Rogersville Car Accident Lawyer
Fighting for Your Rights After a Serious Auto Accident in the Hawkins County Area
Motor vehicle accidents are one of the leading causes of accidental injury and death across the country, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Tennessee, too, has its share of dangerous highways and serious car accidents, especially when alcohol and high speeds are involved.
The car accident attorney of Stapleton Law Office in Rogersville has over three decades of legal experience as well as a track record of successful verdicts and settlements. Our results demonstrate our commitment to helping people who have suffered serious personal injuries and families who are grieving the wrongful death of a loved one killed in a car crash. Whether it was a collision with another car, person, or object, we can guide and counsel you throughout the legal process.
Bringing a Personal Injury Lawsuit for a Car Accident
Our law firm works with professional engineers and investigators to understand the underlying cause of your car accident. We will help you determine how the crash was caused and who is at fault. If a defective auto part caused your accident, you could have a claim against the auto part manufacturer, or even against the automobile manufacturer. A competent lawyer can walk you through the legal process, answering all of your questions along the way.
What Injuries Can Come From a Car Crash?
Common car accident injuries include:
- Back and spinal cord trauma
- Brain injuries
- Broken bones
- Bruises, lacerations, and scarring
- Head and neck trauma
- Internal injuries
- Permanent disability or paralysis
- Wrongful death
Because many car accident injuries can take time to manifest—internal injuries and brain trauma are especially easy not to notice right away—it is imperative you seek medical attention after a collision, even if you feel relatively unhurt. Otherwise, injuries caused by whiplash as well as internal bleeding and brain damage can lead to serious, permanent injuries or even death.
Car Accidents & Catastrophic Injuries
Our Rogersville car accident lawyer has handled many complex injury cases involving spinal cord injuries and brain injuries. These types of injuries can have life-changing consequences, though sometimes the extent of the injury is subtle and requires careful testing to fully understand. Our attorneys bring in highly qualified experts in the field to testify about the scientific intricacies, and with our recovery fee payment plan, all the costs are paid by the firm until an award is delivered. We also work closely with healthcare professionals to understand the extent of injuries and the short- and long-term consequences for you and your family.
Some of our successful cases have involved:
- Spinal cord injury: Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of spinal cord injuries, followed by falls. The spinal cord does not have to be severed for a loss of function to occur.
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI): TBI is a medical term describing the damage to the brain caused by sudden impact or physical force to the head. This type of injury often results when the head hits a windshield or when the brain collides with the skull due to the sudden impact of the collision.
- Wrongful death: If a loved one suffered a catastrophic injury in a car accident that led to their wrongful death, your family may be entitled to compensation.
Answering Common Car Accident Questions
If you are involved in a car accident in Tennessee, many thoughts will immediately go through your head. In fact, being involved in a car crash can seem overwhelming to many people—not just in the immediate aftermath of the wreck, but in the days and weeks to come as you come to terms with any injuries and damage to your vehicle.
At the Stapleton Law Office in Rogersville, attorney Mark Stapleton and our staff understand that you’re going through a difficult time after you’ve been in a car accident. We know you’ll have many questions about your situation. Below you’ll find answers to a couple of the more commonly asked ones.
Should I Call a Lawyer Immediately After an Accident?
Following a car crash of any kind, there are certain things you should do right away.
When you’re involved in a motor vehicle collision, you should first try to pull off the road if you can. For several reasons, you need to be careful about getting out of your vehicle:
- First, you might have injuries and not realize it. Leaving your vehicle could put you in jeopardy if you try to get up and walk around.
- Second, if you are on a busy roadway, you could put yourself in harm’s way from oncoming traffic.
- Third, staying in your car can give you time to calm down and keep your wits about you.
Once you can determine that you are all right physically, you should contact emergency services. Be sure to get a copy of the police report.
Finally—only when you complete all of the immediate details and ensure your safety—you should then contact an attorney. A car accident lawyer can help you understand your rights and determine your legal options before you take any further steps.
My Car Was Damaged, But I Feel Fine. Can I Let the Insurance Companies Handle This?
Even though you don’t appear to be hurt, you still might have an injury—such as an internal injury or even a brain injury—that might not be obvious. You might not feel pain for quite a while after an accident—in fact, this is common. Even though you might seem to be healthy, but it can’t hurt to get examined by a doctor and then contact a lawyer to see where to go from there.
You also can’t judge the seriousness of an accident based on the condition of your vehicle. Sometimes a car is completely mangled but the occupants walk away unharmed; other times, a car is only slightly damaged but those inside bear the brunt of the accident.
By getting medical attention right away, not only are you protecting yourself, but you are building your personal injury claim. Otherwise, if you try to file a claim but there is no record of you seeking medical attention, your claim likely won’t be taken seriously.
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Here at Stapleton Law Office, our car accident lawyer has assisted people in Rogersville and throughout eastern Tennessee for more than 35 years. We offer you and your family emotional and legal support as you recover from a car accident. Let us be your voice against people who act negligently and cause others harm.