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Can You Recover Emotional Distress Damages for a Wrongful Death?

If you lost a spouse, parent or child due to the negligent or deliberate conduct of another person, you may sue that person for wrongful death, essentially standing the shoes of the decedent. Tennessee formerly limited the damages recoverable to the losses sustained by the deceased person, such as medical expenses, funeral and burial costs, Read More

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When and Where Can You Recover for Tennessee Dog Bite Injuries?

More than 800,000 dog bites occur each year nationwide, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If you are attacked by another person’s aggressive dog through no fault of your own, you may reasonably think you can you recover damages for your injuries. However, in Tennessee the law is somewhat complicated. A dog Read More

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How Brain and Spinal Injuries Can Lead to Paralysis

Accidents resulting in brain and spinal injuries can have a massive impact on the victim’s way of life, especially when it causes paralysis. Unfortunately, paralysis and other disabling injuries are all too common in motor vehicle accidents, slip and falls and athletic activities. Paralysis is a loss of muscle function in part of your body. Read More

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Possessing or Selling Marijuana in Tennessee Has Serious Consequences

Even though more and more states across the nation are legalizing the possession and sale of marijuana, in Tennessee it is still a crime to knowingly possess or casually exchange marijuana, except for prescribed medical use. Possession or casual exchange of even half an ounce of marijuana is usually a misdemeanor punishable by up to Read More

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Motorcycles Can Be Accidents Waiting to Happen

According to the federal government, motorcyclists suffered more than 35 times as many deaths per mile driven in 2006 accidents in which they were involved than people suffered in automobile accidents. If you are a motorcyclist, you need to be aware of the increased risks and potential causes of an accident, so that you are Read More

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Is a Landowner Liable for a Trespasser’s Slip and Fall?

It’s a common belief that trespassers enter at their own risk, but it’s not always true. There are circumstances where a property owner may be called upon to pay damages for injuries suffered due to a slip and fall on their property even if the victim had no right or only a limited right to Read More

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Are You Entitled To Compensation for Pain and Suffering?

If you’re injured in Tennessee as the result of a vehicle accident, a dog bite, a slip and fall, a trip and fall or other type of accident, you’ll likely be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering. These damages fall into the category-of non-economic damages which under Tennessee law include the following: Physical and Read More

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Qualifying for Social Security Disability in Tennessee

More than 65 million Americans receive monthly Social Security benefits. The payments are intended to replace a portion of your earnings when you retire, become disabled or die. They are also available as compensation for illness or personal injury. If you are unable to work because of a physical or mental condition that is expected Read More

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Do I Need an Attorney to Obtain Social Security Disability Benefits?

You don’t need an attorney to apply for Social Security Disability benefits, but it is well advised to consider engaging an attorney both before and after making application for either Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). Studies show that the Social Security Administration is likely to deny 65% – 75% of Read More

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Compensation for Wrongful Death Resulting from Vehicle Accidents

Statistics show that driving or riding in a motor vehicle has become increasingly dangerous. Despite improved safety technology in vehicles, driver safety awareness and defensive driving programs, vehicle related fatalities continue to rise in the US. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), US vehicle fatalities in 2017 exceeded 40,000 for the second straight year. Read More

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