Personal Injury in Tennessee

You will need to be aware of who is held legally liable for the injury. To collect compensation for an injury, you must be able to prove that the person who injured you did not show proper care and was therefore negligent. You must show proof that the person's negligence was the cause of your injury.

If you were 50 per cent or more responsible for your injury due to your own carelessness, you cannot collect any money from anyone else. However, if your share of the fault falls below this percentage, you can collect an amount correlating to your share of the blame.

If several people are legally responsible for careless actions resulting in an injury, they are each responsible for an amount that matches up with their percentage of fault.

Tennessee Personal Injury at a Glance

Tennessee Personal Injury Laws

Statute of Limitations

1 Year
Damages Recoverable Lost wages, future earning ability, medical expenses, property damage, cost of household help, pain and suffering
Strict Liability Manufacturer of product may be liable for injuries caused by a consumer product
Joint Liability Defendants are proportionately liable for damages
Contributory Negligence Modified contributed negligence: you will not be awarded damages if you are found to be 50% or more at fault, if you are found to be 49% or less at fault you may recover damages based on proportion of fault.

Tennessee is one of many states to implement the strict liability theory of law; this law says that a seller may be responsible for injuries resulting from a defective product. To fulfill this requirement, you must prove that the item was defective and that you were using it in accordance with its intended use at the time you were injured. You must also prove that the defect itself was responsible for your energy.

How Much is My Claim Worth?

According to Tennessee state law, you may recover any costs that are the result of your injury. Medical costs that were incurred by your injury in the past, are presently being incurred, or will probably be incurred at a future time, can all be recovered. Under personal liability law, you can also get money to cover any money lost during the time you were unable to work. Permanent disfigurement or disability can also be cause for compensation. If your ability to make a living is affected by the injury, you may be compensated for this, as well. You can recover the cost of emotional and mental damages, including stress, depression, and damage to family ties.

Legal Information You Should Know

You need to inform the responsible party that you are intending to file a personal injury claim against them. Tennessee has one of the shortest times during which you may file an injury claim; you must get it filed within one year.

If you need expert witnesses, a Tennessee personal injury lawyer can find them. You should not speak to insurance adjusters before conferring with a lawyer.

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