Count On Our Middle Tennessee Personal Injury Lawyers To Fight Tirelessly For You
People suffer injuries every day, but when they occur due to another’s negligent actions, it might require civil action. Based in Middle Tennessee, our personal injury and accident lawyers at Miller Injury Firm can help you if you have suffered serious injuries due to another person’s careless or reckless actions. We have offices in Nashville, Lebanon, Brentwood and Murfreesboro.
We provide clients with aggressive legal representation to help them recover the compensation they are entitled to under the law. We also help businesses harmed by the actions of others. We have a proven track record of success in personal injury litigation, and our attorneys have recovered millions of dollars on behalf of our clients involved in personal injury lawsuits.
Many different types of accidents can cause personal injury, including car accidents, motorcycle accidents, slip-and-fall accidents, wrongful death, truck accidents, sexual assault and more. If you have been injured in an accident, our experienced personal injury lawyers could help you recover full and fair compensation for your damages. We will aggressively advocate for your rights, and we will not rest until you receive the justice and compensation you deserve. With over 35 years of combined experience, you can count on our personal injury legal team.
Common Types Of Personal Injury Claims
A personal injury is any physical or psychological harm caused by another person’s negligent or intentional actions. Many factors could contribute to personal injuries, but some of the most common include:
- Car accidents
- Product liability
- Sexual assaults in colleges and the workplace
- Medical malpractice
- Premises liability
- Attorney malpractice
- Wrongful death
No matter how your injury occurred, if another person or entity is at fault, you might be owed compensation. To recover damages, you will need to prove that the other party owed you a duty of care, breached that duty and that their breach was the direct cause of your injuries. Other times you may only need to show the wrongdoing was intentional and you suffered injuries. Either way, our personal injury lawyers in Tennessee can help hold the negligent party responsible and stand up to insurance companies.
What Are The Legal Requirements For Personal Injury Claims In Tennessee?
To recover personal injury damages in a Tennessee civil claim, you will need to prove that the defendant’s actions were the direct cause of your injuries. Additionally, you might need to prove that the defendant (the negligent party) had a duty to use reasonable care to avoid harming others and that this duty was breached. For example, all drivers must operate their vehicles safely and not put other motorists at risk of an accident. If another driver fails to uphold this duty and causes you harm in a car wreck, they could be held liable for your resulting injuries in a personal injury lawsuit.
You will only have a limited time following your accident in which you can file a personal injury claim. In Tennessee, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims is one year from the date of the accident, so it is important to take action quickly.
Proving Negligence In Personal Injury Lawsuits
After establishing the defendant owed you a duty of care, you will need to show they breached this duty by acting negligently or intentionally causing you harm. Negligence occurs when a person fails to act with the level of care that a reasonable person would under similar circumstances. For example, if a driver runs a red light and collides with your car, he or she could be considered negligent because a reasonable person would know not to run a red light. Conversely, if a driver intentionally hits you with his or her car, this would be considered an intentional act.
Proving causation can sometimes be the most difficult element of a personal injury lawsuit to establish. You will need to show that the defendant’s breach of duty was the direct cause of your injuries and that you would not have been injured but for their actions. For example, if you were involved in a car accident and suffered serious injuries, you will need to show that the other driver’s negligence was the direct cause of your injuries. This could be done by presenting evidence such as the police report, witness testimony, or expert opinion.
What Types Of Compensation Can You Receive In A Personal Injury Claim?
If you are successful in proving another party’s liability for your injuries, you might be able to recover both economic and noneconomic damage, according to Tenn. Code Ann. §29-39-101. First, you could claim economic damages for financial losses such as medical bills and lost income. The second type of damages is called noneconomic damages and aims to compensate you for intangible losses like pain and suffering.
An additional form of compensation may be available in personal injury claims in rare cases. Under Tenn. Code Ann. §29-39-104, you could be entitled to punitive damages if the person who caused the injury acted fraudulently, intentionally, maliciously or recklessly. Punitive damages are not intended to compensate you for your losses but instead are meant to punish the wrongdoer and deter others from taking similar actions in the future.
The amount of damages you are awarded in a personal injury lawsuit will depend on the severity of your injuries and the impact they have had on your life. Seeking all the possible damages for a personal injury claim is not something to attempt alone as the requirements to prove a damage claim may be stringent. Our knowledgeable local personal injury attorneys could help you successfully put together an effective claim to damages.
Going through the trial can be expensive and time-consuming. While it does have its benefits, including the chance of a higher damage award, many people choose not to go to trial and instead work to reach an agreement with the defendant outside of court.
Tenn. Code Ann. §29-34-101 allows for the settlement of civil claims, so long as you give your explicit written consent. There are also certain protections that exist for settlement negotiations, like the ability contained in Tenn. Code Ann. §29-34-102 to cancel a settlement if it is based upon mistake or fraud. If the personal injury case involves a minor, a settlement award may require court approval, as explained in Tenn. Code Ann. §29-34-105.
In Middle Tennessee, our qualified personal injury attorneys could ensure a fair settlement for you after you have suffered harm. However, if you and the defendant are unable to reach a settlement agreement, we may recommend taking the case to court and have the grit and determination necessary to successfully represent you in court.
How Much Does A Personal Injury Attorney Cost?
At Miller Injury Firm, we offer contingency fee representation, which means you don’t pay anything out-of-pocket for our services. We are paid a percentage of your financial recovery. If we don’t succeed, you don’t pay.
Call Our Tennessee Personal Injury Attorneys Today For A Free Initial Consultation
If you have been injured in an accident caused by another person’s negligence or intentional act, you might be entitled to personal injury damages. The experienced personal injury lawyers at Miller Injury Firm help accident victims in Murfreesboro, Lebanon, Nashville, Brentwood and throughout Tennessee get the compensation they deserve. If you have been injured in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence or intentional act, we can help you get the compensation you deserve. Our personal injury practice areas include car accidents, slip-and-falls, motorcycle accidents, truck accidents, medical malpractice, wrongful death and more.
No matter how your accident happened, we can help you hold the responsible party accountable. We have experience with all types of personal injury claims and will fight for the most favorable outcome in your case. Call us today at 615-922-5693 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation with one of our Middle Tennessee personal injury attorneys. We are here to help you get the justice and compensation you deserve.