Practice Areas

We offer a comprehensive range of legal services, focusing on the following areas:

Products Liability
Wrongful Death
Insurance Disputes
Personal Injury
Premises Liability
Worker's Compensation
Silicosis
Maritime Accidents and Jones Act
Vaginal Mesh


Products Liability

Defective products can cause catastrophic personal injury and even death. Manufacturer's must be held responsible when their product causes harm. At Grenfell, Sledge and Stevens, we regularly represent individuals who are suffering loss resulting from defective products. We have procured numerous multi-million dollar settlements and verdicts for our clients and have handled cases involving:

• dangerous or defective pharmaceutical drugs, such as Fen-Phen, Rezulin, Seroquel, Levaquin, Parlodel, and Duract
• engineering defects in automobiles, UTV's, and All Terrain Vehicles (ATV), including defective tires, acceleration systems, and negligent design
• toxic exposure claims including asbestos and silica sand
• vaginal mesh and breast implants
• defective industrial equipment, including augers, press stamps, and similar industrial machinery
• defective medical equipment, including hip and knee implants

Products liability is an area of the law that has experienced complex evolutions over the years. What remains constant is that manufacturers of defective products exert tremendous efforts to defend these cases. Even though victims of a defective product are subjected to disastrous and often irreversible harm, companies, when considering the financial consequences of a defective product, will mount substantial defenses to avoid liability.

There are three different avenues to pursue a products liability case: negligence, breach of warranty and strict liability. Products liability cases based on a negligence theory look to the reasonableness of the defendant's conduct. Manufacturer's must exercise reasonable care in designing, testing, manufacturing, and inspecting their products. Manufacturers as well as sellers must also exercise reasonable care to warn of consumers of dangerous conditions. When a manufacturer or seller fails to fulfill these duties and a consumer harmed, then they may be subjected to liability under a negligence theory.

Another avenue to pursue a products liability case is under a breach of warranty theory. Under contract law, there are express and implied warranties. Defective products often constitute a breach of one or both of these warranties. When either warranty is breached, the injured party may sue for resulting damages.

The final and often most effective avenue to pursue a products liability claim is under the theory of strict liability. Proving negligence can be very challenging and a claim under a breach of warranty theory is often nullified by a disclaimer. The advantage of strict liability is that it is normally not necessary to prove negligence or breach of warranty. In order to collect damages under strict products liability, the victim must show that: 1) the product is defective; 2) the defect existed prior to the product's release on the market; 3) and that the defect actually caused the victim's injury.

We have also experienced substantial success in wrongful death claims involving defective products. If your family member died as a result of a defective product, we will vigorously pursue that claim as well.

Wrongful Death

If you have lost a loved one as the result of another's negligence, you must be aware that individual, their insurance company, and their employer will spare no expense to defend themselves. Often, they succeed by passing the blame onto the deceased, who is unable to defend himself. It is therefore imperative that you employ an experienced attorney to advocate on your behalf. Our attorneys possess the knowledge, experience, and resources to successfully pursue your claim and hold the party at fault accountable.

Although no amount of money can compensate you for the loss of a loved one, you are entitled to significant reimbursement from the party who negligently caused your loved one's death, including:

• Recovery of loss of earnings of the decedent
• Compensation for your loss of companionship
• Reimbursement for burial and funeral expenses
• Recovery of your present and future financial losses
• Reimbursement for your out of pocket expenses incurred
• Reimbursement for any medical expenses incurred
• Compensation for your pain and suffering

We have successfully pursued and won substantial awards for our clients in the following wrongful death actions:

• Exposure to silica and asbestos
• Cancer caused by toxic substances
• 18-wheeler and commercial truck accidents
• Defective products
• Car accidents
• Exposure to toxic substances which cause mesothelioma or asbestosis
• Nursing home negligence

Insurance Disputes

If you do not have access to competent representation, you are at risk of being taken advantage of by your insurance provider. These companies have substantial legal representation and have considerable financial incentives to deny or undervalue your legitimate claim, especially in catastrophic situations such as fires, hurricanes, tornadoes, and floods. Often, insurance companies will contest or undervalue your valid claim in order to keep premiums low or to maintain their cash reserves. At Grenfell & Stevens , we are prepared to fight on your behalf and have an excellent track record of litigating insurance disputes.

Insurance policies cover a wide range of issues and our attorneys have comprehensive experience and regularly and successfully handle disputes involving:

• Bad faith claims handling, including workers' compensation claims
• Life insurance
• Medical insurance
• Business and homeowner policy disputes over property loss resulting from fires, hurricanes, floods, wind, and other natural causes
• Life insurance disputes

Bad Faith - Insurance companies are required by law to deal fairly and in good faith. An insurance policy is essentially a contract between the insurer and the policy holder and all contracts contain implied terms of good faith and fair dealing. Unfortunately, insurers often act in bad faith, interpreting your policy to avoid their required obligations. Bad faith conduct can involve elements of fraud, neglect, deception, or deliberate misconduct. At Grenfell & Stevens, we have substantial experience pursuing bad faith insurers who have:

• Wrongfully denied claims
• Failed to promptly pay legitimate workers' compensation claims
• Unreasonably delayed payment of benefits
• Unjustifiably cancelled policies
• Failed to keep the policy holders informed of policy changes and significant developments
• Negligently investigated claims
• Refused to fulfill contractual obligations
• Deliberately undervalued legitimate claims
• Unfairly interpreted their policies' language
• Defrauded policy holders

In Mississippi, insurance companies are exposed to significant liability when they act in bad faith. In these cases, insurance providers may be required to pay damages well in excess of the policy limits. Our attorneys are able to determine if bad faith has occurred and, if so, are prepared to vigorously pursue your claim. Please contact us for a free evaluation.

Personal Injury

The attorneys at Grenfell & Stevens have more than 50 years of personal injury litigation experience. We have obtained numerous multi-million dollar personal injury verdicts and settlements and are thoroughly prepared to advocate on your behalf.

Personal injury claims arise when someone is injured due to the negligence of another. Injuries can be either physical or emotional and occur in wide range of circumstances. Our attorneys possess extensive knowledge and experience in personal injury cases involving:

• motor vehicle accidents
• 18-wheeler accidents
• motorcycle accidents
• train accidents
• maritime accidents
• assault and battery
• medical malpractice
- traumatic brain injuries
- hospital negligence
- paralysis
- medication error
- medical misdiagnosis
- failure to diagnose
- birth injuries
- surgical errors
- nursing malpractice
- ER malpractice
- nursing home negligence
• products liability
• slip and fall accidents
• workplace accidents
• premises liability

If you or someone you love has been injured due to the negligence of another, we are equipped to compel the responsible party to compensate you for that injury. Please contact us today for a free consultation.

Worker's Compensation

The Mississippi workers' compensation system was implemented to ensure that employees who are totally or partially disabled at work be compensated for their injuries. If you suffered a workplace injury and have been unable to work for more than five days, you are entitled to paid medical treatment and compensation for lost wages. However, obtaining compensation on your own is a difficult process. It takes years of experience to successfully navigate the system, which demands a working knowledge of the review process. Injured workers handling their own claims will encounter lawyers who represent their employer, complex legal deadlines, a mountain of confusing paperwork, and intricate medical issues.

Our attorneys have years of experience handling workers' compensation claims and are well prepared to help you conquer the system. For over 30 years, we have been working alongside injured employees to protect their employment interests.

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Premises Liability
Premises liability generally arises when a victim's injury was caused by dangerous conditions on another's property. There are a multitude of situations by which premises liability is invoked, including fires, slip and falls, dangerous electrical wiring, insufficient security, animal attacks, swimming pools, and explosions. Premises liability may arise in virtually every type building, provided that the unsafe condition was caused by another's negligence.

Property owners must exercise reasonable care to keep his property safe. Under some circumstances, tenants, property/apartment managers, and contractors must also use reasonable care to avoid unsafe conditions on the property and can be held liable for injuries caused by dangerous conditions that would foresee ably cause injury. While these concepts appear relatively straightforward, it can be difficult to identify who had control of the premises; more than one party can often exercise control over the property. Also, proving a premises liability claim often requires intensive investigation and in-depth knowledge of the legal issues raised in order to prove another's negligence caused the dangerous condition. It can be difficult to prove that the condition would cause a foreseeable injury. Competent and skilled legal representation is therefore required to pursue a premises liability claim and the attorneys at Grenfell & Stevens in Jackson, Mississippi have successfully handled a multitude of unsafe premises claims and are prepared to fight on your behalf. If you have been injured on another's property and believe their carelessness caused your injury, contact us today for a free consultation.


Silicosis

Every year, more than one million U.S. workers are exposed to crystalline silica, which can cause a lung disease known as silicosis. Unfortunately, thousands of these workers die from the disease. Silicosis is a lung disease which results from prolonged exposure to crystalline silica dust. When exposed to silica dust, the lung tissue reacts and develops nodular lesions around the trapped silica particles. Over time, these lesions form scar tissue which ultimately leads to an array of breathing complications. Additionally, those suffering from silicosis have an increased risk of contracting tuberculosis.

If you have been diagnosed with silicosis, you may be able to recoup substantial compensation. Although there is no cure for silicosis, there are numerous treatment options. The attorneys at Grenfell & Stevens have extensive experience litigating silicosis claims and will fight to get you complete compensation, including compensation for the medical treatment that best suits your situation.

If you have worked in the following fields, you were most likely exposed to silica dust and are at risk of contracting silicosis:

• Masonry and other cement related work
• Mining and tunneling
• Stone cutting or crushing
• Sandblasting (including secondary exposure)
• Demolition
• Construction
• Brick cutting
• Pottery and ceramics
• Glass manufacturing
• Railroad construction
• Plumbing
• Painting

Common symptoms of silicosis include:

• Shortness of breath
• Fever
• Discoloration of the lips
• Fatigue
• Loss of appetite
• Chest pain

If you were exposed to silica sand, you should consult your physician immediately and get a chest x-ray. We have a working relationship with one of the finest silicosis diagnosticians in the United States and will have your x-ray evaluated for free.

Maritime Accidents and Jones Act

Maritime workers are often subjected to extremely dangerous working conditions. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health consistently ranks maritime related jobs as the most dangerous in the country.

Injured maritime workers or seamen have specific rights under the Jones Act and other maritime laws. The attorneys at Grenfell & Stevens possess the knowledge and experience to pursue claims involving:

• tankers
• tug boats
• barges
• trawlers
• jack-up rigs
• semi-submersible rigs
• off-shore drilling rigs

If you have been injured at sea, in the Gulf, or on a river, contact us for a free consultation.

Vaginal Mesh

Vaginal mesh is causing life-changing and permanent injuries. Manufacturers of many types of vaginal mesh have sent a clear message: their profit margins are more important than the safety of their consumers. These companies have repeatedly failed to conduct adequate research before releasing their product onto to the market. The tragic result of defective vaginal mesh is that users are often oblivious that they are being harmed until the product has already subjected them to irreversible injuries. If you are using vaginal mesh, it is imperative that you contact your physician immediately. Vaginal mesh can cause the following complications:

• Erosion through vaginal epithelium
• Severe pain
• Surgical mesh infection
• Dyspareunia
• Chronic urinary infection
• Bowel, bladder and blood vessel peroration

Absorbing the negative physical and mental effects of defective vaginal mesh can be overwhelming. What can be even more exasperating is that the manufacturers most often deny responsibility. Several vaginal mesh manufacturers and products have been linked to severe health complications. If you or a loved one have been subjected to the consequences of defective vaginal mesh, contact us for a free consultation.


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