Chattanooga Personal Injury Law Blog

Wrong site surgery cases in Tennessee

The Institute of Medicine published a report in 1999 that shocked the world. The report, To Err is Human, documented the number of deaths, injuries and close calls that happened because of wrong site surgical procedures and other surgical mixups. Before 1999, no one -- including doctors -- were aware just how bad this problem was.

Wrong site surgery injuries were probably the most worrisome part of this report because they should have been completely preventable. In these cases, a patient goes in for a surgical procedure, but doctors perform the procedure on the wrong body part. Believe it or not, patients have had completely healthy limbs removed, while the limb that needed to be removed remained. The same has happened with fingers, toes, organs and other body parts. Doctors and preparatory staff sometimes make mistakes pre-surgery that involves the wrong body part being at risk of getting operated on.

Did your loved one die in an accident?

Many fatal accidents are nothing more than that: accidents that were no one's fault. Families are left to deal with the difficult time following their loved one's loss without any monetary assistance to deal with the costs and loss of family income associated with death.

In other cases, a fatal accident is the direct result of the negligent or unlawful actions of another party. In these cases, surviving close family members can file a wrongful death claim against the at-fault party to recover financial compensation related to their loss and damages.

Prevent bed sores with these tips

Bed sores are one of the most common signs of nursing home neglect. If you notice that your loved one is suffering from a bed sore, it's time to ask questions about the level of care that he or she is receiving. It's also time to take swift action to treat the bed sore and prevent the problem from reoccurring.

Here are four tips to prevent bed sores:

  • Move positions: If patients are in bed for a long time, they will eventually develop bed sores if they don't move around enough. As such, patients should alter their positions frequently. That way, less pressure will be on the patient's skin areas for long periods of time, and there will be less chance of an ulcer developing.
  • Keep your skin dry and clean: Cleanliness and hygiene are important parts of bed sore prevention. If the patient hasn't been cleaning hard to reach areas, he or she should ask for help because these areas could develop pressure ulcers. It's also vital to pat the skin dry and not rub the skin too much after bathing.
  • Use pillows the right way: If certain parts of the body, like knees and elbows press against one another, it can help to put a pillow between these areas. Also, consider using a pillow to soften the points of contact for boney parts of your body where they make contact with the bed.
  • Get up and move around: Mild exercise and movement can help a great deal to prevent bed sores. Even if a patient is bedridden, he or she can still do motion exercises like lifting the arms and the legs at intervals to increase circulation.

Top 6 reasons why semitruck accidents happen

Common sense tells you that when a passenger vehicle gets into a collision with a semitruck, the semitruck's weight and size will result in catastrophic damage -- and the possibility of fatal injuries -- to anyone inside the passenger car. In order to prevent these accidents from happening, semitruck drivers and passenger vehicle drivers need to learn about their common causes so they can avoid them.

Here are the top 6 reasons for semitruck crashes:

  • Sleepy drivers: Semitruck drivers are often driving far longer than they should, resulting in sleepiness. Tight schedules, and a mad push to get bonuses for on-time deliveries or avoid penalties for late deliveries, results in fatigued driving, which causes accidents. Semitruck drivers are therefore legally obligated to follow their prescribed sleeping schedules at all times.
  • Highway debris: Semitrucks might lose their tire treads, causing accidents behind them. Similarly, debris in the roadway can result in truck drivers losing control.
  • Rear-end collisions: Semitrucks can't stop as fast as passenger cars, resulting in accidents when a car in front of them stops too fast.
  • Losing control: If a semitruck falls off the shoulder of the road by accident, the truck driver could try to correct the truck and lose control.
  • Speeding: Speed laws are set for a reason. Any truck driver who speeds is exponentially more likely to get into a crash.
  • Bad road conditions: The cities, municipalities and governments can be held liable when they neglect to maintain the roadways in safe conditions.

My loved one died in the middle of a personal injury lawsuit

Imagine your loved one -- such as your husband or wife -- was involved in a serious and debilitating car accident. While recovering from his or her injuries, your spouse initiated a personal injury claim against the party or parties at fault for the accident and associated injuries. However, your spouse died in the middle of the lawsuit before he or she could make a financial recovery.

If you're a close relative of the individual, there are several things you will want to do following the death of a loved one who was pursuing a personal injury claim. First and foremost, realize that if your loved one had a viable claim for damages, your loved one's claims will not be lost.

Mom of man killed in semitruck crash hopes to change the law

A Tennessee mother is trying to change federal law following the death of her son in a semitruck crash. The woman is lamenting the death of her son, and hoping it won't be in vain. In her effort to honor her son's memory, she spent the last days of August in Washington, D.C., to talk about trucking safety in round table discussions with leaders from the insurance and trucking industries.

The Truck Safety Coalition confirms that trucking fatalities continue to be high. Some 4,000 people lose their lives in such incidents every year. Among those deaths in 2014, was the woman's son. He drove into a semitruck as it was carrying out an illegal u-turn.

Why you should always call 911 after a car accident

Car accidents happen every day in Tennessee, and most of them don't involve any kind of injuries. However, just be cause a collision doesn't result in injuries doesn't mean that you should refrain from calling 911 to report the incident. It is very risky to refrain from reporting an accident to police.

Imagine that you and the other motorist in the collision arrive at an agreement to simply allow your insurance companies to sort out the accident rather than getting the police involved. This might seem like a good way to save time and hassle, but you can't know for sure whether the other driver has up-to-date insurance. Maybe the driver is lying and he or she doesn't even have insurance. Perhaps the other driver doesn't want police to get involved because a warrant is out for his or her arrest.

Head-on collision kills 56-year-old driver in Dickson County

There's only one thing we can predict when it comes to fatal accidents on Tennessee highways: They happen when we least expect them to. Even worse, in many cases, they never should have happened at all.

It's still not entirely clear how a fatal car crash in Dickson County happened on a recent Tuesday evening. A head-on collision claimed the life of a 56-year-old man, but police have yet to file charges against the other driver and they've yet to issue any blame.

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.