Mississippi has its fair share of car accidents and personal injuries within state lines every year, pushing its court system to maximum capacity. Sometimes, with these negligence cases, it can be difficult to figure out where to pin liability. Maybe it was you who experienced a life-changing accident; maybe it was a friend or family member. Whatever happened, if you need guidance for your personal injury case, Enjuris has the answers.
Mississippi Personal Injury Cases & Accident Info
Mississippi statutes online
This is where you’ll find Mississippi's laws. The website has details about how long you have to bring a case, monetary limits on personal injury cases (also known as damage caps), and other important information.
In Mississippi, you have three years to bring both a personal injury and property damage claim. That means you have three years to file your paperwork with the court, not that your case has to be completed in that time frame.
The first meeting with a personal injury attorney is normally free. (Note that other legal specialties, such as criminal defense property law or taxation law, are different.) After that, lawyers work on a contingency basis, which means that they will take a third of the eventual reward or settlement, plus whatever office expenses they incurred.
If your case ends up going to trial, the percentage could rise to 40% of the eventual reward or judgment. These numbers aren't determined by law, so don't be surprised if your lawyer suggests something else.
These are some cases of legal significance that came out of the Mississippi courts:
Williams v. Mississippi, 170 U.S. 213 (1898): This United States Supreme Court Case reviewed voter registration requirements that said voters must pass a literacy test and pay poll taxes. They did not find discrimination in Mississippi's requirements, even though a grandfather clause in the state constitution exempted illiterate whites, but not blacks, from the literacy test if they could provide their grandfather had voted before a certain date. As these provisions applied to all voters, the Supreme Court reasoned, they weren't discriminatory.
Mississippi v. Johnson, 71 U.S. 475 (1866): This was the first-ever case against a sitting president of the United States in the Supreme Court. Mississippi tried to sue Andrew Johnson for enforcing Reconstruction. The Supreme Court decided, based on Marbury v. Madison, that the president has discretionary duties (those he can choose to do) and ministerial tasks (those required by his post). By enforcing Reconstruction, he was acting in an "executive and political" fashion, which was discretionary, and as such he could not be sued.
Brown v. Mississippi, 297 U.S. 278 (1936): A white farmer was found killed, and three black tenants were forced to confess after brutal whippings and being hanged from a tree as punishment. The officers freely admitted to their treatment of the black men, and no other evidence was offered in their murder trials. They were convicted anyway and sentenced to hang. Their sentences were overturned by the United States Supreme Court, who said that the trial transcript read like a medieval account and that their convictions violated the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.
There are many issues you can solve without the help of an attorney, surprisingly enough. If you don't know where to begin, a law librarian can help you. They are usually legally trained, and they can help you both with texts or online research engines like LexisNexis or Westlaw.