Do You Have a Case?
Only a qualified attorney can determine whether you have a personal injury case.
Most commonly, your injury has to be a direct result of another’s negligence, meaning they failed to act as a reasonable person would have acted in a similar circumstance. To help you find out if you have a case, Morgan & Morgan’s Nashville attorneys work with experts in various fields to understand your situation—medical professionals help with malpractice cases, auto experts assist in car accident injuries, etc.
Example of Negligence
While driving on a freeway in Nashville, a woman notices a vehicle approaching behind her is driving at a very fast speed. She begins to change lanes to let the car pass her, but the driver of the speeding car also changes lanes and rear ends the woman’s vehicle.
The car accident causes the woman’s car to catch fire and she suffers serious, third-degree burns that must be treated in the hospital. In this case, the driver of the speeding car could be considered negligent, and the injured woman may be able to hold the other driver liable for her injuries through a lawsuit. Once the woman has received medical attention and is well enough to pursue the case, she should contact a personal injury attorney.
How Much Is My Case Worth?
Each case is different. If your case is successful, the amount you recover will depend on:
- The extent of your injuries
- Whether the accident affected your ability to earn a living (e.g., if a construction worker can no longer work in this field after an injury, he may be entitled to additional compensation that would make up for his lost wages)
- Whether you have dependents who will not receive the same level of support or care from you because of the accident
These, as well as the specifics of your case, will determine whether you can seek compensation for lost wages, pain and suffering, past and future medical bills, and loss of family relations.
What Should I Expect When Filing?
If Morgan & Morgan attorneys believe your injuries were caused by negligence, they can begin an investigation, which involves talking with experts – such as medical professionals or accident reconstruction specialists – and witnesses to gather support for your claim and accurately determine what happened. With this information, we can draft a complaint, detailing your case and explaining why the defendant should be held liable and should compensate you. This gets filed in court, starting your lawsuit.
After filing the suit, the defendant may offer a settlement. Your attorney can help you decide whether to take it or whether you deserve more compensation. If they feel the settlement isn’t enough, Morgan & Morgan attorneys aren’t afraid to take a lawsuit to trial, as experienced trial lawyers, and present your case to a jury to decide how much compensation, if any, you should receive.
Morgan & Morgan lawyers work on a contingency-fee basis. You don’t pay any costly hourly legal fees, and we only receive a fee if we win your case. If you want to learn more about your legal rights regarding the injury of you or a loved one, contact us today for a free consultation.