How Do I Know If I Have a Personal Injury Claim?

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Chattanooga personal injury attorney Herbert Thornbury has more than 30 years of experience in the field, which means that he knows the ins and outs of personal injury law. He understands when your personal injury claim is viable, and he knows when there is no case to pursue.

Accidents happen, and sometimes no one is at fault for an injury. However, when you have been hurt by the misconduct or negligence of another person, you may have a case, and Mr. Thornbury will use his decades of experience to pursue what you are entitled to as a victim.

There are a few elements to a successful personal injury claim. You can use this list as a kind of guide to personal injury law, but don’t try and evaluate the viability of your claim yourself. We offer a free initial consultation at which we can evaluate whether or not you have a case. Please call (423) 443-3973 today to speak with Mr. Thornbury about your case.


This sounds basic, but the first thing you need to establish in a personal injury case is the damages you’ve suffered. In other words, you’ll have to prove that you suffered an injury and that the injury hurt your life in some way. A skinned knee that heals in two days with the aid of a Band-Aid does not make for a good personal injury claim, for instance.

This is why it’s so important for you to document everything that happened to you during the incident. Our personal injury attorney will need to see all of your documentation, especially medical records. These will prove invaluable during your case.

Finally, keep a journal of what you’re experiencing after your injury. Make sure to note when you’re in pain or unable to do something you’ve always been able to do at the time you’re suffering.

Negligence or Misconduct

However painful an injury might be, the mere fact of having suffered an injury is not enough to establish a claim. Personal injury law recognizes the existence of accidents that, however unfortunate, are faultless.

For a personal injury claim to move forward, you must establish that your injury was caused by the negligence or misconduct of another. “Negligence” and “misconduct” are legal terms with precise meanings that don’t always line up with popular understandings of the words.

That’s why it’s so important to speak with our personal injury attorney about your case. Mr. Thornbury will be able to figure out if your injury was caused by the negligence or misconduct of another person.

We understand you might still have questions about your personal injury claim, and we’re happy to answer them.

If you’ve been hurt in the Chattanooga, Tennessee area and you need an experienced personal injury attorney to represent you, please contact Herbert Thornbury, Attorney at Law today for a free consultation.