Davidson County, Tennessee
For over 40 years, our award-winning attorneys have fought for the right of those Nashvillians who have been injured in all types of cases including boating accidents, bicycle accidents, carbon monoxide poisoning accidents, jet ski accidents, food poisoning cases, golf cart accidents, liquor liability cases, birth injury case, drowning accidents, nursing home abuse and neglect cases, pedestrian accidents, construction accidents, food poisoning cases, sexual abuse cases,claims for compensation for crime victims, summer camp accidents, water park accidents, train accidents, dog bite cases, cases involving defective or dangerous products, uninsured/underinsured motorist claims, cases involving eye injuries, brain injuries and burn injuries and many, many other types of injury and death cases.
Of course, we also handle a tremendous number of car accidents, bus accidents, truck accidents and motorcycle accidents. Davidson County is a dangerous place to drive. Since 2012, Davidson County has ranked 1st in the State for both overall crash rate and injury crash rate. From 2012-2019, Davidson county has ranked 2nd in the State for motorcycle crashes. From 2105-2019, Davidson County has also distinguished itself in an unfortuante way by being 1st in the State for speeding crashes, young driver crashes (ages 15-24) and senior crashes (65 and over). In more positive news, Davidson County was ranked 82nd in fatal crashes, 56th in alcohol-impaired fatal crashes and 49th in alcohol-impaired injury crashes.
Will I Have To Go To Court?
This is a frequent question we are asked. While most claims can be resolved without the necessity of litigation, on some occasions the case must go to court because the responsible party denies fault or denies the severity and extent of your injuries. But, rest assured, you will be in good hands with John Day as he is certified as a civil trial specialist by The National Board of Trial Advocacy.
Davidson County Judges and Court Information
If it is necessary for us to file a lawsuit on your behalf, Davidson County is located within the 20th Judicial District of Tennessee, which is comprised of Circuit, Criminal, Chancery, and Probate courts. The following people serve as trial judges for civil cases in Circuit Court for the 20th Judicial District:
- Joseph P. Binkley
- David Briley
- Thomas White Brothers
- Andra Hedrick
- Lynne T. Ingram
- Amanda McClendon
- Phillip Robinson
The 20th Judicial District Local Rules of Court can be found here. These rules help explain how the courts work, which is particularly useful to those finding themselves involved in a legal matter. If you would like more information on what to expect from the litigation process, click here.
Following a state-wide trend, relatively few tort cases go to trial in Davidson County. For the 2010-2011 reporting period, 1,471 tort cases (claims for injury or death) were filed in Davidson County and 63 cases went to trial. Of those cases that were tried, 36 resulted in a verdict for the injured party. The average award was $240,962.00. For the 2011-2012 reporting period, 1,382 tort cases were filed in Davidson County, 69 went to trial and 35 resulted in a verdict for the injured party. The average award increased slightly to $258,046.00.
For 2012-2013, 1,571 tort cases were filed in Nashville but only 66 went to trial. Of those 66 trials, the injured party prevailed in 43 of them. The average award in Davidson County was $325,250.00. The average is slightly skewed and higher than the last two years because of one particularly large verdict of $13,623,000.00, which was awarded to the family of a permanently brain damaged baby in a medical malpractice trial.
For 2013-2014, 57 tort cases were tried. The injured party prevailed in 34 of those trials, and the average award was $73,278.00. And last year, 1,556 tort cases were filed and 53 went to trial. The injured party won 26 of those 53 trials and the average award was $125,592.00.
For 2015-2016, 1,700 tort cases were filed and 53 went to trial. 28 of those injured parties won for and average award of $130,262.
For 2016-2017, 2008 cases were filed and 44 were tried with 28 jury trials and 16 non-jury trials. The injury victim won 26 of those 44 trials and the average award was $372,834.
For 2017-2018, 2156 tort cases were filed and 52 were tried with 21 jury trials and 31 non-jury trials. The injury victim won 23 of those cases and the average award was $109,123.
For 2018-2019, 2157 tort cases were filed and 51 went to trial with 18 jury trials and 33 non-jury trials. Of the 51 cases that went to trial, 33 resulted in a verdict for the injury victim. The average award was $1,437,401. While that is a significant increase over the past years, only four of the verdicts actually exceeded one million dollars. Nineteen of those cases resulted in awards under $100,000, and 10 resulted in awards between $100,000 and one million dollars. The last year referenced for this data is the 2018-2019 reporting period.
John Day has created a new website (BirdDog Law) to give citizens, judges, and lawyers important information about the court system of every county in Tennessee, including updated trial statistics in each of the 95 counties. For more recent information and an understanding of the trends in jury and nonjury personal injury and wrongful death cases in Davidson County, please click on the link.
Why You Should Hire Us
It really is quite simple: we believe in our clients' cases and we know how to get results. But, you do not have to take that statement at face value. Take a moment and review just a few of our client testimonials and our successes. Then, contact us today for a free, no-obligation consultation. We only get paid if we recover money for you and we advance all case expenses -- so pursuing the compensation you deserve will not cost you a dime. If you would like more detailed information about our fees and costs, click here.
If you or someone you love has been injured in Nashville or anywhere else in Davidson County or is a Davidson County resident who has been injured elsewhere, contact us today at any of our convenient locations below or contacting us online.