Change-making Tennessee Wrongful Death Lawyers
Our outstanding Tennessee wrongful death attorneys changed 100 years of Tennessee wrongful death law in winning an appeal to the Tennessee Supreme Court in Jordan v. Baptist Three Rivers Hospital, 984 S.W.2d 593 (Tenn. 1999).
In Jordan, the Tennessee Supreme Court recognized that damages in a wrongful death case could now include monetary damages for the loss of the deceased’s love, affection, companionship and consortium.
Prior to this ruling, the Tennessee courts allowed plaintiffs to recover only certain damages on behalf of the deceased. Specifically, plaintiffs could recover the mental and physical suffering, loss of time, and necessary expenses resulting to the deceased from the personal injuries.
But in 1999, our Nashville wrongful death lawyers won in the Tennessee Supreme Court.
The Supreme Court held that a surviving spouse and adult children could recover for loss of consortium damages in a wrongful death case.
Plaintiffs who are children or the spouse of the deceased may now recover for damages such as loss of companionship, comfort, society, attention, cooperation, affection, care and love, and in the case of the spouse, sexual relations.
Record Verdicts in Wrongful Death Lawsuits
In 2006, Tennessee wrongful death attorney David Randolph Smith obtained a record $7.2 million verdict in a wrongful death-medical malpractice case in Warren County, Tennessee against River Park Hospital. The Tennessee Supreme Court affirmed the verdict in 2010.
In Barks v. River Park Hospital, our TN wrongful death law firm won once again in the Tennessee Supreme Court. This time, the Court held that Tennessee law recognizes that hospitals may be found directly liable to their patients.
The death of a family member is the ultimate loss. To even consult with an attorney is often a difficult decision. At the Nashville law firm of David Randolph Smith & Associates we have substantial experience in representing families who have suffered the death of a loved one.
Examples of Wrongful Death Lawsuits
David Randolph Smith brings over 30 years of experience and unquestioned dedication to protecting the rights of family members who have lost a loved one due to another’s negligence. As Tennessee wrongful death lawyers, our firm represents victims’ families in a wide range of wrongful death lawsuits, stemming from:
- Motor vehicle accidents, such as a car accident, truck crash, motorcycle crash or boat collision
- Medical malpractice, including birth injuries, medicine error and failure to diagnose a heart attack, stroke or cancer
- Trucking accidents, railroad accidents and plane crashes
- Construction site accidents and safety failures
- Defective drugs and unsafe products
- Negligent hotel security and dangerous premises liability cases
What to Do if You’ve Lost a One Because of Misconduct
If you have lost a loved one in a fatal accident or medical procedure in Tennessee, Kentucky, or Alabama contact a respected Tennessee wrongful death attorney at the Nashville law firm of David Randolph Smith & Associates today. Call us at (615) 742-1775 or email us.
Our experienced Nashville personal injury attorneys and independent experts and investigators are committed to obtain compensation for medical bills, funeral expenses, pain and suffering, and the loss of consortium (love and affection).
The firm received the AV rating under Martindale-Hubbell’s peer review rating system. David Randolph Smith is certified by the Tennessee Bar as a Civil Trial Specialist and as a Medical Malpractice Specialist. He has been selected as a Mid-South Super Lawyer, as one of the the Top 100 attorneys in Tennessee (in all fields of practice) he is included in the guidebook Best Lawyers in America.
From the moment we take your case, we will be hard at work on your behalf. Whether conducting a detailed investigation into the causes of the fatal accident, using our powerful negotiation skills to secure a favorable settlement or litigating your wrongful death lawsuit in court, we will be at your side every step of the way. To schedule a frank discussion of your legal options for filing a wrongful death lawsuit, contact our offices today.
Mr. Smith is Board-certified as a Civil Trial Specialist and is also certified as a Medical Malpractice specialist. The firm has a track-record of winning million dollar settlements and judgments in wrongful death cases.
Call us at (800) 394-2119 for a free and confidential evaluation of your case from a board-certified Nashville wrongful death attorney.