Faq

Do I Have a Case?

How much will a personal injury case cost me with Foy Law Group?

We do not charge any up-front and/or out of pocket costs at Foy Law Group. We don’t get paid unless you do.

I have been injured in an accident, what should I do?

First, seek medical attention and follow recommendations of your providers. If possible, take pictures of the accident scene and any of your injuries. Do NOT give a recorded statement to the insurance company without speaking to a lawyer first.

Do I need an attorney, if I am injured?

Yes, insurance companies are not looking out for your interests. In fact insurance companies’ goals are to settle your case as quickly and as cheaply as possible. You need someone who can accurately value your case and knows all of your rights. Contact Foy Law Group today for a free case evaluation.

How do I know if I have a personal injury case?

If you answer “yes” to the following three questions, then you have a personal injury case. 1) Have you suffered an injury to your person or property? 2) Was your injury someone else's fault? 3) Have you suffered a loss (for example, medical bills, lost wages, scarring) as a result of the injury?

How soon after I am injured do I have to file a lawsuit?

Every state has certain time limits, called "statutes of limitations," which govern the amount of time you have to file a personal injury lawsuit. In Tennessee the statute of limitations for a personal injury lawsuit is one year from the date of your injury.

What should I bring with me for my meeting with a lawyer?

You should provide a lawyer with any documents that might be relevant to your case. Police reports, for example, contain eyewitness information and details about the conditions surrounding auto accidents, fires, and assaults. Copies of medical reports and bills from doctors and hospitals will help demonstrate the extent and nature of your injuries. Information about the insurer of the person who caused your injury is extremely helpful, as are any photographs you have of the accident scene, your property damage, and your injury. The more information you are able to give your lawyer, the easier it will be for him or her to determine if your claim will be successful. If you haven't collected any documents at the time of your first meeting, however, don't worry, your lawyer will be able to obtain them in his investigation of your claim.

What if a person dies before bringing a personal injury lawsuit?

It depends on whether the person died as a result of injuries from the accident or from unrelated causes. If a person injured in an accident subsequently dies because of those injuries, that person's heirs may recover money through a lawsuit known as a wrongful death action. Also, even if a person with a personal injury claim dies from unrelated causes, the personal injury claim survives in most cases and may be brought by the executor or personal representative of the deceased person's estate.

What is “negligence?”

The critical issue in many personal injury cases is just how a “reasonable person" was expected to act in the particular situation that caused the injury. A person is negligent when he or she fails to act like an "ordinary reasonable person" would have acted. The determination of whether a given person has met the "ordinary reasonable person" standard is often a matter that is resolved by a jury after presentation of evidence and argument at trial.

What if I can't prove someone's negligence caused my injury? Is there any other basis for personal injury liability besides negligence?

Yes. Some persons or companies may be held “strictly liable” for certain activities that harm others, even if they have not acted negligently or with wrongful intent. Under this theory, a person injured by a defective or unexpectedly dangerous product, for instance, may recover compensation from the maker or seller of the product without showing that the manufacturer or seller was actually negligent. Also, persons or companies engaged in using explosives, storing dangerous substances, or keeping dangerous animals can be strictly liable for harm caused to others as a result of such activities.