Nashville Personal Injury Lawyer
Protect Your Rights. Maximize Compensation After an Injury
Accidents can happen every day. While most accidents do not cause serious injury, there are some cases where a victim is left permanently impaired or disabled. The most severe accidents can result in trauma and significant loss, including fatalities. Contact our experienced Nashville personal injury lawyers for assistance with your personal injury situation.
While Out of Mind, Serious Injuries Can Be Just Around the Corner
Despite advancements in auto safety, over 2.3 million people are seriously injured and 30,000 people are killed on the roadways every year. As a pedestrian or cyclist, your chances of sustaining a serious injury are even higher than in a car. In 2013, there were 66,000 reported pedestrians injured by motorists and 4,735 fatalities. Only a small portion of pedestrian injuries are reported to the police, meaning there are untold more injuries sustained by people out for a walk, jog, or simply crossing the parking lot. Walking is similar to cycling in that they both share a disproportionate number of injuries and fatalities given that 10.8 percent of trips are by foot and just .08 are taken by bike. There are between 400,000 and 500,000 emergency room visits for cycling injuries alone. Whether you are injured in a large truck accident, while walking the dog, in a restaurant with unsafe, slippery flooring, or on the job, you may be able to be compensated for your injuries. When you or someone you love is injured in an accident, you need informed and experienced Nashville personal injury lawyers to protect your rights, give you the healthcare you need, and ensure that you are financially taken care of as best as possible.
At Calhoun Law, PLC in Tennessee, our Nashville personal injury lawyers are committed to protecting your rights and your immediate well-being, as well as your financial future. Even a minor injury could result in significant medical costs, health problems in the future, or lost wages down the road. For example, many people who suffer a serious injury on the job are never able to return to their full health, especially if they don’t get the proper health care they need due to financial constraints. If their injury keeps them from doing the work they once were able to do, they may never be able to recover monetarily as well. As your personal injury lawyer, our priority is to accurately value your case, identify all responsible parties, and effectively pursue the full compensation you deserve so that you can get back to health with ass little worry as possible about your financial well-being.
We all Owe Each Other a Duty to Act With Care
Individuals and corporations owe a duty to act with care. This duty requires us all to act in ways that do not put the lives or well-being of others at risk. As road users, this duty obligates us to follow marked road signs, to not speed or drive under the influence of alcohol, to use turn signals and not drive erratically, and to use proper etiquette and look out for the well being of others. For business owners this duty requires that they keep a safe premises and serve or create safe products. Likewise, manufacturers must produce products that are safe for normal use. If you or someone you love is injured in any of these scenarios or others, the party at fault has breached its duty to act with care. A failure to act with care or disregard for the safety of others is considered negligence. If negligence is the cause of an accident or injuries, victims and their families may be entitled to compensation, which could include payment for medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, property damage, and loss of joy in life. If you or someone you know has been involved in an accident or has suffered an injury, you may have a legal claim for damages for these injuries.
Nashville Personal Injury FAQs
At Calhoun Law, PLC our lawyers advise and represent people in Nashville and surrounding communities such as Gallatin, Clarksville and Murfreesboro, when they have been injured in a car accident or other instance of personal injury. Below are answers to some of the questions our personal injury lawyers get asked most often when they have been injured due to the negligence of another. If you need help in a Nashville personal injury claim, contact our office for a free consultation about how we can help you recover compensation for your injuries from the negligent party.
Q. How does a contingency fee work?
A. When your lawyer works on a contingency fee basis, this means that you are not charged a fee unless and until your lawyer obtains a recovery for you, whether in a settlement, at trial or on appeal. The lawyer’s fee is charged as a percentage of the recovery, so you don’t have to worry that legal fees will ever exceed the amount you receive. Many lawyers working on a contingency fee basis will also advance the costs of the lawsuit, so it doesn’t cost you any money out-of-pocket to pursue your claim for compensation. The contingency fee arrangement allows everybody to have access to high-quality legal representation without regard to their ability to pay and encourages lawyers to obtain the maximum amount of compensation available for their clients.
Q. Another car ran a red light and hit me, but the insurance company denied my claim because they say I wasn’t paying enough attention and should have seen it coming. Can they do that?
A. This situation brings up the question of comparative negligence. When both parties are considered to be partly to blame in causing an accident, an injured plaintiff can only recover compensation if he or she is considered to be less at fault than the other party. If you disagree with the insurance company, it may be necessary to go to court, where a judge or jury will decide whether both parties were negligent and how much of the blame to assign to each party. At Calhoun Law, PLC our lawyers work tirelessly to establish the defendant’s fault while fighting hard to prevent any of the blame being unfairly attached to our client.
Q. How long do I have to file a personal injury claim?
A. All states have statutes of limitations, which put a time limit on how long after an event a civil lawsuit or criminal prosecution can be filed. In most states, the statute of limitations for a personal injury civil action is two or three years, but in Tennessee it is only one year from the date of the injury. While this may seem like plenty of time, it can actually go by very quickly. First of all, it may take many months until you are medically stationary and the full extent of your damages are known. Then, negotiations with the insurance company can drag on while you are busy going through recovery and rehabilitation, trying to get back to work or get your household back in order. It is important to retain an lawyer as soon as possible after an accident to preserve and protect your rights and make sure important deadlines like the statute of limitations are not missed.
Q. What are punitive damages?
A. Most damages are compensatory damages, meant to compensate the plaintiff for economic or noneconomic loss, such as medical expenses, lost wages and pain & suffering. Punitive damages, on the other hand, are awarded for the purpose of punishing the defendant for particularly bad behavior and discouraging other people from engaging in the same type of conduct. Under Tennessee law, punitive damages may be awarded when it can be proved by clear and convincing evidence that the defendant’s conduct was malicious, intentional, fraudulent or reckless.
“Clear and convincing evidence” is a high standard. In a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit, most questions of fact must be proved by a preponderance of the evidence, meaning the jury believes the fact is more likely true than not. The clear and convincing standard requires the jury to believe that there is “no serious or substantial doubt about the correctness of the conclusions drawn.” While punitive damages may be difficult to prove, the lawyers at Calhoun Law, PLC will seek punitive damages in an appropriate case to make an example of the defendant and maximize the compensation for the client.
How Much Is My Claim Worth? How Much Does Legal Action Cost?
After an injury, you may be entitled to recover compensation for medical bills, property damage, lost wages, pain and suffering, or other kinds of loss or injury. The nature of your injuries and the insurance or assets of the negligent party will determine how much you may be entitled to. Oftentimes, the more at stake, financially, the more difficult it becomes to recover the full amount you are owed, which is why it is crucial to hire an experienced Nashville personal injury lawyer. Our firm will handle all upfront expenses to pursue your claim and will not collect any fees unless we are able to successfully pursue your case. When possible, we can advise on how to protect your security and medical future.
You can trust that we will take the time to listen to your concerns, answer your questions, and make sure that you have a clear understanding of your rights and the legal process. We will try to avoid litigation to minimize delays and costs. However, we are always prepared to take your case through trial when necessary, which is where having an experienced, trial-proven lawyer becomes vital to success.
Discuss Your Case With an Experienced Nashville Personal Injury Lawyer First
Before making any statements to an insurance agent or other party, be sure to consult with an experienced lawyer about your case. Our Nashville personal injury lawyers will review your case and evaluate your losses, including medical expenses, property damage, long-term care needs, and pain and suffering. In addition to that, our lawyers will collect evidence to prove negligence on the party at fault and acquire expert testimony when necessary. We will make sure that your case is properly evaluated and ensure that you recover maximum compensation for your injuries.
Call now at 615-645-2015 for a free consultation or contact us by e-mail to speak directly with an experienced Nashville injury lawyer.