May 27th, 2015
Defective Car Part Recalls
Recalls are launched to correct safety issues that are discovered after cars go on sale. Recently, several such recalls have been in the headlines, including one of the largest in our nation’s history.
GM Ignition Switch Recall
In February 2015, General Motors (GM) initiated a recall of roughly 800,000 vehicles due to problems with the ignition switch that allowed vehicles to shut off while in motion. This resulted in drivers losing control of their vehicles, and in many cases, crashing. Reports indicate hundreds of accidents were linked to the problem, resulting in 19 fatalities.
The GM ignition switch recall prompted more than 700 lawsuits from victims from across the United States.
Takata Airbag Recall
Last week, auto parts manufacturer Takata Corp. launched a recall of 34 million vehicles after it was discovered the company’s airbags can cause metal shards to be hurled towards passengers in the event of a crash. The Detroit Free Press reports that as many as six deaths and 100 injuries have been linked to the problem.
Those whose lives have been affected by an injury caused by a defective vehicle or part may not know where to turn for help. Our Nashville defective product lawyers at Ponce Law suggest accident victims speak with a qualified legal representative about the questions or concerns you have.
If you need help with an injury claim, feel free to give us a call anytime at (888) 977-9912.
May 20th, 2015
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration creates policies that regulate the manufacturing of medications to ensure patient safety. But many companies fail to adhere to these rules, resulting in innocent people being harmed.
One such case was the fungal meningitis outbreak of 2012 that claimed the lives of dozens of Tennesseans and left hundreds of others sickened.
A Boston-based company, the New England Compounding Center, was responsible for manufacturing tainted steroid injections. These injections were then distributed throughout the country, including Tennessee.
Soon after patients began receiving the injections, some became violently ill. Some of the symptoms included fever, nausea, vomiting, seizures, confusion, swelling of the brain and spinal cord, and even death. Further testing determined patients had been exposed to fungus, and it was traced back to the injections.
Many victims filed lawsuits against the maker of the tainted injections and the doctors who gave them. Now, according to an article from WKRN 2 News, a judge has approved a $200 million plan to compensate the victims. Officials say those entitled to the compensation can expect to begin receiving payments this year.
At Ponce Law, our Nashville personal injury lawyers are hopeful this settlement can bring closure to fungal meningitis outbreak victims and their families.
May 18th, 2015
Memorial Day weekend is fast approaching, and that means many swimming pools across Tennessee will begin opening. The Nashville swimming pool accident lawyers at Ponce Law would like to remind citizens of the importance of spreading awareness about pool safety—especially among children.
Statistics for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show an estimated ten people die as the result of an unintentional drowning each day. Of these fatalities, one in five people are children under age 14.
The risk of drowning was underscored by a swimming pool accident in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, over the weekend. The incident occurred at around 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 17, in the Willoughby Station subdivision.
Reports from WKRN 2 News indicate the 3-year-old victim was found unresponsive in the water by his parents and was rushed to Vanderbilt University Medical Center for treatment. The victim is now recovering.
Our Nashville personal injury lawyers would also like to remind citizens about a few rules to remember when at the poo to stay safe:
- Stay Supervised-Always have an adult on hand watching over swimmers anytime anyone is in the pool.
- Get A Gate- Enclosing your pool area with a fence and gate can significantly reduce the chances of a swimming pool accident occurring.
- Have Rescue Tools Handy- Every pool should have flotation devices and other rescue tools readily available in case an accident should occur.
- Obey Pool Rules- Taking actions such as refraining from running on the pool deck and not consuming alcohol while swimming can also significantly reduce the chances of an accident.
We hope these tips help to keep you and your loved ones safe this summer!
May 15th, 2015
In Tennessee, the law protects nursing home residents’ rights to partake in activities both on and off the premises of the facilities where they live—but nursing homes are responsible for ensuring the safety of activities that take place on the their property.
A failure to take such precautions resulted in injuries to seven patients of a Hermitage, Tennessee, nursing home. Reports from WKRN 2 News say the injuries occurred when a train ride set up on the nursing home’s property overturned while giving rides to patients.
Officials say the train was making it’s way down a small hill on the property when the 21-year-old operator lost control. The small train derailed and the last car overturned, causing several riders to be injured.
The train’s operator told investigators he applied the brakes, but they were not working or were not strong enough to slow the train down. An investigation into the cause of the accident remains open. Officials did say they do not believe the train’s operator was intoxicated at the time of the crash.
Protecting the rights of elderly patients is important to each of the Nashville nursing home abuse lawyers at Ponce Law. That’s why we are hopeful for a speedy recovery for each victim.
May 13th, 2015
In Tennessee, the law protects workers from discrimination based on factors such as religion, race, ethnicity, sex, age, and disability. If a worker is mistreated or fired for any of these reasons, the Nashville workplace discrimination lawyers at Ponce Law explain that you may have rights to compensation.
A prime example is the case of a former Bedford County Jail guard who was fired because she is a woman. According to the Times-Gazette, the woman could be awarded as much as $75,000 in addition to the $385,000 back pay she was awarded after being fired due to her gender.
Reports indicate the female guard was on duty on the night a prisoner escaped. She was assigned to check the cells of female inmates, while a male guard was in charge of checking on male inmates. Although she had no contact with the inmate who escaped, the female guard was fired and the male guard was allowed to keep his job.
The woman filed suit against her former employer, citing other occasions where favor was given to male employees over females. A jury agreed.
At Ponce Law, we know the emotional and financial damage that can result from on-the-job discrimination. Our Nashville employment lawyers are here to answer your questions if you believe you were terminated from your position due to discrimination.
May 11th, 2015
May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month in Tennessee, which is why the Nashville motorcycle accident attorneys at Ponce Law would like to discuss the importance of helmet use.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that using a helmet reduces a motorcyclist’s chance of death in the event of a crash by as much as 37 percent. Furthermore, helmets reduce the risk of suffering a traumatic brain injury by almost 70 percent. Helmets were also responsible for saving 46 lives and $94 million in economic damages in Tennessee during 2010 alone.
Despite these numbers, a constituency of our state’s lawmakers recently proposed a bill that would call for Tennessee’s motorcycle helmet law to be repealed for riders over age 18. Those in favor of the change believe wearing a helmet should be a personal choice, not a mandated regulation. Those in favor of the current legislation pointed to the data to show the importance of a helmet. They also cited the difficulty of enforcing helmet laws that only apply to certain riders. Luckily, according to The Tennessean, legislators rejected the proposed bill late last month.
At Ponce Law, we recognize the importance of requiring all motorcyclists wear helmets every time they ride, and our Nashville personal injury lawyers are glad to see bikers are still required to wear this life-saving piece of safety equipment.
May 8th, 2015
An estimated 29.1 million Americans live with diabetes, a condition that inhibits the body from properly regulating glucose levels. Medications can help patients live comfortable lives, but taking certain versions of these drugs—such as Actos®—can come with serious health risks.
Multiple studies have linked Actos to an increased risk of developing bladder cancer. In fact, some researchers believe the risk could be as much as 40 percent higher than patients who don’t take the medication.
Many patients didn’t receive any warning about this risk prior to taking the drug and chose to take legal action against the manufacturer. The Nashville Actos bladder cancer lawyers at Ponce Law explain that the legal battle may be coming to an end for some plaintiffs.
The drug company, Takeda Pharmaceutical, recently announced they are offering an estimated $2.4 billion to settle an estimated 9,000 Actos lawsuits. According to Bloomberg Business, the settlement would only be approved if 95 percent of the victims agree to the terms of the agreement. If approved, each individual could receive as much as $296,000 in damages.
At Ponce Law, we’ve seen the damage that can be caused by taking Actos. That’s why our Nashville drug injury lawyers are hopeful that Actos plaintiffs get the money they deserve for their damages.
May 6th, 2015
Tennessee dog bite laws create strict liability for canine owners whose animals attack people. However, the Nashville dog bite lawyers at Ponce Law explain that complications can arise if the dog owner disputes the facts surrounding the attack.
Recently, a 4-year-old boy from Nunnelly, Tennessee, suffered serious dog bite injuries after being allegedly attacked by a neighbor’s canine. The family of the boy wants the owner to take responsibility for the animal by keeping it confined or restrained, but he claims his pet wasn’t involved in the attack.
Reports from WSMV 4 News say the attack happened on April 1, as the victim and his father were picking up a friend at a home on Beckham Lane. The friend stated the dog was unrestrained on the porch of the home when it suddenly lunged forward and bit the young victim on the face. As a result of the attack, the boy suffered lacerations to his face, nose, and mouth, along with a broken tooth.
Despite the injuries and witnesses to the attack, the owner of the animal in question denies his dog’s responsibility, saying the bite wounds must have come from another stray dog wandering the neighborhood.
Dog bite disputes like this can be difficult to work out. That’s why Ponce Law would like to offer you some tips about what steps to take when a dog bites.
May 4th, 2015
In Tennessee, there are strict laws that regulate the operation of commercial trucks because of the risks they can pose to motorists. And recently, a bill was passed that will reform parts of the Hours of Service (HOS) laws for drivers of concrete trucks in Tennessee.
The Nashville truck accident lawyers at Ponce Law explain that drowsy driving is one of the leading causes of preventable crashes in the transportation industry today. The HOS laws address this issue by limiting the amount of time a truck driver can be on the road and designating specific amounts of time a driver must rest as well.
One of those laws states truck drivers are not allowed to operate their vehicles until eight hours after their last 30-minute break. Those in the concrete industry argue their drivers shouldn’t be required to abide by this rule because they aren’t doing long, tiring hauls for hours the way long-distance truck drivers operate.
According to the Times Free Press, lawmakers agreed and exempted drivers of concrete trucks from having to take the 30-minute breaks for the next two years.
At Ponce Law, we take the risks of trucking accidents very seriously, and our Nashville personal injury lawyers are here to help if you’ve been injured in a truck accident. We can be reached 24/7 at (888) 977-9912.
May 1st, 2015
Motorcyclists in Tennessee face a significant risk of involvement in an accident every time they ride. Last year alone, a total of 2,710 Tennessee motorcycle accidents were reported. The Nashville motorcycle accident lawyers at Ponce Law point out that motorcycle fatalities have increased by as much as 25 percent over the last ten years as well.
With numbers like these, May has been declared Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month by the Governor’s Highway Safety Office. This is good news to many motorcycle enthusiasts’ ears.
WSMV 4 News reported that the campaign kicked off this morning with a press event with speeches from an individual who survived a Tennessee motorcycle accident and the director of trauma outreach and education at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
If you ride a motorcycle, the Nashville personal injury lawyers at Ponce Law challenge you to promote motorcycle safety during the coming weeks. One of the best ways you can do this is wearing a helmet.
Lawmakers recently considered a proposal that would allow adult motorcyclists in our state to operate without helmets. While the legislation was shot down, a bill did pass that allows motorcyclists to ride during funeral processions or parades without without helmets. Regardless of the law, our attorneys encourage you to wear a helmet each and every time you ride—it could save your life.