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I used the law firm of Joe Dughman in my personal injury case. It is rarely a pleasant time in one's life when an attorney is needed, and that was certainly true of my situation. I was injured when a driver, who had celebrated her 16th birthday just two weeks before the accident, hit my car while I was standing behind it to retrieve something from the trunk. It was a freak accident, and it changed my life forever.
The time that followed this incident was full of stress and ongoing medical problems. What should have been a simple broken leg has failed to heal, and the march to recovery has seen more pitfalls than progress. It would have been easy to despair if I had not had the support of Mr. Dughman.
The first aspect to his representation was the convenience. My daughter took me to see him in person one time, but that was probably more for me than for him. After that, all of our communication was electronic, phone, or regular mail, which made it much easier for me to navigate.
Secondly, this was not a case in which Mr. Dughman had hopes for a large financial recovery. To the contrary, I was distraught to learn I was grossly underinsured, and it is my understanding the young lady who hit me had minimum coverage as well. It was not my wish to sue her or her family, although I have questioned this decision many times. Mr. Dughman supported me and pressed on.
As the first year passed and I was not healed, I began to learn about subrugation. This is a process by which my health insurance companies demanded refund payments on the benefits they had paid out. They were entitled to this because the accident was not "my fault," and yet they had paid out thousands of dollars. With two weeks in the hospital, two major surgeries, weeks of home health care and physical therapy, the bills were astronomical. If Mr. Dughman had not negotiated on my behalf with these mammoth insurance companies, I would have owed them money in the end. Somehow he got them to accept partial repayment, a feat I would have never been able to do for myself.
The stress of owing that money and my body's unwillingness to heal took an emotional toll on me. I have never heard one word of apology from the young woman who hit me. Long after the Statute of Limitation on a possible lawsuit expired, I asked Mr. Dughman if I could write to her. He assured me it would make no difference in any "legal" sense, but he encouraged me to write her if it would make me feel better. In the end, I wrote to her parents, thinking they could decide it the letter was appropriate. Still, there has been no contact.
Through all of my dealings with Attorney Dughman, I was basically an emotional wreck. He was constant, professional, and very, very skilled in his work. It is my hope to never, never need him again, but if I do, it is my sincere wish that he will represent me again.
When I think of accident or personal injury attorneys, my mental image is not a positive one. I looked for an attorney who is professional, who cares, and has integrity. That is precisely how I see Attorney Joe Dughman. After interviewing 3 different attorneys, I selected his law firm. Joe is definitely sincere and has an incredible track record in obtaining high settlements. He won my case (settled) without having to go to court. The legal process and auto accidents, in general, can be stressful, to say the least. I have recommended this attorney to others without thinking twice. I consider him one of the best in Nashville.
Joe was a godsend to me and my family. From the minute we met him, we knew Joe would help our mother in her Nashville nursing home abuse and injury case. He was very compassionate and made me feel at ease despite my constant anxiety over our case. He kept me informed every step of the way. He is very knowledgeable of the law and provides the very best legal representation possible. I would not hesitate to call on him again should the need arise.
Attorney Dughman is an excellent lawyer that we used in our negligence or wrongful death case. I was fortunate enough to be referred to him after my mother passed away due to negligence in a nursing home facility. Mr. Dughman has a very methodical common sense approach when investigating a case. Mr. Dughman has shown nothing but compassion for myself and my family during a very difficult time and is a joy to work with.
I would highly recommend Joe to anyone needing representation in his field of practice.
My family and I can't thank Attorney Dughman enough for all of the work he did on settling my father's case. Facing the consequences of nursing home neglect that contributed to my dad's death in later years has been one of the most difficult things I've ever done. I still am angered knowing that the nursing home’s neglect caused my father’s final days to be filled with pain. From our first meeting, Attorney Dughman's thoughtful review of the facts of the case and unwavering support has made this journey a little more tolerable. I would not consider using another attorney and want to share my experience with others.