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Tennessee Personal Injury Lawyer

Tennessee Personal Injury Lawyer

Set Up a Free Consultation With a Top Tennessee Personal Injury Attorney

At Bernheim Kelley Battista, LLC, our Tennessee personal injury attorneys are skilled, experienced, and reliable advocates for justice. We handle the full range of injury and accident cases, from motor vehicle collisions to premises liability claims. Do not rely on an insurance company to protect your best interests after an accident. If you or your loved one suffered a serious injury, we are here to help. Contact us today for a no-cost, no-obligation initial consultation with a Tennessee personal injury lawyer.

Do I Need to Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer in Tennessee?

Tennessee law allows injured victims to hold the at-fault party legally liable for economic and non-economic damages. Unfortunately, in practice, doing so can be challenging. Personal injury claims are complicated. Defendants and insurers fight aggressively to protect their own bottom line. It is always best to set up a free, confidential initial consultation with an experienced attorney as soon as possible after an accident. Here are four key reasons you need to hire a personal injury lawyer in Tennessee:

  • You Were Seriously Injured in an Accident: Serious injuries require professional representation. If you have suffered severe injuries in an accident, it may be overwhelming to manage medical care, expenses, and legal matters simultaneously. You need full and fair financial compensation. A Tennessee personal injury lawyer can protect your rights.
  • You Were Forced to Miss Time at Work: In many cases, an injury can force you to miss work, resulting in lost wages and added financial strain. Lost wages can be a key part of a personal injury claim in Tennessee.  A skilled personal injury lawyer will work to recover not only compensation for your medical expenses but also compensation for the time you missed at work.
  • There Is a Dispute Over Fault (Liability): Determining who is at fault in an accident can be a complex and contentious issue. Insurance companies may attempt to shift blame or minimize their responsibility. Hiring a personal injury lawyer in Tennessee will ensure that an objective investigation is conducted and that the proper evidence is gathered.
  • You Have Questions about Insurance Claims: Dealing with insurance companies can be confusing and stressful. These large corporations have their own legal teams working to protect their interests. Do not go all alone. A Tennessee personal injury lawyer will understand the intricacies of insurance claims and can guide you through the process.


Types of Personal Injury Claims in Tennessee

Car Accidents

Car accidents are one of the most common causes of personal injuries in Tennessee. The overwhelming majority of car crashes could have been avoided with proper care. A car accident may be caused by distracted driving, drunk driving, reckless driving, or a variety of other reasons. Through a legal claim, injured victims can seek compensation for medical bills, vehicle repairs, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. Our Tennessee car accident attorneys have the skills and experience to help clients navigate the claims process. 

Truck Accidents

Accidents involving large commercial trucks can result in catastrophic injuries due to their massive size and weight. Semi-truck accidents may be caused by driver fatigue, mechanical failure, improper loading, or other factors. Complex state and federal transportation safety regulations may be implicated. If you were hurt in a crash, contact our Tennessee commercial truck accident lawyers today. 

Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcyclists face inherent safety risks. When accidents happen, motorcycle riders often suffer severe injuries. Indeed, a motorcyclist is nearly 25 times more likely to be severely injured or killed in a crash than a driver. Navigating a motorcycle accident injury claim can be especially complex. Contact us today for a free consultation with a top Tennessee motorcycle accident lawyer. 

Pedestrian Accidents

Unfortunately, Tennessee has a below-average record for pedestrian safety. Too many pedestrians are seriously harmed in motor vehicle collisions. They occur all across the state—from the largest cities like Nashville and Memphis to the smallest of rural communities. If you or your loved one was hurt in a pedestrian crash, it is imperative that you have an experienced attorney on your side. 

Bicycle Accidents

Similar to pedestrian accidents, bicycle accidents can cause serious injuries. They may occur when drivers fail to yield the right of way, improperly open doors, or otherwise act negligently around cyclists. Were you hurt in a bicycle accident? You have the right to seek financial compensation for economic and intangible damages. Contact our Tennessee bicycle accident lawyers today. 

Scooter Accidents

With the popularity of electric scooters, accidents involving them have become more common. These types of accidents can occur for a wide range of different reasons—from defective equipment to reckless and improper use to negligence by motorists. At BK Law, our Tennessee personal injury lawyers have the skills, training, and legal expertise to take on all types of scooter accident cases. 

Uber and Lyft Accidents

Ridesharing is a popular form of transportation in Tennessee. There are state laws in place that put insurance requirements in the major ridesharing companies (Uber and Lyft). Notably, rideshare accidents pose unique legal challenges as they involve multiple parties like the driver, the rideshare company, and possibly other drivers. 

Construction Accidents

Construction sites are inherently dangerous places with numerous potential hazards. Safety incidents can happen for many different reasons, including falls from heights, equipment malfunctions, or a construction company’s failure to follow safety procedures. We handle the full range of construction site accident claims in Tennessee. 

Medical Malpractice

When you receive professional medical care in Tennessee, you have the fair, reasonable, and proper expectation that you will receive high-quality support. Medical malpractice occurs when healthcare providers fail to adhere to the accepted standard of care, thereby leading to patient harm. Some examples include surgical errors, doctor misdiagnosis, and medication errors. Contact our Tennessee medical malpractice attorney today for a free, confidential review of your case. 

Slip and Fall Accidents

Slip and fall accidents occur when a property owner fails to maintain their property safely, leading to hazardous conditions such as wet floors, uneven surfaces, or inadequate lighting. A slip and fall or trip and fall can result in devastating injuries. A business or property owner may be legally responsible for this type of accident under the state’s premises liability laws. 

Wrongful Death

Wrongful death claims are made by the surviving family members of someone who died as the result of another's negligence or intentional misconduct. We represent grieving families in wrongful death cases in Tennessee. If you lost a loved one due to the negligence of any other party, we are here to help you fight for justice, accountability, compensation, and closure.

How Long Does It Take to Resolve a Personal Injury Case in Tennessee?

If you are preparing to sue for personal injury in Tennessee, you may be wondering how long it will take to bring a claim. The answer depends on many different factors. Indeed, the time to resolve a personal injury case in Tennessee varies dramatically. Anything between a few months or several years is possible. Many factors impact the timeline of a given personal injury case.

What is the Deadline for Filing a Personal Injury Lawsuit in Tennessee?

The deadline for a personal injury lawsuit is governed by the statute of limitations. Under Tennessee law (Tenn. Code § 28-3-104), victims typically have one year from the date of the accident to file a personal injury lawsuit. Of course, the case does not need to be fully resolved within one year—but a lawsuit must be filed within that time. Only a few exceptions exist to the statute of limitations.

To learn more, schedule a free consultation with us today.

What Type of Damages Can I Recover in a Tennessee Personal Injury Case?

The amount of compensation recoverable through a personal injury settlement or personal injury verdict depends on a complex array of factors. Here are the three main categories of damages that can be sought in a personal injury claim in Tennessee: 

  • Economic Damages: Economic damages are the basis of a personal injury claim in Tennessee. You can recover for the full value of out-of-pocket losses, including things like property damage (vehicle repairs), medical bills, long-term medical cases, lost wages, and diminished earning power.

  • Non-Economic Damages: Can you sue for emotional distress after an accident? In Tennessee, you have the right to compensation for non-economic (intangible) damages. You may be able to recover for losses such as pain and suffering, mental distress, long-term disability, and physical disfigurement.

  • Punitive Damages: Although not an option in most personal injury claims, punitive damages are sometimes recoverable. The keydifference between compensatory damages and punitive damages is that punitive damages are not tied to any particular loss. They are designed to punish the exceptionally poor conduct of the defendant.

Can I File a Personal Injury Claim if I am Partially Responsible for My Injuries?

Yes. Tennessee is a comparative negligence state (Tenn. Code § 29-11-101). As long as you are found to be at fault for less than 50% of the accident, you can still bring a claim. Your compensation will be reduced proportionally to your degree of fault. If you are 30% liable for an accident, you can be held responsible for 30% of your injuries.

How Much Does a Personal Injury Lawyer Cost in Tennessee?

You can hire a Tennessee personal injury attorney with no upfront costs or out-of-pocket fees. A lawyer that represents injured victims on contingency will only get paid as a percentage of your eventual recovery. If you do not get compensation, a contingency fee personal injury attorney will not get paid.

Can I File a Personal Injury Claim on Behalf of My Child?

Yes. In Tennessee, a minor cannot generally bring a personal injury claim by themselves. A parent or guardian has the right to initiate a personal injury claim for a child. We help families navigate complex child injury claims.  

Why Trust BK Law for a Tennessee Personal Injury Case

Navigating the aftermath of a serious accident is hard. You likely have a lot of questions about your rights, your responsibilities, and the specific steps that you need to take to get justice and financial compensation for your damages. Defendants and their insurance companies are primarily focused on protecting themselves—not on doing what is right for you and your family. At BK Law, we are devoted to fighting for injured victims and their families. With a proven record of case results, our Tennessee personal injury attorneys provide proactive, personalized legal representation. Among other things, our Tennessee personal injury lawyer is ready to: 

  • Hear what you have to say and answer questions during a free review of your case; 
  • Carefully investigate your accident—gathering evidence to prove liability and damages; 
  • Handle all of the legal paperwork so that you can focus on your physical/mental recovery; 
  • Represent you in settlement negotiations with the defendant or insurance company; and
  • Take aggressive legal action to help you get justice and the maximum settlement or verdict.

Schedule a Free Consultation With Our Tennessee Personal Injury Lawyer Today

At Bernheim Kelley Battista, LLC, our Tennessee personal injury attorneys fight tirelessly to get real justice and real results for injured victims. If you or your family member was hurt in any type of serious accident, we are here as a legal resource. Give us a call now or connect with us online to set up a free, no-obligation initial consultation. We handle personal injury claims throughout Tennessee, including in Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Murfreesboro, and Clarksville.

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