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Attorneys Lead AAJ Mock Trial Team to Victory


Chhabra & Gibbs, P.A. Attorneys, Rogen Chhabra and Amanda Fritz, were recently asked to coach a team of law students for the American Association of Justice mock trial competition. Since Chhabra & Gibbs, P.A. has a passion for giving back to the community and coaching the next generation of experienced trial attorneys, Rogen Chhabra and Amanda Fritz gladly agreed.  The two attorneys, along with attorneys Eric Brown of the MS State Public Defender’s Office, and Jessica Pulliam of the MS Bureau of Narcotics, trained the students to present factual proof, introduce evidence, cross-examine witnesses, and deliver opening statements and closing...

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The Worker’s Compensation Truth

Truth of workers compensation

People are often worried about getting fired if they hire a lawyer (or even if they don’t) after having a work injury – so what’s the truth and what’s myth? First, Mississippi is an at-will employment state.  What that means is that an employer can terminate an employee for almost any reason, unless it deals with age, sex, race, etc.  Unfortunately a person can legally be fired just for the fact that they got injured at work. But when our firm’s employees get hurt on the job, we want them to get good treatment. That’s what good employers should do.  That’s why...

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Workers’ Comp Eligible Under A Contractor?

Hurt on the job contractor

A common question we get from our Workers' Compensation clients is, "Am I eligible for Workers' Compensation if I was injured while working for a contractor or sub-contractor?" The answer is Yes. In Mississippi, if you get hurt on a job site working for a contractor or sub-contractor, in most cases, you are entitled to workers’ compensation.  If the sub-contractor you work for does not have insurance, then the contractor’s insurance is required to kick in.  So don’t be fooled if you are told that workers’ comp does not apply or that there is no insurance available. The law states: § 71-3-7 (6) In...

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Ray Gustavis – Recent Panelist

Ray Panelist

On Saturday, October 28th, Ray Gustavis, Associate Attorney for Chhabra & Gibbs, P.A. attended as a speaker and panelist at the Mississippi Workers’ Center for Human Rights – Injured Workers Summit in Greenville, MS. This is an annual summit for injured workers, friends, and families fighting for workers’ rights to safe jobs. Ray's presentation was an overview of Mississippi Workers' Compensation Law with questions and answers. Ray joined our firm in 2015, and has represented many Workers’ Compensation clients for Mississippi. Ray is admitted to practice before all Mississippi State and Federal Courts, including the Mississippi Supreme Court. Most recently, she...

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Car Fatalities by Phone Distraction Inaccurate


According to a new report from Bloomberg, the data and information that is out there about cell phone use while driving as well as car fatalities from cell phone use is very inaccurate, and that creates a huge problem. The NHTSA (National Highway Transportation Safety Administration) keeps up with all of the vehicle related fatalities that occur each year in the United States. With that information from NHTSA, lawmakers, journalists, and activists focus their energy around it. Bloomberg’s report found that NHTSA’s data is not reporting correctly the cell phone usage causing fatalities. Recent reports by NHTSA show that over the last...

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Jackson Free Press – Best of Jackson

best of jackson

  Best of Jackson - Jackson Free Press   Congratulations to our firm for being a finalists in the Jackson Free Press - Best of Jackson for Best Local Law Firm, Rogen K. Chhabra for being a finalist for Best Local Lawyer, Rogen K. Chhabra, Darryl M. Gibbs, and Amanda G. Fritz being a finalist for Best Plaintiff's Attorney. Also Congratulations to Teresa E. Harvey for winning Best Family Law Attorney. Chhabra & Gibbs, P.A. is founded upon the belief that everyone is entitled to quality representation and access to their attorney. We are dedicated to helping individuals and families harmed by someone...

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Telling the Jury About the Sued Party’s Insurance?


Why don’t lawyers tell the jury whether the person being sued has insurance?   Whether a person or company has insurance is not relevant to whether they are liable or how much the award should be.  We all walk around with bias in some form or fashion.  You may think the refs are always against your favorite team and you probably like your Mom more than other people.  There is nothing wrong with having inherent human bias.  But in a courtroom, the rules are set up to try to take emotion and sympathy away from juries, despite that fact that each member...

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Do I Have to Set Up a Guardianship for Settlement


Do I have to set up a guardianship for settlement of my child's case? Yes.   In Mississippi, an individual is considered a minor until they are 21 years old.  A guardianship is required to be set up when a minor is involved in an accident, is to receive funds due to a parent’s wrongful death, or many other circumstances when a lawsuit is going to be filed or a case is going to be settled and the minor will receive funds. The purpose of the guardianship is to protect the minor’s funds from others until they turn 21 and can decide how they...

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What is a Deposition?


A deposition is an oral statement of a witness taken under oath. Depositions are taken of parties, witnesses and others who may have knowledge about a specific case. Depositions are taken in all types of cases, from car wrecks to workers compensation matters to family law matters.  Depositions help the parties to learn the facts of a case before it goes to trial. Depositions also help the attorneys on both sides evaluate what type of witness a plaintiff, defendant or witness may be at trial.   Plaintiffs in cases such as those listed above are asked a variety of questions, many of...

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How Can a Busy Lawyer Do a Good Job?

lawyer busy

Our office handles Mississippi Workers' compensation claims like a team sport.   The attorneys at Chhabra and Gibbs are all experienced when it comes to pursuing injured workers in Mississippi. We are busy lawyers for two reasons-- 1. We can't stand to see injured workers treated unfairly, and 2. we are good at what we do.  You want your lawyer doing the "lawyering", because that is what they know--- whether that be in the courtroom advocating for injured workers, participating in depositions, or drafting motions and briefs that bring attention to their client's issues.  This means that your attorney is  not...

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