People who have been injured in an accident in Mississippi may face significant medical bills and lost wages for which an attorney can help them collect compensation. Mississippi residents who have been arrested for a crime should know that, while the stakes are high, they may have defenses that a skilled advocate can explore and present. Similarly, people going through a divorce may need to hire an attorney to represent their best interests in connection with their children and their assets, among other matters. James L. Farrior, III is an advocate with decades of experience in these areas, each of which can have a critical impact on your life. You should consult us if you need a Biloxi personal injury lawyer or are faced with a criminal charge or a divorce.Personal Injury
If you were injured in an accident caused by someone else, you may be able to bring a personal injury lawsuit. Accidents that can form the basis for a personal injury lawsuit include car crashes, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, slip and falls, unreasonably dangerous products, medical malpractice, construction accidents, and more. Often, a victim will need to prove negligence in order to recover damages. In other words, they will need to show that they would not have been injured if the defendant had used the proper care and precautions under the circumstances. You should consult an experienced attorney before talking to the defendant's insurer so that you can build a strong case.
For instance, a personal injury attorney in the Biloxi area can help you establish another driver’s fault for a car accident. Traditional at-fault rules apply to car accident lawsuits in Mississippi. A police officer's findings as to violations of the law and who bears fault for an accident can carry weight and help establish negligence. There are also situations in which there may be other contributing factors beyond the carelessness of an individual driver. It may be possible to hold a car manufacturer responsible for a dangerous defect in a car, whether it is a defect in the design or manufacturing process. Also, a driver’s employer may bear liability for failing to properly train or supervise the driver.Criminal Defense
Mississippi classifies crimes as either felonies or misdemeanors. Felonies are more serious than misdemeanors, and a felony conviction will result in at least a year in prison and may lead to decades behind bars in some cases. Felonies include grand larceny, aggravated assault, kidnapping, robbery, sexual battery, and murder. A felony conviction can make it difficult to get a job or find a place to live. One type of crime that is prosecuted aggressively is drug crimes, which can lead to serious penalties even when only a small amount of a drug is involved. Your attorney can help you investigate any arguments that you can raise against the prosecution, such as police violations of search and seizure rules or your lack of the required intent to commit the crime.Family Law
It can be draining to go through a divorce or face another family law dispute. You can file for divorce on any of several different grounds. These include the no-fault ground of irreconcilable differences, as well as fault grounds like adultery, willful desertion, incurable insanity, and cruelty. Often, even if the grounds for the divorce are not contested, there are serious, heated disagreements about related issues, such as child custody, property distribution, alimony, and child support.Casino Claims
Mississippi is known for its casinos. However, casinos can be dimly lit and poorly laid out. Often, visitors have drunk too much alcohol, and sometimes there are disputes about winnings. You may be able to protect your rights by bringing a casino claim if you suffer a slip and fall or face an allegation by the casino that you won less money than you are claiming. In the case of a slip and fall, a personal injury lawyer in Biloxi can help you show that the casino had actual or constructive knowledge of the hazard that caused your injuries. This is another way of saying that the casino knew or reasonably should have known about the property condition that needed repair, but it failed to fix it or provide reasonable warnings.Get Advice on Your Injury, Criminal, or Family Law Case from a Skillful Attorney
If you are injured in a car crash, you are anticipating a fierce custody battle, or you have been arrested on suspicion of having committed a crime, you should consult an experienced attorney. James L. Farrior, III has represented clients in legal matters involving accidents, divorce, and criminal defense in the Gulf Coast region since 1987. He has accumulated a steady record of success over a 30-year period, and he maintains high ethical standards. Call us today at (228) 388-1924 or contact us online to schedule an appointment with a Biloxi personal injury attorney or start discussing a family or criminal case. We represent people in Biloxi, Gautier, Bay Saint Louis, Lucedale, Wiggins, Poplarville, and other areas of Harrison, Jackson, Hancock, George, Stone, and Pearl River Counties.