Tenaciously seeking compensation for auto accident victims
When you leave your home in your car each morning to drive to work, school, or other destinations, you probably anticipate arriving safely. However, drivers who are distracted, intoxicated, drunk, or otherwise unsafe cause 29,989 fatal car accidents throughout the U.S. annually and debilitating injuries to many other drivers, passengers, motorcyclists, bicyclists, or pedestrians. When you are injured in a car accident, the stress, intense pain, and rigors of medical treatment might make dealing with insurance companies and navigating the legal process an afterthought. However, medical bills, lost wages, and vehicle repair costs can intensify your anxiety and interfere with your physical and mental recovery.
Our Mississippi car accident lawyers at Porter & Malouf, P.A. handle legal issues and procedures and navigate insurance company traps and tactics. While the other driver’s insurance adjuster might seem amicable, his job is to minimize the amount you recover for your injuries. Our law firm represents auto accident victims with tenacity and compassion because we care about our clients. The lawyers at our personal injury law firm have over a half a century of collective experience, and our firm has been recognized as the 14th Winningest Law Firm in the Country as featured in the 2002 National Law Journal. Our partners have received an “AV” rating from Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest rating the organization bestows upon attorneys.
Why do you need a successful Mississippi car accident lawyer?
Our law firm receives calls from many frustrated and disillusioned accident victims who attempt to negotiate directly with the other driver’s insurance company. This path is riddled with potholes and traps for the unwary. Insurance adjusters often seem amenable and cooperative, but their objective is to mitigate the liability of the insurance company that signs their paycheck. Adjusters recognize they have a distinct advantage if you do not have legal representation, which opens you up to sharp practices and the prospect of disastrous missteps. The insurance adjuster might engage in many misleading tactics, such as:
Low-Impact Collision: Insurance adjusters love to use the phrase “low impact collision.” The adjuster essentially argues that a lack of significant vehicle damage means the force of impact was not enough to cause serious or permanent injuries. Our experienced auto accident lawyers know this position is nonsense because the metal and hard plastic materials on a vehicle are designed to withstand far more force than the human body.
Delay, Delay, Delay: Insurance companies know that your bills do not stop because you are unable to work. The insurance carrier may drag out settlement negotiations to increase your financial pressure from mounting medical bills, vehicle repair costs, and unpaid household expenses while you are recovering. Our attorneys understand these tactics all too well and utilize appropriate strategies and procedures to compel the process forward toward a resolution. For example, our attorneys will file a motion seeking monetary sanctions and other penalties when the insurance company fails to comply with our requests for information and documents during the discovery process.
Premature Low-Ball Settlement: If the liability of the other driver is fairly clear, the insurance company might take the opposite approach and tender a premature settlement offer. The insurance company hopes to get you to agree to less than the law allows by enticing you to settle before your medical treatment has been completed and you have the ability to obtain legal advice regarding the actual value of your claim. We assist clients in seeking medical care from skilled health care professionals who can properly document your diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation. Our firm has handled thousands of motor vehicle accident cases, so we have extensive experience determining the value of a case based on your injuries, lost wages, diminished earning capacity, permanent disability, pain and suffering, disfigurement, and other relevant factors. Our Mississippi car accident attorneys also work closely with renowned experts to accurately calculate your damages.
These strategies are just a few examples of the ways insurance companies attempt to exploit auto collision victims who have suffered injuries or family members who have lost a loved one. Because of our extensive experience and reputation for obtaining substantial judgments and verdicts, we can help you balance the scales of justice when facing large national insurance companies and their team of adjusters, investigators, experts, insurance defense lawyers, and extensive litigation resources.
We have 50 years of collective personal injury litigation experience - full spectrum of motor vehicle accident cases
Because our attorneys have extensive experience as personal injury trial attorneys, we have the ability to handle the entire spectrum of personal injury and wrongful death vehicular accident claims, such as:
- Drunk Driving Accidents
- Distracted Driving Collisions
- Road Departure Crashes
- SUV, 15-Passenger Van and Truck Rollovers
- Tractor-Trailer Accidents
- Collisions Involving Unsafe Speed
- Rear-Impact Collisions
- Driveway Backup Accidents
- T-Bone (Intersection) Collisions
- Defective Vehicle Collisions
- Multi-Car Pileups
- Pedestrians Struck by Cars
- Head-On Collisions
- Side Impact Accidents
- Red Light and Stop Sign Running
- Failure to Yield Accidents
- Unsafe Roadway Accidents
- Accidents Caused by Tailgaters
- Bicycle Accidents
- Crashes Caused by Negligent Vehicle Maintenance
- Aggressive Driving Collisions
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Fatigue-Related Collisions (Drowsy Driving)
Serious accidents merit a selection based on proven results
Our auto accident lawyers have built our reputation as a leading personal injury law firm based on a tenacious pursuit of the fullest recovery for our clients. These results do not occur without diligent effort and a commitment to hard work. When our law firm handles a motor vehicle accident claim, we work promptly to gather and scrutinize the facts and circumstances while conducting thorough research of relevant or novel legal issues. Because of our reputation as the 14th Winningest Law Firm in the Country as determined by the National Law Journal in 2002, insurance defense attorneys recognize and respect our reputation for thorough preparation and readiness to proceed to trial. While this reputation often contributes to a favorable settlement for our clients, these settlement negotiations are conducted based on the most persuasive case for trial.
Our law firm has obtained over $200,000,000 in settlements and verdicts for our clients. Some of our largest recoveries include:
- $150 Million Asbestos Litigation
- $72 Million Talcum Powders Jury Award
- $7.6 Million Silica Litigation
- $7 Million Lead Paint Litigation
- $2 Million Car Accident Lawsuit
Because no two cases are alike, past results do not necessarily correlate to future recoveries in other cases, but our track record demonstrates our ability to obtain substantial judgments and settlements in personal injury and wrongful death litigation. While many law firms claim to be prepared to take on the largest national insurance companies, our law firm has a proven reputation of providing exemplary legal representation among our peers, judges, insurance companies, and the insurance defense bar.
Pursuing the full range of damages for serious injuries
Whether you suffer whiplash, a broken bone, or catastrophic injuries, our law firm handles each of our clients’ cases with urgency and compassion. Our law firm represents clients with many types of injuries experienced in motor vehicle accidents, which include, but are not limited to the following:
- Broken Bones and Fractures
- Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs)
- Knee Injuries (Dislocation, Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL), Posterior Cruciate Ligament, Meniscal Tears, etc.)
- Spinal Cord Injuries (SCIs)
- Internal Organ Damage
- Limb Amputation Injuries
- Severe Burns
- Shoulder Injuries (e.g., Rotator Cuff)
- Vertebrae Fracture
Speak to a car accident lawyer today
Porter & Malouf, P.A. is committed to pursuing justice and the maximum compensation for victims of inattentive and unreasonably careless drivers. Our lawyers work with accident reconstruction experts, medical experts, actuaries, vehicle engineers, and many other recognized leaders in their field to construct compelling cases for our clients. If you have been in an accident, we recommend you do the following:
- Seek immediate legal advice, report all symptoms, and follow through on all medical treatment
- Do not repair your vehicle until our law firm has inspected the damage
- Save any debris from the accident (e.g. missing bumper, etc.)
- Take pictures of any vehicle damage, injuries, and the vicinity of the accident
- Do not speak to representatives from the other driver’s insurance company
- Do not admit fault or even say you are sorry, which an insurer might attempt to construe as an admission of fault
- Seek legal advice immediately to facilitate the preservation of evidence and to ensure your claim is timely
While the damages you are entitled to receive will depend on your specific circumstances, we might be able to seek compensation for medical bills, lost wages, vehicle repair/replacement, pain and suffering, disfigurement, diminished earning capacity, loss of consortium, punitive damages and/or other applicable damages. We invite you to contact Porter & Malouf, P.A. at (866) 957-1173 or complete an online contact form for a free case evaluation.