Are Ford Explorers Poisoning Passengers?

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Ford Explorers may be poisoning consumers with dangerously high levels of carbon monoxide. There have been approximately 2,100 complaints to Ford Motor Company directly and an additional 791 made to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) about possible carbon monoxide poisoning in certain Ford Explorers. The complaints pertain to more than 1.33 million 2011-2017 Ford Explorers. Some reports mention a strong odor that smells like burning hair. Victims claim they have experienced nausea, vomiting, lightheadedness, headaches, and fainting. If a person becomes... Read More »

Government Tool Helps People Find Safer Nursing Homes [Infographic]

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To help put families and loved ones back in control over the health and finances of elders receiving care, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has launched Nursing Home Compare. The database gathers information from CMS, information from the Minimum Data Set (MDS), and Medicare claims information. It is estimated that between 1 to 2 million Americans over the age of 65 are victims of nursing home abuse each year. Of these, only 1 in 14 instances of physical abuse or neglect are brought to the attention of the authorities, and only 1 in 25 instances of financial exploitation... Read More »

Is Your Tennessee Teen Ready to Get Behind the Wheel?

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An ounce of preventative education is worth a pound of personal injury cure when it comes to preventing teenage driving accidents. The more parents prepare their teenagers to get behind the wheel, the less likely they are to engage in dangerous driving behaviors that can cause an accident. Familiarize Teenagers with the Rules It is always a good idea to begin familiarizing teenagers with automobile terminology, operation, maintenance, etc. long before they take the wheel with a driver's permit. Being open and answering questions will ease the transition from the passenger seat to the... Read More »

When Talcum Powder Causes Cancer

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Talcum powder is a common household product that has the very real potential of causing mesothelioma and other forms of cancer in the long run. Applied to everything from a baby's bottom to finished hairstyles, the product may be one of the deadliest products in the American cupboard. The dangers of talcum powder are just now coming to the surface. Most recently, Johnson and Johnson lost a significant case in California courts stemming from cancers caused by their talcum based baby powders. To date, the company faces nearly 5,000 pending lawsuits over the same issue. These lawsuits have... Read More »

The Sobering Realities of Drunk Driving

The Sobering Realities of Drunk Driving

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that 28 people per day die in accidents caused by drunk drivers. On average, impaired motorists cause one fatality every 51 minutes. In 2015, 10,265 individuals died in alcohol-impaired crashes. This was the highest level since 2012 when 10,336 drunk driving fatalities were recorded. Nationally, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates the economic impact of DUI accidents exceeds $52 billion per year. (Article continues below Infographic) ______ Drunk Driving Takes its Toll Law enforcement agencies... Read More »

The Bummers of Summer Boating Accidents

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In 2015, registered crafts were involved in 4,158 boating accidents in the United States. These mishaps resulted in 626 fatalities and an additional 2,613 individuals were injured. Boating accidents can occur on any sized body of water, and for any number of reasons. Boating Accidents in the US According to the United States Coast Guard (USCG), there are over 12 million boats registered in the country. Many more are not registered, including canoes and other small craft. Roughly 76% of those who die while boating do so as the result of drowning. USCS data also shows that of those who died,... Read More »

Liability Review: Driverless Cars Edition

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The legal system still has no clear answer on how to determine liability in accidents caused by driverless cars. Autonomous vehicles are sweeping the nation. Driverless cars are being pioneered by a variety of firms including Google, Facebook, Uber, Lyft, Ford, and numerous car manufacturers and small start-ups. As companies design more complex machines, and major car manufacturers and most technology companies work to crack the secret on usable autonomous cars, determining who is liable in an accident caused by a driverless car is a process that is increasingly becoming more... Read More »

How to Protect Loved Ones from Nursing Home Abuse

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Taking proactive and precautionary measures is an effective way to prevent elder abuse in Tennessee. Before entrusting the health and safety of a loved one to a nursing home, family members should take the following actions to ensure that he or she will be well taken care of. Inspect Records and Legal History The certification and inspection records held by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services are public record and can be accessed by anyone. Facilities that receive federal funding are required to be inspected regularly. Incidents and issues that have occurred within the facility... Read More »

The Number of Car Accidents In the United States Continues To Rise

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The National Safety Council reports that 40,200 people died in motor vehicle accidents across the United States in 2016. That is a six percent increase over the fatalities in 2015. The number of fatalities in 2015 was seven percent higher than the 2014 traffic deaths. The two-year increase resulted in the highest number of automobile-related deaths in a single year since 2007. The year with the highest number of motor vehicle-related deaths was 1973. After 54,589 people died on American roads that year, improved safety features and government-mandated regulations were implemented to make... Read More »

Do Red Light Cameras Reduce Accidents?

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Traffic safety studies show that red light cameras improve safety and help to reduce car accidents that result in serious injuries and fatalities. Drivers who run red lights pose a significant danger to other drivers, as well as pedestrians. Red Light Cameras Save Lives According to 2014 data from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), 126,000 people were seriously injured and another 710 were killed as a result of drivers running red lights. To improve safety and reduce accidents many cities around the country have installed red light cameras. These cameras capture an image of... Read More »