The loss of a loved one is one of the most difficult and emotionally trying times your family will ever experience. This is especially true when the loved one’s death was easily avoidable. Tennessee wrongful death law empowers surviving family members to sue under a negligence theory when a family member dies as a result of the failure of another person or business to act reasonably under the circumstances.


1. Do I have to hire an attorney to pursue my personal injury case?

A:  Technically, No. An individual does have the right to represent themselves in Court.  However, you are at an extreme disadvantage if you try to represent yourself in your personal injury lawsuit.  The Defendant’s insurance company will spend thousands of dollars on defense lawyers to fight you in Court.  An experienced personal injury attorney is in a better position to collect and preserve evidence, prepare the proper legal documents and follow proper Court rules and protocol.  If you attempt to represent yourself in your personal injury case, chances are very high that you will seriously jeopardize your claim.

2.  Do I have to pay an attorney fee up front for you to take my case?

A: No. Our office accepts personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis.  You will not pay us any money up front to handle your case.  We also advance necessary litigation expenses to prosecute and prove your case.  If we are able to resolve your case without the necessity of conducting a jury trial, our attorney’s fee is 33.33% of your settlement.  In the event that we obtain a judgment for you at a jury or bench trial, our fee is 40% of your recovery.  Any fees we advance on your case are paid back to us out of the settlement proceeds or judgment.

3. How long does the average personal injury case last?

A:  Unfortunately, there is no easy way to predict how long a particular case may last.  Oftentimes, we are able to secure satisfactory settlements for our clients without the necessity of filing a lawsuit.  Other times, cases that should settle quickly may drag on for years in Court.  Regardless of what direction your case may take, we are committed to moving the case along as quickly as possible to bring closure to your claim.

4. How long do I have to file a lawsuit for personal injuries in Tennessee?

A:  You have one year from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit for personal injuries in the state of Tennessee in most circumstances.

5.  Can I file a lawsuit for personal injuries on behalf of my minor children?

A: Yes. If you have a minor child who sustained personal injuries as the result of a Defendant’s negligence, you may file suit on their behalf as parent or next friend.

Douglass & Runger---Memphis Personal Injury Attorneys
More Videos >>
Curtis A. Runger

Call: 901-388-5805

Click below to send me a note and I will get back to you ASAP

Douglass & Runger, Attorneys at Law
2820 Summer Oaks Drive, Bartlett TN, 38134

Receive newsletter & updates

© Copyright 2015 - Douglass & Runger, Attorneys at Law. All Rights Reserved.

Created by eBiz Solutions