If you have experienced an auto injury, you may have a long road to recovery. Worse, your injury may prevent you from being able to work, making it difficult to cover mounting medical bills while continuing to support yourself and your family.

In Tennessee, the law holds negligent drivers responsible for the damage they cause. In addition to compensation for medical expenses, you may be able to recover damages for lost income, permanent disability and the pain and suffering caused by your injury.

1. Replacement of lost income

You may need to take time off work during your recovery, and if your injury is severe, it may impact your ability to earn income for months, years or even permanently. You may be able to receive compensation for both time missed due to your injury and future loss of earning potential.

2. Payment for medical expenses

From emergency room care to ongoing treatments, you may be able to collect payment for present and future health care costs related to your injury. In addition to the expense of hospitalization and/or surgery, your claim may cover the costs of prescriptions, assistive devices, physical therapy and follow-up medical visits.

3. Pain and suffering

Your life may never be the same after your injury. From the physical pain of the injury itself to the potential for lifelong disability or disfigurement, the law may hold a negligent driver accountable by awarding you compensation for the damage done to your life and to your family.

If another motorist’s recklessness has caused you or a loved one serious injury, it is important to act quickly. Under Tennessee law, you may have a limited amount of time to file a personal injury claim.