If you were hurt in a car accident in Antioch, Tennessee, you may be able to pursue monetary damages through a personal injury claim or lawsuit. The Cochran Firm – Nashville, helps people who get hurt because of the carelessness of others. We will review the details of your case and implement a plan of action designed to get compensation for your collision-related expenses.
We handle car accident injury cases on a contingency-fee basis, which means that we get paid out of the settlement proceeds or award at the end of the matter. You do not have to pay any upfront legal fees to get our help on these cases.
An Antioch car accident lawyer can help you hold the negligent party responsible for the harm you suffered. Call us today at (615) 651-7451 for a free consultation. There is no obligation.
How We Handle Antioch Car Accident Cases
We strive to perform a thorough investigation of every car accident case we manage. After we collect and evaluate the evidence, we can assess the possible defendants and determine a fair settlement value for your injury claim.
We can work directly with the defendant’s insurance company and negotiate on your behalf. If we cannot reach a resolution, we can file a lawsuit to seek compensation from the at-fault party. Our clients know that they can devote their energy and attention to getting better because we are taking care of their legal matters.
The Settlement Value of a Car Accident Claim
We cannot say how much you might collect for your losses until we talk with you and investigate your situation. Every car accident case is different. You might have much greater damages than another person who was in the car with you during the collision. The amount of compensation you might be able to pursue will ultimately depend on the facts of your claim.
Here are some examples of damages you may be able to recover:
- Lost wages. After a collision, it might be weeks or months before your treating physician releases you to go back to work. If you missed time from work without pay, this loss can be compensable.
- Diminished earning capacity. Sometimes, people have to cut back on their working hours or take a lower-paying position because of ongoing complications from their injuries. The difference in how much you earned before the crash and how much you can make now can be a part of your claim.
- Medical expenses. The reasonable cost of the treatment you needed for your injuries is recoverable. These costs can include things like the ambulance, x-rays, diagnostic procedures, surgery, blood transfusions, hospitalization, physical therapy, and prescription drugs.
- Future medical expenses. If you suffered severe injuries, you might have to undergo medical treatments for months, years, or the rest of your life. We can add the estimated cost of these items to your claim.
- Long-term care. A person might need daily assistance with medical care and personal tasks after suffering a catastrophic injury. The cost of long-term care, whether it is in-home or otherwise, can be astronomical. The financial burden should be on the negligent party, not on you.
- Noneconomic losses. Some types of harm do not come with invoices or receipts. For example, the physical pain and emotional distress of getting injured can have a monetary value. Also, disfigurement, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and impaired quality of life can be compensable.
You might have losses in several of these categories, as well as other damages. An Antioch car accident lawyer can explore the monetary value of your losses.
Avoid These Mistakes After Getting Hurt in a Car Accident
Every situation is different, and you should always do what makes sense to your wellbeing.
Here are a few things you may want to keep in mind:
Delay Can Cost You
One of the most damaging things you can do to the value of your injury claim is waiting too long to take legal action. Tennessee law gives you very little time to file a lawsuit seeking monetary damages for your losses. Under Tennessee Code §28-3-104, you have one year from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit. If you miss this deadline, the law could bar you from ever going after compensation, no matter how severe your injuries are.
To learn more about how the state’s statute of limitations applies to your case, call The Cochran Firm – Nashville, today at (615) 651-7451.
Recorded Statements Can Be Dangerous to Your Injury Claim
The insurance company of the at-fault driver might ask you to provide a recorded statement, in which they ask you a series of questions and record your responses. The insurance claims adjuster might say that the recorded statement gives you an opportunity to tell your side of the story, but keep in mind that what you say can be used against you.
The adjuster can cherry-pick items from the transcript, taking your words out of context, and twisting them into something you did not intend. If the insurer asks for a recorded statement, tell them to talk to your Antioch car accident lawyer.
Social Media Can Backfire on You
Social media is a part of daily life for many people. You should resist the temptation to post any photographs, updates, or comments about the accident or your injuries to social media. In fact, it may be best for you to stay off of social media entirely until your case is over. You might also ask your friends and family to refrain from posting anything about the accident until your claim gets resolved.
An insurance carrier can use an innocent photo or comment to try to discredit your injury claim. For example, the insurer could use a photo of you smiling for the camera to deny your allegations of chronic pain from your injuries.
Call The Cochran – Firm Today for a Free Consultation
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