Chattanooga Personal Injury Law Blog

Man found dead after wandering from nursing home

An 82-year-old nursing home resident was recently found dead in an elevator at a building next door to his nursing facility. The man had been missing since July 5, when he was last seen at his nursing home in a western state wearing a gray and white shirt and pajama pants.

According to the man's daughter, he had gone to check his mailbox, went to the nursing home office and that was the last anyone had seen of him. At the time, in an interview, the daughter said that her father had simply disappeared.

Here are the most common causes of wrongful death events

Fatal accidents happen every day in Tennessee. In many of these incidents, no one is to blame; they are true accidents that weren't anyone's fault. In other cases, the accidents are the fault of an unlawful, negligent or reckless party. In this article, we'll take a look at some of the most common ways that wrongful death incidents occur.

Common ways that wrongful death incidents happen:

  • Car accidents: Drunk drivers, distracted drivers, speeding drivers, unlawful drivers and aggressive drivers cause numerous, completely avoidable deaths in Tennessee every year.
  • Truck accidents: Different laws regulate the activities of semitruck drivers, and when truck drivers violate these laws, they endanger the fellow citizens with whom they share the road.
  • Bicycle crashes: Vehicle drivers owe an elevated responsibility of due diligence and care to take evasive action and be extra-attentive to prevent crashes with bicyclists. This especially true when the bicyclist is a child.
  • Medical malpractice: Numerous medical malpractice events happen every day throughout the nation. Most are nonfatal, fortunately, but others result in the tragic and completely unnecessary loss of life.
  • Product liability: Manufacturers and product sellers have a legal obligation to notify consumers of known risks relating to the items they sell. They are also obliged to design and manufacture products that are are not overly dangerous considering the intended benefit they serve.
  • Criminal actions: If a victim dies because someone else chose to endanger the victim while breaking the law, or if a criminal purposefully attacks someone and it results in death, the wrongfully acting person will be financially liable for wrongful death damages.

How often should I change my car tires?

Your vehicle's tires are essential to accident avoidance. When your tires are new and fresh, they're more capable of gripping the road, which improves your ability to stop, accelerate and swerve around obstacles. When your tires are old and worn out, they're more likely to slip and slide, which could result in a serious accident.

We all use our vehicles in different ways, on different road conditions. Some of us drive many miles every day, and others only drive a few times a week. As such, it's difficult to say an exact time when you should change your tires, but we can offer drivers a few guidelines in the area of how often tires should be changed.

Deadly Murfreesboro accident claims the lives of 2 teenagers

Whenever a teenager's life is cut short in a senseless car accident, it sends shockwaves through the community. Schoolmates, teachers, parents, family and friends will suffer and grieve over the loss.

Recently, a fatal motor vehicle accident like this happened in Rutherford County. The collision -- which happened at around 3:30 in the morning -- claimed the lives of two teenagers. At this time, police are unsure what series of events may have caused the crash, and they don't know who was to blame.

Bicyclist injured in hit-and-run car accident, motorist arrested

Some drivers don't look out for the most vulnerable people they share the road with: pedestrians and bicyclists. Bicyclists and pedestrians are not protected by a heavy, metal frame, air bags or seat belts when they get into a crash. Indeed, many bicyclists and pedestrians who get hit by a motor vehicle suffer catastrophic injuries. Nevertheless, car drivers often fail to pay attention, and this results in serious injuries.

In a recent Tennessee car versus bicycle accident, this appears to be exactly what happened. Not only that, but the driver fled the accident scene and didn't even stop to see if the bicyclist he hit was okay.

Wrongful death claims: A brief background

In a wrongful death claim, the surviving family and dependents of a deceased person can seek financial compensation for their financial and emotional losses caused by their loved one's death. However, wrongful death actions didn't exist in the early American and English courts.

Although "tort" actions have existed for a long time. Traditionally, you could only seek financial compensation from a party that caused you injury as a result of its wrongful or negligent actions. You could not pursue damages relating to your loved one's death. As such, wrongdoers could bypass liability in cases where their victims died.

4 common types of traumatic brain injury

Traumatic brain injuries among car accident victims are not uncommon. In fact, brain injuries from all kinds of sources happen to a lot of people every year. Approximately, 1.7 million people suffer from TBI annually, and 52,000 of these people die. This article will look at several of the ways that doctors categorize TBI, as not all head-related trauma results in the same kind of injury.

Here are the primary types of TBI that could happen to a Tennessee car crash victim:

Do some people like the risk of driving?

There's an inherent risk every time you get in the car. Millions of people are hurt or killed every year in car crashes. Each trip you take makes you that much more likely to join those statistics.

Frighteningly, some experts believe some drivers actually embrace this risk. They look forward to that part of driving. These experts have said it's similar to the way that some people love gambling, finding a thrill because of the risk of losing it all. To them, driving is the same thing, though the stakes are actually even higher.

Pedestrian accidents on highways: Why they happen

Pedestrian versus car accidents are particularly unfortunate because pedestrians have no form of protection against a motor vehicle. Fortunately, though, for some pedestrians injured by cars in Tennessee, they can seek money to pay for their medical care stemming from the accident.

In this article, we will focus specifically on highway pedestrian accidents, which tend to beg the question: Can a pedestrian file a claim after being involved in a highway crash? The answer to this question is, yes.

Wrongful death claims: What damages can I pursue?

Imagine you lost your husband, wife, son or daughter in a fatal car accident caused by a negligent or unlawful driver. You may have the ability to pursue financial damages by filing a wrongful death claim against the party at fault for your loved one's death.The decision to file a wrongful death claim, however, is not an easy one to make, and you probably have a lot of questions about the process. In this article we will look at the most common question wrongful death plaintiffs ask: What kinds of damages can I pursue?

Assigning financial damages to the death of a close family member is not easy to do. After all, no amount of compensation could ever replace a loved one lost due to someone else's negligence. However, monetary compensation is the only way courts have to try and right such an unfortunate wrong.