Whether you are hurt in a car accident or due to a defective product, you should retain an experienced Meridian personal injury attorney. For many people, a product liability or personal injury lawsuit is the only way to obtain much needed compensation for an accident. Those who are harmed due to the fault of another can recover their economic and noneconomic losses, including medical expenses, pain and suffering, household services, loss of consortium, loss of enjoyment of life, and lost income.Establishing Liability in Car and Trucking Accidents
Car accidents are often the result of negligence. Negligence involves one or more people failing to meet an obligation to use reasonable care given the circumstances, such that the failure causes harm to someone else. For example, if an automobile driver is texting while driving and T-bones your car in an intersection, it is likely the jury will find that the driver failed to use reasonable care. What if you are partially to blame for an accident? Mississippi is a pure comparative fault state, meaning your negligence may not be a complete bar to recovery.
Often, truck accidents are caused by a truck driver not paying attention to the road or disregarding rules that they must abide by. Interstate truck drivers are required to follow numerous regulations promulgated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Failure to follow these regulations – such as a failure to follow the hours of services rules – may be negligence per se, also known as negligence as a matter of law. In some cases, you can also hold a truck driver's employer vicariously or directly responsible if the driver was acting within the course and scope of employment. Trucking companies owe responsibilities to follow the FMCSA regulations as well; these include conducting a background check and making sure a truck driver has a commercial license and adequate training. Failure to abide by these regulations may give rise to claims for negligent hiring, negligent training, or negligent retention.Product Liability
If you are hurt by a product, you may be able to recover damages through a product liability lawsuit against the manufacturer. You will have to establish that the product is defective. Actionable defects include design, manufacturing, and marketing defects. Design defects are flaws in the design that make the product unreasonably dangerous. Manufacturing defects may exist if a manufacturer fails to follow the design specifications, or if the manufacturing process has a flaw that results in a defect that makes the product different from how it was intended. Marketing defects exist if a product doesn't have appropriate labels, also known as failure to warn. To establish a product liability lawsuit, you'll have to prove not only a defect, but that the specific defect caused your injuries and that you were using the product in a manner that a reasonable person would use it.Retain Experienced Personal Injury Attorneys in Meridian
If you are injured as a result of a car accident, truck accident, or defective product in Meridian, you should retain an experienced attorney to handle your claim. Our Meridian personal injury lawyers will take the time to explore the full impact of your injuries and help you recover all damages to which you may be entitled under the law. We employ over 30 attorneys and more than 100 staff members. To speak with an attorney, call Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz at 1-800-LAW-4004 or complete our online form to set up a free consultation with a car accident lawyer or seek assistance with another type of claim. NST is the way to go.