Mississippi Brain Injury Lawyer

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Brain injuries are not always the easiest type of injury to assess. Since the brain is such an extremely complex organ, and since injuries to it can affect many different aspects of bodily function, from motor skills and coordination to cognitive processes, it may be hard to determine whether an accident has caused a brain injury or not. This is one of the many reasons that brain injuries are so devastating to both the victim and their families.

Depending on the accident involved, an injury to the brain can be as simple as a headache that requires only some over-the-counter pain relievers, or as complicated and devastating as complete paralysis or loss of mental function. The severity of the impact to the brain, and the area of the brain that is affected, will determine the nature and extent of the brain injury. If you have suffered any kind of trauma to the head during an accident, you need to be evaluated by a qualified health care practitioner immediately.

Brain injuries generally fall into one of four types: open head injury, in which the head and skull are penetrated or fractured, resulting in brain injury; closed head injury, which is caused by a blow to the head; deceleration injury, in which the skull stops moving suddenly but the brain continues to move; and acquired brain injury, which occurs when there is a prolonged lack of oxygen or blood flow to the brain, caused by near-drowning, choking or strangulation, obstruction of airways or stroke.

You should also consult with an attorney as soon as possible. Although there is nothing that can be done to reverse your brain injury, or its devastating effects on your well-being, the culpable parties involved in your accident can be held accountable. If your brain injury can be determined to have been caused by the negligence of another individual or party, you have a right to know. You also have a right to seek financial compensation for that injury not only for your medical costs and lost wages, but also for any pain or potential long-term effects that may have stemmed from the brain injury.

In the state of Mississippi, you have to prove that the person who caused the injury was negligent and failed to use reasonable care, resulting in damages. If the injury was due to your own carelessness and you contributed to the injury, your monetary award recovery will be reduced in direct proportion to your carelessness, under the Mississippi comparative negligence law. The monetary damage recovered, even if you are at fault, is reduced by the degree of your fault.

In the state of Mississippi, if there is more than one individual who was negligent toward you, all will be responsible for some portion of the total damages rewarded to you.

If your brain injury lawyer is not able to settle the case with the insurance company, then you will have to file a lawsuit before the statute of limitation runs out. In the state of Mississippi, the statute of limitations to file a lawsuit against the individual who caused you injury is three years. For this reason, it's important to contact a brain injury lawyer as soon as possible after the accident or illness that caused your injury, or as soon as possible after your diagnosis.

Brain injury is considered a personal injury case, and most attorneys who specialize in brain injury law will take a brain injury case on a contingency fee basis, which means that the potential plaintiff will pay no fees upfront, but will pay a portion of his or her damages award.

Under Mississippi law, the person who caused you injury has to pay for your past, current and future estimated medical expenses, time lost from work including time spent to meet medical appointments and therapy, the cost of a home health aide, any permanent disability, emotional distress, and any future earning ability due to the injury.


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