DeKalb County, Tennessee
For decades, our nationally-recognized and award-winning lawyers have been the champion of injured people in Smithville, Alexandria, Liberty Dowelltown and the rest of DeKalb County. While other lawyers maintain a diverse practice of bankruptcies, DUIs, wills and trusts, criminal matters, etc., we limit our practice to civil litigation with a focus on tort cases.
What is a tort case? It is a claim for personal injury or wrongful death caused by someone's negligence. Examples of tort cases are bicycle accidents, carbon monoxide poisoning cases, food poisoning cases, golf cart accidents, liquor liability or dramshop cases, boating accidents, jet ski accidents, tractor-trailer crashes, dog bite cases, drowning accidents, construction accidents, farming equipment accidents, sexual abuse cases, spinal cord injury cases, birth injuries, medical malpractice cases, injuries caused by defective products, pedestrian accidents and cases involving brain injuries, eye injuries and burn injuries and many others.
Car Accident Cases in DeKalb County
Not surprisingly, our office also handles a significant number of car wrecks, motorcycle accidents, bus accidents and tractor-trailer accidents. Unfortunately, with 4.5 million licensed drivers in the State of Tennessee and thousands of miles of roadway, there are a lot of crashes which cause serious injuries or deaths.
From 2011-2015, DeKalb County ranked 54th in the overall crash rate. For young drivers (ages 15 to 24), DeKalb County had a crash rate of 45th and, for senior drivers (ages 65+), the crash rate was 69th. The county ranked 46th in fatal crashes and 20th in injury crashes. For motorcycle crashes, DeKalb county had a ranking of 9th. Alcohol-impaired fatalities were ranked at 25th and alcohol-impaired crashes ranked 67th. The speeding crash rate was also 48th. These crash statistics and many others can be found here.
Let Us Help You
Carelessness, driving or boating under the influence, texting while driving, speeding, fatigue -- all of these things can cause serious injuries or death. If you have been injured due to someone's negligence, you are generally entitled to recover for your pain and suffering, medical bills, lost wages, out-of-pocket expenses, permanent impairments (if any), scarring (if any), loss of enjoyment of life and other possible damages.
In order to recover these damages, a claim must be made against the at-fault party. If the at-fault party has insurance, proof of your losses is submitted to the insurance company. If the at-fault party does not have insurance or does not have enough insurance, you may be able to recover uninsured or underinsured motorist benefits from your own insurance carrier, but this will depend upon the language of your insurance policy. If the at-fault party was on the job at the time of the accident, a claim may be possible against the employer. If the other driver was served too much alcohol at a bar or restaurant before the accident, it may be possible to file a liquor liability claim against the bar or restaurant. As you can see, from any single accident, there may be multiple claims.
Our Experienced Team Knows How To Win
In many cases, there is more than one at-fault party and there may also be several theories of recovery. Each one needs to be investigated and analyzed fully by our experienced team. By letting us do the work, you can be confident that all at-fault parties are being pursued for complete compensation and you can focus on recovering from your injuries. Here are just a few reasons why you should hire us:
- We know the law. John Day literally wrote the books on Tennessee injury and trial law. These books are routinely cited in court opinions and relied upon by other lawyers.
- We know the medical issues. Our focus is injury cases so we have seen thousands of injuries and are well-versed in the medicine. In addition, we have a full-time nurse on staff to assist with medical issues.
- We know how to get results. We have recovered millions of dollars for our satisfied clients.
Will I Have To Go To Court?
Of course, we will try to settle your case without the necessity of filing suit. But sometimes, the at-fault party denies any wrongdoing or denies the severity of your injuries. When that happens, it usually becomes necessary for us to file a lawsuit on your behalf. But, even if we have to initiate litigation, most cases will resolve short of trial. For more information on what to expect from the litigation process, click here.
DeKalb County Judges and Court Information
DeKalb County is in the 13th Judicial District, and the following individuals preside over civil cases:
The 13th Judicial District has established Local Rules for its courts. These rules govern issues such as issuing subpoenas, setting a case for trial, etc. A copy of the Local Rules for Circuit Court can be found here. A copy of the Local Rules for Chancery Court can be found here.
During the 2011-2012 reporting period, only 12 tort cases (claims for injury or death) were filed in DeKalb County and again none of those cases went to trial. For 2012-2013, there were 19 tort cases filed in DeKalb County, but no tort cases went to trial. For 2013-2014, 26 tort cases were filed in DeKalb County but yet again none went to trial. In 2014-2015, 19 tort cases were filed and none were tried. And last year, 19 tort cases were filed, and for the 6th straight year, none were tried.
Contact Us Today
If you have been injured in DeKalb County or you are a resident of DeKalb County who has been injured somewhere else, you need our award-winning attorneys on your side to hold all at-fault parties responsible and help you get the maximum recovery reasonably possible. We only get paid if we win and we advance all case expenses. For more information on what we pay for and how we get paid, click here.
Because the law only allows a limited time to seek compensation, contact us today at 615-742-4880 or toll-free at 866.812.8787 or online. We have recovered millions of dollars for our satisfied clients and we are here to help you too.