Serious, catastrophic injuries can be caused in a number of ways, all of which leave victims feeling uncertain about their future as well as overwhelmed by the physical and emotional trauma that results. The injury lawyers at Martin Heller Potempa & Sheppard assist people throughout the Nashville region who have been seriously harmed by another’s negligent actions. We help accident victims pursue proper compensation in the aftermath of such a devastating event. Whether your injury was due to a car or motorcycle accident, medical negligence, or a dangerous condition on someone else’s property, our attorneys can help you determine and protect your legal rights.Types and Causes of Serious Injuries
Serious injuries are those that result in a permanent impairment and have long-lasting, often disabling and life-altering effects on their victims. Under Tennessee law, some types of catastrophic injuries may include:
- Spinal cord injuries that cause paraplegia or quadriplegia;
- Amputation of a hand or foot;
- Third-degree burns covering 40 percent of the body, or up to 40 percent of the face; and
- The wrongful death of a minor child in your custody.
Any of these situations and others may require substantial medical care and rehabilitation. Victims of devastating accidents can seek to hold those responsible liable by filing a personal injury suit to receive financial support to help them travel the road to recovery and make the adjustments needed in their everyday lives.Bringing a Negligence Claim for Compensation
In most personal injury cases, the legal theory providing the basis of a claim is negligence. To prove negligence, a plaintiff must show that the defendant owed him or her a duty to exercise reasonable care, and that a breach of that duty caused the victim’s injuries and resulted in quantifiable damages. For instance, a driver owes all others using the road a duty to act as a reasonable driver would behave under similar circumstances. If a driver is excessively speeding through a residential area and strikes a pedestrian in a crosswalk, paralyzing the pedestrian, the driver would likely be found to have acted negligently.
In most personal injury suits, Tennessee law limits the amount of non-economic damages a victim receives to $750,000, and $1 million for catastrophic injuries. Non-economic damages often include pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of consortium. However, there is no limit for the amount of economic damages available in these claims, which may include past and future medical expenses, as well as lost wages and earning capacity. The timing of personal injury suits in Tennessee is also important, since most must be filed within one year from the date of the accident. Certain medical malpractice claims may be filed within three years of discovery of a negligent action. Consulting a knowledgeable personal injury attorney may be vital to making sure your legal rights are preserved.Consult a Knowledgeable Injury Lawyer in Nashville
If you have sustained a catastrophic injury or lost a loved one due to a car accident or another incident of negligence, the Nashville attorneys at Martin Heller Potempa & Sheppard PLLC can assist you in asserting your right to the compensation you deserve. Our firm offers compassionate and dedicated legal representation to injured individuals in Green Hills, Hillsboro Village, and Bellevue, as well as other communities throughout Davidson and Williamson Counties. Feel free to contact us online or call 615-800-7096 to see how we can help.