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Part-time job may result in wrongful death lawsuit

Working in a warehouse environment comes with occupational risks at the best of times, but these seem to increase as the holiday season causes an increase in the activity level at such facilities. A FedEx hub in Memphis has been the site of multiple deaths. The deaths may have been caused by possible misuse of equipment that might have been preventable and that may result in a wrongful death lawsuit.

FedEx is among the many companies who bring on extra help to assist with the increased workload during the holiday season. These workers have a right to expect that appropriate precautions have been taken to help ensure their safety while on the job. In a recent case involving the Memphis FedEx location, a 23-year-old man was transported to an area hospital following an unspecified accident at the facility. He later died as a result of his injuries.

Romaine lettuce again joins ranks of dangerous products

The holiday season is here in Tennessee and many people will be spending time in their kitchens preparing holiday favorites. A recent announcement from the Food and Drug Administration may cramp the style of cooks this year. A popular salad green has joined the ranks of dangerous products and has been pulled from grocery store shelves in Tennessee and around the nation.

Romaine lettuce, a necessary ingredient for Caesar Salad and a popular ingredient for many other leafy green salads and recipes, has once more been cited as the cause of an outbreak of E. coli that has sickened many people in several states. There have been at least 40 cases of reported illness resulting from eating contaminated romaine. Of those 40, at least 28 have been hospitalized. There have been no reported deaths.

Dangerous products can dampen holiday spirits

The holidays are quickly approaching and electronics top many people's wish lists in Tennessee. A popular gift item in recent years has been a digital photo frame that allows one to display some of those photos shot with the ever-improving smart phone cameras. One such frame, made by Skylight, may be among the season's dangerous products.

The AC adapter that is shipped with the frame is being recalled because of the possibility of electric shock. The problem appears to be with the plastic casing that encloses the prongs and the wiring. It has been reported that the casing could possibly break while plugged into an outlet, resulting in the exposure of live electrical wires.

How would you manage a brain injury after a car crash?

Motor vehicle crashes are responsible for most of the traumatic brain injuries suffered in our country. If you should become a victim, you will need to focus all your efforts on recovery.

However, recovery may mean months, if not years, of expensive medical treatment, including rehabilitation. How would you manage?

Road construction and truck accidents a tragic combination

Road construction in Tennessee can be an annoyance for drivers who are trying to get to a destination. This can be particularly true for truck drivers who have to keep to a schedule. The safety of construction workers is also a concern. As a result certain measures are put in place to try to protect workers from incidents, including truck accidents.

One of these measures includes the Tennessee Department of Transportation's campaign called Work with Us that was put in place in an effort to maintain worker safety. The campaign asks that drivers move over a lane and slow down when driving in a work zone. Two TDOT contractors were killed in a recent truck accident in a construction zone.

Employment law should be enough to protect against discrimination

Most young women in Tennessee are now members of the workforce in some capacity. Employment law lays out a framework of expectations and provides certain protections to employees. One such right is protection from discrimination due to issues such as race, gender or religion. A woman who worked for the startup company WeWork is filing a sexual discrimination case based on how she was treated during her pregnancies.

The woman in the suit claims that she was discriminated against during and after two pregnancies that took place while she was an employee of the company. She claimed she was demoted as a result of one pregnancy and had her role diminished in the other. Rather than referring to her post-partum absences as periods of leave, she claimed the management would refer to the absences as vacation or retirement.

Youth should be protected from dangerous products

Protecting the health of young people in Tennessee is a priority for parents, teachers, those in the medical profession and other caring adults. There is a product in the marketplace that may have the capacity to negatively impact the health of a large number of young people. Students in middle and high schools are particularly at risk. The dangerous products that kids are using in ever growing numbers are vaping devices, or e-cigarettes.

The products have been around for a while but their addictive nature has recently raised red flags. Vapes contain flavored liquid that is heated and inhaled as a vapor. In addition to flavoring, many liquids contain nicotine, which is the highly addictive substance found in cigarettes. Recent outbreaks of lung disease among young people have increased concern regarding the dangers involved.

Motorcycle laws riders should know

There is nothing like taking to the open road. However, when sharing that road with other motorists, it is important to take proper precautions.

While the rules and regulations of the road cannot completely abolish all auto accidents, they may help to decrease the overall number. Therefore, it is important to know and abide by the laws that do apply to motorcyclists.

Attempt to create summer memories ends in wrongful death suit

Summertime is a time for family outings and enjoying the beauty of mother nature. Children grow up quickly, and summertime is an excellent time to create childhood memories that can last a lifetime. However, mother nature can be very unpredictable where questions of weather are concerned in Tennessee. One family fell victim to a horrible tragedy that may have been preventable. The resulting death of a child has led to a wrongful death lawsuit.

A couple, along with their 2-year-old son, decided to go on a family excursion to Cummins Falls State Park. The park is home to spectacular waterfalls and beautiful rock formations. The day the family was at the park, there was rain in the forecast. The park reportedly did not put into place precautions or additional safety measures.

Car accidents too often prematurely end promising lives

The unexpected death of a loved one is a horrible shock to bear in Tennessee. The shock and pain are magnified when the loved one is a child on the brink of adulthood with his or her life just beginning. A beloved 17-year-old high school senior was recently killed as the result of one of many car accidents that occur on local roadways.

The young man, a wide receiver on his high school football team, was driving north on Shelbyville Highway. A truck heading south came around a curve, and a loose bale of hay fell from the back of his truck. The bale hit the windshield of the 17-year-old's car, causing it to veer out of control and crash. He died as a result of his injuries.

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