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December 26, 2009

Jackson, Mississippi Accident/Injury Lawyer Suggests 16 Tough Questions To Ask Before You Hire A Lawyer

 


16 Tough Questions to Ask Before You Hire a Lawyer

1. How long have you been practicing in the specific field of accident and injury law?

2. Are you board certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy?

3. How many cases have you handled that involve injuries like mine?

4. How many jury trials have you tried that involve injuries like mine?

5. How much money have you gotten for persons who have injuries like mine?

6. How many of your articles have been published in the area of accident and injury law?

7. How many seminars have you presented concerning this area of the law?

8. Do you have expert witnesses available who will help in cases with my type of injury?

9. Are you admitted to practice law in more than one state?

10. Are you admitted to practice law before the United States Supreme Court?

11. Do you offer a 24-hour telephone answer-line for injured victims?

12. Will you give an estimated opinion of my case for me without cost or obligation?

13. If I can't come to your office, will you come to my home or office?

14. Will you send me a free Consumer's Guide for Injured Victims?

15. Do you conduct free educational seminars so I can learn more about injury cases?

16. How many multi-million dollar verdicts and/or settlements have you achieved for your clients?paul snow.jpg

If you have any questions, call Paul Snow at 601-969-1977 or contact us online for a FREE consultation. DO NOT wait until it is too late to discuss your case. There are time deadlines that must be met. Once the deadline has passed, your case will be over forever.

December 25, 2009

Jackson, Mississippi Accident/Injury Lawyer Warns About 8 Costly Mistakes To Avoid When Selecting An Accident Lawyer

 


8 Costly Mistakes to Avoid When Selecting An Accident Lawyer


MISTAKE #1: Choosing a lawyer who doesn't have enough trial experience.

The most important factor in choosing an accident lawyer is his knowledge, skill and experience handling injury claims. This includes (1) experience handling injury cases, and (2) experience taking injury cases to trial. In most cases, the money you hope to recover for your injuries will come from an insurance company - either the other person's insurance company - or your own. And one of the reasons insurance companies have so much money is because they pay accident victims like you as little as possible - often less than you deserve. Make sure the lawyer you select has extensive experience handling personal injury cases at trial. Your best choice is to select a lawyer who is a board certified trial lawyer.

MISTAKE #2: Choosing a lawyer only because you like his advertising.

A flashy TV commercial or Yellow Page ad doesn't mean anything except that the lawyer agreed to pay for the ad. Advertising can make almost any lawyer look like an expert. Don't choose a lawyer solely because you like his ad. Make sure you ask questions about the attorney's experience and his track record in handling injury claims.

MISTAKE #3: Choosing the lawyer who promises you the most money.

The amount of money you're entitled to recover, called "damages," is based on many components: (1) the length of your recovery, (2) the dollar amount of your medical bills, and (3) the dollar amount of lost wages, (4) pain and suffering, and (5) the severity of your injuries and damages. No one can tell you exactly what your case is worth until they gather all the facts. Anyone who promises you a certain amount of money before he gets this information is making a promise he probably can't keep.

MISTAKE #4: Choosing a lawyer because he expects to settle your case.

Most injury cases are settled without going to trial. Even so, if you hope to get a fair settlement for your injuries, your lawyer must be willing to take the insurance company to court. Otherwise, the insurance company has no incentive to offer you a fair amount of money for your injuries. If you hire a "settling attorney" - one who usually settles his cases and seldom goes to court - you can expect to receive less money for your injuries than if you hire a skilled trial attorney. Remember: The most powerful weapon you can use against the insurance company is your willingness and ability to take your case to trial.

MISTAKE #5:Choosing a lawyer because of a referral from a friend.

When a friend refers you to a lawyer, be careful. Yes, your friend probably means well. But your friend may not be the best source for a referral. You see, people often select a lawyer because they like him. But you need a lawyer who is much more than just a nice person. You need an attorney who has the trial experience to go up against billion-dollar insurance companies. Insurance companies hire experienced investigators, adjusters and lawyers to work against you. You need a highly experienced lawyer and his investigators working for you. Your best choice is to select a board-certified trial lawyer who will discuss his track record with you, case by case.

MISTAKE #6:Choosing a lawyer because he appears successful.

A handsome office and an expensive car don't tell you anything about the lawyer's experience. Don't judge a lawyer by appearances. Judge a lawyer by whether he has the knowledge, skill, experience and willingness to (1) sue the other party, and to (2) take your case to trial, if necessary. That's the BEST way you can be sure you recover the amount of money you deserve.

MISTAKE #7:Choosing a lawyer because of the location of his office.

You may be inclined to select a lawyer who has an office down the street from your home. But this could be a big mistake because what you gain in convenience you may lose in experience and knowhow. Most of the work between an injury lawyer and his client is done by mail and over the telephone. I encourage you to hire a board-certified trial attorney, even if you must drive a little farther to his office. You may find that the extra minutes on the road will be well worth your effort in the end. And if travel is difficult for you, we will be glad to come to your home or office. Just ask. We serve clients all over Mississippi and Louisiana.

MISTAKE #8: Not reviewing the lawyer's track record.

You can get a good idea of a lawyer's experience by reviewing his track record of cases that he has settled or taken to trial. Ask the attorney how many cases he has settled for over $1,000,000, between $500,000 and $1,000,000, and so forth. This will give you a way of determining the level of the attorney's experience.paul snow.jpg

If you have any questions, call Paul Snow at 601-969-1977 or contact us online for a FREE consultation. Do NOT wait until it is too late to pursue your case. There are time deadlines that will end your case forever if the deadline is not met.

December 24, 2009

Jackson, Mississippi Accident/Injury Lawyer Tells Secrets To Getting A Fair Settlement

 


15 Secrets to Getting a Fair Settlement for Your Injuries

SECRET #1: Conduct a complete investigation. Make sure you collect witness statements, police reports, medical reports and anything else related to the accident. You may need to hire private investigators and accident reconstruction experts. They can gather added physical evidence, such as pieces of the -automobile. The other party's insurance company will collect all sorts of information which may be used against you. You'll be at a serious disadvantage if you don't conduct a thorough investigation to help support your claim.

SECRET #2: Get photographs of all important elements in your case: Your car and the car that hit you. The accident scene. Your injuries. And so forth. Photos are vivid evidence of what you experienced. As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words. Juries find photos to be powerful proof of your injuries. So make sure either you or your attorney gets plenty of photographs.

SECRET #3: Don't release your medical records to the other party's insurance company. Many accident victims make the mistake of signing a release for the other party's insurance company. This gives your opponent access to your medical records. YOUR insurance company is entitled to your medical information. But the other party's insurance company should NOT have this information because it may use the information against you. Don't release your medical records to the other party's insurance company.

SECRET #4: Get the insurance company to set up a high reserve account. After an accident, the insurance company establishes a reserve account to cover all the costs they expect to pay for your claim. The amount of money put on reserve is based on whatever facts the insurance company has soon after the accident occurs. If the reserve set aside for your injuries is greater than your damages, you shouldn't have much trouble collecting for your injuries. But if the reserve is too small, you'll need to get the reserve increased. Rather than increase the reserve, the insurance company will first put pressure on the adjuster to settle your claim. And, naturally, he'll put more pressure on you.

SECRET #5: Keep the adjuster informed about the seriousness of your injuries. If the adjuster sets up a small reserve account, he will be surprised if you ask for much higher damages in the weeks or months ahead. If your injuries have grown worse - or if other problems have arisen - make sure you keep the adjuster informed so he can increase the reserve account as your case progresses. Then, when the time comes to settle your claim, the adjuster will have the amount of money he needs to pay you for your injuries. If his account is too small and he needs to increase it, he'll look bad to his supervisor. This will only work against you. Keep the adjuster informed as your case progresses.

SECRET #6: Don't let the insurance adjuster pressure you into settling your case. Adjusters use all kinds of methods to get you to settle for a smaller amount than the fair value of your case: The insurance adjuster may try to get you to admit that the accident was your fault, or at least partly your fault. The adjuster may try to get you to give a recorded statement or sign a statement, either of which may be used against you later at trial. What's more, don't be surprised if the insurance adjuster is polite. His kindness may be a tactic to get you to settle for less than your case is worth - and to get you to settle soon, often BEFORE you hire an attorney. The longer your file remains open, the more heat the insurance company puts on the adjuster to resolve your claim. Don't give in to the adjuster's pressure or kindness. Instead, hold out for every penny you rightfully deserve. If the insurance company does not offer a reasonable amount to settle your case, your lawyer can file suit and tell you whether the insurance company offers are reasonable or unreasonable.

SECRET #7: Keep a day-by-day diary of your injuries. If your case goes to trial, you need to be able to tell the jury how many days, weeks or months you were in pain, how long you suffered from headaches, how long you experienced muscle spasms - and so forth. Unless you keep a daily log, your answers may be vague and inaccurate. Don't risk hurting your credibility. Keep a detailed diary so you can back up your claims for damages.

SECRET #8: Know all your damages. They include (1) cost of medical treatment, (2) pain and suffering for your injuries, (3) loss of income for time off work, (4) loss of consortium, (5) loss of business, (6) cost of a rental car, (7) cost of fixing your car, (8) cost of hiring a housekeeper, (9) cost of hiring an in-home nurse, (10) cost for psychological counseling caused by stress or some other aspect of the accident, (II) cost of hiring a taxi service to and from your doctor's office - and ANY OTHER money you paid out or lost as a result of your injury.

SECRET #9: Keep all bills and receipts related to your accident. If you don't save your bills and receipts, you may not be able to prove the amount of your damages. Be sure to save everything: doctor bills, hospital bills, pharmacy bills and all other bills you incurred because of your accident.

SECRET #10: Know all your injuries. Many victims feel that if it doesn't hurt, it isn't injured. Yet injuries caused by accidents may not develop for days - even weeks. Don't be too quick to rule out injuries just because they haven't yet appeared. Also, accidents can cause the injured victim to suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). This means the victim becomes less able to cope with stresses in his or her life. Depending on how well you cope with stress, you may want to be evaluated for this problem in addition to your physical injuries.

SECRET #11: Know your sources for insurance coverage. In many cases an injured victim can legally collect from two or three different insurance policies at the same time. Yet many accident victims don't know where to look for various insurance coverages. If you're interested, call me and I'll tell you how to determine whether you can collect from more than one policy.

SECRET #12: Stay under your doctor's care until your doctor releases you. Many people stop going to their doctor when they feel better, before the doctor releases them from treatment. Make sure you continue going to the doctor until your doctor releases you! He knows the complications that could result from your injury. And the cost of going to the doctor will, in the end, be paid by the other party's insurance company if your case is settled. If you can't afford the continuing cost of treatment, I invite you to call me to discuss your options.

SECRET #13: File your lawsuit right away. After your doctor releases you from treatment, prepare your case quickly and file your lawsuit. Insurance companies are not in a hurry to settle cases (1) unless they can settle the suit for far less than it's worth,or (2) unless they feel the pressure of the approaching court date. Insurance companies usually get serious about settling if they see they'll have to start paying lawyers to defend your case. So file your lawsuit right away and put pressure on the insurance company.

SECRET #14: Ask a qualified trial lawyer to evaluate your case. You probably had a doctor evaluate your injuries. So doesn't it make sense to have a lawyer evaluate your legal claim? The insurance company wants you to settle quickly in hopes that you'll settle for far less than your case is really worth. An experienced personal injury trial attorney can help you by reviewing your file. He will look at the police report, doctors' statements, medical bills, time lost from work and other information. Then he can give you an informed opinion about the estimated value of your case. If you'd like me to evaluate your case - without any cost or obligation - please don't hesitate to call.

SECRET #15: If you decide to hire a lawyer, choose a trial attorney who isn't afraid to go to court. Insurance companies keep tabs on lawyers. They know which lawyers will take them to court - the fighters. And they know which lawyers will not go to court - the settlers. The fighters usually get more money for their clients than the settlers. An experienced trial attorney can usually get you enough additional money to cover his fee and increase the amount of money you receive. While I can't say for sure that you need a lawyer, I urge you to at least talk with an accident lawyer to make sure you're not settling for less than you deserve.paul snow.jpg

If you have any questions, you may call Paul Snow at 601-969-1977 for a FREE consultation or contact us online. Do NOT wait until it is too late to do something on your case because there are time deadlines that must be met or else your case will be over forever.

December 22, 2009

Car Crash Kills Woman In Southaven, Mississippi

 

Dorothy Gwin of Southaven, MS was killed in a car crash when a man ran a stop sign while fleeing police officers from Southaven and Horn Lake police departments. A toxicology test was done on the at fault driver to see whether he was under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the accident. The police were chasing the driver for at least five miles before the accident happened. The driver was charged with manslaughter for causing the death of Ms. Gwin who was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.pic of car wreck.jpg

The family of Ms. Gwin can make a claim against the driver and owner of the vehicle's insurance company for causing the accident. If there is no insurance coverage on the at fault driver, then the family can make a claim against Ms. Gwin's own insurance company for uninsured motorist and med pay benefits.

If you know of someone who has been injured or killed in a car accident and have some questions, call Paul Snow in Jackson, MS at 601-969-1977 or contact us online for a FREE consultation. We represent clients all over Mississippi including Southaven, Jackson, Gulfport, Biloxi, Hattiesburg, Greenville, Meridian, Tupelo, Vicksburg, and Pascagoula.

Information provided by Mississippi Accident Lawyer Paul Snow.

December 15, 2009

18 Wheeler T-Bones Newspaper Carrier Near Starkville, Mississippi

 

A longtime newspaper carrier, Winston "Ringo" Minor, was hit by an 18 wheeler when Mr. Minor attempted to cross Hwy. 182 near Starkville, MS. Mr. Minor was driving a 2003 Ford Explorer with his dog, Abigail, a German Shepard who always rode with him. The 18 wheeler was a 2007 Freightliner who was going west on Hwy. 182. The front of the tractor-trailer truck hit the driver's side of Mr. Minor's SUV. The dog was not hurt, but Mr. Minor, in critical condition, was taken to Oktibbeha County Hospital and then transferred to University Medical Center in Jackson, MS by helicopter. He sustained serious wounds to his head and face. He is presently in the Intensive Care Unit. 18 wheeler.jpg

Mr. Minor may have a claim against the insurance company for the 18 wheeler because a vehicle who enters the intersection first has the right of way even though that vehicle may be crossing from a side street. See Mississippi Code 63-3-801(1). Also, when two vehicles enter an intersection at the same time, the vehicle on the left shall yield the right of way to the vehicle on the right. See 63-3-801(2). It appears that Mr. Minor either entered the intersection first or was there at the same time, therefore, the 18 wheeler should have yielded the right of way to Mr. Minor's vehicle.

If you know of someone who has been injured or killed by the actions of an 18 wheeler driver and have some questions, call Paul Snow at 601-969-1977 or 1-800-640-4478 or contact us online. We will talk with you FREE of charge to see whether or not you have a case. We represent clients all over MS including Starkville, Jackson, Columbus, Meridian, Gulfport, Biloxi, Laurel, Greenwood, Natchez, Ridgeland, Clarksdale and Olive Branch.

December 12, 2009

Fetus Death Caused By Horseplay In Edwards, Mississippi

 

Charmaine Maxey, who was pregnant at the time, was shot in the stomach by Clifford Noel while they were parked inside a car in front of Noel's house. Ms. Maxey was in the passenger seat and Noel was in the driver's seat. Apparently, Noel and another man were playing around and the gun went off. The fetus died and the mother is in serious condition at University Medical Center in Jackson, MS.

WHO CAN MAKE A CLAIM AGAINST WHOM AND WHY? The family members of the deceased infant and the mother can make a claim against the shooter of the gun and the other man who was involved in the horseplay which resulted in the gun being discharged. This incident will probably be covered by each man's homeowner's insurance policy since the shooting was an accident. Also, the medical pay parts of the car policy may help cover the funeral bill for the infant and the medical bills of the mother. Separate limits should apply to each one. A close reading of the car policy may provide liability coverage for the shooter's actions.

If you know of someone who has been injured or killed as a result of a shooting that was an accident, call Paul Snow now at 601-969-1977 to discuss your legal rights FREE or contact us online. We do not charge any fees unless we recover for you. We represent clients in all kind of accident cases including accidents with guns. We represent clients all over Mississippi including Edwards, Jackson, Pearl, Brandon, Gulfport, Biloxi, Hattiesburg, Greenville, Meridian, and Hinds, Rankin and Madison Counties.

Information provided by Mississippi Accident Lawyer Paul Snow.

December 9, 2009

Propane Explosion Severely Injures Man Near Laurel, Mississippi

 

David Bolton was severely injured in a propane explosion near Ellisville, MS when a propane tank ignited and exploded in the home. There was a family at the house when the incident occurred. Mr. Bolton was trying to stop the propane tank from leaking when it blew up. It knocked him back and caused the house to become on fire. They were changing a gas tank over to a propane tank at the time. Mr. Bolton was first taken to South Central Regional Medical Center for his burn injuries, but was later transported to the University of South Alabama Regional Burn Center in Mobile, AL.

Mr. Bolton may have a claim against the propane dealer who provided the propane tank or the local supplier for negligence which may consist of failure to install the tank properly, or failure to warn of dangers in changing over the system, among other things.He may also have a claim against the maker of the propane tank.

We have handled a number of explosion cases for our clients in the past. IF you know of someone who was injured or killed in an explosion, call Paul Snow now at 601-969-1977 to see if you have a case FREE or contact us online. It does not cost you anything to discuss your case. We represent clients in all kind of explosion cases all over Mississippi including Laurel, Ellisville, Hattiesburg, Columbus, Starkville, Clinton, Pearl, Olive Branch, Clarksdale, Ridgeland and Natchez.

Information provided by Mississippi Accident Lawyer Paul Snow.

December 7, 2009

Hit-And-Run 18 Wheeler Causes Wreck In Gulfport, Mississippi

 

The driver of a big truck rear-ended a car in the westbound lane of I-10 knocking the car off of the highway and into the woods causing personal injuries to the driver of the car. The driver of the tractor trailer truck kept on going after the crash and did not stop. Mississippi law requires anyone involved in an accident with injuries to stop and render assistance.18 wheeler.jpg

The lady injured in this accident has a claim against the 18 wheeler's insurance company for causing this accident and may recover damages for past and future medical bills, past and future pain and suffering, past and future lost income, reduced earning capacity, permanent injuries, and property damages.

If you know of someone who was involved in an accident with an 18 wheeler and have some questions, call Paul Snow at 601-969-1977 to discuss your case FREE of charge or contact us online. We represent people who have been injured or killed in 18 wheeler accidents all over Mississippi including Gulfport, Biloxi, Pascagoula, Jackson, Hattiesburg, Greenville, Greenwood, Meridian, Tupelo, Southaven, and Vicksburg.

Information provided by Mississippi Accident Lawyer Paul Snow.

December 4, 2009

Brandon, MS Man Charged With Vehicular Homicide In Crash On I-55

 

Kevin Craig of Brandon, MS was charged with vehicular homicide as a result of an accident on I-55 near Amite, LA. Craig was driving a 1991 Chevrolet Camaro at a high rate of speed in the northbound lane of I-55 when he struck the rear of a 2007 Dodge pickup truck causing the truck to spin, leave the interstate and then overturn. Leon Perry was killed in the accident and Sanike Dyson was taken to North Oaks Medical Center with injuries. Police think alcohol was involved.

WHO CAN MAKE A CLAIM AGAINST WHOM AND WHY?
The family of Mr. Perry can make a claim against the at fault driver's insurance company for causing the accident. If he didn't have any insurance, then the family can make a claim against the insurance company on the Dodge in addition to Mr. Perry's insurance company for uninsured motorists benefits. Also, if the at fault driver were drunk, then a claim may be made against the bar that sold the alcohol to the drunk driver. The other injured passengers may also make the same type of claims.

If you know of someone who has been injured or killed in a truck accident and have some questions, call Mississippi Truck Accident Lawyer Paul Snow at 601-969-1977 or contact us online for a FREE consultation. We represent clients in all kinds of accidents all over MS and LA.

December 2, 2009

Court Affirms $82,000,000 Award Against Ford For Roof Collapse In Rollover Accident

 

The United States Supreme Court has decided to leave in place an award of $82 million against Ford Motor Company when a Ford Explorer rolled over causing the roof to collapse on the driver's neck resulting in her becoming paralyzed from the waist down. Ms. Buell-Wilson was driving her 1997 Ford Explorer on an interstate in January, 2002, when she swerved to avoid a metal object in the road,lost control of her Explorer which rolled over 4 1/2 times. When the roof collapsed on her neck, it severed her spine. Ford claimed that it was not liable for punitive damages because Ford contended that its design met federal safety standards. The jury concluded that Ford knew that the Explorer had design defects that made it prone to rollover in emergency maneuvers which resulted in roof collapses. The lower Court rejected Ford's contention, but the award was reduced twice by other Courts. The case is Ford v. Buell-Wilson, 09-297.

If you know of someone who has been seriously injured or killed in a rollover or roof crush case and have some questions, call Paul Snow at 601-969-1977 or 1-800-640-4478 or contact us online. We will talk with you FREE of charge to see if you have a case. We do not charge any attorney fees unless we win a settlement for you. Do not wait until it is too late, call now.

Information provided by Mississippi Accident Lawyer Paul Snow.

December 1, 2009

Truckdriver Going Wrong Way Against Traffic Kills Two In Wiggins, MS

 

The driver of a pickup truck, Ronald McCollum, was going North in the Southbound lanes of traffic on Hwy. 49 near Wiggins, MS when he collided head-on with a vehicle driven by Ryan Roberts. Both drivers were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. Mr. Roberts was from Pascagoula, MS.deadly crash.jpg

The family of Mr. Roberts can make a claim against the other driver's insurance company for funeral expenses, loss of income in the future, loss of love,society and companionship and any other damages allowed by law under Mississippi's Wrongful Death statute. IF there were no insurance on the at fault driver, then a claim can be made against Mr. Roberts own insurance company for uninsured motorist benefits and medical pay benefits which should cover the funeral cost.

If you know of someone who has lost a loved one in an accident and have some questions, call Paul Snow, a Jackson, Mississippi accident attorney, at 601-969-1977 for a FREE consultation or contact us online. We can let you know whether or not you have a case and why. We represent clients all over MS including Pascagoula, WIggins, Gulfport, Biloxi, Jackson, Hattiesburg, and Vicksburg. We represent clients killed in accidents involving cars, trucks, motorcycles, 18 wheelers, trains, boats, and just about any kind of accident.deadly crash1.jpg

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November 26, 2009

Jackson County, Mississippi Explosion Kills Two Workers At Shipyard

 

An explosion at VT Halter Marine shipyard killed two workers and injured four others. Alex Caballero of Pascagoula,MS and Dwight Monroe of Moss Point, MS were killed in the accident. The deadly explosion happened in the hull of a tugboat where a tank was in the process of being cleaned in order to be painted. One of the injured was taken to the USB burn center and another was airlifted to Mobile in critical condition.

Explosions need to have some type of explosive material and an ignition source. Sometimes toluene, which is highly flammable, is contained in the cleaning fluids that are used to clean these surfaces to prepare for painting. The fumes from toluene can ignite from up to 8 feet away from the liquid. Careful inspection of the tank is required to discover any unsafe areas which may cause an explosion. Adequate ventilation is also required in case there is a build up of any unsafe fumes. If fumes build up in the tank, it is like a time bomb waiting to go off. Any spark from any source, even a light switch, can ignite the fumes.

My law firm just handled a case similar to this one which involved an explosion of a tank killing three workers and injuring another. The tank that exploded contained a small amount of oil which produced fumes that ignited when the welder lit his torch to weld on an adjacent tank. The fumes from the one tank ignited even though that was not the tank that was being welded on. The National Chemical Safety Board investigated the accident and found that both the owner of the premises and the contractor were at fault for not cleaning and/or inspecting the adjacent tank before allowing anyone to weld in the area. We concluded a multi-million dollar settlement for the families after properly working up the case for trial. IF you would like to see the video of the incident click here.

If the employer or maker of the product knew that there was a potential for an explosion yet chose to do nothing about it, then there may be a claim for punitive damages.

Call me for a free copy of the lawsuit that I filed in this case for your review.

If you know of someone who was injured or killed in an explosion and have some questions, call Paul Snow now to discuss your legal rights. We offer a FREE consultation to anyone who has any questions. Call 601-969-1977 or 1-800-640-4478 or contact us online. We represent clients all over Mississippi including Jackson County, Pascagoula, Moss Point, Ocean Springs, Gulfport, Biloxi, Escatawpa, Jackson, and Mobile, AL.

Information provided by Mississippi Accident Lawyer Paul Snow.

November 25, 2009

Hunting Accident In Oktibbeha County, MS Leaves Hunter Dead

 

Doug Childs was hunting in Oktibbeha County, MS when he was accidentally shot by another hunter. He was hunting off of Hawkins Road near the Choctaw County line. The family of Mr. Childs has a claim against the other hunter for negligence for not positively identifying his target before pulling the trigger. A hunter should practice gun safety at all times and know what is in front of and behind the target.

In an unrelated hunting accident, a 10 year old girl and her mother were shot and injured while riding their horses on a trail designated for horseback riding. The girl suffered a punctured lung and is in the intensive care unit at a local hospital. The trail is 21 miles long and used for hiking and riding and is near public roads where it is illegal to hunt from. The shooter was ticketed for hunting from a public road.

If the hunter was living in a home that had homeowners insurance, then a claim could be made under that insurance policy to cover the damages up to the policy limits of the insured. If you are hunting out of your vehicle, then the car insurance may apply.

If you know of someone who has been injured or killed in a hunting accident and have some questions, call Paul Snow for a FREE consultation to discuss your legal rights at 601-969-1977 or 1-800-640-4478 or contact us online.

Information provided by Mississippi Accident Lawyer Paul Snow.

November 24, 2009

OFFSHORE ACCIDENTS IN LOUISIANA AND MISSISSIPPI

 

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If you are injured or know someone who was killed in an offshore accident, do you know your rights?

If you know someone who was injured or killed as a result of the actions of someone else or conditions of a vessel, you should contact an experienced maritime attorney. Paul Snow discusses some of our past experience in representing families of victims of such accidents. Because the rights of the family members of a maritime accident dramatically depend on the classification of the vessel involved and the status of the victim as a seaman or a passenger, the family's rights must be analyzed carefully by an experienced maritime attorney. The Law Office of Paul Snow is licensed to practice law in Mississippi and Louisiana, and have handled a number of offshore accident cases in the past to successful conclusion.

If you are injured or know someone who was killed on a fixed platform, do you know your rights?

A determining factor will be whether the platform is located in state waters or on the Outer Continental Shelf of the United States . The victim's rights can depend upon whether the accident resulted from the negligence of a vessel operating near the platform, the platform operator itself, or its contractors. Analyzing the rights of the victim in such an accident is extremely complex and you should contact an experienced maritime attorney if you have been injured or know someone who has been killed on a fixed platform. The Law Office of Paul Snow is licensed to practice law in Mississippi and Louisiana, and have handled a number of fixed platform accident cases in the past to successful conclusion.

If you are injured or know someone who was killed on a vessel such as a jackup, semi-submersible drilling rig, or drilling ship, etc., do you know your rights?

Rights of maritime victims depend upon whether the victim is an employee of the operator of the vessel, a passenger, or a member of the crew, or which jurisdiction governs the area in which the accident occurred. You should contact an experienced maritime attorney if you are injured or know someone who was killed as a result of the actions of someone else or condition of the vessel. Because the rights of the victim of an offshore accident depend on the classification of the vessel involved and the status of the victim as a seaman or passenger, the rights of victim must be analyzed carefully by an experienced maritime attorney. The Law Office of Paul Snow is licensed to practice law in Mississippi and Louisiana, and have handled a number of maritime accident cases in the past to successful conclusion.

Will I be fired if I bring a claim?

When someone is injured or killed in an offshore accident, usually the employer's insurance company will pay for the medical bills and compensation while the victim is out of work. The employer will recover the money they paid out if the victim is successful in making his claim against a negligent third party who caused the accident; therefore, the employer should be more than agreeable to allow the claim to go forward since the employer will be reimbursed any monies that they spent through their insurance company if the claim is successful. The Law Offices of Paul Snow is licensed to practice law in Mississippi and Louisiana, and have handled a number of offshore accident cases in the past to successful conclusion.

The Law Offices of Paul Snow handle claims involving wrongful death and personal injury of workers aboard: jackup drilling rigs, semi-submersible drilling rigs, drill ships, barges, supply, utility and crew boats, seismic vessels, dredges, jackup barges, diving vessels, commercial fishing boats, offshore and inland tug boats, and helicopters.

If you have some questions, call Paul Snow now at 1-800-640-4478 for a FREE consultation to see if you have a case or contact us online.

November 23, 2009

USM Student Killed By Cement Truck Driver In Hattiesburg, MS

 

The driver of a John Deere tractor, McKenzie C. Beilmann, was killed when he was struck from behind by the driver of a large cement truck. The accident happened on Hwy. 98 in the westbound lane of traffic. The Mississippi Highway Patrol said the truck driver "ran through him." Mr. Beilmann was taken to Forest General Hospital where he later passed away. He is survived by his parents Frank and Randolyn Beilmann, a sister and a brother. Our prayers go out to the family.

WHO CAN MAKE A CLAIM AGAINST WHOM AND WHY? The family of Mr. Beilmann can make a claim against the insurance company for the driver of the truck since he caused the accident. Mr. Beilmann had a right to use the highway just like anyone else. The truck driver had a duty to keep a proper lookout and to properly control his truck at all times. He must have been speeding or going too fast for the circumstances because he couldn't stop in time. Claims could be made for medical and funeral bills, pain and suffering, lost income, and loss of the society and companionship of their family member.

If you know of someone who has lost a loved one in an accident and have some questions, call Mississippi Accident Lawyer Paul Snow at 601-969-1977 or contact us online for a FREE consultation to see whether or not you have a case. We represent clients in all kinds of accident cases including large truck accidents, car accidents, 18 wheeler accidents, motorcycle accidents, and accidents involving tractors.

Information provided by Mississippi Accident Lawyer Paul Snow.