Meridian Car Accidents
Lawyers Representing Motor Vehicle Crash Victims in Meridian
Whether you are driving down 23rd Avenue, Interstate 20, or any other roadway in Meridian, you know it is important to pay attention to the road and maintain a safe lookout. You do this for your own safety as well as the safety of other people and property. Unfortunately, not all drivers act cautiously, which results in accidents that could have been avoided in the first place. Just a moment’s inattention or carelessness can cause innocent drivers or bystanders to become injured. At Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz, our Meridian car accident attorneys have seen countless examples of driver negligence, and we may be able to help you pursue damages caused by an at-fault driver.
Succeeding in a Mississippi Car Accident Case
Mississippi law places the burden of proof on the injured victim when it comes to recovering damages in a claim or lawsuit. It is the plaintiff that must prove each element of the claim, usually by a preponderance of the evidence. This standard is generally held to mean that a fact is more likely true than not. Elements of a negligence claim include proving the defendant owed you a duty to drive safely, the defendant breached that duty, and you sustained injuries or damages that were caused by the defendant’s breach.
With the plaintiff bearing the burden of proof, time is often of the essence for gathering and preserving evidence to support your claim. For instance, witnesses can play a key role in establishing the defendant’s negligence. It is important to identify and speak with these people as soon as possible before memories begin to fade. If your case goes to trial but you cannot locate the witness, that testimony could be lost. Visual evidence can help prove your case too. Meridian lawyers who regularly handle car accident cases can obtain photographs taken by police at the scene or hire necessary experts. Our firm understands how vital evidence can be in presenting a persuasive case.
Medical documentation is helpful in proving that the defendant’s negligence caused your injuries. Typical injuries following a car wreck may be back pain, neck pain, or other soft tissue injuries. When the impact is particularly heavy, it is not uncommon for a victim to sustain traumatic injuries like broken bones, herniated discs, or head injuries. If the accident aggravates a pre-existing injury, an expert witness can be helpful in testifying how the wreck contributed to increased levels of pain. Other witnesses, including co-workers or other people you know from the community, can provide testimony regarding how the wreck affected you in their dealings with you.
Speak with an Experienced Car Accident Attorney in the Meridian Area
Since the legal process can be complex and daunting, you can benefit by having a knowledgeable advocate on your side. If you or someone you know has been injured in a motor vehicle wreck, call Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz today. Serving victims throughout Mississippi, our Meridian car accident lawyers have obtained over $1.5 billion in compensation for our clients over the past 30 years. We represent people injured throughout the South, including in Memphis, Nashville, Chattanooga, Knoxville, Caruthersville, Hayti, Oxford, Starkville, Grenada, Columbus, Tupelo, Meridian, Jackson, Little Rock, and Jonesboro. Contact our office for a free consultation with a personal injury attorney by calling 800-529-4004 or by completing our online form. Once you have the chance to speak with our office, you will understand why NST is the way to go.
Most car accidents are preventable and occur as a result of errors by one or more drivers. To prove liability, you will need to establish by a preponderance of the evidence that the driver owed you a duty of care, which was breached, and that your injuries resulted from the driver’s carelessness. Damages that may be available in these cases often include medical expenses, lost income, mental anguish, loss of consortium, and pain and suffering.
Truck drivers are required to follow numerous detailed regulations, including rules related to hours of service, keeping a logbook, and maintenance procedures. Many of these regulations are intended to protect other people on the road from harm. In some states, if a driver violated a law that was enacted to protect the public, the violation can create a rebuttable presumption of negligence. Trucking companies are also required to follow a number of regulations, including rules related to background checks of drivers and proper supervision. They often may be held directly or indirectly liable for a truck accident.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) evaluates applications for disability benefits. Although many people pay into this system throughout their lives, many legitimate claims are initially denied, and this process may be less straightforward than claimants expect. The SSA uses a five-step sequential evaluation to determine whether to grant benefits to an applicant. Each step is considered in a set order. We can present your case in a persuasive manner and help you appeal a denial of a meritorious claim if needed. This could include representing you in a hearing before an administrative law judge.
Workers’ compensation functions slightly differently in each state. In Tennessee, for example, businesses that employ five or more employees must carry workers’ compensation insurance. If you are injured on the job, you may recover benefits, such as medical costs and disability. Neither your employer’s nor your own culpability for your injuries will prevent you from collecting these benefits. However, it may still be a struggle to obtain benefits from your employer’s insurer. We can help you navigate this challenging process.
If you were harmed by a health care professional’s failure to use the appropriate level of care in providing treatment to you, you may be able to recover compensation. Most medical malpractice lawsuits require retaining an expert to determine the accepted standard of care and explain what the defendant did that fell short of this standard, as well as how the inappropriate conduct caused the patient’s injuries.
When you buy a toy, car, medication, or other product, you do not expect to be hurt. If you are injured, you may have grounds to file a product liability lawsuit. There are three types of defects that may be actionable: manufacturing, design, and marketing (also known as failure to warn). Manufacturers may be held accountable under multiple different theories, including strict liability, negligence, breach of warranty, and concealment. For example, if you take a drug that causes you to develop cancer, but you were not told that a potential side effect of the drug was developing cancer, you may have grounds to hold the manufacturer strictly liable for its failure to warn you of the risk.
Nursing home residents are often elderly or disabled, and thus they are especially vulnerable to neglect, physical abuse, and exploitation by staff members. Unfortunately, many nursing homes are understaffed or employ staff members who are inadequately trained to deal with potentially frustrating situations. Nursing homes are required to protect their residents from physical, mental, and emotional harm by providing a safe environment, as well as adequately training and supervising staff. A failure to do so may be grounds for a nursing home negligence lawsuit for damages.
Property owners have a duty to keep their property reasonably safe. In most situations, this includes an obligation to inspect the property for dangerous conditions and fix them or provide warnings about them so that visitors are not harmed. One type of dangerous condition, which may present a particular problem in apartment complexes or shopping centers, consists of inadequate security measures such as broken locks, poor lighting, or a lack of security guards. A failure to take security measures when appropriate may allow third-party criminals to assault, rob, rape, or otherwise harm visitors and tenants. You may be able to recover damages if you can prove that the defendant knew or should have known about a history of attacks similar to yours and taken appropriate security measures to reduce the risk of further incidents.
Consult a Personal Injury Lawyer in Memphis or the Surrounding Regions
If you are dealing with a devastating injury or medical condition, the Memphis personal injury attorneys at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz can evaluate and explain your options. Our firm has 30 attorneys and more than 100 staff members, and we serve injured people in many areas of Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, Missouri, and Kentucky, including Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Jonesboro, Little Rock, Jackson, Meridian, Tupelo, Columbus, Grenada, Starkville, Oxford, Hayti, and Caruthersville. Contact our office toll-free by calling 800-529-4004 or by completing our online form to set up a free consultation with a personal injury, workers’ compensation, or Social Security Disability lawyer. Once you have learned more about our vigorous advocacy for the rights of the injured, you will realize that NST is the way to go.