The following graphs demonstrate the resolution of personal injury, wrongful death, and other tort cases in Cumberland County, Tennessee during the last six fiscal years ending June 30, 2023.

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Click on the link for more information on the Cumberland County court system.

The following graphs demonstrate the resolution of personal injury, wrongful death, and other tort cases in Tipton County, Tennessee during the last six fiscal years ending June 30, 2023.

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The Tennessee Public Protection Act applies to legal malpractice claims in Tennessee in certain circumstances.

In Cartwright v. Hendrix, No. W2022-01627-COA-R3-CV (Tenn. Ct. App. April 15, 2024), defendants represented plaintiff in multiple lawsuits related to the administration of a trust. Defendants worked for plaintiff on a contingency fee basis.

After over ten years of unsuccessful litigation on the trust, plaintiff filed this legal malpractice case against defendants. Plaintiff asserted many theories, alleging that he did not know how many suits were filed; that defendants advanced a scheme to ultimately collect a contingency fee from him; that defendants continued to file claims after admitting that such claims were time-barred; and that defendants misled plaintiff to believe he was having success in the trust litigation.

The following graphs demonstrate the resolution of personal injury, wrongful death, and other tort cases in Hamblen County, Tennessee during the last six fiscal years ending June 30, 2023.

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Click on the link for more information on the Hamblen County court system.

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Proof related to potential damages alone are insufficient to sustain a legal malpractice claim in Tennessee.

In Cox v. Vaughan, No. E2023-00930-COA-R3-CV (Tenn. Ct. App. April 10, 2024) (memorandum opinion), plaintiff filed a legal malpractice claim against defendant attorney. Plaintiff and defendant previously contracted for defendant to represent plaintiff in claims related to an automobile accident. Defendant never filed any claim and avoided communicating with plaintiff. After plaintiff filed a complaint with the Board of Professional Responsibility, defendant returned plaintiff’s retainer fee.

Plaintiff subsequently filed this legal malpractice suit, alleging that she suffered damages due to defendant’s failure to follow through on her case. Defendant moved for summary judgment. He asserted that, pursuant to the representation agreement, the scope of his representation of plaintiff was limited to “claims against GMC for breach of contract of implied and express warranties.” Because the statute of limitations for such claims is six years, defendant argued that the claims still existed and plaintiff suffered no damage.

The following graphs demonstrate the resolution of personal injury, wrongful death, and other tort cases in Greene County, Tennessee during the last six fiscal years ending June 30, 2023.

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Click on the link for more information on the Greene County court system.

When a process server gave the HCLA summons and complaint to a hospital employee, insufficient service resulted in dismissal of the case.

In Roberts v. Hinkle, No. W2022-01714-COA-R3-CV (Tenn. Ct. App. April 9, 2024), plaintiff filed an HCLA suit against defendant doctor related to an allegedly negligent surgery. Defendant raised the affirmative defense of insufficient service of process in his answer. Later, he filed a motion to dismiss based on insufficient service of process and the statute of limitations. The trial court granted the motion, dismissing the case, and the Court of Appeals affirmed.

Tennessee Rule of Civil Procedure 4.04 lays out the proper process for service of a lawsuit in Tennessee. “Although personal service of process is the preferred method of service upon an individual defendant, service may also be had upon an agent authorized by appointment or by law to receive service on behalf of the defendant.” (internal citation and quotation omitted).

The following graphs demonstrate the resolution of personal injury, wrongful death, and other tort cases in Robertson County, Tennessee during the last six fiscal years ending June 30, 2023.

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Click on the link for more information on the Robertson County court system.

The following graphs demonstrate the resolution of personal injury, wrongful death, and other tort cases in Putnam County, Tennessee during the last six fiscal years ending June 30, 2023.

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Click on the link for more information on the Putnam County court system.

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