Police Officer Killed on Interstate and Other Accident-Attorney News

Standing or walking along the highway is extremely dangerous, and it’s why so many highway construction workers suffer injuries every year. Likewise, it’s common to read about good Samaritans exiting their vehicles to help stranded motorists along the shoulder, before a reckless driver strikes both parties.

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Accident-Lawyer News: Police Determine No Fault in Crash

After any car accident causes injuries or a significant amount of property damage, local police conduct a thorough investigation to determine whether or not to make arrests and issue citations. Even if they don’t take any further action, these reports are particularly useful for any drivers involved who wish to file a personal-injury lawsuit.

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Accident-Lawyer News: Hit-And-Run Roundup

Hit and runs have become an epidemic in the United States. Although there is no central location for hit-and-run car accident statistics, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that one in five pedestrian deaths involves a hit and run. The AAA Foundation believes that the number of drivers who leave the scene of an accident each year is increasingly dramatically.

 

One look at the local news confirms these suspicions. In Tennessee, hit-and-run drivers who cause property damage face fines, 30 days in jail and a possible license suspension. However, those drivers who cause an injury or death spend up to one year in jail and must pay harsher fines. The prosecutor also has the option to charge the suspect with a felony if police determine that the driver knew that the accident caused the injury.

Many people criticize these laws, complaining that the penalties are not severe enough, giving drunk drivers incentive to leave the scene and sober up to avoid a DUI. Fortunately, victims of hit-and-run drivers have the option to file civil lawsuits to find justice and recover compensation for their injuries.

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3 Ways To Use Your Smartphone After A Crash

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, so this post should come with a word of caution: it’s never safe to use your smartphone while driving. That said, your phone can prove very useful after you’ve been in a car accident with a distracted driver.

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Reckless Drivers Kill TN Teens

It’s difficult to fathom the amount of grief that a parent experiences after losing a child, especially when a negligent driver is to blame in a hit-and-run accident. Two sets of Tennessee parents face the impossible task of burying their children this month after preventable car accidents took the lives of a 19-year-old and a 14-year-old.

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Personal-Injury Lawyer Regarding Nursing Home Abuse

Most personal-injury lawsuits center on accidents where negligence played a role. Few involve any maliciousness or premeditated acts. However, one of the more unconscionable types of a personal-injury lawsuit regards nursing home abuse.

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Tennessee-Based Hospital Sued

Losing a loved one is devastating no matter the circumstances, but losing them because of a doctor’s negligence or recklessness is infuriating. To make matters worse, doctors almost never face criminal charges even if their actions are extremely dangerous, which means that your only recourse to find justice is through a medical-malpractice lawsuit.

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In Tennessee, suing a doctor is now much easier said than done. Lobbyists relentlessly—and successfully—pressured the legislature to make malpractice lawsuits difficult to win for patients. That said, many cases still stand a good chance of winning. You may be wondering how you can determine whether or not your case is worth pursuing.

At Grimmett Law Firm, PLLC, we believe that you deserve to know whether or not you have a strong case before paying a dime, which is why we offer a free consultation to anyone considering a medical-malpractice lawsuit. To speak with a personal-injury lawyer in Nashville about your case, call 1-877-900-4878.

A Tennessee Medical Company Faces A Medical-Malpractice Lawsuit After Patient Dies

Philly.com reports that the family of E. Steven Collins recently filed a lawsuit against the hospital where he died. Last September, Collins walked into the hospital complaining of difficulty breathing, pain and pressure in his chest and clammy skin. His doctor discovered that Collins had very high blood pressure and ordered an electrocardiogram.

Any experienced doctor would look at those symptoms and know that Collins was experiencing a heart attack. However, his doctor neglected to consult a heart specialist and decided to treat Collins only for the high blood pressure.

Unfortunately, the drug that he administered lowered Collins’s blood pressure to unsafe limits, and the strain on his heart only increased. The hospital staff claims that they planned to transfer him to a medical center better equipped for treatment, but he died three hours later without receiving any treatment for his heart attack.

His Family Claims That He Could Have Survived If The Situation Had Been Handled Differently

When a person experiences a heart attack, it is vital that they receive blood-thinning medication as soon as possible, which is why doctors advise you to chew an Aspirin if you ever suffer a heart attack.

Had the emergency room doctor called for a cardiologist, Collins may still be alive today. He leaves behind a loving wife and two children. His widow filed the lawsuit, naming the hospital, the doctor and the Tennessee-based medical company.

If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury while being treated at a hospital, we can help you decide if pursuing a lawsuit is the right next step. If it is, we will gather evidence to support your claim and find expert witnesses if necessary. To learn more about our services, call 1-877-900-4878.

Ways That The THP Is Targeting Negligent Drivers

All over the United States, lawmakers and law enforcement are making efforts to curb distracted drivers. Tennessee was the 10th state to institute a texting and driving ban. Five years later, the legislature is set to augment the ban, making it even tougher on distracted drivers, but our politicians aren’t the only ones who take the issue seriously.

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The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) has been doing its part to enforce the ban and make the highways safer for everyone. In fact, there were three news stories this week about different efforts that the THP is making to catch distracted and impaired drivers. Below, you’ll find a quick summary of each article.

If you have been injured by a distracted, impaired or reckless driver, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries that can be put toward paying for medical care. At Grimmett Law Firm, PLLC, we take pride in helping Tennesseans find justice through personal injury lawsuits. If you are looking for a dedicated accident lawyer in Nashville, Call Us At 1-877-900-4878 Today!

1. Through Enforcement Campaigns That Target Distracted Drivers

WMCTV reports that THP plans to conduct a 12-hour, sweeping campaign of Tennessee. During the campaign, it will use the due-dare law, which is a vague piece of legislation that allows law enforcement to ticket reckless drivers.

The patrol plans to use the law to look for drivers who aren’t wearing seatbelts or who are distracted by their cell phones or GPS. Depending on how the campaign goes, the patrol may incorporate the due-dare law into everyday use.

2. Using Helicopters

According to WBBJTV, the THP has created a plan, dubbed “Operation Smoke,” which aims to curb distracted driving using aerial support. The THP helicopter will be put to good use, flying up and down the highways looking for reckless and distracted drivers.

The agency has made it clear that they are looking for any type of distracted driving. Although texting is a dangerous offense that must be addressed, the patrol will cite any driver who is eating, applying makeup or otherwise not focusing on the road.

3. Increasing Patrols Over St. Patrick’s Day

WBBJTV reports that last St. Patrick’s Day 13 Tennesseans died in car accidents. In an effort to decrease the number of fatalities this year, THP plans to increase the number of traffic officers looking for impaired drivers.

In 2014, THP has already been cracking down on drunk drivers, arresting 1,535 drivers for DUI so far this year.

If you’ve been injured by a distracted or impaired driver, you know that a ticket or a DUI charge doesn’t feel like justice. Sure, it serves to punish the driver, but it does nothing to help the victim who suffers constantly from their injuries. If you find yourself in that situation, let us help you decide is a personal-injury lawsuit is warranted. Call Us At 1-877-900-4878 Today!

 

Stories About Medical Malpractice

Although it has been overshadowed recently by the Affordable Care Act and immigration reform, medical malpractice remains a hot topic in the United States. Legislators call for reform and discuss putting caps on the amount that can be recovered, while others point to malpractice insurance as the area that is deserving of change.

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We believe that more focus should be paid to the victims of medical malpractice. At the end of the day, they are the ones who suffer the most and the ones that these laws were created to protect. At the Grimmett Law Firm, PLLC, we are dedicated to working with malpractice victims to help then find the compensation they need to pay their medical bills and find some peace of mind.

If you are suffering from injuries caused by medical malpractice and are looking for a personal-injury lawyer in Nashville to help you file your lawsuit, we can help. To learn more about our services and to get started on your case, Call Us At 1-877-900-4878 Today!

1. Cosmetic Surgery Leaves Women With Ongoing Medical Problems

After undergoing an abdominoplasty, which is designed to tighten stomach muscles and remove excess tissue from the area, Kathie Pagan experienced severe complications. M Live explains Pagan was well aware of the possible complications, so her malpractice suit is not based on the issue itself but on how much worse it became because of her surgeon’s actions.

She complained to the surgeon about the infection that had grown within the wound and, on multiple occasions, he cleaned it and prescribed medication but refused to give her information to a wound-care specialist as she requested.

The infection grew so bad that her stomach is permanently deformed and she is no longer able to jog and exercise as she once did. This month, jurors awarded her $1.3 million.

2. Multiple Infections Lead To Amputation, Medical Malpractice Lawsuit

After Donald Shultz broke his ankle in 2005, he was treated by a doctor who found evidence that the injury caused a strange disorder to develop, leading to nerve damage on his little toe. Unhappy with the medical care he was receiving, Shultz switch doctors.

Buffalo News reports that his new doctor recommended surgery to treat the disorder, and Shultz agreed. Later, when the surgeon told him that the toe needed to be amputated, Shultz agreed again. An infection that resulted from the first surgery necessitated another toe amputation, then an amputation below the knee, followed by another final amputation of the entire leg.

Shultz’s malpractice lawsuit claimed that the multiple infections were evidence of malpractice. His jury agreed, awarding him $9.1 million.

If you are planning to file a malpractice claim, you’ll need an experienced attorney on your side who can help you find expert witnesses, gather evidence and structure your case. To find out more about how an attorney can help, Call Us At 1-877-900-4878 Today!

Medical Malpractice News Roundup From Your Personal-Injury Lawyer

Imagine that you go to your doctor—a doctor you trust. He knows more about medicine and treatment than you ever will, so you put your faith in him, assuming that he will give your health issue the attention it deserves.

Now, imagine that a routine treatment leaves you disfigured or that a misdiagnosis leaves you crippled. The men and women who file medical-malpractice lawsuits know exactly how that feels. On the whole, doctors are smart and trustworthy people. But sometimes, inattention leads to disaster for the patient.

Negligent medical care is not harmless and certainly not victimless. When a person is injured by the reckless behavior of a doctor or other health-care professional, they need an advocate who can help them find justice through a civil lawsuit. They need a personal-injury lawyer.

If you find yourself in need of a personal-injury lawyer in Nashville, consider giving us a call. At The Grimmett Law Firm, PLLC, we will listen to your story and help you find the compensation that you deserve. To schedule a consultation with our firm, Call Us At 1-877-900-4878 Today!

Improper Sterilization Leads To Brain Disorders

Medical malpractice is not isolated to any one part of the country. It is present in every state. The LA Times reports that at least 18 patients have been exposed to a serious and incurable brain disease.

Here’s how it happened: When a patient is suspected of having Creutzfeld-Jakob disease, the instruments used to conduct a surgery on that patient undergo a special sterilization process to neutralize any remnants of the disease. In other words, the normal sterilization method just won’t cut it.

One hospital failed to properly sterilize the equipment before operating on more patients, possibly exposing dozens of patients to the disease. What’s worse, the disease is incurable and can claim a victim’s life within six months of the onset of symptoms. The hospital settled with various patients after lawsuits were filed.

Negligent Surgeon Leaves Patient In Coma

According to Lawyers and Settlements News, a heart surgery patient is in a vegetative state after a surgeon abruptly left the operating room before the surgery was complete. The family of the victim claims that the surgeon left for a luncheon, allowing a surgical assistant to finish the surgery.

The victim is currently on life support, and his family has filed a medical-malpractice lawsuit over the injuries against both the surgeon and the hospital. Preliminary reports suggest that the assistant was grossly under qualified, and the patient stopped breathing during the second half of the surgery.

If you or a loved one has been injured and you believe that the injury was a result of medical malpractice, give us a call. At the Grimmett Law Firm, PLLC, we have served more than 1,000 clients in Nashville, so you can rely on our experience. To schedule a consultation, Call Us At 1-877-900-4878 Today!

 

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