Personal Injury

Advocates for Victims of Negligent Conduct

Whether you have been injured by a fatigued truck driver, texting motorist, or a store owner who failed to clean up a spill, you can experience devastating injuries that impact both you and your family. Our personal injury attorneys at Porter & Malouf, P.A. have been tenaciously advocating for individuals injured because of the negligent or intentional actions of individuals, businesses, and public entities for over 50 years. If you have suffered serious injuries or lost a loved one, we cannot take away your pain or restore the companionship of a deceased family member, but we can represent you in seeking compensation for your injuries or loss.

Porter & Malouf, P.A. has obtained hundreds of millions of dollars for our clients in personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits. Our success in obtaining substantial judgments and settlements for our clients is based on innovative legal strategies, a network of nationally renowned experts, persuasive advocacy, and state-of-the-art litigation technology. While many law firms claim to provide exemplary legal representation, our law firm was recognized as the 14th Winningest Firm in the Country by the July 2002 National Law Journal. Both Tim Porter and Patrick Malouf have been given an “AV” rating based on peer evaluation, demonstrated skill, and professionalism by Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest rating given to attorneys by the publication.

Whether you experience serious injury caused by a car accident or any other injury caused by a third party, Porter & Malouf, P.A. represents our clients with dignity, compassion, and fervor to balance the scales of justice when taking on large national insurance companies and their clients. If you have been injured by the negligent, reckless, or intentional conduct of a third party, we will handle the insurance adjusters and legal complexities so that you can focus on your physical and emotional recovery.

Proving Catastrophic Injury and Wrongful Death Caused by Negligence

If you suffer injuries or a family member dies because of the careless conduct of another, this may give rise to a personal injury lawsuit based on negligence. Negligence essentially refers to conduct that creates an unreasonable risk of foreseeable injury to another. Negligence is the most common basis of personal injury lawsuits, including those that result in catastrophic injury and wrongful death. When proving a claim based on negligence, an injury victim must not only establish negligent conduct but also establish that the conduct, was the cause of an accident victim’s injuries. Insurance companies frequently dispute that their insured’s unsafe conduct was the cause of a victim’s injuries. Our experienced personal injury attorneys at Porter & Malouf, P.A. often use medical experts, accident reconstruction experts, actuaries, vocational counselors, and others with specialized knowledge to develop the most compelling case to present to a judge or jury.

Our personal injury lawyers have successfully represented clients in a broad range of personal injury cases involving serious injuries like traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and amputation injuries, as well as broken bones and fractures. The vast spectrum of serious injury claims that our attorneys can handle include:

  • Motor Vehicle Accidents

  • Premises Liability

  • Wrongful Death

  • Catastrophic Injury

  • Product Liability

  • Medical Malpractice

  • Intentional Torts (e.g., sexual assault, violent crimes, clergy abuse)

  • Nursing Home Abuse/Neglect

  • Construction Accidents

Motor Vehicle Accident Legal Claims – Taking on the At-Fault Driver’s Insurance Company

Motor vehicle accidents are the most common type of personal injury lawsuits based on negligence. While the party who exercises careless, inattentive, or unsafe conduct that causes an accident is often another driver, this is not always the case. A wide range of parties may share some portion of responsibility for serious collisions involving motor vehicles. Responsible parties may include:

  • Automakers for vehicle defects

  • The owner of the motor vehicle

  • Public entities for poorly designed or maintained roads

  • Vehicle repair companies that do not repair vehicles properly

  • Employers of unsafe drivers

  • Parents for negligently entrusting their child with a vehicle

  • Social organizations that make vehicles available for members’ use

Our personal injury attorneys identify all potentially responsible parties because sometimes the most obvious defendant may be uninsured or lack sufficient insurance to compensate you fully for your injuries. Porter & Malouf, P.A. undertakes extensive investigations so that we can identify all appropriate parties liable for our client’s injuries. Some of the motor vehicle accident lawsuits that our experienced personal injury law firm handles include:

  • Car Accidents

  • Motorcycle Accidents

  • Truck Accidents

  • Bus Accidents

  • Bicycle Accidents

  • Delivery Truck Accidents

  • ATV Accidents

  • Drunk Driving Accidents

  • Pedestrian Accidents

  • 15-Passenger Van Rollovers

  • SUV Rollovers

  • Dangerous Roads

  • Road Departure Crashes

Premises Liability Claims – Holding Irresponsible Property Owners Accountable

A commercial property owner that holds a property open to the public has a responsibility to maintain his or her premises in reasonably safe condition or to warn visitors of non-obvious potential hazards. If you have been injured by dangerous conditions on the premises of another, you should contact one of our experienced premises liability attorneys so that we can analyze your right to compensation for your injuries. A sampling of premises liability cases that we are qualified to pursue include:

  • Amusement Park Accidents

  • Swimming Pool Accidents

  • Construction Accidents

  • Dog Bites

  • Farming Accidents

  • Gas Tank Explosions

  • Lead Paint Poisonings

  • Explosions and Fires

  • Slip and Fall Injuries

  • Negligent Security

  • Exposure to Toxic Substances

Premises liability lawsuits are fact-intensive cases that require extensive investigation to obtain a successful verdict or settlement. When an accident victim’s injury is caused by an unsafe condition on the premises, an investigation into what the property owner knew might be critical. Sometimes constructive knowledge is enough to impose liability on the property owner. When a grocery store fails to clean up a liquid that has spilled on the floor after several hours or after several patrons have complained to store employees, for example, this may be sufficient to find that the property/business owner should have known of the hazard and taken reasonable precautions. Even when negligent security issues are involved, the property owner’s knowledge of similar criminal activity in the area might be important.

At Porter & Malouf, P.A., we carefully investigate the circumstances of an accident on the premises of another, including the following:

  • Whether the property/business owner knew or should have known of the hazard?

  • How long was the dangerous condition present on the premises?

  • Whether the dangerous conditions occurred naturally or was created by the property owner?

  • What inspections and maintenance practices occurred?

  • Did lighting, lack of warnings, or the absence of safety barriers and similar factors contribute to the accident?

Product Liability Lawsuits Based on Dangerous Products – Making Manufacturers Pay for the Harm Their Defective Products Cause

When a company designs, manufactures, or sells a product, the company has an obligation to make the product safe for the intended use and even misuse that is foreseeable. Product liability law is designed to compensate consumers for products that cause injury to the public. A product liability lawsuit may be based on negligence by the product manufacturer, but proof of negligence is not always required. Sometimes it is enough to establish that the product possessed the defect when it left the control of the manufacturer, even if the defect was not necessarily the result of negligence by the company that produced the product. Any entity in the stream of commerce, including the designer, manufacturer, wholesaler, or retailer may be liable for a defective product. A product liability lawsuit may also be based on breach of warranty or failure to warn a consumer if the product poses a risk of harm when used for the purpose intended, as well as when consumers are not adequately warned of risks. Porter & Malouf, P.A. offers effective representation in a broad range of product liability lawsuits including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Motor Vehicle Defects

  • Defective Medical Devices

  • Dangerous Drugs

  • Toxic Torts (e.g., asbestos, silica, talc)

  • Recalled Products

  • Defective Tools

  • Unsafe Children’s Products (e.g., defective car seats)

Determining Damages for Your Personal Injury Claim

While the specific circumstances of your case will determine the damages that you can receive in your personal injury lawsuit, personal injury victims might have the right to seek compensation for the following damages, depending on the specifics of their personal injury claim:

  • Lost earnings

  • Medical expenses and costs

  • Disability and disfigurement

  • Pain and suffering

  • Loss of consortium damages (adverse impact on marital relationship)

  • Burial and funeral expenses (wrongful death cases)

  • Punitive damages (extremely reckless or intentional misconduct)

Speak to a Personal Injury AttorneyToday

Porter & Malouf, P.A. works tirelessly to obtain the fullest financial recovery for our clients while holding parties who cause injury through negligent or intentional misconduct responsible for the injuries they cause. Our Mississippi 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.