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December 2016 News

Differing views on seat belts in school buses in Tennessee

There are differing views regarding seat belts on school buses in the state of Tennessee even after a fatal accident took the lives of six elementary school children in November.
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Family alleges defective design in Woodmore school bus death

The attorney for the parents of a young girl who perished in the Woodmore Elementary School Bus Crash in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on Monday, Nov. 21, 2016, has filed a lawsuit against the bus' maker, Thomas Built Buses, court records show. The bus' driver Johnthony Walker, his [...]
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Antibiotic-resistant germs focus of hospital injury penalties

Antibiotic-resistant germs are the focus of the latest hospital injury penalties from the federal government.
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43 states reach settlement for the drug Abilify

The state of Tennessee, along with 42 others, has reached a settlement with drug manufacturer Bristol-Myers Squibb Company for the drug Abilify. Attorneys general from 43 states reached the settlement with the company for a total of $19.5 million.
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Understanding Tennessee's Lemon Law

Tennessee's "Lemon Law" was put in place to protect buyers of new cars from being seriously injured or killed as a result of buying defective or substantially impaired motor vehicles. Any car that was sold or leased after Jan. 1, 1987, is considered a "lemon" if the [...]
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The infamous McDonald's hot coffee case: Who sides with Stella?

If only Stella's morning was as idyllic as the one in this picture... Liebeck v. McDonald's Restaurants
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Nashville veterans hospital sued for wrongful death of soldier

The Nashville veteran's hospital has been sued by the parents of a soldier who claim the staff's negligence led to his death. The soldier, a 26-year-old U.S. Army vet who served three tours in the Middle East, died in October of 2014.
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The latest information regarding DePuy hip replacements

At one time, people in need of hip surgery viewed metal-on-metal hip replacement devices manufactured by DePuy Orthopedics, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, as a miracle. Unfortunately, it soon became apparent that these devices were not the solution people once believed they [...]
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What factors make a drug defective?

Both prescription and over-the-counter drugs play a large role in helping the population stay healthy. From medicines that regulate blood pressure to life-saving drugs that prevent heart attacks or strokes, there is no question that Tennessee residents place a high value on [...]
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Mother files wrongful death lawsuit over loss of daughter

The mother of a 21-year-old Tennessee woman has filed a wrongful death lawsuit over her daughter's death. The victim was found dead while camping with a group of people at Center Hill Lake.
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Is it wrong to assume that self-driving cars won't have safety or design defects?

Earlier today, we wrote about a new law in Tennessee, named in honor of Lara Gass, who lost her life in an auto accident caused by a major defect in her used Saturn Ion. (The defect was in the ignition switch, which would turn off the brakes, power steering, and airbags, [...]
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What is Lara's Law?

Lara's Law is the result of Bill TN-SB1489, which was filed for introduction in Tennessee in January 2016. The law is named after a young law student, Lara Gass, who perished in 2014 due to an auto defect. SB1489 was recommended for passage by the Senate on Mar. 7, 2016; [...]
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An exploration of design and manufacturing defect differences

As product liability attorneys serving Tennessee residents, we know how confusing topics concerning design and manufacturing defects can be to injured victims. These victims have already received devastating injuries or lost a loved one because of a defective product. They need [...]
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$1 billion verdict against Johnson & Johnson for hip implants

A $1 billion verdict has been reached for the defective medical product Pinnacle hip implant from Johnson & Johnson, according to The Legal Examiner.
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How long Will an Accident Stay on my Record?

Accidents stink. If the accident was your fault or classified as "no-fault," the accident itself is just the beginning of your worries. Now you have a tainted record and increasing insurance rates in addition to dealing with car repairs.
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How do I safely drive around large trucks?

Big rigs consume our interstates. Driving beside them can be intimidating, and hearing about accidents only increases our uneasiness. Blind spots, large turning radiuses, and long stopping distances are all reasons to take precautions.
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There is more than one type of concussion

If you are involved in an accident, it's important to understand that your health is priority number one.
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