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The New York Times published an article this week detailing how many hospitals, one of which is in Tennessee (LeBonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis), have started suing their patients by the thousands for unpaid medical bills.  Many of the patients had insurance and the hospitals were suing for deductibles and co-pays.  According to the article, more than half of the reports to credit bureaus were a result of unpaid medical bills.  Of course, in addition to the cost of litigation and the underlying medical bill, this affects people’s credit rating and overall financial health.  Consider this from a study by the Commonwealth Fund:

43 percent had used up all their savings to pay their (medical) bills, 43 percent had received a lower credit rating as a result of their debt, 32 percent racked up debt on their credit cards, 18 percent said they had delayed education or career plans. People with lower incomes were particularly affected: 37 percent said they were unable to pay for basic necessities like food, heat or rent as a result of their (medical) bills.

Clearly, medical bills can be devastating to many families – even those with medical insurance.  So how does this relate to a car accident or other injury-producing accident? Continue reading

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Yes, you can wear white after Labor Day. No, you should not celebrate the holiday without knowing its origins. (Following the bloody Pullman strike and other labor strife, Labor Day was created  by the federal government in 1894 as a recognition of the American worker’s contribution to this country’s prosperity).   Yes, you should be especially careful while driving  this weekend.  Labor Day is the second most dangerous weekend to drive – only Memorial Day weekend is more dangerous.  Read on for more safety dos and don’ts of Labor Day:

  1. Yes, you can still drink rose and fruity beer. No, you absolutely should not drink and drive.  Alcohol-related car accidents spike during the holiday weekend. Call a ride-sharing service or a taxi.  Use a designated driver or stay overnight but do not place yourself or anyone else at risk of an accident.  And if you see a vehicle being operated erratically, keep your distance if possible and contact police.
  2. Yes, you can take a road trip to the mountains, river, lake or anywhere else but be sure to use your seatbelt as it could save your life. Each year, seatbelts save almost 15,000 lives and experts estimate another 2,500 or more could be saved if everyone wore one.

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Davidson County, Rutherford County and other area schools are already back in session, Williamson County schools start this Friday and a number of private schools start next week.  Hopefully, everyone has done their summer reading and is ready.  Drivers also need to be ready especially since there have been some changes in Tennessee law.  Take our true or false quiz below to find out if you are an A+ driver. Continue reading

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In a recent blog post, Seth Godin wrote: “Accountability is done to you by the industrial system, by those that want to create blame.  Responsibility is done by you. It’s voluntary. You can take as much of it as you want.”   Seth Godin is a marketing guru and I enjoy his blog.  As it relates to the legal field and the work of the lawyers at the Law Offices of John Day, I would change this post slightly:   Accountability is done to you; when you do not take responsibility.  Here is why I say that. Continue reading

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We are now officially in the 100 deadliest days for teen drivers.  Teen accidents spike during the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day for a number of reasons.  One reason is that teens are on the road more because school is not in session.  Aside from sending kids to school all year long (an idea likely to cause a revolution), not much can be done about this factor.  But, there are other things you can do to reduce the risk to your teen driver.  Below are five critical steps parents can take to reduce the chances that your teen will be involved in an accident. Continue reading

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Albert Einstein remarked “Any man that can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves.”   Einstein was a wise man.  Kissing is not the only thing you can’t safely do while driving.  Anything that diverts your attention from the road increases your risk of being involved in an accident.  Researchers have identified the maximum number of things even the most brilliant humans like Einstein can handle at one time.  Do you know what that number is? Continue reading

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Do you make New Year’s Resolutions?  A lot of us do.  The most common New Year’s resolutions are: (1) exercise more; (2) eat healthier; (3) save money.   We all have such good intentions and then life gets in the way.  In fact, by February, 80% of New Year’s resolutions are out the window.  So if you have already messed up on your New Year’s resolutions, you are definitely not alone, and The Law Offices of John Day has some good news.  We have some quick and easy resolutions that can protect you and your family and help you feel better about yourself for having a cheeseburger, fries and milkshake for lunch.   We are calling them New Day’s resolutions because all four can easily be accomplished in one day.  Continue reading

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Who doesn’t love seeing a dog with its face hanging out of the window of a moving car?  With the wind in their face and a gazillion smells and aromas to inhale, the look of pure joy on their face is contagious.  So we hate to be a fun killer, but here is the bad news: unrestrained dogs in moving cars can be extremely hazardous in a number of ways and a new trend could make it illegal.

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Last week alone, there were five separate accidents over three days that involved children being killed or seriously injured while waiting at a bus stop or while trying to cross the street to enter or exit a bus.   All avoidable tragedies if all drivers would only follow the rules.  Of course, that begs the question: do all drivers even know the rules?  Hopefully, everyone knows that when on a two-lane road, traffic in both directions stops whenever a bus activates its stop signal.  But, do you know your responsibilities as a driver when there are multiple lanes?  How about when there are multiple lanes but they are divided?  Do you know at what time of day pedestrians are most at risk?   Take our short quiz and see how well you do.  Continue reading

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It is trick or treat time again.  The anticipation around our house is almost feverish.  Our daughter will be going as grapes this year, and we will post a photo later in the week.   (Above is last year’s Halloween photos – Kate was a Spanish flamenco dancer)  We have a great time at our house.  We have some friends over for an early dinner of hotdogs and chili and then the kids head out in hopes of getting as much candy as they can carry while the parents stay on the porch handing out candy.  We are lucky; our neighborhood has sidewalks and our street gets blocked off to vehicular traffic.  But not all neighborhoods are as trick-or-treat friendly, so it is up to all of us to make sure we keep Halloween injury-free.  Here are 10 easy steps everyone should follow tomorrow night: Continue reading

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