Cookeville is a Tennessee city with a population of 30,435. It is also considered a “micropolitan area” with 65,014 residents. It is the county seat of Putnam County and home to Tennessee Technological University, which is known for engineering, business, education, and the arts. The student population of the university makes up about one-third of Cookeville. Putnam County is close to scenic Center Hill Lake and Dale Hollow Lake. Like other places in the United States, a number of people suffer personal injuries and accidents in Cookeville, Monterey, and elsewhere in Putnam County. If you or a your loved one is hurt by somebody else’s negligence, experienced Putnam County personal injury attorney Matt Hardin can help you recover the compensation to which you are entitled. Mr. Hardin provides skilled representation in cases involving car wrecks, tractor-trailer wrecks, motorcycle wrecks, wrongful death, medical malpractice, and other forms of personal injury.
As personal injury attorneys, we know that the majority of accidents that are caused by another person’s negligence and cause serious injuries are motor vehicle accidents. Whether they involve standard passenger vehicles or big trucks, vehicle accidents can leave victims in serious pain, disabled, and unable to work for weeks, months, or even years.
At Matt Hardin Law, we believe that innocent victims shouldn’t have to pay for medical bills and vehicle repair costs when the accident wasn’t their fault. If you were recently injured in a car of truck accident in Putnam County, our Cookeville car accident attorneys can help you get the compensation you need to move forward with your life.
Car accidents can quickly change victims’ lives. Not only are they capable of causing serious pain that interferes with your quality of life, but they can also make it impossible for you to work and get the paychecks you and your family rely on. Our legal team has years of experience handling car accident cases in Putnam County, and we know what it takes to build and defend successful claims against big insurance companies that are looking to reduce or deny payments.
Truck accidents are just like car accidents—but they have the potential to be much more severe. Big trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds, while standard passenger vehicles generally weigh 20 times less than that amount. Pursuing claims for compensation after truck accidents can also be legally complex, as multiple parties may be involved, including the truck driver, owner, and company. Our personal injury attorneys know the ins-and-outs of truck accident laws and claims in Putnam County and throughout Tennessee, and we won’t rest until you get the money you deserve.
Victims of accidents can often file negligence lawsuits against the person or entity that harmed them. Negligence claims start by showing that the defendant violated a duty of reasonable care owed to the victim. In truck accident cases, for example, this duty typically consists of operating a vehicle in a way that obeys traffic laws and does not endanger the safety of others on the road.
Unfortunately, many people in Tennessee and other states fail to meet this obligation, causing harm to others around them. Examples of negligent behavior extend from a driver failing to yield at an intersection to a store owner leaving spilled liquid on the floor of a supermarket for hours. These poor decisions can cause serious injuries or even death, but personal injury lawsuits allow victims to hold wrongdoers accountable. However, you must file your claim within four years of the accident that caused your injury, or you may be barred from pursuing compensation. This time frame shrinks to two years in wrongful death actions.
A type of negligence claim, a wrongful death action allows you to obtain compensation for the loss of a family member who died because of someone else’s carelessness. Of course, there is no way to restore a loved one to you or fully compensate for your loss. However, wrongful death actions at least relieve the burden of medical expenses, funeral expenses, and lost earning capacity that may have occurred when you lost your loved one. Bereaved families should not need to struggle with financial stress in addition to the severe emotional stress that accompanies such a loss.
If you can prove that a defendant acted in an irresponsible manner, you still must show that this breach of care caused your injuries. This means that you were not more than 49 percent responsible for your own injuries. Since this element of a negligence claim can be more challenging to prove, you should seek the advice of an experienced attorney as you construct your case. Victims who are partly responsible for the injuries, but to an extent of less than 50 percent, can still recover compensation proportionate to the extent of the defendant’s fault. If you were 30 percent responsible for your injuries, for example, the Tennessee system of modified comparative fault will allow you to recover 70 percent of the costs for your injures.
In tractor-trailer crashes caused by commercial drivers, for example, the wrongdoer often has fewer resources from which to seek compensation than his or her employer does. Under the rule of vicarious liability, Tennessee law allows you to pursue damages from an employer as well as an employee who injured you if the employee acted within the scope of his or her employment when the accident happened. This also may be useful in personal injury lawsuits based on premises liability, through which an injured person can hold a store owner liable for an employee’s carelessness.
After an injury or a death caused by an accident, there may be many bills and expenses that you need to pay. It is possible to recover those losses, in addition to more subjective damages like pain and suffering, by retaining a knowledgeable Putnam County personal injury attorney. Matt Hardin can investigate the circumstances of the accident and pursue a personal injury, wrongful death, or medical malpractice claim on your behalf if appropriate. Schedule a free consultation with him by calling 615-200-1111 or sending a message through our online form. We serve clients throughout Putnam County, including Algood and Baxter, and for your convenience we also have a satellite office in Cookeville available for appointments.