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Tennesse county pays out in wrongful death of inmate

Losing a loved one to someone else's negligence can be hard for Tennessee families to overcome, especially for the younger family members. When a parent becomes the victim of a preventable death, the financial support for the children lessens and can leave the surviving parent or caretaker stressed. Filing a wrongful death suit against those responsible for the tragedy could result in monies awarded to help the victim's surviving family to move forward and cover some of the costs of living.

A 41-year-old male had been arrested for his suspected role some burglaries in 2016. Once arrested, the man was taken to a local jail and held in a booking area. Knowing that the man, who had previous run-ins with the law, was an addict and mentally unstable with suicidal tendencies, the correctional officers failed to put him in a suicide-proof cell. The lack of their follow-through left the erratic man with clothing straps, which allowed him to hang himself.

Sexual harassment violates Tennessee employment law

The goal of many Tennessee employees is to compete their work tasks in a safe environment and receive timely pay for the hours completed while on the job. Sometimes an obstacle can come up that can cause unrest at work and not allow an employee to feel safe. Sexual harassment has become a significant concern that has created changes in employment law.

Since women began to enter the workforce, sexual harassment has been as common as paychecks. But now, thanks to many brave women over the years, women are speaking out about sexual harassment in the workplace and taking a stand against those who are committing or have committed the illegal acts. The first real wave of awareness came in 1991 when Anita Hill testified about suffering sexual harassment imposed by now U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

Ride clear of the most common bicycle-car accidents

Bicycles have become so popular that we even see riders out and about on rainy or snowy days: Bad weather conditions do not deter avid cyclists, and you may be a member of this group.

However, whether you face fair weather or foul, accidents with motor vehicles are always a possibility. Here are four of the most common bicycle-car collisions you will want to anticipate and avoid:

Popular toy makes the dangerous products list in Tennessee

Walking the isles in any Tennessee toy store, one can become overwhelmed with the thousands of neatly packaged toys awaiting purchase. What may be included in those eye-catching packages could be dangerous products that unsuspecting parents purchase for their children. Many of the recent wildly popular toys contain dangers that child safety advocates are raising concerns about.

One such danger is contained in many toys sold across the nation. These "toys" are marketed to not only children, but adults as well. The building sets and fidget toys that include "rare earth" magnets could have serious health implications if ingested by small children.

Tennessee deputy responsible for multiple car accidents

Driving a car comes with tremendous responsibility. Understanding the laws of the road and being a courteous and cautious driver helps to ensure that all motorists on the Tennessee roadways make it to their destinations safely. Car accidents can and do happen, even with the most diligent of drivers. One couple is hoping that justice is served after they were struck by an off-duty police officer.

The woman says that they never saw the cruiser coming until it was too late. As they were pulling out of a parking lot, the off-duty deputy struck their vehicle, flipping it over. An email that was sent from the officer to the City Manager acknowledges that the cop was speeding, but the couple was cited for failing to yield. For speeding, a verbal reprimand was given.

High-speed chases often result in serious car accidents

Details are few about a recent multi-vehicle crash in Murfreesboro. Early indications are that a police pursuit was underway immediately before the crash. Driving at high speeds can be deadly, regardless of one's training and experience, often resulting in car accidents with serious injuries, or worse. That appears to have been the case in this instance, and the Tennessee Highway Patrol is now investigating the crash. 

The incident occurred around 7:20 p.m. Neighbors who witnessed the accident reported that many police vehicles were in the vicinity at the time of the accident. Loud bangs were heard, and the witnesses noted that a police pursuit appeared to have been in progress.

The high cost of a DUI conviction in Tennessee

Even for first offenders, a conviction for driving under the influence can be costly in the state of Tennessee. A few drinks with friends can easily lead to weighty consequences the moment someone gets behind the wheel.

Not only is it expensive, but a DUI can leave a mark on someone's record and his or her life.

Chaplain's termination may violate Tennessee employment law

A Tennessee employer may have a variety of reasons for terminating a worker. So long as those reasons are just, fair and do not violate any civil rights, there is not much a terminated employee can do. Should an employee be let go and is able to provide proof that an employment law violation has occurred, a wrongful termination lawsuit could follow the pink slip.

A private prison management company which oversees several Tennessee prisons is facing a wrongful termination lawsuit after a chaplain was let go. The woman claims that she had worked at three other facilities overseen by the company prior to taking the transfer to the one she was fired from. The chaplain goes on to explain that when she began to notice prisoners in the new facility were being denied access to religious counsel she began to send emails making note of it. She also claimed to have witnessed laws being broken and that the more she sent emails making note of the issues, she was let go.

Do you notice the tell-tale sag at the rear of the big rig?

Eighteen-wheelers are a common sight on our Tennessee roadways. Most of the time, everyone gets where they are going safely, but you may notice something odd about the truck traveling in the next lane that raises red flags in your mind.

The rear of the truck has a noticeable sag in the middle, which may indicate that the cargo is overloaded. This is a dangerous practice that could lead to a devastating accident.

FedEx hub in Tennessee may be liable in wrongful death claim

Trusting that an employer has done everything within their power to make sure that the working environment is safe and employees are trained can sometimes have devastating consequences. Workplace injuries and wrongful death can result with the use of less then adequate and/or poorly made equipment. A FedEx hub in Tennessee is under scrutiny after another employee is fatally injured; the third death in three years.

During the busy holiday season, it is a given that shipping and mail delivery pick up. But FedEx is under investigation by the Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration after a female employee was found dead under a conveyor belt recently. The other fatalities occurred in 2014 when a 19-year-old male employee was crushed by a lift, and in 2015 when a 39-year-old male was crushed by a dolly.

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