Helping Our Clients Seek The Compensation They Deserve
Suffering an injury in an accident can be devastating. Not only must you deal with recovery for weeks or months, but the at-fault party or their insurance company may also be reluctant to offer you your entitled compensation. If the liable parties are not held responsible for their negligent actions, you may end up having to pay for the expenses and property damage yourself, which can be difficult to do while supporting a family and missing time from work to heal. That is why you must hire an experienced lawyer to fight for you.
At Best and Brock, PLLC, we are ready to protect your rights and best interests throughout the legal process and ensure the at-fault party is held liable for their actions. Our Chattanooga personal injury attorneys can investigate the accident, obtain supporting evidence, negotiate a settlement with the insurer, and/or maximize your entitled award in court. Our legal team has handled cases in both state and federal courts throughout Tennessee for car accidents, truck accidents, and nursing home abuse, so you can trust that our firm knows what it takes to get the best possible outcome in your case.
Tennessee Personal Injury Laws
When you are injured because of another person’s negligent actions, you have the right to file a personal injury lawsuit in civil court to recover compensation for your injury and any other financial losses sustained from the accident. In Tennessee, you have one (1) year from the date of your injury to pursue a legal claim.
To succeed in a personal injury claim in Tennessee, you must show the following elements exist:
- The defendant owed you a duty of care
- The defendant breached their duty of care
- The defendant’s breach of care led to your injuries
- You suffered damages as a result of the defendant’s negligence
Types of Personal Injury Damages in Tennessee
Most personal injury claims involve two main types of damages: economic damages and non-economic damages.
- Economic damages are comprised of objective quantifiable losses such as hospital bills, lost income, and property damage.
- Noneconomic damages include losses that are more subjective, yet still very real, such as pain and suffering, lost quality of life, and emotional distress.
In rare cases, an injured party may be able to pursue a third type of damages known as punitive damages. As the name implies, these damages are meant to punish the at-fault party for particularly egregious acts of negligence.
Tennessee's Modified Comparative Fault Rule
It's one thing when blame for an accident very obviously belongs to one person. However, what happens when liability is less clear, and multiple parties share some percentage of fault? Tennessee has laws in place to deal with such situations.
Tennessee follows a modified comparative fault rule, which means that the amount of compensation a person is able to recover after an accident will be reduced according to his or her percentage of blame. For example, if a driver is found 25 percent to blame for an auto accident and his or her damages total $100,000, he or she can only collect $75,000 (or 75 percent) of the award. However, if the driver is found at least 50 percent at fault, he or she will not be eligible to collect any damages.
What is My Personal Injury Claim Worth?
If you've been injured, one of the first questions on your mind is likely “how much money am I owed,” and for good reason: bills, lost wages, and other costs after an accident can be overwhelming. There is no universal answer to this question, though. Every accident involves a different set of circumstances that will affect the total value of its accompanying injury claim, such as who was liable for the accident, how severe the resulting injuries were, the total value of medical bills and follow-up care, how long the victim was out of work during their recovery, and much more. The only way to get an accurate idea of how much your claim may be worth is to speak with a personal injury lawyer. Injury attorneys have a deep understanding of personal injury law and know exactly how to maximize compensation for their clients. By entrusting your claim to an experienced legal advocate, you can rest assured that your best interests will be protected as he or she takes on the insurance company on your behalf.
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Do not hesitate to let our Chattanooga personal injury lawyers help you recover the compensation and justice you deserve. Each of our clients receives personalized and responsive legal services from start to finish. We are dedicated to helping you make the best possible recovery from injury.
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