Nashville Personal Injury Lawyers
Nashville Office 2323 21st Avenue South, Suite 500 Nashville, TN 37212
Personal injury lawyers represent clients who sustain injuries due to the negligent or willful acts of others. Injuries that cause long-term physical, emotional, and financial duress could entitle you to significant compensation.
Accidental deaths are the third leading cause of death in Davidson County. When you or your loved one experience an injury through no fault of your own, the attorneys at NST Law have the proven experience to investigate your incident and ensure you are adequately compensated.
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Types of personal injury cases we handle at NST Law
Personal injury law allows victims to recover damages when negligence leads to accidents that cause serious injuries. We have represented clients in variable circumstances, including car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, workers’ compensation, wrongful death, nursing home neglect, and dangerous pharmaceutical drugs and medical devices. We also represent clients in a variety of other cases, including negligent security, medical malpractice, and product liability.
Car accidents are the most common cause of personal injuries in Nashville. Nashville motorists experience an average of 360 car accidents resulting in death or severe injury every year. Many of these involve pedestrians. Car accidents in Nashville are often the result of speeding, driving under the influence, and distracted driving.
Trucks weigh as much as 20–30 times more than passenger vehicles, a fact that dramatically increases the potential for severe injury and death in an accident. There were 173 truck accidents in Nashville in 2021, which is rising. While all motorists should drive with care, truck drivers are professionally trained and have a greater duty of care.
Fatalities in motorcycle accidents are 29 times more likely than in passenger vehicles. Motorcyclists are vulnerable to severe injuries in a crash due to the inherent absence of crash protection in motorcycles.
Davidson County motorcyclists experienced 265 crashes in 2020. The majority of multi-vehicle motorcycle crashes happen when drivers fail to see them. Passenger vehicle drivers are more likely to be distracted, and many are not alert to smaller vehicles like motorcycles.
The workers’ compensation laws are complex and include strict deadlines for filing. Injured employees may receive compensation even if the employer is not at fault. They also may recover losses from third parties, such as equipment manufacturers. It is critical to involve an attorney as soon as possible after injury to ensure you receive all benefits to which you are legally entitled.
Medical malpractice occurs when a patient suffers injuries after a breach in the standard of care by a healthcare provider. Tennessee law maps out strict requirements, including the retention of medical experts and filing deadlines.
Misunderstandings of the statutes can cost you compensation, like in the tragic case in Nashville of a cerebral palsy patient who died due to possible malpractice. The case was dismissed due to confusion about filing deadlines. We do not let this happen at NST Law
Steps to take after a personal injury in Nashville
When you experience a severe injury, you will need to take immediate steps to protect your safety, well-being, and financial interests. The type of injury you experience will determine your course of action.
Proving Liability In A Nashville Personal Injury Case
Personal injury occurs when negligent acts or omissions cause severe injury. To prove negligence, you must show the following:
- The defendant owed a duty to the plaintiff.
- The defendant breached their duty.
- The breach caused injury to the plaintiff.
- The defendant’s actions or inactions were the proximate cause of the plaintiff’s harm, and the defendant reasonably knew their behaviors could cause harm to others.
- The plaintiff suffered actual damages (you must be able to show proof of your injury and the resulting harm, such as medical bills, lost wages, etc.).
You will need documentation to support these claims. Examples of documentation include police reports, medical bills, contracts, pay stubs, and any other applicable paperwork. Never concede fault or sign paperwork without an attorney.
Types of available damages in a Nashville personal injury case
You can receive three types of damages in a personal injury case:
verifiable monetary losses such as medical expenses, loss of income, loss of future income, and property damage
immeasurable damages such as mental and physical pain, suffering, disfigurement, loss of society, mental anguish, and similar losses
damages awarded to punish and deter the defendant and others from engaging in such conduct
How much compensation can I receive for my injuries?
**Disclaimer: Every case is different, and there is no set amount of compensation you can receive.
Tennessee law limits compensation as follows:
• Noneconomic damages are limited to $750,000 or $1,000,000 for catastrophic injuries.
• Punitive damages are limited to the greater of $500,000 or twice the total compensatory damages.
These limits do not apply to some instances involving malice, fraud, substance use, or the commission of a felony.
Criminal injuries compensation in Tennessee
The Tennessee Department of Treasury compensates victims of violent crime for medical expenses, funeral expenses, lost wages, loss of financial support, and more.
This is a program of last resort, meaning the program is available to crime victims who cannot claim compensation through alternate sources.
Tennessee statute of limitations for personal injury lawsuits
Most personal injury cases in Tennessee have a short statute of limitations of just one year. The clock starts on the date the injury occurred unless the discovery rule applies. Under Tennessee’s discovery rule, the clock starts on the date the illness is or should reasonably have been discovered.
The statute of limitations is extended in some cases, such as cases involving criminal activity. Due to the time required to investigate and build a personal injury case, it is essential to contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible after your injury.
Who can bring an action for wrongful death?
Wrongful death actions can only be pursued by immediate family members of the deceased or by a personal representative acting on behalf of the family. These family members include the spouse, children, or parents of the deceased. In their absence, the next of kin is eligible. Only one wrongful death action per decedent is permitted.
Family members may claim two categories of damages:
- Damages to the deceased, including necessary expenses, medical bills, lost income, loss of time, and mental and physical suffering
- Damages to the family, including economic and noneconomic losses, such as loss of parental guidance or companionship
How can the Nashville personal injury attorneys at NST Law help me if I'm injured?
The lawyers at NST law offer a compassionate, personalized approach. We will meet you in the location of your choosing and handle your case from start to finish.
We are committed to pursuing the maximum award allowed. We are not afraid to take on nursing homes, insurance companies, or hospitals. We have trial experience and will take your case to court if necessary. Our relentless pursuit of justice for our clients has resulted in $1.5 billion in settlements and verdicts.
If you suffer from injuries caused by negligence, don’t wait to pursue your case. Contact NST Law today for a free consultation.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Nashville personal injury lawsuits
Below are answers to the most common questions we receive.
NST Law works on a contingency-fee arrangement, which means you pay nothing unless we win your case.
This depends on the type of case. In motor vehicle accidents, the driver and the vehicle owner are liable. In defective product cases, anyone in the manufacturing chain could be responsible.
In medical malpractice cases, any healthcare provider, including doctors, nurses, licensed or certified professionals, and even the facility itself, could be liable.
Under Tennessee’s modified comparative fault statute, you can receive compensation for your injuries as long as your share of the fault is less than 50%.
Settlements are agreements made between the two parties outside of court. Across the United States, 95% of personal injury cases settle outside of court. This speeds up the process and removes the risk of receiving no compensation, which could happen if you go to trial.
Medical bills and outstanding invoices will need to be paid before receiving funds. While most costs will be settled during the trial or pre-settlement negotiations, new expenses could be negotiated if necessary. Your lawyer will assist with these processes.
Settlements can be paid as a lump sum or structured as periodic payments. Due to the processes involved, it could take several weeks or months to receive your payout.
Our client was walking in a Tennessee gas station parking lot when he was struck by a commercial concrete truck. He broke both of his legs and underwent extensive medical treatment.