Study Finds Aggressive Driving a National Problem

A study by the American Automobile Association and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration highlights the danger that aggressive driving poses to motorists nationwide.

For the purposes of the study, aggressive driving was defined as, "an incident in which an angry or impatient motorist or passenger intentionally injures or kills another motorist, passenger or ... Read More

Injured Tennessee Workers Get Attorney Help With Claims

About a third of Tennessee workers who file workers' compensation claims obtain the assistance of a lawyer in pursuing their claims, according to a survey by the Workers Compensation Research Institute. The WCRI compiled records of nearly 7,000 claims from 11 states and interviewed workers whose on-the-job injuries had happened two or three years... Read More

Tennessee Supreme Court Upholds Worker’s Compensation Stress Claim

This June, the Tennessee Supreme Court ruled in favor of a worker suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) who filed a claim for worker's compensation benefits after witnessing the deaths of two co-workers at the metal recycling company where he worked. The worker's employer appealed the claim, saying he did not file it within the state's... Read More

Car Surfing Takes Life of Tennessee Teen, Highlights Brain Injury Risk

This May, a Chattanooga 17-year-old died in the hospital after trying to ride the hood of a friend's car, an activity known as car surfing. The teen lost his balance and fell off the hood, hitting his head on the asphalt below. The CDC estimates that between 1990 and 2008, car surfing caused 99 serious injuries-58 of them fatal. Often, car surfing accidents result... Read More

New Study Links Mental Health Issues to Chronic Physical Conditions

Russell Wayne Baker, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, once remarked, "Misery no longer loves company. Nowadays it insists on it."

Baker probably wasn't talking about Social Security Disability when he penned these words, but according to one new study, he easily could have been. It seems whatever cosmic powers that be, unsatisfied to afflict individuals merely with a single tribulation,... Read More

Big Win for Employees in Transgender Discrimination Case

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently made a ruling that will make it easier for transgendered workers to file discrimination claims against employers or potential employers. The case centered around a transgendered woman who was trying to get a job as a ballistics technician at the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and... Read More

Tennessee Court Okays Workers’ Compensation Benefits for Mental Injuries

This August, the Tennessee Supreme Court affirmed a trial court decision that awarded an injured employee workers' compensation benefits for a mental impairment that arose out of a workplace injury. The decision should help future injured workers in Tennessee recover appropriate compensation for their injuries, both physical and mental.

Recent Tennessee Workers' Compensation Court... Read More

Seniors Are Safe Drivers but Not Safe as Pedestrians

A new study on drivers challenges the long-standing stereotype that elderly drivers are unsafe drivers. The study revealed that drivers over age 70 are just as likely to cause car accidents as drivers in their twenties. The study analyzed car accident fatalities in the U.K. and found:

  • 13 in 100 million driving trips ended in fatality for drivers under... Read More
Car accident liability in Tennessee rear-end collisions

When dealing with insurance companies after a car accident, the issue of who is liable for the crash often comes into play. Whether another driver's negligence caused a crash can be tricky to prove. In one type of Tennessee car accident, fault nearly always apportioned to the driver of the back car.

Rear-end accidents are almost never the fault of the front... Read More

Workplace injuries and the effect of paid sick leave on numbers of claims

Nearly four million people in the United States are injured in the workplace every year, according to the U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration. In 2010, the incidence of illness and injury caused by the workplace environment amounted to about four per 100 workers. Tennessee workers and employers, take note: it appears that simply having paid sick leave can be one way to reduce... Read More