Tennessee has accessible laws allowing people to sue others who were responsible for injuries they sustained. This is often straightforward if the victim of an injury can prove negligence or other liability to the satisfaction of a judge or jury. This can be a trickier matter if it takes some connections from the liable party and the injured party.
Unfortunately, it is easy to hurt oneself in modern life, but it is usually easy to get over it as well with patience and care. It can be more difficult with a serious injury, or a pain or disability caused by someone else. From traffic accidents to premises liability issues after a slip and fall, Tennessee has several environments in which someone may be hurt by another person.
Sometimes medical malpractice is considered a criminal offense. That's the case with a former nurse who worked at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She is facing a reckless homicide charge for allegedly giving a 75-year-old patient the wrong medication. The woman suffered cardiac arrest and was left brain dead at the end of 2017. She was removed from life support shortly afterward.
Most workers who are injured or killed on the job are adults. However, more than you might imagine are children.
For many Tennesseans, duck boat tours are a staple of summer vacation fun and a great way to show visiting friends and family the sights. The Chattanooga Duck Boat tour, for example, provides a one-hour trip around the city's waterfront on the Tennessee River.
In the midst of a nationwide opioid epidemic, Tennessee is enacting two laws that restrict the prescription of these potent pain medications by doctors in the state and to establish harsh penalties for doctors who overprescribe them. Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam says he hopes the legislation will reduce the number of opioids in our state.
Although it sometimes seems like people hop in their cars to drive a mile down the street to the grocery store, many people still walk to where they're going -- sometimes with tragic results. Nearly 6,000 pedestrians were killed by vehicles during 2016. That marked a 46 percent increase since 2009.
We've all heard the warnings about the dangers of texting while driving. That's why it's against the law in a number of states, including Tennessee.
Increasingly, patients are undergoing relatively "minor" surgical procedures such as tonsillectomies at surgery centers rather than hospitals. These 5,600-plus surgery centers are more convenient and less expensive for patients and their families than hospitals, but they can also pose added risks. If something goes wrong, medical personnel don't have the resources that are available in a hospital to help the patient.
Residents of Blount County who had to leave their homes and business owners forced to close their doors for a time after a train derailment in 2015 have reached a settlement with the railroad company, CSX. The settlement pays over $3.5 million in damages for medical bills and economic losses to those impacted by the derailment as well as to Blount County and the city of Maryville to compensate them for their expenses.