Experienced an Injury Due to Negligence? Your Potential Damages

Blount Law Firm PLLC Sept. 14, 2018

Facing a physical injury due to an individual’s action or inaction is unacceptable under Tennessee law. Perhaps a distracted driver crashed into you, you slipped and fell on an unmaintained storefront, or you faced extreme burns due to a house fire caused by faulty electricity. Under Tennessee law, you have the authority to bring a civil lawsuit to claim substantial damages due to the negligent action of another individual.

The state of Tennessee recognizes the loss – both economical and noneconomical – that comes with serious and traumatic personal injury and works to compensate you through a civil proceeding. Due to the complicated nature and emotional stress of personal injury claims, it may prove essential to hire an experienced personal injury attorney to help you obtain accurate damages. Though you suffered significantly, you have the right to monetary benefits after you face injury due to another’s negligent action.

Economic and Noneconomic Damage Claims

According to Tennessee law, those that wish to file a personal injury claim can work to obtain compensation for both economic and noneconomic damages.

Economic damages include real expenses or losses that hold monetary value. These economic expenses may include:

  • Medical costs and care

  • Mental healthcare

  • Rehabilitation services

  • Physical therapy

  • Medications

  • Loss of earnings

  • Loss of use of property

  • Loss of employment

When determining the actual value of your economic losses, your attorney will present evidence of bills and your estimated future expenses to claim damages.

Noneconomic damages do not hold specific monetary value and need to be quantified by the court. These damages may include:

  • Physical and emotional pain

  • Suffering

  • Physical impairment

  • Loss of companionship

  • Mental anguish

  • Humiliation

  • Loss of mental and physical health

Noneconomic damages prove more difficult to calculate, but the court works to estimate the substantial losses you may experience after your injury. Under Tennessee law, noneconomic damages may not exceed $750,000, unless you suffer a catastrophic injury such as amputation, spinal cord injury or third-degree burns.

If you suffer from any type of personal injury, whether you will recover fully or you experience life-threatening ramifications, you need to file a personal injury lawsuit to obtain compensation. Hiring a knowledgeable attorney will give you the best chance of receiving all required economic and noneconomic damages in Tennessee.