Category Archives: Wrongful Death

Wrongful death is when a person is killed due to the negligent actions or inaction of another person or business.

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Tennessee?

In the state of Tennessee, a wrongful death is defined as the wrongful act or killing of another. These claims are considered a special type of personal injury claim since the deceased is not available to submit nor defend their claim in court. Wrongful death claims are not criminal charges but civil claims. Liability is expressed as money damages in a wrongful death claim. This is unlike criminal charges where penalties can vary from heavy fines to prison time. A wrongful death claim must be filed by someone other than the deceased. Further, it must be filed within the state of Tennessee’s Statute of Limitations. This means that a wrongful death lawsuit must be brought to the court within one year of the date of the deceased’s death. The court will not listen to wrongful death claims outside of the one-year limit. In the state of Tennessee, only certain family…
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Worst Manmade Disasters in Nashville’s History, and Their Causes

Nashville has had its share of natural disasters in recent memory. From the great floods on 2010 to the tornado outbreak that blew out skyscraper windows downtown in 1998, our city has endured. But some disasters come about not as a result of bad weather, but due to mistakes made by people. Here is a short list of Nashville’s most devastating manmade disasters and what caused them. Nashville’s Manmade Disasters On November 5, 1912, the water reservoir on 8th south collapsed. Through a 175-foot hole came 25 million gallons of water roaring through South Nashville. Miraculously, no one died, though many homes were destroyed. The reservoir had apparently been crumbling and leaking for a while, but nothing was done to repair the damage. On March 22, 1916, a young boy was playing with a ball of yarn when it caught fire from a nearby stove. Panicked, the boy threw the…
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The La Follette Firework Explosion, 20 Years Later

It has been 20 years since an industrial accident in Tennessee took the lives of four workers in La Follette, Tennessee. The accident occurred at Pyro Shows Inc., a fireworks factory, in June 1997, leaving behind twisted metal and debris. The explosion was so powerful that everyone in town heard it, and most could see its towering smoke cloud; it even knocked an entire church off its foundation. Some nearby believed that the deafening sound and concussive blast came from a plane crash. Windows around the city blew out. 20 years later, witnesses describe their memories of an unbelievable scene of destruction. One witness, who had been sitting in his car across from the blast, even waved as one of the men who was killed entered the building moments before the explosion. 200 yards away, another man and his son were standing in their front yard when the blast occurred,…
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