About 84,000 Tennessee residents have made their homes in Maury County, the only county in the nation with this name. Named after a prominent surveyor and politician in the state’s early history, this county may be most famous for its antebellum homes. Many of these luxurious 19th-century estates are located near Columbia, the county seat, which also was the early home of U.S. President James K. Polk. Once called “The Dimple of the Universe,” this county attracts hikers and bikers to its hills and valleys. With all of its attractions and potential for outdoor adventure, it is easy to forget that this area of Tennessee also is the site of many accidents and injuries arising from negligent conduct. If you were injured due to the careless conduct of another in Columbia, Spring Hill, or elsewhere in Maury County, you should consult an experienced personal injury lawyer who can advise you regarding your legal options. Matt Hardin can help you pursue the compensation to which you may be entitled. Mr. Hardin has represented countless individuals who have been harmed due to car wrecks, truck wrecks, motorcycle wrecks, wrongful death, medical malpractice, and other instances of negligent conduct.
Most accidents in Tennessee happen because a person or entity engaged in needlessly careless behavior. Filing a personal injury action can make such people accountable for their poor decisions, and helps compensate the people they have harmed. Tennessee applies modified comparative fault in personal injury actions. This means that you can potentially get compensation for any harm that you suffered as long as you were less than 50 percent at fault for the accident that caused the harm.
It can be difficult to determine how much each person involved in an accident or injury was responsible for it. Thus, it is important to consult an injury lawyer who understands the nuances of these cases and will work hard to craft the most persuasive arguments for you. To get compensation, you and your attorney can work together on pursuing a negligence claim. You should lose no time in contacting an attorney and preparing your claim. To protect your rights, you must file a negligence claim within four years of the accident that harmed you.
A personal injury action based on negligence revolves around the duty of the defendant to use reasonable care in actions that have an impact on others. This duty exists in many contexts, but it is relatively simple in certain situations, such as those involving car accidents. For example, all Tennessee drivers must obey the rules of the road and operate their vehicles with reasonable care. If a driver falls short of meeting this standard, the driver may be liable. If the driver was acting within the scope and course of his or her employment, then the driver’s employer may also be liable under a theory of vicarious liability called “respondeat superior.” A knowledgeable Maury County personal injury attorney can assess whether this theory applies to your case.
Simply proving that a defendant had a duty and breached the duty is not enough to succeed in a negligence action, however. A victim also must show that the defendant’s careless or dangerous behavior caused the victim’s injuries. For example, a driver might have been speeding in a thunderstorm, or a business owner may have failed to maintain his or her property in a safe condition. This negligent behavior still must be tied to the accident in which the defendant was involved for someone injured by their actions to get damages.
Victims injured due to the negligence of another may be entitled to compensatory damages, which encompass both economic and non-economic forms of recovery. Economic damages include medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses stemming from the injury that are easily calculated. Non-economic damages extend to more subjective forms of injury, such as pain and suffering.
Obtaining compensation for the injuries that you have suffered due to someone else’s negligence can make an immense difference in your recovery. Even if you are not sure that you have a claim, you should talk to an attorney to explore how you can protect your rights. Consider discussing your case with seasoned injury lawyer Matt Hardin, who serves clients throughout Maury County, including in Spring Hill and Columbia. Take a moment to fill out our online form or call our office at 615-200-1111 to schedule an initial consultation at no cost to you.