Serious Personal Injury & Wrongful Death Cases
Ritchie, Dillard, Davies & Johnson P.C. has decades of experience successfully handling cases involving serious injuries, wrongful death and defective products. These cases include automobile accidents, trucking accidents, motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents, and accidents involving pedestrians, as well as workers’ compensation cases and cases arising from injuries resulting from dangerous property conditions, defective construction, and dangerous or defective consumer products. The Firm also handles injury cases arising out of hazardous environmental conditions, toxic torts, and violations of civil rights.
The Firm’s work for injured persons and their families
The Firm has obtained multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements for its clients in injury and wrongful death cases and has decades of experience in these areas. The Firm also prosecutes those at fault for producing, installing or selling defective products. Examples of defective products include defective airbags, defective roadways, defective safety equipment, defective household products, toxic or hazardous chemicals or substances, unreasonably dangerous medications, and defective transportation equipment. Injuries caused by negligent or wrongful conduct or defective products can be severe and life-changing. Prosecuting those at fault is important for providing fair restitution, ensuring accountability, and improving public safety. In workers’ compensation cases, while proving negligence is not necessary, it is very important that the employee’s injuries and impairment be ascertained and presented fairly and accurately.
The Firm’s attorneys have been recognized by state, regional and national professional organizations as leaders in these types of cases. If you or a relative or close friend has suffered a significant injury or loss because of another’s wrongful or illegal conduct, you may contact the Firm to discuss your legal rights and options.
How to Have Your Case Reviewed
The Firm is very selective in the cases it accepts and highly values its relationships with its clients. Before accepting a case, the Firm’s attorneys and paralegals meet with the potential client and often their families to learn the details of what happened and to discuss the potential client’s options for recovery. There is no fee or charge for the initial meeting or for Firm to conduct its initial review of a personal injury or wrongful death case. Most often, the first meeting is at the Firm’s offices. However, when individual circumstances make it more appropriate, a meeting may be arranged at a location outside the office, by internet or by phone.
How the Value of Your Claim is Determined
The Firm’s attorneys are often asked what a client’s claim is worth. Each case is unique, though, and the value of each client’s claim depends on many factors. These include the economic and non-economic losses, the strength of the evidence supporting the claim, and whether the assets of the parties responsible for the loss are limited.
Deadlines Applicable to Injury and Wrongful Death Cases
There are deadlines and notice requirements for injury, wrongful death, workers’ compensation claims, and product liability claims that must be strictly followed. Otherwise, these types of claims may be lost or waived. The deadlines and procedural requirements vary for different types of claims, but many deadlines imposed by statute in Tennessee are one year or less. Also, to be prosecuted effectively, claims must be properly researched and investigated. Evidence is harder to find and preserve as time passes. For these reasons, it is important that persons and families who have suffered these types of losses consult with an attorney as soon as possible after the event occurs. Particularly following serious accidents, corporations and insurance companies often have investigators collecting data and evidence on site within hours of an occurrence. Accordingly, any delay in retaining an attorney for the injured person or family of a lost loved may result in a significant disadvantage to the prosecution of the case.
How the Firm is Paid for its Work for Claimants in Injury and Wrongful Death Cases
The Firm is committed to obtaining the highest recovery justified for its clients in injury and wrongful death cases. Maximizing a client’s recovery usually takes a considerable amount of time and effort by the Firm’s attorneys, paralegals and staff and often requires a significant amount of expenses for expert consultants and litigation costs. Families impacted by serious injuries and significant losses usually prefer for the Firm to work on a contingency basis where the Firm is paid for its time based on a percentage of the recovery at the end of the case. Based on that arrangement, the Firm also usually advances the expenses necessary to prosecute the case to its conclusion. Each case and each client’s needs are unique, though, and the Firm will consider alternate arrangements on an individual basis. In every case, the Firm’s agreement for fees and expenses is confirmed in writing at the beginning of the work.
The Firm’s Culture, Work Ethic, and Work with Referring Attorneys
The Firm work is client-focused and results oriented, recognizing that each case is unique and the work and strategy must be specific to each client’s goals. Aggressive representation, detailed investigative work and research, consistent communication, and accessibility are central to the Firm’s culture. The Firm’s attorneys enjoy a long standing, well-earned reputation for their work ethic and understand that when a case is successfully resolved before trial, it is most often because the attorneys have committed the work and resources necessary to be ready for trial. The Firm’s partners have tried many cases to verdict, both jury trials and bench trials. When consistent with the best outcome for its clients, the Firm also has secured successful resolutions of cases through mediation and other means of alternative dispute resolution. The Firm is often referred cases from other attorneys and when appropriate, welcomes the opportunity to work with referring attorneys on cases.