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  • Patients in Tennessee Undergoing Open-Heart Surgery May Be At Risk of Fatal Infections

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge, Jan 12, 2017

    Hospitals throughout Tennessee have sent letters to patients who underwent open-heart surgery between January 2012 and November 2016, warning them that they may be at risk of a fatal infection caused by a potentially contaminated machine. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report on October 13 of last year alerting patients and hospitals about the potential risk of ...
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  • Anesthesia Events: Malpractice or Complication?

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge, Feb 12, 2016

    Doctors commonly employ the use of anesthesia when a patient goes through surgery or any major medical procedure. Anesthetic agents inhibit pain receptors and generally work in such a way as to numb the anesthetized. Anesthesiologists use three main forms of anesthesia. This includes: Local anesthesia – The drug blocks transmission of certain nerve impulses to a specific area of the body or spinal ...
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  • Dangers of Paramedic Intubation Errors

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge, Dec 14, 2015

    When someone suffers a traumatic injury, the first people on the scene are usually emergency medical technicians. They embody a light of hope in a dangerous and hopeful situation. However, in cases of high risk, it is important that these technicians proceed with care and precision. This can be hard to do in the hectic environment in which they work. These intense circumstances can cause the ...
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  • Are there time limits on wrongful death claims in Tennessee?

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge, Apr 24, 2014

    Losing a loved one is never an easy experience, no matter the situation. However, in the event of an accident, family members might not have the opportunity to say goodbye. Being taken off guard in such an abrupt way can leave an entire family reeling, looking for answers. An accident victim's survivors may be faced with the reality of their loss in fast fashion. The loss of a loved one can lead ...
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  • Tennessee teen's death shows lingering brain injury risks

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge, Apr 2, 2014

    For many young people, being able to participate in organized athletic activities is very important. Parents appreciate the physical activity and discipline that sports can provide and kids enjoy the camaraderie they develop with teammates. Over the last few years, however, there have been serious concerns about the safety of many youth athletic events, particularly football. Any activity that ...
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  • Pedestrian fatalities jump in Tennessee, despite national drop

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge, Mar 14, 2014

    For many Nashville residents, traveling on foot might be the best option to get from place to place. Whether a person is close enough to their final destination, doesn't want to put up with traffic congestion or would like some physical activity, there are a number of reasons why walking is a preferred option for many urban dwellers. The unfortunate reality, however, is that being a pedestrian ...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Pay attention and use signals to avoid motorcycle accidents

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge, Jun 1, 2013

    Far too often, motorcycle riders in Tennessee are in serious accidents where the other driver either was not paying attention, or just did not see them. These accidents tend to be quite severe in nature, with those on motorcycles absorbing much of the impact with little protection. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcycle fatalities have been on the rise. In ...
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  • Teens in Tennessee among the most dangerous drivers

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge, Mar 1, 2013

    In Tennessee, the state works hard to prevent teen driver motor vehicle accidents . However, even though there are very specific graduated driver licensing laws intended to more ease teens into driving, these drivers remain vulnerable when it comes to their chances of getting into a fatal accident . According to a report published by the Governors Highway Safety Association, there was a 19 percent ...
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  • 2012 saw increase in fatal accidents in Tennessee

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge, Jan 24, 2013

    In 2012, according to recently released preliminary numbers, there was an 8.8 percent increase in the number of people killed in motor vehicle accidents on Tennessee roadways. Within this preliminary data there was an increase in teen and motorcycle fatalities. Drunk driving and not wearing a seat belt also continued to be areas of concern. According to the Tennessee Department of Transportation ...
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  • Tennessee signs serve as safety reminders to prevent accidents

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge, Jan 7, 2013

    Driving under the influence, driving while tired, and just plain bad decision making while behind the wheel, are all common causes of fatal motor vehicle accidents in Tennessee. In an effort to try and prevent these fatal accidents , authorities in the state put up signs along certain roadways to display the number of traffic deaths that had occurred so far for the year. The hope was that this ...
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  • Study: Alcohol plays major role in fatal wrong-way accidents

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge, Dec 19, 2012

    Wrong-way collisions are dangerous, especially on highways and interstates where vehicles are closing in on each other at a high rate of speed. Due to the deadly nature of these types of accidents, which claim hundreds of lives per year, the National Transportation Safety Board recently met to address the problem and try and come up with a solution. The NTSB reviewed a study that included 1,566 ...
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  • Thanksgiving can be a deadly holiday for travel

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge, Nov 21, 2012

    When there are more drivers on the roadways there is an increase in the number of accidents. This is particularly important to keep in mind as the Thanksgiving holiday approach. According to an analysis of federal data, from 2005 until 2010 there was an average of 798 fatal motor vehicle accidents during Thanksgiving week. This is an increase from the typical weekly average of 748. Looking to this ...
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  • Fatal accidents on U.S. roadways increase in 2012

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge, Oct 13, 2012

    While traffic deaths were down for the past six years, according to federal data, for the first half of 2012 the percentage actually increased. Some say this is due to more miles traveled on U.S. roadways, while others say the unusually warmer winter we experienced last month also played a factor. According to the data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there was a 13.4 ...
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  • Study focuses on fatal overlap accidents

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge, Aug 23, 2012

    While vehicles have a number of different safety features, like seat belts, air bags and anti-lock brakes, these safety features don't guarantee a driver of passenger will not get injured in a car accident . In fact, depending on the type of crash, some of these features may not necessarily be able to protect a person at all. According to a recent study by the Insurance Institute for Highway ...
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  • NHTSA data points to increase in motor vehicle fatalities

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge, Aug 3, 2012

    Over the past several years there has been a downward trend in the number of traffic fatalities on U.S. roadways. However, after year-after-year decreases, there is now a growing concern as motor vehicle fatalities increased for the first quarter of 2012. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 6,720 people were killed in motor vehicle accidents during the first three ...
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  • Accident fatalities on Tennessee roadways rise at alarming rate

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge, May 13, 2012

    Just a few weeks ago we posted on the fact that law enforcement in Tennessee was going to be cracking down on risky driving behaviors in the hopes of combating the traffic fatality toll that has been on the increase so far this year. At that time, Kendell Poole, director of the Governor's Highway Safety Office in Nashville reported that there had already been 238 fatal motor vehicle accidents in ...
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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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  • Tennessee families want an end to distracted driving

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge, Jan 8, 2012

    While much attention is normally given to texting while driving -- which is illegal in Tennessee -- many who have lost loved ones in accidents where someone involved was talking on a cellphone, are pushing for changes to be made. For some parents, the goal is to elevate the risks associated with not only texting, but also talking while driving. When looking at distracted driving from a statewide ...
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  • Shop safe to avoid dangerous children's toys

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge, Dec 3, 2011

    With the holidays right around the corner, many parents in Nashville and throughout Tennessee already have lists in hands of all the latest and greatest toys their little ones want. However, one public research group is urging parents to do the research before buying gifts, as there are a number of dangerous toys that are out on the market. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, in ...
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  • Tennessee Highway Patrol targets DUIs and fatal accidents

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge, Oct 26, 2011

    No one should have to suffer through the pain of losing a family member to a drunk driving accident. While there continue to be drunk drivers on Nashville roads and there continue to be fatal car accidents across Tennessee, the Tennessee Highway Patrol has recently announced that there has been an increase in drunk driving enforcement. The colonel in charge of the Tennessee Highway Patrol has made ...
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