May 2012 Archives

May 31, 2012

Six Vehicle Wreck In Booneville, Mississippi

 

An accident claimed the lives of two people when a Dodge Intrepid driven by William McKinney failed to yield the right of way to oncoming traffic on Hwy. 30 bypass. McKinney pulled out from County Road 5031 and caused a collision with a GMC Sierra driven by Justin Moore of Booneville, MS. After impact, both vehicles went across the centerline into the wrong lane of traffic and then four motorcycles collided with the two other vehicles. Mr McKinney and Mr. Harmon Laster died as a result of the crash from blunt force trauma. Wanda Laster and Bobby Rooker were airlifted to North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo in critical condition.Robert Parker and Teresa Parker both of Memphis, TN were taken to Tupelo by ambulance in severe condition. Justin Moore was taken to Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville.

WHO CAN MAKE A CLAIM AGAINST WHOM AND WHY?
Anyone hurt or killed in this accident may make a claim against Mr. McKinney's insurance company as it appears that he was the one that caused the wreck with all vehicles. IF there is limited insurance coverage, then each person could make a claim against their own insurance company for underinsured motorist coverage and med pay coverage. For example, if one of the motorcycle drivers who was hurt in the wreck did not collect any money from Mr. McKinney's insurance company because it was paid out to others in the accident ( first come, first served), then that person could make a claim against their own insurance company even though they didn't have any insurance on their motorcycle;but, they would have to have some type of auto insurance in order to make a claim.

Sometimes, these multiple accidents get complicated. That is why if you have any questions about your case, you should talk with Paul Snow, an experienced trial attorney, as soon as possible. We represent clients all over Mississippi including: Booneville, Tupelo, Jackson, Gulfport, Biloxi Hattiesburg, Greenville, Greenwood, Meridian, Southaven, Vicksburg, and Pascagoula. This is especially true if the adjuster tells you that you can not make a claim or they are not going to pay you for you claim. Call now for your FREE confidential consultation at 601-969-1977 or contact us online.

May 29, 2012

Good Samaritan Killed In Accident In Jackson, Mississippi

 

30 year old twins stopped their jogging routine in order to help someone move their Dodge Avenger out of Highway 80 in Jackson, MS, when they were struck from behind by an employee of Shelter insurance company driving a Ford Escape SUV. The accident killed Kyeuna Vance and severely injured Shyeuna Vance who remains in critical condition at University Medical Center. Shyeuna's right leg had to be amputated and she sustained other severe injuries;she served in the military. Kyeuna Vance was a registered nurse and worked at Mississippi HomeCare of Jackson.

WHO CAN MAKE A CLAIM AGAINST WHOM AND WHY?
The family of Ms. Vance who was killed in this accident can make a claim against the insurance company as a result of their driver's negligence. According to an eye witness, the driver was not paying attention for whatever reason. Also, the other twin sister who survived,but was severely injured can make the same claim; also, the driver of the stalled vehicle can make the same claim. If gross negligence were involved, then a claim for punitive damages may be made. Since this was a company vehicle involved in this accident, there probably is an excess insurance policy which would cover damages over and above the primary insurance policy.

The damages for wrongful death consist of: loss of society and companionship for the family who has lost a loved one, loss of the income that the deceased could have earned had they not been killed in the accident, medical and funeral expenses, and pain and suffering. The damages for the injury cases are: past and future pain and suffering;past and future medical bills, past and future lost income, reduced earning capacity, and permanent injuries.


My law firm handled a case similar to this one in the past when two teenage boys were helping push a car to a nearby gas station around midnight when they were crushed in between the vehicles. We settled the cases for about $3,000,000 to $3,500,000. Each case is different and past settlements can not guarantee future results.

A Mississippi Accident/Injury lawyer should be consulted to discuss your legal rights when an accident of this magnitude happens. Any lawyer, regardless of skill or experience, can advertise for injury and death cases. Your lawyer's actual courtroom and trial experience are extremely important. You are invited to compare our experience, background and results. Click here to view our information.

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You need someone to investigate your case for you right now for your side. Witnesses move away or cannot be found or the evidence is destroyed. A lot of cases are lost because the client waited too long to talk with an attorney.

CALL NOW. We will speak with you over the telephone. Insurance companies hope you won't call us. We hope you will. Call now for your FREE private consultation to discuss your legal rights, Paul Snow, 601-969-1977 or contact us online.paul snow.jpg

May 23, 2012

$1,500,000 Judgment Awarded In Drunk Driving Case In Columbia, Marion County, MS

 

A verdict of $1,500,000 was awarded against a drunk driver, Richard N. Kennedy, who drove on the wrong side of the road and hit the Plaintiff's vehicle head on causing the death of a 2 year old boy, Caynen Woodward, and injuring his sister,Haley Woodward, and father, Brandon Woodward.

The accident happened on New Year's Eve night about midnight on 2009, on Highway 98 near Foxworth, MS. The defendant plead guilty to negligent manslaughter in causing the death of Caynen while driving drunk.

My law firm with mike ratcliff and bill jones are handling this case. The drunk driver's insurance company failed to pay their policy limits after being requested to pay the same within a reasonable time by our law firm. When the case didn't settle, suit was filed and now the insurance company has a large excess exposure. If adjusters would just do what is right and act fairly, then their insurance company wouldn't be in the position that they are in at the present time.

A lawsuit will be filed against the insurance company to collect the excess judgment,plus attorney fees and court costs and interest.

I will keep you informed as to future developments. Stay tuned!

Paul Snow

May 23, 2012

Pascagoula Man Killed As A Result Of An Explosion

 

A Pascagoula man was killed in an explosion at work at Mississippi Phosphates, a fertilizer plant on Industrial Road in Pascagoula, MS. Jeffrey Simpson died of head trauma according to the autopsy. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed a number of hobbies, especially fishing. Our prayers go out to the family.

I'm sure OSHA will investigate this accident since it happened on the job and resulted in a death. OSHA reports are sometimes hard to get and then they mark out most of the report so you can't read it too well. It appears that the product that exploded must have had a defect in it. This is known as product liability law. The manufacturer usually puts a name plate on their product which shows who made the product and where the maker is located. It is imperative that a picture of that name plate is taken as soon as possible before it disappears or is lost. A lot of cases against manufacturers are won because the defendant had notice of the problem of a possible explosion and either failed to warn or failed to repair or recall their product. Sometimes there is a defect in the product when it was made which would require that the product be saved to be reviewed by a proper expert witness to determine what caused the explosion.paul snow.jpg

Our law firm has handled numerous explosion and product defect cases to successful conclusion for the families in the past. We represent clients all over MS including Pascagoula, Biloxi, Gulfport, Hattiesburg, Jackson, Southaven, Meridian, Greenville, Tuppelo, Vicksburg, and Columbus.

Please call us right away to discuss your case FREE of charge. We handle accident cases on a contingency fee basis which means that you only pay for our services if we obtain a recovery for you. To schedule your FREE consultation with Paul Snow, a Mississippi Injury Attorney, call 601-969-1977 or contact us online.

May 21, 2012

Minor Killed In Accident From Alcohol Bought At Gulfport Music Festival

 

A minor was killed after some of the alcohol vendors allegedly sold alcohol to underage drinkers at the Gulfport Music Festival last weekend. No one checked for proof of age in order to buy beer and beer was sold to the minors who attended the concert. Driving and minors don't mix.

The family of the minor who was killed in the accident can make a claim against the alcohol vendors who sold alcohol to the minors which contributed to the car accident.Also, the promoter of the concert may be sued if you can prove he was in control or aware of the alcohol being sold to the minors.

My law firm handled a case similar to this one when some minors went to a Hank Williams Jr. concert in Memphis TN and alcohol was sold to the minors which contributed to a car wreck killing a young woman on her 18th birthday. We sued the alcohol providers, the concert promoter, the driver, the lawyer who let the statute of limitations run in TN, and other defendants involved in the concert. We were able to get a substantial settlement that was acceptable to the family of the woman killed in the accident.75579_drunk_driving.jpg

If you know of someone who was injured or killed as a result of someone selling alcohol to a minor which contributed to an accident and want to discuss your case FREE of charge, call Paul Snow at 601-969-1977 or contact us online.

We represent clients all over Mississippi including Gulfport, Biloxi, Pascagoula, Jackson, Southaven, Hattiesburg, Vicksburg and Meridian. Call now before it is too late.

May 10, 2012

Mississippi State Student Killed In Accident Near Starkville, MS

 

A MSU student was killed in a one vehicle accident on May 9th, 2012, at the intersection of Oktoc and Skinner Roads. The Oktibbeha county sheriff's office investigated the accident and found a 1999 Ford Explorer overturned in the woods.Six passengers were injured in the accident, three are in critical condition and were transferred to CCU in Jackson and Tupelo. Treasure K Huffman, a sophomore from Starkville, was killed in the accident. According to the investigation, it appears that alcohol was involved but Ms. Huffman was not under the influence of alcohol.75579_drunk_driving.jpg

WHO CAN MAKE A CLAIM AGAINST WHOM AND WHY?

Of course, the family of Ms. Huffman can make a claim against the driver of the vehicle and the business who sold the alcohol to any minors;also, anyone who was injured can make the same claim. If a business sells alcohol to a minor and then a wreck happens, then that business may be sued for contributing to the car accident.

There may be limited insurance available, therefore it is important for anyone who wants to make a claim, to contact a Mississippi Accident Attorney as soon as possible. Sometimes the insurance companies pay out on a first come, first served basis. Once the limits are exhausted, then there is no more money to pay out.

Claims can also be made for underinsured and medical pay benefits.

If you would like to discuss your case FREE of charge, call Paul Snow at 601-969-1977 or contact us online. We do not charge a fee unless we recover money for you. Don't wait until it is too late, call now.paul snow.jpg