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Welcome to the Barrett Law Office.  We represent individuals and small businesses in a wide variety of legal matters. Our lawyers defend the rights of whistleblowers and assist them in seeking recovery under the federal and state False Claims Acts. Our firm also maintains a robust personal injury practice, with particular focus on cases involving serious bodily injury and wrongful death arising from such events as motor vehicle accidents (e.g., 18-wheeler collisions, tire failure, and SUV rollovers); health problems and property damage caused by hazardous chemical contamination (toxic torts); and physical harm inflicted by defective products. We also litigate claims in the areas of consumer protection, antitrust, and breach of contract. While our plaintiff's practice features representation of clients in Tennessee, we continue to serve clients throughout the country as well.

    
 

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If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury or death as a result of an accident, you may be entitled to bring a claim against the responsible person or company so that you may be fairly compensated for your injuries. The term "injuries" is broader than just pain and suffering. Other compensable elements besides pain and suffering include lost wages, medical bills, and other out of pocket expenses, as well as compensation for the loss of enjoyment of life (in some circumstances) and loss of consortium. You need an experienced lawyer to protect your interests and ensure that you receive full compensation for your injuries.

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If you are aware of improper business practices that defraud the government, you may qualify as a "whistleblower" and assist in the recovery of funds for the benefit of all U.S. taxpayers. Under the federal False Claims Act, citizens with knowledge of fraud are authorized to file "qui tam" lawsuits against companies that unlawfully cheat the federal government. As a reward for exposing companies that commit fraud against the government, whistleblowers (known as "relators" under the False Claims Act) may be awarded between 15 to 30 percent of the government’s recovery. Additionally, the False Claims Act provides for remedies to protect whistleblowers from retaliation by their employers. The United States Department of Justice is aggressively pursuing these cases, particularly with respect to healthcare fraud. Similarly, Tennessee has a statute that encourages whistleblowers to reveal fraud relating to state funds.

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Product liability is an area of the law which holds a manufacturer or seller of a dangerous or defective product responsible for personal injury or property damage resulting from use of such a product. A product is defective if it is unreasonably dangerous for its intended use and it does not provide the level of safety the public is entitled to expect. Many products, including automobiles, tires, drugs, construction equipment, industrial machinery, appliances, food, medical devices, and tobacco have been found to be defective. Depending on the facts surrounding the claim, there are several theories of recovery available to an injured party.

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Elderly residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities have the right to live in a safe environment. As residents are vulnerable and susceptible to injury and neglect, their family members place considerable trust in these facilities to provide residents with the care they deserve. While most facilities do provide good care, others subject residents to needless suffering and injury. Often these injuries occur in nursing homes that are inadequately staffed, and facilities sometimes fail to provide their employees with the training necessary to protect resident health and safety. When nursing homes and assisted living facilities are operated negligently, residents may sustain injuries such as bedsores, dehydration and fractures due to preventable falls.

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Toxic tort lawsuits seek monetary compensation and other relief for injuries resulting from environmental contamination and hazardous chemical exposure. People are often exposed to toxic chemicals from pharmaceuticals, from consumer products, and from their home or work environment. While a significant number of toxic tort cases arise from exposure to pharmaceutical drugs, there are also many occupational toxic tort cases, because industrial and other workers are often chronically exposed to toxic chemicals - more so than consumers and residents. Most of the law in this area arises from asbestos exposure, but thousands of toxic chemicals are used in industry and American workers suffer a variety of toxic injuries from different industrial chemicals.

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Consumer fraud includes a wide variety of improper practices involved in the advertising, marketing, sale, or lease of goods or services. Many consumer fraud cases involve allegations that sellers of a product misrepresented the product’s features, quality, or other characteristics, while others claim that products do not perform as advertised. Consumer frauds also take place when companies overcharge customers for products or services, or mislead consumers about the terms of sales agreements or the existence and duration of warranties. Most states have consumer protection statutes that provide remedies for individuals that have been defrauded by unscrupulous business practices.

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