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Injury Lawyer Helping Victims in Maryville and Beyond

Hartsoe Law Firm, P.C. The Hartsoe Law Firm provides tenacious legal representation for a broad range of personal injury lawsuits, including motor vehicle collisions, slip and falls, medical malpractice, nursing home negligence, product liability, and wrongful death. Maryville injury attorney Mark C. Hartsoe has over 35 years of experience advocating for accident victims. Contact us without delay to discuss your options with a car accident lawyer or seek assistance with another personal injury claim.

Car Accidents and Other Motor Vehicle Collisions

Most motor vehicle collisions, including accidents involving cars, bicycles, motorcycles, or trucks, are the result of driver negligence. To establish negligence in Tennessee, you will need to prove by a preponderance of the evidence that the defendant owed you a duty of care, which he or she breached, and that the breach caused injuries and damages.

Some breaches of the duty of care in this context may include texting while driving, drunk driving, failing to yield, or fatigued driving. You will need to draw a causal link between the breach and the injuries that you suffered, showing that the car accident was a direct and reasonably foreseeable result of the defendant’s carelessness. In some cases, the defendant may argue that your own negligence was partially or fully to blame for the crash. However, as long as you were not 50 percent or more responsible, you still may recover a reduced compensation award. Car accident attorney Mark Hartsoe can advocate vigorously for your right to receive the full amount of compensation that is appropriate in the circumstances.

Premises Liability

A property owner's failure to make repairs or provide warnings about dangerous conditions on their property can result in a serious accident. In many cases, they may be liable for the resulting harm to visitors. For example, a store that fails to clean up liquid spilled by an employee may be liable to a customer who falls down and breaks his leg.

It is important to show that the property owner had actual or constructive notice of the dangerous condition. The longer that a particular condition exists, the more likely it is that an owner should have known about the dangerous condition and either repaired it or put up a warning sign.

Medical Malpractice

If you suffer injuries due to a doctor or nurse's negligence, you have one year from the date you discovered the injury, but no more than three years after the actual date you suffered the injury, to bring a claim for medical malpractice. (There is an exception if a foreign object was left in your body during surgery or another procedure.) You may be able to recover compensation for many forms of damages in these situations, including medical bills, lost income, and non-economic harms like pain and suffering.

Nursing Home Negligence

In Tennessee, nursing home laws have been put in place to require administrators and staff to meet certain standards. For example, administrators must be certified in one of three ways before taking on an official role as an administrator. Moreover, resident abuse is prohibited. This is defined as the infliction of pain, injury, or mental anguish on a resident. For example, staff may not deny a resident any services that are necessary to maintain good health, such as food, water, or medical care. People employed by the facility are required to report suspected abuse if they have a reason to believe another employee is abusing a resident. A victim of abuse or the victim’s family can sue for damages based on abuse or neglect.

Product Liability

The manufacturer, designer, and maker of a product may be held accountable if their product causes an injury or death. Generally, to prevail in a product liability lawsuit, the plaintiff must show that the product was defective and that the defect caused the injury or death. The product needs to have been in the same condition at the time of the victim's injury as it was when the manufacturer put it into the marketplace for sale.

Wrongful Death

Surviving family members faced with the untimely death of a loved one as a result of someone else's negligence or wrongful actions may be able to recover damages. In Tennessee, damages in a wrongful death case often include funeral and burial expenses, loss of earning capacity, lost wages that would have been earned in the future, loss of enjoyment, mental anguish suffered by the decedent before his or her death, the loss of love, society, and companionship, and the mental suffering of family members.

Consult an Experienced Maryville Attorney for Your Injury Claim

Mark C. Hartsoe is a knowledgeable Maryville injury lawyer who is dedicated to helping people who have been hurt due to the negligence or wrongful conduct of another person or entity. We represent people who need a premises liability attorney or representation in another type of personal injury claim throughout Knox, Blount, Anderson, Campbell, Claiborne, Cocke, Cumberland, Fentress, Grainger, Greene, Hamblen, Hamilton, and Jefferson Counties. Call us at 865-804-1011 or contact us via our online form to set up a free appointment.

Client Reviews
Mark: We would like to thank you for all the hard work you put in winning our medical malpractice lawsuit. The money we were awarded will certainly change our lives. The fact that you never treated us like clients but instead like friends meant so much to us. Again from our hearts we say thank you. Client
The Peroulas family and I deeply appreciate your help and expertise. Although I am certain that it would have been most enjoyable to work with you on the trial, my clients are happy with what they and I believe to be a very favorable settlement, thanks in large part to your guidance. James S. Tipton, Jr.
We appreciate the great job that you did on our case. You watched out for our interest even before you took our case. Mark Hartsoe did a wonderful job. He showed great expertise as he went up against a multi-national corporation with multiple lawyers. He had a thorough understanding of the many details and events that occurred. We were especially impressed with his skill during mediation. Mark’s PowerPoint presentation was excellent, overwhelming the opposition. It was refreshing to work with someone who does what he says he will and truly had our best interest in mind. Thank you for everything. Dennis and Julie Greene
Just a short note to let you know we appreciate all of your hard work! Rhonda and Mike Cherrin
We would very much appreciate it if you would be so kind as to e-mail to our office the Powerpoint presentation that you made at the commencement of the mediation. Our General Manger was very impressed and would like to show it to the CEO and may in turn show it to other corporate personnel as an example of what can happen to the same or similar case when placed in the hands of an excellent lawyer such as Mark Hartsoe. William T. Wray