At the Law Office of Eric Beasley, we are committed to helping people who have been injured by the negligence of someone else. A knowledgeable lawyer may be vital if you have been involved in a car accident, slip and fall, or other incident in Nashville or anywhere in Middle Tennessee. Mr. Beasley approaches each case with the careful attention to detail that it requires. He treats accident victims with compassion and respect while investigating the details of their loss and advocating for them aggressively throughout the legal process.Pursuing a Negligence Claim for Compensation
Personal injury lawsuits are often brought under the legal theory of negligence. This term refers to a defendant’s failure to act with the level of care appropriate for a certain situation. To prevail in a claim for negligence, a victim must first demonstrate that he or she was owed a duty of care. This means that the defendant had a legal obligation to act in a manner that avoids posing a foreseeable risk of harm. The standard of care may vary in some situations but usually at least requires doing what a reasonable person would do in similar circumstances.
After proving the existence of a legal duty, the victim must show that the defendant failed to meet the appropriate standard and thus violated the duty. The breach of the duty of care must have led directly to the accident in which the victim was harmed. The last element of a negligence claim involves identifying quantifiable damages.
For example, a car accident victim pursuing a claim for negligence against a defendant driver might prove that the defendant breached the duty of care by failing to stop at a red light or breaking another traffic law. Tennessee law provides that the victim must show that the accident happened specifically because of this failure to stop, rather than some other intervening cause.
In order to demonstrate damages, the victim might present medical bills, evidence of lost income, repairs to a vehicle, and the costs of future treatment. More subjective forms of damages also may be available, such as the pain and suffering that the victim endured. It is important to document your injuries to protect your right to compensation after an accident.
Sometimes a defendant in a personal injury lawsuit will claim that the victim bears at least some of the fault for the accident. Under Tennessee law, the comparative fault rule requires an evaluation of each party’s degree of responsibility. The victim often can still recover compensation for his or her injuries that is proportionate to the defendant’s fault.
Under Tennessee law, personal injury claims must be filed within one year of the accident to comply with the statute of limitations. This makes it essential to avoid any delay in taking legal action.Discuss Your Injury Claim with Lawyer Serving Nashville and Middle Tennessee
If you are considering bringing an auto accident or premises liability claim in Nashville or anywhere in Middle Tennessee, you can enlist attorney Eric Beasley for guidance on your rights and options. Mr. Beasley serves individuals throughout the state, including in Metro Nashville, Murfreesboro, Lebanon, Goodlettsville, Hendersonville, and many other areas of Davidson, Sumner, Rutherford, Robertson, Wilson, and Williamson Counties. Contact us today at (615) 859-2223 or complete our online form to set up a free consultation to discuss your situation.