Who is at Fault in a Multi-Vehicle Accident?

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Fault in a multi-vehicle accident can be assigned to one or more parties, and determining fault requires careful investigation of the facts and evidence.These types of car accidents can occur at both low and high speeds on highways, city streets, or county roads. Multi-vehicle accidents are particularly dangerous because rather than getting hit from one direction, drivers and passengers can suffer impacts from multiple directions in rapid succession. Causes of Multi-Vehicle Accidents There are many causes for multi-vehicle accidents. These include but are not limited to the following... Read More »

NHTSA Study: Helmet Effectiveness Revisited

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”) in partnership with the National Center for Statistics and Analysis found that helmets are steadily improving in effectiveness, but they are hampered by a lack of regulation and enforcement. NHTSA is a bureau in the Department of Transportation and is responsible for improving traffic safety through studies, industry recommendations, regulations, investigation of major accidents, and enforcement. In pursuit of increased safety, NHTSA reviews a decades’ worth of motorcycle collision data and compares it to previous decades to... Read More »

Vehicle Defects Raise the Risk for Semi Truck Accidents

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) reports that serious vehicle defects significantly raise the risk for semi truck crashes. According to the recent study, large trucks that had any type of out-of-service violation for defects were more than 4 times more likely to become involved in an accident than those without violations. In multi-vehicle crashes when the semi truck was determined to be the striking vehicle, those with out-of-service defects were 10 times more likely to be involved. Additionally, in almost three-quarters of semis in the study that were involved in crashes,... Read More »

Rear-End Drivers Causing Injury from Behind

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Roughly 1/4 of all semi-truck accidents involve a semi-truck that has rear-ended another vehicle. The sheer weight and velocity of even an empty semi-truck can cause significant injuries and death when the vehicle collides with cars, trucks, and even other semi-trucks. Causes of Rear-End Accidents The NTSB cites numerous causes for rear-end accidents and the following are among the most common reasons semi-trucks rear-end other motorists. Distraction - Distractions such as talking on the phone, adjusting the radio, texting other drivers, even eating food take the driver's attention away... Read More »

When Medical Malpractice Leads to Death

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When a victim of medical malpractice loses his or her life, the hospital, medical professionals or health care facility may be able to be held liable for damages in some cases. In Tennessee, certain family members may be able to recover financial compensation for medical costs, funeral expenses, future lost wages, and sometimes damages for a lost relationship between the deceased victim and parents, spouse and children. According to a recent study published in the Journal of Patient Safety, it is estimated that between 210,000 and 440,000 victims lose their lives each year in America due... Read More »

Communication Breakdown: The Cause of Many Malpractice Lawsuits

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Inadequate communication is a major contributor to medical malpractice incidents in the United States. According to a recent report by CRICO Strategies, approximately 30 percent of all medical malpractice claims are associated with some form of miscommunication. While some communication failures in medical care result in relatively insignificant consequences, others cause long term or permanent damage. Sadly, these errors can even cost victims their lives. The report reveals that 1,744 victims lost their lives to medical errors that were linked to communication failures in the five year... Read More »

Do Adults with Autism Qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits?

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An adult who suffers from autism may qualify for both Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) benefits, as well as Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits as long as they have paid into the Social Security system. A Tennessee attorney can ensure that an applicant's qualifications meet guidelines established by the Social Security Administration. Adults with Autistic Disorder Autism is a disorder that is usually present from birth and diagnosed by the time a child is about three years old. It typically affects a person’s learning abilities, as well as their communication, personal and... Read More »

Chronic Kidney Disease Linked to Reflux Medicines

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Chronic kidney disease has been linked to Prilosec, Prevacid and Nexium, common medicines used for heartburn and acid reflux by millions of people. Many people who suffered serious kidney-related side effects have filed personal injury claims with a product liability attorney to seek damages. Research Studies Raise Safety Concerns Recent medical studies conducted by Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis show growing evidence that heartburn and acid reflux medicines are lined to kidney-related illness. Studies report that Prilosec, Prevacid and Nexium, popular medicines used... Read More »

Who’s Liable in Restaurant Slip and Fall Injuries?

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A person injured in a restaurant slip and fall accident can collect damages fom the restaurant only if negligence and damages can be proven. A slip and fall attorney often sees injuries that result from spills in restaurants, but that doesn't mean that the restaurant is liable. Restaurant Liability Restaurants have the responsibility to provide a safe environment for their patrons, employees and guests. If injuries occur inside the restaurant or outside on the premises, restaurant owners can be held responsible for damages. However, the injured person must first prove that the restaurant... Read More »

Anesthesia Errors Can Put Patients Six Feet Under

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Anesthesia errors can cause significant pain, discomfort, and potentially death when they occur. While anesthesia errors are not as prevalent as other causes of hospital death such as infection, they occur at a rate that is no less significant, and no less alarming. Causes of Anesthesia Errors There are two primary causes for anesthesia errors. These causes are: Poor Communication. Communication errors are caused by stress, fatigue, and personality conflicts within the surgical team. When communication errors occur, it is quite easy for critical details of the patient's health and... Read More »