$2.1 Million Verdict - maury county

Recently, the Matthews Firm attorneys helped obtain a $2.1 Million verdict for the family of a man who passed away due to mesothelioma. Our firm, along with co-counsel from Dallas, Texas, tried this wrongful death products liability case in Columbia, Tennessee. Our client was an industrial maintenance mechanic at a local chemical plant. As part of his work in the 1970’s and 1980’s, he was regularly exposed asbestos containing products. Asbestos exposure is a known cause of mesothelioma. At trial, we were able to show that the Defendants’ asbestos-containing products were regularly used by our client in the chemical plant. We were also able to prove that the Defendants’ had knowledge of the harmful effects of asbestos, yet chose to continue manufacturing and selling the asbestos-containing products. After a week-long trial before a Middle Tennessee jury, we were able to obtain a total verdict of approximately $2.1 Million.

tennessee worst in the country for distracted driving deaths

A recent study of distracted driving fatalities across the United States has concluded that Tennessee is the worst state in the country for distracted driving deaths. The study found that Tennessee, along with Delaware, Wyoming, Texas, and Montana were among the five worst states in the U.S. The study attributed distracted driving to cell phone use by drivers. It concluded that the rate of distracted driving fatalities for Tennessee motorists was nearly 5 times that of the national average. A copy of the study can be found online here: https://www.valuepenguin.com/worst-states-distracted-driving#nogo. While Tennessee does have laws to prevent use of cell phones behind the wheel, the study concluded that Tennessee’s texting and driving laws were not as strict when compared to many other states. For example, the Tennessee law that prohibits texting and driving, T.C.A. §55-8-199, only prohibits the use of a cell phone for sending and reading a text message or email behind the wheel. It does not prohibit using a cell phone for purposes of making or receiving a voice call, e.g., looking up a telephone number in your phone, unless it’s in a school zone. Recently, the Tennessee Legislature enacted T.C.A. §55-8-207 which made it a crime to talk on a cell phone in an active school zone, unless the driver is using a hands-free device. In addition to Tennessee laws, drivers of commercial vehicles and tractor trailer trucks may be subject to various federal regulations, such as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, which also set rules for use of cell phones and similar devices.