Knoxville Personal Injury Attorneys Fight to Maximize Your Compensation
Playing 2 Win for clients who were injured because of someone else’s negligence
No one ever anticipates a serious personal injury; we assume they happen to other people, not to us or to our loved ones. The sad truth is, though, that the average person is only one medical emergency from losing everything. When your injury was caused by the negligence of another person, you can make a claim for compensation that will help you keep your home, fix your car, pay your bills and protect your family.
At Banks and Jones, our Knoxville personal injury lawyers have been fighting on behalf of the injured in Tennessee for more than 25 years. We offer you practical, honest advice about your chances and about your options, so you can make informed decisions about your future. If the only way to recover the compensation you’re owed is to go to trial, you can rest easy: we’re among the most aggressive, no-nonsense trial attorneys out there, and we don’t back down from a fight.
What types of cases do you take?
Our firm handles a wide variety of personal injury cases, here in Knoxville and around the state. We are routinely called upon by clients who have been hurt or been made ill because of:
- Car crashes
- Truck crashes
- Motorcycle crashes
- Defective products
- Medical malpractice
- Birth injuries
- Nursing home neglect
- Hunting accidents
- Premises liability
- Construction site injuries
We handle injury cases that take place on private, public and government-owned property throughout Tennessee. If you need assistance with workers’ compensation, we can represent you in those claims, too.
How does my lawyer get paid in a personal injury case?
Understanding the nature of your injuries
There are certain types of injuries that are so devastating, so serious, that they alter your life forever. We refer to those as catastrophic injuries: the kind that leave you needing around-the-clock care, or in chronic pain, or require the use of adaptive technologies (like wheelchairs, prosthetics or home modifications, for example) for years, if not forever. Our firm protects the families and futures of victims of catastrophic injuries such as:
- Burn injury
- Head, neck and traumatic brain injury
- Back and spinal cord injury
- Loss of limb
- Loss of vision or hearing
- Scarring or disfigurement
- Organ damage
- Wrongful death
If you were hurt or made ill through no fault of your own, you should seek medical attention right away. You never know when a seemingly minor incident could have life-long repercussions.
Tennessee’s statute of limitations for personal injury claims
In the state of Tennessee, the statute of limitations for a personal injury action is one year. This means you only have one year from the date you were injured, or from the sate you should have reasonably known you were injured, in order to file a claim for damages. Wrongful death and medical malpractice claims also give you one year to file, though product liability claims can be between one and four years, depending on the circumstances.
If you do not make your claim within the statute of limitations, you could be barred from recovering any compensation at all.
Claims, lawsuits and settlements: seeking damages for your injuries
When you sustain a serious injury, you have a few options. First, you can gather up all of your information – the accident report, your medical records, a letter from your boss outlining how many days you lost work – and send them to your insurance claims adjuster, and ask for compensation. (This is called a pre-litigation claim.) Almost every single time, your insurance company will come back with a settlement offer that seems perfectly reasonable to them, and practically criminal to you.
This is why your first step should be to gather up all that same information and hand it over to a Knoxville personal injury lawyer, instead. Your attorney has a much better chance at seeing a reasonable settlement amount. Our firm, for example, is often able to obtain just settlement amounts simply because of our reputation in jury trials. The insurance company knows we can and will take a case to trial, and they’d rather negotiate with just us, than leave their fate in the hands of a jury.
On occasion, your insurer will try to play hardball. They continue to deny your claim, or offer you a ludicrous settlement offer. When that happens, we can file a personal injury lawsuit on your behalf. In that lawsuit, just like in the original claim, we will seek economic damages (medical bills, property loss, lost pay from work, etc.) and non-economic damages (pain and suffering, loss of consortium, etc.) If the actions of the negligent party were especially egregious, we may seek punitive damages: compensation that is designed to punish the accountable party for its conduct.
Contact a Knoxville personal injury law firm that never stops fighting for you
At Banks and Jones, our Knoxville personal injury lawyers meet the toughest challenges head-on. Regardless of how difficult your case may be, our attorneys are prepared to fight relentlessly for you. Call 865-546-2141 or contact us to schedule a consultation to discuss your case with a member of our team.