When people suffer serious injuries in an automobile accident, the consequences can be devastating.
They often wonder who will pay their medical bills and how they will support their families while they recover. The Nashville car accident lawyers at Cummings Manookian help people who are injured in automobile collisions as a result of another driver’s negligence, carelessness or misconduct. We move quickly to preserve evidence and prepare your case. And we deal directly with the insurance companies on your behalf, allowing you to focus on healing while we work to win the maximum settlement or judgment for your injuries.
What damages are recoverable in an automobile accident cases?
Tennessee law categorizes the types of damages available to individuals who have been injured in a car or truck accident. Every case is unique, but most car accident cases will include one or more of the following categories of damages:
- Medical Expenses – This category consists of your bills and expenses arising out of treatment for injuries incurred in the wreck.
- Lost Income / Lost Earning Capacity – Tennessee law allows injured plaintiffs to recover their lost income and earning capacity not only for time they were previously out of work, but also for any future periods of time where it’s reasonably certain they will remain out of work due to injuries.
- Property Damage – The most obvious and prevalent type of damages in car accident cases. You’ve been in a wreck and your vehicle has been damaged. In most cases you’re entitled not only to the cost of repairs, but also to the loss in value of your vehicle.
- Physical Pain and Suffering – These damages serve to compensate you for the physical pain and suffering incurred as a result of the wreck, both past and future. Burns, paralysis, ongoing back pain, and migraines are just a few examples of injuries that support a claim for physical pain and suffering.
- Emotional Pain and Suffering – This category of damages serves to compensate you for the emotional toll the consequences of a car wreck can take. It is particularly relevant in cases where there’s been death or disfigurement.
- Loss of Consortium – This category of damages compensates the spouse or family members of the person who has been injured or killed.
To calculate your own damages by category, please visit our Recovery Calculator.
What should I do following a car accident?
- First and foremost, get seen and examined by a health care professional as soon as possible. If you don’t, the insurance company is sure to argue that not seeking prompt medical attention is proof that you weren’t actually hurt.
- On the scene, cooperate fully with the police officers who arrive. Help them get the best factual information possible about your accident. Report facts about speed, distance, and the impact; but be careful not to venture into opinion when it comes to fault on your part. Under no circumstances should you admit fault or apologize.
- Document the names and contact information for anyone you believe was a witness to the accident. While the responding officers should do this as well, it never hurts to have the information yourself.
- Use your smartphone to take pictures of your vehicle, other involved vehicles, and anything else that may be important; in particular, skid marks, weather conditions, and nearby road signs. Err on the side of over inclusion. One of your photos may end up catching an important piece of evidence that will be cleared or moved within hours.
What should I not do following a car accident?
- Do not apologize to anyone, and do not make any statements indicating fault. It’s a natural human reaction to express regret over an accident; even if you were blameless. But in this one circumstance, what otherwise might be considered polite small talk can have major legal ramifications.
- Do not sign anything from an insurance company until after you speak with an experienced attorney. Insurance companies exist to generate a profit of premiums in excess of paid claims. A major part of that equation is paying out as little in claims as possible. Early settlement offers are almost always too low. The adjuster hopes you’ll settle your case before you know the full extent of your damages and before you speak to an experienced attorney.
- Do not give a recorded statement to anyone from an insurance company before you retain an attorney. Those statements are obtained by insurance adjusters in the hope that you say something that will be later argued as minimizing your claims.
Nashville Car Accident Lawyers
Why do I need an attorney?
Most people who are injured in an automobile or truck accident have never retained a lawyer before. Studies, including many commissioned by the insurance industry itself, show that victims of motor vehicle accidents who are represented by counsel receive significantly more money than those who “go it alone.” Additionally, in cases where indicated, an experienced attorney can draw on resources such as investigators, accident reconstruction experts, and medical experts that the average driver can’t. Where fault is contested and major damages are in play, failing to retain counsel can cost you and your family big.
Why choose Cummings Manookian?
When you choose Cummings Manookian to represent you, you get Brian Cummings and Brian Manookian working directly on your case – not a junior lawyer or paralegal. We move quickly to get your side of the story, confirming it through accident reports, medical records, and, where indicated, third-party investigation and reconstruction. After a thorough work-up, we deliver a detailed settlement demand to the at-fault driver’s insurance company. If an acceptable settlement is not reached, we file the lawsuit on our terms, seeking your maximum recovery in the courtroom.
If you or a loved one are currently struggling with the consequences of another driver’s negligence, contact the experienced Nashville car accident lawyers at Cummings Manookian for a free and confidential consultation. If we accept your case, we will advance all costs while working on a contingency fee basis. You won’t pay us anything unless and until there is a settlement or judgment in your favor. Contact us today to discuss how our experienced Nashville car accident lawyers can help you and your family secure the settlement or judgment you deserve.