If you suffer a serious personal injury that is someone else’s fault, you are legally entitled to monetary compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you have been seriously injured in Nashville, the Vanderbilt hospital area or Middle Tennessee, either in a car accident or as a result of medical malpractice, you should contact Cummings Law, a practice with a wealth of knowledge, experience, and consummate legal skill.
Brian Cummings, who formerly worked extensively on the defense side of medical malpractice cases, brings to his practice an extraordinary ability to understand medical data and to use strategies he knows will work well. As a matter of fact, he is one of very few attorneys in Tennessee who is a board-certified medical malpractice lawyer. Whether you have just been through the trauma of a vehicular accident or have experienced a highly distressing instance of medical malpractice, we are well-prepared to take over all of the insurance and legal aspects of your case. Your time will be much better spent in healing, both physically and emotionally, from your ordeal.
Vehicular Accidents That Lead To Personal Injury
Although some roadway accidents may be exacerbated by bad weather or poor road conditions, the majority of traffic accidents are the result of human error, negligence, speeding, illegal turns, tailgating, lane changing, running red lights, alcohol or drug impairment, or distracted driving. In a great many cases, the responsible party is guilty of more than one of the above violations. At Cummings Law, our job is to represent your legal interests, leveraging our extensive legal skills to win your case against the person who harmed you.
There are many different types of vehicles on the road at any time. The types may vary according to whether you’re driving on a highway of a rural road, but there is always the possibility of confronting the unexpected. You may have suffered injuries for which another party is liable during a:
Though you can suffer severe injuries in any of the above, the less your body is protected, the more danger you are in. In the last three types of accidents mentioned on this list, you are at considerable risk because you do not have the metal cage of the car or truck surrounding you. On a motorcycle, as opposed to being on a bicycle or on foot, you will probably be wearing a helmet and some protective clothing, but this advantage may be canceled out by the fact that you’re traveling at a higher rate of speed. Even if you are driving or riding in a car or truck, you can easily suffer terrible injuries, including:
- Head injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Organ damage
- Excessive bleeding
- Spinal cord injuries
- Loss of limb
- Neurological damage
- Muscular damage
- Loss of sight or hearing
We understand the fears that plague you in this situation, relative not only to your immediate physical
well-being, but to the possibility of future disability and loss of income. Whatever type of personal injury you have sustained, you can count on Cummings Law to be supportive and compassionate, and to stand up for your right to just compensation.
Though few cases of medical malpractice involve malice, doctors and other healthcare professionals sometimes make serious mistakes. In more cases than not, patient injuries could have been avoided by closer monitoring, more care taken during procedures, better hygiene protocol, more careful administration of medication and anesthesia, and/or better maintenance of medical and surgical equipment. Another problem with the way medical care is dispensed is that medical personnel are too often working under extreme pressure and (especially in emergency rooms) with insufficient sleep.
Some common medical malpractice suits involve:
- Damage to adjacent organs during surgery
- Other surgical mistakes (like leaving a clamp inside the patient)
- Birth injuries
- Improper drug administration
- Inadequate hygiene or sterilization
- Improper anesthesia administration
- Lack of patient monitoring
- Defective drugs or devices
- Misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis, or failure to diagnose
If you have been harmed by a doctor, other healthcare professional, or by the hospital itself, Cummings Law will protect you and hold the individual and/or facility accountable. We know how important it is that you receive compensation not only for being harmed but for being betrayed by those you trusted with your care.
Whichever type of personal injury case you are pursuing, when you contact Cummings Law, we will listen to you carefully as you report the details of your experience to determine whether you have a viable case. Once we have established that you do, we will take steps to investigate all medical and/or police report data thoroughly, to interview any available witnesses, and, if necessary, call in any necessary experts to testify on your behalf.
Damages Our Nashville Personal Injury Attorney Will Help You Collect
In Tennessee, you can receive reimbursement for economic and noneconomic damages.
Economic damages compensate you for things that can be easily assigned a dollar value, such as: past and future medical and healthcare costs, lost wages, decreased future earning power, property damage (such as your vehicle), household services, and any other material costs resulting from your injury.
Noneconomic damages are designed to compensate you for physical pain, emotional anguish, physical impairment, disfigurement, loss of limbs, and loss of quality of life, including loss of consortium or companionship.
Punitive damages are awarded if the party who harmed you acted in an especially horrific manner — e.g. was inebriated, abusing drugs, or engaging in some other illegal activity at the time your injury was incurred. Punitive damages have a dual purpose — to punish the offender and to prevent others from behaving in a similarly egregious manner.
Some Other Things You Should Know About Personal Injury in Tennessee
The statute of limitations for filing a personal injury case in Tennessee is only 1 year, shorter than in many other states, which is why it is important to have a free consultation at Cummings Law as soon as possible.
Also, Tennessee has a modified comparative fault policy, meaning that a Tennessee court decides what percentage of blame belongs to each of the parties involved in an accident. If you win $100,000 in compensation, for example, and you are found to be 20 percent at fault, the amount you are awarded will be cut by 20 percent so you will only receive $80,000. As long as you’re found to be less than 50 percent at fault, you are able to recover some compensation. If you’re found to be 50 percent or more at fault, however, you will not receive any damages at all. As of 2011, there is a cap of $750,000 on most non-economic damages.
Contact Our Personal Injury Attorney
We know how overwhelming personal injuries can be and how awful it is to be victimized by someone else’s inattention or recklessness. Instead of worrying about how you are going to manage your healthcare costs and loss of income, call on us. We will take over the task of dealing with all the complexities of your case so that you can be free to rest, recover, and regain your peace of mind. You can reach us by phone or through a contact form on our website.