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Withholding important information can lead to injured workers

Safe working environments are paramount for employee safety across Tennessee, but there are some industries that are inherently dangerous. Whether working in construction, manufacturing or an industry dealing with hazardous chemicals, employees should still be protected by reasonable safety measures. When employers shirk their responsibility to enact adequate safety precautions, it often results in injured workers.

Many workers are unaware of their rights in the workplace, including that their employer is legally required to provide workers with information regarding dangerous toxins. A worker does not necessarily have to deal with dangerous chemicals during his or her work duties, as the mere presence of toxic chemicals at a facility can still be dangerous. Employees are often made aware of what chemicals are present through Material Safety Data Sheets, or MSDSs. These sheets not only tell workers what dangerous chemicals are present, but also the health effects, toxicity and procedures for daily handling and leaks.

Car accident blamed on negligent driver, elderly man killed

Even the most careful and defensive driver cannot fully protect him or herself from the actions of a negligent driver. Wrecks caused by negligent or distracted drivers often have devastating consequences, including serious injuries and even death. A Tennessee man was recently the victim of a tragic car accident that police believe was caused by negligence behind the wheel.

Police say that the wreck happened around 10 p.m. on a recent Friday night. The victim was a 78-year-old man, who was driving to his home with passengers. As he made a left-hand turn into the driveway, his vehicle was struck from the side by an oncoming car that was reportedly traveling at an exceptionally high speed, killing the driver.

Legionnaires' Disease outbreak spurs wrongful death suit

Graceland is a popular destination for Tennessee visitors, many of whom choose to stay at the Guest House. Unfortunately, some of the attraction's recent visitors became seriously with Legionnaires' Disease, which is potentially life-threatening. A recent wrongful death suit claims that the hotel was negligent in maintaining its water systems.

Around nine people fell ill with Legionnaires' Disease after spending time in the Guest House's hot tub and pool. Four of the nine were apparently all from the same out-of-state family, who had taken a girls' trip to visit Graceland. Their symptoms cropped up a short time after returning home and they quickly worsened.

Tennessee Ferris wheel accident spurs lawsuits and blame

The food, games and rides are part of what makes going to the fair such a beloved pastime for many Tennessee families. Unfortunately, what was apparently a nice day out at the fair turned into something much more terrifying when several riders were injured on a Ferris wheel attraction. Multiple lawsuits have been filed since the accident.

In Aug. 2016, three minors -- two of whom were sisters -- were enjoying a ride on a Ferris wheel when the incident took place. The gondola that they were riding in overturned, causing serious injury to those inside. A 6-year-old girl was diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury while her 10-year-old sister broke her arm. The 16-year-old girl who was riding with them suffered the most extreme injuries, including liver lacerations, at least one collapsed lung, fractured lumbar vertebra and more. A woman riding in a nearby gondola also suffered a broken arm.

Injured workers transported to hospital after explosion

Most people in Tennessee just want a safe and secure working environment, but every year workers across the state end up in the hospital because of work-related accidents. A recent explosion at a chemical plant that handles sensitive gases and liquids resulted in the hospitalization of eight injured workers. The resulting conditions at the plant were so severe that one of the responding firefighters was also hospitalized with symptoms related to heat exhaustion.

Emergency responders were called to the chemical plant shortly after the 4:00 p.m. explosion. Initially, only one worker was discovered to have suffered any injuries, although it was later reported that eight individuals were transported to the hospital for treatment. Surrounding areas -- including a high school and elementary school -- were also affected and had to implement safety measures to avoid potential harm to students.

Serious car wrecks are on the rise in Tennessee

Accidents can happen in the blink of an eye on today's crowded Tennessee roadways. Getting behind the wheel of a motor vehicle is something that comes with great responsibility and should always be taken seriously. Unfortunately, not all drivers in Tennessee are cautious behind the wheel. Constant distractions combined with an ever-increasing number of vehicles sharing the road make car wrecks almost inevitable. Accidents can happen in the blink of an eye, and with more and more vehicles taking to the road, reports of serious car wrecks seem to be increasing.

A recent accident in Loudon County left four people dead, two of whom were children. Reports from the Tennessee Highway Patrol say the deaths were the result of a head-on collision. A van traveling northbound crossed the center line and violently struck a southbound car carrying four people, according to reports.

Injury numbers rise rapidly from amusement park thrill rides

Deaths and serious injuries from unsafe amusement park rides in recent weeks are a reminder of the long history of tragedy associated with such attractions. Just a year ago, three girls suffered serious injury when they fell from a Ferris wheel at the fair in Greenville, Tennessee. At about the same time, a 10-year-old boy was killed on a water slide in another state.

The most recent disaster was the incident in July when a part of the ride "Fire Ball" broke apart in mid-air, killing one ride occupant and injuring seven more. A striking statistic published by a federal consumer protection agency reports that since 2010 there have been at least 22 fatalities caused by thrill rides. A shocking estimate by the same agency says that there were about 30,900 injuries caused by amusement park attractions in 2016 alone.

Car accident on I-65 South leaves 34-year-old pedestrian dead

Wrongful death damages are available in Tennessee in some circumstances where a passing vehicle hits and kills a pedestrian. As always in personal injury law, the deciding factor will be if the operator was negligent in striking the pedestrian and causing the injury or death. A recent car accident in which a passing vehicle killed a pedestrian raises the issue of whether the driver was guilty of distracted driving or other negligence, or whether he was faultless in the event.

The incident started when the victim crashed his own vehicle on Interstate 65 in Nashville near marker 86. He got out of his vehicle and walked north on the shoulder of I-65 South. At a point where police say the shoulder was only two-feet wide, a pickup truck struck the 34-year-old pedestrian. He was declared dead shortly thereafter at Vanderbilt Medical Center.

Injured workers must quickly document and report the accident

What does a worker in Tennessee do after being injured in an accident at work? The procedures and common-sense protocols for injured workers are generally similar to those utilized in most other states. The first thing to do is to get attention for the injury. Failure to enter into the care of a physician may result in a denial of benefits at a later date.

This means that the worker must get to the emergency room or to a doctor. The employer will possibly have favored procedures for getting medical attention, and a list of physicians may be posted. In a serious injury where the worker is unconscious or severely incapacitated, the supervisor and co-workers will likely step in to call the emergency aid responders, including police, ambulance and fire department workers.

Truck accidents can have bizarre scenarios and serious injuries

Each vehicular accident occurring in Tennessee and elsewhere must be first analyzed for the presence of negligence, then whether there is causation, and finally whether the imposition of liability for damages will flow from there. Truck accidents are among the deadliest on the state's highways. A recent accident involving a dump truck sent four people to the hospital with injuries after an evening crash on Interstate 81 in Blountville.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol reported that a dump truck was traveling southbound with its bed raised. The bed became lodged in an overpass and blocked one or more traffic lanes on the interstate. The Highway Patrol dispatch indicated that the bed was ripped from the truck and thrown onto the roadway.

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