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Matt Hardin a Top 50 Nashville Super Lawyer, Top 100 Tennessee Super Lawyer

Matt Hardin, owner and founder of Matt Hardin Law, was recently named to two prestigious lists by Super Lawyers.

In addition to being named to Super Lawyers Top 50: 2016 Nashville Super Lawyers List, he was also named to the organization’s Top 100: 2016 Tennessee Super Lawyers List.

Matt was previously selected as a Top 100 lawyer in Tennessee by Super Lawyers in both 2015 and 2014.

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Matt Hardin Named Secretary of the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association

Matt Hardin Law is pleased to announce that our owner and founder, Matt Hardin, was recently elected secretary of the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association (TTLA) during its annual convention in San Destin, Florida, on June 17, 2016.

The TTLA is based in Nashville, Tennessee, and is comprised of trial attorneys from the three grand divisions of Tennessee, including nine districts and one at-large category.

Davidson County Bridges Reopen, Smith County Bridge Closes for Repairs

Two bridges in Northeast Davidson County will reopen after crews completed a repair project over the weekend.

According to a report by wsmv.com, the bridges on Old Hickory Boulevard are now open for traffic and commuters, and the repairs were celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday held by the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

Matt Hardin Named a Top 100 Lawyer in Tennessee by Super Lawyers®

Matt Hardin Law is pleased to announce that Matt Hardin, Esq., was recently selected as a top 100 lawyer in Tennessee by Super Lawyers®, a rating service for lawyers throughout the country who work in more than 70 practice areas.

The organization chooses attorneys who have earned a high-degree of peer recognition and demonstrated high levels of professional achievement throughout the courses of their careers. Attorneys are selected via a process involving independent research, peer nominations, and peer evaluations.

I-40 Weekend Closures Scheduled As Fast Fix 8 Project Nears Completion

The Tennessee Department of Transportation’s Fast Fix 8 project will be around 90 percent complete after this weekend’s scheduled repairs are completed.

According to wkrn.com, the road work will begin on Interstate 40 at 8 p.m. Friday evening and last through 6 a.m. Monday morning. This weekend’s work will take place on Charlotte Avenue as road crews work to remove and replace the I-40 eastbound bridge over that road.

While it is true that some accidents are black and white when it comes to determining who is at fault, most lie somewhere in a gray area. For this reason, the courts of Tennessee have adopted a system that allows jurors to determine the fault of each party and assign that party a fair share of the damages, according to that percentage.

road-traffic-accident-1016505-mIt used to be that, even if a personal injury plaintiff was found to be at fault even the slightest bit, that plaintiff was not permitted to recover for any damages sustained during the accident. This, however, led to harsh results. Imagine a jaywalker getting hit by a drunk driver. Should the jaywalker be barred completely from recovery? Many say that the jaywalker should recover, but perhaps less than if they had not been jaywalking. This is how Tennessee’s system of allocating fault works.

Modified Comparative Fault in Tennessee Negligence Cases

In a recent case in front of one of the Tennessee court of appeals, the court had the occasion to explain a little bit about the history and purpose of its comparative fault rule. Comparative fault is merely the legal name for a system that allows jurors to determine how “at fault” each party is and reduces any recovery amount by a party’s percentage of fault. Continue reading

After eleven patients contracted a rare form of meningitis after undergoing epidurals at St. Thomas Neurosurgery Clinic, the clinic, according to the Tennessee Department of Health (TDH), was shut down. Two patients who contracted the fungal meningitis at the clinic have died.

These eleven patients, who ranged from ages 40 to 80, received the epidural steroid injections at the clinic between July 30 and September 20. These type of injections are normally administered to relieve lower back pain.

The Centers for Disease Control and the TDH are working together to investigate the outbreak of this unusual form of meningitis. Although the investigation has not yet discovered the culprit for the outbreak, the steroid injections have been recalled. Authorities stated that more than a dozen states may be affected.

As reported in the newsletter of the Tennessee Bar Association, our petition to the Tennessee Supreme Court is in the news.

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The Article in the Nashville Business Journal, entitled “Attorney advertisements: How far is too far?” recaps the issues raised in our petition to the court. You can read more about that petition, and the petition itself, here.

The agency in charge of protecting children in state custody has not provided data requested by the Tennessean and by Representative Sherry Jones. Rep. Jones has been waiting more than two months for the Department of Children’s Services (DCS) to provide data on not only how many children in state custody have died this year, but how many deaths occurred among those children for whom the agency had ever opened a case file as well. According to Rep. Jones, the requested information is necessary in determining how well the agency is performing its job of protecting the children of Tennessee, and she criticized the agency for the delay in providing the information.

The state agency has come under fire recently for more than the delay in providing this requested data. According to the Tennessean, DCS has failed to make payments to foster parents and state agencies, failed in keeping accurate records and properly documenting social worker’s response times to incidents of child abuse in recent months. The agency’s new $37 million computer system has been cited as a failure in its intended use, which is to track each child who has contact with DCS.

Rep. Jones said, “I know these deaths are occurring all across the state because they’re reported in the media. But the state should be able to tell us how many children have died who were in their care or who they had a report on.” Jones has stated that her chief concern is whether or not DCS is failing children. She first requested the information on July 3, and was informed in a letter by DCS Chief of Staff Frank Mix on July 30, that she should receive the information by mid-August. After failing to provide the requested information by mid-August, she requested the information again on August 27, and then again last week.

To many people, their pets are not just animals, but part of their family. When their pet is injured by a negligent pet boarding center, these pet owners do just what a parent would do if their child was injured by negligence …. they sue.

Louie, a two-year-old French bulldog, was dropped off by his owner at a local kennel back in April while the owner took care of business for the day. According to Louie’s owner, Cynthia Tucker, the Belmont Pet Resort and Daycare told her Louie would be placed with other small, friendly dogs. Louie, however, was placed with an assortment of dogs, which included a pit bull. Unfortunately, the pit bull attacked Louie, and, according to Tucker’s lawsuit, ripped Louie’s left eye from his socket and injured his right eye as well. According to Tucker’s suit, the kennel referred to the attack as a “nip”.

The boarding center is being sued by Tucker for being “outrageous and grossly negligent” in placing her dog in a pen with a pit bull, and the lawsuit also states that the kennel acted “in direct disregard of the most basic standards of common sense and reasonable care”. The owner of the kennel, veterinarian Mark Crootof, states that actually Tucker’s dog was the aggressor and attacked the pit bull in the incident. “Everyone likes to jump on the pit bull issue,” said Crootof. “But we try very hard to make sure that we never have any problems.”

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