At the Law Office of David E. Gordon, our personal injury attorneys are dedicated to serving the residents of Collierville, Tennessee,and surrounding communities. We are aggressive advocates for the unjustly injured, helping clients pursue maximum compensation for their medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, pain, suffering, and more. Contact our Collierville personal injury lawyer today.
Our team is focused on providing exceptional client care and service, all while fighting for real results – results that make a difference in our clients’ lives.
Collierville personal injury lawyer David Gordon is a highly respected member of the Tennessee legal community. He is known as a top professional in the field of personal injury law and is Board Certified in Civil Trial Law, a distinction earned by only 2 percent of attorneys statewide. He is also highly rated by the country’s most widely respected attorney rating services, including:
- Avvo, where clients and other legal professionals have provided him a 10.0 rating
- Martindale-Hubbell, where his peers’ reviews have earned him an AV Preeminent® rating
- Super Lawyers, where he has been listed from 2011-2018
Additionally, the Law Office of David E. Gordon has a perfect A+ rating from the BetterBusiness Bureau.
David E. Gordon has been practicing law for 32 years, including 13 years focused strictly on personal injury law.If you’ve been injured in an accident due to someone else’s negligence, you need an attorney who has the experience and resources necessary to fight for your rights. Our dedicated Collierville personal injury attorneys’ goal is to manage all aspects of your legal case, so you can focus on healing. Contact our Collierville car accident lawyer today.
If you have been injured in Collierville, Tenn., or the surrounding Memphis metropolitan area, including Mississippi, schedule a free consultation with our firm to learn how we can help.
Our Collierville Personal Injury Practice Areas
If you are coping with a serious injury or have lost a loved one due to a wrongful death, the outcome of an insurance settlement or lawsuit can have a significant impact on your future. Our personal injury law firm in Collierville, Tennessee, handles a wide variety of claims, including:
- Car accident injuries. Our dedicated Collierville car accident lawyers work hard to hold negligent and reckless drivers accountable. We will thoroughly investigate the cause of your crash and identify every potentially liable party.
- Truck accident injuries.These types of wrecks can be much more severe and costly than crashes involving two passenger cars. Our experienced Collierville truck accident attorneys understand the rules and regulations that factor into these cases, and we are not afraid to take on big trucking companies.
- Motorcycle accident injuries.Reckless drivers who fail to watch out for bikers on the road should be held accountable when they cause serious injuries. Unfortunately, insurance companies will often try to shift blame onto the motorcyclists to avoid making a payout. Our Collierville motorcycle accident lawyers will fight to protect your claim to full and fair compensation.
- Pedestrian accident injuries. Pedestrians who are hit by motor vehicles face some of the most catastrophic, and many times fatal, injuries. Our compassionate Collierville pedestrian accident attorneys have helped many families cope with these life-altering crashes, and we stand ready to help you.
- Construction accident injuries. Our knowledgeable Collierville construction accident lawyers have helped workers who were injured in falls from ladders, scaffolding falls and collapses, equipment failures, electrocution accidents,etc.
- Workplace injuries.In addition to workers’ compensation benefits, you may be entitled to pursue compensation through a third-party lawsuit if someone other than your employer caused your workplace accident. Let our Collierville workplace injury attorneys review the details of your case and identify every potential source of compensation.
- Premises liability injuries. Our skilled attorneys have recovered compensation for clients in a range of premises liability claims, including slip-and-falland trip-and-fall accidents, inadequate security accidents and assaults, and other injuries occurring on private, government, or commercial property.
- Catastrophic injuries. Spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, amputations, severe burns, disfiguring injuries, and other catastrophic injuries forever change a person’s life and financial future. Our compassionate Collierville catastrophic injury lawyers understand the long-term losses suffered in these tragic accidents, so we fight for maximum compensation for victims.
- Wrongful death cases.When an innocent person pays the ultimate price for someone else’s mistake, the grieving family shouldn’t be left to bear the financial burden. Our sensitive Collierville wrongful death lawyers have fought for the rights of countless families who needed help demanding justice for their loved one.
No matter what type of personal injury claim you need help with, you can trust our skilled legal team to build a strong case for you. Contact our Collierville personal injury attorney today to schedule a free consultation.
Courts Near Collierville
In many of the cases we handle, our dedicated Collierville personal injury attorneys are able to reach a full and fair settlement without having to go to court. However, if your case must go to trial, you can trust that our talented legal team will prepare you for what to expect every step of the way.
If you or a loved one is involved in a legal matter in Collierville, you may need to know where the nearest courthouses are. This includes:
Shelby County Courts
County Administration Building
160 N. Main St.
Memphis TN 38103
Shelby County Circuit Court
140 Adams Ave.
Memphis TN 38103
(Personal injury, wrongful death, auto accident, medical malpractice, divorce, breach of contract, and other cases are heard in Circuit Court.)
Shelby County Criminal Court
Criminal Justice Center
201 Poplar Ave.
Memphis TN 38103
Shelby County Juvenile Court
616 Adams Ave.
Memphis TN 38103
Shelby County Probate Court
140 Adams Ave., Room 124
Memphis TN 38103
Shelby County Veterans Court
201 Poplar Ave., 1-35
Memphis TN 38103
Do you have questions about a personal injury lawsuit? Talk to our lawyers for free. Schedule a consultation by calling or filling out our online form now.
Law Enforcement in Collierville and Shelby County
If you have been hurt in an accident in which police were called to the scene, our attorneys will work quickly to request a copy of the accident report so we can launch our own investigation into what happened. We frequently gather information from local law enforcement officers in cases involving car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, and pedestrian accidents. In cases where an arrest was made, such as in a DUI accident, we may also obtain records from the jail.
Depending on the circumstances of your case, we may request records from:
Collierville Police Department
156 N. Rowlett St.
Collierville TN 38017
Emergency phone: 911
Non-emergency phone: 901-853-3207
Shelby County Sheriff’s Office
201 Poplar Ave., Suite 902
Memphis TN 38103
Emergency phone: 911
Non-emergency phone: 901-222-5500
Shelby County Jail
201 Poplar Ave.
Memphis TN 38103
6201 Haley Road
Memphis TN 38134
About Collierville, Tennessee
Collierville is a town of about 44,000 in Shelby County, Tennessee, which is considered part of the Memphis metropolitan area. The town is governed by a mayor and board of aldermen, who appoint a town administrator as the chief executive officer.
Much of the attention received by Collierville is focused on its historic town square, which was ranked by Parade Magazine as the “Best Main Street” in America in 2014.This acclaim was not achieved by accident.
Collierville was designed as a Main Street community in 1991, with an emphasis on the preservation of the historic district at the heart of downtown. In addition to adopting a Downtown Small Area Plan to support the historic square and Historic District in 2010, Collierville won a Tennessee Department of Transportation enhancement grant in 2012 to upgrade the pedestrian experience in the Historic District.The same year Collierville earned the title of Best Main Street in America, the town was named a Presidential Preserve America Community.
However, there’smore to this West Tennessee town than antebellum architecture and one-of-a-kind shops and restaurants in its historic downtown.Due to many years of visionary planning, Collierville has grown to be known as one of the most desirable communities in the nation to live, work, and learn in. Town leaders rightfully boast of a newly created Collierville Schoolssystem, the small-town atmosphere and beautiful neighborhoods, award-winning parks and recreation facilities, and first-rate office and retail developments. In fact, when Collierville High School opens in Fall 2018, the 450,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility will be Tennessee’s largest public high school.
Collierville’s economic advantages have also become apparent to many. The FedEx World Technology Center brought 2,400 IT employees to a 118-acre campus in Collierville, and the corporate headquarters of NSA JuicePlus and MCR Safety soon followed.
As recently as 2017, Collierville leaders announced construction of Orgill Inc.’s new world headquarters, which represents a $21 million investment in Collierville, plus 115 new jobs and 300 transferred positions. Also in 2017, Boyle Investments opened a speculative office complex in the Schilling Farms neighborhood,and Helena Chemical, whose corporate headquarters sit next door, promptly expanded to move into 25,000 square feet of it.
In 2018, Mueller Industries, a Memphis-based Fortune 1000 manufacturer and marketer of piping, industrial metals, and climate control products, expects to expand its world headquarters and relocate to Collierville. This will bring 125 employees with an average salary of $89,000 to a 55,000-square-foot building in the Boyle Schilling Farms mixed-use development.
At the Law Office of David E. Gordon, we are proud to serve the people and community of Collierville, Tennessee.
What Should You Do After You’ve Been in a Car Accident?
Car accidents can be traumatic, especially if it’s the first time you have experienced one. Many people simply have no idea how to react or what to do. However, there are steps you should take, some obvious and others not so much, to protect yourself and your rights after a crash.
Call 911. The best way to make sure everyone is safe is to get the authorities on the scene as quickly as possible. This includes police (to investigate and direct traffic) and EMS (to render aid). The law enforcement officers will file an accident report that documents important information from the scene. The EMS responders will also document an initial assessment of injuries. All of this can be used as evidence in your case for compensation.
Get emergency medical attention. Even if you decide not to take the ambulance to the hospital, you should be seen by a doctor as soon as possible.It’s wise to go to the ER and get a quick evaluation to assess your injuries and identify any potential problems you may not immediately recognize, such as internal bleeding. You should also be careful to follow all the doctor’s orders and attend follow-up appointments. This will show that you are taking your injuries seriously.
Take pictures at the scene. We cannot stress this enough. If you are able, you should try to get as many pictures as possible of the wreckage, license plates, the crash scene, your injuries, and so forth. If you cannot take photos, ask someone else to take them and send them to you. It may also be helpful to write down what you remember about the crash while it is fresh in your mind.
Call an experienced Collierville car accident lawyer. If you suffered injuries in an accident, you should speak with a knowledgeable personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. David E. Gordon, a board-certified trial lawyer with more than 32 years of experience, can get started immediately on your case. His team will conduct an independent investigation of the crash scene and gather any available evidence before it disappears.
Compensation in a Car Accident Claim
Car accidents can produce serious injuries, ranging from soft-tissue injuries to fractures, brain injuries, and spinal cord injuries. These types of complex injuries can lead to expensive medical bills and missed time from work, not to mention long-term financial burdens. If you’re injured in a motor vehicle collision in Collierville due to someone else’s negligence, you may be able to seek compensation for your:
Lost income. Many injury victims miss time from work or are not able to return to the same job they had before. Whether you missed work because you were unable to do your job or because you had doctor’s appointments or surgeries, you are entitled to pursue compensation for the wages you would have earned. If you will have a diminished earning capacity in the future due to your injuries, you may also seek compensation for that loss.
Medical expenses. You should not be responsible for paying your medical bills if someone else caused you to incur them. It’s all about individual responsibility, and if someone else is responsible, then they should be held accountable. In addition, our skilled Collierville car accident attorney will demand payment for medical expenses you are expected to incur in the future due to long-term effects of your injuries.
Pain and suffering. Tennessee law allows injured people to seek monetary compensation for their pain and suffering. Many people find this difficult to understand, but your dedicated Collierville car accident lawyer will help show all the ways in which your injuries have affected you physically, psychologically, and emotionally.
Additional compensation. The law also allows you to recover a host of other damages, depending on your case. These may include out-of-pocket expenses, property damages, compensation for physical disfigurement or permanent disability, and additional wrongful death compensation if a loved one is killed in a crash.
How Can a Car Accident Attorney in Collierville Help?
After a crash, there are a number of ways an experienced auto accident attorney can help. For example, David E. Gordon routinely:
Answers tough legal questions. During your free case evaluation, you’ll get answers to your most challenging insurance questions, such as:
- What if it’s partly my fault?
- Should I tell my own insurance company?
- What if my injuries are greater than the insurance coverage the at-fault driver carries?
- What should I do if the insurance company has offered me a settlement?
- How will my medical bills get paid? Should I be using my health insurance?
Having a dedicated attorney working for you means having quick answers to all of your accident-related legal questions. It can also prevent you from making critical mistakes.
Performs skilled evidence collection. Our legal team will collect every bit of evidence related to your crash. This may include electronic crash data, cellphone records, photos, surveillance or traffic camera footage, interviews with witnesses, etc. David E. Gordon can make sure all of the relevant evidence is promptly collected and analyzed. Many times, this also includes consulting with specialized expert witnesses, such as physicians, crash experts, and others who can help to build your case.
Negotiates with insurance adjusters. After a serious injury, the last thing you want to do is deal with aggressive insurance claims representatives. Let David E. Gordon handle this stressful process for you. Having a skilled negotiator on your side gives you more leverage and usually results in much higher settlement offers.
Litigates cases to trial. The more experienced your lawyer is with actually going to trial, the more leverage you have when negotiating with insurance companies. The adjusters know that if they don’t deal fairly with your claim, your attorney may take the matter to trial. This gives the insurance company a strong incentive to settle for a reasonable amount.
How Do Settlements for Car Accidents Work?
A car accident settlement is almost always presented as a lump-sum amount. In other words, insurance companies do not typically break it down, medical bill by medical bill. Instead, they assess what they think their liability would be if the case were to go to trial. They assess medical records, medical bills, witness statements, photos, and any other evidence that is available.
Computerized settlement analysis. Based on the information available, insurance companies use special computer software programs that are designed to calculate and “adjust” the risk for the company. These software programs attempt to analyze and predict what the insurance company’s exposure may be if the case went to trial.
Adjusting the claim. Claims representatives (known as “adjusters”) then adjust inputs by changing factors or variables to see how they may impact a potential award. Much of this information is based on historical jury awards, settlements, and other factors, such as actuarial data, geographic information, and life expectancy tables. Once the insurance company makes a settlement offer, you and your attorney must figure out whether it is sufficient and negotiate from there.
Distributing a settlement. Your settlement funds will usually need to be enough to cover any liens, outstanding medical bills, case expenses, and so forth. By reviewing the total award and subtracting all the things that must be paid, your attorney can give you a pretty accurate estimate of what you can expect to receive from the settlement. At that point, it’s just a matter of deciding whether you want to accept or take the case to trial.
Can You Hire a Car Accident Lawyer Even If You’re at Fault?
Even if you think you are partly to blame, you should still talk with a knowledgeable car accident lawyer in Collierville.
When an injury victim is partly to blame, the law calls it comparative fault. Each state deals with comparative fault differently. In Tennessee, you can still collect compensation even if you share liability. However, you must be less than 50 percent liable for causing the crash. Otherwise, you are barred from collecting compensation.
In a case where you are determined to be partly to blame (but less than 50 percent at fault), your compensation would be reduced by your share of the responsibility. So, for example, if you are found to be 25 percent at fault for the crash, and the damages you suffered totaled $10,000, your award would be reduced to $7,500.
The Law Office of David E. Gordon can help you review the facts of your case to determine whether you may still be eligible for compensation, despite sharing some of the fault.
Can You Sue an Insurance Company Without a Lawyer?
The simple answer is yes. Anyone can file a lawsuit against any person or company they want. But it doesn’t mean the suit will be successful.
The standards for filing a successful legal pleading (“complaint”) are very intricate. Even experienced practitioners often need to make multiple amendments to comply with technical court rules. There are also strict deadlines that may apply to filing with the court.
An experienced Collierville car accident attorney can make sure your complaint is filed properly, in the correct jurisdiction, and within the appropriate deadline.
It should also be noted that in most auto accident cases, you are not actually suing the insurance company. Rather, you sue the negligent individual who caused your injuries. Their insurance company, in turn, is contractually required to defend them and pay for the jury award.
There are times, however, when you actually would need to sue an insurance company. The two main examples would be when the other person’s insurance company fails to act in good faith or where your own insurance company fails to act in good faith. These highly complex cases are known as bad faith claims. They allege that an insurance company has breached a contract with an insured individual, thereby causing harm to someone. It is highly recommended you hire an attorney before pursuing any such case.
How Long Do You Have to File a Car Accident Claim?
If you’ve been hurt in a car accident in Tennessee, you need to contact an attorney right away. Tennessee has one of the shortest statutes of limitations in the country. You only have one year from the date of your accident to file your lawsuit for injuries. Miss the deadline, and you lose your right to be compensated forever.
For help with your accident-related questions or to schedule a free consultation with an experienced car accident attorney in Collierville, contact board-certified trial lawyer David E. Gordon today.
Contact Our Collierville Personal Injury & Car Accident Lawyer Today
If you’ve been hurt or lost a loved one in an accident that could have been prevented, you need to talk to our knowledgeable Collierville personal injury attorney about your right to compensation. Your physical and financial future may hinge on the attorney you choose to handle your personal injury case.
You can trust our law firm to handle your case with the care, skill, and attention you deserve. We will work tirelessly in pursuit of appropriate compensation for the harm you and your family have suffered.
If you or a family member was injured in Collierville or any of the surrounding Memphis metropolitan area communities of West Tennessee and northern Mississippi, contact us today for a free and confidential legal consultation. We will review the facts of your case, answer your questions, discuss all your legal rights and options, and be ready to get to work for you right away.