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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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How Is Comparative Fault Measured in Tennessee Pedestrian Accident Cases?

When pedestrians and cars collide, it’s always the person on foot who’s hurt. Yet, while pedestrian accidents are usually attributed to driver carelessness, some cases can involve shared liability. Pedestrians don’t always stay within marked crosswalks or obey traffic signs and signals. They may suddenly leave the curb and walk into the path of a Read More

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How Are Assets Divided in a Tennessee Divorce?

Tennessee is an equitable distribution state, which means that most property acquired during the marriage by either spouse is divided fairly — though not necessarily equally — when they divorce. Equitable does not necessarily translate as equal. In addition, equitable distribution does not mean that each party to the divorce will receive a share of Read More

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How Can Damages be Recovered After a Single-Car Accident in Tennessee?

If you have been injured in car crash, either as a driver or passenger, it’s vital to understand your potential rights to monetary compensation. When no other vehicle was involved, your options for recovering money damages are more limited. Nevertheless, there are important sources of reimbursement that should be considered. Very often, single-vehicle accidents result Read More

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Why Are Social Security Disability Benefits Commonly Denied or Terminated?

A long-term disability due to an accident or illness could put you and your loved ones in serious financial straits. If you’re unable to work or have had to take a part-time job because of an injury or illness, you may be eligible for disability benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA). However, these claims Read More

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Does Tennessee Law Limit Recovery of Personal Injury Damages?

If you’re hurt in an accident, you can sue the parties whose negligence you claim was the cause. Compensation can be sought to cover your medical bills, missed work, rehabilitation costs, property damages and other out-of-pocket losses. The largest recoveries in personal injury cases, however, are based on damages not measurable in plain economic terms. Read More

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How is Liability Shared for a Truck Accident in Tennessee?

Accidents involving tractor trailers and other large commercial trucks can be disastrous due to the vehicles’ size and weight, with resulting injuries likely to be serious or fatal. What’s more, the legal aftermath of truck accidents is often complex because of the multiple parties and insurers that may be held liable. The truck’s driver, owner, Read More

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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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