Experienced Personal Injury Lawyers Getting Winning Results
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Personal injury occurs when someone else’s negligence causes mental and/or physical injuries to a person. These injuries may be serious enough to cause severe suffering, debilitation, or even death.
Common causes of personal injury include: vehicle accidents, slip-and-fall injuries, defective product liability, medical malpractice and dog bites.
If you or a loved one has suffered personal injury, you have a lot to deal with. In addition to the physical and emotional pain you are going through, there may be the financial losses from medical, hospital, and rehabilitation bills, at a time when you are unable to work.
A Personal Injury Lawyer in Florence, MS, Can Help
Fortunately, there is help available.
If the injury was caused by someone else’s negligence or fault, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering through a personal injury lawsuit. A successful claim can alleviate your financial problems and allow you to concentrate on getting well.
The Florence personal injury lawyers at Ringer Lingold & Spencer can evaluate the facts of your individual situation and determine the best way to handle your case. We have over 73 years of experience practicing in courts all over the state of Mississippi to represent the best interests of clients. We use our previous experience in representing a large Mississippi insurance company to benefit our clients.
You can call us to request a consultation to discuss the facts of your personal injury case and learn how we can help. Please reach out to us by calling (601) 845-5050.
Why Hire a Florence Personal injury Lawyer
We Live Here, Work Here, and Will Fight for You Here.
Mississippi laws regarding personal injury are complicated and having a lawyer fight for your rights can help ensure that everything is done correctly and in a timely manner.
Our personal injury lawyers can help by:
- Examining the facts to determine whether you have a valid case and what it may be worth
- Investigating how the injury happened and gathering evidence to build your case
- Negotiating with insurance companies for a fair settlement
- Filing all paperwork and making all court appearances
- Preparing for and taking your case to trial, if necessary.
Be aware that there are deadlines or time limits for filing a lawsuit in Mississippi, so it is important to get started with your case as soon as possible. According to our state’s statute of limitations, you must file within three years of the date the injury occurred if you want the courts to hear your case.
If the injury has led to a death, surviving family members may be able file a wrongful death lawsuit, which is like a personal injury lawsuit on behalf of a victim who has died. In this case, there is also a three-year statute of limitations from the date of the death for filing a lawsuit. However, if the death was caused by an intentional act, such as an assault or murder, the statute of limitations is just one year from the date the death occurred.
THE SOONER YOU CONTACT US AFTER THE INJURY OR DEATH OCCURS, THE SOONER WE CAN GET STARTED BUILDING YOUR CASE. CALL RINGER LINGOLD & SPENCER TODAY AT (601) 845-5050 TO SPEAK WITH AN EXPERIENCED PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER.
What Compensation Can Our Personal Injury Lawyers Win for You?
Getting Winning Results for Clients
The costs, losses, and injuries that came about from your personal injury are called damages, as is the award you may get to cover them. In Mississippi, you may receive a compensation award for both your economic, or monetary, damages and your non-economic damages, which cover non-monetary losses. These damages may include:
Economic damages are to reimburse you for expenses and monetary losses caused by the injury, such as:
- Medical, hospital, and rehabilitation expenses
- Costs of continuing care and modifications to home and vehicles, if necessary
- Lost wages if you are left unable to work, and lost future earning capacity
- Property damage caused by the accident
- Burial and funeral costs, if a death is involved.
Non-economic Damages in a Personal Injury Case
These damages do not involve monetary losses, but serve as compensation payments for the negative effects resulting from the injury, such as:
- Mental, emotional, and physical pain and suffering
- To call your attorney or family
- Loss of consortium and companionship
- Disability or disfigurement
- Wrongful death.
In some rare cases, when the defendant in the case did something extremely wrong, punitive damages may also be awarded to punish the wrongdoer and to deter similar behavior in the future.
Mississippi does not cap, or set a maximum limit, on the amount of economic damages, but it does limit non-economic and punitive damages.
How Much is My Case Worth?
Bringing Value to Injury Cases
After suffering a personal injury, it is natural to wonder how much your case may be worth. Personal injury awards vary greatly, often ranging from the thousands to millions of dollars, depending on the facts of the case. For example, injuries that involve broken bones that may heal are worth less than those that involve permanent brain damage or lead to death.
OUR FLORENCE PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER WILL SKILLFULLY EXAMINE YOUR CASE TO DETERMINE WHAT IT MAY BE WORTH. THEN WE WILL FIGHT HARD TO GET YOU FAIR COMPENSATION BASED ON THE DAMAGES YOU’VE SUFFERED.
Common personal injuries include:
- Broken bones and fractures
- Torn ligaments
- Damage to internal organs
- Head and brain injuries – concussions, traumatic brain injuries (TBI), and skull fractures
- Neck and back injuries that could lead to paralysis
- Soft tissue and muscle injuries
- Facial injuries
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Burn injuries.
A Personal Injury Attorney Will Look at All the Factors
Our attorneys will examine your individual situation and determine the range that would be a fair settlement in your case. Factors that would be considered are:
- The severity of your injuries. For example, a fourth degree burn that heals is worth less than a first degree burn that leads to scarring and plastic surgery.
- The permanence of your injury, and whether you will need long-term care and modifications to your home, such as to accommodate a wheelchair.
- Value of the property losses.
- Whether you will be able to return to work and work in the same capacity as before.
- Your age, earning potential, and family responsibilities. Compensation for a young person with a family will be greater than for an older person with no one to support.
- How much insurance is available.
- Whether the defendants have personal assets.
- Whether a wrongful death is involved.
- The generosity of the individual judge and jury.
- The strength of your case and your attorney’s ability to present it.
Again, the value of your case will depend on many complex factors. Our Florence personal injury attorney won’t overlook anything when evaluating your case and seeking to get you fair compensation. To request a consultation, call (601) 845-5050.
Our Personal injury Attorneys Work to Prove Negligence
Holding Wrongdoers Accountable
To win a lawsuit, our personal injury attorneys in Florence will have to show that the party you are suing, the defendant in the case, was negligent and at fault for causing your injuries. Mississippi laws regarding negligence allow you to get compensation, even if you have done something that contributed to the accident that caused the personal injury — as long as you are less than 100% at fault. If you were partially at fault, the courts will determine what proportion of fault you contributed, and your settlement award will be reduced accordingly; but you can still collect the proportion of the award representing the fault of the other parties. This means for example, if the award is for $10,000 and you are 10 percent at fault, you can still collect $9,000.
Determining Who is Responsible for Accidents
In some cases, there may be multiple parties responsible for the accident. For example, if the personal injury occurred in a car accident, depending on the circumstances, there may have been negligence on the part of…
- The driver who ran into your car
- The manufacturer of a defective tire or faulty brakes that caused the driver to lose control
- A municipality or road repair company that left debris on the road that caused a tire to blow out.
Since every potentially liable party may carry insurance and have assets, our personal injury attorneys will look to name all of them as defendants in your lawsuit.
How a Personal Injury Lawyer in Florence Proves Negligence
In a lawsuit, proving negligence legally means showing the following elements exist:
- Duty. The defendant owed you a duty of care to act responsibly and not to cause harm.
- Breach. The defendant breached that duty of care.
- Cause. The breach caused the accident that created your injuries.
- Damages. The injuries resulted in actual damages, such as medical bills and property damage.
Our personal injury lawyers will work to prove negligence by gathering and preserving evidence such as from…
- The scene of the accident
- Surveillance and traffic videos and photographs
- Police, ambulance, medical reports
- Eyewitness accounts.