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Determining Liability in a Slip and Fall Accident

If you sustain an injury in a slip and fall accident on someone else’s property, you may be able to file a personal injury claim against the owner and/or operator/caretaker of that property. To recover compensation for your injuries, you must be able to prove the other party was liable for your injuries. For the […]

Comparative Negligence Rules Apply to Your Slip and Fall Case

In a Tennessee slip and fall case, the court will consider whether any carelessness on your part contributed to your accident and resulting injury. Tennessee is a comparative negligence state, so the amount of compensation to which you are entitled could decrease in proportion to the amount of fault you shared for the accident. The […]

An Overview of Dog Bite Laws in Tennessee

Tennessee has its own set of dog bite laws that impose strict liability in some cases, and “one bite” liability rules in others. These laws are outlined in Section 44-8-413 of the Tennessee Code. An injured person may hold the owner of a dog strictly liable for injuries from animal bites if both the following […]

Who Qualifies for Social Security Disability

Seeking disability benefits can be daunting. Only about 25 percent of all disability claims in Tennessee get approved at the level of the initial claim or disability application, one of the lowest in the nation. In many cases, claimants must file at least one or two appeals before their claims are successful. Potential claimants will find […]

Filing a Wrongful Death Claim in Tennessee

The state of Tennessee defines wrongful death as any fatality caused by “injuries received from another” or by “the wrongful omission, or killing by another.” The state treats this type of case similarly to how it treats personal injury claims, except that the victim’s family members seek damages on their deceased loved one’s behalf. Tennessee […]

How to File for Social Security Disability

The first step to securing Social Security disability benefits in Tennessee is preparing and filing your application. You may file via phone or in person at your local Social Security office. There are 30 offices spread throughout Tennessee, and the Social Security website has an office locator function to help you find the one closest […]

The Statute of Limitations for Filing an Accident Lawsuit in Tennessee

Tennessee, like every other state in the nation, has a limit on the amount of time in which you can file a lawsuit against a responsible party after you suffer an injury. This is known as the statute of limitations. In the event of a serious car accident, the following limits apply to civil suits […]

When Can a Tennessee Plaintiff Get Punitive Damages in a Personal Injury Case?

There are several categories of damages an injured plaintiff can claim in a lawsuit. Special damages refer to economic losses, such as medical bills and lost income while the plaintiff was unable to work. General damages compensate individuals for real but difficult-to-quantify losses related to the victim’s quality of life. Pain and suffering, mental anguish, […]

What Are the Rules for Truck Drivers Taking Opioid Pain Killers?

Prescription opioids, such as Vicodin, Demerol, and OxyContin, have become very popular as a means of treating acute and chronic pain. But there are several problems with taking opioid medications. There are uncomfortable side effects, including dependency, and the risk of drowsiness is so prevalent that patients are warned not to mix the drugs with […]

Who Is Responsible for a Truck Accident When the Brakes Fail?

Commercial trucking is a complex industry with many parties involved. So, when something goes wrong and trucks are involved in collisions, there’s often a great deal of blame-shifting, making it difficult to determine who is responsible. Take, for example, an accident where the cause is brake failure. The parties who might be at fault include: […]

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