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July 2019 Archives

Apparent suicide in jail results in wrongful death suit

If a person in Tennessee is charged with breaking the law the criminal justice system exists to determine whether the accused is actually guilty of the formal accusations. If the accused is found guilty, it is up to the system to determine an appropriate sentence. While being held in jail, the system has a responsibility to try to ensure the safety of those being detained. An apparent failure to do so has resulted in a wrongful death suit.

Distracted driving can cause tragic car accidents

Summertime is a time for relaxing, planning family time and trying to squeeze as much as possible into the long summer days. Planning and anticipating such events can be a distraction as one is talking on a cell phone, is not focused on driving or is even just daydreaming. With increased traffic on Tennessee roadways, safe driving requires that drivers remain fully focused on the traffic around them. Distraction may have played a part in one of the area's recent tragic car accidents.

“Go back to where you came from” may violate federal law

Working in the United States is often an effective way to realize the American dream. While you do not mind going to work every day, you should not have to worry about facing illegal discrimination. Still, if you have a dark skin tone or speak with an accent, your supervisors or other colleagues may engage in national origin discrimination. 

Prison suicide and a mother's wrongful death suit

America is a nation of laws. People who are found guilty of violating those laws pay a penalty and serve their time. The goal is to enable rehabilitation so they can be released back to society and become productive citizens. One would not expect such a system to be the subject of a wrongful death suit in Tennessee.

Wrongful death an unwanted event on the 4th of July

The 4th of July is a time for hot dogs, apple pie, fireworks and family get-togethers in Tennessee. Sadly, it also seems to be a time for an increase in the death toll on area roadways. As the holiday dawned this year, the life of a police officer came to an end. This tragedy could result in a wrongful death suit.

Employment law intended to help protect employees

Workplace discrimination is a continuing problem in Tennessee and elsewhere around the country. Laws such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) have been passed to enhance the protections provided by employment law. A woman in another state is suing her previous employer on the grounds that she was fired because of health reasons.

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