If someone else’s carelessness caused you to suffer broken bones, a traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injuries, or other personal loss, contact the legal team at the Law Offices of Ogle, Elrod & Baril, PLLC.
We understand how a serious injury can impact your life. With our years of experience, we will stand by your side and help you pursue compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and other losses from your personal injury accident. Call us today at 865-999-0868 to schedule an appointment with our personal injury lawyer in Oak Ridge.
Our Inquiry into Your Personal Injury Case
We will first ask you about the circumstances of your bicycle accident, construction accident, motorcycle accident, dog bite, or another event that caused your personal injury. The facts of your accident help us to determine whether you have a case and the type of damages that you suffered.
Knowing about your monetary and emotional losses also help us to estimate the value of your case. We can then move forward to collecting evidence for your claim that holds the at-fault individual or business entity responsible for your injuries or property damage.
Building a Personal Injury Case
Building a solid case involves collecting evidence that shows how your personal injury happened, who was at fault for causing your personal harm, and the type of damages you suffered as a result.
For instance, if you suffered personal injury from a motorcycle accident, we would collect such evidence as:
- A police report of the crash
- Photographs of the accident scene
- Photographs of your visible, physical injuries
- Eyewitness testimony
- Criminal records the at-fault driver may have
- Video surveillance of the wreck
- Your X-rays, test results, and other medical records showing the extent of your injuries
Investigating a personal injury case may sound simple, but these cases can become complex depending on the number of parties involved, and if those parties—and their insurance companies—deny their negligence in causing your personal injury. We handle these complicated situations for you and do the legwork like getting the police report for your car accident in Tennessee. Just call us 865-546-1111.
Identifying Negligent Parties in Your Personal Injury Claim
The at-fault parties are called “defendants” in a personal injury case. Defendants can be individuals, employees and their employers, and business entities. A hospital that fails to adequately clean equipment frequently used on patients or a semi-truck driver who crashed into your car can be named as defendants in your claim.
However, identifying the parties may get complicated depending on the worker-employer relationship. For instance, some trucking companies deny liability because they claim truck drivers are independent contractors and not employees.
Our team knows how to determine a worker’s legal status with an employer and what it will take to hold the employer responsible for the actions of its employee or the independent contractor hired to do a job.
Working with Subject Matter Experts
Our firm works with subject matter experts who can determine how an injury occurred. For instance, if a healthcare provider caused your damage, we can have a medical expert review your records to testify about:
- Your health condition
- How the standard of medical care was breached
- Your prognosis
If your injury resulted from a vehicle accident, we would have a specialist reconstruct the accident to determine how the wreck occurred and which drivers are to blame for causing the crash.
Proving Negligence in a Personal Injury Claim
It is not enough that we collect evidence to support your claim. We must also prove the at-fault party’s negligence caused your injury. For instance, if a dog owner invited you over, but did not isolate the dog from guests, and you were bitten or attacked by an aggressive dog, and the homeowner did nothing to prevent the attack, the pet owner can be held negligent for your injury.
Our case will show that:
- The pet owner had a duty to exercise reasonable care to prevent you from being harmed.
- The dog owner violated that duty.
- The dog owner’s negligence caused a personal injury.
- You suffered damages from your injury.
Filing a Personal Injury Claim or Lawsuit for Your Damages
We can advise you on the best way to pursue compensation for your injuries or property damages. Our personal injury lawyer in Oak Ridge will discuss the process of filing a claim with the at-fault party’s insurance company.
Our lawyers have decades of experience filing and negotiating claims on behalf of our clients. Our goal is to get you the compensation that you and your family deserve. When an insurance company refuses to cooperate by either offering a low settlement or denying the claim, we may discuss filing a personal injury lawsuit. We only present lawsuits as the last resort of resolving a claim.
Getting Compensated for Your Damages
The amount of compensation you pursue will depend on the type of damages you suffered in your personal injury accident. You may seek damages from the at-fault party for your:
- Medical bills
- Hospital bills
- Home health care
- In-patient rehabilitation
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
You may also pursue emotional damages, also called “non-economic” costs such as:
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Emotional distress
- Permanent disability
Seeking Punitive Damages
Punitive damages are another category of costs personal injury victims can pursue. Unlike compensatory and non-economic damages, punitive damages are awarded to punish defendants for their egregious or reckless behavior that caused an injury. Punitive damages are also designed to deter others from engaging in this behavior.
Let Us Help You with Your Personal Injury Case
Tennessee’s Statute of Limitation gives you only one year from the date of your personal injury to file an insurance claim or a lawsuit. So, contact the Law Offices of Ogle, Elrod & Baril, PLLC today at 865-546-1111 for a free legal consultation.
We work on a contingency basis which means you do not pay for our legal services unless we recover compensation in your case.