Slip and Fall Accidents: Hidden Hazards

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Slip and fall accidents most often occur when least expected, and the dangers that cause these mishaps are frequently difficult to identify. Although some slips, trips or falls merely cause minor embarrassment or slight injuries, others result in serious, permanent, or even life-threatening consequences. In fact, falls are the third-leading cause of unintentional death in the United States. When such an incident occurs on someone else's property, owners, managers, and third parties may be able to be held liable for the damages suffered. Hidden Hazards that Contribute to Slip and Fall... Read More »

Is the Nursing Home Liable for Abuse and Neglect?

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In Tennessee, nursing homes are responsible for providing residents with a reasonably safe environment. Under some circumstances when a victim suffers abuse or neglect while in a nursing home's care, the facility may be able to be held liable for injuries sustained. If it is determined that the nursing home is legally liable, victims or their family members may be able to recover financial compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other associated damages. Determining Nursing Home Liability in Abuse and Neglect Cases A number of factors are used to determine whether or not... Read More »

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 »

The Dangers of Using Power Morcellators

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Power Morcellators used to remove uterine fibroids and during surgeries including hysterectomies and myomectomies can pose a serious risk to a patient's health. The risks can include wounds beyond the scope of surgery and the spreading of cancerous tissue throughout the body which can lead to terminal cancers. FDA Warns Against Using Power Morcellators The FDA estimates that 1 in every 350 women who undergo a laparoscopic hysterectomy or myomectomy to treat utierine fibroids have some form of undiagnosed sarcoma. The use of a power morcellator during a surgical procedure can spread this... 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 »