Nashville Wrongful Death Lawyers
The Tennessee personal injury and wrongful death lawyers at DRS Law bring over 75 years of experience and unquestioned dedication to protecting the rights of family members who have lost a loved one due to another’s negligence.
Our founder, David Randolph Smith, changed the law of Tennessee by winning a very important case in the Tennessee Supreme Court.
That case was Jordan v. Baptist Three Rivers Hospital, and it essentially allows family members to recover for the loss of love and affection of their deceased loved ones. So our law firm literally helped make the law in this area. And it’s a legacy we’re very proud of.
Our firm has a track-record of winning million dollar settlements and judgments in wrongful death cases.
Types Of Wrongful Death Lawsuits:
As Nashville wrongful death lawyers, our firm represents victims’ families in a wide range of wrongful death and malpractice cases, stemming from:
What Damages Are Recoverable Under Tennessee Wrongful Death Law?Because of our firm, Plaintiffs who are children or the spouse of the deceased may now recover for damages such as loss of companionship, comfort, society, attention, cooperation, affection, care and love, and in the case of the spouse, sexual relations.
Unsure if you have a case?
Contact us for a free consultation.
What to Do if You’ve Lost a Loved One Because of Misconduct
If you have lost a loved one in a fatal accident or medical procedure in Tennessee, Kentucky, or Georgia contact a respected Tennessee wrongful death attorney at the Nashville law firm of DRS Law Personal Injury Lawyers today. Call us at (615) 742-1775 or email us.
We understand the emotional and financial toll that a wrongful death takes on a family, and we’re committed to fighting for our clients to get the justice they deserve.
Our experienced Nashville wrongful death lawyers and independent experts and investigators are committed to obtain compensation for medical bills, funeral expenses, pain and suffering, and the loss of consortium (love and affection).
The firm received the AV rating under Martindale-Hubbell’s peer review rating system. David Randolph Smith is certified by the Tennessee Bar as a Civil Trial Specialist and as a Medical Malpractice Specialist. He has been selected as a Mid-South Super Lawyer. And is one of the the Top 100 attorneys in Tennessee (in all fields of practice). He is included in the guidebook Best Lawyers in America.
From the moment we take your wrongful death or malpractice case, we will be hard at work on your behalf. We conduct a detailed investigation into the causes of the fatal accident. Our powerful negotiation skills help secure a favorable settlement. Litigating your wrongful death lawsuit in court, we will be at your side every step of the way. To schedule a frank discussion of your legal options for filing a wrongful death lawsuit, contact our offices today.
Call us at (615) 742-1775 for a free and confidential evaluation of your case from a Nashville wrongful death attorney.
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Over $500 Million
Recovered Since 1993
Record Verdicts in Wrongful Death Lawsuits
In 2006, Nashville, Tennessee wrongful death lawyer David Randolph Smith obtained a record $7.2 million verdict in a wrongful death-medical malpractice case in Warren County, Tennessee against River Park Hospital. The Tennessee Supreme Court affirmed the verdict in 2010.
Barkes v. River Park Hosp., Inc.,
Wrongful Death / Medical Malpractice
Wayne Barkes passed away suddenly after returning home from the ER where he was never seen by a physician. Following this tragedy, his wife turned to our firm for help. We discovered that the hospital had a policy requiring every ER patient to see a physician and we sued the hospital for failing to enforce this policy. At trial, the jury awarded Ms. Barkes $7.2 million. When the hospital appealed the verdict, we successfully persuaded the Tennessee Supreme Court that hospitals could be held accountable for failing to follow standardized practices that keep patients safe. Before Barkes, hospitals claimed they could be held responsible only for the wrongdoing of their employees and not directly for internal policy violations.
Why Choose Us As Your Nashville Wrongful Death Attorney
With us on your side, you can focus on what’s most important – your recovery.
Decades Of Experience
Our Nashville attorneys have over 75 years of combined practice handling cases involving personal injury, medical malpractice, civil rights, medical device lawsuits, wrongful death, and much more.
DRS Law is a well-respected law firm in Nashville and throughout the U.S. Founder, David Randolph Smith, has been selected as a Mid-South Super Lawyer, named one of the Top 100 attorneys in Tennessee in all fields of practice, and is included in the Best Lawyers in America guidebook.
Small Case Volume
Unlike many Nashville firms or lawyers that handle a large volume of cases, we concentrate our expertise on a select few cases. With this, our attorneys ensure that every step is taken to obtain the most favorable outcomes for our clients.
We Prepare For Trial
Every case is meticulously prepared for trial by our trial team and support staff in order to maximize the recovery for our client, whether by settlement or trial verdict. Our proven track record of success has resulted in multi-million-dollar settlements and judgments in a wide variety of individual and group cases.
What to Expect
Our Legal Services Are Completely Personalized To You And Your Unique Needs
01 Free Consultation
Our dedicated personal injury and accident lawyers provide free, no-pressure case evaluations. We will help you determine if you have a case and will answer all your questions in plain English. We never charge any fees until we win your case.
02 Personalized Service
If we take your case, it’s because we believe we can help you. We will get to work outlining a strategic plan of action. We want you to feel taken care of during this difficult time — whatever questions you have, we’re here with answers. Frequent check-ins ensure you are comfortable with the progress of your case.
03 You Get Paid
We are passionate about the success of your case and will give it the close attention and focus it deserves. We find solutions that other lawyers miss, discovering key facts that help you win. We call upon our gifts in storytelling to argue your case with passion and conviction so you get the compensation and justice you deserve.
What Our Clients Say
“The intellect combined with compassion of these people is incredible.”
I am very thankful to David, Lyon, Chris and all professionals who represent this firm. This team made an incredibly difficult situation end successfully. The intellect combined with compassion of these people is incredible. Our concerns were quickly and appropriately responded to, with knowledge and compassion. Law suits are very scary situations, but they never stopped communicating until I felt comfortable with the process. - K. Boland
“They were extremely thorough and caring through the entire experience.”
The DRS team was simply tremendous. They were extremely thorough and caring through the entire experience. I felt cared for the entire time. I will recommend them enthusiastically to anyone who ever needs legal help. - Dick K.
“Very professional and very hard working guys that I would suggest to anyone!”
Chris and the rest of the guys at the firm did an amazing job handling my case and making me feel like I was heard and important. Very professional and very hard working guys that I would suggest to anyone! - T. Sapp.
“They kept me in the loop every step of the way and made me feel like family.”
This is a wonderful law firm. They kept me in the loop every step of the way and made me feel like family. I would highly recommend! - David S.
“There are really no words to adequately describe how thankful we are.”
There are really no words to adequately describe how thankful we are for Lyon and the others at this law firm. The events that led us to reach out to your firm were one the worst times in our lives. My husband’s illness and long recovery were something that we were not sure we would ever come back from. Thanks to the hard work, knowledge and dedication that you guys have put forth on our behalf we have been awarded a settlement that will ensure we have a secure financial future. You guys are the best! - Lorrie H.
“The only attorney that would take our case.”
David Randolph Smith was the only attorney that would take our case. We were up against the US Government and Virginia’s state laws. Mr. Smith’s experience and expertise was the only reason we were able to get a settlement. He always answered our calls and kept us informed. Mr. and Mrs. Smith were very professional and nice. God sent this law firm to help us at a very sorrowful time. We were blessed for such a great law firm. If I ever need a lawyer, this firm would be first on my list. Thank you. — Vicky F.
“The end results gave me the justice and satisfaction I so desperately needed.”
Thru what was an absolute nightmare of an ordeal, I was finally blessed with the very best legal team a man could ever want or desire. I can’t even begin to express my overwhelming gratitude and sincere appreciation to my entire legal team. You are all of the very best at what you do, and the end results gave me the justice and satisfaction I so desperately needed. And it also gave me back my health and independence! On a scale to 1 and 10, I would give you give you a 12! God bless all of you from the bottom of my heart! - Darrell H.
“It made all the difference knowing that we were in competent hands.”
My wife and I couldn’t have had a better experience. The whole team was incredibly responsive, attentive, respectful, & friendly. Lyon took our case and you couldn’t ask for a better guy to have on your side. Not only was he super sharp and resourceful, but also the type of person that makes you feel like an old friend. Since we were seeking legal help for a very awful situation it made all the difference knowing that we were in competent hands the whole time. - Mark D.
“They always set realistic expectations and even surpassed them.”
It was a wonderful experience. Everyone we dealt with was attentive and responsive. They always set realistic expectations and even surpassed them. We are very happy we decided to use Smith and Associates. We highly recommend them. - Whitney G.