Personal Injury Lawyers in Nashville, Tennessee
Below are some common questions about personal injury cases in Tennessee. Our Nashville personal injury lawyers provide answers to these questions here for your convenience. We also encourage you to contact our law firm to schedule a free consultation with one of our injury lawyers to obtain more information and get answers to all your questions about personal injury claims.
Question: What Should I Do If I am Injured?
If you are injured, you need to take steps to protect your health and your right to recover compensation for your injuries, losses, and damages. Some steps you can take following an injury that can help protect your legal rights include:
- Call 911 to report a car accident. If you are injured on another party’s property, report the accident to the property owner immediately. Having an official record of the accident that resulted in your injury is crucial for filing insurance claims and injury claims.
- Take pictures of the accident scene, if possible. Pictures and videos can be very useful when proving fault and liability for an injury.
- See a doctor right away. It is typically best not to refuse medical treatment at the accident scene. An insurance adjuster or savvy defense attorney may claim that your refusal of medical care was an admission that you were not injured in the accident. Also, a delay in medical treatment is often used to allege you were not injured in the accident. You must document your physical injuries as soon as possible to protect yourself and your legal rights.
- Document your injuries and losses. Take photos of your injuries; keep copies of bills and receipts; document your loss of income; and, make notes about your daily pain level and how your injuries impact your daily life.
- Don’t talk to an insurance adjuster, provide statements to the insurance company, sign any documents, or accept a settlement offer until you speak with a Nashville personal injury lawyer. The insurance company does not have your best interest at heart. You need an attorney who has experience handling injury claims to review your case and provide guidance regarding your legal rights and the value of your claim.
Question: Can I Handle My Injury Claim Myself?
There is not a law that prevents you from handling your injury claim. However, the insurance company for the other party has numerous professionals working for it that protect its best interest. These individuals have special training and skills that they use to protect the insurance company from liability. You deserve to have a legal team on your side to protect you.
A Broward County personal injury attorney understands several key factors that can significantly impact your chances of recovering full compensation for your accident claim including:
- How to investigate an accident to determine who is at fault.
- The legal factors required to prove fault and liability.
- How to work with various experts to build a strong personal injury claim.
- The need to carefully document damages.
- The types of damages that you may include in a personal injury claim.
- How to calculate the value of an injury claim, including maximizing the compensation for pain and suffering damages.
- The laws and rules applicable to injury claims filed in Tennessee.
An attorney has the resources, experience, and skills necessary to handle complex legal issues related to personal injury claims.
Question: How Much Does It Cost to Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer?
Most personal injury lawyers in Tennessee accept accident cases on a contingency fee basis. With a contingency fee, you are not required to pay any upfront attorney’s fees when you hire a law firm. The attorney’s fees are deducted from the amount recovered for your claim. Because our office offers free consultations for accident victims, it does not cost you anything to meet with an attorney to learn more about how we can help you with your accident claim.
Question: What Happens if I Cannot Afford Medical Care for My Injuries?
Accident victims who have health insurance coverage can usually use that coverage to pay for medical treatment after an accident. The health insurance company is reimbursed for payments from the settlement proceeds once the claim is resolved.
Hospitals must provide treatment in emergencies, regardless of insurance coverage. If you do not have health insurance or funds to cover doctor’s bills and other medical treatments after being released from the hospital, your medical providers might accept a letter from your personal injury lawyer promising to pay any outstanding medical bills once you receive compensation for your injury claim. If so, you can receive the treatment you need, and your doctors will be paid from any money you receive as a settlement.
Question: Can I Use Social Media to Keep My Friends Updated on My Condition After an Accident?
You can, but you should not. Insurance companies and defense attorneys may gain access to your social media accounts. The information you post could be used against you later in your case. Even innocent posts can be twisted so that jurors misconstrue the meaning of the post. It is best to avoid using social media accounts for any reason until your claim is settled.
Question: Can I Still Receive Money for an Injury Claim If I Am Partially at Fault for the Accident?
Yes, you may still receive compensation for an accident that is partially your fault. Under the comparative fault laws in Tennessee, the compensation paid to an accident victim can be reduced by the percentage of fault assigned to the victim for causing the accident. Therefore, you could have some responsibility for causing the accident and still receive money for a portion of your damages. Insurance companies often use comparative fault laws against accident victims. For that reason, it is always best to consult a Nashville personal injury lawyer before you talk to an insurance company about the accident.
Question: How Much is My Injury Claim Worth?
The value of your injury claim depends on several factors including:
- The type of injury;
- The severity of the injury;
- Whether you sustained permanent impairments;
- The amount of your financial damages, including loss of income and medical expenses;
- Whether you were partially to blame for causing the accident;
- The type and amount of insurance coverage; and,
- Applicable laws related to your injury claim.
To discuss the value of your injury claim in detail, call our office for a free consultation with an attorney.
Contact Our Personal Injury Law Office in Nashville for a Free Case Review
Brummett Injury Lawyers in Nashville, Tennessee works with clients in Davidson County and throughout the area who have been injured because of the negligence or wrongdoing of another party. Contact our office today to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced Nashville personal injury lawyers.