Blog Posts in January, 2014

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  • Family awarded $9M in birth injury lawsuit

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Jan 30, 2014

    Expecting parents dream of the day they finally get to welcome their baby into the world. However, those dreams can be shattered when medical malpractice causes severe birth injuries to the child. All too often, well-meaning doctors and nurses in Tennessee and the rest of the nation commit grave errors that cost families the dream of bringing home a healthy baby. When these tragic acts of ...
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  • Trucking company punished by OSHA for breaking safety rules

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Jan 27, 2014

    According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, truck occupant fatalities rose for the third year in a row in 2012. Passenger vehicle occupants are also often killed in truck accidents , as a small car is no match for a large truck. For these reasons, federal officials have been cracking down on safety in the trucking industry. One way they have been doing this is ...
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  • Dump truck accident claims life of MTSU student

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Jan 24, 2014

    The Middle Tennessee State University campus is grieving the loss of a student who was killed in an accident with a dump truck this morning. According to reports, the 28-year-old student, who was in a wheelchair, was struck by a dump truck while crossing a street near the campus in Murfreesboro. According to reports, the dump truck had been making a right turn when the 28-year-old was hit just ...
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  • Monster energy drinks being investigated after teen death

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Jan 22, 2014

    We all know that it is against the law for children to consume alcoholic beverages because it can be extremely harmful to their health. But what about beverages that contain a high amount of caffeine? Currently, Monster Beverage Corp. is at the center of government-filed lawsuits stemming from allegations that the company markets its energy drinks to children, who could potentially be harmed by ...
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  • Brain death: how a misunderstanding turns into litigation

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

    It’s quite possibly very true to say that a majority of our readers are not familiar with all of the medical terminology that a doctor might use. As a result, misunderstandings can occur, especially if the doctor is not adept at effectively communicating a patient’s condition to their loved ones. Residents here in Tennessee can see this playing out right now in two separate cases -- one in Texas ...
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  • Will self-driving cars really be the norm in the future?

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

    Picture getting into a car to go to the grocery store: Instead of the usual turn the key, put the car in gear and steer your way to the store, the car is driving itself. Instead of driving, you are more the co-pilot, just there to make sure everything is running smoothly. Many Tennessee residents reading this may think this is straight out of a science fiction novel. But, the truth is that by ...
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  • Fatal car accidents on the rise in Williamson County

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Jan 17, 2014

    The Tennessean reported this week that traffic fatalities were down across Tennessee in 2013. That is great news, but unfortunately as the newspaper also noted, fatal car accidents spiked in Williamson County. The county sustained 16 car accident deaths last year; in 2012, there were 10. The total number of car accidents rose by about 15.5 percent in Williamson County from 2012 to 2013. The exact ...
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  • Put safety first when driving in severe winter weather conditions

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Jan 17, 2014

    The winter weather can be hard on any Tennessee resident. Not only does extra thought need to go into how to dress to stay warm, but commuting can also become a real nightmare when having to deal with sub-freezing temperatures. This is why the Department of Health is reminding all residents to properly prepare for winter driving before actually getting into the car. At reading this, some Tennessee ...
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  • 2013 data points to decrease in Tennessee traffic fatalities

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Jan 9, 2014

    Going by preliminary data, the number of people killed in motor vehicle accidents on roadways in Tennessee last year decreased. However, while this is certainly good news, Safety Commissioner Bill Gibbons is quick to point out that more still needs to be done in order to see fewer deaths on the roads, particularly when it comes to pedestrian accidents . According to the Department of Safety and ...
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  • Leave distracted driving behind in the New Year

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Jan 4, 2014

    With the New Year now fully upon us, many Nashville residents are thinking about what changes they would like to make in 2014. Some bad habits should be left behind back in 2013 as we move forward. One trend that we hope does not continue to gain steam in 2014 is that of distracted driving . In recent years, the number of drivers cruising down the roads while focusing on text messages or emails ...
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  • Hundreds sickened in recent salmonella outbreak linked to chicken

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Jan 2, 2014

    While the U.S. Department of Agriculture, better known as the USDA, is taking steps to better prevent salmonella, a Pew Charitable Trusts food safety expert is saying these "baby steps" the government agency is taking are simply not enough. Rather, Sandra Eskin, points to the most recent outbreak that sickened hundreds and said more needs to be done with "a few giant steps." In talking about the ...
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