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At the Cochran Firm, even though our office mates have changed, we are still here focusing on your legal needs. Please call us for your legal needs at 901-523-1222 or check us out at Cochranfirmmidsouth.com. From personal injury to medical malpractice, our Memphis, TN lawyers have experience handling a wide variety of cases. Contact our team today for a free case evaluation....

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Why Quick Settlements Aren’t Always the Best Settlements

Quick Settlements to personal injury claims aren't always the best settlements

Getting quick settlements for personal injury claims may seem like a good sign, but they aren't always. If you have been injured and plan to file a personal injury claim in the state of Tennessee, there are many things you have to consider while dealing with your claim. Your settlement will be determined by insurance coverage, pain and suffering, lost wages from work, and any medical bills. State and federal courts have time limits for either filing a civil complaint or formal criminal charges, which are intended to ensure the integrity of evidence and to prevent people from threatening lawsuits...

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Tire Blowout Injuries

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Tire Blowout Injuries Being involved in a car accident is a terrifying experience for all persons involved. Tire blowouts are especially frustrating because they could happen at any time, and in some cases with no fault of your own.  So how does a tire blowout occur? Tire blowouts occur when the tire of a car explodes while in motion. For example, debris like gravel or sharp objects on the road can cause your tire to puncture and explode. Overloading your vehicle with too much weight can cause a blowout. A leak or even too much air pressure in your tires can throw...

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5 Steps to Take After a Car Accident

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Being in a car accident is a frightening and dangerous situation to be in. Since these accidents can be severe with possible injuries, there are necessary steps that need to be taken after an accident. It is essential to follow these steps to protect your rights after an accident with a car or truck. Inform the Authorities  Anyone involved in the accident should never leave the scene. If there are no serious injuries, move your vehicle from the road if possible. If there were severe injuries or if someone died, call the police immediately. Upon arrival, the officer will assess the accident...

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Who is Liable in a Multi-car Accident

Who is Liable in a Multi-car Accident

Who is Liable in a Multi-car Accident? Not all car accidents involve one or two vehicles. With the number of people on the road already a high number and increasing, accidents involving more than two cars are growing. In a matter of seconds, a congested highway can become a dangerous and extreme situation. When disasters like this happen, it is hard to determine who is liable in a multi-car accident because more than one driver could be at fault for acting carelessly behind the wheel.  How Chain Reaction Accidents Happen   Typically, a chain reaction accident happens when traffic is at a stop. Someone hits another...

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Summer is the Most Dangerous Time for Teen Drivers

Summer is the Most Dangerous Time for Teen Drivers

Summer is the Most Dangerous Time for Teen Drivers The leading cause of death or impairment among teenagers in the United States is motor vehicle accidents. Teens ages 16-19 are at a higher risk of being in a car accident vs. any other age group. Teenagers lack legitimate driving experience so obstacles which may seem minuscule to an adult often are difficult for teens. They are more likely to crash if they are distracted by having peers in the car, using a cell phone or intoxicated. Teen Drivers in Summer Businesses like AAA refer to summer as the “100 Deadliest Days” due to...

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Premises Liability: Frequently Asked Questions

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Premises liability refers to when a person is injured on someone else’s property. Property owners are required to provide a safe and adequate property and if they fail to do so it can result in a premise liability claim. Frequently, a personal injury case is filed on the allegation that the property owner was negligent, causing injury. A few of the common premises liability cases include: Slip and Fall Accidents Negligent or Inadequate Security Animal Bites Children on Property Swimming Pool Injury Amusement Park Incidents Water leaks or flooding It is important to know that just because you were injured on someone's property does not mean that the...

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Auto Accident Case: Useful Experts and Their Roles

Auto Accident Case: Useful Experts and Their Roles

In a personal injury case, an expert witness is a person with specific technical or specialized knowledge about something. Many injury cases involve testimonies from various expert witnesses. As an auto accident victim, you should know the role an expert witness may play in your case and the expert witnesses you are likely to require. Expert witnesses play multiple roles in auto accident cases. Here are a few specific examples of such roles. Role of Expert Witnesses Clarify Contested Issues Some auto accident cases trigger complicated issues that both sides, the defendant and the plaintiff, can't just agree on. If that happens, you may...

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3 Ways Witness Statements Help With a Personal Injury Lawsuit

3 Ways Witness Statements Help With a Personal Injury Lawsuit Every time you get behind the wheel of your car you run the risk of being involved in an auto accident. These accidents can range in severity from a minor fender bender to a serious crash with multiple injuries. Any auto accident has the potential to put financial strain on the drivers involved. The driver who is at fault for causing the accident is typically responsible for covering the costs of the accident. This could be paying for damages themselves or working with their auto insurance company. In situations where fault is not...

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5 Ways Injuries Occur During The Holidays

Avoid Common Holiday Injuries Injuries can happen anywhere, anytime. Unfortunately, injuries often happen around the holiday season. Whether you’re hanging Christmas lights or wreaths, preparing a holiday meal or traveling to see loved ones we want you to have a safe and joyful season. Here are 5 ways injuries can occur during the holiday season: Slip and Falls The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) records over 10,000 fall injuries each year that are directly related to people trying to hang up holiday decorations. Stairs and sidewalks also present a potential risk for slip and falls. Be sure to use sturdy...

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