Tort and Insurance Law Section

This section provides a venue for attorneys to share views and to develop relationships with colleagues in this area of practice. The section offers CLE on issues impacting both tort and insurance law and sends out case updates to its members.

Immediate Past Chair
Parke Morris & Associates
25 Dr. M.L. King, Jr, Ave # 208
Memphis, TN 38103
Bobby Leatherman, Attorney
P.O. Box 11838
Memphis, TN 38111-0838

Lawsuit Claims Vandy Doctors Operated on Wrong Kidney

A woman sued Vanderbilt University Medical Center today, alleging the hospital operated on her wrong kidney during a surgery — a mistake so rare and preventable that medical experts call it a "never event," The Tennessean reports. Carla Miller claims that Vanderbilt doctors were supposed to implant a small mesh tube extending from her left kidney through her urinary system to her bladder during a surgery. Instead, doctors mistakenly implanted the tube in her right kidney, then ran it through the wrong half of her body. Miller’s lawsuit asks for more than $25 million in damages.
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Family Considers Lawsuit Regarding Man's Death in Lincoln Co. Jail

The state medical examiner’s office has ruled the manner of death for the man who died after a fight with guards at the Lincoln County Jail a homicide, the Elk Valley Times reports. William Barnard Hawk died from traumatic asphyxia — suffocation by intense compression of the chest — last September and was taken to Vanderbilt Medical Center where it was documented that Hawk suffered from head trauma, facial injuries and a broken nose because of the incident. No charges have yet been filed regarding Hawk’s death, however, the lawyer who is representing Hawk’s daughter said that they are considering filing a wrongful death and civil rights violations lawsuit.

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