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Did you lose a loved one due to another person's negligence?

Losing a loved one, no matter when or how it happens is difficult. However, when another person's negligence is allegedly to blame, it can make coping with the death even more challenging. Mississippi residents who believe that their loved ones were killed as a result of the negligent actions of others may be entitled to seek compensation for their losses by pursuing wrongful death claims in civil court.

If an accident ended up claiming your loved one's life, you are certainly allowed to question why the event happened. You are also allowed to question liability. Sadly, it is not uncommon for victims to be blamed for their own injuries or deaths. Why? Insurance companies do not want to pay out more than they have to and those allegedly responsible for the loss of life do not want to assume liability.

Catastrophic injuries: When car crash causes a spinal cord injury

The vast majority of car accidents that occur in the state of Mississippi are minor in nature -- meaning most people walk away relatively unharmed. There are those, though, that cause victims to suffer catastrophic injuries, such as injuries to the spinal cord. When spinal cord injuries do occur, it can be a struggle for victims and their families to move forward, as the losses experienced can be severe.

According to the Mayo Clinic, auto accidents are believed to cause about half of all spinal cord injuries that occur in the United States every year. Such an injury can happen to anyone, but those most at risk are males, ages 16 to 30 or over 65, who engage in risky behaviors. Those who have existing joint or bone disorders are also more likely to suffer spinal cord injuries.

Your ex's high-conflict personality will cause divorce issues

Even under the best of circumstances, divorce can be a difficult process to complete. Unfortunately for you, you anticipate your case to be even more trying because your soon-to-be ex-spouse has a high-conflict personality. In fact, this personality trait and his or her tendency to start a fight at every turn may have contributed to the ending of your marriage.

Of course, you likely hope that your case will go as smoothly as possible but still do not want to start your case feeling disillusioned. As a result, you likely want to prepare as best as possible for a difficult process from the beginning.

Business litigation possible when a merger goes awry

Every year, businesses in Mississippi merge in an effort to create something better for all parties involved. Sometimes, it is what is best in the long run. It all really depends on each company's goals. Merging two companies into one takes a lot of planning. Unfortunately, even with careful planning, a merger may go awry, and business litigation may be needed to settle the issues.

Before deciding to merge one's business with another, it is necessary to do one's due diligence and investigate the other company's goals and overall health. This step is vital in ensuring one is going into business with someone of good standing. Failing to be honest when exchanging information will only come back to hurt one's company and the merge down the line.

Strong felony criminal defense could help in capital murder case

A Mississippi man is facing life in prison or the death penalty for his alleged role in the death of a Hattiesburg woman. The 32-year-old was officially charged on Wednesday, April 24 with capital murder. With a charge as serious as this, the accused would most likely benefit from having a strong felony criminal defense team on his side.

According to reports, a 25-year-old female went missing in Nov. 2018. On April 4, 2019, authorities found her remains in Forrest County. Investigators are still trying to determine the cause of death at the state crime lab. It is unclear how long it will take the crime lab to finalize its review of this case. 

A Mississippi contested divorce can quickly get out of hand

The vast majority of divorcing couples want to end their marriages in an amicable way. Unfortunately, a Mississippi resident who is dealing with a contested divorce may quickly find that the whole thing can get out of hand pretty fast. Legal counsel can help one through it if that happens.

Recently, a long-practicing divorce attorney shared a story about the messiest dissolution case she ever encountered in her career. At the end of it all, her client came out of it with the court on his side, but it took time to get there. This case serves as a good example that how one acts and what one says during the divorce process matters.

Mississippi wrongful death: 1 killed in recent crash

Investigators for the Mississippi Highway Patrol are in the process of looking into the cause of a fatal accident that occurred in Madison County near the end of March. One woman is said to have died in the event. In an effort to recoup their losses, this individual's surviving family members may pursue a wrongful death claim in civil court, if doing so is deemed appropriate.

It was recently reported that, around 2 a.m. on March 23, the victim -- a 52-year-old woman -- was operating her SUV eastbound on Highway 16 when her vehicle was struck from behind. The force of impact sent the victim's vehicle off of the roadway and into a tree. Sadly, this individual died at the scene of the crash.

Are you facing a toxic divorce?

Non-contentious forms of divorce seem to dominate the internet. People would be wise to put aside their differences and work together in order to reach an amicable settlement. The problem is that isn't always possible.

In many cases, couples simply can't get along well enough to sit down together like this. If you are part of one of those couples, you shouldn't feel compelled to "follow the crowd." You need to do what is best for you and your family as you enter into a new phase of your life.

Felony criminal defense: Woman charged in stabbing incident

Police in Hattiesburg recently arrested a woman who allegedly stabbed her boyfriend. The potential charges against this individual are quite serious. She can help herself by turning to an experienced felony criminal defense attorney for guidance and representation in court.

According to reports, on Wednesday, March 13, around 1 a.m., police were called to investigate a domestic disturbance at a residence on Beverly Hills Road. When they arrived, they found an underage man had been stabbed. He was transported to an area hospital for treatment. His 23-year-old girlfriend was taken into custody.

Mississippi business litigation: When a contract breach occurs

In business, contracts make the world go round.  Business owners in Mississippi and elsewhere depend on contracts to keep their companies running smoothly and to hold partners, employees, suppliers and even clients accountable for their actions. When a contract breach occurs, there are a few ways to handle it. In some cases, the only way to reach resolution is through business litigation.

A breach of contract is said to occur when one party fails to live up to the terms agreed to in the said contract. It does not matter if the breach is minor or major; the offended party has the right to seek damages for any losses suffered as a result of the breach. Before taking the issue to court, mediation or arbitration may be utilized to resolve the issue. Either can work and will typically cost less and take less time than traditional litigation.

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