Nashville Injury Attorneys Blog

As avid hockey fans our firm anxiously watched the Nashville Predators win another game over the Calgary Flames on its Western Canadian road trip last week.

As personal injury attorneys our firm anxiously watched as one of the on-ice officials was hit from behind by a player from the Flames during the game. With contact with an on-ice official being considered one of the worst ‘offenses’ a player can commit in the game, we wondered what could have provoked such behavior from a professional athlete?

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It turns out that Dennis Wideman, the offending player, was hit by a Predator just moments earlier causing him to suffer a concussion. Although Wideman continued to play out the rest of the game, the NHL confirmed that after the game ended Wideman was diagnosed with a concussion.

As personal injury attorneys we are accustomed to seeing different symptoms that arise from suffering a concussion. Concussions are considered a Traumatic Brain Injury caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head that disrupts the normal function of the brain. Wideman complained of being woozy or foggy after taking a hit and indicated that is why he collided with Henderson. According to a report issued by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) effects of a traumatic brain injury can include impaired thinking or memory, movement, sensation or emotional functioning, including personality changes. These effects can be mild and brief in nature or can be severe and last for an extended period of time and even result in memory loss. As a long standing player in the NHL with a relatively unmarked reputation, effects from a concussion may help to explain Widemans’ uncharacteristic behavior.

The CDC report went on to state that motor vehicle accidents comprised over 14% of reported traumatic brain injuries or concussions. If you are involved in a car wreck or accident where you have sustained a head injury, it is important that you keep note of any changes in your mental or emotional state and inform your primary care physician of your observations as it may be that you have suffered a traumatic brain injury.

We have over 35 years of experience providing trusted legal advice in middle Tennessee . If you are involved in a car wreck or accident contact one of our attorneys today for a free consultation.

(615) 256-8880.

 

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With an established Social Security practice Ms. Ann-Douglas Tycer has been advocating for her clients for over 20 years. When she is not at a hearing Ann-Douglas is meeting with her clients and learning about their cases. We managed to get a few minutes of Ann-Douglas’s time to learn more about who she is in a rapid fire question and answer session:
Ann-Douglas TycerWhat is the one moment, memory or accomplishment in your legal career that you treasure the most?
Going from being a stay-at-home mom to completing law school then winning my first case was breath taking!
If you had to choose three words to describe yourself, what would they be?
Caring, knowledgeable, tenacious
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A doctor; I went to pre-med, then dropped out. By the time my head cleared (three kids later), I wanted to be a lawyer.
Who has been the greatest influence in your life?
My Mother-a fabulous single mom who raised three daughters.
Do you have any hidden talents?
No, not really any talents, but I love to garden.
What is one goal you’d like to accomplish during your lifetime?
Learn a second language.
If you were stranded on a desert island, what three items would you want to have with you?
Books, books (and of course, my glasses so I could read them!).

What does AAOX3 stand for?
If you are injured in car wreck, odds are the ambulance personnel will immediately start asking you questions. Often, medical responders to your accident will be using medical lingo. Even though you may be able to hear responders speaking about you, you may not understand what they are saying. A common term that you may hear or see in medical records is “AAOX3”, which stands for Alert and Oriented to Person, Place and Time.
Medical responders use AA0X3 to determine your level of awareness by asking:
“What is your name?” which will demonstrate your alertness to Person,
“Do you know where you are?” to determine if you are alert to Place; and
“What day is it?” to show your awareness of Time.
An additional indicator that may be referred to (AAOX4), is Event, “Do you know what happened?”
These questions are important in head injury and concussion cases. The answers help emergency responders find out what happened and also give health care providers insight into whether you blacked out or sustained a head injury in the accident. If you are ever in an accident, our attorneys will be your voice to ensure you not only understand what is happening with your claim but that will also recover a fair settlement in light of your injuries.

Did you know there are over 17,000 active attorneys in Tennessee? 17,000!! Out of all of those attorneys, how do you pick the right one for you? We want to help make this decision easier.

 

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Meet Jonathan. He can juggle…and not just multiple cases, he can literally juggle!

Jonathan is the son of Mr. Larry Williams, a trusted, established and prominent attorney in Nashville. It is not surprising that Jonathan is a leading young attorney in Nashville. He grew up watching his father work hard to build the reputable firm of Larry R. Williams, PLLC. His passion for the law was clearly sparked by his father, whom he refers to as the greatest influence in his life. Jonathan has fond memories of watching former clients express gratitude to his father for the help he provided to them. These memories inspired Jonathan to deviate from his childhood dream of becoming a high-school wrestling coach and instead become an attorney.
Jonathan is nice. Not just your typical Southern gentleman nice, but compassionate, thoughtful and caring. When asked about a moment, memory or accomplishment in his legal career that he treasures the most, he gave an answer that reflects his compassionate character. He spoke of a family he helped from a case early in his career that involved a child who died in a car wreck. The case provoked his desire to help improve road safety measures in the area of the accident. His persistence ultimately led to the installation of a guard rail on a state highway throughout Houston County. The injustice that he felt after a child lost his life had such a profound impact on Jonathan that he took it upon himself to not only recover a settlement for his clients but also take steps to prevent future tragedies.
Maybe one day, years from now and after recovering millions of dollars for his clients and their families Jonathan will take time to enjoy the fruits of his labor and accomplish one of his many goals in life: play the Old Course at St. Andrews. Until that day comes he will be carrying on the family legacy as a great attorney at Larry R. Williams, PLLC.

 

If you have decided you need to find an attorney, something has happened. You were injured in a car wreck, you want to start a business or you were denied social security disability benefits. What do you do next? Many people do what they always do when they are looking for something: they Google it. But how do you truly know what kind of lawyer you will speak to when you go beyond your Google results and pick up the phone to call a law firm. We have all seen advertisements from big multi-state law firms that tell us to contact them. Many of these firms dump the workload on paralegals and you never know what attorney is actually working for you. You want an attorney that cares not only about your case but about you, that listens to your needs and understand the emotional toll involved when undertaking legal matters.

This is how we are different. Our clients work directly with their lawyer. Our firm is family owned and the family values have carried on into the business. The firm was founded by Larry R. Williams and the legacy of providing trusted legal advice has carried on to his son, Jonathan Williams. We are not your typical ‘big city’ multi-state law firm. We do not want to be. We are attorneys that always answer your call, know your situation and work through your problems. We do not have a call center or someone hundreds of miles away answering our phones. We don’t compete among ourselves, we work together, as a family and a team.

If you are looking for a firm that will take your legal matter seriously but won’t overlook the importance of building a trusting relationship with you, you can call any of our attorneys at Larry R. Williams PLLC at 615-256-8880.

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As some of you may know my wife Megan has suffered from RSD/CRPS since August of 2012 after a surgery. We encountered doctors that do not understand this disease. We struggled to understand it ourselves. Luckily, we found some great physicians and therapists who went out of their way to help Megan. Unfortunately, many people struggling with CRPS do not have the understanding, diagnosis, resources or connections to fight it.

Megan has joined a national effort to make November 2, 2015 “Color the world orange day.” The color orange is a reference to the fire-like burn that CRPS patients feel. She asked the Governor to proclaim, like in other states, November 2, 2015 “Color the world orange day” to spread awareness of this poorly understood disorder. Today we received this proclamation from Governor Haslam.

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We encourage everyone who knows about RSD/CRPS to spread the awareness of this painful disease so that we can be better trained to fight it and find a cure.

Here is a quick reminder from Nashville car wreck and injury attorney Jonathan Williams of what to do if you are involved in an automobile accident.

1. Call the Police-Get an accident report from the police even if it seems minor. This can be critical to scene recreation if necessary. It also helps identify witnesses and is helpful for the car insurance companies and attorneys to get your claim started quickly. The Metro Nashville Police Department non-emergency line is 615-862-8600.

2. Medical Attention- If you are able, ask if the other parties are okay. If you are injured, seek immediate medical attention for yourself or call 911. Don’t wait. Untreated injuries may get worse over time. Make sure you tell the Doctor about all possible injuries.

3. Document- Take a picture of the other parties Insurance card and get their cell number. Take pictures at the scene of both cars if possible AND the surroundings of the accident. If you believe the other party was not properly obeying street signs or traffic lights, document the signs or lights with a photograph.

4. Do no call – Do not talk to the insurance company for the other party until you have first talked to a lawyer. If you are injured; call Jonathan Williams for FREE advice. If you receive a call, tell them limited personal info only. Let your car wreck attorney deal with the insurance company.

Remember – Your phone or in person consultation with Nashville car wreck attorney Jonathan Williams is always FREE. Call 615-256-8880 to find out more.

The last thing you want to do on a snow day is talk to a Nashville injury attorney. We have all seen the news warning us not to drive and pictures and stories of car wrecks all over Middle Tennessee. Since you should not drive on ice, remember, when you walk, “Walk Like A Penguin!”

According to the National Safety Council, slip and falls are the second leading cause of un-intentional deaths at home. So, if you have to walk on ice, do your best penguin impersonation.

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Wear proper footwear, widen your foot base, keep your arms close to your body, turn your feet outward, take small steps, and watch for any curbs or steps that may cause a fall. Concentrate while walking. Don’t text and walk.

Remember your animals need protection as well. If you have a dog, go for short walks during bad weather. Ice can freeze in between their paws and injure your pet so wipe their paws with a warm washcloth and dry after being outside. Use a short leash and do not let your dog go out unattended. Remember that your dog probably cannot “Walk like a Penguin.” If it can, send me a video and I will post it here.

The short answer is yes, but it wasn’t always this way in Tennessee. For many years Tennessee was a contributory negligence state. That meant that if an accident was even 1% your fault you could not recover any damages through the Tennessee legal system. Thankfully, in 1992 Tennessee adopted a modified comparative fault system in the landmark case of McIntyre v. Balentine. Rather than completely barring someone from recovery if they are partially at fault in car wreck in Tennessee, comparative fault allows a person to recover damages depending on their percentage of fault in the accident.

Under pure comparative fault a person can recover damages in a car accident even if they are mostly at fault. If Jack and Jill are in a car accident and Jack is 95% at fault, Jack could in theory sue Jill for damages. However, it is likely that Jill would also file a lawsuit against Jack and whatever award Jack was granted would be minimal compared to that which Jill would be granted since the accident was almost entirely Jack’s fault. In the grand scheme it is really quite pointless for Jack to even file a lawsuit in this situation. For that reason Tennessee adopted the “modified” comparative fault system.

The modified comparative fault system allows a person to recover damages for an accident as long as their fault is less than that of the opposing party. So, if you are in an accident that is partially your fault you may still be able to recover damages for your medical bills, property damages, pain and suffering, etc. An injured person is not entitled to any recovery if the person was 50% or more at fault for causing the damages. Ultimately, a jury and not an insurance adjustor makes this finding.

You may be asking, “what if I’m not sure who was more at fault in my accident?” Car wrecks are determined on a factual case by case basis. Even if you think that an accident was 50% your fault, you may want to at least consult an experienced Tennessee injury attorney. In Tennessee, if a jury or judge finds that you are 49% at fault or less, you are still entitled to a fair recovery but your damages will be reduced by your percentage of fault.

It is important to understand the principal of fairness that is at the heart of comparative fault. The goal is to create a system that is much more reasonable than contributory negligence. Under comparative fault, a person is only entitled to the percentage of the damage that was not caused by their own negligence or irresponsibility. For example, if at trial it is determined that you were 20% at fault in your accident, then you are entitled to 80% of the damages you incurred as a result of the accident.
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Tennessee Social Security Disability attorney Ann Tycer is often asked to prove cases of disability involving COPD. This is a respiratory (lung) condition characterized by loss of pulmonary function making it very difficult to breath, which in turn makes working difficult if not impossible. Emphysema is a name frequently given to one type of COPD. Common symptoms are difficulty breathing, wheezing, coughing, fatigue and sometimes chest pain. A chest x-ray or other imaging studies are required for proper diagnosis. Pulmonary function studies may be ordered to determine the severity of COPD.

COPD is most frequently seen in people who smoke or have been regularly exposed to air pollutants, but the condition may also appear in non-smokers. Those with COPD frequently suffer from lengthy “common colds.”

COPD is a common and significant cause of disability. Millions of people worldwide are diagnosed with COPD. It ranks as the third leading cause of death in the United States.

Currently doctors have no cure or anyway to reverse the damage to the lungs. Exercise is important and stopping smoking is essential for better health and to show disability judges a good faith effort to follow your doctor’s orders.

If you have COPD and need help with a Social Security Disability appeal, call attorney Ann Tycer today at 615-256-8880 for a free informative consultation.