Jan 10, 2019

6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Says Caps on Punitive Damages Are Unconstitutional

By |January 10th, 2019|Personal Injury|0 Comments

In 2011, Governor Bill Haslam signed the Tennessee Civil Justice Act into law, thereby limiting the amount of punitive damages a plaintiff can be awarded in a settlement or trial. He claimed, at the time, that “This tort reform legislation will help us attract and retain jobs by offering businesses more predictability and a way to quantify risk.” In reality, all that law did – indeed, all tort reform measures ever do – is inflict further harm on the victims. That is why the December 21, 2018 decision by the 6th [...]

Jan 8, 2019

Ways to Prove a Driver Was Distracted When an Accident Occurred

By |January 8th, 2019|Car Accident|0 Comments

Drivers who operate their cars, trucks, or other vehicles while distracted are a serious danger, to themselves and others. They are at high risk of causing an accident which can injure or kill other drivers, passengers in any vehicle, bystanders, and bicyclists. Distracted drivers don’t have their eyes on the road, their hands on the steering wheel, and their minds on the traffic emergencies that can arise in an instant. It’s one thing to claim that a driver was distracted; it’s another thing to be able to prove it. Some of [...]

Jan 2, 2019

Telecommuting and Workers’ Compensation

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

Today, many workers are able to enjoy working from home at least part of the work week. Some employees never need to step foot into a physical office. A lot of work can be done through computers where workers can keep track of their hours. With videoconferencing and new software, workers can meet with their employer and coworkers online. Workers who telecommute can still injure themselves at home while they’re doing their jobs. An employee can stumble over a loose cable wire, fall, and injure their arm. A fire can happen [...]

Dec 24, 2018

Strange Wills of the Rich and Famous

By |December 24th, 2018|Estate Litigation|0 Comments

Many people with lots of money, and even some with just a little, have decided there are better things to do with their funds that leave it to their family members. Some decide that a will is a way to help charities, or to ensure the success of their businesses. Sometimes, they disinherit family because they feel their relatives already have enough money. Some people just don’t like their family, or love their pets more. Ousted heirs who can hire the best lawyers often find that these wills are perfectly valid [...]

Dec 18, 2018

How Truck Blind Spots Affect Truck Driver Liability and Your Liability

By |December 18th, 2018|Truck Accident|0 Comments

Truck drivers can cause accidents for many different reasons. They may be too tired to drive. Their cargo may spill. Many truck drivers go too fast because they’re under pressure to make deliveries. One well-known reason for truck accidents is that truck drivers have “blind spots” that make it harder to see the traffic around them. Trucking companies and drivers should be educated on where the blind spots are. The should understand how to navigate their trucks to reduce the risk of blind spot accidents. Where the truck blind spots are [...]

Dec 11, 2018

OSHA’s “Top Ten” Workplace Safety Violations for 2018

By |December 11th, 2018|Personal Injury|0 Comments

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is responsible for regulating workplace safety in the United States. The U.S. Department of Labor promulgates regulations and laws that govern labor and employment, and when a worker is injured or killed at work, it is often the case that the incident involved a violation of an OSHA regulation. OSHA has the authority to levy fines on employers when a safety regulation is violated, and a worker is injured or dies. When Tennessee workers sustain serious injuries at work, they may be eligible to [...]

Dec 4, 2018

Can I Sue a “Big Box” Store if a Big Box Falls and Injures Me?

By |December 4th, 2018|Premises Liability|0 Comments

If you have ever shopped in one of those "big box" stores such as IKEA, Home Depot, Lowes, or Walmart, you have seen the merchandise piled high on shelves. More often than you might think, one of those big boxes falls off a high shelf and injures a customer. In these massive warehouse stores where workers move product around using forklifts, there are far too many opportunities for accidents and injuries. But these types of falling object injuries are preventable. They occur because of some form of negligence on the part [...]

Nov 27, 2018

How Do Puffy Coats and Car Seats Put Your Child in Danger?

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

You put a puffy winter coat on your kids on those blustery winter mornings because you want to protect their little bodies from the cold. But all that lofty insulation in their winter coat keeps their car seat from protecting them in a crash. This is a Today Show video of the difference between how well a child crash test dummy is restrained when wearing a puffy coat and when it is not. The test dummy wearing the puffy coat can slip up and out of the coat and car seat [...]

Nov 20, 2018

Can I Claim Workers’ Compensation if I’m Hit by Lightning at Work?

By |November 20th, 2018|Workers Compensation|0 Comments

If you are like most people, you think of lightning strikes as rare occurrences – but they’re not. According to National Geographic, “The average American has about a 1 in 5,000 chance of being struck by lightning during a lifetime,” and about 10% of all people who were struck will die from the resulting injuries. Even if you are not struck directly, you can still be seriously injured “when the current jumps, as well as through conduction and ground current.” A lightning strike, therefore, is a potential hazard for people who [...]

Nov 13, 2018

Report: Deer/Vehicle Collisions Increase in Fall Months

By |November 13th, 2018|Car Accident|0 Comments

We're officially into Autumn and, according to State Farm Insurance, they and other insurance companies will be seeing more claims coming in involving car versus deer collisions. Historically, these numbers will continue to increase over the coming weeks and months. State Farm recently released their annual deer-vehicle collision report on their website. The data for this study was gathered between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018. The results show that West Virginia leads the country in car and deer accidents for the 12th year in a row. Tennessee is ranked [...]

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