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If you have been injured in an accident caused by an unsafe condition on property, you will want compensation for medical expenses you have incurred, lost wages if you have missed time at work, and damages for possible pain and suffering. The first step when considering a Tennessee premises liability lawsuit is hiring an experienced attorney.

The Services of an Experienced Attorney

There are many issues in a Tennessee premises liability lawsuit that require the expertise of a seasoned Tennessee personal injury lawyer. Even preliminary decisions like where to file your lawsuit, when to file your lawsuit (so you don’t miss your state’s filing deadline, known as the statute of limitations), which defendants to name, and how much to ask in damages, require background information that only an expert can provide.

Preparing Your Case

Your Tennessee premises liability attorney’s first responsibility is to gather the necessary information to evaluate your case and to recommend the first step to you. This information can then be used to contact the other party with a letter seeking to resolve the matter outside of court. If that fails, filing papers in court is the next step. Your lawyer will use his or her expertise to prepare your case for trial, if necessary, by gathering important evidence. This part of the process is called discovery. While in the discovery phase of your case, your lawyer will make phone calls, write letters, find and interview witnesses, and find and retrieve important documents involving your case.

Going to Trial

Choose a Tennessee premises liability attorney with trial experience. Those skills include preparing witnesses and exhibits, choosing a jury, talking to a jury, questioning and cross-examining witnesses, raising objections and dealing with objections under the rules of evidence, submitting exhibits, and making final arguments. Trial presentations have become sophisticated. Your attorney should have experience preparing computer graphics, videos, animations, diagrams, and scale models if necessary. Many firms have people on staff to prepare these presentations, and others know where to have them done.

Attorney Fees

Tennessee premises liability lawyers are available on a contingency fee basis, which means you pay no attorney’s fees unless you win. If you decide to represent yourself, consider having a qualified Tennessee premises liability attorney as a back-up coach and advisor.

If You File a Claim

If you would like to have your case evaluated by an experienced Tennessee premises liability attorney, fill out our case evaluation form at no cost or obligation.