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Distracted walking is dangerous

Virtually every week, you likely see an article about a distracted driver causing an automobile collision. While you should always pay attention while behind the wheel, distracted walking can also be dangerous. That is, if you fail to watch your surroundings, you may increase your chances of sustaining a serious injury in a pedestrian-vehicle crash. 

In 2018, there were more than 1,650 accidents involving pedestrians and motor vehicles in the Volunteer State. Of those, 10 were in Lawrence County. Because motor vehicles are often both heavier and faster than walkers, serious injuries and pedestrian deaths are not uncommon. Keeping your eye on the sidewalk, road signals and traffic is usually an effective way to avoid an accident. Here are some other suggestions: 

Food items can also be dangerous products

Consumers in Tennessee should be able to expect that the food they purchase from the grocery store is safe for them and their families. Unfortunately, as recent recalls have demonstrated, food items can be dangerous products. Fresh cut fruit that was distributed to a number of states recently sickened nearly 100 people. While there have been no reports of illness in Tennessee, the salmonella-tainted fruit was also distributed to the state.

Both the Centers for Disease Control and the Food and Drug Administration are investigating Caito Foods' voluntary recall. The recall affects cut and packaged melons that were stock at stores like Target, Kroger, Walmart and more. According to the company, the recalled products were tainted with salmonella. Although no deaths related to salmonella exposure have been reported, 23 of the 93 infected people have been hospitalized.

Dangerous products can be fatal to babies

Welcoming a new baby into the world can be one of the most joyous times in a young couple's life in Tennessee. In preparing for the new arrival any number of purchases may be made to ensure that the new bundle of joy can start a new life in comfort and safety. Fisher Price has long been respected as a brand name in baby supplies. Sadly, one of its very popular products, the Rock 'n Play, has been deemed hazardous and is among items considered to be dangerous products.

As many as 10 children have died while using the portable sleepers. The babies who died were all around 3 months of age. They apparently rolled to their stomach or side while in the sleeper.

Employment law still relevant in combatting discrimination

In the year 2019 one might think that women have earned the right to be treated equally in the workplace. Indeed, employment law since the 1960s has stipulated that it is illegal to discriminate against employees because of their race, religion, sex or nationality. As long as a person has the capacity to perform a job, employment law is intended to protect one from discrimination in Tennessee and around the country.

In a recent case in La Vergne, a mayor has been accused of retaliation against an employee who claimed that she was discriminated against because of her sex. She claimed this affected how she was treated and her compensation. She stated in her complaint that she and other women who worked for the city were being underpaid and also were not being compensated for overtime.

Treatment in jail may have led to a wrongful death suit

Crime happens. Our criminal justice system exists as a means to punish people who are convicted of crimes in Tennessee. The meaning of justice should not be lost when the meaning of criminal justice is considered. Justice is meant to be fair and that fairness should include the treatment of people serving time for crimes for which they have been convicted. Failing to observe fairness in treatment may have led to a wrongful death suit.

An inmate serving time for being involved in an attempted murder reportedly got into an altercation with prison staff. Prison guards subdued him and got him face down on the ground. The inmate suffered head trauma, injuries to his face and a broken nose following the struggle. He was then transferred to Vanderbilt Medical Center where he was diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury. He died as a result of his injuries.

Police shooting results in wrongful death lawsuit

A recent case in Tennessee echoes many similar and unfortunate cases across the country. A Memphis police officer has been charged with wrongful death in the shooting and resulting death of a young man. The lawsuit alleges racial discrimination and profiling contributed to the shooting that caused the man's death.

The officer claimed that he saw the man with a gun. The man was shot in the back as he was fleeing on foot from the officer accused in the shooting. The officer claimed that at one point during the chase, the deceased turned and pointed a gun directly at him. The lawsuit refutes this claim by saying the surveillance video does not support it.

Medication error may have caused a wrongful death

Nurses perform many critical tasks concerning patient care in a Tennessee hospital setting and one of the most critical is the dispensing of medication. It is vital that the appropriate medication be given to the appropriate patient. To help ensure that this happens, nurses are obliged to follow the Five Rights of Medication. This involves verifying five pieces of information before a medication is administered: right medication, right dose, right means of administration, right time and right patient. Failure to observe these rules can end tragically with a wrongful death.

In a recent case at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, a nurse administered a paralytic drug used in general anesthesia instead of a sedative intended to calm a patient during a CT scan. The drug that should have been administered was Versed. Instead the patient apparently received a fatal dose of vecuronium, which is a drug administered in small doses to keep a patient still during surgery.

Raw milk is considered to be among dangerous products

There has been much said and written concerning the safety of many aspects of the nation's food supply. As concerns have mounted in Tennessee over the presence of antibiotics in meat the trend to organic products has grown as nonorganics have come to be seen as dangerous products. Another area of concern has to do with dairy foods, particularly the perceived benefits of raw milk. The dangers of consuming raw milk may outweigh any possible benefits.

Raw milk can contain harmful bacteria that can cause serious illness. The bacteria was recently found in raw milk that was sold across the country. The farm is in another state and an investigation confirmed the presence of the bacteria. At least one person has been diagnosed with brucellosis, a disease caused by the Brucella bacterium. The disease causes flu-like symptoms, making it difficult to diagnose, and it is also resistant to many antibiotics.

Too many lives cut short by DUI car accidents

Fatal accidents caused by drunk drivers are among the most preventable. Most people are aware that drinking and driving don't mix and that a person who has been drinking should not drive. In this day and age of so many ride options, Uber and Lyft for example, obtaining alternate transportation is not difficult. Sadly, drivers who have been drinking still choose to get behind the wheel, sometimes causing serious car accidents in Tennessee as a result.

A young woman who was a student at the University of Tennessee was the victim of one such accident. She was attempting to drive onto onto Interstate 40 when she was struck by another car. The driver whose vehicle hit her had previously been arrested for driving under the influence. He had four prior DUI convictions as well as five convictions for public intoxication.

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