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Living in Columbus, Mississippi

Columbus is located on the border of Mississippi and Alabama in Lowndes County. It’s often referred to as the “City That Has It All” because of the city’s many offerings, including historic buildings and heritage sites, classic Southern architecture, delicious food, and topline hospitality. It’s also the birthplace of the highly acclaimed Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tennessee Williams. 

Founded in 1819, Columbus was mistakenly designated as an Alabama city. A few years after its founding, the mistake was corrected, but some early histories of the city’s founding refer to it as “Columbus, Alabama.” The city served as a hospital town during the Civil War, and many believe that it’s the birthplace of Memorial Day. In 1866, a group of women located in the city decorated both Union and Confederate graves in remembrance. The event drew widespread attention after the story was featured in New York newspapers, which then resulted in more Americans celebrating the memory of fallen soldiers. 

As of 2019, the population is 25,573, and the median family income is $37,068. The median rent payment is approximately $700, and the average mortgage payment is $1,134. 

Columbus Workers’ Compensation Lawyers

Workers’ compensation is a critical and complex area of the law. When someone is injured in a workplace accident, they often go through a long and difficult process of receiving compensation for medical bills and lost pay. Numerous individuals fail to receive the money they deserve for their workplace accidents because of evasive insurance companies and employers who want to avoid paying workers’ benefits. 

Many law firms handle workers’ compensation cases but very few specialize in it. At Lunsford, Baskin, & Priebe, PLLC, we specialize in workers’ compensation cases and we’ve helped numerous individuals get the money owed to them for work injuries. We provide our clients with expert knowledge, experience, and passion so that we can settle or win their workers’ compensation cases. 

Handling a workers’ compensation case alone can be incredibly stressful and complicated. When you contact Lunsford, Baskin, & Priebe, PLLC, we can guide you through the process and we even provide free case evaluations. You shouldn’t have to worry about your finances while healing. Let us assist you through this complex process so that you can focus on recovering from your injuries. 

Workers’ Compensation Injuries We Handle

We help our clients with many different types of work-sustained injuries. Common workplace injuries that we can help you with include:

Back, Neck, & Spine Injury 

Back, neck, and spinal injuries are incredibly common in a variety of different industries. Back injuries are the second most common work injury and can result from lifting, bending, carrying equipment, and many other common workplace actions. Sitting for extended periods can also result in back injuries. A few common back injuries include cervical disc herniation, vertebral fractures, pinched nerves, lower back strain, and inflammation of your back’s muscles and ligaments. 

Neck and spine injuries are also common in workplace injuries. These injuries may include broken bones, fractures, and nerve impingements. Damage to the nerves connecting to the neck and spine can have serious ramifications such as partial and complete paralysis. 

Fractures

Fractures are an incredibly common workplace injury, especially in warehouses, factories, and on construction sites. Foot and ankle fractures are incredibly common in the workplace and often result from falling objects, forklift accidents, falling from a ladder or scaffold, and tripping while running. Fractures in the ankle and feet also often result in ligament damage that knocks the ankle out of place. Foot and ankle fractures can put someone out of work for an extended time because numerous tasks require employees to bear weight on their feet. If you experience a foot or ankle fracture, you need to let your injuries fully heal before returning to an activity that may exacerbate the fractures. 

Shoulder and Knee Injury

Shoulder and knee injuries are common and can occur from accidents as well as repetitive movements performed over extended periods. A few commonplace shoulder and knee injuries include the tearing of the rotator cuff, Anterior Cruciate Ligament, and meniscus. In addition to tears, shoulder and knee sprains also often occur in the workplace. If you experience a sprain or tear to the shoulder or knee, you’ll usually need time away from activities that involve the injured area. Surgery is also often required to repair a torn shoulder or knee, and artificial shoulder and knee replacements are also often necessary.

First Responder Injuries

Emergency medical technicians, firefighters, and police officers often experience workplace injuries from numerous different sources. A few of the many injuries that are common for first responders include hypertension, post-traumatic stress disorder, bloodborne pathogens, cancer, and hearing loss. Injuries can occur suddenly, such as the case with a police officer being injured in the line of duty, or can occur over an extended period, such as a firefighter experiencing repeated exposure to harmful carcinogens and chemicals. First responders put their lives at risk to protect others, and they deserve proper workers’ compensation for illnesses and injuries sustained on the job.

Workers’ Compensation Claims Process

If you experience an injury in the workplace, you need to do more than simply inform your employer. Workers’ compensation claims are often plagued with pitfalls placed by your employer or insurance companies so that your claim is underpaid or outright denied. You need to find skilled workers’ compensation attorneys who can help you through the claims process so that you receive the full compensation you deserve. 

Fortunately, Lunsford, Baskin, & Priebe, PLLC can alleviate the stress of having to handle your employer and insurance companies on your own. We fight for injured employees in Columbus, Mississippi, and workers’ compensation is our main area of focus. Our team will represent you at every stage of the claims process so that you can get paid and continue receiving benefits until you’ve fully recovered.  

Columbus Personal Injury Lawyers 

Car Accidents

Numerous individuals are injured in car accidents every day, and Mississippi is no exception. Frequently, car accident injuries result from an individual’s negligence. Common causes of car accidents include distracted driving, reckless driving, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, driving while tired, and negligent maintenance on a car. If you were injured in a car accident resulting from someone’s negligence, you need skilled personal injury lawyers on your side to get you the compensation you deserve for medical bills, car damages, lost wages, and pain and suffering. 

Truck Accidents

Like car accidents, truck accidents can result in serious injuries, but truck accidents are often more deadly because they weigh far greater than the average car. In addition to frequent factors resulting in negligent driving, such as distracted driving and driving under the influence, truck accidents can result from negligent loading. If a truck is improperly loaded or overloaded, it can cause a serious accident that results in devastating injuries or even fatalities. 

Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcyclists do not make up a substantial demographic on the road, but motorcycle accidents make up a significant portion of Mississippi’s traffic accident fatalities. Motorcycle accidents often result from negligence through aggressive driving, speeding, and drifting between lanes. If you were injured in a motorcycle accident, you need proper representation to help you prove fault and receive compensation if the opposite party was negligent. 

Slip and Fall Accidents

Slip and fall accidents are often the result of negligence from property and store owners. Slips and falls often occur because of wet floors, broken handrails, uneven sidewalks, torn carpet, loose floor tiles, potholes, poor lighting, and lack of handicap access. Property owners are required to maintain safety on their property, and if they were aware of a potential safety hazard, they can be held liable for slip and fall injuries. 

Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice means that a medical professional engaged in behavior or an action that was not acceptable under standard practices which then resulted in a patient injury or death. It can often be difficult to determine whether an injury or death was caused by medical malpractice, so you need to contact legal professionals to help with the case. Common medical malpractice cases include anesthesia errors, misdiagnosis, birth injuries, surgical errors, emergency room errors, and medication errors.

Wrongful Death 

No amount of money can bring back the loss of a loved one, but if your family member passed away because of someone else’s negligence, you should seek compensation to cover funeral costs, medical bills that accumulated while the victim was alive, and loss of consortium or parent. Typically, only a surviving spouse or child can file a wrongful death lawsuit, but there are instances in which a personal representative of the victim’s estate can file a wrongful death lawsuit. 

How a Mississippi Personal Injury Attorney Can Help

Personal injury lawyers can help you receive the money you deserve because of another person’s negligence. Insurance companies are for-profit businesses that aim to defend their companies and their clients, meaning that they will attempt to avoid paying out a claim. Skilled personal injury lawyers will fight for you to handle insurance companies and communicate with them directly. 

Additionally, personal injury lawyers also communicate with the negligent party’s legal representation so that you don’t have to. Here at Lunsford, Baskin, & Priebe, PLLC, we conduct our own private investigations to gather evidence that supports your personal injury and wrongful death claims. We’ll work with insurance companies and the representation of the negligent party to get you maximum compensation. If the case doesn’t settle, we’ll fight for you in court and represent you through the entire litigation process. 

How Do I Know If I Have a Case?

If you’re unsure about whether you have a personal injury or workers’ compensation case, we encourage you to read through this page as well as other helpful resources on our website. Even more importantly, you should contact us or another Mississippi attorney to advise you on your next steps. When you contact Lunsford, Baskin, & Priebe, PLLC, you receive a free case evaluation to guide you through the initial steps of filing a claim. 

If you decide to hire an attorney at Lunsford, Baskin, & Priebe, we’ll meet with you in person or remotely to gather information regarding your case, and we’ll give you different options for moving forward. Whether your claim settles or if you have to go to court, we’re there to provide you with expert legal assistance through the whole process. 

What Kind of Compensation Could I Recover?

The potential damages you could receive for workers’ compensation, personal injuries, or wrongful death compensation entirely depend on the case. If you hire us for your legal representation, we’ll estimate what kind of compensation you could gain through your case. You could receive compensation for past and future medical bills, lost wages, as well as pain and suffering.  

Columbus, Mississippi Emergency Services

In the event of an emergency, call 911 immediately. 

Police
Columbus, Mississippi Police Department — (662) 244-3552

Fire
Columbus, Mississippi Fire Department — (662) 329-5121

Hospital
Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golen Triangle — (662) 244-1000

Courts
Columbus, Mississippi City Court — (662) 244-3504

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

Whether you’re up against unscrupulous employers and insurance companies trying to downplay your work injury or if you experienced a personal injury caused by someone’s negligence, you need the best representation available to get you the money you deserve. When you hire Lunsford, Baskin, & Priebe, PLLC, we’ll fight for you to maximize the compensation you’ll receive from a work injury, personal injury, or wrongful death case. We’ll make sure you receive the full benefits you deserve, and we’ll also conduct any necessary investigations that you may need to prove your case. If you want to learn about how we can help you with your workers’ compensation or personal injury case, call our Jackson office at 601-983-2667 or click here for a free case evaluation. 

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