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Is possession of drug paraphernalia illegal in Tennessee?

While many American states have accepted the nonmedical use of marijuana, Tennessee remains steadfastly against recreational drug use. As such, many of the items linked to the use and possession of drugs are also illegal. This means that you could face arrest if law enforcement catches you with paraphernalia.

Although possession of drug paraphernalia may seem like a minor offense, you could still face harsh penalties if convicted. Most paraphernalia offenses are charged as misdemeanors, but offenses in which the defendant passes paraphernalia on to minors will result in felony charges. In either case, building a strong criminal defense against paraphernalia possession charges is critical to minimize the possible consequences.

Product liability and what to do with the item that harmed you

Whether it is a defective drug, a faulty auto part or simply a dangerous household product, your first instinct after suffering injury is to dispose of the product. As product liability attorneys, we want you to know that this is a mistake and may have a negative effect on any legal solution you may wish to pursue.

Unless the product poses an immediate and serious danger to you or to others, it is crucial to preserve the item in the same condition it was in when you were injured. Like other residents of Tennessee, you may wonder what this means and what you should actually do with the product. We will offer you a few tips to keep you from suffering additional injuries while preserving the product as evidence.

No witness to your work place injury? What you should do

When a workplace accident occurs, it is up to the employee to prove that it was an on-the-job accident before they can qualify for workers compensation. This is typically done by building up a preponderance of evidence. This evidence will usually include documenting key factors relating to the accident and presenting witness testimony. However, what if there was no witness around to vouch for the accident? While it is more difficult to prove a workplace injury case without a witness, it can certainly be done. Here are a few things you should do following your injury that can greatly enhance your chances of getting the compensation you deserve.

What must victims prove in a personal injury claim?

Carelessness, negligence and reckless behaviors often lead to personal injury for innocent victims. Examples of negligent events that cause such injury include car accidents, medical malpractice, slips-and-falls and defective products. Unfortunately, even the most clear-cut cases of personal injury must be proven in a legal setting before victims or the families of victims can achieve success.

In the interest of helping Tennessee residents determine if they have grounds to move forward with a personal injury action, the following section explains the most important elements of an injury claim. This information, combined with the guidance an experienced attorney provides, can give victims the power to hold all responsible parties to account.

Intersection crash kills motorcyclist in Tennessee

A motorcyclist is dead after a tragic accident in Tennessee. Police recently released more information about the accident, although the investigation remains ongoing.

According to the most recent reports, the wreck happened where Hamill Road intersects with Highway 153. A motorist pulled up to the intersection and stopped to wait for the traffic to pass. That vehicle was facing the cars in the southbound lanes, but the woman behind the wheel was waiting for the northbound traffic to get through the intersection.

Does workers' compensation cover all work injuries?

Suffering an injury in a workplace accident affects employees and their families in many ways. In severe injuries, medical treatment and sometimes even physical rehabilitation may be necessary to recover fully. Many injuries also mean missing work for a time, sometimes just for a few days and other times for weeks or months.

Obviously, injured workers need assistance to cover the expenses related to workplace injuries and to help replace lost income. This is why the workers' compensation system exists. The program provides benefits to injured workers while protecting employers from lawsuits. Without workers' compensation, the legal system would become bogged down by work-related injury cases. As you can see, this system is not only beneficial for all parties, it is a necessary component of the American work system.

A sick semi driver may be the cause of your truck accident

Cold and flu season is just around the corner. Soon, people across the country will be experiencing the symptoms associated with these illnesses, and that includes truck drivers and other motor vehicle operators.

Unfortunately, drivers suffering from the flu or even a cold are typically debilitated to some degree, sometimes so much so that it leads to major collisions. As you know, these accidents often come with severe or catastrophic injuries.

Experienced an injury due to negligence? Your potential damages

Facing a physical injury due to an individual’s action or inaction is unacceptable under Tennessee law. Perhaps a distracted driver crashed into you, you slipped and fell on an unmaintained storefront, or you faced extreme burns due to a house fire caused by faulty electricity. Under Tennessee law, you have the authority to bring a civil lawsuit to claim substantial damages due to the negligent action of another individual.

The state of Tennessee recognizes the loss – both economical and noneconomical – that comes with serious and traumatic personal injury and works to compensate you through a civil proceeding. Due to the complicated nature and emotional stress of personal injury claims, it may prove essential to hire an experienced personal injury attorney to help you obtain accurate damages. Though you suffered significantly, you have the right to monetary benefits after you face injury due to another’s negligent action.

Unsafe toys: What every parent needs to know

If you're a parent, one of the worst nightmares you can face is a serious injury to your child.

Unfortunately, a child ends up in an emergency room every three minutes due to injuries from unsafe toys. You can't really rely on a recall to keep your child safe since many recalls come along well after numerous injuries are reported. Recalls also may not be publicized well enough for you to hear about them -- no matter how hard you try to pay attention.

Even misdemeanor criminal convictions have serious consequences

Being labeled a criminal due to a conviction of any kind usually carries long-term consequences. Yet most Tennessee residents fail to take misdemeanor charges seriously. In many cases, people simply do not realize that misdemeanor criminal convictions can change their lives for the worse in significant ways. This lack of understanding often means that defendants do not seek the criminal defense assistance they need to overcome such charges.

In our law firm, we have come to understand the many ways a conviction on misdemeanor charges makes life more difficult for people. Unfortunately, these hardships do not go away after a defendant has paid for his or her alleged crime in accordance with the law. Instead, the fallout of such convictions affect a defendant's professional or personal life in the following ways.

  • Loss of employment opportunities: If potential employers find a misdemeanor conviction in your past, it may cost you lucrative job opportunities.
  • Renting or purchasing a home: Many home lenders view even minor criminal convictions as a warning sign that the person may not be trustworthy. Property managers and owners may also be reluctant to rent a home to someone with a criminal history.
  • Reputation damage: Because most criminal records are available for public viewing, a conviction could damage your reputation. This can cause hardships in your personal life as well as your professional life.
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