When many people across the nation see the settlement amounts that are awarded to accident victims, they often focus on the dollar amount rather than what went into determining this compensation. For jurors here in Mississippi, this means carefully considering the facts of the case and issuing an amount that will both provide for the victim in the years to come but also adheres to state tort laws and the caps associated with economic and non-economic damages.
Have you ever been to the doctors or undergone a surgery only to discover years later that a mistake was made? Most people who go through this are often left with a sense of injustice and may not know that they can seek compensation with the help of legal counsel. But in many states, including here in Mississippi, there are statutes of limitations that prohibit a victim from filing a lawsuit after a certain period of time, even if negligence is found to be a factor in the case. This can not only leave a person frustrated but questioning whether such practice should be allowed, especially in cases of minors.
Investigators with Mississippi police still have not released the name of the 51-year-old man who was fatally injured in an accident near Hazlehurst just days ago. Police say that the reason for this lack of information is because they have not notified the man’s next of kin who will likely be left grieving this month for the loss of their loved one.
Readers may have heard about the teenage girl who slipped into a coma after undergoing surgery recently to remove her tonsils. That story has made national headlines. For our readers in Mississippi, we have an eerily similar story about another possible instance of medical malpractice against a minor.
Seat belts are the most effective car accident safety device, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In fact, those who wear seat belts reduce their risk of suffering injuries in a car accident by 50 percent. And, seat belts do save lives; NHTSA reports that more than 75,000 lives were saved as the result of seat belts from 2004 to 2008.