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The true dangers of fentanyl

Fentanyl has been in the news quite a bit recently. A police officer in Ohio had a brush with death a couple of days ago when he came in contact with the drug. According to reports, an Ohio police officer stopped a suspicious vehicle and witnessed two occupants trying to rub a white substance into the vehicle's carpet.

The officer was wearing gloves during the search of the vehicle and its occupants, but somehow got fentanyl on his uniform. He wiped the drug off his uniform sometime later, but was no longer wearing gloves. The officer then passed out and had to be rushed to the hospital. The news reports stated that the officer needed four doses of Narcan to revive him from the accidental overdose.

Trust our attorneys for your defective medical device case

Defective medical devices can cause patients to suffer serious injuries that could lead to extensive medical problems. Defective devices include various different products that have either been recalled or not. When injured by a defective medical device, it's imperative that you speak with an experienced products liability attorney to discuss your case and what comes next.

Our product liability attorneys have a combined 75 years of experience representing victims of these medical injuries. Our firm's trial experience and record speaks for itself and has created a reputation known across this great state of Tennessee.

How do I file a safety complaint about my car?

Cars get us to and from home, school, work, fun and everything in between. As much as we love our cars, they can become problematic at times. From routine maintenance to parts replacement and even recall notices, cars require a lot of care to keep them running properly. However, what if something unsafe happens with your car? How do you file a safety complaint?

Any issue that plagues your car and cannot be fixed by the dealer or a mechanic should be reported to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Filing a complaint takes just ten minutes and can be done on the agency's website. If you don't have access to their website, the complaint can be filed over the phone Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Over 1.25 million Ram trucks recalled for dangerous software error

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV, manufacturer of the Ram line of pickup trucks, has just issued a safety recall after a software error was blamed for at least two accidents, including one fatality. The recall will begin in late June, at which point owners can bring in their vehicles for reprogramming.

The affected vehicles include:

  • 2013-2016 Ram 1500s
  • 2013-2016 Ram 2500s
  • 2014-2016 Ram 3500s

1.02 million of the recalled pickups were sold in the U.S.; 216,007 were sold in Canada; 21,668 in Mexico and 21,530 outside North America, for a total of 1,279,205.

Hey, car drivers and bicyclists, let's cut each other some slack

Over the decades, Nashville and communities throughout Middle Tennessee have seen an increase in the number of bicycles on our city streets and country roads. And every Spring, we can read and hear complaints from cars and bikers about sharing the road. Since both cars and bicycles are likely to continue to increase in our region, we thought it would be a good idea to share some information about bicycle accidents, as well as some tips about simple things we can all do to make room for each other.

The most common types of car-bike accidents

Drowning and wrongful death in Tennessee

The summer season is right around the corner, which means plenty of days spent in the pool, the ocean, the lake and other bodies of water. Safety around water is important to having a fun outing with the family. Accidents do happen and a person, especially a child, can drown in minutes. If the drowning was the fault of someone else, it's possible that you could file a wrongful death claim.

For a wrongful death claim to occur in a drowning case, legal liability will have to have been present. When this happens, it doesn't necessarily mean that someone meant for the victim to drown. It just means that legal liability was not met in some way, leading to the drowning.

Effect of statutes of repose on product liability suits

Many Nashville residents are familiar with the basic idea behind statutes of limitations; less well known are statutes of repose, which can also limit a plaintiff’s ability to bring a claim. Under some circumstances, statutes of repose can have a devastating effect on potential products liability plaintiffs.  

According to Cornell University’s Legal Information Institute, a statute of repose is a law that dismisses a claim if it has been too long since the defendant committed the action that resulted in a wrongful death or an injury. These statutes are considered to be more beneficial to defendants than statutes of limitations.   

Honda and Takata sued in United States by Malaysian family

A Malaysian family has sued both Honda and Takata in a United States court over the death of the family's wife. The woman's death is one of 16 blamed on airbag defects. The husband of the deceased woman filed the lawsuit and wants the companies to disclose more information about the defects.

The accident that killed the 29-year-old woman actually occurred in Malaysia. The woman was driving a Honda City that hit a pole and skidded into a ditch in the eastern Sabah state on April 16 of 2016. The woman died almost instantly from the crash. An autopsy performed found shrapnel from a Takata airbag inflator lodged in her skull.

Should I give a recorded statement if I've been in a car wreck?

If you've been in an auto accident, you know that dealing with insurance companies can be a hassle. Making recorded statements can hurt your ability to be fairly compensated. It's important to always be careful when talking with insurance adjusters.

4 must-know facts about Tennessee car insurance laws

Getting into a car accident is one of the most traumatic events many people will ever face. Even if the incident does not cause an injury, the impact of two cars striking is often unforgettable. In Tennessee, there are a number of laws that regulate what happens following a car accident.

Similarly, there are laws in place that dictate what drivers should do before hitting the road, such as obtaining car insurance. Here are several facts everyone who holds a license should know:

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