Personal injury law, or tort law, allows you to sue for money when someone injures you. The person against whom the lawsuit is filed, known as the defendant, can negligently or intentionally cause your injury. This claim can arise from any type of personal injury cases such as:
Medical malpractice occurs when a medical professional fails to provide you with proper medical care, resulting in injury. For example, the doctor could potentially misdiagnose the pain in your chest as heartburn. Later, you have a heart attack. You could sue the doctor to recover money for your personal injury.
Car accidents usually happen when a driver isn’t following the rules of the road or driving carefully. The careless driver is usually responsible for any financial loss you suffered because of the accident. Your injury may include damaged vehicles, medical bills and lost wages.
Intentional torts are done with a volitional act to cause harm. For instance, if a person assaults you, or he she engaged in what is called a battery. Depending on the circumstances, you would be able to sue for any medical injuries and pain and suffering you endured. Other intentional torts include:
• False imprisonment
• Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress
Slip, Trip and Fall
Property owners have a responsibility to keep their property safe from hazards so that others aren’t injured. If juice is spilled on a grocery store floor, for example, the grocer has a responsibility to clean the spill. If someone slipped and fell on the wet surface, he or she could sue.
Dog owners are responsible for the injuries their dogs cause. In fact, dog bite personal injury lawsuits are the most common types of personal injury cases. Tennessee has a hybrid law regarding strict liability and the one bite laws. Dog owners are financially responsible if the dog caused the individual’s injury or damaged a person’s property and if the injured person was in a public area or a place where he or she had a lawful right to go.
There are many types of personal injury cases in Tennessee. If you need more information on personal injury lawsuits or need to file one, contact the Law Office of Eric Beasley. They offer a free consultation and do not charge you unless you win or settle your case.