At Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz, our Knoxville personal injury lawyers handle cases arising from all types of accidents and injuries, such as motor vehicle collisions, medical malpractice, encounters with defective products, nursing home neglect, and injuries caused by negligent security at apartment complexes and on other types of property. If your injuries resulted from another party's negligence or misconduct, you may be able to recover compensation. Whereas many personal injury lawyers try to avoid trials, our attorneys routinely try lawsuits to a jury and have recovered over $1 billion in settlements and verdicts for our clients. We also can guide you through the process of a workers’ compensation or Social Security claim. With more than 30 attorneys and 100 staff members, we are the largest personal injury firm based in Tennessee, which means that you have a wealth of resources at your disposal.Bringing a Claim for Compensation After an Accident
In most personal injury cases, such as car accident claims, a plaintiff must establish negligence. This means that the plaintiff must prove that the defendant failed to act reasonably under the circumstances and that this failure caused their injuries. If a defendant violates a safety statute, ordinance, or regulation, it may be possible to establish negligence per se. For example, commercial truck drivers and trucking companies must follow numerous federal and state safety regulations, such as keeping logbooks, maintaining the truck, and properly securing cargo.
When the cause of an injury or illness is a defective product, such as a dangerous pharmaceutical, it may be possible to hold a manufacturer strictly liable. In a strict liability claim, a plaintiff must establish that there was a defect, that the defect was the cause of their injuries, and that they sustained damages. Product defects that are actionable include design defects, manufacturing defects, and marketing defects.
Negligent security cases arise out of the duty that property owners owe to tenants and visitors to keep their premises reasonably free from foreseeable dangers. In general, apartment owners should inspect the property for hazards and either fix them or issue warnings. While an apartment owner cannot absolutely ensure safety, it may be held responsible for a failure to take appropriate security measures, such as failing to fix a broken lock or not hiring security guards after repeated criminal attacks. In order to establish a negligent security claim, you will need to show that an apartment manager or owner knew or should have known about prior criminal attacks that were similar to yours but failed to take steps to guard against them.
In the greater Knoxville area, families of nursing home residents and patients trust that their caregivers will take proper care of them. Unfortunately, mistakes may be made in caregiving settings. When a mistake is made by a health care professional, it may be appropriate to bring a medical malpractice lawsuit. It will be necessary to retain an expert to testify as to the accepted standards and practices of the medical community in connection with the area of medicine in which the defendant practices. Nursing homes have other obligations to their residents under state and local laws, and a failure to meet these obligations may give rise to a lawsuit as well.
Damages that may be available in a successful personal injury lawsuit may include lost wages, medical bills, loss of consortium, pain and suffering, permanent disability, and reduced quality of life.If you have been involved in a serious car accident or any other type of incident in the Knoxville area, the first step is seeking medical attention for your injuries. Knoxville is home to many notable health care facilities, including the University of Tennessee Medical Center, the Physicians Surgery Center of Knoxville, and the Farragut Medical Center and Turkey Creek Medical Center further west down I-40. If you suspect that criminal activity may have been involved, it is important to contact the Knoxville Police Department, which is located at 800 Howard Baker Jr. Boulevard and may be reached at (865) 215-7000. The KPD is divided into two districts and four divisions with nearly 400 officers.
The personal injury, Social Security, and workers’ compensation attorneys at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz can help you evaluate your options if you are dealing with a serious injury or illness. Contact us toll-free by calling 800-529-4004 or by completing our online form to set up a free consultation. For people who need a Knoxville personal injury attorney, NST is the way to go.