What do I need to know before hiring a personal injury attorney in Tennessee?
If you suffered an injury in a Tennessee car wreck, you may be eligible for compensation for expenses and other damages. If your collision happened through no fault of your own, a personal injury attorney can help you through the complicated process of filing an insurance claim or lawsuit to help you recover the payment you deserve.
In the aftermath of a car accident injury in the Knoxville area, you will probably have a lot of questions, such as:
- What should I do first?
- Is my case strong enough to sue the party responsible for my injury?
- Do I need a lawyer or can I file a claim or lawsuit on my own?
- What will a lawyer do for me?
- If I get a settlement offer right away, do I still need a lawyer?
- What is my case worth?
- Can I afford a lawyer?
A personal injury attorney can help you answer all of these questions and more. After you have sought medical attention for your injury, call a lawyer near you. Most law firms offer free case evaluations so you can discuss the details of your accident and go over the next steps in the process.
Do not let somebody else’s negligence prevent you from enjoying your life. Hiring an experienced lawyer with the Law Offices of Ogle, Elrod & Baril, PLLC, is a step toward correcting the injustice that has harmed you. Call 865-546-1111 today to schedule a free claim evaluation with one of our personal injury attorneys.
What does a personal injury attorney do?
Your attorney acts as your representative through the entire legal process. They work to protect your legal rights while filing a claim with an auto insurance company, building a case for a lawsuit, and negotiating the largest settlement possible to compensate you for the damage you have suffered. Our lawyers know how to work your case through the legal system to get you compensated quickly for your injuries.
Every personal injury case is different, but most will involve some of the same steps. An injury attorney will have experience in the following areas.
Injury law in Tennessee operates under a comparative fault system, which means the damages a defendant must pay to a plaintiff correspond to their share of the fault in the car accident. To minimize costs, the at-fault party’s insurer or attorney may argue that the accident was your fault or that the defendant was less responsible than he or she actually was. We can gather evidence and testimony that will make sure a court hears the truth and will hold the insurer accountable for the defendant’s actions.
There are several different kinds of damages you might be able to claim after a crash. Each of them requires different documentation and evidence. We will find all applicable evidence and present it to the insurance company to support your claim.
Getting Your Settlement
To avoid compensating you fairly, the defendant’s insurer might offer you a settlement immediately. These initials offers are usually much lower than the actual value of your damages. Under no circumstances should you accept an offer before contacting us. We know how to fight on behalf of our clients to get them even more compensation than they may have expected.
How much is my case worth?
This will depend on the circumstances of your car accident. It is possible that you qualify to receive damages beyond the simple expenses associated with your medical treatment and recovery. We will fight to get you every dollar you deserve in some or all of the following categories.
We will gather the bills and related medical documents that prove how much your treatment and recovery has cost. We can also consult with medical professionals for an estimate on how much your injuries will cost to treat in the future.
You could lose days, weeks, or months of pay if you are off the job because of an injury. We can help document the money you are losing based on your work history and the benefits and promotions you missed out on.
Pain and Suffering
This is a less straightforward calculation, but it is just as important. If your injury causes long-lasting emotional trauma or permanent impairment, we can find persuasive witnesses who will attest to the diminished quality of life you are experiencing. We can win you compensation for your pain and suffering.
In cases that are extremely egregious, you may be able to collect punitive damages. Courts award these to punish the defendant.
Do I have to pay a law firm to take my case?
You might think that hiring a personal injury attorney costs too much. However, our attorneys work on contingency, which means we do not collect a penny until we win your case. We do this because we take injury law very seriously. We believe every victim has a right to skilled and professional legal representation. You should never have to face the legal system—or deep-pocketed insurance companies—on your own.
A contingency agreement means a law firm gets a percentage of a settlement. Since payment depends on winning the case, it provides an incentive for an attorney to work aggressively to get you the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
What can the Law Offices of Ogle, Elrod & Baril, PLLC, do for me?
We specialize in a wide variety of personal injury litigation, including:
- Car accidents;
- Truck accidents;
- Spinal cord injuries;
- Brain injuries; and
- Injuries from defective drugsand medical devices.
Our initial consultation is free, so you can decide if you need to hire an attorney for your case. During this consultation, we can review the details of your case and offer our informed opinion about your best legal options for recovering compensation.
We have years of experience helping victims collect damages from the people or companies responsible for disrupting their lives. We work with injury victims in Knoxville and throughout the state. Call 865-546-1111 to get the compensation you deserve.