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Living in Gulfport, Mississippi

Gulfport is the largest city in Mississippi after Jackson. It’s located in Harrison County and features a population of 72,926 as of 2020. Geographically, the city spans 64.2 square miles, and it has a humid subtropical climate. The city was founded in the 18th century and was incorporated into the United States in 1898.

The city has much to offer residents and visitors with its breathtaking beaches, rich culture, and delicious seafood. The city’s notable attractions include the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies, Island View Casino, Fishbone Alley, and Centennial Plaza. 

The average rental in Gulfport is $755, and the median income for individuals is $23,717 annually. With its rich history and culture, comfortable weather, and scenic beaches, Gulfport is an exceptional place to live. 

Gulfport Workers’ Compensation

Although Gulfport is a desirable place to live, it’s not exempt from workplace illnesses and injuries. Fortunately, those who become injured or ill because of their place of work can recover workers’ compensation benefits to reimburse them for medical bills, disabilities, lost wages, and rehabilitation. 

Receiving workers’ compensation after suffering from a workplace injury or illness should be a smooth process, but, unfortunately, many injured or ill Mississippians have difficulty recovering the full benefits they deserve from insurance companies. Employers and insurance companies often work to deny full benefits to save money. 

If your workers’ compensation claim is unfairly denied or underpaid, you need legal experts at your side to help you with your case. Many law firms across Mississippi handle workers’ compensation cases, but very few specialize in them. Here at Lunsford, Baskin, and Priebe, PLLC, our attorneys have years of experience specializing in workers’ compensation. We’ll help you recover the money you deserve for your medical bills, recovery, and lost wages. 

Workers’ Compensation Injuries We Handle

If your injury or illness directly resulted from your work or your work environment, you should qualify for workers’ compensation. Common workplace injuries we see at Lunsford, Baskin, and Priebe include:

Shoulder and Knee Injuries

Shoulder and knee injuries are common across many different professional industries because they can result from both accidents and repetitive movements. Injuries caused by repetitive movements, such as repeatedly lifting equipment every day, should be covered by workers’ compensation. 

Some common shoulder and knee injuries that occur both with accidents and repetitive movements include tears in the rotator cuffs, the meniscus, and the Anterior Cruciate Ligament. Tearing your shoulder or knee often requires pricey medical bills, including surgeries and sometimes even joint replacement. You shouldn’t have to pay out of pocket for these expensive procedures — you need legal guidance to help you recover money for your medical bills and lost wages. 

Back, Neck, & Spine Injury

Back, neck, and spine injuries are incredibly common in labor-intensive industries, such as construction and manufacturing, but they’re also common in office environments. For example, you could injure your back from lifting heavy objects, but you can also develop lower back problems from prolonged sitting. Some of the most common back injuries include cervical disc herniation, vertebral fractures, pinched nerves, back muscle inflammation, and lower back strain.

Additionally, neck and spine injuries are very common, and they often come with life-altering consequences. A spinal cord impingement could lead to a lifetime of partial or full paralysis, and if you sustained this type of injury on the job, you shouldn’t have to worry about how you’ll pay for your bills. If you suffer from an injury or illness that leaves you permanently disabled, you can recover workers’ compensation that pays ⅔ of your pre-injury wages. 

Fractures

Fractures are exceedingly common in the workplace and typically result from accidents. Ankle and foot fractures are especially frequent and often result from falling objects, slip and falls, falling from a ladder, and forklift accidents. People often associate workplace accidents that cause fractures with labor-intensive jobs, but these types of injuries are also common in retail. 

Foot and ankle fractures usually require victims to stay off of their feet for a time to avoid putting weight on the afflicted area. This means that you may need to take time away from work to make a full recovery. You need workers’ compensation to reimburse you for any wages you may lose in the recovery process. 

First Responder Injuries 

First responders, such as police officers, emergency medical technicians, and firefighters, have a high risk of suffering from severe injuries and developing life-threatening illnesses. First responders experience injuries caused by accidents, slip and falls, deliberate violence, and other on-the-job hazards. 

Additionally, many first responders develop severe physical and mental illnesses such as hypertension, hearing loss, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Firefighters are especially at risk of developing a workplace illness because of their frequent exposure to deadly hazards like smoke and carcinogens. 

Gulfport Workers’ Compensation Claims Process

Employers and managers often emphasize that receiving workers’ compensation is a seamless process, and it should be. It should be as simple as reporting your injury or illness and filing for a workers’ compensation claim. Unfortunately, both employers and their insurance companies often make the process intentionally difficult. When employers use their workers’ compensation insurance, their premiums go up, meaning that it’s often in their best interest for employees to not receive the benefits they deserve. Additionally, insurance companies don’t want to pay out expensive workers’ compensation claims. They’ll do everything in their power to save money, which means that they often put up barriers to prevent workers from receiving the money they deserve. 

If you’re unfairly denied benefits or you don’t receive the full compensation you deserve, you need legal representation to help you with your case. The workers’ compensation attorneys at Lunsford, Baskin, and Priebe, PLLC, have years of experience dealing with unscrupulous employers and insurance companies. We’ll help you receive the money that’s rightfully yours for medical bills, disability, rehabilitation, and lost wages. 

Gulfport Personal Injury Lawyers

In addition to workers’ compensation cases, the lawyers at Lunsford, Baskin, and Priebe also handle personal injury cases. If you’re injured because of someone else’s negligence or deliberate wrongdoing, you shouldn’t have to pay for your medical bills and recovery. You recover compensation from the at-fault party for property damage, medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. 

Car Accidents

The most common cause of personal injuries in the United States is car accidents. In fact, thousands of people are injured in car accidents every single day, and many of these wrecks result from driver negligence. Common reasons why car accidents happen include distracted driving, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, negligent maintenance of a vehicle, and traffic violations. If you were involved in a wreck in which the other driver was negligent, you need to contact a personal injury attorney to help you recover the damages you deserve. 

Truck Accidents

Like car accidents, truck accidents often result from driver negligence, but truck accidents are often even more dangerous than standard passenger vehicle accidents. Trucks weigh significantly more than passenger vehicles because they haul significant cargo. An 18-wheeler can even weigh up to 80,000, and with that substantial weight comes a significant risk if you’re involved in a truck accident. Truck accidents often lead to severe injuries and are often even fatal. Common reasons why truck accidents occur include overloading, improperly loading cargo, and poor hiring practices in which a trucking company hires a dangerous or unqualified driver. All these common causes for truck accidents are examples of negligence, and if you’re involved in a truck accident caused by negligent loading, driving, or hiring, you need a personal injury attorney to help you recover compensation. 

Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle accidents make up only a small percentage of wrecks on the road, but motorcyclists are far more likely to suffer from severe or fatal injuries because their bodies are more exposed to risk than passenger vehicle drivers. Common causes of motorcycle accidents include speeding, tailgating, lane drifting, and aggressive driving. Whether you’re a motorcyclist or were involved in a wreck with a motorcyclist, you need legal counsel to help you with your case.

Slip and Fall Accidents

If someone slips and falls on another person’s property, whether it’s a private residence or business, the property owner could be held liable. This is known as premises liability. For the victim to recover compensation from the property owner, the owner needs to have been negligent. For example, if the owner was aware of a potential hazard and didn’t address it or prevent others from becoming injured, they could be liable. Some examples of hazards include uneven sidewalks, wet floors, objects on the ground, bad lighting, broken handrails, lack of handicap access, and lack of security. 

Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice is when a medical professional, such as a doctor or nurse, strays from standard medical practices which then results in their patient suffering an injury, illness, or death. Medical malpractice often has serious consequences for victims, but proving that a medical professional engaged in malpractice is incredibly challenging. Some examples of malpractice include anesthesia errors, medication errors, misdiagnoses, surgical errors, and misinterpreting test results. If you suspect that you or a loved one are a victim of medical malpractice, you need to contact a legal professional for your case. 

Wrongful Death

Wrongful death occurs when someone engages in a negligent practice or deliberate wrongdoing that then takes the life of another person. For example, if someone drives while under the influence of alcohol and kills another driver on the road as a result, the family of the victim could sue the person and recover damages for wrongful death. The victim’s family can recover damages for funeral and burial costs, loss of parent or consortium, medical bills, pain and suffering, and more. Those who can file a wrongful death suit include the victim’s surviving spouse or children or the personal representative of the victim’s estate. 

How a Mississippi Personal Attorney Can Help

Insurance companies are for-profit businesses, so they want to avoid paying out large settlements to save money. They’ll do whatever they can to underpay the victim or prove that their client, the at-fault party, wasn’t liable. You need a Mississippi attorney to assist you in your case to handle the liable party’s insurance company and legal representation. 

You shouldn’t have to worry about communicating back and forth with lawyers and insurance companies, and if you say the wrong thing and admit partial liability by mistake, it can greatly hurt your claim. People unwittingly hurt their cases all the time by politely apologizing when something wasn’t actually their fault. For example, you might instinctively apologize after someone hits your car, but that apology can be used against you if you file a personal injury claim. Additionally, if the liable party’s insurance company contacts you, you need legal representation because anything you say can be used against you in your case. 

When hiring personal injury experts, like the attorneys at Lunsford, Baskin, & Priebe, PLLC, they’ll represent and handle the liable party’s legal representation and insurance company. At Lunsford, Baskin, & Priebe, PLLC, we’ll work diligently to help you build your case so that you can recover the maximum amount possible. 

How Do I Know If I Have a Case?

We can’t tell whether or not you have a case without knowing about your unique circumstances, so we encourage you to contact us to schedule a free case evaluation. Additionally, you can read other resources on our website to learn more about personal injury and workers’ compensation cases. 

When you contact us, we’ll meet with you or communicate remotely to learn about your case. We’ll then provide you with legal options moving forward. If you hire our firm, we’ll provide legal services for your case such as private investigations, conducting eyewitness and expert interviews, and the legal paperwork. Additionally, if we’re unable to reach a settlement outside of court, we’ll represent you throughout the litigation process. 

What Kind of Compensation Could I Recover?

The compensation you can expect from your case depends on your unique circumstances. If you choose to contact Lunsford, Baskin, & Priebe, PLLC, we’ll present you with estimates of what you might receive for your injuries. You could recover compensation for property damages, medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. 

Gulfport, Mississippi Emergency Services

Contact 911 immediately if you’re experiencing an emergency.

Police
Gulfport, Mississippi Police Department — 228-868-5900

Fire
Gulfport, Mississippi Fire Department — 228-868-5989

Hospital
Memorial Hospital — 228-867-4000

Courts
Gulfport City Court — 228-868-5855

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

Whether you experience a workplace injury or illness, personal injury, or if you lose a loved one due to someone else’s negligence, you need legal experts at your side to help you recover and maximize your compensation. Insurance companies will actively work to deny or reduce the amount of your claim, so you need seasoned legal guidance to hold them accountable. 

Here at Lunsford, Baskin, & Priebe, PLLC, we have years of experience helping Mississippi residents receive compensation for workplace injuries and illnesses, personal injuries, and wrongful death lawsuits. We’ll work with you to find your best legal options as you move forward with your case. 

Call our Jackson office at 601-983-2667, or you can click here to schedule a free, no-risk case evaluation. 

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