Blog Posts in April, 2012

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  • Sleep Apnea and Driving Commercial Trucks a Deadly Combination

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Apr 30, 2012

    People who experience pauses during sleep could possibly have a life-threatening breathing disorder called sleep apnea . These breathing interruptions can occur up to 400 times a night and last for 10 seconds or more. It is difficult for people to recognize the symptoms of sleep apnea in themselves, so it often goes undiagnosed. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), ...
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  • Study looks at medical complications and translators

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Apr 29, 2012

    While there are many different things that can happen in a hospital or doctor's office to lead to a serious medical emergency, a recent study determined that miscommunication between a Spanish-speaking patient and a medical professional can lead to serious complications. And while having a translator on staff can reduce the chance of a "clinical consequence," which could result in a serious ...
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  • Study examines accidents caused by hitting the wrong pedal

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Apr 26, 2012

    While anyone can mistakenly hit the gas pedal instead of a brake pedal in a motor vehicle, it turns out that women, those drivers over the age of 76 and those under the age of 20 are more likely to hit the wrong pedal and cause an accident. This study, which focused on pedal confusion, is the opposite of national motor vehicle accident trends. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety ...
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  • Drunk Driving - What is .08?

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Apr 23, 2012

    Drunk driving carelessly and needlessly kills and serious injures people everyday. Too many people get hurt by drunk drivers. Of course, a major problem is that people oftentimes do not realize that they are driving while impaired. It is not unusual for me to take the deposition of a drunk driver and for the drunk driver to tell me that he/she thought his judgment was fine. Alcohol decreases a ...
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  • Cerebral Palsy: Its Symptoms and Complications

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Apr 23, 2012

    About two to three children out of every 1,000 in the United States suffer from cerebral palsy. It affects people of all ethnicities, sexes and socioeconomic groups. Cerebral palsy is a physical disability of the brain that causes many hardships, both financial and emotional, for children and their families. Types: There are three different types of cerebral palsy. The first is spastic cerebral ...
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  • Motor vehicle accident fatalities up in Tennessee

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Apr 22, 2012

    Law enforcement in Tennessee is gearing up to crackdown on a number of different risky driving behaviors like distracted driving, drunk driving and not wearing a seatbelt. The hope is that the increased focus will help to combat the recent spike the state has seen in the number of motor vehicle related fatalities. According to the director of the Governor's Highway Safety Office in Nashville, the ...
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  • Catastrophic brain injuries among student athletes on the rise

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Apr 20, 2012

    Over the past several years more national attention has been given to catastrophic brain injuries among high school football athletes. And while these educational efforts have been widespread, it turns out catastrophic brain injuries among high school athletes still increased last year. According to the National Center for Catastrophic Sports Injury Research, every year from 1984 until 2007 there ...
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  • Tennessee Law changes Insurance Coverage

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Apr 19, 2012

    Tennessee lawmakers will vote today on a bill which would alter how insurance companies receive approval for changes from policy holders. This comes on the heels of legislation last year that is sure to make insurance company executives richer, while injured Tennesseans suffer. This bill is very bad for consumers. House Bill 2454 essentially will bind consumers or small businesses to a change in ...
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  • Williamson County Making Efforts to Tackle Teen Drinking

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Apr 19, 2012

    The Tennessean had an excellent article this morning on efforts to fight teenage drinking. Group Tackles Teen Drinking. Recent statistics show the prevalence of underage drinking in Williamson County, and as a result, the Williamson County Anti-Drug Coalition formed last July to combat the issue by bringing together community leaders and organizations in order to combine resources to help youth in ...
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  • Disturbing Facts of Injuries/Deaths from Drinking

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Apr 17, 2012

    Recently, I read a blog - The Disturbing State of College Drinking . The blog discussed 10 scary facts about college age drinking, and the serious injuries and untimely deaths each year that are alcohol related. Too many people die each year from drunk driving . To me, it's personal. My cousin was killed by a drunk driver when she was 17 years old. The middle of the day. A promising life cut short ...
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  • Study finds car seats hard to install in many vehicles

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Apr 15, 2012

    It's a sad thing to even think about, but the truth remains that child injuries frequently happen due to car seats. And while a number of these injuries stem from defective car seats , it turns out that the design of many passenger seats in vehicles also makes it very hard for parents to properly install these car seats. A car seat not being properly installed can lead to serious injury if there ...
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  • Research finds increase in fatal auto accidents on tax day

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Apr 13, 2012

    While it's no surprise that tax time can be stressful, it turns out that there is actually an increase in fatal motor vehicle accidents on tax day. The recent study, which will be published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, looked at data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. From there it was found that from 1980 until 2009, there were a total of 6,783 motor ...
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  • 1 killed, 2 injured in Tennessee multiple vehicle accident

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Apr 4, 2012

    All it takes is one driver to make a bad judgment call to risk the lives of other innocent people who also happen to be out on the roadways. Recently, this appears to be the case in one Tennessee accident that involved six vehicles and left one person dead and three others needing to be airlifted to the hospital with serious injuries. The accident happened on April 1 around 5:30 p.m. on Route 51. ...
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  • NIH Study Illustrates Why Teen Drivers Are So Risky

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Apr 2, 2012

    Any parent of a young, newly-minted driver knows that teen drivers are a high-risk group - and as a result, adding them to a car insurance policy can double, or even triple, the rates that they pay. In order to determine why this is the case, the U.S National Institutes of Health (NIH) conducted a study that observed the driving habits of 42 new teenage drivers in Virginia, as well as their ...
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  • Law Firm Holds RESPECT Contest for Students

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Apr 2, 2012

    Our attorney, Randy Kinnard, recognized six fifth-graders for their excellent entries defining the meaning of respect. The awards were given April 10, 2012 at the Historic Williamson County Courthouse and on April 11, 2012, at Montgomery County Courthouse. The first place winner in Williamson County was Emma Rutherford from Edmondson Elementary. She receiver $1,000 for her school, $1,000 for ...
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