March 17th marks the annual St. Patrick's Day celebration. This holiday, rich with Irish tradition, has morphed into one of the year's biggest days for alcohol consumption. Although many partake in their St. Patrick's Day celebrations responsibly, there are some that choose to imbibe and drive - a potentially deadly combination.
A group of trauma surgeons out of Germany are hoping to help reduce the number of patients they see in their Emergency Departments with this tip: walk like a penguin.
It is a tragic story that continues to unfold. A school bus full of our community's youth heading home after a full day of school. 37 children were riding the bus as it sped through a narrow two-lane roadway before the driver lost control and struck a tree. 31 of these children were taken to the hospital. Six were killed due to the injuries they suffered in this crash.
When someone is an involved in accident causing personal injury in Tennessee, there are certain important dates to remember or keep in mind, both from a legal standpoint and a practical standpoint. The first important date is the actual date of the accident. In car wrecks, slip and fall claims, or other personal injury claims this is fairly straightforward in that the date of the accident is well-known. However, in some circumstances there can be an injury suffered that is not discovered until a later period of time such as in a medical malpractice claim. In those cases, the date of the discovery of the negligence is the critical date.
Mediation is a voluntary settlement process to help parties resolve disputes. Mediation is an informal process where a mediator helps people with a dispute to reach agreement. The mediation process identifies important issues, clarifies misunderstandings, explores solutions, and negotiates settlement. Mediation is a process that brings parties together to resolve their differences through discussion and problem-solving. The goal is to achieve "win-win" solutions. It is not a compromise. The mediator is a "neutral" party who helps facilitate the dialogue, but is not the final decision-maker, arbitrator, or judge.
The Law Offices of Tony Farmer and John Dreiser, on behalf of their client, Sarah Tinder, who saw three people killed in a hit-and-run accident on Washington Pike, has filed a $1 million lawsuit against the accused driver.
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.
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.
Personal injury can cause serious bodily and emotional harm. For example, a 70-year-old woman is still struggling to regain the use of her right arm almost six months after she was attacked by a Knoxville police dog. The woman is now in rehabilitation to treat the many bites and punctures caused by the dog and to follow up on personal injury that resulted from being dragged to the concrete floor of her garage. The attorney representing the woman said she has more than $10,000 in medical bills since the June 9 attack at her home in Jacksboro. She is now suing the city of Knoxville and the police dog's handler for $450,000.It has been reported that the incident took place when a 5-year-old Belgian Malinois came up to the woman as she pulled into her garage. The plaintiff tried to shoo the dog away by clapping her hands and yelling and waving her arms. At some point the animal lunged at her, grabbing her by the right shoulder and arm. The woman's husband beat the dog off by hitting it repeatedly with a tree trimming pole. An animal control officer then killed the dog in the couple's yard with a 12-gauge shotgun blast.
Two Jefferson County teens suffer fatal personal injuries after car accident on I-40 in Knoxville, Tennessee. On 1:01 a.m., on Thursday, October 20, 2011, Jean-Luke Lane and Joshua Allen Bullington, both eighteen from White Pine, Tennesse, died when their car crossed Interstate 40 during a pouring rain and slammed into an oncoming pickup truck. Mr. Lane was driving a 2008 Honda Accord westbound on I-40 east of the Holston River bridge during a heavy rainstorm when he lost control of the car. The car spun and then flipped onto its side before crossing the grassy median and into the eastbound lanes of traffic. The vehicle was then struck by an eastbound 2005 Chevrolet Silverado driven by Athanasios Tsarouhas of Alpharetta, Georgia. Tsarouhas was taken by ambulance to the University of the Tennessee Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. It is unknown if speed factored into the crash or whether the persons involved were using their seatbelts.