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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.

Tennessee: A dangerous place for motorcyclists?

Motorcyclists can face significant safety risks when out riding. Sadly, thousands of motorcyclists lose their lives out on America’s roads each year. For example, the motorcyclist fatality total for the nation in 2016 was 5,286.

An unfortunate reality for motorcyclists in today’s world is that they can face a higher likelihood of dying out on the roads than occupants of cars. An analysis of traffic fatality data points to the fatality rate for passengers and operators being six times higher for motorcycles than it is for passenger cars here in the United States.

How to deal with insurers after a car accident

Working with an insurance company is no walk in the park. Neither are car accidents. The two combined can lead to a lot of stress. If you are in the wake of an auto accident, you have already dealt with the other driver and investigators on the scene. You diligently contacted your insurance in those 24 hours.

When we think of insurance, we think of protection. But if you give the wrong information, it could sabotage a claim.

Three ways to avoid a speeding ticket on your way to work

You picked up a bad habit. You are constantly rushing out of the house and transferring that energy to your car. You do not want to be late but if you keep up this habit, you are exposing yourself to getting a speeding ticket. Who wants to deal with the inconvenience and fines that come along with a traffic violation?

You can avoid this whole situation by changing up your morning routine. Doing this may save you the stress of worrying about when your morning speeding will catch up with you.

Safety first, what to know before your children go swimming

Before your kids head out to the pool this summer, please prepare them.

The kids just want to have fun. As parents, first and foremost, you want your children to be safe. About 10 people die from drowning on a day-to-day basis. Amongst children from ages 1 to 14, unintentional drowning is the second leading cause of death. No need to push the panic button. As long as they take a few safety precautions, they can enjoy the waters. Remember, teaching your children how to swim may be a lifesaving skill.

Best practices for safe lifting

When lifting is part of your job, it seems like it's never the medium-sized box in the posters. Often the things you have to lift are awkward to carry and you have to bend and twist to get to them. These situations can increase the risk of a potential injury.

There is no shortage of advice for safe lifting to prevent injury, but what do you do when the advice isn't practical for what you do every day?

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