Mississippi Personal Injury Firm

North Mississippi Personal Injury Lawyers

Serving Victims throughout Southaven, Hernando, Olive Branch, Horn Lake & All of Northern Mississippi

Negligent individuals, companies, and third-parties should be held accountable for the injuries they cause, however many people who suffer serious harm delay contacting a lawyer because they do not want to sue or go through lengthy litigation before a judge. Whether your injuries resulted from a car wreck, defective product, neglectful property owner, or medical professional who has failed to uphold a standard of care, you deserve full and fair compensation to help you recover.

Very few personal injury cases actually end up in court and our personal injury lawyers in Southaven and Hernando resolve the majority of cases we handle through settlement agreements. The law firm of Chatham Gilder Howell Pittman PLLC provides experienced representation to anyone seriously hurt in any type of accident. We are aggressive yet compassionate and work diligently to protect your rights and help you get compensation you need.

Call (662) 222-0597 for a free initial case consultation.

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  • $1,950,000.00 Settlement Confidential
    Due to a confidentiality agreement, the name of the case and the parties cannot be identified. The case involved a big truck versus a passenger car accident with clear negligence on behalf of the truck driver who disregarded a traffic control device and crossed a major highway directly in the path of travel of our client. The accident occurred in Marshall County, Mississippi. Our client received severe injuries requiring extensive medical care and rehabilitation. After intense negotiations, case was settled for the maximum allowed under the tort claims act in the State of Mississippi.
  • $1,600,000.00 Personal Injury Judgment Confidential
    Due to a confidentiality agreement, the name of the case and the parties cannot be identified. The case involved a disfiguring injury to a child who was injured when the driver of the vehicle she was riding in side-swiped another vehicle on a major highway in DeSoto County, Mississippi. The lawsuit filed included charges of negligence of the at fault driver as well as allegations of social host liability. After proof of injuries and damages was presented in court the injured girl and her family were awarded a judgment in excess of $1,600,000.00 for pain and suffering as well as for medical bills incurred as a result of the serious injuries sustained.
  • $1,600,000 Settlement Jane Doe et al. v. XYZ Industries, Inc.
    Due to a confidentiality agreement, the name of this case and the parties can not be disclosed. The case involved a woman who worked in a furniture plant in Mississippi who had her legs severely cut by a band saw that was used to cut foam for seat cushions. The case was a products liability case where we sued the manufacturer for making an unsafe product. After filing suit, the Defendant settled for $1,600,000 before the case went to trial. his client also received a maximum workers' compensation settlement of $140,000.
  • $1,450,000.00 Personal Injury Settlement Confidential

    This 2013 case involved a young woman who was rear-ended by another vehicle in DeSoto County, Mississippi. The force of the blow fractured her neck and, unfortunately, she died at the scene of the crash. The at-fault driver had a large liability insurance policy but the defense attorney tried to argue that the deceased’s tail lights were not functioning. Mr. Gilder and Mr. Howell hired a top expert in the field who performed tests on the vehicle and proved that the tail light bulbs were fully functional at the time of the collision. The Defendant’s insurance company paid a settlement in the amount of $1,450,000.00 within about 6 months of the accident.

  • $1,060,000 Settlement Coley v. Carl Newsome, et. al.
    This case involved a car/train collision at a rural railroad crossing in Arkansas. After an investigation by our firm, it was discovered that the railroad crossing was grown up with vegetation and had not been properly maintained.
  • $1,019,000.00 Property and Business Settlement Confidential
    Due to a confidentiality agreement, the name of the case and the parties cannot be identified. The case involved extensive damages sustained by a land and business owner by adjacent land developers who failed to maintain proper erosion control measures. After filing suit and retaining experts, the matter proceeded through litigation and was hard fought before a settlement was obtained for our injured client to compensate for damages sustained.
  • $1,000,000 Settlement Wisdom v. Ruark

    In this case, the plaintiff’s decedent had a box fall off the back of his truck into the roadway at Craft Rd. and Church Rd. He apparently turned his vehicle around to come back and parked in the center median lane just beyond where it becomes a turn lane for the intersection. He had his lights on facing into the oncoming traffic. It was still dark and there was a light rain. He was hit by a vehicle driven by Ruark in the lane near the back end of where his truck was parked. The police department concluded that the pedestrian plaintiff’s decedent was the sole cause in the accident. CGHP opened an estate for the purpose of conducting discovery and POSSIBLY filing a suit. After subpoenas were issued, and the box found on site, we were able to prove that Ruark saw a box in the road and was looking to try to change lanes when he hit Mr. Wisdom. Mr. Wisdom had crossed two lanes picked up the box and was returning to the his truck when he was hit and that although Mr. Wisdom was wearing dark clothes the box had a metal carrying case that would have been visible to an attentive driver. We were also able to locate uninsured motorist coverage on the company vehicle in order to maximize our client’s recovery. The case settled pre-suit for policy limits.

  • $897,000 Recovery Robyn Howard v. Aetna Life Insurance Company , Royal Sonesta, Inc., Sonesta International Hotel Corp., et al
    This case involved some newlyweds who went to New Orleans for their honeymoon. On the second night of the trip, the groom drowned in the hotel pool at the Royal Sonesta Hotel on Bourbon Street. An investigation revealed that the pool was not built according to Louisiana law and the pool lacked safety features which were required by Louisiana law. The case also involved a claim against Charity Hospital in New Orleans which rendered care to the young victim prior to his death. The total amount obtained for this client from all defendants was $897,000.
  • $725,000 DeSoto County Settlement Foster v. Kroger Dedicated Logistics Company and Tullos
    In this case, the plaintiff Mr. Foster was driving in a construction zone on the interstate. A vehicle in front of the Plaintiff slammed on his brakes. Mr. Foster was able to get to a complete stop but the 18 wheeler owned by Kroger behind Mr. Foster and driven by Tullos was unable to stop. Kroger initially denied liability. Suit was filed and this firm was able to establish in discovery several violations by the driver. Mr. Foster suffered an injury to his neck which resulted in a fusion at two levels. CGHP hired experts to establish Mr. Foster’s vocational disability. After formal mediation and shortly before trial the case was settled.
  • $411,600 Verdict Robert Maines and Teresa McElvain v. Robert T. Hill and Wer-Mac Express, Inc., and/or Gwendolyn Nunley and Willie M. Ellis
    This case occurred in Memphis and involved the driver of a truck struck by an 18-wheeler at an intersection. Our client incurred a permanently injured shoulder. After a trial in Federal District Court in Memphis, the jury awarded a verdict in favor of our client for $411,600.00.

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At our firm, you can rest assured knowing that you are being taken care of at every step of the legal process. You will always work directly with an experienced attorney from our firm, not a paralegal. When it comes to your questions, you can rest assured that they will be answered promptly.

A majority of our clients come to us having suffered two injuries: one to their person and the other by the insurance company handling their claim. When you have been mistreated by an insurance company, our lawyers will do everything we can to get you the money you deserve.

At Chatham Gilder Howell Pittman PLLC, we believe that a jury of 12 fellow citizens is the fairest way ever devised to determine what is right and just, but we understand your personal injury case belongs to you. We only file lawsuits after we have exhausted every other avenue of getting fair compensation.

Frequently Asked Personal Injury Questions

Personal Injury Statute Of Limitations

Mississippi’s law Title 15, Ch. 1, Sec. 15-1-49 states that the statute of limitations for personal injury cases is three years. This means injury victims have three years from the date of their injury to file a claim or they will most likely lose their right to pursue compensation.

If you claim is against a government worker or entity you have only 90 days to file a claim. Mississippi does recognize some exceptions to this law, as long as the claimant meets specific requirements. An injury attorney from our firm will be able to let you know if you qualify for an extension to the statute of limitations.

What Damages Can I Recover?

Generally, there are three categories of damages claimants can pursue compensation for in a personal injury claim, economic damages, non-economic damages, and punitive. Economic and non-economic damages are both punitive damages, this means that their main purpose is to compensate the injured party for a specific loss. Together both economic and non-economic damages are meant to compensate the injured party for all losses they suffer. More specially, economic damages, also called special damages, compensate for financial losses associated with suffering an injury such as medical expenses and any missed days at work due to the inability to work.

Non-economic damages, also called general damages, compensate for the more abstract losses associated with an injury such as emotional distress and pain and suffering. Punitive damages, the last type of damages, differs from compensatory damages in that their main purpose is the punish the negligent party instead of compensating the injury victim. As such punitive damages are not often awarded and are usually reserved for cases where the defended knew their actions would cause harm but did them anyway.

Should I Hire an Attorney for My Personal Injury Case?

Unlike insurance companies, Chatham Gilder Howell Pittman PLLC are true advocates on your side, fighting for your best interest at every step. Insurance companies are looking out for their company’s best interest and bottom line, not what you need in order to recover well from your injuries.

On top of that, many people find that their injuries become more severe in the following days or weeks after they sustain them. If you accept a insurance settlement before you know how serious your injuries are, you may find your settlement amount no longer covers all your expenses. Our attorneys can fight to protect your rights and help you recover the compensation you deserve.


There are a lot of people who will tell you what not to do after an accident, but few walk you through the steps you should be taking or explain your rights as clearly as we do at Chatham Gilder Howell Pittman PLLC. That's because our team has 54 years of combined legal experience we will put to work for you as soon as you contact our firm. We will make sure you are given the level of service you expect and deserve, from beginning to end, and that you your questions and concerns are addressed promptly.

  • We Walk You Through The Aftermath Of An Accident
  • Because we focus on personal injury claims, we know the steps you need to take following a crash. We will make sure you are gathering the right information and not doing anything that could jeopardize your claim.
  • We will make sure everything is in order so that you can focus on recovery rather than working with the insurance company or how you are going to pay your bills.
  • We Work With Insurance Companies So You Don't Have To
  • We have decades of experience negotiating with insurance companies to get our clients maximum compensation for their injuries. We understand the subtle nuances of filing a claim, including what not to say to adjusters and how to recognize when an offer isn't fair.
  • We will make sure you are getting the compensation you need to recover fully from your accident injuries, not a lowball offer that doesn't meet your needs.
  • We Make Sure Your Policy Is Honored
  • One of the most frustrating things about dealing with insurance companies is the constant runaround. Insurers happily collect premiums each year, but when it comes time to pay out on a policy, insurers often give excuses for why they cannot pay out maximum compensation or are denying a claim.
  • We will carefully review a policy to make sure the insurer is upholding their end of the agreement. You don't have to fight them alone.
  • We Can Answer Your Difficult Questions
  • Although a majority of the questions victims and their families ask us pertain to the legal nature of their case, one of the most common questions posed to us involves spiritual concerns with filing a lawsuit. While we do not consider our approach to personal injury claims to be Christian in nature, we do use our beliefs and understanding of the scripture to resolve matters peacefully and out of court if possible. We put insurance companies on notice after an accident and work toward resolutions that are best for our clients.

Schedule a free and confidential consultation to speak with a lawyer today regarding your case. Contact our law office, by calling (662) 349-2889. You pay no fees unless we recover compensation for you.


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