Personal Injury Lawyers
The personal injury lawyers at NST Law are champions for the injured who provide personalized, compassionate advocacy to injury victims. We boldly stand up to insurance companies to ensure injury victims receive maximized compensation.
According to the Mississippi Department of Health, the state’s designated trauma centers logged 24,392 encounters with trauma victims in 2018. Unintentional injury is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States and the leading cause of death for adults ages one to 44.
The attorneys at NST Law provide legal advocacy for individuals who have been injured by the intentional or careless acts of others.
Table Of Contents
- Our Recent Case Results
- How do I know if I have a case?
- Types of Cases We Handle
- What types of compensation are available for personal injury cases?
- Should I accept a settlement or go to court?
- What if I am partly to blame for my injuries?
- How long do I have to file a personal injury lawsuit?
- When should I hire a personal injury lawyer?
- Why should I choose the Jackson personal injury attorneys at NST Law?
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Our Recent Case Results
We have secured substantial recoveries for our personal injury clients, such as:
- $6.3 million on behalf of a 65-year-old retiree killed in a multi-vehicle truck accident
- $5 million in a car accident case involving a defective airbag
- $1.4 million for a couple in a head-on collision caused by a wrong-way driver
- $1.2 million for a 67-year-old man injured in a rear-end truck accident on the interstate
- $1 million for a couple severely injured in a motorcycle accident caused by the defendant turning left in front of them
- $970,201.58 in a workers’ compensation case where the employer only wanted to pay $18,000
How do I know if I have a case?
If someone else has caused you to sustain serious injuries, you may have a personal injury case. It is imperative that you consult with an experienced personal injury attorney before dismissing the possibility that you have a case. At NST Law, we offer free case evaluations, during which we consider the following questions to determine the merits of your case:
- Did the other party owe you a duty of care?
- Did the other party breach that duty? Was the other party’s conduct reasonable given the circumstances?
- If the other party did breach a duty of care, were you injured? Would you have been injured if the party had not violated the duty of care?
- Was the breach of duty, and not something else, the direct cause of the injury?
Types of Cases We Handle
The attorneys at NST Law have been helping injury victims for more than 32 years. During that time, we have handled nearly every type of personal injury case, including motor vehicle accidents, occupational injuries, wrongful death, nursing home abuse, medical malpractice and numerous others.
According to the Mississippi Highway Patrol, fatal car crashes in Mississippi had a 20 percent higher rate of occurrence in the first half of 2021 compared to the same period in 2020.
The Highway Patrol attributes the increased fatalities to increases in the following:
Mississippi is home to several beautiful motorcycle routes, including the historic Natchez Chase Parkway, which runs through Jackson. Unfortunately, Mississippi is in the top three deadliest states for motorcyclists despite having a mandatory helmet law.
Motorcyclists, with their narrow profile and lack of crash protection, are among the most vulnerable users of the roadways. Drivers often fail to watch for motorcyclists. Consequently, they turn left in front of motorcyclists, veer into their lanes and rear-end them.
Motorcyclists have a legal right to use the roadways, and drivers have a legal duty to watch for them. Our firm is dedicated to holding drivers accountable whose negligence irreparably harms motorcyclists.
Truck accidents claimed the lives of 90 people throughout the state in 2019. Nationwide, truck accidents killed 5,005 people and injured 159,000. Of those killed, 71 percent were occupants of the other vehicle, as were 69 percent of those injured. These statistics are not surprising considering the massive size difference between commercial trucks and passenger vehicles.
Major commuter and truck routes, including I-55, I-20, U.S. Highway 51 and U.S. Highway 49, converge in Jackson and are sources of significant large truck traffic. Trucks are known for their large blind spots, and Jackson drivers should avoid driving in them. As a rule, if you cannot see the truck driver in the truck mirrors, the truck driver cannot see you.
Approximately 2.7 million private-sector workers experienced non-fatal injuries across the nation in 2020, and 44 workers in Mississippi lost their lives. The most common causes of workplace fatalities were as follows:
- Transportation incidents
- Exposure to harmful substances or environments
- Contact with objects and equipment (including struck-by and stuck-in incidents)
The majority of these fatalities took place in the private sector in the construction and services industries. The occupations with the highest risks include:
- Transportation and trucking
- Installation maintenance and repair
- Construction and extraction
- Farming, fishing and forestry
Most workplace injuries are covered by workers’ compensation. Workers’ compensation is no-fault insurance provided by the employer to protect workers injured on the job. It provides medical treatment and partial wage replacement.
Workers’ compensation was meant to provide a means for workers to receive compensation quickly without having to prove negligence by the employer in the court system. However, employers do not always cooperate, and our worker’s compensation attorneys can help ensure you receive the compensation you are due.
Wrongful death occurs when death ensues as a result of the negligent or deliberate acts of another. The state of Mississippi allows immediate family members or a personal representative to file a lawsuit against individuals whose conduct precipitated the wrongful death of a loved one.
What types of compensation are available for personal injury cases?
Those who harm others through negligence or malice are legally obligated to compensate their victims. Some injuries are so severe that no amount of compensation can replace what was lost. However, it can alleviate financial stress, provide financial security and offer victims and their families a sense of justice.
Economic damages are the objectively verifiable financial losses that arise from the injury. Examples include:
- Medical expenses
- Rehabilitation costs
- The cost of assistive devices
- Property damage
- The cost of domestic services
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Loss of business opportunities
- Burial costs
Non-economic damages are the significant, subjective losses caused by the injury, such as:
- Emotional distress
- Physical pain
- Loss of society
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of consortium
Non-economic damages in Mississippi are limited to $1,000,000 except when the at-fault party is convicted of a felony in connection with the injurious conduct.
Punitive damages are only awarded when the injuries were caused deliberately, maliciously or through a reckless disregard for the safety of others. Punitive damages are not compensatory damages, but the punishment of the at-fault party. Punitive damages are subject to limitations that are determined by the net worth of the at-fault party.
Should I accept a settlement or go to court?
A fair, reasonable and generous settlement is usually in the best interests of all parties to the action. However, numerous insurance companies refuse to offer fair settlements.
Litigation may result in a longer waiting period to receive your compensation, and it requires additional preparation. However, the attorneys at NST Law are skilled litigators. We prepare every case as if it is going to court by leveraging such resources as forensic investigators, expert witnesses and medical experts.
For most of our clients, it is better to go to court than to accept a low settlement offer.
What if I am partly to blame for my injuries?
The initial police report and the analysis by the insurance company provide a preliminary analysis of what occurred and who is at fault. This analysis does not always take all factors into account. For this reason, it is important to work with a well-established personal injury law firm that has the experience and resources to fully investigate your accident and your injuries.
Our attorneys will not accept allegations of fault without conducting a thorough investigation of our own. If our investigation does show that you were partly responsible for the accident, you will still be entitled to compensation proportionate to the other party’s share of fault.
How long do I have to file a personal injury lawsuit?
The statute of limitations for most personal injury and wrongful death actions in Jackson is three years.
For workers’ compensation cases, injured workers should notify their employer within 30 days. If there is a problem with your claim, contact the Mississippi Workers’ Compensation Commission and consult with a workers’ compensation lawyer immediately to ensure that you meet the two-year statute of limitations established under the state’s workers’ compensation law.
When should I hire a personal injury lawyer?
It is imperative that you contact an attorney as soon as possible after your injury. This gives your attorney access to the following:
- Evidence while it is still fresh and locatable
- Witnesses with clear memories of the incident
- Time to investigate your accident, interview witnesses, gather medical records and build the strongest case possible
This will also ensure you have legal counsel before the opposing party’s insurance company contacts you.
Why should I choose the Jackson personal injury attorneys at NST Law?
The personal injury attorneys at NST Law are driven by a desire to make a difference in the lives of individuals during their time of greatest need. We understand the devastation that injury victims experience, and we derive immense satisfaction from standing up to large companies on their behalf.
When your injuries are serious, you need a legal team on your side that will play hardball with insurance companies that leverage their vast resources to avoid paying you the compensation you are rightfully due.
We can confidently refuse lowball offers because we know how to win in court when that is what it takes to ensure our clients are compensated fairly.
When you are injured and can’t fight for yourself, you need champions to fight for you. Call the champs at NST Law today to schedule your free consultation.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Below are answers to our most frequently asked questions.
How much does it cost to hire a personal injury lawyer?
Our firm works on a contingency fee basis, which means we do not charge up-front legal fees. We only collect fees after we win and recover your damages.
Will your attorneys be easy to reach after I retain your firm?
We pride ourselves on maintaining frequent contact with our clients. This includes answering and returning phone calls. Additionally, if your injuries prevent you from meeting in our offices, we can meet with you in the hospital, a care facility or in your home.
Should I accept an early settlement offer from the opposing party’s insurance company?
It is crucial that you never sign documents or make verbal statements to the opposing party’s insurance company without your attorney present. No matter what they say, insurance companies do not represent your interests.
How long will it take to receive my compensation?
It can take several months to receive your compensation. This varies based on the severity of your injuries, the cooperation of the insurance company and the type of case. Cases that settle tend to yield faster payouts than cases that go to court.
What if I wasn’t wearing a seatbelt during a car accident?
If it can be proven that failure to wear a seatbelt contributed to your injuries, your compensation will be reduced proportionately. Our firm works with experienced forensic investigators who can determine whether your actions caused your injuries and to what extent.