Personal Injury Law

“Protect Your Legal Right to Fair Compensation”

Every day, hundreds of Tennessee citizens and residents are injured in all types of accidents and incidents. One person may be injured in a car accident; another may slip and fall at the grocery store; still another may be injured in a dog bite attack. Any personal injury incident can result in significant pain and suffering to the victim and saddle the victim with financial expenses and losses.

If you or a loved one have been injured or killed in a Tennessee accident caused by another person, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your losses and injuries. Douglass & Runger, Attorneys at Law can help you obtain the compensation you need to move beyond your injuries and regain control of your life.

Assistance for Your Personal Injury Lawsuit Needs

At Douglass & Runger, Attorneys at Law, we are able to help clients who have been injured in a variety of circumstances, including:

  • Wrongful Death: If a loved one or family member is killed in a tragic accident caused by another, you may be entitled to receive compensation for the expenses and losses suffered by your deceased family member as well as your own losses.
  • Automobile Accidents: Automobile accidents occur every day and can result in broken bones, spine and neck injuries, and traumatic brain injuries to drivers and passengers alike. Where an accident is caused by another, compensation may be available to you.
  • Truck Accidents: A truck accident can result in catastrophic, or even fatal, injuries to the drivers and/or passengers of other involved motor vehicles. Truck companies will usually attempt to settle these cases for as little monetary compensation as possible. Legal counsel is necessary to protect your legal interests and obtain the compensation you need.
  • Motorcycle Accidents: A motorcyclist who is involved in a crash is likely to suffer serious injuries requiring extensive medical treatment. A careless defendant driver may attempt to claim the motorcyclist was somehow negligent and contributed to his or her injuries. Legal counsel is necessary to help you receive the maximum amount of compensation possible in these circumstances.
  • Medical Malpractice: We expect doctors and nurses to help us feel better. However, when they make mistakes patients can be injured or even killed. Holding a doctor, nurse or other medical professional responsible for their negligence requires expert testimony and knowledgeable legal counsel.
  • Products Liability: If a manufacturer makes a dangerous product and that product causes injury to you, the consumer, the manufacturer may be held responsible for the injuries caused by the dangerous product.
  • Slip and Fall: The owner of property owes a duty to those who come legally onto his or her premises to maintain his or her property in a reasonably safe condition. Hazards should be identified and, if possible, corrected.
  • Dog Bites: In some cases, a dog owner whose dog attacks you can be held strictly liable for the injuries the dog causes. This means the owner may be held responsible, even if the dog owner acted reasonably and had no reason to know of his or her dog’s violent tendencies.
  • Burn Injuries: A burn injury can occur under a variety of circumstances and result in significant pain and suffering along with temporary or permanent scarring and disfigurement. Legal counsel can assist you in recovering compensation to help you make a full recovery.
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries and Spinal Cord Injuries: TBIs and spinal cord injuries can occur in car accidents, motorcycle crashes, slips and falls, and other personal injury accidents. These injuries can require hundreds of thousands of dollars in ongoing medical treatment.

Basics of Personal Injury Lawsuits

Most personal injury lawsuits require the injury victim (the plaintiff) to prove that the defendant acted negligently or carelessly and caused the plaintiff’s injuries. This usually requires the plaintiff to show:

  • The defendant owed the plaintiff a duty of care. That is, the defendant must owe the plaintiff a legal duty to act in a particular manner. Most defendants are required to conduct themselves in a reasonably careful manner when they go about their business.
  • The defendant breached the duty of care. In other words, it must be proven that the defendant acted in such a careless or negligent manner as to violate the defendant’s legal duty to act in a reasonable manner.
  • The defendant’s breach of the duty of care caused the plaintiff’s injuries. There must be a causal connection between the defendant’s negligent acts and the plaintiff’s injuries.
  • The plaintiff’s injuries can be compensated with a monetary damages award. Finally, the losses and expenses suffered by the plaintiff must be able to be compensated through a monetary award. If the plaintiff suffered no actual compensable losses, filing a personal injury suit would make little sense for the plaintiff.

In some cases, the defendant can be held responsible for the plaintiff’s injuries without any evidence that the defendant acted in a careless or negligent way. These types of cases are often referred to as “strict liability” cases because the defendant is held strictly liable for the damage his or her actions cause regardless of how the defendant actually behaved in the situation.

Compensation Available in Personal Injury Cases

A successful personal injury lawsuit can result in the plaintiff obtaining compensation to cover his or her losses attributable to the defendant’s negligent actions. This compensation can be used to pay for:

  • Medical expenses, hospital bills, and ongoing treatment costs;
  • Lost wages due to time missed from work;
  • Lost future wages if the plaintiff is unable to return to work full-time or return to his or her previous job;
  • Loss of enjoyment of life;
  • Loss of consortium (if, for instance, the injury victim is killed and therefore unable to provide companionship to his or her children and/or spouse);
  • Pain and suffering; and
  • Other compensable losses.

Contact Douglass & Runger, Attorneys at Law Today

Protecting your legal interests after a personal injury incident begins by retaining experienced Memphis personal injury counsel. Douglass & Runger, Attorneys at Law, is available to help you recover the compensation you need following a personal injury so that you are able to focus on what is truly important: your health and the wellbeing of your family. Contact Douglass & Runger, Attorneys at Law, by calling (901) 388-5805 today.

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Bartlett TN, 38134
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