Everyone knows that a sudden injury can change their life in the blink of an eye, but no one expects it to happen to them. You may be going about your life as usual, and the next thing you know, you slip and fall or get into a car accident, and your life is suddenly upside down. A personal injury accident can leave a victim suffering from severe injuries and an inability to work. 

These stresses make it difficult to focus on your recovery. It’s normal to feel overwhelmed, but it’s important to remember that a Meridian personal injury lawyer can help you. Read on to learn more about personal injury claims and what you may be entitled to recover after an accident. 

Types of Personal Injury Claims 

Personal injury claims result from injuries caused by negligence or wrongdoing by others. These claims encompass a wide range of situations, but the most common types of personal injury claims include:

  • Car accidents, 
  • Commercial truck accidents, 
  • Motorcycle accidents, 
  • Bicycle accidents, 
  • Pedestrian accidents, 
  • Boating accidents, 
  • Slip and fall accidents, 
  • Dog bites, 
  • Medical malpractice, 
  • Product liability, and
  • Premises liability. 

Your Meridian personal injury lawyer evaluates the facts and circumstances surrounding your accident to determine the best path forward for compensation. There may be many avenues to recovery, and in some personal injury cases, multiple liable parties may owe you compensation. Work with a qualified attorney to ensure you get the best possible outcome in your case. 

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Molly McBride

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She was upfront about the cost and I found it to be reasonable. I was most impressed with the open and clear communication. She returned calls and emails promptly and used common language that I could understand. There were no surprises. Best of all, I am out of state and she took care of everything, saving me time and a trip. Katie really made this a painless process and I would highly recommend her.

Ron Tharp
Ron Tharp

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1. Of the many firms from which I sought help, Harris Law Firm, PLLC of Greenville, MS, was the ONLY firm that deemed me worthy of even a response.
2. Their honest, realistic, upfront options were thoroughly and patiently explained to me without enticing promises.
3. I did not have to keep calling to find out what was going on. Their action was immediate; they had taken the first step before I completed my part. As a matter of fact, I had missed their attempts to notify me that it was favorably over.
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Bertha Bell
Bertha Bell

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Courtney Johnson
Courtney Johnson

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Paulina Self
Paulina Self

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What Is the Process of Filing a Claim? 

A Meridian personal injury lawyer can undertake various essential steps to ensure the success of your claim:

  1. Investigate. Your attorney will investigate your claim’s facts and circumstances and gather relevant evidence to strengthen your case. Typical evidence includes photographs, eyewitness statements, police and accident reports, and medical reports. 
  2. Send a demand letter. Demand letters begin negotiations with insurance companies or the negligent party. Your attorney drafts this letter to provide information about the facts of your claim, including the value of your damages. 
  3. Calculate. One of the most essential parts of the claim process is determining its value. Through medical reports, receipts, invoices, and other objective evidence, your attorney calculates the value of your case. This information is necessary to begin the negotiation process. 
  4. Negotiate. Once your case’s value is determined, negotiations can begin. While an attorney works to negotiate the best possible outcome, the client has the power to accept or refuse any settlement offers. Most personal injury cases settle out of court, helping victims get the financial compensation they need faster than if they went to trial.
  5. Litigate. In some situations, negotiations fail to progress. When that happens, it’s up to your attorney to litigate your case at trial and carry it through to a judgment before a judge or jury. Litigating your case delays your payout but may be necessary to get you the outcome you need and deserve. 

Handling the essential steps of any personal injury claim is extremely challenging without the help of an experienced lawyer. Hiring a lawyer you trust lets you focus on your recovery while they protect your rights and pursue your best interests.  

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What Can I Recover? 

Mississippi law allows victims injured in personal injury accidents to recover compensatory damages. Compensatory damages are divided into economic and noneconomic varieties and are awarded to make a victim whole after suffering losses due to someone else’s negligence. Economic damages represent financial losses stemming from an accident and include the following:

  • Medical expenses, 
  • Lost wages, 
  • Loss of future earnings, and 
  • Property damage.

Your personal injury lawyer in Meridian uses documentation like invoices, receipts, pay stubs, and bills to calculate the value of your economic losses. 

Noneconomic damages result from pain, suffering, and other intangible losses from an accident. Common examples include:

  • Pain and suffering, 
  • Emotional distress, 
  • Loss of enjoyment of life, 
  • Loss of consortium, 
  • Permanent injury or disability, and 
  • Disfigurement.

Noneconomic damages help a victim heal after an accident by providing financial support for harm not evident to everyone. Despite their importance, it’s challenging to recover these subjective losses without the help of a Meridian personal injury attorney. Your attorney not only calculates these losses but also gathers testimony from friends, family, colleagues, and you to prove your injuries’ impact on your life. 

Contact Us 

Since 1981, the Harris Law Firm has delivered justice for the injured. We provide our clients with the personalized legal solutions and one-on-one attention they deserve. When you retain our firm, you can be confident that your case is in capable hands.

We will never hand your case to a paralegal or treat you like just another file. We take the time to get to know you and help you achieve your goals. Contact us today for a free personal injury case review and learn more about how the Harris Law Firm can help you.