Callahan & Binkley, PLC

Cookeville TN Personal Injury & Medical Malpractice Attorneys

Patrick “Shea” Callahan and Andrew “Drew” Binkley practiced at the Law Offices of Jon E. Jones before forming Callahan & Binkley, PLC in 2016. The firm initially focused primarily on litigation and trial work in the areas of personal injury, products liability, medical malpractice, and contract disputes. The firm added family law and probate to the practice in 2018 when Amelia “Amy” Phillips joined the firm. Prior to attending law school, Ms. Phillips worked as a registered nurse. She uses her education and experience in health care to assist on personal injury and medical malpractice cases in addition to handling family law and probate matters.

We at Callahan & Binkley, PLC, have years of experience representing injured parties throughout the State of Tennessee. For a free consultation please call (931) 322-5055.

Types Of Medical Malpractice Claims We Handle

Tennessee Medical Malpractice Laws

Understanding Tennessee law is critical if you’ve suffered harm due to negligence from your healthcare provider and are on the cusp of initiating a medical malpractice case. In Tennessee, medical malpractice is defined as the failure of a healthcare professional to meet the standard of care that a reasonably competent professional would have provided under similar circumstances.

To pursue a medical malpractice claim, you must establish that there was a duty of care, a breach of said duty, causation, and damages that came as a result. You’ll also need to ensure you bring your claim within the statute of limitations, which is only a year. This deadline generally begins on the date you realize the injury or should have realized it.

Tennessee medical malpractice law also covers compensation that can be awarded in these cases. It has set caps on non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering, at $750,000 in most cases. In instances of catastrophic injury, you may be eligible to have this cap raised to $1,000,000.

Given how complex Tennessee medical malpractice law can be, as well as the need for expert testimony in many of them, contact us for a consultation at the very least. In it, our medical malpractice lawyers will show you how we can navigate you through your entire case and increase your chances of getting all you’re truly entitled to.

We Handle Severe & Catastrophic Injury Cases In Putnam County

Severe and catastrophic injuries such as traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, severe burns, and amputations, just to name a few, can dramatically alter the course of your life. The extensive medical treatment, long-term rehabilitation, and significant lifestyle adjustments you’ll have as a result are some of the ways how.

At Callahan & Binkley, PLC., we specialize in handling severe and catastrophic injury cases not only in Cookeville, TN, where we are based, but in Putnam County as well. We provide compassionate and dedicated legal representation to victims and their families, knowing how difficult of a time the immediate aftermath of suffering a severe and catastrophic injury is. We are committed to securing the maximum compensation that adequately covers as much of your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other costs as possible.

With our years of experience and the relationships we’ve developed over this time, we work with a rich network of medical experts, vocational specialists, and life care planners to build as robust a case as we can that accurately reflect the long-term impact your injury will have on your life. We’ll tirelessly fight for your rights and work to ensure you see justice and financial compensation.

Personal Injury lawyer in Tennessee

Personal Injury lawyer in Tennessee

An injury today might cause you more problems tomorrow including lost wages, medical bills, and other unexpected expenses. The laws in Tennessee allow you, the injured person, to hold who or what injured you responsible. You should hire an attorney for serious injuries. It is incredibly unlikely you will be fairly compensated without legal representation. Lawyers can help you with the complex process in resolving disputes in the legal system.

Examples of personal injury cases are:

  • Car and truck accidents
  • Product liability cases
  • Slip/trip and fall
  • Vehicle equipment failures
  • Work-related accidents

The State of Tennessee does set time limits on how long you have to file your lawsuit following an injury. You should contact an attorney as soon as possible following an injury you think might have been caused by someone else’s negligence.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How Long Do You Have To Sue A Hospital For Negligence In Tennessee?

Generally speaking, you have one year to bring a claim and initiate a medical malpractice case in Tennessee. Per Tennessee law, this year begins on the date you discovered or should have discovered your injury. This statute of limitations is strict, so missing the deadline can bar you from pursuing your claim entirely.

This being the case, there is also a three-year statute of repose. This prevents you from filing a lawsuit more than three years after the date of the negligence, regardless of when you discovered your injury. As with anything else in the law, there are some exceptions, including cases that involve fraudulent concealment or when a foreign object is left inside a patient’s body.

Am I Still Able To File A Malpractice Claim If My Insurance Company Already Paid My Medical Bills?

Fortunately, under Tennessee law, you are able to file a medical malpractice claim even if your insurance company has already paid your medical bills. In Tennessee, the compensation from a medical malpractice claim covers more than just medical expenses; it oftentimes extends to include damages for pain and suffering, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, and other related costs.

The fact that your insurance company has paid some or all of your medical bills does not affect your right to seek additional compensation along these lines from the responsible entity. Given how particular your case is, it’s highly advisable you discuss it with a medical malpractice lawyer. The medical malpractice attorneys at Callahan & Binkley, PLC. are here for you during this immensely difficult time with a resolute dedication to providing tailored legal guidance and support for your unique situation that secures the most compensation possible.

What Type Of Compensation Is Available In A Medical Malpractice Case?

As mentioned, there are various types of compensation (also known as damages) that you can win in medical malpractice cases. These include:

  • Economic damages, which cover the financial impact of an injury, such as:
    • Medical expenses
    • Rehabilitation costs
    • Lost wages
  • Non-economic damages that serve as compensation for intangible losses, including:
    • Pain and suffering
    • Emotional distress
    • Loss of enjoyment of life
    • And more

In some instances, punitive damages may be awarded. The reasoning behind this is to punish particularly egregious conduct and prevent others from carrying out similar behavior in the future.

Tennessee caps non-economic damages at $750,000 per plaintiff, but it can increase to $1,000,000 when catastrophic injuries are suffered.

Is There A Difference Between Medical Malpractice And Medical Negligence?

Although medical malpractice and medical negligence are often used interchangeably, there is a technical difference between the two terms.

Medical malpractice is used to denote a broad range of wrongful acts including negligence. More than this, however, it covers intentional conduct, breach of contract, and failure to obtain informed consent.

On the other hand, medical negligence refers to a healthcare provider’s failure to meet the standard of care that a reasonably competent professional would provide under similar circumstances. Think of it as a subcategory of medical malpractice.

The two terms involve a healthcare provider harming a patient via their action or inaction. They differ in that medical malpractice is a legal cause of action encompassing varying types of wrongful conduct, whereas medical negligence focuses on substandard care.

Specializing In Family Law, Estate Planning,
And Contract Disputes

Family Law

Family law focuses on problems involving marriage, adoption, divorce, child custody, as well as other issues. Family law attorneys also provide help for people facing issues not thought of as family law.

Examples of family law areas are:

  • Alimony
  • Adoption and Foster Care
  • Child custody and child support
  • Divorce
  • Emancipation
  • Marital property
  • Paternity
  • Prenuptial Agreements

The State of Tennessee has specific laws related to divorce. We at Callahan & Binkley care about your family issues and are well able to provide our legal expertise. For a free consultation please call (931) 322-5055.

Estate Planning

Estate planning involves creating a plan that provides certainty for you and your loved ones. Because such plans differ widely, it is important to work with an experienced estate planning attorney to customize a plan that fits your needs.

Some of decisions estate planning make are as follows:

  • Deciding who will make decisions for you if you become ill or unable to make decisions
  • Deciding who will care for your children and/or pets in the event of your death
  • Deciding who will carry-out the details of your estate plan
  • Deciding who will get the property and money you leave behind

Some of the goals of estate planning are:

  • Anticipating long-term care needs
  • Reducing the effect of estate taxes
  • Reducing or eliminating your heirs from going through the probate process
  • Establishing rules for your heir’s access to your money and property
  • Planning for the future of your business(es)

We at Callahan & Binkley, LPC, listen to your estate planning dreams and act to make them come true. For a free consultation for residents of cities such as Cookeville, Nashville, Memphis, Chattanooga, Knoxville, please call (931) 322-5055.

Contract Disputes

A contract dispute occurs when a party to the contract either fails to perform his or her duties under the contract or disagrees with another party to the contract regarding the meaning of the terms and conditions of the document.

Examples of common contract disputes:

  • Commercial leases
  • Real Estate Contracts
  • Construction Contracts
  • Insurance Coverage Disputes
  • Consumer contract disputes (product warranties)
  • General material breach (refusal to follow set terms with the contract)
  • Non-compete agreements
  • Non-disclosure agreements (NDAs)
  • Sale of goods contracts

We at Callahan & Binkley, LPC, care for our clients, listen to the specifics of each issue, and use our expertise to fight to win for our clients. For a free consultation please call (931) 322-5055.

Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice happens when health care providers cause an injury by failing to provide reasonable care under the circumstances. This can include failures to follow guidelines, protocols, policies, or procedures that have been established to prevent the injury.

Examples of common medical malpractice are:

  • Anesthesia errors
  • Childbirth injuries
  • Hospital infections
  • Medication errors
  • Misdiagnosis and delayed diagnosis
  • Surgical errors

In Tennessee, medical malpractice cases are called “Health Care Liability Actions” and are governed by a complex statutory scheme. For example, these laws require an injured party to provide potential defendants with letters placing them on notice before filing suit. There are several technical requirements these letters must meet in order to maintain a Health Care Liability Action. Like other personal injury claims, there is a statute of limitations, or time limit, for filing a Health Care Liability Action. For this reason, you should contact an attorney as soon as you suspect a health care provider might have caused an injury to you or a family member. You should make sure to find an attorney who specializes in these cases and there are very few, if any, attorneys in Tennessee who handle as many Health Care Liability Actions than Shea Callahan. For a free consultation please call (931) 322-5055.

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Office Location

321 E. Spring Street
Suite 304
Cookeville, TN 38501

Phone: (931) 322-5055

Office Hours: Monday - Friday (08:00am - 05:00pm)

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