John B. Dupree
Attorney at Law
Welcome to KnoxTnLaw.com. This site is for individuals who have been involved in automobile accidents, car wrecks, truck accidents, workers compensation injuries, medical malpractice matters, personal injury, insurance claims or any other civil matters that require an attorney’s assistance. If you or a loved one have been injured or hurt in an accident, or if you have a matter that does not involve criminal charges, we would be glad to speak to you about your case. We can also provide some insight into the law that controls your claim and help you maximize your chance of persuading the insurance company to compensate you for your pain and suffering.
For personal injury cases, you might have already discovered that your unexpected injuries can cause great upheaval in your life – including causing you to fall behind on your mortgage, medical bills or car payments. That is why having a lawyer to help you through the process is so important. An attorney can guide you through these difficult times. For other types of civil cases, it would be highly advisable to retain an attorney – especially if your pending matter is already in court.
If you are dealing with an insurance company, you are not just dealing with one adjuster – you are dealing with the adjuster and a host of legal support in place for the adjuster. So even if the adjuster is a nice guy or gal, the adjuster’s ultimate goal is to get out of paying you anything on your claim, if possible.
Insurance companies have had great success marketing through humor and animal mascots. It’s a zoo out there – lizards, ducks, elk, dogs, cavemen. They even hitch their wagons to our greatest presidents – Lincoln and Jefferson. Do not be fooled. If you are dealing with any of the following insurance companies, we strongly encourage you to contact our firm at once: AAA, 21st Century, Allstate, AIG, Auto-Owners, Cincinnati Insurance, CNA, Erie, Esurance, Farmers, GEICO, Nationwide, Progressive, Safeco, Sentry, State Farm, State Auto, The Travelers, United Auto, USAA. Your claim for personal injury can be complex and an attorney can help you fight your way through the appeal process.
If you, a family member or a friend has been injured in an accident or you just have a need for an attorney, call for your free consultation today or send John Dupree an e-mail via the online contact form. Let us know what your problem may be and Mr. Dupree will respond to your e-mail promptly. You have to provide the right evidence to the adjuster and maybe a jury – so an attorney can help you plan your strategy.
Mr. Dupree normally works on a contingency basis – this means that he only gets paid if you are awarded money.
About John Dupree
Mr. Dupree has lead counsel litigation experience in state and federal courts, including experience with mediation and arbitration. Lead counsel experience in products’ liability, class actions, premises liability, worker’s compensation, medical malpractice, black lung, personal injury and coverage opinions. Employment law related practice includes advising corporate and hospital clients in hiring, termination, personnel decisions, disability considerations, COBRA, employee benefits, harassment, discrimination and worker’s compensation matters; drafting drug testing policies; investigation of employee thefts; litigation and administrative agency experience in sexual harassment, disability discrimination, ERISA, unemployment compensation and worker’s compensation.
Employment related practice includes sexual harassment lectures for Goodwill Industries – 1998, 1999; Author Employer’s Guide to Employment Law in Tennessee; Drafted drug testing policy for St. Mary’s Hospital, Knoxville, Tennessee; Author of Lawline scripts addressing Employment Law for Knoxville Bar Association.
Significant litigation includes Bridges v. Security Insurance Company of Hartford, No. E1999-01775-WC-R3-CV, (Tenn. Nov. 3, 2000)(holding that permanent partial disability benefits are not available for pneumoconiosis claims; opinion recommended for publication); Lett v. Collis Foods, No. E-2000-02776-COA-R3-CV (liability of employer for acts of its off-duty, off-premises employees); Harken et al v. United States Cellular Corporation, Docket No. 1-290-00, Knox County Circuit Court (consumer class action for undisclosed fees and billing practices); Garland v. St. Mary’s Health System, Inc., 2006 WL 709054 (Tenn. Wk. Comp. Panel, March 21, 2006)(regarding medical testimony and Last Injurious Exposure doctrine); Mahal v. Tusculum College, et al., No. 3:03-CV-00411 (U.S. Dist. Ct, E.D. Mar. 25, 2005)(relating to ERISA and benefits thereunder); Huffaker v. St. Mary’s Health System, Inc., N0.:E2005-01512-WC-R3-CV, (Last Injurious Exposure doctrine in comp case); McCullers v. Colonial Wood Products, Inc., 1998 WL 128956 (Tenn. Wk. Comp. Panel, March 23, 1998)(causation in workers’ compensation case); Carroll v. Yucatan Resorts S.A. de C.V., No. E-2007-01807-COA-R3-CV, 2008 WL 2078090 (Tenn. Ct. App., May 16, 2008)(whether summary judgment was appropriate for defendant); Morgan v. Liuna Staff and Affiliates Pension Fund, No. 3:10-CV-51, 2011 WL 6122369 (E.D. Tn., Dec. 8, 2011)(Pension issues); Yates v. Bechtel Jacobs Co., LLC, No. 3:09-CV-51, 2011 WL 2462811 (E.D. Tn., June 20, 2011)(ERISA long term disability); Setser v. CIGNA Group Ins., No. 3:10-CV-293, 2010 WL 3883432 (E.D. Tn., Sept. 29, 2010)(Remand to Tennessee Court); Sheward v. Bechtel Jacobs Co. LLC Pension Plan, No. 3:08-CV-428, 2010 WL 841302 (E.D. Tn., March 4, 2010)(Pension offset issue); Maynor v. Hartford Life Group Ins. Co., No. 2:07-CV-244, 2009 WL 2601866 (E.D. Tn., Aug. 20, 2009)(Long term disability); Edwards v. Life Ins. Co. of North America, No. 3:07-CV-247, 2009 WL 693139 (E.D. Tn, March 13, 2009)(Long term disability); Proffitt v. Group Long Term Disability Plan for Family Practice Center, No. 2:06-CV-97, 2007 WL 2692177 (E.D. Tn., Sept. 12, 2007)(Long term disability); National Coal Corp. v. National Union Fire Ins. Co. of Pittsburgh, P.A., No. 3:07-CV-97, 2007 WL 2385388 (E.D. Tn., Aug. 17, 2007)(Insurance premium/settlement dispute).
Board of Directors, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the East Tennessee Valley; Knoxville Bar Association; Mid-South Worker’s Compensation Association; Co-Chair, Lawyer Referral and Information Service, Knoxville Bar Association – 1998 – 2010; American Inns of Court; Mock Trial coach, South Young High School, 1996, 1997;
St. Mary’s Health Systems, Inc.; Holston Health and Rehabilitiation; Lafollette Medical Center; Royal & Sun Alliance; Underwriters Safety & Claims; U.S. Coal, Inc.; Green Branch Mining Company; West Coal Company; Jeff Coal Company; Eagle Mountain Ltd.; Rogers Trucking, Inc.; Brown, Brown & West Property Management; National Coal Corporation; Interstate Mechanical Contractors, Inc; Apac-Tennessee, Inc..; Holston Claims Services, Inc.; hundreds of individual clients.
This web site is to provide general information only. The information presented at this site should not be construed to be formal legal advice and should not be construed as creating a lawyer/client relationship. Not certified as a civil trial specialist by the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization.
My office handles cases throughout Tennessee, including the cities of Alcoa, Allardt, Altamont, Athens, Baileyton, Bean Station, Benton, Blaine, Bluff City, Blountville, Bristol, Tri-Cities, Bulls Gap, Calhoun, Caryville, Charleston, Chattanooga, Church Hill, Cleveland, Clinton, Copperhill, Crossville, Dandridge, Dayton, Decatur, Dunlap, East Ridge, Englewood, Etowah, Farragut, Friendsville, Gatlinburg, Greenback, Greeneville, Harriman, Harrogate, Helenwood, Huntsville, Jacksboro, Jamestown, Jasper, Jefferson City, Jellico, Johnson City, Jonesborough, Kingsport, Kingston, Knoxville, La Follette, Lake Cityk, Lenoir City, Lookout Mountain, Loudon, Louisville, Luttrell, Madisonville, Maryville, Maynardville, Monteagle, Morristown, Mosheim, New Market, New Tazewell, Newport, Norris, Oak Ridge, Oliver Springs, Oneida, Pigeon Forge, Pikeville, Plainview, Red Bank, Rockwood, Rogersville, Rutledge, Sevierville, Signal Mountain, Soddy-Daisy, South Pittsburg, Spring City, Sweetwater, Tazewell, Townsend, Tusculum, Vonore, Wartburg, White Pine and the following counties: Anderson County, Bledsoe County, Blount County, Bradley County, Campbell County, Claiborne County, Cocke County, Cumberland County, Fentress County, Grainger County, Greene County, Grundy County, Hamblen County, Hamilton County, Hawkins County, Jefferson County, Johnson County, Loudon County, Marion County, McMinn County, Meigs County, Monroe County, Morgan County, Polk County, Rhea County, Roane County, Scott County, Sevier County, Sullivan County, Union County, Washington County