Hold Medical Professionals Accountable for Negligence

We trust medical professionals, doctors, nurses, and their staff to take proper care and follow protocol when treating our injuries and illnesses. When they fail to adhere to the standards of their profession and this leads to further harm, our rights as patients have been violated. At Bill Easterly & Associates, we understand the stress and emotional pain that can be caused by medical malpractice, and we want to help you fight for justice.

Our medical malpractice attorneys have more than 25 years of collective legal experience in Nashville, TN. We have a team of highly dedicated and passionate lawyers who are proud to advocate on behalf of individuals who have been victimized by the negligence of another through personal injury claims. With personalized and compassionate legal counsel, we have won millions of dollars in settlements for our clients and are prepared to put our experience to work for you.

If you believe that you have been the victim of medical malpractice, don’t give the at-fault medical professional a free pass. Contact the legal team at Bill Easterly & Associates, and we’ll work together to get the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Contact us today at (615) 244-2222 to schedule a free consultation.

What Is Medical Malpractice?

Medical malpractice is not simply a case of a medical provider making a mistake. Medical malpractice is when a healthcare professional provides a patient with a substandard level of care, which results in an injury or the death of the patient. The doctor or medical worker may neglect to give a patient the appropriate course of treatment or omit an appropriate medical action.

Medical regulations may vary from state to state, but the overall standard of care for patients is pretty standard across the board. The standard of care that medical professionals are bound to uphold is meant to keep the patients’ best interests at heart. When attempting to quantify the standard of care in legal terms, there is a simple question that is typically asked of any malpractice case: Would another reasonably skilled health care professional with a similar background and similar level of experience have provided the same care under the same circumstances? If the answer is no, medical malpractice may be at play.

Common Types of Medical Malpractice Cases

Medical malpractice claims can cover a wide variety of negligent medical behavior. Any type of medical situation may fall under the medical malpractice umbrella if a physician or medical professional failed in their duty to provide a proper standard of care and caused an injury as the result of their negligence. Some of the more common types of medical malpractice include: 

How to Prove Medical Malpractice

Medical professionals are held to high standards of protocol. They must complete years of training through which they learn proper methods of treatment to mitigate health and safety risks to patients. Furthermore, doctors and nurses are also held to the same standards as all people, in that they should adhere to a reasonable duty to avoid endangering others. When any person fails to do so, they are considered negligent.

When a doctor-patient relationship has been established, the doctor becomes responsible for your safe treatment while under his or her care. The first factor that must be proven in a medical malpractice claim is that the medical professional was negligent in their treatment or diagnosis. This means that he or she failed to practice reasonable skill or attention, and his or her procedures deviated from the accepted standard of care.

Furthermore, it must be determined that the negligence of the physician directly or indirectly caused your injury or illness. This can sometimes be difficult to prove, as most claimants were already sick or injured. However, our firm can help analyze your case for evidence and expert testimony to build a strong case that a doctor’s negligence led to your damages.

Compensation for Medical Malpractice in Tennessee

In the state of Tennessee, a victim of medical malpractice is entitled to recover both economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages are reasonably straightforward to calculate and include damages that have specific dollars amounts attached to them. These types of damages may include:

  • Current medical expenses
  • Future medical expenses 
  • Lost income
  • Loss of earning capacity

Non-economic damages are not as easy to place a dollar amount on. These are damages that are related to mental trauma or anguish. These damages may also include factors that can significantly change a victim’s standard of living, such as being left disfigured or with serious scars. Non- economic damages are a much more subjective category of compensation. Non-economic damages can include the following: 

  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Loss of companionship
  • Disfigurement

Tennessee, like a number of states, has recently decided to place a cap, or a limit, on the amount of non-economic damages that a victim may recover following a medical malpractice case. The cap is $750,000 per medical malpractice claim. That cap can be increased to $1 million in damages if the victim suffered a catastrophic injury as a result of the malpractice. A catastrophic injury may include paralysis, amputation of multiple limbs, and in certain circumstances, wrongful death. The state does not place a cap on the amount a victim may be able to recover for economic damages.

Do Not Wait to File a Medical Malpractice Claim

The state of Tennessee gives victims of medical malpractice a relatively short time frame in which to file a lawsuit. Victims of medical malpractice only have one year to file a suit; that is one year from the date the medical malpractice occurred. In some situations, if a patient did not discover the medical malpractice until later, the one-year clock would start on the day of discovery.

When the statute of limitation deadline passes in any case, the court can dismiss the suit and the victim may be left with no legal recourse for gaining compensation for their injuries.

If you suspect you have been the victim of medical malpractice, it is crucial that you get in touch with an attorney immediately to go over your legal options. There are certain situations where the statute of limitations may be extended, but only an experienced attorney can determine if your situation meets those criteria. It is always best to contact an attorney early on in order to give yourself the best chance possible for a positive outcome.

We’ll Put Our Experience to Work for You

If you have suffered injury or illness because of a negligent medical professional, you deserve to take action. You should not have to shoulder any further financial burdens because a doctor or nurse failed to do his or her job. At Bill Easterly & Associates, our medical malpractice lawyers are dedicated to providing aggressive and personalized legal counsel to people who suffer at the hands of a trusted physician. Don’t let a doctor get away with negligence; let us help you seek the full compensation you deserve!

Contact the experienced medical malpractice attorneys at Bill Easterly & Associates today. Let us review the circumstances of your case and lay out exactly what your legal options are. We can help you navigate your way through the legal process, and we’ll be by your side every step of the way. To find out what we can do for you, contact our office at (615) 244-2222 to schedule your free case evaluation today.

Immediate Help. Exceptional Outcomes.

How Our Tennessee Attorneys Can Help You

No case is too small or too large for our team of experienced attorneys. We have the skills and resources it takes to pursue all types of personal injury cases. If you’ve suffered at the hands of a negligent party, we want to make sure you are compensated, and the negligent party is held responsible. We start by getting to you know and the facts surrounding your case.

Every case is unique, and we treat them as such, priding ourselves on making sure you have our full attention and focusing our efforts on building a successful case for you. Here’s how we can help:

INVESTIGATE YOUR INJURY

Investigate Your Claim: We want to get to the bottom of the “how” and “why” of your accident. We will conduct a thorough investigation into the circumstances of your incident. This allows us to gather evidence that can strengthen your case and help us identify all responsible parties involved. Leave all the legwork and paperwork to our team.

BUILD A COMPELLING CASE

Build a Compelling Case: With evidence in hand, we work to build a strong and compelling case in your favor. Whether we are going to court or negotiating with an insurance company, by building a solid case, we can help you maximize the amount of damages you may be able to recover.

MAXIMIZE YOUR RECOVERY

We Are Your Advocate: Unfortunately, insurance companies and negligent parties will not take you seriously unless you have an aggressive attorney on your side who fights for your rights. These parties may use tactics that manipulate or take advantage of a victim in order to keep from paying out hefty compensation packages. Having an attorney backing you up signals to these parties you are serious about getting everything you are entitled to.

FOCUS ON YOUR HEALTH

Focus on What’s Important: You. Your health and safety are what’s most important. Let us tackle the paperwork, the negotiating, and the back and forth, while you focus on your health and the well-being of your family. Trusting the team at Bill Easterly & Associates takes an immense weight off of your shoulders.

DEDICATED. AGGRESSIVE. RESPECTED.

Demand the Full Compensation You Deserve

We genuinely believe that you should not have to pay the price for someone else’s negligent and dangerous wrongdoing. For this reason, you can trust our legal team to do everything within our professional power to make sure you are not stuck with the financial repercussions of a serious injury-causing accident. We are ready to put decades of experience and practice to work for you! To schedule your free consultation, do not hesitate to contact our firm today.

Immediate Help. Exceptional Outcomes.

Hear From Our Clients
Tristan Vogel

Bill & his team handled my injury case with total professionalism and respect. I was never left out of the conversation and if I had a question, they had an answer. Never having been through anything like this before I was worried it would be a stressful headache. Fortunately this wasn’t the case. Between his team and the other party’s insurance we settled for higher than I expected/demanded. I highly recommend his office and will be sure to send anyone I know in need of help their way. Many thanks you all!

Jeffrey L.

“I endorse this lawyer. I went to school with Bill and he is truly among the best and brightest lawyers out there.”

Marcus H.

“When I hired Bill to represent me in my workers’ compensation claim, I was receiving $238 per week while out of work. Bill found an error in the way the insurance company calculated my wages, and he got my weekly check raised to $352 almost immediately. This couldn’t have come at a better time.”

Michael L.

“Bill Easterly & Associates let me know just what I needed to do during my time of need. If I had any questions they took the time to answer them. His office kept me informed and up to date on my case.”

William G.

“I worked for a company for 36 years when I was severely injured on the job. I spent over a year working with the state to get my worker’s compensation case taken care of & wasn’t having much luck. I decided to ask for help. I called Bill Easterly & Associates, & spoke with Bill, who was very friendly. Right away Bill & his staff began to work on my case. After just a few short months Bill & his team reached a settlement I was more than pleased with! I am thankful for Bill & his team; without them I would not have been able to receive the assistance I needed.”

Steve S.

“Bill Easterly & Associates, took care of every detail from start to finish with my case. If not for their extreme persistence, I would not have received any medical help nor assistance with all the bills that my employer refused to help me with when they were legally responsible. I was shocked when my settlement was reached for the sum they told me I would receive from the first day I chose them. I was able to relocate to Florida & join my family with a new lease on life.”

James C.

“Bill, I want to thank both you, Craig, and Jim for all the work that was put into yesterday’s trial. I realize that the Judge’s ruling was a direct reflection of the work that you put into my case. I thank you and can’t wait to share your name with others!!!!!”

Sam K.

“I am very appreciative for Bill Easterly & his staff. They helped my family & I during an extremely troublesome time & for this I have extreme gratitude. They are the best!”

Tracy T.

“Bill Easterly & Associates was very professional, honest, polite, and respectable of my needs. They were very accommodating in assisting me with a troubled time. I would definitely refer attorney Easterly to anyone in need of a lawyer.”

Nellie G.

“Bill Easterly & Associates was very helpful to me when I needed someone. I just want to thank him for getting all the bills paid & taking care of my needs. I want to let you know how grateful I was for your staff’s assistance. Whenever I called or left messages they were quick to call me back, as well as very helpful & knowledgeable.”

Mia G.

“Bill Easterly & Associates have been wonderful to our family. The firm fought for a fair settlement for my case and took away all of the stress that came with my accident. Bill and our assigned paralegal were very nice and kept me informed and updated on my case. Bill Easterly himself was available to answer questions that I had and that made me feel special and that he truly cared about my case. This firm shows total professionalism. Great job! I highly recommend this firm!”

James

“Bill Easterly and Associates are the best!!! I had a workman’s comp case resulting from an injury at work and they handled everything with compassion, skill, and diligence. They went up and beyond my expectations and I recommend them to everyone!!!!”

Kathy

“Several years ago I suffered an injury which required surgery and many weeks of additional hospitalization, as well as months of painful recovery. Feeling that I had a real legal issue, I began to dial up some of the more ‘well-known’ legal firms in the Nashville area. However, with each cold, harsh rejection, my heart and hopes sank deeper….until my niece said, “What about this guy, Bill Easterly?”

From the moment Bill & I spoke, I knew I had reached the right person for the job. Bill went to bat for me immediately and stayed with me the whole way, He and his staff answered all my questions knowledgeably and honestly and were always considerate of my needs and wishes. They guided me through a confusing and sometimes frustrating process with the utmost care and professionalism; I felt I couldn’t have been in better hands.

When my case was finally resolved, I was pleased with results. I can truthfully say that now, should the need ever arise again, Bill Easterly and Associates will be the ONLY telephone number I will call for my legal work.”

Craig

“Bill and his team went above and beyond for me in two different cases. His office was always able to answer my questions or return my calls. Bill was always happy to help with anything he could, case involved or not. I have and will continue to highly recommend the services of Bill Easterly & Associates to anyone in need!”

James

“I never worked with an attorney before Bill. After I got hurt at work it took the insurance company several weeks to get me in to see a doctor, and while I was out of work my checks were always late, so a friend suggested I call Bill. He took my case and I immediately began to see my situation get better. His staff took care of scheduling my doctor appointments and made sure that my checks came on time. After the doctor released me to return to work, Bill was able to settle my case in less than three months, and for more money than I ever thought I would get. I highly recommend Bill Easterly & Associates.”

Chris E.

“I had the pleasure of having Bill Easterly and Associates represent me during a worker’s comp. case back in the spring of 2009. During the entire ordeal which involved surgery, and an arduous road to recover, Mr. Easterly and his staff were professional, kind, and worked very hard on my behalf. Mr. Easterly himself worked directly for me, and handled the entire situation with a high degree of care and expertise to the point where I felt like I was the only case he was working on. Furthermore, if I ever had any questions, I knew I could contact Mr. Easterly himself directly to get any issues resolved. I would recommend Mr. Easterly and Associates to anyone looking for excellent legal counsel especially if it involves a worker’s comp. case.”

Randon W.

“Bill Easterly and his team of associates including: Whitney, Annbern, and Bethany are amazing, they have all been like family to me and represented me and my case as if it were their very own. I cannot express how truly thankful I am for the effort and amount of time and work they have put into my case, even through my being impatient under some circumstances. Even though I rarely spoke with them every time I received a phone call or E-mail from Mr. Bill or his associates it has been nothing but great news. I would strongly recommend Bill Easterly and Associates to any and everyone with any type of Workers Comp. or personal injury case to them. I’ve had such a wonderful experience and I couldn’t have asked for a better job. Thank you guys so much.”

P. Burns

“Bill Easterly and Associate are awesome they took my case and did all they could do to make sure I was stress free and I really appreciate their professionalism and the patience they showed me when I became frustrated. I want to thank you for the work you provided but most of all you and the staff Annbern you are a true angel so mild mannered Whitney your patience Bethany your cheery disposition on the telephone and Mr. Bill Easterly your determination and fight on my behalf thank and may you all continue to be a blessing to all you meet. True Angels here on earth. If you need a team that will fight for you BILL EASTERLY AND ASSOCIATES IS THE BEST WAY TO GO.”

Leslie H.

“GREAT People!!!! GREAT Service!!!!!”

Shannon B.

“I called Mr. Easterly a little over a month ago to take over my case because the attorney I started off with had not even looked at my emails in the three months he was supposed to be working for me… Bill has settled my case/claim already and I could not be happier with the outcome. He had personally made calls to me, which made me feel like a person and not just dollar signs. His paralegal, Whitney, is also amazing. She always returned my emails and calls immediately, and was more than patient with me asking a million questions. I hope no one I know is seriously hurt in an accident like we were, but if so I highly recommend you call Bill Easterly and Associates. Not to mention, Bill Easterly is pretty hot ;).”

Ron M.

“Bill has been my attorney for many years on many cases. I have always been pleased with him and his staff for all they have helped me with. Very professional.”

Mark M.

“Bill Easterly handled my case better and faster than I was told to expect, due to the circumstances of the case. He definitely exceeded my personal expectations and I am more than satisfied with the outcome. Would recommend him to anyone. He’s a great guy.”

Shelley

“I called several accident law firms and none were as knowledgeable and sincere as this firm. Mr. Easterly and his associates were amazing! They took the time to listen and answer any questions I had. I’m also grateful they helped me deal with the not so helpful insurance company. They went above and beyond! Very pleased!”

Keith R.

“Throughout my entire case, Mr. Easterly and his staff were supportive and diligent in handling my claim. Mr. Easterly provided the one-on-one attention that I needed. Thank you for everything!”

Nicole P.

“Bill Easterly and his staff were very courteous and friendly. They made me feel like family. When I walked into the office you would’ve thought I had known them before. When it came to them assisting with my case they were awesome. If they told you that they were going to do something or call you back they did. Mr. Easterly and staff took care of my case in an effective and timely manner making me feel like I was the only client. This is the kind of attention you need when you are hurt. If I needed assistance again, I would definitely use them. I would recommend him without hesitation! They should be the first and only attorneys you call when in need! Great group of people! Thank you!”

Muyala M.

“Mr. Bill Easterly and his staff are very friendly and reliable. They are ready to answer any questions that I have and let me know step by step what is going on with my case. I really recommend them to anybody.”

Irene F.

“Bill Easterly and his staff are amazing to work with. I met Bill years ago when my little girl got hurt and he has been my go to lawyer ever since. If he doesn’t specialize in something I have questions about he always takes the time to send me in the right direction. His staff is very professional and on top of things at all time. Thank you Bill for everything you have done for my family.”

Valerie C.

“Bill is knowledgeable and professional. The staff is helpful, friendly and prompt to respond to questions or concerns. Would recommend without reservation.”

Brenda B.

“When I interviewed attorneys for my case, Bill Easterly was hands down the best choice! Not only was he straight to the point, his confidence was contagious! Bethany was on top of my case every step of the way! Every step was explained to me and I was prepared for what would happen throughout the process. I told a friend that I loved my attorneys, she said,

“You don’t hear anyone say that, ever!” But I can recommend Easterly and Associates without hesitation!”

Norma B.

“Bill Easterly and Associates took my case when no one else would and got me a decent settlement. I highly recommend them.”

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