Blog Posts in July, 2011

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  • Have guidelines helped the national rate of wrong-site surgeries?

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Jul 29, 2011

    A wrong-site surgery is a type of surgical error in which a surgeon either accidentally operates on a healthy body part or negligently operates on the wrong patient. These errors seem far-fetched and rare, but there is a report out of Chicago that wrong-site surgeries happen approximately 40 times per week across the country. These types of surgical errors have been addressed previously. The Joint ...
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  • Man charged after causing Tennessee car crash and injuring six

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Jul 27, 2011

    During a long road trip, you shouldn't have to worry about being hit by someone driving the wrong way on the interstate. Unfortunately, six people traveling from Kentucky to Florida have been hospitalized after their two cars were involved in a car accident in East Ridge, Tennessee. At approximately 4 o'clock in the morning, the two-car caravan had been traveling down Interstate 24 as part of a ...
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  • New, safer cribs should prevent infant deaths

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Jul 22, 2011

    It is a parent's worst nightmare to put their infant to bed and to later find the child strangled or suffocated by an unsafe crib. Thirty-two families have lived that nightmare and have been forced to deal with the wrongful death of their infants since 2000. Even more children have died from other crib-related injuries. The federal government and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, ...
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  • Tennessee truck driver kills three in trucking accident

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Jul 20, 2011

    When you get on the road, you expect other drivers to drive with the same care and concern as you. It is reasonable to assume that drivers will be safe and aware of what's going on around them, especially when they drive something as large and potentially destructive as a tractor-trailer. A Tennessee truck driver, however, apparently failed to exercise adequate care and the results are tragic. A ...
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  • The Impact of Gov Haslam's Tort Reform Bill on Medical Malpractice Cases

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Jul 20, 2011

    I am speaking today on the Impact of Gov. Haslam's Tort Reform Bill on Medical Malpractice Cases. I am doing this seminar, along with Steve Anderson, for the Nashville Bar Association. We will be discussing the 750,000 caps on damages and the $1,000,000 cap on catastrophic damages. For more information, visit The Impact of Gov Haslam's Tort Reform Bill on Medical Malpractice Cases. There are ...
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  • 18-year-old firefighter crashes fire truck in Unicoi County

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Jul 15, 2011

    Emergency responders are meant to assist the general public in their time of need. Responders are trained to be excellent drivers and it is reasonable to expect them not to cause further damage to persons or property. A recent fire truck accident in Unicoi County, however, is calling into question the ability of younger emergency responders to operate large emergency vehicles. After an 18-year-old ...
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  • Tennessee veterans claim veterans' hospital caused infection

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Jul 13, 2011

    Veterans have given a lot to the United States. Many have suffered wounds and injuries while serving overseas. After a veteran's duty is over, it is only reasonable to provide him or her with health care through the Veterans' Administration (VA) hospital system. Twenty-one Tennessee veterans are now claiming, however, that they were infected with HIV, hepatitis B, or hepatitis C after undergoing a ...
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  • New Tennessee law caps personal injury pain and suffering damages

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Jul 9, 2011

    When a party is injured and files a personal injury claim, he or she doesn't think that there will be a cap on how much he or she can recover for pain and suffering. Governor Bill Haslam, however, has recently signed into law a bill that caps noneconomic damages. He believes this will improve Tennessee's business environment, reports the Chattanooga Times Free Press. The bill, which has been an ...
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  • Nashville police admit texting crackdown is not productive

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Jul 6, 2011

    Texting while driving is in an extremely dangerous activity. In 2009, 5,500 people died because of distracted driving. Nashville police argue that driving while texting is about the same as driving while drunk. Although texting while driving has been illegal in Tennessee since 2009, The Tennessean reports there have only been 62 texting while driving citations issued. Nashville police tried to ...
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  • Music City 10k - Happy 4th of July - Not Alone

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Jul 4, 2011

    I ran the Music City 10k this morning - along with 3 of my children, who did the 5k run. The run benefitted Not Alone. Not Alone is a non-profit organization that exists to empower warriors, veterans, and their families by providing confidential, no-cost support, programs, and resources that help them face the challenges of life after war. For more information on Not Alone, visit ...
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  • Safety First - Prevent Serious Injuries to Bike Riders

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Jul 3, 2011

    Safety is important factor in preventing serious injuries to bike riders. We all know that personal injury or death can happen when a car driver is distracted or does not pay attention to bike riders. After years of more and more accidents between bike riders and cars, the Tennessee Legislature has finally passed a law giving more protection to bicycle riders. This law is meant to cut down on ...
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  • Boating Safety - Fourth of July Weekend

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Jul 2, 2011

    As we enter the Holiday 4th of July Weekend, it is a good time to be reminded of boating safety. Just as drunk driving can cause serious injury or wrongful death , so can operating a boat under the influence of alcohol. Driving a boat while impaired is illegal and dangerous. Please don't do it. Plan ahead. Designate a boat driver who is not drinking. Be aware of your circumstances and others ...
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