When another party behaves negligently or recklessly, resulting in an accident that causes injuries, you can pursue damages by filing a personal injury lawsuit. However, you will need a skilled legal advocate on your side to help ensure the responsible party is held accountable for your injuries and suffering. At E. Evan Cope, PLLC in Murfreesboro, our personal injury attorney will fight on your behalf to recover the compensation you deserve and need to move forward from this terrible event.
How Long Do You Have to File a Personal Injury Case?
Many are often hesitant to take legal action in the aftermath of such a traumatic event. Unfortunately, you only have a limited amount of time to file a personal injury claim and, after time runs out, you will miss out on your chance to recover compensation. In Tennessee, the statute of limitations for filing a personal injury case is one year. If a year passes, it is unlikely a judge will hear your cases, which is why it is crucial to take action as soon as possible.
Compensation in a Personal Injury Case in Tennessee
No two injuries are alike, so not all personal injury cases will yield the same damages.
Below are some of the most common types of damages in a personal injury case:
- Loss of income and loss of future income
- Medical expenses, including future costs associated with the injury
- Household expenses
- Expenses associated with changed plans or cancelled trips
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of companionship or consortium
- Mental anguish
If the injuries become fatal, a surviving family member can file a wrongful death lawsuit. Compensation in such cases may include funeral and burial expenses, loss of financial support, emotional distress, loss of companionship, and more.
Moreover, in Tennessee, punitive damages may be awarded if there is clear evidence that the defendant’s conduct was particularly egregious. Depending on the details of your case, you may receive punitive damages in addition to compensatory damages.
Being injured in an accident is a difficult and traumatic experience. Not only are you experiencing pain and physical discomfort, but you are likely dealing with expensive medical bills and may not even be physically able to return to work. If your injuries were caused by someone else’s negligence, you must file a personal injury claim to ensure you recover the compensation you deserve. At E. Evan Cope, PLLC in Murfreesboro, our personal injury attorney has what it takes to represent you and ensure justice is served. We understand that you are going through a difficult time and will do what is necessary to build a strong case on your behalf.