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May 2012 Archives

Speeding and drinking may be to blame in Knoxville fatal crash

There are many factors that can contribute to the cause of a car accident. These can include alcohol, speeding, inattention and numerous other causes. When a driver is distracted or fails to obey the rules of the road while operating a motor vehicle in Tennessee, civil liability may apply regarding any injuries to car accident victims caused by that negligence.

Former Titans player denied workers' comp after receiving it

When workers in Tennessee and elsewhere are injured on the job, they can often apply for benefits through the state's workers' compensation program. The workers' compensation program is designed to assist those who have suffered injuries or illness at work and are, at least temporarily, unable to continue working at their job. The payment of benefits can be a great help to workers who are unable to earn a living due to injury or illness.

Personal Injury Claims from Distracted Driving and MP3 Use

It is becoming a simple equation: more technology equals more distracted driving equals more personal injury claims. When it comes to new cars in the United States, MP3 connectivity is practically a given: Nine out of 10 new cars sold in the U.S. have MP3 jacks, according to HealthDay News, and numerous manufacturers offer a wide range of aftermarket controllers claiming to reduce distraction for drivers. Unfortunately, according to one recent study, these gadgets may actually increase the risk of distracted driving rather than reduce it.

Workers' Compensation - EEOICPA Workshop for Savannah River Site

Current and former Savannah River Site (SRS) workers are invited to important town hall meetings on Wednesday, May 23, 2012 for information on injury claims. The meetings that will begin at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. at Newberry Hall, 117 Newberry Street SW, Aiken, SC 29803 will discuss rights for injured workers under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Act (EEOICPA) and state workers' compensation programs.

Personal injury in Knoxville car accident, 1 sent to hospital

Airbags deployed in a two-car accident, and at least one person went to the hospital in Knoxville on April 26. The collision resulted in personal injury and occurred during the morning rush hour, around 8 a.m. Reports indicate that the collision happened at the corner of Attica Road and Main Street.

Tennessee ranks 12th in number of fatal teen accidents

As many parents in Tennessee likely know, it is against the law for a teen to drive with a carload of other teens in our state. Despite this, Tennessee has a 15 percent fatality rate for car accidents involving drivers between 16 and 17 years of age. This is the 12th highest rate in the nation. Some officials think that this high rate is due to the love of cars in the South and the large number of winding, rural roads with few hospitals nearby.

Personal Injury Cases Affected by "Loser Pays" Law

The Tennessee General Assembly recently passed "Loser Pays" legislation that will affect civil cases, including personal injury cases. The legislation, which takes affects claims filed on or after July 1, 2012, requires a party that is represented by an attorney to pay all reasonable and necessary litigation costs actually incurred up to $10,000.00 if the civil case is dismissed for failure to state a claim. If the case is filed pro se, then the trial court has the discretion whether to award the costs to the winning side.

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