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Tag Archives: Knoxville Personal Injury Attorney

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Is a Business Liable for Negligent Acts Committed by Its Subcontractors?

By Fox Willis Burnette, PLLC |

One of the key principles of Tennessee personal injury law is that a “principal” is legally liable for the negligent acts of their “agent.” For example, if a salesperson is traveling to visit a customer in her company-owned car, runs a red light, and plows into a minivan, the latter vehicle’s occupants can sue… Read More »

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Can I Ask the Judge for Additional Damages If I Disagree with the Jury’s Verdict?

By John Willis |

Although personal injury cases are typically decided by a jury in Tennessee, there are situations where jurors award too little in damages to fully compensate the victim. In such cases the trial judge has the authority, at least under state law, to either order a new trial or increase the amount of the jury’s… Read More »

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What Happens If the Jury Thinks I’m Equally to Blame in My Personal Injury Lawsuit?

By John Willis |

In personal injury lawsuits, the defendant will often try and shift the blame to the plaintiff. For example, if there is an accident involving two cars, the defendant driver may attempt to argue it was the plaintiff who was actually driving recklessly. Or even if the defendant admits doing something wrong, he may still… Read More »

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Understanding the Right to a Jury Trial in Tennessee Personal Injury Cases

By Brad Burnette |

In most civil cases, such as personal injury claims, either party has the right to demand a trial by jury. Furthermore, the parties have the right to question potential jurors about their potential biases and prior knowledge of the case. Tennessee law further allows each party–the plaintiff and the defendant–to challenge (exclude) four potential… Read More »

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How Can a Child Support Order Affect My Personal Injury Settlement?

By Brad Burnette |

Many personal injury claims are settled out of court. A settlement agreement is a legally binding contract between the parties. So once you sign an agreement you generally cannot back out of it, and the other party has the right to seek enforcement of the deal in court, even if you later believe the… Read More »

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Is an International Airline Liable If I Am Injured During the Flight?

By Brad Burnette |

Accidents can happen anywhere. But where the accident took place can affect your legal rights. For example, if you are injured in a car accident on Tennessee roads, there is no question that the state’s personal injury laws would govern any subsequent lawsuit you file against a negligent party. But what happens if the… Read More »

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TN Supreme Court Revives Wrongful Death Lawsuit

By Brad Burnette |

In May 2016 we discussed an unfortunate ruling by the Tennessee Court of Appeals, which overturned a jury verdict. The victim’s husband had initially filed his complaint against the defendants without the assistance of a qualified personal injury attorney. Although he later obtained counsel, it was not until after the one-year statute of limitations… Read More »

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How Does Signing a Release Form Affect My Right to Sue in Tennessee?

By John Willis |

There are many occasions in everyday life where a business or service provider may ask you to sign a release form. Oftentimes we just reflexively sign such a document without bothering to stop and consider its implication. In legal terms when you sign a release you are agreeing to assume the risk of any… Read More »

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Can a Prison Inmate File a Personal Injury Lawsuit?

By John Willis |

In the normal course of events, a person injured in a car accident or as the result of any other negligent act is able to recover a full range of damages under Tennessee law, including medical expenses, lost wages, and compensation for pain and suffering. But what if the accident victim is a prison… Read More »

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Establishing Fault Following an ATV or UTV Accident in Tennessee

By Brad Burnette |

All-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and utility task vehicles (UTVs) can be great fun, especially in the hands of a properly trained and experienced driver. But negligent operation of an ATV or UTV can be devastating. Every year there are tens of thousands of injuries reported across America in ATV, UTV, and other recreational vehicle accidents…. Read More »

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