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How Tennessee Law Affects Work Comp Claims and Employment Disputes

by Keith Adkins | September 15th, 2014

The expenses faced by most employees injured on the job are often covered by Tennessee workers’ compensation insurance. However, several factors can leave a worker with no benefits. These include a worker’s industry and citizenship status.

The Tennessean recently examined the dangers and deplorable living conditions that many working in our state’s tobacco industry face today. The article discussed how, despite numerous worker injuries, the Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration has not conducted a safety inspection at a tobacco farm since Oct. 2006.

Experts say that there are too few laws regulating the industry and there is not enough funding to cover expenses associated with the inspections.

Regardless of these problems, it’s important for workers to remember that there is help available if they are injured on the job. A Tennessee workers compensation attorney may be able to assist you with getting benefits.

This was illustrated in a case recently heard before the state’s courts, which found that undocumented workers who cannot return to work because of injuries or illnesses still have the right to sue their employers if they are wrongfully terminated from their positions due to their conditions.

At Ponce Law, we understand Tennessee employment law and can help you navigate our state’s legal system. So if you’ve been hurt on the job, feel free to give us a call at (888) 977-9912 to learn more about how we can help you.

Highway Patrol Hopes to Reduce Tennessee Truck Accidents Involving Teens Through New Simulator

by Keith Adkins | September 12th, 2014

Young, inexperienced teens are at the most at risk of being involved in a motor vehicle collision. One of the most dangerous machines they could have a crash with is a commercial tractor trailer. The Tennessee Highway Patrol is hoping to keep the number of Tennessee truck accidents involving teens and trucks to a minimum through a new simulator program.

Tennessee high school students taking driver’s education courses can partake in the simulator by first watching several videos that explain the physics behind moving and stopping such a large vehicle as well as discussing blind spots on trucks. Then, students have the first-hand opportunity to learn what it’s like to drive one of these vehicles by getting behind the wheel in the simulator.

An article from WBIR News states the hands-on experience the simulator provides gives students insight into the importance of giving tractor trailers plenty of space on the road.

The simulator is funded and sponsored by several different organizations and can be experienced by students across the state throughout the year.

At Ponce Law, our team of Nashville personal injury lawyers recognizes the importance of teaching teens how to be safe when driving. We ‘re hopeful the new simulator is successful in getting this message to the youth of our state.

Tennessee Truck Accident Caused by Driver’s Failure to Stop

by Keith Adkins | September 10th, 2014

The size and weight of commercial tractor-trailers can make stopping difficult on short notice. In fact, studies have shown it can take a fully loaded 18-wheeler up to a quarter mile to come to a stop from highway speeds.

Last week, a Tennessee truck accident left two highway workers seriously injured. The accident occurred on Thursday, Sept. 4 in the westbound lanes of I-24 outside of Manchester, Tennessee.

WKRN 2 News reports a previous collision had clogged traffic along the highway, and the two workers were attempting to warn motorists to move over by illuminating a sign at the rear of their truck in the left lane.

Unfortunately, the driver of a tractor-trailer didn’t have time to stop his vehicle and plowed into the rear of the workers’ truck. Both employees were seriously injured and taken to a local hospital for treatment.

So what should you do if you’re injured in a collision with a commercial truck ? Speaking with a Nashville truck accident lawyer may help to ensure your legal rights are protected.

At Ponce Law, we have years of experience advocating on behalf of accident victims in the courtroom, and we can help answer any questions you may have about your case. Give us a call at (888) 977-9912 to speak with our legal team today.

How Technology Is Preventing Nashville Car Accidents

by Keith Adkins | September 8th, 2014

There’s almost an endless list of causes to motor vehicle collisions. One of the most common causes for a Nashville car accident is faulty equipment, with one in six cars and trucks in the city currently under recall.

This figure leaves many local Middle Tennesseans wondering what they can do to ensure their vehicle is safe and is free of faulty equipment. An article from News Channel 5 investigates points out most vehicles under recall do not get repaired because the owner is simply unaware of the problem. But now there are two new ways to stay abreast on the latest vehicle recalls.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has created a new search on their website. Just enter the Vehicle Information Number (VIN) of your vehicle to see if there are any associated recalls.

Carfax has also created a smartphone app that alerts motor vehicle owners to recalls. Just enter your car or truck’s license plate to see if there are any open recalls on your vehicle. The app will also alert users to future recalls on their vehicles.

While technology can be handy to raise awareness of problems with vehicles, accidents can still happen. That’s why it’s important to speak with a Nashville personal injury lawyer if you’ve been injured in an auto accident.

At Ponce Law, our team of attorneys has decades of combined experience helping accident victims get back on their feet, and we want to help you do the same. To learn more about what our legal staff can do for you, give us a call at (888) 977-9912 today.

 

How to Stay Safe at the Tennessee State Fair This Weekend

by Keith Adkins | September 5th, 2014

Fall is quickly approaching in Middle Tennessee, and that means it’s time for the state fair. The Nashville personal injury attorneys with Ponce Law point out it’s not just rides and games that will be part of the event this year. There will be plenty of music, food, and drink as well.

Tonight, beginning at 6 p.m., the Taste of Tennessee Festival will kick off at the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway. The event will feature a craft brewer’s festival on Friday night that will include some of the region’s best beers—including selections from Black Abbey and Calfkiller brewing companies.

On Saturday, the festival will continue with samplings from the state’s top distillers. More than 20 companies, such as local favorites Belle Meade Bourbon and Corsair Distillery, will provide tastings of their spirits.

With so many drink options available, the chances of attendees being involved in a Nashville drunk driving accident may be higher than normal. That’s why Ponce Laws ask that you do your part to stay safe by planning ahead prior to attending fair events if you plan to drink.

Select a designated driver or use a cab or ride-sharing service, such as Lyft or Uber, to get home safely.

We hope these tips help you to have a safe and fun time at the fair this weekend!

Charity of the Month: Proverbs 12:10 Animal Rescue

by Keith Adkins | September 3rd, 2014

Seeing a stray dog or cat wandering the streets of Nashville is a common scene. It’s estimated there are thousands of animals in our city that don’t have homes, and an estimated 78 percent of animals that go into the custody of Metro Animal Control will be euthanized. The rate in similar cities in the United States is less than 10 percent.

Luckily, our city has other organizations that take in stray animals, provide them with care and find them homes. One of those groups is Proverbs 12:10 Animal Rescue, and Ponce Law is proud to name this organization as our Charity of the Month for September.

Proverbs 12:10 was founded on the premise of protecting Nashville’s homeless animals by rescuing those that are abandoned, abused, or scheduled to be euthanized. Their no-kill shelter accomplishes this mission with volunteers and families who foster animals.

Often times, the animals that come in are in need of serious medical care and rehabilitation, which can be costly. That’s why the Nashville personal injury lawyers at Ponce Law will be donating $1 to Proverbs 12:10 for every new, unique “Like” we receive on our Facebook page.

Visit our community and news in Middle Tennessee to read about the ways our firm gives back to the city and people we serve.

Tennessee Car Accident Response Training Facility Coming to Nashville

by Keith Adkins | August 29th, 2014

To help reduce the number of lives impacted by Tennessee car accidents, the state’s Department of Transportation (TDOT) has partnered with the Tennessee Department of Safety to create the nation’s first motor vehicle incident management training facility.

A video posted to YouTube by TDOT explains the facility’s round track exhibits a majority of road and highway models—from a six-lane interstate to a four-way intersection of two two-lane roads. This allows law enforcement, fire departments, tow truck drivers, and ambulance crews to be trained in almost any highway accident scenario they may experience on the job.

Ground was broken on the project in May and construction on the project is expected to be completed by the end of this fall. A majority of the funding for the estimated $1 million project was provided through federal grants.

At Ponce Law, we understand the serious risks emergency responders face when on the scenes of accidents. That’s why our Nashville personal injury lawyers applaud the efforts being made to offer these individuals the training they need to keep themselves and other motorists safe on the road.

You can also do your part to help keep emergency crews safe by following these precautions:

  • If Possible, Move Over- State law calls for vehicles to move one lane over from stopped emergency vehicles. You should also try to apply this rule to crash scenes.
  • Stay Focused and Vigilant- When passing an accident scene, avoid taking your eyes off the road and pay extra attention for people and objects in the road.
  • Be Patient- Accidents can cause traffic, so slow down and give other motorists around you space.

Nashville Bus Accident Injures Teenage Pedestrian

by Keith Adkins | August 27th, 2014

A lack of crosswalks and signage may be causing confusion about how the rules of the road apply to Nashville’s Metro Transit Authority (MTA) buses, and that confusion may be endangering pedestrians and bus riders.

Take the case of a Nashville bus accident that left a Maplewood High School student seriously injured earlier this week. Reports indicate the crash happened on the afternoon of Tuesday, Aug. 26, on Dickerson Pike.

An article from FOX 17 News states the 16-year-old victim had just gotten off of an MTA bus and was attempting to cross the street in front of the vehicle, when another bus in the left lane of traffic attempted to pass the stopped bus. The driver of the second bus did not see the teenager and struck her as he crossed the street.

The victim is expected to recover, but witnesses who live and work in the area say they have seen an accident like this coming for years. They feel a crosswalk at the intersection may have prevented the accident.

The Nashville personal injury attorneys at Ponce Law know how difficult it can be to overcome injuries from a motor vehicle collision and wish the young girl a full and speedy recovery.

Rabies and Dog Bite Injuries

by Keith Adkins | August 25th, 2014

Dog bites can leave victims with bodily injuries, but they can also lead to infectious diseases. One of the most deadly diseases that can be spread by a dog bite injury is rabies.

Rabies is a viral disease that causes swelling in the brain, which can result in:

  • Uncontrolled salivation
  • Agitation
  • Changes in behavior
  • Hallucinations
  • Death

If an animal suspected of carrying rabies is involved in a dog bite attack, it may be quarantined for up to 10 days. Recently, an animal in Bradley County was taken into custody for evaluation after attacking and seriously injuring a young boy. An article from News Channel 9 states the animal had been a stray, and it is unknown if the canine was vaccinated against the disease.

This is why experts say its so important that you keep your pet’s vaccinations up to date. Rabies shots should be given annually, and clinics may offer the injections for free or at a reduced price.

The Nashville personal injury lawyers with Ponce Law have seen the devastating results of dog bite injuries, and they encourage dog owners to socialize their animals to prevent attacks.

Tennessee Wrongful Death Statute of Limitations

by Keith Adkins | August 22nd, 2014

When a person is killed as the result of another person’s negligence, the family of the victim may seek compensation from those responsible for their loss. But there are certain standards each case must meet before it can go forward.

One of the most important aspects to remember in a Tennessee wrongful death lawsuit is to ensure the claim is filed within the statute of limitations. This is a deadline by which legal action must be taken. Once this time expires, you can no longer file a lawsuit.

In Tennessee, claims for damages in a wrongful death case usually must be filed within one year of the victim’s passing. It’s important to remember there are only a few exceptions to the law that will allow the statute of limitations to be extended.

There’s no amount of money that can bring your loved one back into your life. But having the resources to create stability for your family can be crucial. That’s why its’ so important to speak with a reputable Tennessee personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.

At Ponce Law, we know how difficult the days and weeks after a loved one’s passing can be, and we’re here to help you get back on your feet. Call us anytime at (888) 977-9912 to get the compassionate legal representation you deserve.