entitled to take action by filing a claim with the responsible party’s insurance company, or your own insurance company. However, it is not guaranteed that you will obtain the full compensation you require, or even any compensation at all. It is a common practice of insurance companies to try to “low ball” claimants and convince them to accept less-than-adequate settlements. To have a strong chance of securing the maximum compensation available for your claim, it is recommended that you seek the help of an attorney who can work with the insurance company for you.

Contact a coast-wide personal injury lawyer at Atchison Law Firm who can provide you with aggressive support in your personal injury case.