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A nurse dies post-surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center

A Midstate woman died in April 2017 after a surgical resident at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) inadvertently punctured an artery. This month, her family filed a lawsuit against the Tennessee hospital where she ultimately died.

The victim in this case was placed in the intensive care unit (ICU) after showing up at VUMC complaining of a kidney infection. During her stay there, her son said that his mom's condition slowly improved.

Boosting safety at various types of Tennessee worksites

As a Tennessee worker, you know you have the right to seek workers' compensation benefits in the event you suffer an injury at work. These benefits include recompense of medical expenses and a portion of wages you lost while recovering. Before an accident takes place, however, you also have the right to a reasonably safe workplace and the training necessary to do your job safely. 

Employers have the responsibility of reducing hazards wherever possible and giving workers all of the tools they need to be safe and productive. Workplace safety should be a top priority, whether you work in an office or on a construction site. Jobsite safety is a particularly pressing concern in jobs that are inherently risky.

Bus accident injures 2 in Knoxville

Two Tennessee motorists were injured when a school bus crashed into a pickup truck along Beaumont Avenue in Knoxville during rush hour on Feb. 27.

Calls from area residents first started flooding into police dispatch just after 8:30 a.m. that Wednesday morning. When officers arrived at the crash scene at the intersection of College Street and Beaumont Avenue, they found a disabled school bus full of kids and a Ford F250 pickup truck nearby.

You can sue a grocery store if you're hurt inside or outside it

From freshly mopped or polished floors to spilled food products or drinks and even water tracked in from outside on a rainy day, all of these can cause you to slip and fall at a grocery store. Although thousands of people have these types of accidents each year across Tennessee and the rest of the United States, few victims realize that they can sue for injuries that they suffer at grocery stores.

While many grocery stores are quick to send over a staff person to clean up a spill in an aisle in the store, they often don't have the same sense of urgency when it comes to having someone bring in a ladder to change a light bulb. When lighting is poor, multiple individuals may lose their footing because they don't see a hazard as they come upon it.

You're not guaranteed disability benefits in the long term

If you receive disability payments, then you're probably well aware that disability benefits are not guaranteed forever. One of the most common reasons that benefits can be stopped is when the Social Security Administration (SSA) decides that you no longer have a disabling condition that prevents you from working. You may wonder how they decide if you can.

At different intervals, the SSA may audit your file.

A Harriman man is killed by a drugged driver in Anderson County

A 36-year-old Clinton man has been arrested and charged with both vehicular homicide and driving under the influence (DUI) charges for his role in causing a fatal crash in Anderson County on the evening of Feb. 8.

According to a spokesperson with the Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP), the Clinton man had been driving his Kia Spectra southbound along Clinton Highway at around 5:30 p.m. when he suddenly crossed the center line into oncoming traffic near its intersection with Shepard Lane. The defendant allegedly struck a 64-year-old Harriman man's Chevy Cavalier head-on in the process.

My Social Security Disability claim was denied. Now what?

People who cannot work due to disability may face a great deal of public scrutiny. Others often assume they are lazy, entitled or just don't want to work. If you are a person who has a disability that prevents you from working, you know that is just not the case.

Fortunately, Social Security Disability exists so that those who are unable to work can still have basic needs met. Every person who wishes to receive these benefits must complete an application process, but many claims are denied. Some sources say that the majority of claims are rejected initially, so don't lose heart if yours is one of them. There are ways that you can file an appeal for your case.

What causes trucking accidents?

The trucking industry is a vital part of the nationwide economy. We rely on trucks to transport various goods. There is no doubt that truck drivers work hard, long hours and deserve our respect and thanks for the work they do.

Despite how prevalent and necessary they can be, trucks still pose a danger to the public. Trucking accidents can be devastating to victims due to their immense size in comparison to most other motor vehicles. If you or someone you know has been hurt in an accident with a tractor trailer, you likely have questions you want answered. Here are some helpful facts about trucking accidents that can give you more information.

Virtual reality company aims to curb manufacturing worker deaths

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were as many as 2.8 million workers that were hurt on the job in 2017. One of the most dangerous industries to work in is manufacturing. Some 40 percent of workers are hurt during their first 12 months on the job and over 60 percent of those are injured during the first three months. Most injuries occur because of a lack of on-the-job training.

One tech entrepreneur is trying to change those statistics.

Time is critical when filing suit in child burn cases

Data compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Safe Kids Campaign shows that the top five causes of accidental injuries to children include burns, motor vehicle crashes, poisonings, drownings and falls.

Children are particularly vulnerable to burns. These types of injuries don't just result from fires but can be caused by an electrical or chemical exposure or close contact with a hot liquid or object.

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