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Chhabra & Gibbs Attorneys awarded by the Mississippi Association for Justice

Chhabra & Gibbs Attorneys Awarded

Chhabra & Gibbs Attorneys awarded by the Mississippi Association for Justice were Rogen Chhabra and Ray Gustavis at the 2022 annual trial lawyers conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Association awarded Rogen with the Beyond the Call Trial Lawyer Emeritus award for his dogged passion in working with the organization to pursue justice for all Mississippians in the Mississippi Legislature. Ray was awarded the Legacy of Leadership award and the New Lawyer of the Year Award. Chhabra & Gibbs, P.A. represents people in car wrecks, 18-wheeler crashes, work injuries, offshore injuries, disability claims, and many other injury claims in state, federal, and...

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What to do After a Car Wreck

What to do after a car wreck

Nothing ruins your day (or month, or year) quite like a car wreck. As unfortunate as they are, there are things you can do to protect yourself if you are injured in a car wreck.   Stop and stay as calm as possible Do not drive away from the scene of a wreck, even if you think the accident is minor. Emotions can run high after a wreck; avoid discussions about fault and responsibility with the other driver. Your safety is your Number 1 priority. Make sure you are in a safe location Survey the scene to ensure you are not...

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Ray L. Gustavis, New Firm Partner

Ray L. Gustavis New Partner

Chhabra & Gibbs, P. A. proudly announce Raynetra L. Gustavis as the firm’s newest partner effective January 1, 2022.  Ms. Gustavis started with the firm as an intern while earning her Juris Doctorate at Mississippi College School of Law. After a successful externship with Justice Jim Kitchens of the Mississippi Supreme Court, she joined the firm in 2016 as an associate. During her career, Ms. Gustavis has litigated cases in state and federal courts and before the Mississippi Court of Appeals and Supreme Court. She is licensed in both Mississippi and Louisiana. “Ray is a dynamic talent that effortlessly embraces Chhabra & Gibbs’...

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Will the Insurance Company Pull My Offer If I Get An Attorney?

Offer from the insurance company

Will the insurance company pull the offer they have given you if you hire an attorney? No.  getting an experienced Mississippi Injury lawyer is far more likely to enhance the value of your case.  Our Mississippi personal injury attorneys have heard many times that adjusters will tell people that getting a lawyer will just end up getting the injured victim getting less money.  This is not true.  Experience has proven over and over again that a good lawyer brings bottom line value to your case.  If this were not true, we would go find some other way to actually help...

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What should I do if I Am Hit by an 18-Wheeler?

18-Wheeler Accident

If you drive on the highway in states such as Mississippi, Louisiana, Colorado, Alabama or Tennessee, then you are used to sharing the road with 18-wheelers and log trucks. And if you are like me, every time I am near one, I hold my breath a bit — and for good reason. 18-wheelers cannot respond to traffic as easily nor stop as fast as regular vehicles. If there are poor weather conditions or the 18-wheelers are improperly maintained, disaster can occur. Also, some drivers can be overworked, untrained, sleepy, inattentive, intoxicated, and the list goes on. There are about 500,000 18-wheeler accidents...

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Workers’ Compensation Seminar

Amanda Fritz and Ray Gustavis Seminar

On June 3rd and 4th 2019, Associate Attorneys Amanda Fritz and Ray Gustavis will be conducting a “Workers Compensation A TO Z” seminar with the National Business Institute. Amanda Fritz will be presenting “Workers’ Compensation: Key Concepts and Issues”. She will be discussing state workers compensation laws, the responsibilities of employers and employees, statutes of limitations, and workers compensation fraud during this presentation. Amanda will also be presenting “Navigating Workers’ Compensation Processes, Procedures and Forms”. Ray Gustavis will be presenting “Calculating the Value of a Claim”. Ray will also be presenting “Strategies for Workers’ Compensation Hearings”. She will be discussing the tips...

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Injured At Work and My Fault – Do I Have A Claim?

Fault Injured

I got hurt at work but it was my fault – do I have a claim?   Short answer – Probably, but you should consult with an attorney.   As a general rule, Mississippi’s Workers’ Compensation laws are a “no fault” system, which means that regardless of whose fault an injury is, if you are hurt while in the course and scope of your employment you are entitled to benefits. There are several specific instances that will look at whose “fault” the injury was; for example, horseplay or fighting with a non-coworker about something non-work related, but those instances are few and far between....

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Being A Victim Of A Crime and Civil Claims

Crime Victim

My loved one was a victim of a crime in Mississippi, Do I possibly have a civil claim?   When a loved one is hurt or killed resulting from a crime, suing someone is usually the last thing on your mind. But with the costs of hospital bills, funeral expenses, and the loss of income, support and companionship of someone close to you finding out whether or not you have a legal remedy outside of the criminal justice system can make a world of difference. In the state of Mississippi, if a business owner could reasonably expect for a crime to occur...

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Workers’ Compensation After Car Wreck

wreck

I was Injured in a car wreck on my way home from work, can I receive Workers' Compensation? The short answer: it depends.   Even when another person is responsible for your injuries during a car wreck in Mississippi, if you were “in the course and scope” of your injuries you are entitled to workers’ compensation. As a general rule Employees are not covered by workers’ compensation when going to or coming from work but there are several exceptions to that general rule. For instance, if travel is a part of your job then it is possible you could be covered by workers’...

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Workers’ Compensation & Choosing A Doctor: What Are Your Rights?

rights

One of the most important rights you have as an injured worker in Mississippi is the choice of which doctor will treat you for your on the job injury. Often insurance companies will direct you to physicians who are notorious for being more interested in making money from dealing with Employers and insurance companies instead of physicians focused on making you better.  Many insurance companies will tell injured workers they are required to go to a certain doctor or that you have to “treat within their network.” This is simply not true. Mississippi Workers’ Compensation law allows for you to...

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