Injuries can radically change someone’s quality of life. They can lead to mounting medical bills, lost wages due to the inability to work, and pain and suffering. If someone else’s negligence caused your accident and your injuries, they may be liable for your damages in a personal injury case.
You may feel lost and overwhelmed while trying to get your life back to normal after being injured in an accident. Fortunately, you are not alone. A Columbia personal injury lawyer from The Cochran Firm – Nashville may be able to help you pursue compensation in a personal injury insurance claim or lawsuit.
If you were injured by another party’s negligence, call The Cochran Firm – Nashville today at 615-678-6278. A member of our team is standing by to provide you with a free, no-obligation consultation on your case. If you qualify, we may be able to represent you on a contingency-fee-basis with no up-front payment required.
The Types of Personal Injury Cases We Handle
The Cochran Firm – Nashville handles a wide range of personal injury cases, such as:
- Car and truck accidents
- Premises liability accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Product liability
- Defective drugs
- Wrongful death
These are not the only types of cases we handle. If you believe that another party’s negligence caused your accident, we encourage you to call for a free case review with a member of our team.
For a free legal consultation with a personal injury lawyer serving Columbia, call 615-678-6278
Building a Personal Injury Case
When you work with The Cochran Firm – Nashville, we may be able to build your personal injury case from the ground up. This may include:
Identifying the Liable Party
Sometimes, the responsible party in a personal injury case is obvious. Other times, a case may require an investigation to identify who is liable for the accident. Depending on how your accident was caused, the potentially liable party may be:
- A negligent driver
- A negligent automobile mechanic
- A negligent property owner
- A hospital
- The manufacturer of a defective product
- Another negligent party
Sometimes multiple parties share liability for an accident. A Columbia personal injury lawyer from The Cochran Firm – Nashville may be able to identify the liable party or parties in your case.
Collecting Evidence of Liability
Once you have identified the liable party in your case, you may need to collect evidence to prove your case to an insurance agency or a judge. Some types of evidence that may be used in a personal injury case include, but are not limited to:
- Police reports
- Your medical records
- Photos or videos of the accident scene or your injuries
- Surveillance footage of the accident from street cameras, commercial buildings, or private residences, if available
- Testimony from anyone who witnessed the incident and can attest that the negligent party is responsible for your injuries
- Statements from accident reconstruction or medical experts
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Potentially Recoverable Damages in a Personal Injury Case
If you are able to prove that another party’s negligence caused your accident, you may be eligible to recover compensation for your accident-related damages. In general, the following damages may be recoverable in a personal injury case:
- Medical expenses: such as medical procedures, emergency transportation fees, physical therapy, prescriptions, and more.
- Lost wages: if you were unable to work during your recovery.
- Property damage: for repair or replacement of a damaged vehicle, cell phone, etc.
- Pain and suffering: this is a general term for the physical pain or mental anguish that your injuries may cause.
These are not the only types of damages that may be available in a personal injury case. An alternative set of damages, such as funeral and burial costs, may be available in a wrongful death case.
Working with the Cochran Firm – Nashville on Your Case
You may feel overwhelmed dealing with legal matters while also trying to recover from your injuries. When you work with a Columbia personal injury lawyer from The Cochran Firm – Nashville, we may be able to handle all of the legal work in your case for you. In general, we may be able to:
- Answer your questions and provide you with legal advice
- Communicate with all parties on your behalf
- Record your personal account of the incident
- Collect and organize evidence to strengthen your claim
- File your personal injury insurance claim and/or lawsuit
- Negotiate with the responsible party’s insurance company
- Take your case to trial
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The Deadlines to Sue in Tennessee
According to TN Code §28-3-104, there is a general one-year statute of limitations, or legal time limit, for filing a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit in Tennessee.
For medical malpractice, you generally have one year from the date of the discovery of your injuries to file your lawsuit, per TN Code §29-26-116. However, this statute includes an ultimate deadline that says no medical malpractice lawsuits can be filed more than three years after the medical malpractice occurred. The only exception to this rule is if fraudulent concealment was involved.
No matter what type of lawsuit you are filing, missing the legal deadline that applies to you could mean that your case gets dismissed and that you are unable to recover compensation for your damages.
Call the Cochran Firm – Nashville Today
The Cochran Firm – Nashville believes that you should not have to pay for the injuries another party’s negligence caused you. For a free consultation on your case with a member of our team, call The Cochran Firm – Nashville today at 615-678-6278.
If you qualify, a Columbia personal injury lawyer from The Cochran Firm – Nashville may be able to provide you with representation on a contingency-fee-basis. In this arrangement, you are not obligated to pay us attorney fees unless and until you win your case and recover compensation via a settlement offer or court award.