If you got hurt in a car crash, a Nashville passenger vehicle accident lawyer at The Cochran Firm – Nashville might be able to help you hold the person whose negligence caused you to get hurt accountable.
You do not have to pay upfront legal fees to get our help in going after monetary damages. We handle motor vehicle accidents on a contingency-fee-basis. We do not get paid until you win. Our fees will come out of the settlement proceeds or award at the end of the matter.
We are happy to offer a free initial consultation. There is no obligation. You can call us today at (615) 651-7451 to get started.
The Short Deadline for Taking Legal Action
You do not want to wait too long to reach out to us. TN Code §28-3-104 gives you very little time to file a lawsuit seeking monetary damages for your injuries. If you miss the deadline, you may lose the right to hold the person who hurt you accountable for the harm they have done to you.
The deadline, also called the statute of limitations, requires you to file a lawsuit by the due date. Merely filing a claim and negotiating with the insurance company does not satisfy the statute of limitations. Claims adjusters know the deadline and the consequences of missing it. Sometimes, they drag out negotiations with people who try to handle their claims on their own without a lawyer, hoping the injured person will be unaware of the statute of limitations. You might think that the adjuster is working with you in good faith to settle your claim, but find out too late that they did not plan to pay your claim at all.
The careless person and their liability insurance company are off the hook after the statute of limitations expires. They do not have to pay you at all at that point, no matter how badly you got hurt.
For a free legal consultation with a passenger vehicle accidents lawyer serving Nashville, call 615-678-6278
How Much Compensation You Can Get for Your Injury Claim
We cannot throw out a number that accurately represents the amount of monetary damages you might be eligible to pursue damages for your claim until we talk to you and investigate your case. Every situation is different. The amount of compensation will depend on the facts of your claim.
Someone else in the same car with you might have much higher or lower medical bills than you, have missed a different amount of time from work, or healed faster or slower than you did. These are but a few of the many factors that can impact the monetary value of your case.
The American Bar Association (ABA) says that you can pursue an action against the negligent party for your losses. Here are some examples of monetary damages that can be recovered:
- Medical expenses: usually, the reasonable cost of the medical treatment you needed for your injuries is recoverable. These items can include things like the ambulance, emergency room, hospital, surgery, doctors, x-rays, lab tests, physical therapy, and prescription drugs.
- Future medical bills: you can include the estimated cost of the future medical treatment your doctor thinks you will need. For example, a person who suffers permanent kidney damage in a collision might need to undergo dialysis and/or an organ transplant in the future.
- Long-term care: after a catastrophic injury like spinal cord damage, a person might have to move into a long-term care facility. These costs can be astronomical.
- Lost income: you cannot include any wages that your employer paid you while you were away from the job recuperating, but you can go after compensation for the pay you did not receive. Lost wages, salary, self-employment, and other forms of regular income can be in this category.
- Diminished earning capacity: if you had to reduce your working hours or take a lower-paying position because of your injuries, you could add the financial loss to your claim. For example, paralysis or loss of strength or range of motion of an arm might make it impossible for you to perform the tasks you did before the accident.
- Pain and suffering: these items address the physical discomfort and emotional distress you experienced because of the accident and your injuries.
- Other intangible losses: this category can cover things like disfigurement, depression, loss of the enjoyment of life, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
You do not have to sort out the monetary value of your losses. A Nashville passenger vehicle accident lawyer may be able to help you determine the extent and amount of compensation for which your claim could qualify. You can call The Cochran Firm – Nashville, today at (615) 651-7451 for a case review at no charge.
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How We Establish the Liability of the Negligent Party
A lawsuit or claim cannot be automatically filed against all of the drivers involved in the collision. The law requires someone to commit a careless act that causes the accident before holding that person responsible. All four of these elements must be present to establish the liability of the defendant:
- Duty of care: the defendant must have owed you a legal duty of care. All drivers have an obligation to operate their vehicles safely and obey the traffic laws.
- Breach of duty: it is negligence when someone’s conduct fails to measure up to the duty of care. Perhaps the defendant had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) that exceeded the legal limit. Driving while impaired by alcohol is negligence because it is not driving safely or following the traffic laws.
- Causation: carelessness must be the thing that causes the accident. If the drunk driver fell asleep at the wheel and crashed into another car, the negligent conduct of driving while impaired caused the collision.
- Quantifiable damages: you must have measurable losses to go after compensation. Physical injuries count as quantifiable damages.
If all of those factors are satisfied, we may be able to pursue a personal injury claim against the at-fault driver.
How to Get Help for Your Accident Injury Claim
A Nashville passenger vehicle accident lawyer at The Cochran Firm – Nashville might be able to help you hold the negligent party who hurt you accountable for your losses. You can call us today at (615) 651-7451 for a free consultation.