Laws can be changed and updated, and new ones can be introduced. As a citizen of Mississippi, it’s a good idea to stay on top of what’s happening so you know your rights and the laws of your state. Staying on top of possible law changes allows you to be an engaged citizen.
Corban Gunn, Attorney at Law closely follows possible changes to personal injury law. We pride ourselves in giving our clients the best representation possible. To do that, we have to be experts on the law. Since the law is subject to change, we’re always aware of the bills that could be passed into law that would affect our work and our clients.
One of the current bills in 2019 involves slip and fall incidents. Here’s what you need to know about this bill:
Mississippi Senate Bill 2901
Premises liability is a serious matter. As of now, property owners are supposed to make sure their property is safe for people who come there. This can be for landlords and their apartment complexes, business owners for clothing stores or restaurants, and even residential property owners. If they’re not careful, they can have properties that have hazards on them that can injure visitors.
When someone slips and falls, they can sustain serious injuries. These medical bills can be expensive and they weren’t the person’s fault. The usual process then is for the person to file a claim against the property owner with the help of an attorney. After the legal process, and if the person who was injured had a successful claim, they will receive compensation for their injuries and damages. This will help them recover financially and get their lives back on track.
This is why some people are wary of Senate Bill 2901. This bill deals with slip and fall liability. It aims to limit an injured person’s options when it comes to holding the property owner accountable for their injuries. It could prevent suing them. Specifically, the bill says that the property owner cannot be held liable for someone’s injuries unless they knew about the hazard and didn’t do anything to fix it. The injured party would most likely have to prove that the property owner knew about the hazard.
While some are in favor because it protects property owners, some are concerned about how it would affect the other party involved in a slip and fall. Some are saying that this harms the victims who sustained injuries and it’s limiting their ability to seek justice.
Because of this, they wouldn’t be able to recover as much for injuries and damages. Medical care is not cheap and often slip and fall injuries are severe. Someone may need initial medical care and then afford treatment in the future. There could also be situations where they don’t have the ability to return to work, which means they’ll be missing paychecks that they may have depended on. Losing a source of income on top of piling medical bills often puts people in difficult financial situations.
Their main recovery option is to file a claim and get the money they need through that.
Senators advanced this bill. However, it is being held so more discussions can be had about it. It’s unclear if the bill as it stands will become a law, but we are keeping a close eye on it and will know how its changes affects the law and how we can proceed to fight for your rights.
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When you’ve been injured, you may not know who to turn to. Insurance companies can be aggressive in hassling you to settle the matter and move on. However, this usually results in an unfavorable settlement where you get less compensation than you’re owed. It’s important to not get intimidated and reach out to trusted legal representatives for help. Corban Gunn, Attorney at Law can help you get a settlement that will give you peace of mind. Give us a call today for a free consultation.