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January 2017 News

Common damages in a wrongful death lawsuit

Wrongful death lawsuits are common in Tennessee for various reasons, but almost all of them have common damages sought by the plaintiff. Whether its products liability, manufacturer negligence, defective products, improper safety inspections or defective product design, wrongful [...]
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What are the requirements for medical device reporting?

The Food and Drug Administration receives hundreds of thousands of reports each year about injuries, malfunctions and deaths related to medical devices. One way the FDA monitors medical devices is through medical device reporting. It is also used to detect possible safety issues [...]
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Understanding your rights in a dangerous or defective drug case

Over the years, pharmaceutical companies have made billions of dollars on drugs, with various levels of safety parameters and sometimes questionable quality controls. All drugs have side effects; some more than others. In some cases, the injuries that occur as a result of taking [...]
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Will more recall repairs be handled remotely in the future?

Software is playing an increasingly large role in the operation of motor vehicles. Many newer cars have built-in technology that helps spot road hazards and notifies the driver of the hazard or even causes the car to take action, such as braking, on its own.
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Manufacturing defects and your products liability claim

Defects in manufacturing occur when a product functions in a way in which is was not intended. Such as a pace maker designed to last 20 years, malfunctioning after five years or a bottle that is supposed to be child proof, that can be easily opened by one. If these type defects [...]
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Federal agency looks to restrict deadly paint removal chemical

The Environmental Protection Agency is looking to ban a chemical that is used in paint stripper due to it causing the death of dozens, causing heart attacks in some and asphyxiating others.
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Insurance providers in Tennessee won't be overjoyed by the $842M Gatlinburg fire estimates

Steve Ahillen's Jan. 18 report in the Knoxville News Sentinel doesn't mention any insurance disputes over the 2016 Gatlinburg wildfires, but what it does mention is the unexpected $842 million in insurance claims, above the original $500 million estimate.
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Common types of Tennessee auto defects

Auto defects can cause serious accidents when operating a motor vehicle, which is why you need to be informed of any recalls issued for your car or truck. Vehicle manufacturers are held to a standard when it comes to producing vehicles so they do not injure operators or [...]
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Takata to pay $1B in 'world's biggest automotive safety recall'

According to Reuters, only 12.5 million inflators have been fixed, out of 70 million. On the heels of today's earlier blog post about products liability, we have a Reuters report on airbag manufacturer Takata, which has been ordered as part of a settlement with the Justice [...]
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What is Tennessee product liability?

Thousands of people are injured each year across the United States because of defective or dangerous products. The laws surrounding product liability are much different than the laws surrounding injury law, which makes it easier for injured parties to recover damages incurred.
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Making sense of medical device recalls

Medical device recalls occur when a company learns that an issue with their device has resulted in a problem. When either the manufacturer or designer discovers or are made aware of the defective or malfunctioning medical product, it is then that it is recalled. A correction [...]
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Trial begins for pharmacist tied to fatal meningitis outbreak

The trial of a pharmacist tied to a fatal meningitis outbreak has begun. The pharmacist worked at a compounding pharmacy in Massachusetts that was blamed for a national meningitis outbreak in 2012.
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How designers and manufacturers can be held liable for defects

Each day across Tennessee, another individual sustains permanent injury or death as a result of using a defective product, be it as large as a car or as small as a cellphone. In filing a lawsuit against the product's manufacturer, the burden falls on the accuser to prove what, [...]
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Drug Recalls Pose Safety Concerns

A recall is when a company takes a product off the market. The action can be of the company's own will or requested by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration), the agency responsible for handling food related recalls, including drugs.
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Why Should I Register My Products?

Registering your products is good for you and the company. It may seem like a waste of time, but there are benefits to consider.
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How Long Does a Car Accident Settlement Take?

When a car accident occurs, especially when there is an injury, victims often ask "What is the time frame on receiving a settlement?"
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What are Tennessee's auto recall laws?

Tennessee has several laws in place that protect consumers against the dangers of auto defects.
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Push for cheaper hearing aids leads to ease in FDA regulations

Some of the regulations for hearing aids by the Food and Drug Administration have been dropped in a push for cheaper products on the market. There has been pushback for the proposal, though, and it has come from audiologists. They claim that inexpensive hearing aids will not [...]
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Violations lead to $2.5 million in fines for auto parts supplier

The death of a 20-year-old woman at an auto parts plant has led to a host of fines and citations levied by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
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