This morning I'm up in Clarke County, MS on a criminal defense case. One of the most pleasant courtroom experiences I've ever had. Everyone from Judge, Prosecutor, Court Clerks and Police Officer were extremely nice and wonderful to work with. There are many ways you can keep a drug related charge from affecting your career path, drivers license or criminal record but your first step is hiring a criminal defense lawyer to fight for you.
Jonathan Franco brings a long list of accomplishments to the firm. He has successfully tried personal injury and insurance dispute cases to jury verdict in both state and federal courts in Mississippi and has received favorable judgments in complex, high asset divorce trials. Jonathan has a passion for his work that is palpable, he is an aggressive trial attorney and is a skilled litigator in front of Mississippi juries.
He is very active in the community and currently serves as the president elect of the Ocean Springs Rotary Club and is involved in the Mississippi Association for Justice (MAJ), where he serves on the Board of Governors representing the Jackson County Circuit Court Division and is treasurer of the New Lawyers Division.
Jonathan will be focusing on litigating personal injury, workers' compensation and high asset divorce cases for the firm.
"A Wisconsin appeals court ruled Wednesday that the state’s $750,000 cap on medical malpractice damages is unconstitutional because it imposes an unequal disadvantage for catastrophically injured patients." http://www.courthousenews.com/wisconsin-court-tosses-cap-medical-malpractice-damages/
We've been fighting similar battles in Mississippi for years, although the Mississippi Supreme Court has not ruled on the constitutionality of these caps, some of which are listed below.
1. Medical malpractice claims against private medical providers have a non-economic damages cap of $500,000. Miss. Code Ann. § 11-1-60.
2. Claims against governmental entities, including hospitals and medical providers considered political subdivisions of the state, have a $500,000 cap on all damages (economic and noneconomic). Miss Code Ann. § 11-46-15.
3. Mississippi also has a cap on all other tort claims of $1,000,000.00 for non-economic damages. There is no cap in these claims for economic damages. Miss. Code Ann. § 11-1-60.
You may have seen Stopher Haug on WLOX news talking about the event and if you show up on Saturday, you'll be able to catch Todd Farrar dressed as one of the explorers, Sieur Laurens de Graaf. The staff at Haug & Farrar have been busy behind the scenes making sure things run smoothly at this weekend's events so a big shout out to Robyn, Debbie, Erin & Heather!
Here are some links to more information about our reenactment of explorers landing in Ocean Springs, MS circa 1699. Come out and enjoy the festivities.
We are filing another lawsuit in car wreck case today. Defendant took a left turn in a right turn only lane while using their cell phone. Our client was severely injured and the auto insurance company for Defendant won't adequately compensate our client for his damages. Sadly enough we don't have direct action in Mississippi. This means that the jury will not be allowed to know that the Defendant is insured. Also, the jury will not know how much insurance coverage the Defendant has or that the insurance company wouldn't even offer to reimburse our client for his medical expenses.
Wearing my criminal defense lawyer cap this morning. Historically, criminal defense Courtrooms are the battleground for American's Constitutional rights.
Congratulations to Stopher Haug for being nominated and elected to serve the Ocean Springs Yacht Club as the Commodore for 2017. Stopher has served as a board member or officer of the Yacht Club since 2012.
The Club will be hosting a Change of Watch ceremony at 100 Front Beach in Ocean Springs on January 6 beginning at 5:00 as outgoing Commodore Ron Haaf formally transfers the mantle of Commodore to Stopher. Members and guests are welcome to attend.
2016 was the law firm's most successful year and we're looking forward to even bigger and better things in 2017! This week also marks one (1) year that we have been practicing law at our current location, 528 Jackson Avenue, Ocean Springs, MS.
The MS Supreme Court on December 15th announced the adoption of a new set of MS Rules of Criminal Procedure, which will apply to all Justice, Municipal, County and Circuit Courts. The new rules go into effect July 1, 2017. Here's a link to the rules: https://courts.ms.gov/rules/msrulesofcourt/2017-Final%20Version%20of%20Rules%20-%20Clean%20Copy%20121316.pdf
The lawyers at Haug & Farrar win jury verdict in Jackson County, MS eminent domain case for The Shed
Congratulations to The Shed, Stopher Haug & the entire legal team at Haug & Farrar for a hard fought trial and favorable jury verdict in a Jackson County, MS eminent domain case. The government can take your land but they must pay fair value for it. If not, we may need to take them to trial to get it. Eminent domain lawyers can make sure you are getting what your land is truly worth.
Haug & Farrar
Ocean Springs lawyers focused on personal injury & car wreck representation, business & corporate litigation, DUI & criminal defense, divorce & child custody, estate planning and severe injuries from car, truck, plane or train accidents.