Mississippi Personal Injury Attorneys

Advocates for Victims of Negligent Conduct – Wrongful Death Lawyers

The 14th Winningest Law Firm of 2002, Porter & Malouf, P.A., has the knowledge, experience, and resources to help your family pursue the fullest recovery for your injury due to someone else's negligence or a defective product. Our law firm has earned this designation by recovering hundreds of millions of dollars for our clients. Our law firm also has received an “AV”® Preeminent™ rating from Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest rating awarded. The attorneys at Porter & Malouf, P.A. have over fifty years of litigation experience in complex personal injury and wrongful death cases.

Free Case Evaluation: Our Mississippi personal injury attorneys offer a free case evaluation, so contact us today at (866) 957-1173 or complete an online contact form. If you or a loved one have experienced an injury because of a car accident, tractor-trailer collision, construction site accident, defective product, or any other personal injury, call us to have your case reviewed.

OUR ENVIRONMENT

At Porter & Malouf, P.A. we will do everything we can to put you at ease and help you as we navigate legal procedures and potential insurance pitfalls. Although the members of our staff each have specific jobs to help move your case forward, we operate under the philosophy that an office functions best when detailed job descriptions do not constrain people. At Porter & Malouf P.A., everyone takes responsibility for helping you. If you have a question, someone will get the answer promptly. Our law firm has a policy that all client inquiries receive a response the same day or by the next business day.

Even if your case is part of large-scale complex litigation, such as mesothelioma claims based on asbestos exposure, you will still be treated as an individual. We will guide you through the process of medical examinations, depositions, discovery, and settlement. We will prepare you for a trial and help you keep your eyes on the finish line instead of the bumps and potholes along the way.

NOTABLE VERDICTS AND SETTLEMENTS

Our law firm has developed a reputation among our peers, large national insurance carriers, insurance defense attorneys, and judges based on our track record of success. Our law firm has recovered over $388 million in settlements and judgments among just our five largest recoveries. Because we have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for our clients’, insurance companies know that our attorneys are trial lawyers who do not hesitate to take on the most complex cases and proceed to trial. Examples of judgments and settlements that we have obtained for personal injury and wrongful death victims include the following:

  • $150 Million Asbestos Personal Injury

  • $ 72 Million Talcum Ovarian Cancer Jury Verdict

  • $7.6 Million Silica Personal Injury

  • $7 Million Lead Paint Personal Injury

  • $2 Million Auto Accident Personal Injury

AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS

Our attorneys have received a range of prestigious awards and recognitions that include but are not limited to the following:

  • The National Law Journal ranks Porter &Malouf, P.A. as the "14th Most Winningest Law Firm in the United States”

  • Porter & Malouf, P.A. is an AV® Preeminent™ Rated law firm by Martingale-Hubbell, the highest rating given to law firms recognized for exemplary skill and integrity. Peer evaluation by other highly regarded attorneys comprises an important component of this evaluation process.

  • Our lawyers host the WLBT Channel 3 LawCall, a live thirty-minute call-in television show focusing on Mississippi personal injury law each week.

 CAR ACCIDENTS

Car accidents result in countless injuries and deaths each year. Automobile accidents can injure people even with no visible signs of vehicle damage. They also can cause grave accidents leading to serious injuries that have long-term consequences, such as spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, internal organ damage, lost limbs, paralysis, and death.

Many car accident victims injured by careless, drunk, or distracted drivers make the regrettable mistake of attempting to deal directly with the at-fault party’s insurance company. Although insurance adjusters seem helpful and friendly, injury victims should never forget that minimizing your recovery serves the best interest of the adjuster’s employer. If you have been injured in a collision, you should let your personal injury attorney handle communications with the insurance company. Adjusters or insurance investigators often use information provided by accident victims to avoid paying claims or to mitigate the amount of any payout. In the event the other driver’s insurance company wants you to sign a settlement agreement, check, or authorization for release of information, you should refuse to sign until you have obtained legal advice.

Our law firm represents victims of all types of unreasonably careless driving, which includes the following:

  • Drunk Driving

  • Talking or Texting on a Mobile Phone

  • Driving While under the Influence of Narcotics, Prescription Drugs, or Over-The-Counter (OTC) Medications

  • Driving at an Unsafe Speed

  • Tailgating

  • Ignoring Red Lights and Stop Signs

  • Failure to Yield

  • Unsafe Lane Changes

While drivers who fail to exercise reasonable care cause many collisions, there will be other parties that might be legally responsible under certain circumstances. Since our personal injury lawyers always pursue the maximum compensation for our clients, we examine all of the potential parties who might be liable for causing injury-related accidents. Examples of parties that might be financially responsible include:

  • The owner of the vehicle

  • Parents of children involved in collisions

  • Employer of a driver engaged in job-related tasks

  • Manufacturer of the vehicle or parts

  • Government entities for unsafe roadways (e.g. confusing signage in construction zones)

  • Vehicle repair shop that performs inadequate maintenance

Our car accident attorneys at Porter & Malouf, P.A. work with nationally acclaimed experts and utilize state-of-the-art litigation technology to take on large national insurance companies and their policyholders. While our exemplary reputation often spurs insurers to settle a claim without a trial, we prepare for trial so that we can participate in settlement discussions from a position of proof.

TRUCKING ACCIDENTS

Accidents involving large trucks are among the most serious and most deadly in the U.S. Trucking companies are required to follow Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations concerning their equipment and the qualification and performance of truck drivers. A typical fully loaded large commercial truck can weigh 80,000 pounds or more, which often has disastrous consequences for occupants of the other vehicle. Tractor-trailer accidents claimed the lives of over 3,960 people and caused injury to 95,000 more during a recent one-year period according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The NHTSA reports that in 88% of fatal trucking accidents the individual who died was someone other than the truck driver.

Although there are many causes of semi-truck collisions, the most common grounds for holding a truck driver or commercial carrier financially responsible involves violations of trucking safety regulations. Some of the trucking regulations violated by large truck drivers that contribute to crashes include:

Hours of Service (HOS) Rules: These anti-fatigue rules limit the number of hours a truck driver can be behind the wheel or working in some other capacity. Under these rules, commercial drivers must observe certain mandatory rest periods. Many trucking companies encourage their drivers to skirt these rules through the design of their compensation plans or by providing unrealistic schedules.

Vehicle Inspections/Maintenance: The prospect of an 80,000 pound fully loaded tractor-trailer combination suddenly experiencing brake failure on a busy interstate is a terrifying prospect. Because big-rig accidents can leave carnage, catastrophic injury, and death in its wake, federal trucking regulations require pre-trip and post-trip inspections. Brakes, tires, and other systems must comply with certain minimum standards. When commercial carriers or drivers attempt to save time or money by disregarding these requirements, they can be held liable for their non-compliance.

Fitness of Drivers: All truck drivers must obtain a certificate of medical fitness to operate a motor vehicle. When a commercial carrier does not obtain this document or allows a driver with severe medical problems to return to driving without confirming medical fitness, this can be a basis for financial recovery.

Substance Abuse: Truck drivers must submit to pre-employment and random drug and alcohol testing. If a truck driver is in an accident, he or she also must submit to testing for intoxicating substances. Failure to perform this screening or driving in violation of rules regarding alcohol or drugs often constitutes a basis for imposing liability.

These are just some of the trucking regulation violations that might justify your right to financial compensation. However, the trucking industry is notorious for sharp litigation practices that include conveniently distorting or destroying evidence. Our law firm recognizes that time is of the essence to prevent damage to a big-rig from being repaired and to ensure that data is saved on the 18-wheeler's “black box.”

MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENTS

While remaining cautious and focused on your riding can reduce the risk of experiencing injury in a motorcycle collision, motorcyclists are inherently more vulnerable to serious injury than occupants of cars. The Insurance Information Institute (III) reports motorcyclists are 27 times more likely to suffer fatal injuries in a collision than car drivers on a per mile traveled basis. Motorcycles provide less stability and visibility, as well as a narrower margin for error, which leads to a higher risk motorcyclists will be involved in a crash. Because motorcycles are not equipped with the safety features of a four-wheeled vehicle, riders also experience more serious injuries than car occupants.

While a motorcycle accident victim might have a right to financial compensation, riders face certain challenges. The motorcycle injury victim often will be rushed to an emergency room. Since there will not be any witness left to tell the motorcyclist’s version of what happened, the law enforcement report will often favor the driver of the passenger vehicle. Further, some witnesses still have outdated perceptions of motorcycle riders as being “reckless” or “outlaws” which colors their perception of events. Our experienced motorcycle accident lawyers understand how to navigate around such obstacles.

TOXIC TORTS

Porter & Malouf, P.A. has a proven track record of success in large mass tort cases involving toxic products. Tim Porter participated in and presented the closing argument for the Cosey v. ED. Bullard asbestos trial, which resulted in a verdict of $48.5 million. He also participated as one of the lead trial lawyers in Simeon Johnson v. AC&S, et al., which resulted in a jury verdict of $150 million for twelve victims of asbestos exposure. Our law firm also has obtained substantial recoveries for victims who suffered exposure to other toxic products, such as $72 million for talc exposure, $7.6 million for silica exposure, and $7 million for lead paint poisoning. While these cases often involve large-scale litigation, we treat our clients as individuals who we guide through the litigation process.

Our personal injury attorneys also handle a broad spectrum of other personal injury and wrongful death claims, some of which include:

  • Bicycle Accidents

  • Pedestrian Accidents

  • Defective Product Injuries

  • Medical Malpractice

  • Negligent Security

  • Premises Liability

  • Slip and Fall (Trip and Fall)

  • Negligent Security

  • Dog Bites (Animal Attacks)

  • Defamation of Character

  • Construction Accidents

  • Industrial Accidents

  • Nursing Home Negligence and Abuse

  • Dangerous Drugs

  • Faulty Medical Devices

Speak to a Personal Accident Lawyer Today

Porter & Malouf, P.A. works tenaciously in pursuit of the maximum financial recovery for our clients. Our personal injury attorneys also work with experts in a vast array of industries while conducting a thorough investigation of the facts and engaging in extensive research of novel legal issues. We invite you to contact Porter & Malouf, P.A. at (866) 957-1173 or complete an online contact form for a free case evaluation.