If you think about it, society doesn’t work very well if we all go around assuming that everyone is out to get us, or that everyone we talk to is lying. As humans living in a society, we pretty much assume the people we are speaking with are not lying to us, are not out to get us, and mean us no harm. And most of the time, that’s the truth, and it is a good way to approach interactions with other humans.
These normal human interactions and suppositions don’t work the same way once you’ve had a car wreck. The reason they don’t work the same way is not a surprise to you. It’s money. Money changes motivations. It’s the reason our normal life rules of thumb, described...
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Prepare for the Probable
There’s a commercial out there that still plays every now and then and it goes something like this: Nice people, riding along, having an everyday conversation, doing nothing wrong, paying attention their driving and POW!!! Out of nowhere they are slammed in the side by a driver that ran a red light. Car totaled; people really hurt. Or, they are simply sitting still at a stop light or stop sign and BAM!! Slammed from the rear. Car seriously damaged; people hurt. It sounds trite to say that in the blink of an eye everything changes, but that’s how fast a car wreck can change your life, sometimes forever. Literally, a blink of the eye. And the really hard pill to swallow? You didn’t cause this mess and couldn’t have...
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On behalf of The Myers Law Firm PLLC posted inWrongful Death on Wednesday, September 19, 2018.
You can't put a price tag on a human life. For each family member left behind in Tennessee, the loss of someone who has passed away is one they'll never get over.
If your loved one dies as a result of medical malpractice, an accident, an injury or someone else's negligence, you not only have been denied companionship, love and emotional support, but you also could be losing financial support.
A wrongful death lawsuit could be appropriate in your situation.
A wrongful death case can be difficult to talk about. Some might worry others will think they are trying to profit from the death of a family member. That isn't the case at all.
As a survivor, you must...
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On behalf ofThe Myers Law Firm PLLC posted in Premises Liability on Tuesday, September 4, 2018.
You set out for a day of fun with that bonus money in your pocket and head toward to your favorite Tennessee mall. There are some things you've put off getting, but today's the day to make your purchases.
You walk through the mall, happily heading toward the entrance to the store of your choice, and your legs come out from under you. You feel yourself falling and put out your arm to brace your fall. You wind up on the ground, your arm in terrible pain.
Yes, it's broken. You didn't see the puddle on the floor ahead of you, the result of a leaky roof apparently. There's no staff there to wipe up the water and none of those yellow triangular signs to warn you of the hazard...
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On behalf of The Myers Law Firm PLLC posted in Motor Vehicle Accidents on Wednesday, August 22, 2018.
It's wonderful for Tennessee seniors to have their independence, thanks to their cars – until it isn't.
According to AAA, senior citizens have good driving habits. They wear their seat belts, don't drink and drive and stay under the speed limit. They stay off the road after dark whenever possible, avoid rush hour and stay home in bad weather.
At some point, however, seniors will reach the point that it's time to pass the car on to the grandkids. They are more likely to be injured or killed in accidents – and to put other drivers at risk – because of age-related conditions or illnesses. Seniors are second only to teen drivers when it comes to having the...
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On behalf of The Myers Law Firm PLLC posted in Personal Injury on Thursday, August 9, 2018.
Classes are back in session in Knox County, Tennessee. Your child went back to school with a fresh haircut, new shoes and a backpack filled with supplies.
The biggest need kids have this time of year, though, is a talk with you that covers just how they can stay safe to and from school. It's never too late to remind them of the rules of the road, whether they walk to school, ride a bike or take the bus. Cars in the school zone present a daily danger to youngsters.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration(NHTSA), in the span between 2006 and 2015, about 300 students 18 and younger died in crashes related to getting to and from school.
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On behalf of The Myers Law Firm PLLC posted in Wrongful Death on Wednesday, July 25, 2018.
Your loved one is gone. The person who always has been your rock and your emotional support, your biggest fan, isn't there when you wake up in the morning anymore.
But once the tears stop and your friends and family go back to their regular routine after being at your side, you are alone with your thoughts.
How will you do this? How are you going to make it financially?
If your loved one has died because of the negligence or misconduct of someone else, such as a drunk driver, you could have grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit. In wrongful death cases, the plaintiffs typically can pursue compensation for what they've lost: wages from the deceased, companionship, the...
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On behalf of The Myers Law Firm PLLC posted in Medical Malpractice on Thursday, July 12, 2018.
We make an appointment with our doctor, make a visit to the emergency room or follow through with a recommended surgery in hopes medical professionals will make us right again. Typically, they do.
But what happens if something goes very, very wrong?
Sometimes, doctors make honest mistakes. Other times, their mistakes rise to the level of negligence. And that's when you need to get some answers.
The term "medical malpractice" can be applied when a negligent act by a doctor, nurse or other person entrusted to provide medical treatment causes harm – not healing – to a person.
Just what is negligence?
Medical negligence can occur when a diagnosis is made in...
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On behalf of The Myers Law Firm PLLC on Thursday, June 28, 2018.
If you're driving along a Tennessee highway and another driver suddenly crashes into your car, in an instant, your whole world may feel as though it dropped out from underneath you. Depending on the severity of your injuries, your life may indeed significantly change in the near or distant future. Some of your injuries may be undeniably apparent, such as lacerations, broken bones or loss of consciousness. First responders are experienced at assessing a crash scene to see who, if anyone, is in need of emergency care.
Those who came to your aid hopefully were able to get you to the nearest hospital in a timely manner, and doctors at that facility were hopefully able to treat your condition. The problem is that not all...
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On behalf of The Myers Law Firm PLLC posted in Personal Injury on Thursday, June 28, 2018.
We've all laughed at the cartoon where someone slips on a banana peels and falls.
Truth is, it's not funny.
Banana peels and a number of common things around the house can cause serious injuries, such as concussions and fractures or even death. And when you are invited to someone else's home for the first time – whether as a guest or as someone who is there to provide a service – you don't know what kind of hazards await you.
You could trip on a garden hose that hose that hasn't been rolled up or an area rug that is curled up on the edge. You could fall down a flight of stairs if the handrail isn't secure. A frayed wire could cause an electric shock.
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On behalf of The Myers Law Firm PLLC posted in Premises Liabilityon Thursday, June 14, 2018.
We are usually responsible for our own decisions, but we can also suffer unfairly from the decisions of others. Owners and managers of businesses with public spaces or invited guests owe those people a clean and safe place to congregate or move through. If they fail, they may be liable for the results.
A woman is suing the owner of a party venue in Campbell County after she experienced an injury on the property. She entered the property during a rainy evening and left under darkness. Without exterior lighting covering the parking lot and outdoor walkway, she tripped on her way to her car and broke her arm as a result of the fall.
Surgery and hospitalization cost the victim...
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On behalf of The Myers Law Firm PLLC posted in Motor Vehicle Accidents on Friday, June 1, 2018.
From the Great Smoky Mountains to the Mississippi River Valley, there is no better way to travel around Tennessee than in a person's own car. The streets, roads and limited-access highways such as interstates in the Volunteer State are always open and full of cars, trucks and motorcycles.
The nation has seen an uptick in traffic deaths in recent years, which has led to innovations in traffic control, car safety and other related fields. Tennessee, which was one of the most dangerous states for motorists and pedestrians in the first decade of the 21st century, has seen fewer traffic fatalities overall.
The state still remains in the top third of states in traffic deaths per...
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