Personal Injury

Personal injury law governs cases involving individuals becoming injured at no fault of their own. This includes auto, motorcycle, tractor trailer, bicycle, etc. Two other types of personal injury cases are wrongful death and premise liability. Wrongful death and premise liability cases occur when a company or party’s negligence result in the injury or death of another party. The difference between a personal injury case and a criminal case is that the defendant is not suspected of knowingly entering into criminal activity in personal injury cases.


Wrongful Death

Wrongful death can occur in various ways; however, the common thread in a wrongful death case is that the actions of a person or entity resulted in the death of an individual(s) without criminal intent. In layman’s terms, the individual or entity was not plotting a crime or murder, but their actions resulted in the death of another. Circumstances such as vehicle crashes and medical malpractice are two examples that could lead to a wrongful death claim.


Premise Liability

Premise liability can occur when an individual becomes injured due to a company’s negligence at their business or public property. You could be entitled to compensation via a premise liability case if you suffered injury from dangerous conditions at a public place or business. An example of a premise liability case could be a slip and fall accident with no “slippery when wet” sign. Usually, premise liability cases occur when the responsible party knows about hazardous conditions but does nothing about them.


Product Liability

You have a certain set of reasonable expectations when you purchase a product. One of those reasonable expectations is safety unless labeled otherwise. If a particular product has caused you harm, you may be able to file a product liability case against the company that produced the product.


Manufacturer Defects

Cornell Law School defines “Manufacturing Defect” as “a defect in a product that was not intended. This defect occurs when a product departs from its intended design and is more dangerous than consumers expect the product to be.”

You may be entitled to legal compensation if you have experienced physical harm or loss due to a manufacturing defect. Rucker, Rucker, and Aymett are experienced in product liability claims and manufacturing defect cases and know how to help you get the maximum compensation for your loss.

No one plans to experience health issues or negative ramifications when they purchase a product. Nothing can replace you or your loved one’s health. However, a compensation claim may help bring justice to your case. Filing a manufacturer’s defect lawsuit may also protect others from experiencing the damages you or your loved one incurred.


Employment Law

Whether you are a small business owner, a large corporation, or an employee, it is essential to understand employment law. Employment law encompasses business and employee guidelines that must be followed to maintain a fair and equitable workplace environment. The two aspects that make up employment law are workers’ compensation and employment discrimination. Whether you are an individual or a business seeking legal guidance in one of these areas, Rucker Rucker and Aymett may be able to help you with your case.

Worker's Compensation

Worker’s compensation may be applicable for employees that have become injured at their place of work due to on-the-job activities. For example, suppose someone works for a construction site and falls from a ladder, injuring themselves while doing a job-related activity. That person may qualify for a worker’s compensation claim in that case. If you were injured in a work-related activity and believe you qualify for worker’s compensation, Rucker, Rucker & Aymett can help you explore your options.

Rucker, Rucker, and Aymett also represent businesses in workers’ compensation claims. Our law firm can help your company negotiate the terms of your employee’s workers’ compensation case.

Employment Discrimination

It is against the law to dismiss an employee for a reason concerning their gender, age, ethnicity, religious background, or sexual orientation. If you believe you have been fired from your job for a reason other than your performance, you may have an employment discrimination case.

Small Business Litigation

Small business litigation is a process in which qualified attorneys represent small businesses in non-criminal cases or disputes. These cases can involve business-to-business, business-to-employee, and business-to-consumer contentions. These cases can include breach of contract, non-compete violations, patents, copyright issues, and any other legal violations, excluding criminal intent.

As a small business owner, facing or pursuing business litigation can be daunting. Whether defending your reputation or seeking what is owed to you, it is essential to employ a knowledgeable, experienced attorney in small business litigation disputes. The attorneys at Rucker, Rucker, and Aymett understand the trials you go through as a small business because they have been helping businesses in these cases for decades.

As the longest-standing law firm in Rutherford County, we can employ our years of experience to help you in your small business litigation case. Having practiced law in Middle Tennessee for over 160 years, our firm has a vested interest in this community and, therefore, your business.


Business Law and Collections

Starting a business is a very intricate process with which one should proceed with the utmost care. There are many legal processes involved in the creation of a business and if you’re not careful you could make a mistake that will have consequences down the line.

This is why we practice business law — we want to see more businesses flourish in the community and that can be hard if you have not set up your business properly.

We also specialize in collection services for businesses. We understand business debt collection laws and will fight for your fair compensation in business-to-business or business to consumer cases.


Probate Law – Wills and Estate Planning

someone passes, their estate and assets may go into probate. This process puts a hold on estates until a proper determination is made to distribute the estate according to the previous owner’s wishes. This process helps prevent fraud and other issues that may arise.

In Tennessee, if an estate is considered a “small estate,” probate is unnecessary. Other assets that do not require probate include:

  • Joint Tenancy
  • Beneficiary Designations
  • Payable on Death Accounts
  • Tenancy by the Entirety
  • Living Trust Assets

Probate law includes other aspects like estate planning, wills, and guardianship.

Estate planning is the process of creating a plan to set affairs for when someone passes. Everyone has an estate. An estate can include your car, home, financial accounts, personal possessions, etc. It is not easy to calculate when one’s time will end, and most people try not to think about it. As a result, many people do not even make an estate plan. LegalZoom states, “Fifty-six percent of Americans believe that estate planning is important, but only 33% of adults in the U.S. have documented their end-of-life plans.”

Once someone determines it is time to make their estate plan, they usually write a will. A will is a legal document that records how one would like their assets handled once they have passed. The author will name an executor to preside over affairs in the will. There must also be two witnesses to sign that the author was of sound mind when they wrote their will. A judge or government official will decide how to deal with the assets if a will is not written.

Another crucial part of probate law is guardianship. This is written in a will and is the sole person you want to care for your children if something happens to you. Under TN laws, the guardian must be emotionally, mentally, physically, and financially capable of providing for a child.

A lot goes into your life, even once you pass. For more assistance with probate law, contact us today.