Losing a loved one is never easy, especially when it is sudden or unexpected. Losing someone because of the carelessness or fault of another person can be devastating. Wanting to blame someone else is completely normal after losing a loved one, and in some situations, your blame is entirely warranted. When your loved one is killed because of the fault of another person, you might be able to seek legal recourse.

If you lost a loved one because of someone else’s wrongful actions, you might have grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit. However, this law has several stipulations and limitations, including a strict timeframe within which you must take action after a loved one’s death. The Gallatin wrongful death attorneys at Hughes & Coleman Injury Lawyers can evaluate your case, file a lawsuit against the responsible party or parties, gather evidence, and aggressively pursue the compensation you deserve.

Our office is conveniently located in downtown Gallatin, just north of the square on Eastland Avenue. We offer a free initial evaluation to talk about your case, answer your questions, and advise you of your legal options. We have a long history of successfully winning damages for clients who have lost loved ones due to wrongful actions. To schedule an appointment right away, call us at 800-800-4600.

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim in Tennessee?

Tennessee law allows the following parties to file suit when another party’s actions cause or contribute to a loss of life:

  • The personal representative of the estate or the surviving spouse;
  • If there is no surviving spouse, the deceased’s children or next of kin can file a claim.
  • If the deceased is a dependent, a parent can file a wrongful death claim on behalf of the child.

What Are the Elements of a Successful Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

When a loved one passes away, and you feel another person was responsible, you may be entitled to recover compensation for the wrongdoer’s actions.

With a wrongful death lawsuit, we can hold liable the party or parties who caused the death of your loved one through their wrongful actions. We can win damages to compensate you for the financial losses you have incurred as a result of your loved one’s death. For our lawsuit to be successful, it must show three elements to be true:

  • Your loved one’s death was the result, at least in part, of someone else’s actions;
  • The other party acted negligently, recklessly, or failed to uphold a duty or responsibility to your loved one;
  • You suffered economic or noneconomic losses as a result of your loved one’s death.

Death Caused by Another Party

First, we must show that another party’s actions caused or contributed to the death of your loved one. The responsible party might be:

  • A doctor who made a mistake during an operation on your loved one
  • A drunk driver who ran a red light and hit your loved one’s car
  • The manufacturer of a defective product that killed your loved one when it malfunctioned

The Other Party Failed in Some Way

Next, we must show evidence that the responsible party had a duty to protect your loved one and that they failed in that duty. The responsible party’s duty does not always have to be express or explicit.

In other words, we do not always need to prove the other party entered into a defined agreement with your loved one. In the case of a drunk driving accident, for example, the driver implicitly accepted the duty to protect other motorists from undue harm when they obtained their driver’s license. A manufacturer has a similarly implied obligation to make sure it does not put unsafe products on the market.

You Suffered Economic or Noneconomic Losses

Lastly, we must show you suffered specific losses because of the death of your loved one. You could receive compensation for both economic losses (i.e., those involving the actual depletion of money), and noneconomic losses (i.e., those that do not have a specific dollar amount).

To discuss these elements further and learn how the Hughes & Coleman team can gather evidence and build a compelling case for wrongful death, schedule a free case evaluation: 800-800-4600.

No Matter the Cause of Death, We Fight for Compensation if Another Party Was Responsible

At Hughes & Coleman Injury Lawyers, our job is to fight for the rights of clients who lost loved ones due to wrongful actions. In our years handling wrongful death lawsuits, we have encountered a host of circumstances, from the commonplace to the unusual. Regardless of how your loved one’s death occurred, we want to help. We can pursue wrongful death compensation in the following situations and more:

  • Car accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Workplace accidents
  • Truck accidents
  • Medical malpractice
  • Defective products
  • Slip and falls

We know that this is an especially difficult time for you but we are here to help. We will stand by you, fighting to get you the compensation you and your family need to continue to make ends meet.

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What Damages Can I Recover in a Wrongful Death Claim?

If the investigation or the court finds the defendant liable for your loved one’s death, you have the right to recover several types of damages, including:

  • The deceased’s medical expenses from the time of injury until death;
  • Funeral and burial expenses;
  • The deceased’s pain and suffering and lost quality of life;
  • Lost wages before the deceased’s death;
  • Wages the family lost because of the deceased’s death;
  • Loss of consortium, guidance, love, society, and affection.

The lawyers at Hughes & Coleman work to make sure you receive fair compensation that covers all your damages, both economic and noneconomic that were incurred as a result of the wrongful death.

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

Tennessee has a strict statute of limitations on wrongful death lawsuits. You have just one year to take action beginning with the day your loved one died. It is therefore critical to meet with a lawyer as soon as you can so that you can get the process started and avoid falling victim to any deadlines.

Call 800-800-4600 Today for a Free Consultation with a Member of Our Gallatin Wrongful Death Legal Team

The Hughes & Coleman team wants to help you win the fair compensation you deserve for the wrongful death of your loved one. To schedule a free consultation right away, call us at 800-800-4600.

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We offer free consultations 24/7 and there will always be someone here to take your call. Call our personal injury lawyers today for a free consultation or fill out this form and we will contact you.

We serve clients across Tennessee and Kentucky and we have several offices throughout both states. See all of our locations and contact us today.

Kentucky Locations


1256 Campbell Ln #201

Bowling Green, KY 42104

Phone: (270) 782-6000



2110 N Dixie Hwy #102

Elizabethtown, KY 42701

Phone: (270) 737-0640



5004 Poplar Level Rd

Louisville, KY 40219

Phone: (502) 585-4025



3618 Dixie Hwy

Louisville, KY 40216

Phone: (502) 585-4693



211 E New Circle Rd

Lexington, KY 40505

Phone: (859) 260-1722


Tennessee Locations


446 James Robertson Pkwy #100

Nashville, TN 37219

Phone: (615) 255-9100



1501 Memorial Blvd

Murfreesboro, TN 37129

Phone: (615) 907-0687



323 N Riverside Dr #100

Clarksville, TN 37040

Phone: (931) 546-7200



622 W 7th St

Columbia, TN 38401

Phone: (931) 505-7040



126 W Eastland Ave

Gallatin, TN 37066

Phone: (615) 451-4288