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Living in Brookhaven, Mississippi

Brookhaven is located in Lincoln County, Mississippi, and sits 55 miles south of Jackson. As of 2019, the city has a population of 11,947, and geographically, it encompasses 21.73 square miles. 

Samuel Jayne founded the city in 1818, and he named it after Brookhaven, New York, where he was originally from. The land is located on the Choctaw territory, and the city served as a trading post with the Choctaw until they were forcefully removed by the U.S. government in 1830 when President Andrew Jackson signed the Indian Removal Act. 

Today, Brookhaven offers its residents both southern charm as well as natural and contemporary attractions. Some of Brookhaven’s must-see sites include the Lincoln County Historical and Genealogical Society Museum, the Homochitto National Forest, and Red Bluff. Brookhaven is also known for great places to eat like Chism’s Diner, Janie’s Pastry Shop & Bakery, and Betty’s Eat Shop. 

The median household income in Brookhaven is $31,958 while the median home value is $119,376. With small city charm, affordable living, and great attractions and restaurants, Brookhaven is a great place to live.

Brookhaven Workers’ Compensation Lawyers

Employees who become injured or develop an illness while on the job have a right to seek workers’ compensation in Mississippi. Workers’ compensation is a form of insurance that reimburses injured or ill employees. It covers medical bills as well as any wages the employee lost because of their injury or illness. Workers’ compensation may also include temporary or permanent disability benefits.

After experiencing an injury or developing an illness on the job, receiving workers’ compensation should be an easy process. Unfortunately, many injured and sick employees face an uphill battle in receiving workers’ compensation benefits because employers and their insurance companies look for reasons to underpay or deny claims. If you’re wrongfully denied workers’ compensation, you need to contact workers’ compensation lawyers. 

Numerous law firms across Mississippi handle workers’ compensation cases, but very few specialize in them. Here at Lunsford, Baskin, and Priebe, PLLC, our attorneys specialize in workers’ compensation, and they have years of experience assisting injured and ill Mississippians to receive the workers’ compensation they deserve. If you suspect that your workers’ compensation claim is being underpaid or unfairly denied, contact our office. 

Workers’ Compensation Injuries We Handle

The workers’ compensation attorneys at Lunsford, Baskin, and Priebe, PLLC, handle a variety of different workplace injuries and illnesses. A few injuries that are exceedingly common in Mississippi include:

Fractures

Fractures are incredibly common in labor-intensive jobs such as construction, manufacturing, and warehousing. Employees often suffer from foot and ankle fractures, and a few common causes for these types of fractures include forklift accidents, collapsing trenches, falling objects, and slip and falls. Both foot and ankle fractures often require employees to take time away from work so that they can avoid putting weight on the affected area. In addition to short-term problems, such as pain and swelling, foot and ankle fractures also come with the added risk of developing arthritis and having limited mobility. 

Shoulder and Knee Injuries

Shoulder and knee injuries are common in both labor-related jobs and desk jobs because they may occur from sudden injuries or repetitive motions. For example, you may perform a simple task while at work that doesn’t cause discomfort, but after repeating this motion for years, you can develop an injury that qualifies you for workers’ compensation. Unfortunately, shoulder and knee injuries often require expensive medical procedures including surgery, physical therapy, and even joint replacement. Common shoulder and knee injuries include tears in the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL), rotator cuffs, and meniscus.  

Back, Neck, & Spine Injuries

Like with shoulder and knee injuries, back, neck, and spine injuries can occur in a variety of different industries from both sudden injuries and injuries that occur from repetitive movements. Serious accidents may leave an employee permanently disabled if they suffer from injuries to the neck and spine. A broken neck or spinal bones can be incredibly serious, and impinged or severed nerves in the spine can cause an employee to suffer from permanent paraplegia or quadriplegia. 

Back injuries are especially common in both labor-intensive jobs and office jobs because they may occur from lifting movements or prolonged sitting. A few common back injuries include slipped discs, vertebral fractures, lumbar injuries, pinched nerves, and muscle inflammation. 

First Responders

Tragically, first responders, including police officers, firefighters, and emergency technicians, frequently suffer from sudden injuries and workplace illnesses. Sudden injuries may include slip and falls, assailants committing deliberate violence, burns, and car accidents. First responders also deal with the risk of developing illnesses such as post-traumatic stress disorder, hypertension, and hearing loss. Firefighters are especially vulnerable to developing a workplace illness because of their exposure to toxins, smoke, and carcinogens, which can lead to cancer. 

Brookhaven Workers’ Compensation Claims Process

Workplace injuries and illnesses are incredibly common across many industries, and people usually assume that they’ll be able to receive full workers’ compensation benefits if an accident occurs or they develop a condition while at work. Employers also often push the narrative that getting workers’ compensation to cover medical bills and time away from work is an easy process. Unfortunately, this is often not the case. Employers and their insurance companies put up roadblocks to deny coverage or prevent a person from receiving the full compensation they deserve. When an employee becomes injured or ill and requires workers’ compensation, their employer’s insurance premiums go up, so it’s in their best interest for fewer employees to use workers’ compensation insurance. 

At the same time, insurance companies and employers often encourage injured and ill employees to visit a workers’ compensation doctor. Sadly, workers’ compensation doctors often underestimate the severity of an employee’s condition so that the insurance company can save money. 

Don’t let your employer and their insurance company deny you the fair compensation you deserve for your injury or illness. Contact the workers’ compensation lawyers at Lunsford, Baskin, and Priebe, PLLC, so that you receive benefits for medical bills and lost wages. 

Brookhaven Personal Injury Lawyers

Lunsford, Baskin, and Priebe, PLLC, also handle personal injury cases. We work to help those injured in Mississippi receive the damages they deserve for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, emotional trauma, and more. Some of the personal injury cases we handle include: 

Car Accidents

Every year, around three million people are injured in car accidents. These accidents are usually avoidable and are often caused by someone’s negligence. Negligent drivers may drive recklessly or carelessly and cause others harm as a result. The most common causes of wrecks include reckless driving, distracted driving, an inexperienced driver, traffic violations, driving while fatigued, driving while intoxicated, negligent maintenance, dangerous road conditions, and bad weather conditions. 

Truck Accidents 

Truck accidents can cause severe injuries to those driving passenger vehicles. Trucks weigh significantly more than passenger vehicles, so when they strike a car, the impact is often severe. Common injuries that occur due to truck accidents include neck and back injuries, head injuries, traumatic brain injuries, fractures, lacerations, bruises, rib and torso injuries, spinal cord injuries, burn injuries, and crushed or amputated limbs. 

Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle accidents make up only a small percentage of the total number of drivers on the road, but they make up a significant percentage of road fatalities. Unlike other vehicles, motorcycles don’t protect their drivers. Motorcyclists are more exposed and can be directly hit by another vehicle. Even a relatively minor accident can claim a motorcyclist’s life. 

Slip and Fall Accidents

When someone slips and falls on another person’s property, the property owner could be held liable. If a property owner knows about a hazard and fails to address it or prevent others from falling or becoming injured, the victim could recover damages from them. For example, if a grocery store patron slips because the store owner failed to leave a warning sign about the wet floor, the victim could file a claim against the store owner. Common reasons why slip and fall accidents occur include ice, wet floors, fallen objects, broken handrails, broken sidewalks, torn carpets, loose floor tiles, bad lighting, potholes, and lack of handicap access. 

Medical Malpractice

When a medical professional performs an action or engages in behavior outside of accepted medical practices that then results in the injury or death of their patient, they could be held liable for medical malpractice. Unfortunately, medical malpractice is often incredibly difficult to prove, so you need a personal injury lawyer to help you build your case. Common examples of medical malpractice include surgical errors, emergency room errors, anesthesia errors, birth injuries, incorrect diagnosis, medication errors, and delay in treatment. 

Wrongful Death

Tragically, there are cases in which a person’s negligence or deliberate wrongdoing results in the death of another person. If you lost a loved one and it was someone’s fault, you may have the right to seek a wrongful death claim. Only a victim’s surviving spouse or children can file a wrongful death claim, but a personal representative of the victim’s estate also has the right to file. Those eligible to file could receive damages for medical bills, pain and suffering, funeral and burial costs, loss of a parent, and loss of consortium. 

How a Mississippi Personal Injury Attorney Can Help

Insurance companies will do everything in their power to save their company money and avoid paying out claims. Personal injury lawyers work to make sure that insurance companies won’t take advantage of you. 

Here at Lunsford, Baskin, and Priebe, PLLC, our attorneys will communicate on your behalf to deal with the defendant’s insurance company and lawyers. We will fight for you to maximize your claim so that you receive the most money possible for your injuries. We’ll also help you gather evidence and all necessary documents for your case. We’ll work to settle your case outside of court and reach a desirable agreement, but we’re also ready to fight for you through the entire litigation process if it goes to court. 

How Do I Know If I Have a Case?

We can’t determine whether or not you have a personal injury case without knowing your unique situation and circumstances. You can read over the rest of this page as well as other resources on our website to learn more about personal injury cases. If you want to move forward with your personal injury case, we recommend that you contact us. We offer free case evaluations, and we’ll help you determine the best steps for moving forward with your case. 

What Kind of Compensation Could I Recover?

Every case is different, so we need to hear from you to estimate the amount of compensation you could recover. In workers’ compensation cases, you can recover benefits for medical bills, lost wages, and vocational rehabilitation. In personal injury cases, you can recover damages for lost wages, pain and suffering, emotional trauma, medical bills, loss of consortium, and more. 

Brookhaven, Mississippi Emergency Services 

Call 911 if you’re experiencing an emergency. 

Police
Brookhaven, Mississippi Police Department — (601) 833-2424

Fire 
Brookhaven, Mississippi Fire Department — (601) 833-7311

Hospital
King’s Daughters Medical Center — (601) 833-6011

Courts
Lincoln County Circuit Clerk — (601) 835-3435
Brookhaven’s Municipal Court — (601) 833-6262

Dedicated, Professional Legal Help With Mississippi Workers’ Compensation & Personal Injury Matters

If you were injured while at work or became injured due to someone’s negligence or deliberate wrongdoing, you need workers’ compensation and personal injury attorneys at your side to assist with your case. Further, if you lost a spouse or parent and it was someone’s fault, you need a wrongful death lawyer. 

Insurance companies will work to try to minimize the amount of compensation you’ll receive, so contact Lunsford, Baskin, and Priebe, PLLC. We’ll represent you to maximize your claim so that you receive the money you deserve for your workplace injury or illness, personal injury, or wrongful death of your loved one. Call our office at 601-983-2667 or click here to schedule a free case evaluation. 

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