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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

New Tennessee Medical Malpractice Case

The Tennessee Court of Appeals just issued its decision in Groves v. Colburn, No. M2012-01834-COA-R3-CV (Tenn. Ct. App. Jul. 30, 2013).  The summary reads as follows:
Plaintiff filed a complaint against a hospital in which she asserted claims for medical malpractice and wrongful death. She later amended her complaint to add a party and did not contemporaneously file a certificate of good faith. The trial court dismissed the second complaint with prejudice based upon the court’s determination that plaintiff failed to satisfy the requirements of Tenn. Code Ann. § 29-26-122. We affirm the trial court.
Here is a link to the opinion:

Saturday, July 13, 2013

George Zimmerman Found to Be Not Guilty!

My wife and I just watched the verdict on CNN.  I must admit I didn't watch a lot of the trial (been too busy), but I did tell my wife that I thought the jury would acquit him.  Here's a link to CNN's story on the verdict:

Keep in mind that the verdict doesn't mean he's "innocent" per se, it just means the jury found him to be "not guilty" because the State of Florida did not prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt (which is a constitutional check in place to protect all citizens accused of a crime: you, me, family members, friends, etc.). 

However, I predict Mr. Zimmerman's legal troubles are not over, either.  He will most certainly face a wrongful death lawsuit by the family of Trayvon Martin.  And in that case, which will be for a money judgment only, the burden of proof will be by a preponderance of the evidence, which is a lower burden than beyond a reasonable doubt in his criminal case. 

Keep a watch and see what happens; and see if my prediction about the wrongful death suit is correct.  However, if Mr. Zimmerman doesn't have a lot of assets---or if he doesn't get any money from a book deal or interviews---the wrongful death lawsuit may not be filed; only time will tell.

Thanks for reading.

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Tractor Trailer Cases

Tractor trailer cases are different than motor vehicle collision cases where noncommercial vehicles are involved (i.e., cars, trucks, motorcycles, etc.).  Does that matter?  Of course!  You need a lawyer familiar with the applicable law (which are federal and state laws).  Lawyers who do not focus their practice on tractor trailer cases are just not familiar with the applicable laws; what to look for; what questions to ask defendants, etc.  That's why it's important to select a competent lawyer to handle your tractor trailer case.  Here at Tony Duncan Law, we focus part of our practice on tractor trailer cases.  If we can ever assist you, please don't hesitate to contact us at

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

The Declaration of Independence

Every Fourth of July (or around this time), I post this video to my blog.  Here it is again:

Happy Fourth everyone!