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Mar 27, 2018

What Kind of Damages Can You Get If You’re Hurt by a Drunk Driver?

By |March 27th, 2018|Car Accident|0 Comments

Drunk driving laws make it illegal to driver with a blood alcohol content of .08 or more. For commercial truck drivers and young drivers, the limits are even lower. The police try to limit the number of intoxicated drivers by vigilant law enforcement and setting up sobriety checkpoints. The media is constantly advising the public about the dangers of drunk driving. The courts often require that drivers install ignition interlock drivers. Despite these efforts, many Chattanooga and nearby drivers fail to appreciate the dangers of drunk driving. Many drivers think one [...]

Mar 6, 2018

Is a Verbal Agreement Equal to a Will?

By |March 6th, 2018|Probate|0 Comments

British pop star George Michael passed away from natural causes at age 53 on December 25, 2016. His body was discovered at home by his boyfriend, Fadi Fawaz, when he came to pick him up for brunch. Since his death, there has reportedly been a lot of acrimony between Fawaz and Michael's family. Fawaz was snubbed from the funeral, is banned from visiting the cemetery, and the family is reportedly considering taking legal action to have him removed from Michael's multi-million-dollar townhouse. Since Michael's death, Fawaz has been living in the [...]

Feb 20, 2018

Is Distracted Driving Really All That Dangerous?

By |February 20th, 2018|Car Accident|0 Comments

Everyone knows the extreme dangers of drinking and driving. The potential for tragic accidents and loss of life, as well as the severe consequences for those charged with drunk driving, is well known. However, distracted driving is just as serious, yet people do it every day without a second thought. It's not hyperbole to say that it's not a matter of if you'll have an accident driving while distracted, but when. Distracted driving is any activity that takes your attention away from your main focus behind the wheel—driving and paying attention [...]

Feb 7, 2018

Who Has Standing to Contest a Will in Tennessee?

By |February 7th, 2018|Probate|0 Comments

If you want to contest a will, there are certain requirements that must be met to determine if you can do so legally. This means that you must first have legal standing before you can contest a will in Tennessee. The following are a few questions about determine who might have standing to contest a will and some of the other constraints regarding an estate dispute. Q: What is the time limit for disputing a will in Tennessee? The legal time limit, or statute of limitations for contesting a will in [...]

Jan 23, 2018

What Do You Do If You Suspect Your Car Crash Was Staged?

By |January 23rd, 2018|Car Accident|0 Comments

Car accidents are scary enough when they occur on their own, but when you find out that the car crash that injured you was staged for insurance fraud, it can be difficult to contain your outrage. Insurance fraud of all types costs everyone hundreds of dollars each year in higher premiums. The Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) reports that the total cost of insurance fraud (non-health insurance) is estimated to be more than $40 billion each year, which costs the average American family between $400 and $700 every year in the [...]

Jan 9, 2018

Witness Testimony in the Will and Probate Process

By |January 9th, 2018|Probate|0 Comments

The act of writing a will alone is not a legally sufficient manner of determining the fate of one’s earthly possessions. Wills need to be witnessed and filed, and nearly every will in Tennessee eventually goes through the probate process. What many Tennessee residents may not realize is that witnesses to a will are often required to testify during the probate process. Understanding the role of a witness to a will, and the reasons for their testimony during probate is crucial to deciding whether to take on the responsibility of being [...]

Jan 3, 2018

New Imaging Process Reveals More about Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries

By |January 3rd, 2018|Brain Injury|0 Comments

Modern medicine has made huge strides in the past decade in the detection, awareness, and treatment of traumatic brain injuries (TBI). Until recently, however, the majority of non-invasive imaging tools were not suitable or able to produce useful results on living brains and patients. Diffusion tensor imaging measures different properties of brain tissue than traditional MRI or CT systems, and is well-suited to detecting even mild traumatic brain injuries (mTBIs), such as those resulting from auto accidents or falls, in living patients. Previously, the only way to positively diagnose an mTBI [...]

Dec 27, 2017

Richard Wagner Helped Raise $19,000 for the Chattanooga Community Kitchen This Year

By |December 27th, 2017|Firm News|0 Comments

At Wagner & Wagner, it is our pleasure and our duty to help support our community. That is why we support many local non-profit and charitable organizations here in Chattanooga. One of the most important organizations in our home town is the Chattanooga Community Kitchen, which helps provide those in need with good food, clothing, and other services throughout the year. This year, at the 28th Annual Christmas Celebration, partner Richard Wagner and his wife helped the Chattanooga Community Kitchen raise more than $19,000 for their programs. These donations will help [...]

Dec 19, 2017

Fewer Workers’ Compensation Claims Follow Tennessee Reforms

By |December 19th, 2017|Workers Compensation|0 Comments

In a process started in 2014, Tennessee lawmakers and business people from all industries have been working together to improve the workers’ compensation system in the state: decreasing operation costs, streamlining the process, and providing continued coverage for workers in the state. Some residents and employees had feared that cuts to workers’ comp in the name of cost saving would result in diminished protection for workers. Results thus far have been mixed: businesses are enjoying the savings while some workers’ benefits payments and durations have been severely limited. Saving money, without [...]

Dec 12, 2017

Drunk Driving Destroys Another Family

By |December 12th, 2017|Car Accident|0 Comments

A local family is in mourning this holiday season and a young girl is fighting for her life after a car accident. A mother and her three-year-old son lost their lives on Interstate 40 West on Thanksgiving eve; the woman’s one-year-old daughter has been hospitalized with life-threatening injuries sustained in the crash. The driver, Sabrina Mae Brown, made a sudden lane change, and clipped a tractor trailer, driven by Louis Cook. After hitting Mr. Cook’s vehicle, Ms. Brown lost control of her Volkswagen Cabrio, and came to rest in the exterior [...]

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