Blog Posts in June, 2011

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  • Head-on collision involving stolen SUV leaves two critically injured in Madison

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Jun 30, 2011

    An employee of the Nashville Fire Department was the victim of a shocking car accident Thursday morning in the Madison neighborhood of northeast Nashville. The near-head-on collision that occurred just before 11:00 a.m. Thursday left two people critically injured, and it appears that the other driver was not only driving on a revoked license but also had stolen the SUV he was driving. According to ...
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  • Commercial trucking one of Tennessee's most dangerous jobs

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Jun 28, 2011

    The economic model of commercial trucking has drivers working long hours and driving for mind-numbingly long stretches at a time - both factors that contribute to all-too-frequent highway crashes. This is part of why long-haul truckers have been ranked as having one of Tennessee's most dangerous jobs. While the job is no doubt dangerous for truck drivers, it is equally or perhaps more dangerous ...
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  • Randy Kinnard Honored with Prestigious Award from Tennessee Association for Justice

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

    Nashville, Tenn., June 27, 2011 - The Tennessee Association for Justice (TAJ) has honored Randy Kinnard, founding partner of Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge in Nashville, with a coveted TAJ Paladin Award. The award recognizes TAJ Members who have achieved outstanding results for a client despite great obstacles and who have worked tirelessly to protect the civil justice system. Kinnard is one of ...
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  • Driver fatigue may be responsible for up to 31 percent of bus and trucking accidents

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Jun 24, 2011

    Several shocking commercial bus accidents over the past few months have put the spotlight on federal regulations and industry practices in both the motor coach and commercial trucking industries. According to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), studies show that between 13 and 31 percent of commercial bus and trucking accidents are caused by driver fatigue -- and the industries' ...
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  • Smyrna woman claims medical malpractice by MTMC in blood transfusion

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Jun 18, 2011

    When a 48-year-old woman from Smyrna was scheduled for a hysterectomy in April, there was a possibility she would need to receive blood during the surgery, which is true for most surgeries, so she received pre-surgery blood work to determine her blood type. During surgery, she was given two units of blood. Unfortunately, apparently due to a mistake at the hospital, that blood was the wrong type. ...
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  • Preventing Medical Malpractice Requires Better Teamwork by Providers

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Jun 17, 2011

    Atul Gawande is a surgeon, a medical school professor and an accomplished author. He is also one of the health care system's most articulate critics - calling, for example, for greater use of checklists to prevent surgical errors . In his recent commencement address at Harvard Medical, Gawande again aimed his thoughtful, reform-minded criticism at the way medical care is delivered in America. Some ...
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  • Tort Reform Bill Signed, Lawyers "Disappointed"

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Jun 17, 2011

    Haslam's signature is making waves in the legal world. Former President of Tennessee's Association For Justice uses the word disappointed to describe his feelings on the law, which also completely wipes out the jury. "They have stepped into the jury box and taken away the vote of the jurors, and I don't think Tennesseans like that," said Randy Kannard. "No matter how bad they were, no matter how ...
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  • TDOT: Fatal accidents on the rise in Cumberland County

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

    The incidence of fatal accidents in Cumberland County this year is already higher than last year, according to the Tennessee Department of Transportation, with 12 fatalities from car, truck and motorcycle accidents so far this year. As a result, law enforcement is planning saturation patrols in the area starting this weekend. The saturation patrols will focus on I-40 and other major roadways in ...
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  • Prevent car accidents during Teen Driver Safety week: June 12-18

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Jun 11, 2011

    For teen drivers, the first six to 12 months, or the first 1,000 miles of driving, are critical. Those early months of driving experience are when inexperienced drivers are at their lifetime's highest risk of being in a car accident -- and motor vehicle accidents are the number 1 killer of teens in the U.S. Gradual exposure to driving, with limits on higher-risk situations and plenty of parental ...
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  • Medicaid will no longer pay when patients suffer from medical malpractice

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Jun 10, 2011

    If a Medicaid patient is injured or sickened by medical malpractice , should the doctor whose negligence was to blame be paid for his or her services? Under the Affordable Care Act (the health care reform law sometimes referred to as "Obamacare"), the answer is now "no." The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has just issued new rules prohibiting states from using Medicaid funds to pay ...
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  • Two Mt. Juliet officers hurt in car accidents while chasing runaway teen

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

    "Any kind of vehicle used recklessly is a weapon," says Mt. Juliet's chief of police. "I don't know what was in his mind. I don't know what he was thinking, but his actions put my officers and Lebanon officers in immediate danger." The chief was speaking of a police chase Wednesday night that spanned the cities of Mt. Juliet and Lebanon. The chase began when a 17-year-old ran away from the ...
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  • Four-year-old Chapmansboro girl recovering after lawnmower accident

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

    "I just got run over," says a four-year-old girl who was severely injured last month in a tragic lawnmower accident at the home of a family friend. Injuries to children are always heart-wrenching, and this one is especially unfortunate because neither the girl's family nor the family involved in the lawnmower accident has insurance. They are relying on community donations to offset her medical ...
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