Every day people are injured, even killed, in what we commonly refer to as “accidents”. Frequently however, an “accident” isn’t really an accident but rather occurs as the result of someone’s negligence. When that is the case, the victim or surviving family may have the basis for a personal injury lawsuit.
At Bennett | Michael | Hornsby, Attorneys at Law our personal injury attorneys are honored to assist personal injury accident victims in Murfreesboro, Tennessee and surrounding areas. We are dedicated to ensuring that victims receive the maximum compensation to which they are entitled for the injuries they suffered.
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Personal Injury Case Basics
There are two parts of a personal injury case: Fault and Damages. A personal injury lawsuit is a way to seek compensation for legal damages when another party has caused an injury.
Fault in a personal injury lawsuit can be based on three different types of acts or failure to act:
- Negligence – negligence is the most common basis for fault in a personal injury lawsuit. When the negligence standard is applied it essentially means that the person causing your injury had a duty to do everything reasonably possible to prevent you from harm, but breached that duty. A drunk driver who crashed into your vehicle, for example, clearly breached his or her duty of care to you. A store owner who failed to clean up a liquid spill in the middle of an aisle may also have breached a duty of care, if you then slipped and injured yourself.
- Intentional acts – some injuries are also wrongfully caused by intentional acts. If a person intentionally causes you harm you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. For example, if a person assaults you causing injuries that person can be charged with criminal assault, but you may also be entitled to compensation through a civil personal injury lawsuit for civil battery.
- Strict liability – strict liability means that the defendant’s state of mind, or whether the defendant did, or didn’t, do anything to prevent your injuries is not considered. If you were simply injured you may be entitled to compensation. Dangerous activities such as blasting, or defectively designed or manufactured products that cause injuries, are good examples of strict liability cases. In Tennessee, the owner of a dog that bites someone may also held liable for injuries in some cases, regardless of the circumstances surrounding the attack.
Compensation for Damages in a Personal Injury Lawsuit
As the victim of a personal injury accident you could be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Compensatory damages in the form of economic and non-economic damages could be awarded to you. Economic damages cover things like medical bills and lost wages while non-economic damages are intended to compensate you for the pain and suffering your injuries cause you.
If the defendant’s actions were intentional, malicious, or reckless you could also be entitled to punitive damages; however, punitive damages are awarded less frequently because of the higher level of culpability required.
At Bennett | Michael | Hornsby, Attorneys at Law we are committed to ensuring that you are fully and fairly compensated for all injuries you suffer in a Murfreesboro, Tennessee personal injury accident. our Murfreesboro, Smyrna, and La Vergne, Tennessee personal injury attorneys today by calling 615-898-1560 to schedule a free evaluation of your case.
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