Personal Injury

Mar 19, 2019

Girl Attacked by Emotional Support Dog at Airport

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The mother of a five-year-old girl has filed a lawsuit after her daughter was attacked by an emotional support dog at the Portland International Airport. Other defendants named in the case are the dog’s owner and Alaska Airlines. The lawsuit claims that the airport allowed a dangerous breed of dog, a pit bull, to be in the airport without a carrier. The details of the attack According to the lawsuit, the attack took place in December of 2017. The girl who was attacked, Gabriella Gonzalez, was five years old. The lawsuit [...]

Feb 26, 2019

The Causes of Polytrauma and Pursuing Your Claim for Damages

By |February 26th, 2019|Personal Injury|0 Comments

Polytrauma is a specific medical term that describes the condition of someone who has sustained multiple traumatic injuries in an accident. For instance, in a car crash an individual may suffer serious burns over large portions of his or her body in addition to a traumatic brain injury (TBI). The critical nature of an injury is evaluated in the U.S. medical community through a scale referred to as the Injury Severity Score (ISS). Polytraumas have scores of 16 or greater on this scale. The U.S. military has used the medical designation [...]

Jan 15, 2019

Your Rights When a Government-Owned Vehicle Causes Personal Injury

By |January 15th, 2019|Personal Injury|0 Comments

Filing a claim against the government is much different than filing a claim against a business or an individual. There’s an initial question of whether accident victims have the right to sue the government. If a claim can be filed, then the government must be given timely notice that an accident and injuries happened. There may be caps on the amount of damages you can receive. Accidents can happen while a person is a passenger in a bus, train, or other mode of public transportation. Buses include municipal buses and school [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Aug 14, 2018

Why It’s Important to Take Pictures Immediately after a Slip and Fall

By |August 14th, 2018|Personal Injury|0 Comments

The first priority for anyone who slips and falls in a store, restaurant, or any property is to focus on their health. Falls can cause broken bones, spinal cord damage, nerve damage, bruises, and other serious injuries. Victims should be treated at an emergency room or make an appointment with their family physicians. The second priority should be recognizing that the victim may have a premises liability claim against the property owner. In this day and age, where most every smartphone has a camera, the victim or a friend of the [...]

Jul 5, 2018

Swimming Pool Safety Laws Keep Kids Safe

By |July 5th, 2018|Personal Injury|0 Comments

Having your own backyard pool is a fabulous luxury on those hot summer days, but it is also a tremendous responsibility and a potential liability. The crystal blue water sparking in the sunlight is irresistibly enticing for small children. Under the principle of premises liability, homeowners who have pools in their yard may be held liable for injuries resulting from negligence in keeping the pool area safe. Backyard swimming pools are under the legal category of "attractive nuisances," which typically means that the homeowner is liable for a child's injuries in [...]

Nov 17, 2017

Excellent News for Injury Victims in Tennessee with Medical Expenses

By |November 17th, 2017|Personal Injury|0 Comments

The Tennessee State Supreme Court came down on the side of justice, with its most recent decision not to overturn the law regarding what can be submitted for medical expenses in a personal injury case. This is truly excellent news, because it helps people who have been seriously injured, and who are facing high medical expenses as a result. The Chattanoogan reports “The Court held that Tennessee law continues to allow plaintiffs to use full, undiscounted medical bills to prove their medical expenses instead of the discounted amounts paid by insurance [...]

Oct 4, 2017

Are Punitive Damages Available in Personal Injury Lawsuits in Tennessee?

By |October 4th, 2017|Personal Injury|0 Comments

Punitive damages, unlike other non-economic damages, may be awarded to the plaintiff in a personal injury case in a separate trial for punishing the defendant and to discourage future conduct similar to that which caused the plaintiff's injuries. But are punitive damages available in Tennessee? Under what circumstances might a plaintiff be able to request punitive damages? These are some of the issues we will explore in today's post. Punitive damages in Tennessee Under TN Code § 29-39-104 (2017), "Punitive damages may only be awarded if the claimant proves by clear and [...]

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