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What makes you a seaman under the Jones Act?

Like any other industry, working on a vessel comes with certain risks. Even when you take certain safety precautions, you could suffer a work-related injury. You could end up spending days, weeks or longer recovering, depending on the severity and nature of those injuries.

Since you don't qualify for workers' compensation benefits, you must rely on either the Jones Act or the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act. Determining which act applies to your situation means determining whether the law would consider you a seaman.

Am I receiving a fair and legal wage?

If you have a choice between a job that pays well and a similar job that pays poorly, you will likely choose the job that pays well. Jobs are to help you earn the money you need to support your family, pay your bills and plan for your future. If your employer pays you by the hour, time is literally money to you.

Fortunately, federal and Tennessee laws protect workers' rights to fair wages. The Fair Labor Standards Act places restrictions and obligations on your employer to ensure you receive the pay you deserve for the work you do. However, not every employer complies with these laws, and they may get away with paying unfair wages if employees do not know their rights under the FLSA.

Taking steps to prevent electric shock drownings

Perhaps one of the most terrifying accidents to witness is an electrocution. You may feel helpless and unsure of how to assist the victim without suffering injuries yourself. When an electrocution takes place in the water, the situation is critical. When an electrical current passes through a person's body, it causes the muscles to paralyze. The victim cannot swim to safety, and without immediate rescue, drowning is imminent.

The greatest danger for electric shock drowning occurs in marinas and near boat docks. If a recent day of recreation turned to tragedy when a loved one suffered an electric shock drowning, you may have many questions about how such an incident occurred and what your options are in the aftermath.

The impact of a spinal cord injury in your life

A serious accident can leave you with serious injuries, some that have the ability to change your life. If you suffered a spinal cord injury, you are dealing with an injury that can impact everything from being able to return to work to your ability to take care of yourself. Some people with spinal cord injuries have limitations for the rest of their lives.

Every spinal cord injury is different, and it is not always immediately apparent how it could impact a victim permanently. The impact depends on the location of the injury and the severity of the damage to the spinal cord. The aftermath of suffering from a catastrophic injury is overwhelming and devastating, but you can fight for what you need to heal and move forward.

Understanding the concept of collective bargaining

Being part of a union provides you with numerous benefits. As an organized group, you can help better your position no matter your industry. The leadership of the union works to make sure that you receive fair pay and benefits for the work you do.

If you encounter unsafe working conditions, the union could help rectify that situation as well. If it becomes necessary to get government agencies involved, the union leadership handles these issues so that you don't have to. When it comes time to renew a contract or otherwise set out terms of your employment, the union works on your behalf to provide you with the best solutions possible.

Brain trauma following a motor vehicle crash

While you may be fortunate to emerge from a motor vehicle accident with minor injuries, there is always the chance you or your loved one will be left with a very different life after a serious crash. Broken bones, internal injuries and spinal cord injuries are all common following a catastrophic accident, especially if the accident involves high speeds or a large vehicle. Perhaps one of the most devastating injuries possible is a brain injury.

A traumatic brain injury can rob you of your freedom, your mobility and even your very personality. Depending on the area of the brain and the severity of the injury, your life may never be the same.

Injured railroad workers and appropriate compensation

When a person suffers injuries in an accident at work, it can lead to expensive medical bills and other financial losses. Recovery can be expensive, and for some Tennessee workers, it can be a burden for the entire family. For many types of workers, there are options for financial support available after a work accident. 

While many employees are able to seek appropriate support through a workers' compensation claim, things work a little differently for men and women who are railroad workers. If you are employed in this specific type of job, you may find it beneficial to know how you can protect your interests after a work accident.

Misdiagnosis is the most common medical error

If a doctor misdiagnosed your illness, chances are you and your family spent weeks, months or even years struggling to make sense of it. Apparently, somewhere along the chain, beginning with your first symptom complaint, someone missed something. As a result, your illness was allowed to progress unchecked. Any treatment you received did little to relieve your suffering and may even have exacerbated the situation.

Sadly, you are one of millions who receive incorrect diagnoses or for whom doctors simply dismiss their symptoms. Most frequently, misdiagnoses occur with patients who have cancer, leaving many to die from an illness that may have been curable if the medical team had properly diagnosed it. Even more than errors in surgical procedures, a missed diagnosis is becoming the most common medical mistake in the country.

Keeping teenage drivers safe in Tennessee

Like most Tennessee parents, you probably worry every time your teenager heads out the front door with car keys in hand. The problem is your child doesn't get to navigate roadways alone. Many times, problems arise because of other motorists.

A moment's negligence on the part of another driver can change your child's life forever. But if another person causes your child to an suffer injury in a motor vehicle collision, there are definite steps you can take to seek justice. Here are several tips to protect your new driver. 

Is technology the solution to avoiding truck accidents?

It seems as if every time you get behind the wheel of your car, you are placing your life at risk. More vehicles than ever are on the roads, and Tennessee speed limits continue to increase. Throw in a fleet of truckers anxious to meet their deadlines, and you have a recipe for tragedy.

From time to time, TV news or safety advocates will warn drivers of smaller vehicles what they can do to avoid being in an accident with a truck. Avoiding blind spots, keeping your distance and trying not to cut off a tractor-trailer are all sage pieces of advice, but sometimes no precautions can prevent a collision with a truck if the operator makes a critical error.

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