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How Much Money Should I Demand For My Injury Claim?

How Much Money Should I Demand For My Injury Claim?

We will answer this question with a typical lawyer answer: it depends. There is no exact recipe or price tag on personal injury claims. Here are some of the things that determine the value of your personal injury claim:

• Why did the accident happen? Let’s say the road conditions were covered with ice—cars everywhere were sliding off the road, and the person that hit you was trying to drive carefully but slid into you despite his best efforts. Yes, despite his care, the driver probably still was going too fast for conditions, and as a result, he was at fault. But a jury will take the road conditions into account and give you a lower verdict. The insurance company knows this and will offer you a lower settlement. On the other hand, if the driver that hit you was drunk, reckless and had an empty vodka bottle lying on the floorboard, you should demand and expect to get the maximum.

• How severe are your injuries? If you need surgery and have high medical bills, and your wounds will remain permanent, you should expect a very high settlement.

• Who collided with or injured you? Who hits with you makes a difference. You can expect a larger verdict or settlement offer if a tractor-trailer collides with you. Why? Because insurance companies know that juries dislike tractor-trailer trucks. We are all scared of them. On the other hand, if the person who hit you is a little old grandmother driving a small Kia, the insurance company probably will offer you less. Why? Because the insurance company knows that the jury will feel sorry for a little old grandmother.

• How often does your lawyer go to court? Believe it or not, it makes a difference how often your lawyer has been to court. Insurance companies keep up with that information. If they think your lawyer simply settles everything that comes into the office, they know the lawyer will try to talk to the client into “take low and go.” Always, always ask how often your attorney goes to court. If the answer is “often,” you will get a settlement offer reflecting that your attorneys are fighters.

Always Demand Top Dollar

Demanding top dollar doesn’t mean the insurance company will pay it. But if you don’t ask, you don’t get it. n If you decide to go to trial and file a complaint, always demand a high number in your complaint. Why? Because an injury victim cannot ever collect more than the amount asked for in the complaint, even if a jury wants to give you more.

If you think you need help demanding money from an insurance company or you feel you need to file a complaint against someone that injured you, call us at (423) 892-5533 or fill out our convenient form online, and we will contact you shortly.

Remember, you can also download our free books for personal injury cases in Tennessee and Georgia if you have been involved in an accident.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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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.