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Who can be held liable for birth injuries?

Medical doctors, anesthesiologists, nurses, health care facilities such as hospitals, pharmaceutical companies and other providers of health care can all be held financially responsible for medical malpractice. Parents in Tennessee whose child suffered birth injuries may have grounds to file a claim against the negligent party. While doctors are typically the first to be named as defendants, hospitals can also be held liable -- either directly or vicariously.

If the negligence of a member of the medical staff of a hospital causes a birth injury, the facility can be held liable for negligent supervision or retention for failing to make reasonable inquiries into the training, education and licensing of the individual. A hospital must always have sufficient numbers of registered nurses on duty, and it can also be held responsible if employees fail to follow a private attending physician's orders. Failure to keep accurate records and neglecting to perform the necessary clinical tests are some of the other potential liability claims.

Construction worker accidents soar in Tennessee

The Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration is concerned about the number of fatalities reported in the state's construction industry. A spokesperson for TOSHA says the two-year period from 2016 through 2017 was the deadliest yet. In the metropolitan area of Nashville, 16 employees lost their lives in construction worker accidents during that period -- more than in any other rapidly growing areas in other states. This is based on the latest information made available by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Two such fatalities have been reported in the Nashville area so far this year. Although construction company owners, contractors and subcontractors are required by state and federal laws to provide safe workplace environments, TOSHA says that noncompliance continues to be a significant problem. The agency says the declining number of safety inspections due to fewer inspectors has led to employers disregarding employee safety in favor of profits. This has resulted in devastating construction site accidents.

Skepticism and caution: Attitudes to adopt after catastrophe

What constitutes a catastrophe? Certain things stand out as clear examples. The World Trade Center attack surely counts as one, as do the mass shootings of recent months. The reality is that a catastrophe can be any occurrence if someone endured sudden and severe injury or perhaps death. In that context, a catastrophic event could be a huge earthquake or as simple as a slip and fall accident.

No one can say when an unspeakable tragedy will occur. When you do suffer one, it can leave you vulnerable in many ways. The question then becomes what should you do to be sure that you protect your rights and avoid as much unnecessary distress as possible?

What will it take to stop driver distraction?

We have all seen them on the road: drivers who are staring down at their phone while driving. They might drift into your lane, or slam on their brakes to stop for traffic they didn't realize had slowed down. We pass them when they are driving too slowly or honk at them when they don't go at a green light. 

These inattentive drivers are all around us, and unfortunately, efforts to curb the dangerous behavior continue to fall short. So, what will it take to stop a distracted driver? Sadly, it might take a serious car accident.

An overloaded truck is a safety risk on the highway

If you see a big rig that seems to be having trouble staying in its lane, the driver may be struggling with control due to overloaded cargo.

It is not always easy to detect an overloaded 18-wheeler, but a truck that has heavily weighted or unbalanced cargo is often an accident waiting to happen.

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