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.
Have you ever found yourself driving or walking down the road and look over at another driver, only to realize that the driver is on his or her smartphone? Those who have this moment and experience frustration may soon have a path to not only vent these frustrations, but to make a difference.
We've all been there - driving down the road only to look over at the driver next to you to see a young person looking at his or her phone, chatting with friends, jamming out to music or otherwise ignoring the road ahead. We may shake our heads and have a "when I was his/her age" moment. This thought could lead to a more concerning question: are teen drivers getting worse?
Perhaps you thought you could trust your neighbor's dog until it attacked your child. Or maybe you were enjoying a day at the park as a family when an unleashed dog bit you or your child.
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.
Even when motorcycle riders wear helmets, they remain vulnerable. Motorists are protected by the bodies of cars that are specially designed to absorb the impact of car accidents while motorcyclists are exposed to injuries that can be catastrophic. When a group of helmet-wearing motorcyclists were recently involved in a Tennessee crash, two lost their lives and six suffered injuries.
May 18 is the beginning of the annual National Dog Bite Awareness Week in the United States. Annually, in the United States, at least 4.5 million people suffer injuries after being bitten by dogs, and children make up at least half of this number. It is quite shocking to think so many people are bitten yearly, and the statistics put most of the blame on irresponsible dog owners. Fortunately, Tennessee residents who are bitten have the right to take legal actions against those irresponsible owners.