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Factors that put you at risk of dying in a car crash

The United States has the highest car crash rate of all countries in the world. Statistics published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in 2015 show that 35,092 individuals lost their lives in car crashes that year. When you look at data regarding these accidents, trends start to emerge as to when and why these fatal crashes occur.

Alcohol is the No. 1 reason that fatal car crashes occur. At least 22,015 of the 35,092 fatal crashes that were reported in the U.S. in 2015 involved someone who had consumed alcohol.

Roundup loses major battle over cancer claim

A federal jury in San Francisco awarded a California man who claimed that his non-Hodgkin lymphoma had been caused by the weedkiller Roundup $80 million earlier this week.

Currently, 11,000 cases are still waiting to be heard on both the state and federal levels. In each of those matters, the plaintiff accuses Roundup of having caused their cancer. One school groundskeeper in California won a $289 million settlement last year for the same reason.

Does random drug testing really prevent workplace injuries?

Nowadays, employers will often tell their prospective employees that their job offer is dependent upon them successfully passing a pre-employment drug test. The main reason that employers have their workers take these is to reduce the chances of an employee having an accident once they start working there. Employers will often have employees take drug tests after an incident happens as well.

Employers have a good reason for asking employees to submit to drug tests. Data published by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependency (NCADD) shows that, of the nearly 15 million Americans who use drugs, 70 percent of them have jobs.

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.

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