Knoxville Personal Injury Blog

What constitutes medical malpractice in Tennessee?

We make an appointment with our doctor, make a visit to the emergency room or follow through with a recommended surgery in hopes medical professionals will make us right again. Typically, they do.

But what happens if something goes very, very wrong?

Might your headache be a sign of traumatic brain injury?

If you're driving along a Tennessee highway and another driver suddenly crashes into your car, in an instant, your whole world may feel as though it dropped out from underneath you. Depending on the severity of your injuries, your life may indeed significantly change in the near or distant future. Some of your injuries may be undeniably apparent, such as lacerations, broken bones or loss of consciousness. First responders are experienced at assessing a crash scene to see who, if anyone, is in need of emergency care.

Those who came to your aid hopefully were able to get you to the nearest hospital in a timely manner, and doctors at that facility were hopefully able to treat your condition. The problem is that not all car wreck injuries are immediately apparent. If your condition doesn't improve, or you experience additional symptoms, (especially head pain) you may be suffering from a traumatic brain injury. It's not only critical to seek immediate medical attention, it's also pertinent to know where to turn for support if the other driver was negligent.

Woman sues Tennessee venue for slip-and-fall injury

We are usually responsible for our own decisions, but we can also suffer unfairly from the decisions of others. Owners and managers of businesses with public spaces or invited guests owe those people a clean and safe place to congregate or move through. If they fail, they may be liable for the results.

A woman is suing the owner of a party venue in Campbell County after she experienced an injury on the property. She entered the property during a rainy evening and left under darkness. Without exterior lighting covering the parking lot and outdoor walkway, she tripped on her way to her car and broke her arm as a result of the fall.

Car accidents pose a serious danger in Tennessee

From the Great Smoky Mountains to the Mississippi River Valley, there is no better way to travel around Tennessee than in a person's own car. The streets, roads and limited-access highways such as interstates in the Volunteer State are always open and full of cars, trucks and motorcycles.

The nation has seen an uptick in traffic deaths in recent years, which has led to innovations in traffic control, car safety and other related fields. Tennessee, which was one of the most dangerous states for motorists and pedestrians in the first decade of the 21st century, has seen fewer traffic fatalities overall.

Judge orders mediation in Tennessee wrongful death suit

It is always tragic when it happens, but the actions of other people can harm us whether or not they intend it. Criminal law helps find and punish the people who have hurt others through malice or negligence. But victims and their families often feel left out to dry.

Civil cases for financial damages are often a way to solve these problems as much as they can be solved. Unlike the criminal focus on an offender's debt to society, civil suits can resolve debts to people for pain and suffering.

Tennessee may be at a crossroads for medical malpractice laws

Americans rely increasingly on the medical profession, as new medications and technologies can often improve and extend life. Hospital facilities and health care systems in the United State are the envy of the world, and health-related industries are one of the most important elements of the economy.

Health care professionals generally provide top-quality care and the results of medical or surgical interventions are often a dream come true after a stressful incident or condition. However, all people make occasional mistakes, so the standards of diagnoses and surgeries must be above reproach.

Memphis accident destroys 2 cars and injures both drivers

A growing economy and a population surge has made Tennessee one of the hot places to be in the South. Although most of the effects have been positive for the state and its residents, motor vehicle accidents are also on the rise as roads get more crowded.

When a car accident happens, it is always important to remain at the scene to ensure everyone's safety and law enforcement's ability to investigate the circumstances. Tennessee law requires drivers to stay with their cars at the scene if anyone has been injured and/or damage to one or more vehicle is significant.

Class action lawsuit responds to restaurant illnesses

A slick wet floor. A messy hallway. An old and uneven sidewalk. All of these things can cause an accident involving injury or permanent disability. Businesses and government institutions are always concerned with the safety of the people they serve, so any of these circumstances should be addressed immediately.

The most common cause of a premises injury, and therefore, a premises liability lawsuit, is a slip and fall due to uneven or cluttered walking paths. However, illness as well as injury may result from the negligence of a business, its manager or its employees.

A picture may be worth a thousand words following a car crash

Experiencing a motor vehicle crash caused by another driver's negligence can no doubt be overwhelming and devastating. However, preserving as much of the evidence present at the scene as possible can prove to be a critical step toward eventually seeking justice and compensation for your injuries and suffering.

This includes taking notes as well as capturing photos of the crash scene. Photographs can especially be effective if you are attempting to prove the damages you have suffered in a collision in an attempt to hold the at-fault driver accountable. Here are a few guidelines for taking effective photos in the aftermath of a car crash in Tennessee.

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