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Can Medical Malpractice Defendants’ Attorneys Speak Privately to the Plaintiff’s Non-Party Health Providers?

The right of defense counsel to converse one-to-one with a plaintiff’s medical care providers was at issue in a recent wrongful death suit brought against a hospital, a medical clinic and an individual physician by plaintiff Rhonda Willeford, who alleged negligent medical treatment caused the wrongful death of her mother, Jewel Margaret Colson. The defendants’ Read More

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Due to COVID-19 , Some Police Departments Not Responding to Minor Auto Accident Calls

Police officers and other first responders face increased risks due to the COVID-19 pandemic that has changed nearly every facet of our lives. As stay at home orders in many states and cities require non-essential businesses to shut down or cut back on hours in operation, measures are also being taken to protect law enforcement Read More

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How Does Tennessee’s Residential Exclusion Affect Dog Bite Lawsuits?

Dog bites happen far more frequently than many people suspect, and they can come with no warning. Imagine your child playing with friends in their yard when a dog suddenly rushes up and sinks his teeth into your child’s arm. This happened recently in southeastern Tennessee, potentially causing nerve damage that could affect the child’s Read More

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How Might COVID-19 Change the Way Personal Injury Cases Are Litigated?

Like most other activities where in-person interaction is required, personal injury lawsuits have been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This can put serious stress on parties who are looking to achieve a legal resolution to disputes stemming from auto accidents, falls and other times types of harmful incidents allegedly caused by a defendant’s negligence. Whether Read More

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What Are the Risks if Auto Insurance is Suspended or Canceled During the COVID-19 Pandemic?

Severe restrictions on travel, health fears and closed workplaces have sharply curtailed automobile traffic during the COVID-19 pandemic. Accidents have dropped so much that many auto insurance companies are providing refunds to policyholders. People who are stuck at home and facing financial distress might be tempted to cancel or suspend their coverage. However, if an Read More

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What Types of Personal Injury Claims Might Result from COVID-19 Exposure?

COVID-19 exposure has led to a litany of serious health issues and tens of thousands of deaths. Though everyone’s health is top priority, afflicted individuals and family members of those who have been lost might wonder what type of claims can be brought in relation to coronavirus infections. Though each case is unique and it Read More

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Can You Be Fired While Out of Work on Temporary Disability?

In the three-week period following the realization that COVID-19 would have a major impact on American life, more than 16 million people filed for unemployment benefits, far exceeding any short-term job loss that this country has ever experienced. On top of this, certain workers are not eligible for unemployment for one reason or another, so Read More

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Can You Bring an Emotional Distress Claim Related to COVID-19?

The novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is not only potentially deadly, but can be transmitted by individuals who are not showing any symptoms, so people might fear that they’ve contracted the illness even if they feel fine. While the virus has existed in the United States for months, obtaining a test is still difficult in Read More

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Tennessee Supreme Court Upholds $750,000 Cap on Noneconomic Damages

In a February 26, 2020 decision, McClay v. Airport Management Services, LLC, the Tennessee Supreme Court held that the state’s statutory limit, or cap, on noneconomic damages in most civil cases does not violate the state constitution. Noneconomic damages include pain and suffering, mental anguish, loss of companionship and other damages that don’t reflect monetary Read More

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Drop in Car Crashes, Spike in Bicycle Accidents Linked to Coronavirus

Once Americans came to understand how deadly the coronavirus can be and how easily it is passed from person to person, transportation habits changed. Not only did people drastically curtail business and personal travel, but many stopped going to their workplaces. That has led to a reduction in car accidents at the same time that Read More

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