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Does My Accident Qualify for a Personal Injury Claim in Tennessee?


Accidents can happen to anyone, even the most careful and attentive people. If you were injured in an accident, you might wonder whether you are entitled to any compensation through a personal injury claim in Tennessee.

Following the accident, you should focus on medical treatment and getting back on your feet as soon as possible. As all the medical bills begin to pile up, you may want to consider filing a personal injury claim to seek compensation for the expenses and damages.

However, not all injuries and accidents qualify for a personal injury claim in Tennessee. Contact our Nashville personal injury lawyer at Calhoun Law, PLC, to evaluate your case and determine whether you are entitled to receive compensation for your injuries.

What accidents may qualify for personal injury compensation

The cause of your injury and the type of accident will be two critical factors in determining whether you are eligible for compensation. For example, if you were responsible for causing a car crash, your auto insurance policy might cover some of your expenses. However, you would not be able to pursue compensation through a personal injury claim or lawsuit against the other party.

However, if your accident was the result of someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to financial compensation through insurance coverage and legal action. Accidents that may qualify for a personal injury claim include but are not limited to:

  • Car wreck
  • Truck accident
  • Motorcycle crash
  • Pedestrian accident
  • Bicycle collision
  • Slip and fall accident
  • Premises liability accident

What do you need to prove to recover damages?

Under Tennessee law, you must prove that the other party involved in your accident was negligent. In order to hold them liable for your damages and losses, you must establish four elements of negligence:

  1. The party owed you a duty of care
  2. They breached the duty of care
  3. The breach resulted in injuries
  4. You suffered losses because of the breach

It is vital to seek legal counsel from a skilled personal injury lawyer to prove that the other party’s actions amounted to negligence.

Seeking damages for your personal injury

One of the requirements to seek compensation for a personal injury is to prove that you suffered damages and losses because of the other party’s negligence. Some of the damages that can be recovered through a personal injury claim in Tennessee include:

  • Medical bills
  • Loss of income (past and future lost earnings)
  • The cost of rehabilitation and therapy
  • Diminished earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish

When it comes to recovering damages, it is vital to determine the value of your claim with the help of a personal injury lawyer. Unfortunately, many injured people end up without any compensation simply because they do not know their legal rights or that their accident qualifies for a personal injury claim.

Schedule a case review with our attorney Calhoun Law, PLC, to determine whether you can seek compensation for your personal injury. Call 615-375-4773 to receive a consultation.

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