Personal Injury Law In Tennessee
Personal injuries can occur anytime and anywhere – at work, at home, in a public place. If you have suffered physical or emotional harm because of another person’s or company’s negligent or reckless acts, or failure to act, you can file a claim against the party or parties at fault. A personal injury attorney with Tennessee Accident Law can assist you in filing your claim and help you recover the monetary damages you may be entitled to, including pain and suffering, lost wages and payment of reasonable medical expenses (both present and future). Contact us today for a free consultation.
If your claim cannot be settled, you must prove in court that you have been injured by another party’s acts to win a personal injury claim.
Personal injury victims are called plaintiffs. Parties accused of causing harm are called defendants. A tort is a legal wrong for which the law allows money damages as a remedy.
There are several different types of tort claims for which a lawsuit can be filed, including:
- Negligence is the legal term for someone who fails to take reasonable precautions to prevent personal injury or damage to property. For someone to be legally negligent, they must have had a duty of care towards the person who was injured or towards the property that was damaged. The duty of care is the legal obligation to take measures to avoid foreseeable harm. A duty of care can be imposed by law, or it can arise from a contractual relationship. For example, a doctor has a duty of care toward his or her patients, and a ski resort has a duty of care toward its guests. If a person breaches their duty of care and someone is injured as a result, the person who was injured may be able to recover damages from the negligent party. To recover damages, the injured party must prove that the negligence was the cause of the injury and that the injury resulted in damages such as pain and suffering, lost wages, or medical expenses. If you have been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, you should contact a personal injury attorney to discuss your legal rights and options.
- In personal injury cases, absolute liability, also referred to as strict liability, means that a defendant is liable for damages even if the defendant was not negligent or at fault. Absolute liability typically exists for persons or companies who control activities or produce products that carry an inherently great risk of causing personal injury, such as, for example, explosives manufacturing, ownership of dangerous animals, or operation of a skydiving business. Also, employers generally are strictly liable for personal injuries sustained by their employees while working, regardless of the inherent risk associated with the type of work performed. As a result, if you have been injured in an accident involving a product or activity that is subject to absolute liability, you may be able to recover damages from the person or company responsible, even if the person or company did not do anything wrong.
- Intentional torts are intentional acts that result in personal injury or property damage. Examples of intentional torts include assault, battery, trespass, false imprisonment, fraud, and libel. If you have been the victim of an intentional tort, you may be able to bring a civil lawsuit to recover damages. In a civil lawsuit, you will need to prove that the defendant acted intentionally and that you suffered harm as a result of their actions. If you are successful, you may be awarded compensatory damages, which are designed to compensate you for your losses. You may also be able to recover punitive damages, which are designed to punish the defendant and deter future misconduct. If you have been the victim of an intentional tort, you should speak with an experienced personal injury attorney to learn more about your legal options.
There are several types of personal injuries for which damages may be awarded:
When most people think of personal injury, they think of physical injuries like broken bones or loss of limb. However, personal injury can also include emotional harm. Emotional personal injuries can be just as debilitating as physical ones, and in some cases even more so. Examples of emotional personal injury include mental anguish, loss of love and affection, emotional trauma, and loss of enjoyment. If you have suffered any of these types of injuries, you may be entitled to damages. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you understand your rights and options under the law.
Why do you need a personal injury lawyer?
Personal injury is a complex area of the law, and you must seek guidance from a competent attorney. Also, personal injury claims are subject to a statute of limitations, which means that a victim has a limited period during which he or she may file a lawsuit. You must consult an attorney at the earliest possible date if you believe you may have a valid claim so that you can protect your legal rights. Tennessee Accident Law does not charge any fee for consultations of this sort.
If you or a friend or family member has been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, we would be happy to review and evaluate your case. We do not charge any fee for consultations of this sort.