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Tennessee Nursing Home Abuse Isn’t Investigated Fast Enough

by Keith Adkins | November 25th, 2015

Estimates show that as many as 1-in-10 elderly Americans will become victims of nursing home abuse or neglect this year. One of the best ways to prevent this kind of treatment is regular inspection of long-term care facilities being performed by state monitoring agencies. However, a new report shows Tennessee officials are falling behind on completing these investigations.

The Nashville nursing home abuse lawyers at Ponce Law explain that the Tennessee Board of Licensing Health Care Facilities is in charge of looking into complaints of nursing home abuse and neglect. These investigations are supposed to be taken care of within a certain time frame, but a new report from the State Comptroller’s Office shows inspections are rarely completed on time.

According to News Channel 3, reports on 25 cases of suspected Tennessee nursing home abuse were more examined. Officials found inspections were not completed on time in any of those cases. Furthermore, investigations were only completed on time in three less serious cases.

Statistics like these are why it’s more important than ever to be aware of Tennessee nursing home resident’s rights, as well as what actions to take if you suspect your loved one is being harmed by a caregiver.

Tennessee nursing home residents are entitled to certain standards of care and personal freedoms. If you think these rights are being violated, Ponce Law encourages you to report the situation to the proper authorities immediately. Follow up on the case consistently to ensure those responsible for harm are held accountable for their actions.

Six Ways to Keep Yourself Safe During Thanksgiving Travels

by Keith Adkins | November 23rd, 2015

Holiday traffic can be a hassle to say the least. You may be caught in the long holding patterns created by backed up lanes of travelers. Worse yet, increased congestion also increases the chances of a car accident.

If you’re going to be on the road this Thanksgiving, the Nashville car accident lawyers at Ponce Law say you should be prepared for heavier traffic than usual. In fact, more travelers will be on the road this Thanksgiving than in years past.

WKRN 2 News says the AAA Foundation has estimated 46.9 million Americans will take to the road over the next several days. This is an increase from last year’s travel estimate, and it wasn’t the only statistic that was expected to rise. The National Safety Council announced they believe 433 motorists will die and another 52,300 will be seriously injured in motor vehicle collisions this Thanksgiving holiday, which is also an increase from last year’s estimate.

To help you avoid an accident this Thanksgiving, we’d like to offer these six suggestions:

  • Have all vehicle maintenance performed before leaving
  • Get plenty of rest
  • Eliminate distractions
  • Buckle up
  • Slow down
  • Don’t drink and drive

At Ponce Law, we’re aware that not all accidents can be avoided, especially when a crash is the fault of another driver. That’s why we would also encourage you to check out our website to learn more about what to do after an auto accident. Doing so could give you the insight you need to handle certain situations in the event a crash does happen.

Fines for Seatbelt Violations Set To Increase in Tennessee for 2016

by Keith Adkins | November 20th, 2015

The Nashville car accident attorneys at Ponce Law point out that estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show buckling up can reduce your chances of injury or death in a crash by as much as half.

Yet each year, as many as 14 percent of Tennessee drivers put themselves at risk of harm by not wearing their seatbelts, and the number of drivers who don’t buckle up continues to grow. The University of Tennessee Center for Transportation Research found seat belt usage in The Volunteer State has decreased 1.5 percent from 2014.

Laws require drivers and passengers to fasten their seatbelts, but the current penalties are hardly a deterrent with $10-$20 in fines. That’s why lawmakers have approved a bill that will increase the punishment for motorists who don’t wear seatbelts.

WKRN 2 News reports that beginning in Jan. 2016, the fines for seatbelt violations in Tennessee will increase to $25 for a first offense and $50 for subsequent offenses. The state will also continue utilizing the “Click It or Ticket” campaign as a means of educating motorists about the importance of buckling up.

The legal staff at Ponce Law recognizes the important role seatbelts play in saving lives on the road, which is why our Nashville personal injury lawyers encourage you to buckle up each time you get in a car. Doing so doesn’t just save you money, it could also save your life.

Fatal Dog Bite Raises Questions Regarding Adoption Agencies

by Keith Adkins | November 18th, 2015

Many organizations work to find stray dogs forever homes, but a recent incident in which a Tennessee man was killed by a dog he had just adopted raises questions regarding liability.

The Nashville dog bite lawyers at Ponce Law explain the 57-year-old victim adopted a dog from Jackson-Madison County Rabies Control at around 10 a.m. on Nov. 12. Less than five hours later, the man was found dead in his home as the result of bite wounds. According to USA Today, the dog bit two others as well before it was shot and killed by law enforcement responding to the scene.

The attack raises questions about pet adoption policies. The law requires that all animals picked up or surrendered to animal control must be quarantined for three days. If the animal has a collar or identification chip, it’s held for up to a week. After that the animal is put up for adoption. Furthermore, there is no indication that dogs put up for adoption are assessed for dangerous behavior or that staff is required to warn people about a dog’s history of aggression.

These risks are just one reason why all citizens should be aware of the steps to take when a dog bites. That’s because knowing what you should do in the wake of a canine attack can help ensure your rights are protected at all times.

Tennessee Discrimination Lawsuit Will Go to Trial Next April

by Keith Adkins | November 16th, 2015

The Tennessee Human Rights Act establishes a set of policies that helps ensure workers are treated fairly and equally in the workplace. It also creates a process for workers to take legal action if an employer is found to hold bias against certain workers based on factors such as sex, race, religion, ethnicity, or citizenship status.

The Nashville workplace discrimination lawyers at Ponce Law explain three former employees of the University of Tennessee are exercising their rights to equality in the workplace by filing a discrimination lawsuit against the school. They claim they were unfairly compensated for the work they were doing based on either their sex or their affiliation with women’s sports programs.

One of the victims was the associate director of sports medicine at the university, while the other two were strength-training coaches. Each claims evidence will show they were paid less than other employees who carried similar job titles with men’s sports programs. The trio filed their complaint in Oct. 2012 and, according to an article from The Washington Times, the case is scheduled to go to trial in April 2016.

The damage that discrimination can cause can be long lasting. That’s why the Nashville employment lawyers at Ponce Law are hopeful that this particular Tennessee discrimination lawsuit will help bring closure to each of the victims who were allegedly underpaid for their work.

Tragic Car Accident Underscores Importance of Tennessee’s “Move Over” Law

by Keith Adkins | November 13th, 2015

A tragic accident in Williamson County earlier this week claimed the life of one motorist and left a worker for the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) seriously injured. The incident also highlights the importance of our state’s “Move Over” law.

Reports indicate the crash happened at around 9:30 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 9, along State Route 840. The 62-year-old driver of a 2008 Saturn Aura was eastbound along the highway when it plowed into the rear of a TDOT truck. The impact of the collision caused the truck to lurch forward and push the TDOT worker—who was picking up trash outside of the vehicle at the time of the crash—over a guardrail.

The driver died as a result of the collision, and the TDOT worker sustained serious injuries that were treated at a local hospital after the auto accident.

The incident highlights the importance of our state’s “Move Over” law in preventing these types of accidents. The Department of Safety and Homeland Security outlines the details of the regulation on their website. Drivers are required to move over a lane when approaching a stopped emergency vehicle with its lights activated.

The legal staff at Ponce Law would like to send our deepest sympathies to the family of the motorist and wish the injured worker a speedy and full recovery. Our Goodlettsville car accident attorneys would also like to remind motorists to always move over every time they encounter a stopped emergency response vehicle.

Lawmakers Oppose Allowing Longer Commercial Trucks

by Keith Adkins | November 11th, 2015

Many factors can play a role in causing commercial tractor-trailer accidents, but some of the most common causes of truck accidents  are safety violations. A majority of these violations are related to trucks being oversize or overweight.

Considering the number of crashes caused by trucks that are too large, many motorists are now relieved that lawmakers voted against reforms that would allow longer commercial trucks on our roads.

Earlier this week, the U.S. Senate opposed a measure that would increase the legal length of twin commercial truck trailers from 28 feet to 33 feet. Those in favor of the changes argued allowing longer truck trailers would increase the amount of goods that could be moved in a single trip, increasing transportation efficiency and lowering costs. However, opponents of the measure successfully countered those notions, pointing out that longer trucks have been shown to increase the chances of accidents occurring.

According to The Hill, the call for an increase to the length of truck trailers was left off of a recently approved transportation bill, but these changes could be added back to the bill at a later time.

The Nashville truck accident lawyers at Ponce Law applaud the efforts made by lawmakers to keep our highways safe by limiting the size of commercial tractor-trailers.

Types of Social Security Disability Benefits

by Keith Adkins | November 9th, 2015

When Americans suffer a mental or physical health condition that prevents them from working, they may be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits. But before applying, applicants should know that there are several different types of Social Security Disability benefits. Understanding who is eligible for each type can help you determine the types of benefits you may be able to receive.

Disability Benefits

Social Security Disability benefits are paid to roughly 60 million Americans who have been unable to work for longer than a year. These individuals have also paid into the program long enough to qualify for these benefits.

Child Benefits

If you’re currently receiving Social Security Disability benefits, your child may also qualify for children’s benefits. The Social Security Administration outlines the requirements and coverage on their website.

Supplemental Security Income

Even if you don’t qualify for Social Security Disability benefits, you may still be eligible for Supplemental Security Income. These benefits are paid to citizens who have limited resources for income. Some of the conditions that can qualify for these benefits include being over age 65 or suffering from vision impairment or another type of disability.

Get Help

The staff at Ponce Law suggests speaking with a Social Security Disability lawyer about your case prior to filing a claim. Doing so can help ensure your questions are answered and your case is filed in the proper manner.


“Speak Up” Event Helps Tennessee Teens Avoid Car Accidents

by Keith Adkins | November 6th, 2015

Teens tend to be involved in a disproportionate number of motor vehicle crashes. Data indicates a total of 357 teens between ages 15-19 were killed in Tennessee car accidents between 2010-2014. Drunk and distracted driving was also found to play a role in a large number of these crashes.

To help raise awareness about teen drunk driving accidents, as well as the dangerous distractions using handheld electronic devices can cause, a program will be held this Saturday, Nov. 7, at Monroe Carrel Jr. Children’s Hospital Vanderbilt at Williamson Medical Center. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

According to the Franklin Home Page, the “Speak Up” event will feature:

  • Performances by local and regional recording artists
  • Rock climbing
  • Games
  • Bounce houses
  • Face painting

More importantly though, the event will focus on eliminating distractions and driving sober through a crash simulation. A mock crash scene will be set up with actors portraying the victims and real emergency crews responding to the scene. The simulation will end with a landing and takeoff of a LifeFlight helicopter. The hope is that those who witness the event will think twice about their actions behind the wheel.

There will also be several workshops taking place that discuss the risks of drinking and distracted driving.

Keeping drivers safe on our state’s roads is a top priority for the Nashville car accident lawyers at Ponce Law. That’s why our team encourages you to attend “Speak Up” with either by yourself or with a young driver in your life.

Knoxville Company at Center of Investigation Focusing on Faulty Airbags

by Keith Adkins | November 4th, 2015

The manufacturers of auto parts are responsible for ensuring the safety of the products they put on the market. That’s why one Knoxville, Tennessee, company is coming under fire for making a distributing faulty vehicle airbags that are responsible for a number of injuries.

The defective product lawyers at Ponce Law explain investigators are currently looking into claims that airbags made by ARC Automotive, Inc. can explode when activated, causing metal parts and debris to be hurled towards occupants.

WBIR 10 News provides details about two separate car accidents where the faulty airbags were responsible for injuring motorists during crashes. The report explains one of those victims suffered lacerations to the head and chest, a severed vocal cord, a broken jaw, and a collapsed lung. She was placed into a medically-induced coma following the accident, resulting in huge medical bills.

The victim filed a lawsuit against ARC Automotive, claiming they were responsible for here injuries. Both parties reached a settlement in the matter for an undisclosed amount in damages.

As many as 500,000 vehicles could be affected by the faulty parts. However, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is continuing to work towards determining the full scope of the problem.

Protecting the safety of all motorists on the road is a top priority for each member of Ponce Law, which is why our Nashville car accident attorneys are hopeful action will soon be taken to correct the problems with vehicles equipped with these airbags.