August 2016 Archives

Fatal DUI car accidents decrease with alcohol interlocks

Alcohol interlocks are systems designed to prevent repeat offenses of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. A recent study found that when state law requires the installation of an interlock system, a 15 percent decrease in car accidents involving alcohol occurs. Fortunately Tennessee is one of the 18 states in which interlocks are mandated for a driver who has been found guilty of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

Nursing home neglect: repercussion of duties being neglected

A nursing home in another state is being required to answer difficult questions after the administrator of a deceased elderly woman's estate filed a civil claim against it. In the wrongful death claim, nursing home neglect is alleged as a major cause of the elderly lady's death. The estate administrator claims that proper care was not provided by the nursing home. Claims such as these are nothing unfamiliar, in Tennessee, and across America. 

Medical malpractice -- doctors need to be careful when using EHR

Doctors in Tennessee making use of electronic health records (EHR) should consider how they use this tool. Many have heralded EHR as an improved way to keep records. Doctors notoriously are known for their illegible handwriting, but EHR is seen as a tool to overcome this problem. Unfortunately, EHR is not foolproof and medical malpractice cases linked to the use of EHR have been reported.

Car accidents: Prompt arrest of hit-and-run driver

A 51-year-old man is facing a variety of criminal charges after a hit-and-run accident which left his female passenger seriously injured. According to the Tennessee traffic authorities, the driver rear-ended another vehicle at approximately 11:30 p.m. on a recent Friday night in early August. Instead of doing what is legally required after car accidents, this driver apparently fled the scene.

Alleged nursing home neglect results in wrongful death claim

The elderly in Tennessee are often left at the mercy of those who are supposed to care for them. A recent case in which the administrator of the estate of an elderly lady has sued the nursing home who cared for the now deceased woman, alleging neglect. In the wrongful death claim, it is claimed that the needed medical care was not provided when needed.