Representing Victims of Catastrophic Injuries in Tennessee, Georgia, and Alabama
Serious injuries caused by a car crash, or any type of accident, will often have devastating physical, emotional, and financial consequences for the victim and their family. Adequate recovery requires more than monetary compensation for medical bills or the replacement of a totaled vehicle. Catastrophic injuries can take away a person’s livelihood and their ability to enjoy life’s most basic, essential pleasures.
The Hamilton Firm has a strong record of getting exceptional results for clients who sustain catastrophic injuries. Our Chattanooga catastrophic injury lawyers have nearly a century of collective legal experience and are prepared to provide the aggressive, effective, and ethical advocacy needed to secure just compensation for all losses. Our team acts fast without sacrificing the careful attention and meticulousness required to gather and preserve crucial evidence. No matter the complexity of your situation, we will be there to personally guide you through each stage of the legal process and support you from start to finish.
Our firm represents clients impacted by catastrophic injuries in Tennessee, Georgia, and Alabama. There are never any fees upfront, so contact us online or call (423) 454-3288 to schedule a free initial consultation today.
A catastrophic injury is a type of physical or mental impairment that results in significant and permanent damage. They include brain injuries and spinal cord injuries, and these disabling conditions can be caused many types of accidents and incidents. When catastrophic injuries are caused by another party’s negligence, the victim has the right to take legal action and seek compensation for many types of damages, including long-term medical care and lost earning potential.
Our Chattanooga catastrophic injury attorneys can help you explore your options if you were harmed:
- On the highway. Any type of vehicular accident is dangerous and has a chance of producing catastrophic outcomes, especially if a collision occurs at high speeds or results in one or more vehicles rolling over. Truck accidents and crashes involving commercial vehicles (such as buses) can have even higher stakes and a greater frequency of catastrophic injuries. Multiple parties may be liable in these situations, so you should not answer any questions or sign anything if you are contacted by someone else’s defense attorney or insurer. Instead, get in touch with The Hamilton Firm. We can investigate the accident and ascertain liability.
- At a business. Accidents can happen in stores, restaurants, and parking lots. Accidents, injuries, and assaults can also occur in apartment complexes or hotels. Businesses are generally required to maintain a safe environment for their customers, though proving a premises liability case in the aftermath of sustaining a catastrophic injury can be challenging. If you suffered catastrophic injuries after slipping and falling, because of shoddy maintenance, or after being physically assaulted on someone else’s property, do not hesitate to reach out to our team.
- In a hospital or nursing home. While we would prefer to think of hospitals and nursing homes as safe havens for our loved ones, the unfortunate reality is that they can be dangerous places. Surgical and medication errors can cause permanent disfigurement, severe disability, and even death. All cases involving healthcare providers, including healthcare facilities, are complex and require a complete understanding of the applicable laws. Call our firm to get legal advice if you suspect your or a loved one’s catastrophic injury is the result of medical malpractice or nursing home neglect.
- On the job. Injuries in the workplace are far too common, and workers’ compensation only provides basic benefits to employees who are injured while on the clock. These benefits include payment of authorized medical expenses as well as some disability benefits, but they do not include any non-economic damages. Employees cannot generally sue their employers for workplace injuries, even if an employer was negligent, but they can sue a third party whose negligence led to a catastrophic injury. We can help determine if there are any liable third parties in your case.
How Long Do I Have to File a Catastrophic Injury Lawsuit?
Each state enforces time limits for all personal injury claims, including those involving catastrophic injuries. The statute of limitations that applies to your case will depend on where the act of negligence, carelessness, or wrongdoing occurred. If you suffered a catastrophic injury in Alabama, for example, the Alabama deadlines will apply in your case.
In Tennessee, you only have one year from the date of the accident or incident to sue for catastrophic injuries. If you could not immediately discover a catastrophic injury or its liability-triggering cause, you may get a year from the date you became aware of the injury or its cause (or the date you should have reasonably become aware of the injury or its cause).
In Georgia and Alabama, you typically have two years from the date of injury to file a catastrophic injury lawsuit. A “discovery rule” applies in both states: If a catastrophic injury or its cause is not immediately apparent, the clock does not start ticking until you discover the injury or its cause (or should have reasonably discovered the injury or its cause). In Georgia, you get two years from the date of discovery to start the legal process, while in Alabama, you only get one.
What Damages Can I Recover for Catastrophic Injuries?
The goal of a catastrophic injury lawsuit is to restore you to the financial position you were in before you suffered your injuries. Because catastrophic injuries are by definition life-changing, it is impossible to fully accomplish this through monetary compensation, which is why you are able to seek non-economic damages in addition to quantifiable economic damages.
Our Chattanooga catastrophic injury lawyers will work to get you maximum compensation for all losses, including:
- Past, current, and future medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Reduced earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of consortium
If your injuries prevent you from coming to our office, one of our attorneys is happy to come to you. Call (423) 454-3288 or contact us online to schedule a case evaluation today.