School bus driver charged with vehicular homicide

John Walker, 24, was arrested on charges of five counts of vehicular homicide, reckless endangerment, and reckless driving in Chattanooga, Tennessee last Monday, November 21. The charges come after Walker crashed a school bus with 35 school children inside into a tree, causing the death of six elementary children and leaving 24 others with injuries ranging from non-life-threatening to critical.

Police investigators said they are looking at a high rate of speed as a possible factor of the accident. They ruled out road conditions as a likely contributor of the crash. Police have yet to determine if the suspect was drinking while driving or if he was drunk prior to assuming control of the wheel. Emergency medical responders spent considerable time freeing children trapped inside the school bus, which was almost torn in half after getting enveloped around a tree. The accident occurred near Talley Road in southeast Chattanooga.

The personal injury lawyers at John Michael Bailey Injury Lawyers send our thoughts to the families, friends, and community members harmed by this tragedy.



Woman confesses she was texting when she hit child at bus stop

The Morristown Police Department in Hamblen County, Tennessee reported 37-year-old Heather Williams confessed to texting while driving. Her negligence caused her to hit a child who was waiting at a school bus stop near Lincoln Heights Elementary School on Monday, October 24.

Williams is facing charges of leaving the scene of an accident involving personal injury, passing a school bus stop sign, and texting while driving. In an interview with local news channel WBIR 10News, Jennifer Chess, the mother of six-year-old victim John Paul Taylor, said the boy sustained sore knees, some cuts, and bruises, but was already back to school by Thursday, October 27. Chess noted, “I thought he broke a bunch of bones. But guardian angels were watching over him.”

MPD Chief Roger Overholt emphasized the dangers of distracted driving, saying, “The incident demonstrates, once again, the danger of texting and driving, and, that while the child sustained non-threatening injuries in this incident, the outcome could have been far worse.”

If you experience a grave personal injury accident, you have probably faced serious emotional and physical trauma, not to mention the difficult challenges that the accident’s aftermath will bring. Hire the legal services of our attorneys at John Michael Bailey Injury Lawyers. We provide legal services to clients in Memphis and other areas of Tennessee. Find out more by calling our offices at (844) 275-8422.



Judge deems personal injury lawsuit against 3M ‘premature’

In an order filed on Tuesday, September 20, United States District Judge Abdul Kallon barred customers of the West Morgan-East Lawrence Water and Sewer Authority from basing claims of negligence and public nuisance on personal injury. The judge ruled that plaintiffs cannot claim they suffered an injury or contracted a disease from the drinking water supplied by the county government office, which was supposedly tainted with chemicals identified in a recent EPA health advisory by 3M Co.

In his decision, Kallon said: “Unfortunately, while their fear of injury is justified, under Alabama law, however, they have not suffered a ‘manifest, present injury,’” noting that the lawsuit was premature. Kallon also negated claims that 3M Co. and its subsidiary, Dyneon LLC, trespassed against West Morgan-East Lawrence Water and Sewer Authority and its customers because the plaintiffs failed to provide evidence of property damage arising from the chemicals contaminating the authority’s drinking water.

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Children who were hurt on Delta Fair Ride speak out

The Moonraker ride at the Delta Fair and Music Festival in Memphis, Tennessee is still closed after an accident that injured eight people. Four of them sustained broken bones as a result of the incident.

16-year-old Faith Parrish and her cousin, 11-year-old Hollie Manard, were among those who were injured when the Moonraker’s safety bars unexpectedly lifted while in operation. The malfunction caused some individuals to dangle from lap bars and eventually fall to the ground.

Casey Lott, Parrish and Manard’s legal counsel, said: “If we have to bring a civil action to hold them accountable for what they did to these children, for what these children have gone through, then that is what we’ll do.” For her part, Parrish’s mother Pauline Owens said: “It is hard for me to look at Hollie and see her crying or look at Faith and see her crying or my other daughter Kira or Jonathan or any of the children that were involved in this.” Owens noted that the children are having panic attacks and that they keep hearing the screams all over again.

Our legal team at John Michael Bailey Injury Lawyers has offices in Memphis to help you file claims for premises liability, defective products, and insurance claims, among others. Call our offices today at (844) 275-8422 to discuss your personal injury accident.



Three injured in Tennessee fair accident

At a fair in Greeneville, Tennessee, three girls fell from a Ferris wheel on Monday, August 8. The Georgia-based Family Attractions Amusement company remains operational despite a similar incident that happened in North Carolina in 2013, which injured five people and caused the owner’s son to be imprisoned. In Tennessee, 6-year-old Briley Rae Reynolds, her 10-year-old sister Kayla, and a third girl, fell 35 to 40 feet to the ground after the accident.

Investigators concluded that mechanical failure caused the gondolas to flip over, sending the three girls to the ground and causing Briley Rae to suffer a traumatic brain injury. Kayla sustained a broken arm, and the third girl, only identified as a 16-year-old, sustained critical injuries, reported The Robesonian. Greeneville Police Detective Captain Tim Davis said inspectors hired by the Greene County Fair Board are further investigating the incident to find out what caused the malfunction that led to the accident.

The personal injury attorneys at John Michael Bailey Injury Lawyers have the experience necessary to successfully help people who have suffered from personal injury accidents in Memphis or other areas in Tennessee. Call our offices today at (844) 275-8422 to discuss your case and learn more about your legal options.



Sardines Recalled Due to Botulism Concerns

The Greenland Trading Corporation is ordering a recall on Al Rasheed Sardine products from retailers in California, Florida, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee. The most recent batch of sardines, marked with the expiration date 3/17, reportedly contains Clostridium botulinum. The bacteria cause an especially dangerous form of food poisoning, botulism.

According to the FDA, botulism can cause general weakness, dizziness, double vision, and trouble speaking or swallowing. Anyone currently experiencing these symptoms should consult a doctor as soon as possible. Medical authorities are strongly discouraging the consumption of these products because even the smallest exposure to the bacteria can mean death. Instead, consumers should return the sardines to the place of purchase for a refund.

Defective products such as these can have life-altering consequences. The attorneys at John Michael Bailey Injury Lawyers are experienced in holding companies accountable for negligent practices and obtaining restitution for the victims of toxic food products. Call us at (844) 275-8422 for a free consultation.



Study shows that majority of police officers from 2010-2014 were killed in auto accidents

A report released by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund on Friday, July 29 analyzed the deaths of 684 police officers over a five-year period (from 2010 to 2014) and discovered that 272 police officers were killed in automobile accidents or were hit by a car.

Of 91 police officers who lost their lives while responding to a dispatcher’s call for service, many were responding to calls of domestic dispute.

When examining the 132 deaths of police officers who were either responding to dispatcher calls or were conducting their own self-investigation, one can learn that 129 of them died from wounds caused by guns.

The report was released at an optimum time, as it was “being finalized, the nation is reeling from the ambush shooting deaths of five Dallas, Texas police officers, followed days later by a similar attack on uniformed officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in which three officers were killed”.

The financial burden associated with a personal injury accident caused by the negligent actions of other individuals is not only unfair, it is also very inconvenient. File a personal injury claim with the legal help of our attorneys at John Michael Bailey Injury Lawyers if this happened to you in Memphis or other areas in Tennessee. Calling our offices today at (844) 275-8422.



Handicapped teenager files lawsuit against TSA, Memphis airport after bloody inspection

Nineteen-year-old Memphis, Tennessee-based St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital patient Hannah Cohen was injured and then taken into custody by security workers at a Memphis International Airport checkpoint, according to a recently filed lawsuit by Cohen’s family against the United States Department of Homeland Security’s Transportation Security Administration and the Memphis airport.

According to Cohen’s attorneys, Cohen was impaired due to radiation and removal of a brain tumor, and is limited in her ability of using motor, cognitive, and sensory functions such as talking, walking, standing, hearing, and seeing. Court documents stated that when Cohen and her mother were going through a security checkpoint operated by the Memphis International Airport Police Department and the TSA, an alarm went off and Cohen became confused by the alarm and the security officers’ attempt to search her.

Shirley Cohen, the plaintiff’s mother, said, “She’s trying to get away from them but in the next instant, one of them had her down on the ground and hit her head on the floor. There was blood everywhere.”

Cohen was then arrested, booked, and on the night she should have been celebrating the end of her treatment at St. Jude at her house in Chattanooga, she was detained at Shelby County Jail East Female Correctional Facility.

If you have experienced a serious personal injury accident and would like to speak to a considerate personal injury attorney, call John Michael Bailey Injury Lawyers today at (844) 275-8422.



Students sue NCAA about concussions and safety issues

University of Michigan student Steve Strinko, Ohio State University student Raymond Griffin, Duke University student Derrick Lee, and University of Tennessee student Orenthal James Owens are seeking damages in a class action lawsuit filed on Wednesday, June 8 against the National College Athletic Association (NCAA).

The suit also brings charges against three college athletic conferences – the Big Ten Conference, Southeastern Conference, and the Atlantic Coast Conference – claiming they have not established necessary safeguards to protect football players from concussions. A similar case, which holds a $75 million proposed settlement, is pending in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The Illinois case focuses more on medical monitoring and safety protocols than personal injury and includes a variety of sports aside from football.

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Dollywood asks courts to dismiss negligence suit

Pigeon Forge, Tennessee-based theme park Dollywood, owned by 69-year-old country singer-songwriter Dolly Parton, has asked courts to dismiss a lawsuit against it that claims negligence on behalf of the park’s staff.

The plaintiff, Tedi Brown, who filed a lawsuit against the theme park in late 2014, claimed that the ride she was on when she was injured, the Waltzing Swinger (a swinging chair ride that lifts occupants as high as 25 feet in the air), should not have been operated in dangerous conditions. On the day in December of 2013 when Brown became injured, it was raining heavily. Brown and her attorney believe the weather led to the ride becoming slippery, which allowed Brown to fall headfirst ten feet onto the pavement below and sustain several injuries.

According to court documents, Brown fell after she, believing the ride to be over, lifted her restraining bar in order to leave her seat. While Brown alleges that she would not have fallen had the seats been dry, Dollywood representatives believe Brown’s decision to lift her own safety bar renders her solely responsible for her injuries.

If you have been injured in an accident and need help seeking compensation for your injuries, call the attorneys of John Michael Bailey Injury Lawyers today at (844) 275-8422 to discuss your case and learn how we can help you.



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