If someone else’s negligence caused you to sustain a serious injury or extensive property damage, you have the right to seek compensation. The Law Offices of Ogle, Elrod & Baril, PLLC, can help you pursue fair compensation for your damages.
Call us today at 865-546-1111 for a free, no-obligation consultation with a personal injury lawyer in Clinton. Our law firm has helped many personal injury victims throughout Tennessee recover compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, property damage, and other losses after an accident.
We can answer your questions, address your concerns, and discuss filing an insurance claim against the at-fault party—or possibly a personal injury lawsuit—to get the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
What Is a Personal Injury?
A personal injury is a physical injury that you sustained after an accident. A personal injury accident can result in you having to pay unexpected medical bills to treat your injuries while you miss work and lose out on your wages for an extended period. If your accident occurred because of another party’s negligence or carelessness, you can seek compensation for these expenses and losses.
How Do Personal Injuries Occur?
Personal injury accidents can happen in a number of ways. Whenever someone else’s carelessness, recklessness, or negligence causes an accident—and a victim suffers injuries and damages—it could fall under the umbrella of personal injury law.
In our practice, some of the most common personal injury cases we see include:
- Car accidents;
- Bus crashes;
- Truck accidents;
- Motorcycle collisions;
- Accidents with uninsured motorists;
- Rear-end crashes; and
- Brain injuries.
If you believe someone else was at fault for your recent accident, contact us today. We will examine the details of your case and determine if you have a valid personal injury claim. If so, we will collect the evidence we need to prove your right to compensation.
What Do I Need to Prove in a Personal Injury Claim?
It is important to identify the at-fault party, or defendant, and prove their negligence. Since Tennessee is a “fault” state, the party who caused the accident pays for damages resulting from the accident. To establish fault, we must prove four details about your case:
- The defendant owed you a duty to exercise reasonable care;
- They breached the duty of care;
- Their negligent action caused an accident and you suffered injuries; and
- You suffered personal losses in the accident.
How Will a Lawyer Help Me Prove Negligence?
We collect evidence that helps you prove the defendant’s negligence. For instance, if you suffered injuries in a car crash with a negligent driver, we may collect evidence like:
- A police report that identifies the at-fault driver and describes their reckless actions;
- Eyewitness testimony about the accident;
- Photographs of the accident scene;
- Traffic surveillance video; and
- Medical reports showing your injuries and treatment.
If you were in a three-car accident, we might enlist the help of an accident reconstruction specialist who can determine the cause of the accident and the actions of each driver. The evidence we collect will help build a solid insurance claim to file against the at-fault party.
How Do I File a Personal Injury Claim?
Our firm files the paperwork, along with the evidence that we collect, and negotiates the insurance claim. Our lawyers have decades of combined experience negotiating with insurance companies to get compensation for our clients. We know the tactics insurance companies use to delay or deny claims or offer a low settlement amount. We will defend you against any attempt to reduce the value of your claim. We will fight to get you fair compensation for your damages.
What Type of Damages Can I Recover?
Because of the nature and severity of injuries claimants suffer in personal injury cases, you may seek compensation for such damages as the following:
- Your medical expenses;
- Lost wages;
- Loss of earning capacity;
- Assistive medical devices;
- Inpatient rehabilitation;
- In-home health care; and
- Repair or replacement of your vehicle or other personal property.
You may also pursue non-financial damages associated with your injury, such as:
- Pain and suffering;
- Mental anguish;
- Emotional distress;
- Loss of consortium; and
- Permanent disability or disfigurement.
You May Qualify for Punitive Damages.
Tennessee law allows personal injury victims to seek punitive damages. These damages punish the defendant for extreme recklessness, gross negligence, or malicious actions. For instance, a judge might order punitive damages against a drunk driver [In Progress: link to https://www.wreckintoacheck.com/faqs/what-if-the-other-driver-was-drunk-in-a-car-accident/] after a car accident that resulted in severe or fatal injuries.
We will talk with you about whether you can seek punitive damages in your particular case.
Call Us Today for a Free Legal Consultation.
When you call the Law Offices of Ogle, Elrod & Baril, PLLC, today at 865-546-1111, you can schedule a complimentary case evaluation. We work on contingency, so you do not pay us unless we recover compensation in your case.