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Nov 12, 2019

What Happens If You Are Hurt in a Car Crash You Caused?

By |November 12th, 2019|Car Accident|0 Comments

If another party causes your car accident, you have the right to pursue compensation for your damages, including property damage, medical bills, and other losses from the at fault driver’s insurance company. However, what happens if you caused the crash? Regardless of whether you were speeding, glancing at your cell phone, or failed to yield on the roadway, this can be a concerning situation. Fortunately, you still may have the right to recover financially for your losses. Even if you think you caused the accident, an experienced Chattanooga car accident attorney [...]

Nov 5, 2019

Can I Sue If My Sibling Swayed My Parent to Leave Me Out of the Will?

By |November 5th, 2019|Probate|0 Comments

Probate and estate administration can be challenging to bring to a settlement when there are particular claims involved. In order to contest a will in the state of Tennessee, you must first establish standing by showing you are a potential beneficiary of your deceased family member’s estate. If you do demonstrate standing, three options are available for contesting the will: incompetence, defective instrument, and undue influence. The latter – undue influence – pertains to our question of whether we can challenge a will if a sibling persuaded our parent to leave [...]

Oct 31, 2019

Workers’ Compensation in Tennessee – Can I Purse a Better Settlement Offer?

By |October 31st, 2019|Workers Compensation|0 Comments

In Tennessee, the Workers’ Compensation system is a no-fault system. The injured worker receives benefits (medical and compensation) regardless of the responsible party in the job-related incident. The injury must have arisen out of and during the course of employment. Employers have the responsibility to pay these benefits to injured workers and they must be paid either by the employer or the employer’s insurance company. As an injured worker, accepting a settlement without a pair of eyes from an experienced workers’ compensation attorney examining every detail of the settlement may be [...]

Oct 23, 2019

Other Experts Who May Work on Your Truck Accident Claim

By |October 23rd, 2019|Truck Accident|0 Comments

If you have suffered an injury in a truck accident and have filed a claim for damages, it is important to give yourself the best opportunity for success in your claim with the goal of receiving everything you need to cover lost income and pay your medical costs. A successful commercial trucking claim will often require the gathering and presentation of technical evidence related specifically to the trucking industry. Beyond proving the extent of your injuries and financial losses, you will likely need expert testimony from individuals with specialized knowledge in [...]

Oct 16, 2019

Should I See a Doctor after a Fall?

By |October 16th, 2019|Personal Injury|0 Comments

Each day on average, thousands of people sustain injuries due to slip and fall accidents. According to the CDC, every year, 3 million older people received treatment in emergency departments as a result of fall injuries. More than 800,000 patients each year are hospitalized because of a fall injury, the majority of the time due to a hip fracture or head injury. When a fall happens due to a hazardous property condition that involves negligence as the reason, the negligent party may be assigned liability for the victim’s losses, including medical [...]

Oct 8, 2019

Do I Have to File for Probate?

By |October 8th, 2019|Probate|0 Comments

Probate is designed to deter fraud after an individual’s death. It is a method of “freezing” the estate until a judge makes a determination on the validity of the Will, that the entire property of the estate has been identified, that all the relevant individuals have been notified, that the taxes have been paid, and that the creditors have been paid. Once these matters have been completed, the court orders the distribution of the property and the estate is closed. Q: Do I Have to File for Probate? A: Not every [...]

Oct 2, 2019

The Effect of a Personal Injury Settlement or Award on Workers’ Compensation Payments

By |October 2nd, 2019|Workers Compensation|0 Comments

Many workers in Tennessee rely on their paychecks on a weekly basis to handle expenses related to mortgage, rent, food, utilities, bills, childcare, and more. However, if during the course of your work duties you get hurt, what happens? You may feel concern immediately about your health, getting better, your paycheck, and the bills that are soon to pile up. Fortunately, workers’ compensation is available to fill in the financial gaps during this difficult time. If you also obtain a personal injury settlement due to a separate incident and injury unrelated [...]

Sep 25, 2019

Underride Guards and Truck Accidents

By |September 25th, 2019|Truck Accident|0 Comments

According to the Government Accounting Office, about 219 people died each year, between 2008 and 2017, due to an underride truck crash. The GAO states the averages are probably low due to the ways statistics are kept on a state and federal level. What is an underride guard? Underrides are guards on the rear, front, and side of the trailers and large trucks that prevent the car from sliding under the truck. Underride guards can be used on the front, the rear, and the sides of the truck in case of [...]

Sep 10, 2019

Relaxing Hours of Service for Truck Drivers Puts Us All at Risk

By |September 10th, 2019|Truck Driver|0 Comments

Currently, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has strict rules for how many hours in a row truck drivers can drive and how many hours they can driver during a 6-day or 7-day period. These regulations were enacted to ensure that truck drivers have the proper amount of rest. Tired drivers are more apt to lose control of their semis, rigs, and other trucks. Fatigued drivers can’t respond to emergencies and can’t make good decisions when traffic emergencies occur. Oklahoma Watch recently wrote about one Oklahoma family that has good [...]

Sep 3, 2019

Do Bank Accounts Go Through Probate?

By |September 3rd, 2019|Probate|0 Comments

As a general rule, when someone dies, his or her bank accounts go through probate. Probate is the process Tennessee courts use after someone dies to validate any will and appoints someone to handle the estate. The person appointed as personal representative (such as the executor of your will) has the duty to collect all the probate assets of the person who died, pay the creditors of the decedent, pay any taxes that are due, and then distribute the assets to the heirs. Not all assets are required to go through [...]

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