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Christmas Tree Safety Guide For The Holiday

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Christmas trees, in many ways and for many people, are the archetypal image of the holiday season. They’re an example of everything it’s about—festivity, bright lights and beauty. Unfortunately, the winter months are also some of the most dangerous of the year, when house fires increase and a season of joy can quickly turn to disaster for too many people. The good news is, you can avoid many of these accidents by simply using a bit of extra vigilance and care in your decorative habits. Be extra careful with your Christmas tree safety, so that you can ensure your holiday season will be fun and memorable. Holiday Decoration Accidents Did you know that there are an estimated 210 home fires every year that start with Christmas trees? Many of these fires begin with lights and electrical equipment. Others occur due to the tree being too dry or too close to …

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Winter Season Safety Tips

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Early winter means festive times, celebration, parties, beautiful lighting display and feasts of fellowship, love, and joy. It also, unfortunately, means the highest rate of accidents every year. House fires increase exponentially at this time of year, with many caused by cooking accidents and others caused by Christmas trees and holiday lighting displays. Avoiding these problems and keeping your loved ones safe this holiday season means being vigilant and careful in everything you do. Discover some important winter safety tips to help you to avoid accidents and to keep you safe both at home and during travel this holiday season. Winter Fire Safety by the Numbers Following our winter safety tips means understanding how holiday fires happen. There is an average of 210 house fires every year which start at the Christmas Tree. On average, these fires result in 16 injuries, 6 fatalities, and over $16 million in property damage …

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The Best Safety Tips For This Thanksgiving

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The Holiday season is just about on top of us, and that means the busiest travel time of the year. All over the country, millions of people are traveling to see friends, family, and loved ones. They’re looking to enjoy warmth, memories and the closeness of those they care about, but unfortunately, it’s also one of the most dangerous times of the year. The more people are out traveling, the more accidents we tend to see on the roads. Even worse, there are hundreds of thousands of accidents every year right in the home. Here are some Thanksgiving safety tips for travel and home safety during this holiday season so you can keep the holidays happy and fun instead of dangerous. Thanksgiving Safety Tips There are two areas of Thanksgiving safety tips to consider: those related to travel, and those related to the home itself. Let’s take a look at …

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Product Liability and Medical Malpractice: When They Combine

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When you’ve placed all your faith in a healthcare professional, clinic or hospital’s ability to keep you safe and healthy, and they fail through incompetence, errors or misjudgment, you deserve to be compensated for additional injuries that you suffer. Usually, this falls under malpractice, but what happens if the injury is the result of a combination of human error, faulty product or equipment? Such cases blur the line between a product liability case and a malpractice case. These types of cases can get very complex. Learn what happens when your case is both a factor of defective products and medical malpractice and why you need help from a product liability attorney. Medical Malpractice Cases In a medical malpractice case, the key factor is proving negligence on the part of the physician or another healthcare provider. Healthcare professionals have an expanded duty of care based on the oath they take to …

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Do I Have A Slip and Fall Liability Case?

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When you’re out to visit a friend, you’re heading to the store or just walking down the street, minding your own business, and a sudden and unexpected hazard causes you to get seriously hurt, you have the right to have your injuries covered. This is especially true if the hazard that caused your injury should’ve been taken care of by the property owner in question. Slip and fall accidents account for a large portion of personal injury lawsuits. They fall under the overarching umbrella of premises liability. If you’ve been hurt in a case like this, you can be entitled to significant compensation, but only if you pursue it right. Learn how to tell if you have a premises liability case, and when to turn to an experienced and qualified slip and fall attorney for help receiving your settlement. Negligence and Premises Liability The vast majority of personal injury cases, …

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Are Workers’ Compensation Benefits Taxable?

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When you get hurt at work, you depend on workers’ compensation benefits to help you get by while you recover and try to get back on your feet. The last thing you want to worry about is whether you’ll also get a visit from the IRS because you missed a tax liability related to them. It’s perfectly valid to worry about whether your benefits will be taxed. The truth is that there are some rare situations where workers’ comp benefits may be taxable, but very few people ever end up paying taxes on their benefits. Learn about whether or not your workers’ compensation benefits are taxable, and why you need help from a qualified workers’ compensation attorney. Workers’ Comp Benefits and Taxes The truth of the matter is, the vast majority of workers’ compensation benefits aren’t taxable. They’re designed to help you cover your medical expenses and pay your bills, …

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Will I Have To Pay Taxes On My Car Accident Settlement?

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Your auto accident settlement can be your lifeline in a time when your entire world has been turned upside down. You need the money you’re getting to pay for your medical bills, physical therapy, mortgage and utilities while you try to get well again and get your life back. Many people are rightly concerned that if they take the wrong step, they could end up in dire straits come tax season. In truth, there are some kinds of auto accident awards that are taxable, but not all. Knowing which is which will help you take the proper steps. Learn about the taxability of settlements and judgments for an auto accident, and when a car accident lawyer can be your best bet for compensation. Compensatory Damages The lion’s share of awards in a vehicle accident case are compensatory. That means they’re paying you back for something you’ve lost. They’re to help …

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What Can I Do After Being Hurt On The Job?

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Employers nationwide must provide as safe and healthy a working environment as is reasonably possible for their employees. Unfortunately, some employers fail to uphold this duty, and the hazardous work environment causes injuries or illnesses to their employees. Other times, employers may do everything that they can to ensure a safe working environment, but employees still sustain injuries performing work-related tasks. When you are injured as a direct result of your employer’s negligence or while on the job, you have a right to file a workers’ compensation claim. If you’ve been injured on the job in the Tennessee area, contact a local Chattanooga workers’ compensation lawyer to help you through this claims process. What are My Rights if I Was Hurt on the Job? Each state has its own rules and regulations when it comes to workers’ compensation law, as well as when it comes to the rights of employees …

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What You Should Know About Medical Malpractice

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Entrusting our lives to the hands of physicians is a necessary aspect of our lives, and it generally works in our favor. Physicians heal our wounds, help lessen pain and listen to our complaints. For all their good work, though, physicians are still human and subject to error. And when errors are made during surgery, the results can be costly. If you or someone you know has been harmed as a result of a surgical error, read on to learn more about medical malpractice, and contact a personal injury lawyer to discuss your legal options. Defining Medical Malpractice Medical malpractice occurs when medical treatment falls below a certain standard of care and results in harm to the patient. Therefore, medical malpractice is not simply a surgical error. In order for an error to be considered medical malpractice, the mistake must both violate the standard of care and cause harm to …

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The Most Common Causes Of Motorcycle Accidents

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Operating any vehicle on the roads these days can be risky business, what with all the constant construction, traffic, and angry fellow drivers. But driving a motorcycle on these streets can be even riskier. Let’s take a look at the most common causes of motorcycle accidents and how a motorcycle injury lawyer can help you if you’ve been injured in an accident. Left-Hand Turns Left-hand turns cause frequent accidents between cars, and 42 percent of accidents involving a car and a motorcycle occur at left-hand turns. Generally, when one car hits another car while making a left-hand turn, the vehicle making the left-hand turn will be found at fault for the accident. These type of accidents most commonly happen when a vehicle is making a left-hand turn and another is going straight through that intersection, tries to pass the turning vehicle or tries to overtake the vehicle. These accidents occur …

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Were You Injured In An Accident Caused By A Defective Motorcycle?

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Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents are all too common and often lead to serious injuries for the drivers. While many of these accidents are the results of collisions, others can occur because of defective products. If you’ve been in a motorcycle accident as a result of a defective motorcycle or motorcycle part, contact a Knoxville motorcycle accident lawyer today to discuss your legal options. Steps to Take if You’ve Been in a Motorcycle Accident After you experience a motorcycle accident, your actions immediately following the accident, as well as over the few days after the accident, can make a big difference in whether or not you will be able to collect compensation for your damages. If you are able, take the following steps after your accident to ensure you have everything you need to make your case. Write everything down about your accident including the weather, the parties involved, any witnesses and …

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Can I Sue The City Of Chattanooga Over An Injury Claim?

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One of the most complicated legal situations that exist is filing a personal injury lawsuit against a city government. Whether you’ve suffered an injury on government property or have been hurt by a government employee like a police officer, filing and winning a personal injury suit against the government is extremely difficult and requires several important steps. While difficult, it is possible to file a lawsuit against a city, provided you follow the right rules and hire the right legal representation. Learn about you can file a personal injury claim against a city and discover why you need to bring your case to a trustworthy Chattanooga personal injury lawyer. Providing a Notice of Claim Depending on the state in which you live, you will be required to file a ‘Notice of Claim’ with the city before pursuing a personal injury lawsuit. This notice is meant to alert the city that …