Jackson Personal Injury Lawyer
At Coxwell & Associates, we have a history of success. Each lawyer is passionate about providing the best legal representation and service available. We do not consider the practice of law as a business, but instead as a life-long career and profession with the purpose of helping Mississippians resolve their legal problems. Mississippi is our home. We consider it a privilege to have represented Mississippians for well over 40 years.
Our attorneys focus their practice in limited areas to provide a more highly skilled service to our clients. For example, you would see a family doctor for general medical conditions (cold, flu, etc.) but would see a cardiologist to address a serious medical issue involving your heart. Both are doctors, but they have a different focus. At the law firm of Coxwell & Associates, PLLC, Merrida Coxwell and Chuck Mullins have limited their areas of practice and fine-tuned their skill to work primarily within the areas of personal injury, criminal defense, and civil rights litigation.
Personal injury lawsuits may be brought based on injuries caused by car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, defective products, dangerous property conditions, and medical malpractice. In many personal injury lawsuits, damages are pursued under a theory of negligence. If a personal injury attorney at our Jackson firm can establish liability, you can recover compensatory damages, which are damages intended to put you back in the position in which you would have been had you not been injured. Compensatory damages can include past and future medical expenses, past and future lost wages, pain and suffering, rehabilitation, and mental anguish.Car Accidents
Car accidents occur for many different reasons, including distracted driving, speeding, drunk driving, reckless driving, tailgating, road rage, fatigued driving, and traffic signal violations. To recover damages from another driver, you need to be able to show that the other driver was at fault for your injuries. Usually, this requires you to establish the other driver’s negligence. In some cases, there are multiple people or entities that contribute to a car accident. It is crucial to identify all the parties responsible for a car accident and bring them into the lawsuit.Truck Accidents
Commercial trucks can cause devastating injuries in a collision with one or more smaller vehicles. In a truck accident, there may be multiple victims who suffer catastrophic injuries. Our Jackson personal injury attorneys can hold a truck driver accountable when their negligence causes a truck accident. Interstate truck drivers are expected to follow the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations. These regulations include rules about hours of service, log books, and truck inspections, among other things. Failing to follow these regulations may be used as evidence that a truck driver breached the duty to use reasonable care. In many cases, the employer of the driver may be held liable as well.Motorcycle Accidents
There is no buffer between a motorcyclist and the impact of a larger vehicle in a motorcycle accident. Often, the driver of a larger vehicle can walk away from an accident without a scratch, while the motorcyclist may sustain catastrophic, life-changing injuries. Many motorcycle accidents are caused by distracted drivers. Drivers may not expect to see a motorcyclist turning at an intersection, for example, and drive into them. Motorcyclists should always wear a helmet, as required under Mississippi law, but our Jackson personal injury lawyers know that helmet use and other safety precautions cannot prevent all harm.
When you visit someone else’s property and suffer an injury due to a dangerous property condition, you may be able to file a premises liability lawsuit against the property owner. There are many dangerous property conditions that can give rise to injuries, including slippery surfaces, broken rails, broken steps, uneven flooring, obstructions, rotting structures, and more. Property owners and occupiers are responsible for keeping their property reasonably safe and free from dangers that could cause injuries. The duty that a property owner owes to a visitor depends on the visitor’s reason for being on the property. A victim generally needs to be able to show that the property owner had actual or constructive notice of the dangerous condition, yet failed to warn the visitor or repair the condition.Medical Malpractice
Errors by health care providers can cause serious harm. If you were harmed by a health care provider’s mistake, a personal injury lawyer in the Jackson area may be able to help you recover compensation by establishing the elements of medical malpractice. These include a doctor-patient relationship, a breach of the professional duty of care, causation, and actual damages. The professional duty of care is determined by looking at what other competent medical professionals in the same specialty and in the same geographical region would have done under the circumstances. In most cases, a plaintiff will need to file a certificate of merit with a medical malpractice lawsuit.Product Liability
Serious injuries may be inflicted by defects in medical equipment, medication, toys, cars, machinery, tools, and other consumer goods. In Mississippi, manufacturers are obliged to make sure that their products are safe for consumers and carry any warning labels necessary to warn consumers about potential risks associated with a product. If a manufacturer’s product causes injuries, it may be possible for the injured person to recover damages in a product liability lawsuit. There are three types of actionable defects: manufacturing, design, and marketing. To establish a product liability claim, a personal injury attorney in Jackson will need to show that the product was defective, the defect caused your injuries, and you used the product as it was intended to be used.Workers' Compensation
If you are injured or become ill on the job, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. In Mississippi, employers with at least five employees must provide workers’ compensation, with a few exceptions. Workers’ compensation benefits are provided regardless of fault. It is important to immediately notify your supervisor if you are injured on the job. After a workplace accident, you have 30 days to give notice to an employer and two years to file a workers’ compensation claim. Workers’ compensation benefits to which you may be entitled include reimbursement for medical care and temporary or permanent disability benefits.Criminal Defense
Crimes that are often charged in Mississippi include assault, battery, robbery, sex crimes, drug crimes, burglary, DUI, domestic violence, juvenile crimes, child abuse, and murder. All crimes must be established beyond a reasonable doubt, which is a tough standard. However, you should retain a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible once you realize that you are being investigated, and certainly once you have been arrested or charged. In many cases, we may be able to get a client’s charges dismissed or reduced early in the process, minimizing the stress and disruption to their life.DUI
It is illegal to operate a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content of at least.08%. It is also illegal to drive while under the influence of any illegal drug or substance, intoxicant, or intoxicating liquor. You are considered under the influence if you are intoxicated enough to lessen your normal ability for control and clarity. If your blood alcohol content was at least.08%, you can be convicted of a per se DUI, regardless of how impaired you were. Mississippi, like other states, imposes harsh penalties for DUI convictions. In addition to criminal consequences, such as jail time, you can face adverse civil consequences, such as increases in car insurance premiums.Drug Crimes
Most drug crimes in Mississippi are felonies. Under Mississippi Public Health Code section 41-29-139, it is a crime for anyone to intentionally or knowingly make, possess, or exchange a controlled substance. There are five schedules of controlled substances. The most dangerous controlled substances are classified as Schedule I controlled substances. If you are caught possessing, distributing, selling, or making Schedule I drugs, you can face felony charges. The least dangerous drugs are classified as Schedule V controlled substances. The penalties if you are convicted will depend on the quantity of the drug and the schedule that covers it.Civil Rights
Police officers are required to follow the law and honor your constitutional rights. Whenever a state or local government official violates your rights, you may invoke federal statute 42 U.S.C. section 1983. Section 1983 cases are often brought to hold law enforcement officials accountable for overstepping their legal authority. These cases often involve false arrest, police misconduct, or police brutality during or just after an arrest. Our firm has handled many civil rights cases involving the police. For example, we obtained a settlement after the police broke a juvenile’s arm during an arrest. We also have represented clients in cases involving innocent bystanders who were injured or killed during high-speed police chases. If your civil rights have been infringed in any way, our civil rights attorneys may be able to represent you.Retain a Knowledgeable Mississippi Attorney
If you were injured in an accident anywhere in Mississippi, the personal injury lawyers at our Jackson firm have the skills, background, and experience to assist you. We also represent clients in criminal and civil rights cases throughout Mississippi, including in Hinds, Madison, Rankin, and Pike Counties. You can call us toll-free at (877) 231-1600 or contact us via our online form.