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Motorcycle-SUV collision hurts one

Posted on Friday, September 23rd, 2016   

A motorcycle and SUV collision that happened on South Church Street near Rutherford Boulevard in Murfreesboro in on Tuesday, September 20 resulted in one individual getting hurt.

According to preliminary investigations, both the motorcycle, which was driven by 27-year-old Shelbyville resident Eliel Guess, and the SUV, were traveling down South Church Street when they collided. Guess was taken to Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville to receive medical attention for his critical injuries. He was listed under stable condition on Thursday, September 22. No one else was hurt during the accident, which is still under investigation.

Our Tennessee personal injury lawyers at Pohl & Berk, LLP provide legal services for our clients in Nashville and other areas of Tennessee. We handle personal injury accident cases such as motorcycle accidents, car accidents, and rollover accidents, among others. Call our offices today at (615) 277-2765 to speak with a qualified member of our legal team about the details of your situation today.


Parents file tort claim against Nashville after police chase

Posted on Thursday, September 22nd, 2016   

Kalvyn Johnson-Bey and Carleen Scrogham, parents of 18-year-old Hope, Tennessee resident Xavier Scrogham filed a tort claim for personal injury against the town of Nashville and Nashville police officer Leonard Burch on Friday, September 16. Scrogham was killed after a police chase was started by 25-year-old Burch at 11:36 p.m. on August 29, 2016 on U.S. Route 31.

Burch, who was off-duty at the time of the incident, said Scrogham passed his vehicle on a motorcycle going 120 miles per hour in a 911 cellphone call with Bartholomew County emergency dispatchers. However, the legal counsel for Scrogham’s parents, Trent McCain, said Scrogham “made a mistake” and that “he should not have done what he did.” McCain notes also that Scrogham “was chased by a young man in T-shirts and shorts in a police car for 20 miles out of the officer’s jurisdiction” and that Burch was acting in the capacity of a “power-drunk cowboy” in his pursuit of Scrogham.

Our attorneys at Pohl & Berk, LLP provide legal services for our clients in Nashville and other areas of Tennessee. We handle personal injury accident cases such as auto accidents and wrongful death cases, among others. Call our offices today at (615) 277-2765 to learn more about your legal options.


NFL launches Play Smart Play Safe initiative

Posted on Tuesday, September 20th, 2016   

National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell revealed that the league’s 32 club owners will be providing an additional $100 million for efforts to advance medical engineering and research into preventing, diagnosing, and treating head injuries, on top of the $100 million already spent on medical and neuroscience research.

The project, called the Play Smart Play Safe initiative, also mandates that a physician is hired to serve as the league’s official chief medical officer.

Goodell said that the NFL had already made 42 rule amendments – such as employing 29 medical professionals during each game – since 2002.

In 2015, a federal judge approved a settlement for 80 concussion-related lawsuits on behalf of more than 2,000 NFL players that was filed as s single class-action lawsuit. The agreement gives up to $5 million per retired player for serious medical conditions associated with serious head trauma, baseline medical exams for retired NFL players, and financial awards for retired players who were diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, chronic traumatic encephalopathy, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease, and dementia.

By filing a personal injury lawsuit against the individuals that caused you harm in Nashville or other areas in Tennessee, you can hold them liable for the consequences of their actions or inactions. Get in touch with our attorneys at Pohl & Berk, LLP by calling our offices today at (615) 277-2765.


Two-vehicle accident results in three deaths

Posted on Tuesday, September 13th, 2016   

Three individuals lost their lives during a two-vehicle collision in Athens, Alabama on Sunday, August 28.

According to the preliminary report of Trooper James Rice, one of the victims was driving a 2000 Chevrolet Impala southbound on a 45 mile-per-hour road along Reid Road shortly before 12:00 a.m. when his vehicle crashed into a northbound 2008 Chevrolet.

The Impala overturned and came crashing down in a ditch, facing north, while the other vehicle spun from the impact and came to rest in the same ditch. Rice later noted, “There were no brake or skid marks on the roadway.” Both the driver of the Impala and his passenger were declared dead at the scene while one passenger in the other car died later in the hospital.

Our deepest thoughts go out to the victims of this tragic accident and their loved ones. Our attorneys with Pohl & Berk, LLP are deeply sympathetic to families that have to face such heartache and we implore you to not go through the process alone.


GM Issues Airbag Recall

Posted on Monday, September 12th, 2016   

General Motors has issued a recall on 4.3 million vehicles to address an issue in which the airbags may not deploy during an accident. So far, one death and three injuries have been tied to this airbag issue.

This recall is contrary to other recent airbag recalls, as those concern airbags deploying at unexpected and unnecessary times, leading to serious or fatal injuries. In the recalled GM vehicles, a sensor for the airbags would sometimes run a diagnostic test while the car was being driven, putting it in a state where it was incapable of deploying the airbags should they be needed. GM plans to address this issue with a software update that will be available at dealerships.

The recall marks a drastic change in the way GM handles safety and defects. After sustaining heavy fines during a previous recall involving ignition switches that would cause cars to switch off while being driven, the company has implemented a program that allows people to report safety concerns.

If you’ve been injured as a result of a defective automobile, it is possible to hold the car’s manufacturer accountable for allowing defective safety features. The Tennessee automobile defect and malfunction lawyers of Pohl & Berk, LLP, can help you understand this process and may be able to help you recover compensation for your injuries. Call (615) 277-2765 today for more information.


Woman injured in police-involved crash files $2M personal injury lawsuit

Posted on Monday, September 5th, 2016   

Cannon County, Tennessee resident Katrina Sadler has filed a $2 million personal injury lawsuit in Cannon County Circuit Court on Friday, August 19 against Rutherford County, Mayberry-Buckner Enterprises, Coffee County Funeral Chapel, Manchester Funeral Home, Manchester Alderman Tim Kilgore, City of Manchester, Coffee County, and Garieon Simmons in relation to an incident on June 24, 2016 that wounded her and killed one other person.

According to the lawsuit, all the parties were negligent in the high-speed pursuit that started in Manchester in Coffee County and continued up Interstate 24 onto South Church where it resulted in collisions that killed 28-year-old Jessica Campos and seriously wounded Sadler.

David Randolph Smith, Sadler’s legal counsel, said they are contemplating whether to elevate the case to a federal lawsuit. A circuit court filing usually deals with cases regarding negligence, while a federal lawsuit is based on civil rights violations.

A victim of a personal injury accident is not only put in danger due to their of physical injuries, not only inconvenienced by the likely event that they may not be able to earn their daily wages or perform activities that they usually do, and not only exposed to emotional trauma, but are also dealt a sense of injustice by being exposed to harm that should never have happened to them in the first place. Call our attorneys at Pohl & Berk, LLP in Nashville at (615) 277-2765 to discuss your personal injury accident case with a qualified member of our legal team.

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