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How Are Pain and Suffering Damages Calculated?

Pain and Suffering Damages

What is Pain and Suffering?  The term "pain and suffering" is defined as the physical, emotional, or mental losses caused by an injury. This term is a way to categorize general damages caused by another in the event of an auto accident or other injuries. In most personal injury cases, the statute of limitations to file a claim for pain and suffering is one year. Under Tennessee law, several factors may contribute to an injured person's suffering, such as:Physical pain and emotional pain Suffering Disfigurement Mental anguish Emotional distress Loss of society, companionship, and consortium Loss of enjoyment of regular...

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Why You Shouldn’t Let Insurance Companies Handle Your Case

Why You Shouldn’t Let Insurance Companies Handle Your Case Alone

It costs you nothing to consult with a personal injury attorney at The Cochran Firm of The Mid-South, so why wouldn’t you? Many people who are injured in a personal injury claim believe that their insurance company has them in their best interest. In fact, insurance companies have one goal; to make money and spend as little as possible.Here are 4 ways insurance companies may try to devalue your claim: Offer A Quick Pay Out One of the most common methods insurance companies use to avoid paying what policyholders are owed is to offer a quick pay out. Quick payouts can be...

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5 Steps to Take After a Car Accident

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Being in a car accident is a frightening and dangerous situation to be in. Since these accidents can be severe with possible injuries, there are necessary steps that need to be taken after an accident. It is essential to follow these steps to protect your rights after an accident with a car or truck. Inform the Authorities  Anyone involved in the accident should never leave the scene. If there are no serious injuries, move your vehicle from the road if possible. If there were severe injuries or if someone died, call the police immediately. Upon arrival, the officer will assess the accident...

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Who is Liable in a Multi-car Accident

Who is Liable in a Multi-car Accident

Who is Liable in a Multi-car Accident? Not all car accidents involve one or two vehicles. With the number of people on the road already a high number and increasing, accidents involving more than two cars are growing. In a matter of seconds, a congested highway can become a dangerous and an extreme situation. When disasters like this happen, it is hard to determine who is at fault because more than one driver could be at fault for acting carelessly behind the wheel.  How Chain Reaction Accidents Happen   Typically, a chain reaction accident happens when traffic is at a stop. Someone hits another...

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Summer is the Most Dangerous Time for Teen Drivers

Summer is the Most Dangerous Time for Teen Drivers

Summer is the Most Dangerous Time for Teen DriversThe leading cause of death or impairment among teenagers in the United States is motor vehicle accidents. Teens ages 16-19 are at a higher risk of being in a car accident vs. any other age group. Teenagers lack legitimate driving experience so obstacles which may seem minuscule to an adult often are difficult for teens. They are more likely to crash if they are distracted by having peers in the car, using a cell phone or intoxicated. Teen Drivers in Summer Businesses like AAA refer to summer as the “100 Deadliest Days” due to...

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How to File a Medical Malpractice Claim

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Medical malpractice occurs when a health care professional causes harm or injury to a patient through a negligent act or omission. Failure to diagnose, treat, or provide adequate aftercare can all be used to prove negligence and validate your medical malpractice claim. If you or a loved one has experienced medical malpractice, here’s what you should do:First and foremost, be sure that your claim has the characteristics to be qualified as such under the law. Any claim that pertains to violation of care, injury caused by negligence, or injury that results in serious damage are all situations where a medical...

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Understanding Police Brutality In Tennessee

police brutality in tennessee

Americans trust police officers and other members of law enforcement to enforce the laws responsibly and act with fairness in regards to their fellow humans. In very rare cases, however, officers make mistakes or bad decisions, often in the heat of the moment. This can lead to police brutality. In recent years, many people associate police brutality with high tension and fear surrounding incidents that involve officers and civilians that have turned violent. Read on to learn more about police brutality. What Is Police Brutality? While many people consider police brutality to include physical violence, this is not always the case. Misconduct can...

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Premises Liability: Frequently Asked Questions

Premises liability

Premises liability refers to when a person is injured on someone else’s property. Property owners are required to provide a safe and adequate property and if they fail to do so it can result in a premise liability claim. Frequently, a personal injury case is filed on the allegation that the property owner was negligent, causing injury. A few of the common premises liability cases include:Slip and Fall Accidents Negligent or Inadequate Security Animal Bites Children on Property Swimming Pool Injury Amusement Park Incidents Water leaks or floodingIt is important to know that just because you were injured on someone's property does not mean that the...

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What Victims of Sextortion Scams Need to Know

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With the rise of technology also comes the rise of nefarious characters using it to scam innocent parties. Many people think they can spot a scam easily, especially sextortion scams, but the truth is that these scams are getting more and more difficult to see — even for a discerning web user.You may not realize that as a the victim of a sextortion scam, you have the right to sue a scammer for money the scam cost you. Not sure if you are a victim of sextortion? Read on to see if this applies to you.  What Is a Sextortion Scam?Typically,...

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Auto Accident Case: Useful Experts and Their Roles

Auto Accident Case: Useful Experts and Their Roles

In a personal injury case, an expert witness is a person with specific technical or specialized knowledge about something. Many injury cases involve testimonies from various expert witnesses. As an auto accident victim, you should know the role an expert witness may play in your case and the expert witnesses you are likely to require.Expert witnesses play multiple roles in auto accident cases. Here are a few specific examples of such roles.Role of Expert WitnessesClarify Contested IssuesSome auto accident cases trigger complicated issues that both sides, the defendant and the plaintiff, can't just agree on. If that happens, you may...

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