What Should You Expect When Hiring a Personal Injury Attorney like Dennis and King?

If you have decided to retain a Tennessee or Georgia car wreck attorney or personal injury attorney, this might be the first time you have ever dealt with a lawyer. Considering you will be in a close relationship with the personal injury attorney you hire, you need to know what you should expect from your lawyer.

The Basics

The Tennessee and Georgia Rules of Ethics place standards of conduct on Chattanooga personal injury and car wreck injury lawyers. These rules set out the minimum behavior and work ethic standards for Georgia and Tennessee attorneys. 

The Rules require both you and your car wreck/personal injury lawyer to sign a contract. The contract will spell out what work the attorney will perform, whether the lawyer will advance upfront case expenses (Dennis and King does) and the kind of fee charged (contingency – no fee unless you win or hourly – Dennis and King is no fee unless you win).

The Rules require the attorney to inform the client of every development in the case.

The Rules impose many more standards on your attorney including upmost professionalism, complete honesty and complete transparency in all matters connected to your case.

The Contract

Most Chattanooga personal injury lawyers and Chattanooga car wreck lawyers work on what we call a contingency fee contract. This means your attorney is paid only if she or he recovers money for you. Usually, the fee is one-third of the recovery.

However, some firms kick the fee up to 40% and even 50% if they have to file suit. Dennis and King does not do this. Dennis and King charges the same one-third whether the case settles without filing suit, whether suit is filed or whether the person that hurt you appeals their case to the state Supreme Court.

In some cases, Dennis and King will lower our fee so we never make more money than our client.

Keeping the Client Informed

Unlike large, TV “settlement mills”, we love hearing from our clients and talking to our clients, very frequently. We are fanatics about keeping our clients informed and our clients keeping us informed.

Keeping the client informed is one of the easiest rules to follow, but the one that gets most lawyers in trouble. This is because many lawyers simply do not want to take calls from their clients, do not want to answer client questions, and don’t make the effort to call the client when they have information. TV “settlement mills” that handle thousands of cases per year are particularly bad about not keeping their client informed or listening to their client’s concerns. Those lawyers just have too many clients and not enough time.

Dennis and King is an old-fashion law firm that purposefully limits the number of clients it takes each year.

What You Can Expect If You Hire Dennis and King

You can call us today to learn more about our services.

First, you will speak to our Client Care Specialist about your case. They will ask you:

  • Where the accident happened
  • What were your injuries
  • If there was a police report
  • What happened just before the car accident
  • What happened just after the car accident
  • Who was in the vehicle with you
  • What kind of medical treatment you’ve had since the car wreck
  • If you missed work or school
  • Whether an insurance company has contacted you and what has been said
  • A Client Care Specialist will make you an appointment with Mr. King or Ms. Dennis. We don’t try to shove you off on a para-legal or inexperienced lawyer just out of law school like big TV “settlement mill” lawyers do. At Dennis and King, you get Ms. Dennis or Mr. King.
  • If we don’t take your type of case, we will refer you to one of our colleagues who can assist you.

We Believe In Adding Value To People’s Lives

If we see that hiring us will not add value to your claim, we will make a recommendation for an attorney who can help, or give your information on settling your case yourself.

We will never pressure you into hiring us for your Chattanooga car wreck case if that does not benefit you.

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Get Paid Fast!

You have bills that need to be paid. We work with your insurance company to get you a settlement for your injuries fast. If you’ve been injured we can get you the money you deserve.


Medical Treatment

If you’ve been injured, you need medical treatment from a licensed physician. At Dennis and King, we connect our clients to our network of specialists to get you back on the road to recovery.

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Personal injury 

In almost all personal injury claims, insurance companies will offer you significantly less than what you deserve. It’s tempting to accept the first offer, especially if you are in a great deal of pain and unable to return to work. But if you’ve already taken a devalued settlement from the insurance company and your medical bills start to pile up, there’s little legal recourse to ask for more. That’s why it’s crucial to involve a Chattanooga personal injury lawyer before you even file a claim.

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Car Accidents

Chattanooga car accident lawyers Tricia Dennis and Russell King have recovered millions of dollars in Georgia and Tennessee for car and motor vehicle accident victims like you.  If you or a loved one has been injured and need help with your medical bills, then you have come to the right place.   Auto accident victims and their family members in East Tennessee and North Georgia can confidently rely on the experienced auto accident attorneys at Dennis and King. We are the law firm that has compassionately, yet effectively, helped victims and their loved ones navigate the aftermath of difficult situations.

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Trucking Accidents

Truck accidents in the United States are on the rise. Recent statistics show that almost 150,000 people are injured in truck accidents each year, and 6,000 people are killed. The regional area of Georgia and Tennessee is a crossroads and a center for car manufacturing, river traffic, and other industries. Large trucks, semi-trucks, 18-wheelers, and other commercial vehicles are constantly on the road. This has a downside as frequent truck accidents occur on I-75, I-24, I-59, Highway 153, U.S. 27, Amnicola Highway, Corridor J, and other roadways. If you or a loved one has been injured in a Georgia or Tennessee truck accident, you may be eligible for substantial compensation.

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Motorcycle Accidents

Experienced Chattanooga motorcycle accident lawyers Tricia Dennis and Russell King are avid fans of motorcycles, but they also realize how serious motorcycle accidents can be. With over 75 years of combined experience, Dennis and King Injury Law knows the legal process to achieve fair compensation for motorcycle crash victims. Contact one of our lawyers today to learn more about how to start your motorcycle accident claim.

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ATV Accidents

Under both Tennessee and Georgia law, ATVs are not authorized for use on paved road, but children continue to bring ATVs on to our roads and highways. Georgia and Tennessee laws also prohibit the carrying of passengers on most ATVs, require children below the age of 16 to take approved ATV training courses, and require kids younger than 16 to wear helmets, eye protection, and over-the-ankle boots when operating ATVs. However, these requirements apply only when ATVs are operated on public lands, leaving kids essentially without protection when riding ATVs on private property.

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Bicycle Accidents

The most tragic type of bicycle crash is a bike-car collision. Cyclists are completely defenseless traveling on 30-pound bikes when they’re surrounded by 3,000-pound cars and trucks racing by them. Pedestrians, defective bike parts, recalled bike helmets, and other ineffective bicycle safety equipment can also cause bicycle accidents. Bike accidents can result in wrongful death or serious injuries such as broken bones, amputation, traumatic brain injury, neck, back, and spinal cord injuries.

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Boating Accidents

One of three factors usually cause boat accidents: an inexperienced boater, an intoxicated operator, or a boat malfunction. More than a third of both fatal and non-fatal boat accidents are alcohol-related. It is estimated that boat operators with a blood alcohol content of .10 or higher are 10 times more likely to be injured or killed in a boat accident than sober operators.

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Nursing Home Abuse

No one ever expects a family member or friend to be the victim of abuse or neglect in a nursing home. However, abuse and neglect do occur every day and in many ways.

Dennis and King are Chattanooga nursing home abuse attorneys who will fight to recover all that you and your loved one deserve. With our experience in nursing home negligence matters, we thoroughly and carefully assess each individual case. We prepare each case for either settlement or trial in order to obtain compensation for injury, medical expenses, and pain and suffering. We help victims and their families hold these facilities accountable.

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Premises Liability

Premises liability is a vital facet of personal injury law, placing responsibility on property owners for maintaining a safe environment. When accidents occur due to negligence or hazardous conditions on someone’s property, victims have the right to seek compensation. This encompasses incidents like slip and falls or inadequate security leading to assaults. Dennis and King excel in handling these complex cases, tirelessly pursuing justice for our clients.

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Free Strategy Session

During your initial strategy session, we will assist you in creating a strategy in how to best pursue your claim, whether it be the result of a car accident claim, 18 wheeler injury, or, other kind of personal injury claim.

There are 5 points to your free claim strategy session:

  • First, we will listen to your story. You will have a chance to tell everything to someone who wants to hear what happened to you.
  • Based on the information you provide, we will give you our best advice on both what claims you have and the next steps you should consider to go forward with your claim.
  • If you claim is something that we think we can help you with, we will explain the services that we can provide for you, and what the next steps are that we should take. We will start working immediately.
  • If your matter is something that we do not think we can help you with, then we will attempt to put you in contact with another lawyer that might be able to help you.
  • Either way, what should happen is we will put to rest some of the unknowns that you may be experiencing. We will start to shed light on what you can expect and how to best pursue the benefits you deserve.