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Living in Hattiesburg, Mississippi

Hattiesburg is located in Forrest County and Lamar County. The city is located at the intersections of Interstate 59 and U.S. Highways 11, 49, and 98. Known as “hub city” because it links different railroad lines, Hattiesburg is the fifth most populated city in Mississippi with over 48,000 residents. It was founded in 1882 by civil engineer Captain William H. Hardy, and it was originally called “Twin Forks.” The city was later named after William H. Hardy’s wife, Hattie. 

Some of the top attractions at Hattiesburg include the Hattiesburg Zoo, Paul B. Johnson State Park, Mississippi Armed Forces Museum, Longleaf Trace Trail, and the African American Military History Museum.  

The median income for a Hattiesburg household is $24,409 while the median income for a family is $32,380. The median rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $881. The city is appealing and attracts new residents because of its diverse economy, charming neighborhoods, and convenient location in South Mississippi. 

Hattiesburg Workers’ Compensation Lawyers

If you or a loved one were injured in the workplace, you need skilled workers’ compensation attorneys at your side to help you receive the benefits you deserve. Workers’ compensation is a distinct and crucial area of the law, but few law firms specialize in workers’ compensation. Most firms that offer workers’ compensation assistance actually specialize in personal injuries. 

Here at Lunsford, Baskin, & Priebe, PLLC, we focus on workers’ compensation. We’ve helped many individuals receive the money they deserve from unscrupulous insurance companies that are looking for reasons to deny claims. Every year, numerous people are injured in the workplace and their injuries are undervalued by insurance companies, employers, and workers’ compensation doctors. If you were injured in the workplace, you need fair compensation for your medical bills and lost wages.

Dealing with insurance companies on your own is incredibly challenging, especially while you’re recovering from an injury. You need workers’ compensation lawyers to ensure that you receive the full benefits you deserve. Contact Lunsford, Baskin, & Priebe, PLLC to receive a free case evaluation. If you sign with us after your evaluation, you’ll have the peace of mind that you’re maximizing your workers’ comp benefits. 

Workers’ Compensation Injuries We Handle

Lunsford, Baskin, & Priebe, PLLC helps victims who experienced workplace injuries with various types of ailments. Common workplace injuries that we handle include:

Back, Neck, & Spine Injury 

Some of the most common workplace injuries include the back, neck, and spine, especially in physically demanding industries. Common neck and spinal injuries include fractures, nerve impingements, and broken bones. In severe cases, injuries to the neck and spine can result in partial or complete paralysis. Paralysis occurs when the nerves connecting the neck and spine become damaged. 

Back injuries are incredibly common in the workplace and often result from bending, lifting, and carrying work-related equipment. Although back injuries are common in more physically demanding jobs, such as construction or factory jobs, back injuries can also result from prolonged sitting. Some common back injuries include vertebral fractures, cervical disc herniation, pinched nerves, lower back strain, and inflammation of the back’s ligaments and muscles. 

First Responder Injuries

Tragically, numerous first responders suffer from workplace injuries every year. Medical technicians, police officers, and firefighters face many different sources of potential injuries, including hypertension, bloodborne pathogens, violence, cancer, and post-traumatic stress disorder. With first responders, injuries can occur from a single incident or long-term exposure to something harmful. A police officer may suffer from an injury while in the line of duty, while a firefighter may be diagnosed with cancer due to recurring exposure to toxic substances. 

Fractures

Fractures in the workplace are incredibly common, especially in industries that involve physical labor. Common injuries include foot and ankle fractures which can occur from forklift accidents, falling objects, falling from a ladder, and tripping. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), slips and falls are the most common workplace injury. A fracture due to a slip and fall can put you out of work for an extended period, especially because many work tasks require you to put weight on your feet and ankles. If you suffer from a slip and fall or another injury that causes fractures, you need to allow your body to rest and make a full recovery before returning to activities that may exacerbate your condition. 

Shoulder and Knee Injury

Shoulder and knee injuries often result from workers performing repetitive tasks, and they can also result from an accident. Common tears to the shoulder and knee include Anterior Cruciate Ligament, rotator cuff, and meniscus. Sprains to these different areas of the shoulder and knee are also incredibly common. If you experience a tear, you might need surgery and possibly even joint replacement, both of which are highly expensive. You need proper workers’ compensation to assist you with your joint injuries so that you can make a full recovery or receive compensation for permanent disability. 

Hattiesburg Workers’ Compensation Claims Process

After experiencing a workplace injury, many employees face an uphill battle when it comes to receiving due compensation. Workers’ compensation claims are often met with roadblocks put in place by insurance companies and employers in an effort to underpay your claim or outright deny it. If you go to a workers’ compensation doctor, they may even underestimate the severity of your injuries because it’s in the best interest of your employer. Employers often attempt to underestimate the severity of injuries because otherwise, their workers’ compensation insurance costs will go up. Additionally, insurance companies are notorious for underpaying victims of workplace injuries, and they may find a reason to deny you compensation entirely.

Fortunately, expert workers’ compensation attorneys can help you get the money you deserve from the insurance companies. In Hattiesburg and other parts of Mississippi, Lunsford, Baskin, & Priebe, PLLC can help you handle your employer and insurance companies. You don’t need to fight for your claim on your own. Our team will help you receive the compensation you deserve so that you don’t have to worry about money as you recover from your workplace injuries. 

Hattiesburg Personal Injury Lawyers

Car Accidents

In addition to assisting clients with workers’ compensation injuries, Lunsford, Baskin, & Priebe, PLLC can assist personal injury victims. The most common cause of personal injuries in the United States is car accidents. Every day, numerous car accidents occur leading to minor, severe, and even fatal injuries. Car accidents often result from someone’s negligence including distracted driving, reckless driving, driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol, negligent maintenance of the vehicle, and driving while tired. You need skilled personal injury attorneys to represent you in the event that you sustain a personal injury from a vehicular accident. 

Truck Accidents

Truck accidents can cause similar injuries to that of car accidents, but injuries sustained in a truck accident are often more severe. Trucks weigh significantly more than the average car, and with that extra weight comes a higher degree of risk. Truck accidents often result from negligent loading, bad hiring practices, and negligent maintenance of a truck. Dangerous drivers, insecure loads, and maintenance issues can all cause devastating traffic accidents that can result in serious or even fatal injuries. 

Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle accidents make up a significant portion of severe and fatal injuries in Mississippi. Unlike a standard passenger vehicle, motorcyclists don’t have significant protection for their bodies in the event of a crash. They’re far more exposed than other drivers, which contributes to their risk of death. Common causes of motorcycle accidents include lane drifting, aggressive driving, and speeding. 

Slip and Fall Accidents

The legal term for slip and fall accidents is premises liability, meaning that property owners are liable for injuries sustained on their premises if it results from the owner’s negligence. A store or property owner may have acted negligently in the event of a fall if they were aware of a safety hazard and didn’t take sufficient steps to ensure others’ safety. For example, if a store fails to mark a floor as wet, that would be considered negligent if someone slips. Although slip and fall injuries are common in stores, they can occur anywhere. Common hazards that result in slip and fall injuries include broken handrails, uneven sidewalks, loose floor tiles, potholes, bad lighting, lack of handicap access, and torn carpets. 

Medical Malpractice 

Medical malpractice occurs when a medical professional, such as a doctor or nurse, engages in a behavior or action outside of standard practices which resulted in the injury or death of a patient. A few common causes of medical malpractice include anesthesia errors, birth injuries, surgical errors, emergency room errors, medication errors, and misdiagnoses. What falls under the classification of medical malpractice can be difficult to assess without legal support, so it’s important to consult with a personal injury lawyer to help evaluate your case. You can click here for a free case evaluation from Lunsford, Baskin, & Priebe, PLLC.

Wrongful Death

In addition to personal injuries, wrongful death is another critical area of the law. You need proper legal representation if you lost a loved one. Wrongful death means that someone lost their life due to the negligence or conscious wrongdoing of another person. If you’re a surviving spouse or child of someone who lost their life wrongfully, you can seek compensation for funeral costs, loss of consortium or parent, and any medical bills that accumulated as a result of the at-fault party’s actions. Additionally, you may be able to file a wrongful death suit if you’re the personal representative of the victim’s estate. 

How a Mississippi Personal Injury Attorney Can Help

Personal injury lawyers play a critical role in getting the money victims deserve from at-fault parties. Like with workers’ compensation cases, insurance companies will often act evasively to avoid paying for medical and recovery costs for personal injury victims. If you or a loved one are injured due to someone else’s negligence or wrongful action, you need expert personal injury attorneys at your side to help you get the compensation you deserve from the at-fault party and their insurance company. Expert personal injury lawyers will fight tooth and nail to get you personal injury compensation in a settlement or in court. 

Another important benefit of hiring a personal injury attorney is that they’ll handle communication with the opposing party’s representation and their insurance company. Personal injury lawyers will handle the opposing party on your behalf so that you can focus on recovery. At Lunsford, Baskin, & Priebe, PLLC, we conduct private investigations into personal injury and wrongful death cases in order to gather evidence for your claim. We’ll negotiate with the opposing party’s representation and insurance company to maximize the benefits you receive from your injury or lost loved one. If we can’t settle your case outside of court, we’ll work diligently for you through the litigation process. 

How Do I Know If I Have a Case?

The best way you can find out about whether or not you have a case is by consulting with a legal expert. This page as well as other helpful resources on our website can educate you on different personal injury, workers’ compensation, and wrongful death cases, but we highly encourage you to contact us or another Hattiesburg attorney to advise you with your case. We provide free case evaluations, so please don’t hesitate to contact us with questions about your claim. 

If you determine that Lunsford, Baskin, & Priebe, PLLC is the right legal firm for your case, we’ll meet with you in person or remotely to gather all of the necessary details about your case. We’ll give different legal options moving forward, and we’ll represent you through the entire claim process. 

What Kind of Compensation Could I Recover?

The type of case you have, such as workers’ compensation, personal injury, and wrongful death, as well as the details of your case will determine the amount of compensation you can recover. You’ll receive a speculative estimate from your legal representation if you choose to work with a lawyer. You could receive compensation for past and future medical bills, pain and suffering, and any lost wages accumulated during your recovery time. 

Hattiesburg, Mississippi Emergency Services

If you experience an emergency, call 911 immediately.

Police
Hattiesburg, Mississippi Police Department — (601) 544-7900

Fire 
Hattiesburg, Mississippi Fire Department — (601) 545-4691

Hospital
Forrest General Hospital — (601) 288-7000
Merit Health Wesley — (601) 268-8000

Courts
Forrest County Court — (601) 544-3136

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

In the event that you experience an injury at work, a personal injury, or if you lose a loved one due to someone else’s wrongdoing, you need expert workers’ compensation and personal injury lawyers to represent you. Seasoned legal professionals can ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve from negligent parties and unscrupulous insurance companies. When you hire Lunsford, Baskin, & Priebe, PLLC, we’ll work tirelessly at your side to maximize your compensation. 

We’ll represent you so that you don’t need to be in personal contact with the opposing party, and we’ll conduct any necessary investigations to gather evidence for your claim. If you want to learn more about how Lunsford, Baskin, & Priebe, PLLC can help you with your case, call our Jackson office at 601-983-2667. Additionally, don’t hesitate to request a free case evaluation by clicking here

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