After a personal injury, it is easy to feel as if the rug has been swept out from under you. Instead of trying to seek justice and compensatory damages on your own, call The Cochran Firm – Nashville at 615-678-6278. When you call our firm, a member of our team may be able to discuss your accident, your legal options, and what steps may come next in your case. Initial consultations are free.
The Cochran Firm – Nashville handles personal injury cases in Gallatin, Tennessee. If you qualify, a Gallatin personal injury lawyer from our firm may be able to represent you and coordinate all aspects of your case, from filing an insurance claim to taking your case to trial, if necessary.
Personal Injuries Can Happen in a Variety of Settings
Only certain types of injuries may make you eligible for compensatory damages. Put simply, if your injury was caused by another person’s negligent or reckless behavior, you may be able to file a lawsuit against them.
A partial list of common personal injury accidents and their potential causes is included below.
- Motor vehicle accidents (distracted, drunk, or drowsy drivers)
- Defective drugs (side effects the drug manufacturer did not warn about)
- Other defective products (faulty auto parts, toxic substances, etc.)
- Medical error or malpractice (misdiagnosis, incorrect or unnecessary treatment)
- Police misconduct (improper use of force)
- Slip and fall accidents (broken stairs or sidewalks, wet floors)
If your accident matches any of the above descriptions, or if you still have questions about whether or not your accident may entitle you to damages, contact The Cochran Firm – Nashville at 615-678-6278. A member of our team is waiting to discuss your unique situation in a free, no-obligation case review.
For a free legal consultation with a personal injury lawyer serving Gallatin, call 615-678-6278
Understanding Compensation in a Personal Injury Case
Before you begin any lawsuit, you must check the statute of limitations. This law only gives you so much time to file a suit.
The statute of limitations depends on who you are suing and why. For instance, in most cases, you generally have one year from the date of the accident to file your personal injury lawsuit, per Tennessee Code §28-3-104. With medical malpractice lawsuits, you generally have one year from the date that you discover your injuries, but not more than three years from the date your injuries occurred to file your lawsuit, per Tennessee Code §29-26-116.
Once you have made sure that the statute of limitations has not expired, you may begin the work of itemizing and assigning value to each of your damages.
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There Are Two Types of Damages to Consider
Personal injuries can affect you in many different ways. If you are financially worse off than before the accident, you might be eligible to recover economic damages such as:
- Medical costs: everything from hospital visits and surgery to prescription medicine and physical therapy
- Loss of wages and/or benefits: if your income took a hit when you had to stay home to let your injuries heal
- Loss of employment: if you can no longer perform your old job duties, or you can no longer earn the same amount as you did before the accident
If you are physically and/or emotionally worse off than before the accident, you may be eligible to recover noneconomic damages such as:
- Disfigurement: if your accident left you with permanent scarring
- Disability: if your injuries have negatively affected your physical and/or intellectual abilities
- Pain and suffering: if you experienced physical pain or agony from your injuries
Fighting for Compensation
No matter how much you may deserve compensation, obtaining it may be a challenge. The liable party’s insurance company may insist on seeing hard evidence to support your request for compensation. They may also try to weaken your case and reduce the amount they have to pay you.
A Gallatin personal injury lawyer from The Cochran Firm – Nashville may be able to help you defend your rights by taking the following steps:
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Investigating Your Accident
We may be able to strengthen your case as much as possible by conducting a thorough investigation. By gathering evidence from diverse sources (e.g., medical records, police records, and witness testimony), we may be able to find out who you can sue and how much you may be able to recover.
Our investigation may also involve speaking with you about your experiences and helping you calculate how much compensation you should ask for.
Filing Your Case
Insurance claims and lawsuits often involve a lot of paperwork. We may be able to fill out all paperwork in your case and ensure that everything is submitted properly.
Negotiating for a Settlement
After filing your insurance claim, your lawyer may be able to sit down with the insurance company and negotiate for compensation on your behalf.
Settling Your Case or Going to Court
Sometimes, the insurance company offers a fair settlement, and you may be able to sign an agreement (reviewed and approved by your lawyer) to get your money. Other times, the insurance company simply will not offer what you may deserve.
If the insurance company in your case refuses to make you a fair offer, your lawyer may be able to schedule a court date and represent you at trial. There, they may try to persuade a jury to grant you the compensation that the insurance company refuses to pay.
Call the Cochran Firm – Nashville Today
If you are thinking of filing a personal injury lawsuit, you do not have to go it alone. A Gallatin personal injury lawyer from The Cochran Firm – Nashville may be able to manage the legal work in your case while you focus on your recovery.
For a free case review with a member of our personal injury team, call The Cochran Firm – Nashville today at 615-678-6278. We may be able to represent you on a contingency-fee basis with no up-front payments required.