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Protecting family members from elder abuse

No one wants to see their elderly loved ones neglected or abused. "Respect your elders" is a saying that still holds true for many Tennessee residents, as it should for everyone. However, the sad reality is that some residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities are facing situations involving abuse and neglect even as you read this post.

In fact, a recent report predicted that elder abuse, particularly abuse involving finances, is only likely to increase as America's population increases. For example, many retirement accounts simply do not have the protections in place to prevent financial abuse, and elderly Americans are the ones who are most likely to depend upon these funds in day-to-day life.

How can you approach a personal injury case in Tennessee?

No one expects to be injured in an accident of any kind, but the reality is that "accidents happen," as the saying goes. Car accidents, truck accidents and motorcycle accidents are incredibly common throughout the country, and Tennessee is no exception. But, there are other types of accidents that can lead to injuries as well, such as workplace accidents, nursing home neglect and slip-and-fall accidents, just to name a few. How can Tennessee residents who have been injured in an accident approach the issue from the standpoint of a potential personal injury case?

Well, for starters, it is important to start thinking about the potential legal options to attempt to recover financial compensation as soon as possible after the accident. As with most other types of legal cases, evidence is crucial. In a personal injury case, that can mean photographs of the accident site, getting the contact information for any eyewitnesses and getting the right copies of medical records concerning the treatment rendered for the injuries that occurred in the accident.

Is the nursing home chemically restraining your parent?

If your parent lives in one of Tennessee’s many nursing homes, you likely worry that (s)he may not receive the care (s)he needs and deserves. Unfortunately, there may be justification for your concerns, especially if your parent suffers from dementia, Alzheimer’s disease or any other condition that decreases his or her ability to understand the things that go on around him or her.

Shockingly, the results of a study recently conducted by Human Rights Watch reveal that many nursing homes give their patients unprescribed antipsychotic drugs. Not only did no physician prescribe these drugs for these patients, but the patients suffered from no disease for which doctors prescribe these types of drugs. So why do the nursing homes give them to patients who do not need them? To make them more manageable and controllable.

Criminal defense options in Tennessee

Anyone who is arrested in Tennessee will likely go through a range of thoughts and emotions. After all, even an arrest - not a conviction - could lead to potential difficulties in a person's life, particularly with employers or family members. And, depending on the charges, there may even be extensive media coverage to deal with.

However, even with all of the different pressure that a Tennessee resident can feel in the immediate aftermath of an arrest, there is one concern that should be among the foremost as soon as possible: the potential criminal defense options in the case. Every case is different, so a defense option that works for one person may not be optimal for another. Considering all of the available options is crucial.

The right approach to your family law issues in Tennessee

There are few legal issues that can be as emotionally charged as family law cases. In Tennessee and throughout the country, families everywhere are dealing with cases involving complex divorce issues, including property division disputes and arguments over child custody and support, among many other issues.

No matter what your family law issue is, it is important to attempt to keep emotions in check in order to focus on maximizing the legal result when your case is in court. In a divorce, emotions are usually running high as the couple argues and pursues litigation over the whole range of issues that will need to be addressed by the court. But, with the right approach, setting a plan for moving forward with the family law case can help reach a satisfactory resolution.

Injured in California?

Did you recently suffer a personal injury while in California on vacation or a business trip? Automobile accidents, premises liability incidents and other types of injuries caused by another person's negligence are not uncommon in a densely populated state like California.

In fact, the California Highway Patrol reports that there were 178,669 injury collisions, 254,561 persons injured and 3,435 fatalities on California highways in 2015 alone. When you're injured away from your Tennessee home, who can you confidently turn to for legal help in California?

Tennessee's big cities: Dangerous places for pedestrians?

Knoxville and Tennessee’s other largest cities appear to be seeing relatively high pedestrian fatality rates.

This can be seen in a recent set of rankings regarding 173 large U.S. cities. All these cities have a population of over 100,000. The cities were ranked based on pedestrian fatality rate for the 2012-2016 period.

3 reasons why your divorce may lead you to bankruptcy

A divorce can have a ripple effect throughout other aspects of your life, especially your finances. According to research from the Center for Economic Studies, people who get a divorce are more likely to file for bankruptcy

Ending your marriage can be expensive. If you are struggling to make ends meet after your marriage has ended, you may have a lot of concerns. Here are some reasons why you may need to file bankruptcy after divorce: 

The tricky truth about being involved in a motorcycle accident in Tennessee

srpthumb-p21750-450x260-no.jpgBeing involved in a motorcycle accident can lead to severe injuries and death, which is why most states have some type of helmet law in effect.  Tennessee is no exception, and its helmet law is outlined in Section 55-9-302 of the Tennessee Code.  That statute states that all drivers and passengers shall be required to wear a crash helmet meeting specific federal standards.  Further, Tennessee Code Section 55-9-304 requires drivers and passengers of motorcycles without windshields to wear safety goggles, face shields, or glasses containing impact resistant lenses.

Breaking Down Bankruptcy: Chapter 7 or Chapter 13

srpthumb-p18809-450x260-no.jpgFiling for bankruptcy in Tennessee can be extremely complicated for those who are not familiar with the process.  Hiring an experienced bankruptcy attorney can make the entire process easier to manage.  Even before you hire an attorney, or shortly thereafter, you will have to determine whether you should file a Chapter 7 or a Chapter 13 bankruptcy.

Don't delay any longer.

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