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Wrongful Death Lawyer Serving Knoxville & Eastern Tennessee

The unexpected death of a loved one affects many people. Although there is no amount to money that will replace the love, guidance, care and companionship of a family member taken away by the carelessness or wrongdoing of someone, the law in Tennessee provides that money is how a family will be compensated for the wrongful death of a loved one.

Only those who experience the unexpected death of a family member or loved one can truly understand the trauma it causes. Knoxville Wrongful Death lawyer Larry V. Roberts will take the time to talk with you and your family. He will listen to truly understand what you and your family are going through. Attorney Larry V. Roberts has been successfully representing people and families in wrongful death cases in the Knoxville / East Tennessee / Johnson City / Kingsport / Bristol area for almost 30 years.

It does not matter if it’s a car accident, trucking accident, nursing home abuse or neglect, medical malpractice or premises liability, the unexpected death or serious injury of a loved one is something that affects many people.

It does not matter whether the wrongful death of a loved one is the result of a truck accident, auto accident, motorcycle accident, nursing home abuse or neglect, medical malpractice, or a business not maintaining its premises safe for the public. The law provides monetary compensation for loss of lifetime earnings, loss of companionship, medical bills and the physical and emotional pain / suffering of a loved one whose wrongful death occurs because of the carelessness or negligence of another.

Knoxville Wrongful Death lawyer Larry V. Roberts has been helping families recover monetary compensation for loss of lifetime earnings, loss of companionship, medical bills, and physical and emotional pain / suffering for the wrongful death of a family member or loved one throughout East Tennessee in Knox, Washington, Sullivan, Greene, Hawkins, Hamblen, Hancock, Sevier, Cocke, Unicoi and Johnson Counties for almost 30 years.

These are a few of the wrongful death cases handled successfully by attorney Larry V. Roberts throughout Knoxville and Eastern Tennessee: the death of a son when a tractor-trailer turns in front of him while on his motorcycle; the death of a husband while driving his pick-up truck when someone drives over onto his side of the road and hits him head-on; a wife after routine laparoscopic surgery dies from sepsis; a husband crushed when the kneeling mechanism is engaged on a bus he is working under; or, a mother, husband or son who dies because a nursing home or long-term care facility is neglectful in the care that is supposed to be provided.

Larry V. Roberts represents only a few people and families at a time so he and his team of paralegals and technology specialist can give you and your family the personal attention you deserve and require to be properly represented when you and your family experience the trauma of the unexpected death of a family member or loved one.

What Compensation is Received in Tennessee for a Wrongful Death Claim?

There are two classes of compensation or damages in Tennessee that are paid for the wrongful death of a loved one: Class I – Immediate Damages and Class 2 – Pecuniary Value for Life of Deceased.

Class 1 – Immediate Damages: (1) mental and physical suffering of the deceased; (2) medical expenses incurred by the deceased family member from when they were injured up to their death; (3) funeral expenses; and, (4) loss of earnings of the deceased from the date of injury to their death.

  • Mental and physical suffering – the mental and physical suffering actually endured by the injured person between the injury and death.
  • Loss of earnings – loss of wages or earnings during the period from injury to death.
  • Medical expenses – the actual medical expenses resulting from the injury, including expenditures for doctors, nurses, hospital care, medicine and drugs.
  • Funeral expenses – reasonable cost of funeral expenses for burial or cremation.

Class 2 – Pecuniary Value for Life of Deceased: (1) loss of future wages or earnings; and, (2) loss of consortium.

  • Loss of earning capacity – loss of wages or earnings projected for the work life expectancy of the deceased less the amount of projected living expense, calculated by a vocational and economist expert witness.
  • Loss of consortium – value of services and care provided by the deceased to family members considering closeness of relationship and dependence on that relationship.

When calculating the pecuniary value for the life of the deceased the jury is instructed to consider such factors as the age of the deceased, health condition of the deceased, life expectancy of the deceased, the motivation and capacity of the deceased for earning money, the personal habits of the deceased and the relationship of the deceased with family.

How Long Do I Have to File a Wrongful Death Claim in Tennessee?

You have 1 year in Tennessee to file a lawsuit for wrongful death if the conduct that caused the death is not medical or healthcare negligence. If the death of a loved one is caused by medical or healthcare malpractice, you must still comply with the statutory provisions for giving notice of a potential claim which extends the statute of limitations for filing a lawsuit for wrongful death by 120 days.

With the uncertainty and complexity of determining how and when to file a wrongful death lawsuit in Tennessee, it is best to contact a Knoxville wrongful death lawyer to help you and your family if you lose a loved one due to negligence or wrongful conduct.

Client Reviews
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Larry, thanks! It was a delight to work with you and play a part in getting a resolution satisfactory to the Witt’s and you. You are among the most skillful attorneys with whom I have worked. Aggressive. Aware. Creative. Realistic. Good work! You have served the Witt’s most admirably. This is a fair settlement. All my best! Former Judge and Mediator, The Mccammon Group, LTD
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Mr. Roberts and staff are very professional and courteous. My former attorney accomplished very little. Mr. Roberts accomplished, in one year, what my former attorney didn’t in three. I highly recommend the Larry V. Roberts firm. Mark
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I could honestly not say enough about this man. He has helped me and my husband so much. We absolutely had not one answer to the questions we had but when we came to Larry he dove in head first and got our answers. This man would go to the ends of the earth for his clients. I have never seen anybody work so hard for someone. Most lawyers today only want money, well Larry wants to help you get everything that you deserve. If you hire him I promise you he will not let you down. You have my word on that. I thank God in heaven for sending us Larry to get our answers. Melinda
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Larry is a very educated attorney. He is always looking for the best way to represent his clients, to achieve the best outcome. Our Case was very stressful and messy but Larry pulled it all together and get a favorable outcome. Terry
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Larry is very professional and would recommend to anyone needing a lawyer. Larry has a special place in our hearts. He went above and beyond what I expected of a lawyer. Thank you Larry for EVERYTHING you did for us. Cheryl