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Gulfport Mississippi Law Blog

Negligence versus recklessness: The subtle differences

Several levels of fault are recognized by the law. These include negligence, recklessness, intentional misconduct and strict liability. In most cases involving car crashes, negligence or recklessness is the primary cause. This act of negligence or recklessness results in injuries to the victims who have a right to pursue a claim against the driver responsible.

The actions of a driver may be reckless or negligent depending on a number of factors like his or her speed, the intention to act in the reckless manner and other considerations. Here are a few things to know about the fault that resulted in your crash.

Women should do these things to best prepare for divorce

As a woman going through the divorce process, you are sure to have many questions on your mind.

In addition to the emotional toll that the process can take, you also need to look toward the future as it pertains to your finances.

These eye injuries are harmful to your sight

After a car crash, one of the injuries you may have to deal with is an eye injury. Not all eye injuries are easy to recognize right away. For example, a corneal abrasion may happen over time just by rubbing your eyes or you may have an infection that develops.

Whenever you're in a collision, it's important to seek medical help regardless of how you feel. You may find that you feel okay, but hours or days later after the adrenaline wears off, other symptoms may appear.

Be watchful for brain injury signs after a car crash

Car crashes can lead to a host of serious injuries. Some of these injuries can be life threatening. One very serious injury that occurs sometimes is a head injury.

Head injuries in a car crash can happen if you bang your head on the steering wheel or on the door. In some cases, you don't even have to hit your head on anything. It is possible to suffer a brain injury just by your head moving back and forth or side to side in a violent manner.

Your social media account might spell trouble in a divorce

During a divorce, you might find that you need to vent your anger. This is understandable, but you need to be careful about where you do this. The issue that might come up, especially during a contentious divorce, is that what you say on Facebook might be used against you.

It isn't easy to think about having to limit yourself when you are on your own social media accounts. Still, it is better to show restraint and find other ways to reduce your stress.

Follow these important child support modification tips

Are you responsible for paying child support every month? If so, you know just how important it is to make full payments without any delay.

Unfortunately, there may come a time when you are no longer able to pay in full. There are many reasons why this could happen. For example, you may find yourself out of work. Or maybe you're struck with a serious illness, meaning you are no longer able to support yourself.

What you should know about workers’ comp

Imagine working on a construction site that is constantly full of hazards. You have to watch for randomly falling objects, uncovered holes, loose electrical wires and various other dangers. Your chances of getting injured at work seem pretty high. What happens if you do suffer and injury? Will the construction company pay for your medical expenses and cover your lost wages?

In Mississippi, employers that have more than five employees have to provide workers' compensation. This means that if you get hurt at work or are exposed to hazardous materials that cause you to become ill, your employer's workers' compensation insurance has to cover your expenses. If you have suffered a work-related injury or illness, a Gulfport area attorney can help file a workers' compensation claim or appeal a denial so that you can recover without worrying about medical bills and lost wages. Read further to find out more about Mississippi's workers' compensation laws.

4 things to know about an 18-wheeler crash case

Crashes with 18-wheelers cause significant injuries. These injuries can range from very minor cuts and bruises to life-threatening brain injuries. Victims of these crashes might choose to seek compensation in an effort to recoup some of the money they had to spend because of the accident. Understanding these four points can help you along the way.

Hit by a distracted driver? This is what you should do first

Your commute to work yesterday took a turn for the worst when you were rear-ended by a distracted driver. This type of accident is quickly becoming one of the most common kinds of car wrecks. People are multitasking while behind the wheel. They are checking their emails, texting, and making calls while they drive.

Due to another motorist texting while he was making his own commute to work, you know have some very expensive medical bills and a totaled sedan. You should not have to pay for expenses caused by another person's negligent driving. A Gulfport area personal injury attorney can help you file a claim for compensation. There are also some things you can do immediately after a car accident that will help you achieve a good outcome.

Who gets pain and suffering after an accident?

If you are like most people, you have heard the term "pain and suffering" before, and you know that it applies to personal injury law, but you might not know exactly what it means or how it applies. We are going to answer those questions for you today.

What is pain and suffering?

Pain and suffering refers to damages that are awarded to plaintiffs in personal injury cases based on the physical and emotional results of an accident caused by someone else's negligence.

Before we get any further, let's back up for a second and talk about damages, in general. Damages are awarded in personal injury cases to victims of negligence. Damage awards are aimed at making an accident victim "whole" again.

The awards can include economic damages, such as for medical bills and lost wages, as well as non-economic damages, which include compensation for pain and suffering.