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Category Archives: Personal Injury

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How Store Surveillance Footage Can Defeat Your Personal Injury Claim

By Fox Willis Burnette, PLLC |

When it comes to personal injury cases, a picture can be worth a thousand words. That is to say, visual evidence is typically more persuasive than oral argument. This can prove to be a double-edged sword for injury victims who allege an accident occurred one way–yet video evidence produced by the defense suggests a… Read More »

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Tennessee AG May Ask Supreme Court to Reinstate Cap on Punitive Damages

By Fox Willis Burnette, PLLC |

Last December, a federal appeals court delivered an important ruling for personal injury victims and their families when it declared unconstitutional a Tennessee law limiting jury awards of punitive damages. According to the Knoxville News-Sentinel, Tennessee Attorney General Herbert L. Slatery III is in the process of deciding whether to ask the U.S. Supreme… Read More »

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Can You Seek Damages for Your Own “Loss of Household Services” in a Personal Injury Case?

By Fox Willis Burnette, PLLC |

There are many different types of damages a plaintiff may seek in a personal injury lawsuit. Some of the more common categories include economic losses like medical bills and non-economic damages such as “pain and suffering” and “loss of enjoyment of life.” But what about “loss of household services.” By this, we mean the… Read More »

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What Happens When There Is a Disagreement Over the Facts Surrounding an Accident?

By Fox Willis Burnette, PLLC |

Not every personal injury case makes it to trial. In some cases, a judge may decide to issue a summary judgment in favor of one party. Summary judgment is basically designed to more quickly dispose of cases where the “material facts” are not in dispute. Court of Appeals Revives Personal Injury Claim of Man… Read More »

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How Legal “Privilege” Can Prevent Disclosure of Evidence in a Personal Injury Case

By Fox Willis Burnette, PLLC |

In personal injury litigation, third parties may possess valuable information that can help prove (or disprove) a plaintiff’s allegations. Under normal circumstances, either party to the case may ask the court to issue a subpoena for such information, assuming it is not protected by some specified legal privilege. For example, the defendant in a… Read More »

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Pa. Judge Refuses to Dismiss Defective Knee Replacement Lawsuit Against Arthrex

By Fox Willis Burnette, PLLC |

A knee replacement is major, life-altering surgery. So if something goes wrong due to a defect in the replacement device, it can have a substantial, negative impact on the quality of life for both the patient and their family. And the manufacturer responsible for producing such defective medical devices can be held responsible via… Read More »

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TN Health Club Not Liable for Member’s Sexual Assault

By Fox Willis Burnette, PLLC |

At one time or another, all of us have been asked to sign some sort of “release” or “waiver” holding a property owner harmless for any injury we might suffer while on the premises. Most people sign such waivers without giving it a second thought. Unfortunately, when something does happen to them, that same… Read More »

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The Important Role of Video Evidence in Personal Injury Cases

By Fox Willis Burnette, PLLC |

Many times, a personal injury lawsuit depends entirely on the parties’ personal recollection of events, which may be years after the fact. In some cases, a plaintiff may bolster his or her case if there is video or photographic evidence taken at the time of the accident. Of course, video evidence can also work… Read More »

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Can You File a Personal Injury Lawsuit Over the Loss of a Pet?

By Fox Willis Burnette, PLLC |

Personal injury claims based on negligence require proof that the defendant breached some “duty of care” owed to the plaintiff–and that said breach actually caused the plaintiff’s injury. The existence of a duty of care is a legal question, while causation is a factual question. Court of Appeals Rules Veterinarian’s Negligence Caused Cat’s Death… Read More »

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When “Common Sense” Is Not Enough to Legally Prove How an Accident Occurred

By Fox Willis Burnette, PLLC |

“Common sense” is not always compatible with Tennessee personal injury law. What we mean by that is you might be able to look at a given situation, say a car accident, and decide you know what must have happened based on your personal knowledge and experience. But when a case is tried in an… Read More »

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