Personal Injury



Personal Injuries can result from automobile accidents, work-related accidents, injuries caused by someone's negligence (on their property, etc.), faulty products, medical malpractice, and food poisoning, to name a few.

Auto accident injury

In the State of Tennessee, if a person is found to be negligent in an automobile accident, that person is generally held responsible. Negligence could mean that the driver violated a Rule of the Road. The drivers actions could also fall under the category of not reacting in the manner in which a reasonable person would have under the same circumstances. 


At the law offices of T. Verner Smith, we have years of experience representing the victims of traffic accidents. These accidents have involved motorcycles, cars, and trucks. We represent victims who have been injured, or even those whose loved ones have died in accidents, to be sure they have a legal possibility of recovering from the driver who was at fault. If a driver whose careless actions have caused harm to someone else, they should be held responsible for what occurred and victims are entitled to restitution for their losses.  To discuss your particular situation, call our offices at (731) 423-1888, (901) 730-4567, or (615) 371-6136.

Injury on property

Premises liability law addresses the specific responsibilities of landowners and land occupiers in the event of injuries of deaths that occur on their property. Premises liability cases may occur in a variety of ways, such as:

  • Slip and fall or trip and fall 

  • Injuries or death on someone’s property due to a failure to use reasonable precautions.

  • Injuries or death of children due to dangerous playgrounds, equipment, or other hidden dangers on property.

  • Injuries or deaths of people who may be working on property which is owned or operated by another.

  • Exposure to hazardous or toxic substances.

The law offices of T. Verner Smith have handled all sorts of premises liability claims. If you, or someone you know, would like to speak to us about a possible premises liability claim, contact us at (731) 423-1888, (901) 730-4567, or (615) 371-6136.

Workers compensation

The workers’ compensation law in Tennessee governs employee claims against employers for injuries which occurred while working. Claims of those whose loved ones died while on the job also may qualify. 

You have a right, if you are injured at work, to seek certain benefits from your employer to compensate for those injuries. 

There is no legal requirement for you to hire an attorney, but obviously an attorney with experience in workers’ comp matters can assist you in taking the proper steps to protect your rights and assure that you are compensated fairly for your injuries. Only an attorney who has the knowledge and experience in the law can determine whether an offer to settle from an employer is reasonable and fair.  Contact us to talk about a potential workers’ compensation claim at (731) 423-1888, (901) 730-4567, or (615) 371-6136.

Food Poisoning

If you've ever had food poisoning, you know it is a terrible experience. It is also very dangerous. This is especially true for people who have compromised immune systems such as the elderly, young, or sick. 

More than 50 million Americans report food poisoning cases each year, 128,000 are sick enough to require hospitalization and 3,000 dies!  

While some food contamination occurs in home kitchens,  many cases originate in restaurant kitchens. If you are stricken with food poisoning from a restaurant that did not follow correct safety precautions, you may be able to file suit against them for costs associated with your illness. 

Tennessee recently received a D rating from the Center for Science in the Public Interest, based on the lack of tracking and communication in determining the causes of food poisoning.

Verner Smith's office has a successful background in pursuing those negligent of food poisoning, including a landmark case in Hardeman County which resulted in Smith's office pursuing the case all of the way to the Tennessee Supreme Court. You can read about the successful case and all of the details here. 

If you get food poisoning from a restaurant, catering, or other events in which the food preparer is obligated to prepare and present a safe product, you may be entitled to damages as a result of your illness. While food poisoning is a potentially serious illness, it is sometimes a challenge to prove as symptoms do not appear immediately. Also unless a number of individuals become sick it is difficult to prove the originator is at fault.


Timing is critical too. You should contact us immediately if you suspect you have a case in order for our office to obtain important information to potentially prove fault. Call (731) 423-1888, (901) 730-4567, or (615) 371-6136.

Medical malpractice

Medical malpractice is a serious concern. When we entrust our health to professionals, and mistakes are made which are the result of negligence, there should be some sort of legal recourse. This option forces the medical community to adhere to higher standards and protects the public from harmful and sometimes lethal medical mistakes. If you feel you or a loved one has been the victim of such a circumstance, contact us for a free consultation. 


The law offices of T. Verner Smith have handled all sorts of medical malpractice claims and we have helped people who’ve been injured or worse. If you, or someone you know, would like to speak to us about a possible medical malpractice claim, contact us at (731) 423-1888, (901) 730-4567, or (615) 371-6136.

T. Verner Smith's clients are quick to say how very happy and satisfied they are with the results.

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Memphis office: (901) 730-4567 ~ Jackson office: (731) 423-1888 - Brentwood office: (615) 371-6136 

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