Blog Posts in February, 2014

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  • Medical malpractice: Can certain illnesses be overtreated?

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Feb 28, 2014

    Receiving a cancer diagnosis is often devastating, and understandably so. No matter how successful treatments can be, this is an illness no one wants deal with. As such, physicians might take whatever necessary steps to attempt to put the disease into remission -- sometimes relying on radical measures. A recently released study about a relatively rare form of cancer raises some concerns and ...
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  • National pet outlet sued for wrongful death related to infection

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Feb 26, 2014

    For many young children, getting a pet is a very big deal. Kids enjoy being able to play with their animals, and parents can use pet ownership as a way to teach responsibility. Unfortunately, one family assumed a much bigger, unexpected burden after welcoming a new pet into their home. A 10-year-old boy received a pet rat from his grandmother to serve as a companion to the rat he already owned. Of ...
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  • Questions remain following fatal crash on Nashville Highway

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Feb 21, 2014

    In recent years, distracted driving has emerged as a major car accident risk factor. While distracted drivers have caused car accidents since the invention of the automobile, in this day and age drivers are bombarded with more distractions than ever. Traditional distractions have long included children, conversations with passengers, scenery outside of the vehicle as well as the driver's own ...
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  • Study: Drastic decline in fatalities among drivers over 70

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Feb 21, 2014

    It was once predicted that Tennessee and the rest of the United States would see a spike in fatal car accidents as people began living longer and the baby boomer generation reached their golden years. That’s because older drivers were largely viewed as a danger on the roads. However, recent data shows that older drivers have proved their critics wrong. A new study from the Insurance Institute for ...
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  • Toyota issues recall on four popular vehicles in U.S.

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Feb 19, 2014

    Last week, we reported a major automobile recall in the United States by General Motors. This week, there is another recall of defective motor vehicles to report, this time made by Toyota. Toyota Motor Corp. announced that it is issuing a world-wide recall of its Prius hybrids in order to fix a software defect that can cause the vehicles to stall. The recall involves hybrid models manufactured in ...
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  • Nashville fungal meningitis claims could be 'bellwether' suits

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Feb 15, 2014

    In 2012, a deadly fungal meningitis outbreak sickened 751 people and killed 64. The outbreak was traced to contaminated medication used for epidural steroid injections. Tennessee was one of the states hit hardest by the outbreak, where 153 were sickened and 16 died. In the wake of the deadly outbreak, dozens of the victims or their survivors have filed personal injury and wrongful death claims ...
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  • GM recalling 600,000 vehicles with dangerous defect

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Feb 13, 2014

    General Motors has announced that is recalling more than 600,000 compact cars in the United States because of a dangerous defect involving the ignition switch. GM told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that the problem with the ignition switch is to blame for at least 22 car accidents and six fatal accidents. GM reported that a heavy keyring or jarring caused by rough terrain can ...
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  • Tennessee jury says restaurant isn't liable for train death

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Feb 7, 2014

    After three weeks of hearing testimony, evidence and arguments, a Tennessee jury determined that a Chattanooga restaurant was not at fault in a wrongful death case brought on behalf of a 19-year-old who died after being run over by a train in August 2011. The 19-year-old woman and the 27-year-old son of the restaurant owners were run over by a 250-ton train after apparently falling asleep on train ...
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  • Truck driver on little sleep causes fatal highway accident

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Feb 5, 2014

    Trucking accidents are far too common in Tennessee and the rest of the United States. Many trucking accidents result when truck drivers without enough sleep doze off while behind the wheel. Last week, a tollway worker was killed and a state trooper was seriously injured when a semi truck driver on little sleep caused a fiery crash on the side of an Illinois highway. According to reports, the ...
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