Personal Injury FAQ

Personal Injury FAQ

A personal injury can lead a person to suffer from bodily and mental harm. However, for many it also leads to monetary strain as medical costs pile up, work days vanish, and for some they must deal with the damage caused to their personal property.

At Greg Coleman Law, our personal injury attorneys believe that when a person is injured due to anothers negligence, the victim may be permitted to file a personal injury claim.

To Learn more, call 865-247-0080 or complete the Free Case Evaluation form to the right.

What is a personal injury claim?

A personal injury claim can be the result of a wide range of circumstances. Any time an individual is injured by the actions or negligence of another person or entity can be classified as "personal injury." Some of the most common types of personal injury claims are a result of a motor vehicle accident, premises liability claim or a workplace injury.

What is negligence?

The law requires that everyone act with "reasonable care." The definition of reasonable care can vary from state to state and from situation to situation, however. If someone fails to act with the reasonable care required in the given circumstance, that individual may be considered negligent. In order to recover compensation for many personal injury claims, the injured party must be able to prove that it was the negligence of another person or entity that caused their injury.

What is the difference between compensatory and punitive damages?

Compensatory damages are intended to help compensate the injury victim for any financial losses the victim may have incurred. Typically, compensatory damages are the most common type of damages sought after in a personal injury lawsuit. Punitive damages are designed to punish an individual who intentionally harmed another. Punitive damages provide some award to the victim who suffered injuries due to another's misconduct.

The insurance company wants to send someone to my house to write me a check and settle my case. Should I accept the money?

Insurance companies often try to get injury victims to settle for far less compensation than they deserve for their losses. It is the goal of an insurance adjuster to minimize claims payouts in order to increase the profits of the company. The insurance company does not always have your best interests at heart. Oftentimes, injury victims will limit the amount of compensation they are able to receive, regardless of the severity of their injuries, by accepting a check from the insurance company early on. We advise that you consult with an attorney who is well-versed in Tennessee personal injury law before accepting any payment from the insurance company.

Should I give the insurance company a recorded statement?

Under no circumstance should you ever provide a recorded statement without first seeking the advice of a lawyer. In most cases, the recording can be avoided. Recorded statements are taken to preserve your testimony for use at trial, and a seemingly innocent comment can be misconstrued and used to deny payment on your claim.

How can I afford to file a personal injury lawsuit against an insurance company?

At Greg Coleman Law, we operate on a contingency fee basis. This means that we do not charge you anything until we obtain a favorable outcome for your personal injury claim.

How do I know if my personal injury claim is worth filing a lawsuit?

To determine if you have cause to file a personal injury lawsuit, we offer free case evaluations to anyone who believes they may have a claim. During an evaluation, one of our attorneys will assess the merits of your claim and offer guidance on how to best proceed in pursuing legal remedies for your losses.

How long will it take to resolve my personal injury lawsuit?

Every case is different, so there is no set time limit on how long it can take for your lawsuit to be resolved. Depending on the nature of the injury, how the injury occurred, other parties involved and other details specific to your particular lawsuit, it could take anywhere from six months to a few years for a personal injury lawsuit to reach some type of settlement or jury verdict.

What will I be responsible for if my case is lost?

If we do not receive a positive outcome when prosecuting your personal injury lawsuit, you will not be responsible for any expenses. You will only be responsible for fees if one of our attorneys is successful in recovering compensation for your losses.

Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer Today

Personal injury law is complex and in many cases, carelessness can be very tough to authenticate. If you or a family member has suffered an injury in Tennessee that was caused by the negligent actions someone else, you may be entitled to compensation for your damages.

Located in Knoxville, Tennessee, Greg Coleman Law proudly serves victims throughout Knox County - with our team of lawyers licensed to practice law across the entire state. With decades of experience, we have the knowledge, resources and determination to handle your personal injury litigation.

For more information on the legal rights that could be available to personal injury victims and their families, or to schedule a free and confidential, no-obligation consultation with one of our lawyers, complete the Free Case Evaluation form a the top of this page or call 865-247-0080 today.