What is Mississippi Negligence Law?

One party’s negligent and reckless acts may cause an incident causing harm to another party. In every state in the country, there are laws that dictate the rights of victims of negligence and how they can obtain financial compensation for their losses. Negligence occurs when there is a failure to exercise a duty of due care and, because of this, death or injury to others results.

In Mississippi, if you were harmed by another party’s negligence, you may be able to file a claim against them for compensation. Talk with a personal injury attorney in Jackson, Mississippi at the German law firm, PLLC can help you determine if you have a case to file a claim. Lawyer Bob Germany knows how to assess wrongful injuries and deaths to determine when it is appropriate and necessary to file a claim.

Defining the law of negligence

When there is negligence under negligence law, certain elements must be true. These include:

  • There is a duty of care to act reasonably so that anyone in the same situation is likely to behave in a way that does not harm others.
  • This duty of care has been breached and breached.
  • The damage resulted from breach of duty.
  • The victim suffered demonstrable harm as a result of the dereliction of duty.

Mississippi follows a system of pure comparative neglect. Here, all parties have the opportunity to recover compensation for their losses. The amount you can get will be reduced by the fault percentage assigned to you.

For example, if you were in a Car accident in Mississippi, caused by a negligent party, they may be wholly or partially responsible for your accident. When they are fully responsible for your accident, they recover 0% compensation while you can recover 100%. However, if it is determined that the party that hit you was only 70% responsible for the accident and you were 30%, then you can recover compensation minus 30%.

There are several types of damages you can include in your personal injury claim, including:

  • Medical fees
  • Property damage
  • Missed wages
  • pain and suffering

In some cases, punitive damages could be awarded to you if the other party’s negligence was so gross. These damages are not awarded often, but some accident situations warrant them.

Additionally, it is possible that a negligent party could also face criminal charges for their actions, which can result in fines and jail time. This means that in some cases, a negligent party can be held liable both criminally and civilly for their reckless disregard for their duty of care which, as a result, harms others.

Speak with a Personal Injury Lawyer in Jackson, Mississippi Today

Lawyer Bob Germany can help you file a personal injury claim in Mississippi and hold the negligent party who caused your personal injury accident responsible for their actions. To get the most out of your claim, contact German law firm PLLC to schedule a free consultation at (601) 487-0555.