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What Are the Exceptions to Tennessee’s Cap on Non-Economic Damages in Personal Injury Cases?

By Fox Willis Burnette, PLLC |

Since 2011, Tennessee law has limited the amount of “non-economic” damages a personal injury victim can recover for their pain and suffering. In most cases, this noneconomic damages cap is $750,000. But the cap does not apply in all cases. The law includes an exception for cases where the defendant “intentionally falsified, destroyed or… Read More »

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The Statute of Limitations vs. The Statute of Repose in Tennessee Medical Malpractice Cases

By Fox Willis Burnette, PLLC |

In personal injury law there are two critical deadlines that plaintiffs need to understand: the statute of limitations and the statute of repose. A statute of limitations is a deadline based on when the plaintiff’s cause of action “accrues,” which may be different then the date the injury occurred. A statute of repose, in… Read More »

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Pa. Court Dismisses Asbestos-Related Talcum Powder Lawsuit Against Colgate-Palmolive

By Fox Willis Burnette, PLLC |

Defective product lawsuits depend on credible scientific testimony, not only to establish how the product in question is dangerous, but also how it actually caused the victim’s injuries. A judge will not accept a simple assertion that a product is defective or dangerous. And the court will rigorously screen proposed expert testimony to ensure… Read More »

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Federal Panel Consolidates Zantac Lawsuits in Florida

By Fox Willis Burnette, PLLC |

The number of Zantac lawsuits continues to rise as patients learn more about the potentially deadly side effects of this common heartburn medication. Last year, a pharmacy discovered that Zantac–also known as Ranitidine–contains dangerous levels of a molecule called Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), which is a known cancer-causing agent in humans. More to the point, the… Read More »

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The Critical Difference Between Ordinary Negligence and Medical Malpractice in Tennessee

By Fox Willis Burnette, PLLC |

Tennessee law distinguishes between ordinary negligence and medical malpractice. For example, if you are injured in a slip-and-fall accident while walking into a hospital lobby, you could sue the hospital for ordinary negligence. But if you were injured due to a mistake made by a doctor at the hospital who was treating you, that… Read More »

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What Is the “Open and Obvious” Defense, and How Could It Affect My Personal Injury Lawsuit?

By Fox Willis Burnette, PLLC |

In personal injury cases dealing with premises liability, property owners will often deploy what is known as the “open and obvious” defense. Essentially, this defense states that the hazard that caused the plaintiff’s injury was so open and obvious, an average person would know to protect themselves. What actually qualifies as “open and obvious”… Read More »

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Fox, Willis and Burnette donate Blessing Boxes to local communities

By Fox Willis Burnette, PLLC |

Blessing Boxes have been around a while to house non-perishable food items donated and available to those in need. Leave what you can, take what you need. We didn’t invent this idea but we want to expand upon it in East Tennessee. We are excited to announce a new project we feel will help… Read More »

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Recovering Damages for Evaluation and Diagnostic Services Following an Auto Accident

By Fox Willis Burnette, PLLC |

Proving a driver’s negligence is just one step towards recovering damages in a personal injury lawsuit. Another crucial step is actually proving there were damages. For example, the victim must show they actually required medical treatment as a result of the accident. In some cases, this can include the cost of evaluation and diagnostic… Read More »

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Class Action Filed Against Purell Manufacturer Over Allegedly Deceptive Health Claims

By Fox Willis Burnette, PLLC |

While business closures and unemployment continue to rock Tennessee as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, some companies are continuing to profit. A recent story from Yahoo Finance highlighted the boom in sales of the hand sanitizer Purell, which is manufactured by the privately held GOJO Industries. Yahoo noted that retail stores are sold… Read More »

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Can Multiple Uninsured Motorist Policies Cover the Same Car Accident?

By Fox Willis Burnette, PLLC |

Uninsured motorist (UM) benefits provide compensation for car accident victims when the person who actually caused the accident lacks sufficient insurance. In some cases, however, there may be multiple auto insurance policies–and thus, multiple UM provisions–that may cover a given accident. Does this mean the victim is entitled to recover benefits under all applicable… Read More »

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