Tennessee Personal Injury Attorneys Proudly Serving Johnson City
The Johnson City personal injury lawyers at The Haynes Firm have more than seven decades of combined experience helping individuals and families seek justice after serious injury. We have witnessed how severe injuries can impact daily life, interfere with long-term goals, and forever alter abilities. We are here to help people harmed in accidents seek the full compensation they are due.
When you or someone you love is the victim of an accident, it can be hard to know where to turn for help. Insurance companies may be quick to offer a settlement, but taking an offer will prevent you from seeking additional compensation. Before you accept an offer from an insurance company, talk to one of the Tennessee personal injury attorneys at The Haynes Firm to learn about your legal options.
To schedule a FREE case review with one of our Johnson City personal injury lawyers, please call 423-928-0165 today. We proudly serve clients throughout Tennessee.
Leading Causes of Personal Injury
The Haynes Firm has significant experience assisting victims of serious injury. Cases our personal injury lawyers can assist with include:
Auto accidents are a leading cause of severe and catastrophic injury. Our firm can assist with motor vehicle accidents including:
Pedestrian, Bicycle, and Scooter Accidents
Pedestrians and cyclists face several dangers on the road. So too do those using e-scooters and other alternative forms of transportation. Our firm is here to help people injured in:
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Bicycle Accidents
- Scooter Accidents
- Rental E-Bike/E-Scooter Accidents
Products that are improperly designed, manufactured, or marketed often lead to serious or fatal injury. The Johnson City personal injury lawyers at The Haynes Firm handle product liability claims involving:
- Medical Devices
- Consumer Products
- Children’s Toys
- And More
Property owners have a responsibility to maintain a safe environment. Failure to do so can and often does result in serious injury. Our firm handles premises liability claims involving:
- Amusement Parks
- Restaurant/Retail Buildings
- Personal Dwellings
- Industrial Properties
When you or a loved one sustains a life-altering injury through someone else’s negligence, you have every right to seek compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Our personal injury attorneys are here to review your claim—FREE of cost and obligation—to help you determine the best course forward.
Personal Injuries and the Healthcare Industry
Healthcare providers are trusted to keep us safe when we are at our most vulnerable. Tragically, mistreatment, negligence, and oversight are common in both short and long-term medical settings. Our firm has a proud history of representing people who have been injured through:
Our firm handles all types of medical malpractice claims, including:
Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
Our personal injury attorneys can help assisted care residents dealing with issues including:
- Physical Abuse
- Emotional Abuse
- Financial Abuse
- Sexual Abuse
Both medical malpractice and nursing home abuse and neglect highlight the complex relationship between the healthcare industry and personal injuries. Having the right legal team on your side is essential for the best outcome.
At The Haynes Firm, we have built a loyal clientele based on referrals from satisfied clients, as well as from other attorneys who are familiar with our reputation for producing results. We are here to review your claim, discuss your options, and help you decide on the next best steps.
What Is a Catastrophic Injury?
Catastrophic injuries, also known as severe or serious injuries, are life-altering and require significant medical intervention. They often result in a lifetime of medical expenses, an inability to work, and untold amounts of personal pain and suffering.
Examples of catastrophic injury include:
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)
- Severe Burn Injury
The Haynes Firm understands how serious injury impacts every aspect of a victim’s life. Our experienced team of litigators has secured millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for victims and their families. We welcome the opportunity to meet with you, assess all of the ways your injury has and will continue to impact your life, and help you understand what your claim might be worth.
Wrongful Death in Tennessee
Some serious injuries result in death. This can be an immediate consequence or one that follows complications from SCI, TBI, or a similar condition. When this happens, family members may be entitled to seek compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit. If you have lost a loved one in an accident, reach out today for a complimentary case review with one of our qualified and experienced attorneys.
What Damages Can I Seek Through a Personal Injury Claim?
There are three types of damages detailed in Tennessee Code § 29-39-102. These are:
Economic damages, also known as special damages, represent the establishable financial losses you have incurred or are likely to incur in the future. These damages can be precisely calculated and typically include:
- Medical Expenses. This encompasses the cost of medical care, including surgeries, rehabilitation, medication, and future medical needs.
- Lost Wages. Compensation for wages lost during the recovery period, as well as diminished earning capacity if your ability to work is permanently affected.
- Other Financial Losses. Any other out-of-pocket expenses directly related to the injury, including home/vehicle modifications, assistive technologies, and in-home care.
There is no cap on economic damages in Tennessee. You can seek compensation for the full extent of your financial losses.
Non-economic damages, also known as general damages, compensate for intangible, personal losses that are more difficult to quantify. They include:
- Physical Suffering. Previous and ongoing physical pain related to the injury.
- Loss of Consortium. The loss of companionship, affection, and intimate relations with a partner.
- Emotional Distress. Anxiety, depression, or other emotional health issues that result from the injury.
- Disfigurement. Permanent scars or other physical alterations.
- Diminished Quality of Life. An inability to continue doing the things you love.
In Tennessee, non-economic damages are capped at either $750,000 or $1 million depending on the circumstances.
Punitive damages are intended to punish the responsible party for particularly egregious behavior or malicious conduct. These damages also aim to deter others from engaging in similar behavior.
In Tennessee, punitive damages are capped at the greater of $500,000 or two times the amount of compensatory damages (which includes both economic and non-economic damages). Punitive damages are seldom awarded in personal injury cases.
Our Johnson City Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help Determine the Value of Your Claim
During your FREE case review at The Haynes Firm, we will carefully review the details of your case and listen closely to how the accident has impacted your life. This will allow us to more accurately determine the true worth of your claim.
How Long Do I Have to File a Personal Injury Claim in Tennessee?
In Tennessee, the statute of limitations for a personal injury claim is generally one year from the date of the injury (see Tennessee Code § 28-3-104). If a claim is not filed within this time, the right to seek compensation may be permanently lost.
It is always best to get in touch with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible after an accident. The faster you work to secure representation, the quicker you will be protected from the tactics insurance companies might use to minimize your settlement. Acting quickly also helps to preserve evidence and strengthen your case.
Exceptions to the Statute of Limitations
While the one-year rule is generally applicable, certain exceptions may extend the timeframe:
- Minors. If the victim is under the age of 18 at the time of the injury, the statute of limitations may extend beyond one year. Discuss with a personal injury attorney.
- Mentally Disabled Individuals. Individuals who are mentally incapacitated at the time of the injury may also have an extended timeframe. The statute of limitations may be tolled (paused) until the disability is removed.
- Discovery Rule. If the injury was hidden and could not have been discovered through reasonable diligence, the statute of limitations may begin to run from the date the injury was discovered or should have been discovered. The statute of repose usually requires a suit to be filed within three years, regardless of the date of discovery.
There are some exceptions to Tennessee’s statute of limitations for personal injury, making it a good idea to consult with a lawyer—even if you believe your chance to file a lawsuit has passed. Our experienced Johnson City personal injury attorneys welcome the opportunity to meet with you and review your case for FREE. We can help you understand all of your legal options.
Five Reasons to Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer for Your Claim
There are several reasons to hire an attorney when you are seriously injured in an accident, including:
1. Assessing the True Value of Your Claim
Determining the correct value of your claim involves analyzing medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, and physical and emotional suffering. An experienced personal injury attorney will consider all these factors to determine how much your claim may be worth. A proper assessment can mean the difference between a fair settlement and selling yourself short. Accessing value accurately often cannot occur until all necessary medical care has occurred.
2. Conducting Investigations and Gathering Evidence
Investigating the circumstances surrounding your injury includes collecting evidence such as photos, witness statements, and medical records. A skilled personal injury lawyer will carefully gather and analyze this information to build your case. This investigative work is key to supporting your claim and holding the responsible parties accountable.
3. Handling Settlement Negotiations
Negotiating a settlement can be a complex and stressful process. A knowledgeable personal injury attorney will negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf, aiming to reach a fair and adequate settlement. Their knowledge of legal procedures and applicable laws enables them to fight for the best possible outcome.
4. Representing Your Best Interests in Court
If settlement negotiations fail, your case may go to court. In this situation, having a dedicated personal injury lawyer is vital. They will prepare your case thoroughly, present compelling arguments, and strive to attain a favorable verdict. Their courtroom experience and dedication to your cause can be pivotal in achieving justice.
5. Providing Support and Peace of Mind
Personal injury cases can be emotionally draining and challenging to navigate alone. By entrusting your case to a personal injury attorney, you receive both legal guidance and support for your recovery. They will guide you through the legal maze, keep you informed at every stage, and work tirelessly to alleviate your burden. This personalized care can be a tremendous relief during a difficult time.
The Haynes Firm Is Here to Help
When you entrust your case to our skilled personal injury attorneys, you receive the personal attention that you expect from a highly respected law firm. We take great pride in our undivided loyalty to our clients. Retain the services of professional advocates who champion your cause and support you throughout the entire process.
Our attorneys work on a contingency basis. This means that you are not responsible for legal fees until after we have secured a positive settlement or verdict on your behalf. We are prepared to stand by your side, offer support and advice, and fight tirelessly for the compensation you deserve.
Contact Our Johnson City Personal Injury Lawyer for FREE
To schedule a FREE case evaluation with one of our experienced lawyers, contact The Haynes Firm online or call us at 423-928-0165 today. We serve individuals and families living throughout Tennessee from our offices in Johnson City.