Personal Injury Lawyer
Tennessee & Virginia auto, truck and motorcycle accidents, medical malpractice and wrongful death attorney
Accidents do not discriminate: age, gender, economic status — every person is at risk of being injured in an accident. When an injury occurs, it can change your entire life. In addition to expensive medical bills, you may be left unable to work, care for yourself or your family, or simply enjoy life the way you did prior to being injured. These factors can strain you and your loved ones financially, emotionally and mentally.
Since 1981, I have represented personal injury victims. I have extensive experience handling even the most complex personal injury cases involving catastrophic injuries:
I consult with medical experts regarding the severity of your injury and the impact it may have on your life — both physically and financially.
When I take your Tennessee or Virginia auto accident case, I begin by investigating the scene of the crash. I meticulously review every detail of the police report, interview any witnesses and work with a skilled accident reconstructionist. The goal is not just to determine the cause of your car accident, but to prove which party was at fault and therefore liable. Using every scrap of evidence, I build a strong case that clearly demonstrates the other party's negligence and why you deserve monetary compensation.
When a car and a truck collide, survival odds heavily favor the truck occupants. The size and weight of an 18-wheeler can cause catastrophic injuries or death to the drivers and passengers of the other vehicle. Common causes of truck accidents include:
Truck drivers must adhere to strict federal law regulating the number of hours they are permitted to drive consecutively, and maintain driving and maintenance logs. However, building a case against a truck driver or trucking company can be complex. Trucking companies and their insurers have attorneys whose sole purpose is to protect the company from paying large settlements. I am not intimidated by these attorneys' scare tactics, and I do not back down in my quest to secure you the settlement you deserve.
Riding a motorcycle can be fraught with danger. The structural design of a motorcycle does little to protect riders in the event of a crash. And, unfortunately, the greatest threat to motorcyclists may be drivers of other vehicles. Their carelessness can result in serious accidents that critically injure or even kill motorcycle drivers and their passengers.
Despite advances in training and technology, medical errors occur every day. The most serious mistakes leave the patient severely injured or dead. If you or a family member has been injured — or if a family member has died as a result of a medical error — you may have a medical malpractice suit. I consult with medical experts to verify the extent and consequences of your injuries. Medical malpractice laws in Tennessee and Virginia are complicated and involve specific statutes of limitations. A personal injury attorney experienced in medical malpractice law can best advise you on how to proceed with your malpractice suit. Contact me today for assistance.
The loss of a family member is tragic enough without having to grapple with the possibility that their death was the result of someone else's negligence. While nothing can ever replace a loved one, if his or her death was the result of another person's negligent behavior, you are entitled to some form of justice. A skilled wrongful death attorney can review the details of your family member's death and advise you on whether or not it is worthwhile to proceed with a wrongful death lawsuit.
Contact E. Lynn Dougherty, Attorney at Law
Personal injury cases can be complex. Having an experienced attorney on your side can make a difference in your ability to obtain compensation for your injuries or a family member's injuries or death. I stand ready to protect your best interests. Contact me online or call my office at 423-764-1313. My staff and I look forward to speaking with you.