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Catastrophic Injuries In Memphis

Memphis Personal Injury Attorneys

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    A serious accident can turn your life upside down in an instant. Along with the physical toll of treatment and recovery, you could be forced to deal with the stress of being unable to work, struggling to pay your bills on time and support those you love. The party responsible owes it to you to make things right, and if they (or their insurer) fail to do so, we’ll be there to demand it. Let us be your voice!

    No case is too big or too small for our team to handle. We fight on behalf of those who have been hurt in our community, and our respected Memphis personal injury lawyers have secured millions of dollars on behalf of our deserving clients. Let us send a message that negligence has consequences. We have the experience and the resources to take on large companies and major insurance providers in our pursuit of justice on your behalf. We have done it before, and we are prepared to do it again for you.

    An initial consultation with a skilled personal injury attorney is free, so call us at (901) 352-0333 or reach out to us online. We work on a contingency-fee basis, so you won’t pay us anything unless we win money for you. Our compassionate and knowledgeable attorneys are ready to help you now.

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    Steps to Take to Protect Your Rights After an Accident

    When you find yourself injured in an accident, your immediate responses can be driven by emotion. We understand that stressful situations can be overwhelming, but it is essential to keep cool to ensure you don't damage your ability to collect compensation. Here are some tips for protecting your rights:

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    Get medical treatment right away and go to all of your appointments.

    You need to get medical treatment and care for your injuries so that you are safe. Even if you think your injuries are minor, get checked out by your primary care physician because some serious injuries involve delayed symptoms. It is also important that you go to all of your appointments so that opposing parties cannot say that your injuries are less serious or that you do not require the care you claimed you did.

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    Gather any evidence you can.

    If possible, it is wise to gather evidence from the scene of the accident, such as taking pictures or getting contact information from others involved. If this is impossible due to a need for medical treatment, however, your lawyer can gather evidence for you.

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    Do not talk to the insurance company.

    You will likely receive a call from the insurance company soon after your accident. When this happens, do not give a recorded or written statement, and do not accept any payment without speaking to a lawyer. Insurance companies historically offer the lowest possible settlements to unsuspecting victims and even try to trick victims into making statements that damage their claim. Do not make these mistakes ─ redirect these calls to your lawyer.

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    Call a knowledgeable personal injury lawyer immediately.

    It is never too early to call a lawyer. While you focus on your recovery, your lawyer can investigate the accident, gather evidence, and begin preparing your claim for compensation.

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    What Do You Have to Prove in a Personal Injury Claim?

    Personal injury claims all hinge on liability, which is the legal term for fault. In order to prevail in a personal injury claim, you must prove that:

    • The defendant owed a duty of care to you. (For example, drivers have a duty to be safe on the road, and store owners have a duty to keep their properties reasonably free of hazards.)
    • The defendant did not take proper care and breached that duty.
    • That negligence directly caused your injuries, resulting in damages.

    How you prove negligence will depend on the specifics of your case. Some common evidence that may be used includes:

    • Evidence from the scene of the accident
    • Police reports
    • Medical records
    • Bills and receipts
    • Expert testimony
    • Witness testimony

    It takes skill and resources to build a winning personal injury case. At Reaves Law Firm, PLLC, our knowledgeable Memphis personal injury attorneys will develop your case with the proof needed to show exactly why the defendant is responsible for your injuries. Our goal is always to recover maximum compensation available to you by law.

    Types of Damages You Could Recover in a Personal Injury Claim

    When you make a claim for a personal injury, you are pursuing financial compensation, which is referred to as “damages.” Damages are separated into two different types:

    • Actual damages seek to return your life back to the way it was before the injuries. For example, actual damages would include the money to cover your medical bills or to replace a car that was totaled in an accident.
    • General damages are considered compensation for non-monetary losses, including pain and suffering, mental anguish, and other more abstract conditions.

    The outcome of each personal injury claim will depend on its unique facts and circumstances. At Reaves Law Firm, PLLC, we will build your case and assess all possible damages that may be available to you. Some of the most common damages available in personal injury claims include:

    • Medical expenses: You should be reimbursed for all medical expenses related to your accident. This includes doctor bills, prescriptions, and even mileage to/from doctor’s appointments.
    • Cost of future medical care: Because injuries sometimes come with long-term complications that will require more medical care throughout your life, future medical care expenses can be estimated and included in your personal injury settlement.
    • Household expenses: Your injuries may require that you make modifications to your home or your lifestyle. Damages for household expenses can cover these costs and others, such as hiring a lawn service or other workers to perform jobs that are now impossible due to your injuries.
    • Lost wages: Actual wages lost for your time missed from work can be reimbursed, as well as lost future earnings if your injuries prevent you from returning to your job.
    • Loss of services: Your injuries may now prevent you from performing services within your household, like picking up your children from school, cleaning the house, or cooking dinner. These damages seek to compensate the other members of your household for the loss of your services.
    • Loss of consortium: This is a legal term for the loss of general companionship provided to a spouse or partner due to injuries. Physical limitations may significantly change personal relationships, and these damages compensate for the loss of intimacy that may be caused by your injuries.

    The damages you are eligible to receive will vary depending on the details of your case. Please contact our personal injury attorneys in Memphis today to discuss your case in-depth during a free consultation.

    Statute of Limitations on Personal Injury Claims in Tennessee

    The statute of limitations gives a time limit that you have to file a claim. Tennessee law provides that you only have one year from the date of the accident to file a personal injury claim. This is significantly shorter than many other states and requires that you act very quickly. If you go beyond the statute of limitations, you lose your ability to recover any compensation from your accident.

    In addition to the state’s statute of limitations, some insurance carriers have even tighter timeframes for filing claims, so it is even more important that you talk to an attorney about your rights as soon as possible.

    When you contact Reaves Law Firm, PLLC, a Memphis personal injury lawyer will review your claim and determine all of the time limitations that might apply to you so that we never miss a deadline in your case. Our team can handle all of the legal aspects of your case for you so that you can focus completely on your recovery.

    How Our Personal Injury Attorneys Can Help with Your Case

    Personal injuries can be overwhelming for you and your whole family. An experienced lawyer can help ease the burden on all of you, both now and into the future.

    At Reaves Law Firm, PLLC, you can trust our savvy legal team to:

    • Take over all communication with insurance companies, so you are not pressured by tricky or aggressive adjusters
    • Initiate investigations into your accident to determine all potentially liable parties
    • Document all damages related to your accident and plan for your future by anticipating your long-term care needs
    • Handle all the legal aspects of your personal injury case as efficiently as possible
    • Manage your claim from start to finish so you can put all of your time and energy into the recovery process

    When you make a personal injury claim, you will be going up against a well-funded insurance company. These big businesses are professional negotiators and often try to take advantage of victims and their families by pressuring them to accept lowball settlements. At Reaves Law Firm, PLLC, we know this because we deal with the insurance companies all the time. We never want to see a victim get less than the maximum recovery allowed to them by law. With one of our Memphis personal injury attorneys by your side, we promise to vigorously pursue justice on your behalf.

    We will treat you like a part of our family and handle all aspects of your legal claim. We are passionate about helping injured victims, and we are so confident in our services that your first consultation is always free. Please contact us now so we can get started on your claim right away.

    We Have Helped People Suffering from All Types of Personal Injuries

    As experienced personal injury attorneys in Memphis, we have helped people coping with a wide range of bodily injuries. Some of the common injuries we see in our personal injury cases include:

    • Broken bones
    • Head and traumatic brain injuries
    • Back and spinal cord injuries
    • Neck injuries
    • Vision/hearing loss
    • Burns
    • Loss of limbs
    • Internal injuries
    • Strains and sprains
    • Lacerations

    Unfortunately, many accidents also result in fatal injuries. If your loved one passed away as a result of an accident due to negligence, we can help your family pursue a wrongful death claim on their behalf. Through this claim, you may be able to recover compensation for medical bills, funeral expenses, loss of support, and more.

    Common Causes of Injuries

    Personal injury cases can arise from a wide variety of incidents. Some of the common cases we handle at our firm include:

    • Slips, trips, and falls
    • Dog bites
    • Premises liability
    • Workplace accidents
    • Construction accidents
    • Car accidents
    • Truck crashes
    • Motorcycle wrecks
    • Pedestrian accidents
    • Bicycle accidents
    • Aviation disasters
    • Medical malpractice

    As long as your injuries were caused by another party’s negligence, we may be able to help you pursue a claim for compensation. Learn more about your legal rights during a free consultation with one of our compassionate Tennessee personal injury lawyers.

    Talk to Our Memphis Personal Injury Lawyers Today

    If you have suffered a personal injury due to the negligence of another party, the skilled attorneys at Reaves Law Firm, PLLC can help you demand the compensation you need to pay your medical expenses, lost wages, and more. Call us today for a free, no-obligation consultation at (901) 352-0333.

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