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3 Reasons Social Security Disability Claims are Denied

by Cary Graham | May 27th, 2016

Social Security Disability exists to help those who have been disabled. It is an extension of the Social Security Act of 1935 that designates funds be put aside for those who can no longer work due to an injury or disability. However, getting benefits can be difficult. In fact, two-thirds of all initial applications are denied, leaving many Americans wondering how they’ll make ends meet.

So why are so many people denied? Here are 3 main reasons:

  1. The definition of disability—The Social Security Act defines disability strictly. According to SSA.gov, a person is disabled if “he or she can’t work due to a severe medical condition that has lasted, or is expected to last, at least one year or result in death.” In addition, that person must not be able to do work they’ve done before or adjust to other types of work. In other words, if your disability keeps you from doing any job, you may qualify for benefits.
  2. Increased number of applicants—Over the past couple decades, the number of people applying for disability has skyrocketed. This creates stricter requirements and longer processing times for applications, thus leading to more denials.
  3. Complicated process—If you’ve applied for benefits, you know just how complicated and complex the application process can be. If you miss one step or deadline, you’re more than likely going to face a denial, and the appeal process can be just as complicated. That’s why it’s important that you have an experienced advocate on your side to make sure nothing falls through the cracks.

If you’ve been denied Social Security Disability benefits, don’t try to go it alone. Call our experienced Nashville Social Security Disability lawyers today for a free evaluation. We’ll do everything within our power to get you the benefits you deserve.

Breast Cancer Drug Linked to Permanent Hair Loss

by Cary Graham | May 25th, 2016

Chances are you have someone in your life right now that has been impacted by cancer. Along with the increased diagnoses have come incredible medical advancements. Treatment plans now include a number of approaches, each giving the patient an increased chance of beating the disease.

However, every treatment plan comes with side effects, especially those involving chemotherapy. The patient has the right to know beforehand what these side effects are in order to make an informed decision on whether or not to pursue the treatment course. Unfortunately, many patients who were given the chemotherapy drug Taxotere weren’t told of a serious side effect that has now changed their lives forever.

Taxotere, a popular chemotherapy drug used to treat breast cancer, has been linked to an incurable form of alopecia, causing severe and permanent hair loss. These side effects were hidden from doctors and patients, denying patients the option of choosing another treatment option.

If you or someone you love suffered permanent hair loss after taking the breast cancer chemotherapy drug Taxotere, call our drug injury lawyers immediately. We’re currently taking cases against the manufacturer and will fight to get you maximum compensation for your condition. Don’t let the drug manufacturer continue to profit from your misfortune. Call us today.

The Insurance Company Is Watching

by Cary Graham | May 23rd, 2016

We all know instigators—or those who twist words to incite conflict. They can make friends into enemies with a few carefully crafted whispers, or start a devastating rumor with a simple manipulation of someone’s words. There’s nothing more frustrating than hearing your reputation has been scarred because someone took your words out of context and used them against you. But if you’ve been in a serious accident, the insurance company may try to do just that.

In most personal injury cases, the insurance company is the one thing standing between you and a fair settlement. They’ll try to pay you as little as possible for your injuries in the interests of profits. As your attorney, we’ll do everything within our power to build a case that forces them to do the right thing. But it’s important to remember that while we’re collecting evidence and investigating your case, the insurance company is doing the same thing, and nothing is off limits. A simple text message you sent to your family or a Facebook status you posted can be used against you.

Let’s say you’re recovering from your injuries and you post to social media that you’re feeling pretty well today. The insurance company can take that innocent post and twist it into a claim that you’re not as injured as you say. It’s a dirty trick, but we’ve seen it done. That’s why it’s important that you be very careful on social media throughout the injury claim process, because the insurance company may be watching—and they’re some of the best instigators out there.

Making the Right Decision After Your Accident

by Cary Graham | May 20th, 2016

No one is perfect. Most folks make the best decisions they can with the information available, and accept how the chips fall. In reality, that’s all any of us can do. The same is true after a serious car accident. You’ll have several decisions to make fairly quickly that could impact the rest of your life. Although many of those decisions vary depending on the situation, there’s one decision every accident injury victim should make, no matter the circumstances.

Call a lawyer.

A serious accident can financially cripple a family. The money you receive from the insurance company needs to cover all your future expenses, but in our experience, those who go it alone rarely get full compensation for their injuries. In fact, the insurance industry’s own research council found that on average, accident victims with a lawyer get more money than those without.

If you’re wondering if you can afford to call a lawyer, the answer is yes. At Ponce Law, we offer a free, no obligation consultation to every accident victim that contacts our firm. If you become a client, we’ll handle your case on a contingency basis, which means you won’t pay us anything unless we get money for you. It’s called the No Fee Guarantee®, and we’re ready to extend that guarantee to you and your family. All you have to do is pick up the phone.

Make the right decision after your accident and give us a call today.

Who Are You Suing?

by Cary Graham | May 18th, 2016

One question we get a lot from potential clients is, “If I file a lawsuit, whom will I be suing?” The answer to that question is both simple and complex. The simple answer is you’re suing the individual or entity responsible for your injuries. In a car accident, it would be the at-fault driver. In a property liability case, it would more than likely be the organization that owns the property where you were injured. However, if you win your case, the person sued rarely pays you a dime; their insurance company does.

This is an important distinction to remember. Although the lawsuit names the at-fault party, we target their insurance company for damages. That’s why they have insurance to begin with—to protect them if they harm someone or their property. However, getting fair compensation from the insurance company isn’t as simple as filing a claim. Remember, insurance companies are in the business of making profits. They accomplish that by paying out fewer dollars in claims than they take in from premiums. That’s why it’s extremely important that you have an experienced personal injury attorney fighting on your behalf.

At Ponce Law, we’ve been helping accident victims in Nashville get the compensation they deserve for more than 20 years. That experience is why so many turn to us to handle their injury claim, because they know our reputation for getting results. If you’ve been injured, give us a call for a free consultation.

3 Things that Make a Good Lawyer

by Cary Graham | May 16th, 2016

Since first opening our doors, we’ve helped hundreds of Nashville accident victims get the compensation they deserve. From car accidents to workers’ compensation claims, our team of legal professionals has experience with a variety of case types, and our caseload speaks to the level of trust our community places in us. We believe we have some of the best lawyers in the state, but what makes a good lawyer? In our opinion, a good lawyer needs 3 things:

  1. Experience. First and foremost, a good lawyer is experienced. All personal injury cases follow a certain procedure. That is to say, the process for filing a claim, and potentially a lawsuit, is the same no matter the case nuances. However, it is the nuances that determine the outcome. For that reason, it’s important to have a lawyer who has handled a number of different cases over the years.
  2. Diligence. If you’ve been injured by someone else’s negligence, their insurance company is more than likely liable for your injuries. That insurance company will try to get you to settle for as little money as possible, and may throw a number of settlement offers your way throughout the process. A good lawyer will be diligent in their pursuit for fair compensation and won’t settle for less than you deserve.
  3. Compassion. We’re in the business of helping people. The way we make our clients feel is just as important as the result we get for them. They are going through one of the roughest times in their lives. The more compassion and respect we show them in their time of need, the easier this process will be on them.

If you’ve been injured, get a Nashville personal injury attorney on your side with the experience, diligence, and compassion necessary to get you the results you deserve. Call us today for a free consultation.

Setting the Record Straight for Car Accident Victims

by Cary Graham | May 12th, 2016

A serious accident can be one of the most stressful situations you’ll ever be in. From the initial impact to the paralyzing uncertainty immediately afterward, there are few things in life that are more traumatic. Now the other driver is claiming the accident was your fault, potentially leaving you with the responsibility of paying for your own medical treatment along with the other driver’s as well. What should you do?

Call us.

At Ponce Law, we’ve handled several cases over the years for clients in your same situation. Our investigative team will scrutinize all the evidence to prove the accident wasn’t your fault and that the other driver’s insurance should cover all your expenses related to the accident. It’s important that you call us as soon as possible. Like any investigation, the sooner we get started, the better chance we have to turn your case around. We need immediate access to the accident scene, witnesses, and other time-sensitive evidence to do our job to the best of our ability, which is why you can’t afford to wait.

If you’ve been injured in a car accident, give us a call right now for a free initial consultation. We’ll do everything within our power to make sure you don’t end up paying for an accident that wasn’t your fault.

Help for Nashville Workplace Injury Victims

by Cary Graham | May 11th, 2016

Most Nashvillians will give one quarter of their waking hours to their jobs. We do this because we believe in providing for our loved ones, and our jobs afford us the opportunity to do so. When a workplace accident robs us of that ability, we expect our employers to take care of us. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case, and you may be left with a number of questions, such as:

  • Who’s going to pay my medical bills?
  • If I can’t work, how will I make ends meet for my family?
  • Will my job be waiting for me once I recover?

These questions lead many injured workers to Ponce Law. They know our reputation for helping car accident victims put the pieces back together. They need to concentrate on getting better, not fighting a complex system designed to keep them from the benefits they deserve. So they turn to us and we fight on their behalf. Over the years, we’ve helped Nashville workers get the workers’ compensation benefits they deserve, and we’re ready to help you too.

Securing benefits for your family is too important to go it alone. Give us a call today for a free consultation.

2 Medical Terms Every Accident Victim Should Know

by Cary Graham | May 9th, 2016

If you’ve been injured in a serious accident, the amount of compensation your case is worth relies heavily on the amount of medical treatment you receive during your recovery. Simply put, the more your medical treatment costs you, the more the insurance company is liable for. Throughout your personal injury case, you’ll encounter a number of medical terms you should familiarize yourself with. Today we’d like to cover two:

Letter of Protection—If you don’t have adequate medical insurance to cover your medical treatment during your case, many medical facilities will accept a letter of protection, which enables you to continue to receive medical treatment without payment until a later date. This is a necessary option for folks who plan to file a lawsuit but don’t want to compromise their medical treatment in the meantime. However, it’s important to know that if you happen to lose your case, you still have to pay all the bills you’ve accumulated.

MMI—One important milestone in a personal injury case is when the accident victim reaches MMI, or maximum medical improvement. Essentially, this means the patient has recovered as much as possible. It doesn’t mean they’re as healthy or in the same condition they were in prior to the accident. It simply means medical treatment has brought them as far along as it can. At this point, your doctor may issue a permanent impairment rating to better categorize your condition.

Although the injury claim process can be complex, our job as personal injury lawyers is to make it as simple for our clients as possible. That’s why we’re always happy to answer any questions you might have, whether you’re a client or not. If you’ve been injured, give us a call for a free consultation. We’d love to hear from you.

Volkswagen Recall Lawsuits

by Cary Graham | May 6th, 2016

In Nashville, we all make the trek to our favorite emissions testing site once a year when our tags come up for renewal. Although some dread the procedure, it’s a necessary step in protecting the air quality of our city by ensuring vehicles are operating as they should. For Volkswagen and Audi owners with a “Clean Diesel” turbodiesel (TDI) engine, these trips were a sense of pride—a reminder that their cars were environmentally friendly alternatives to traditional gasoline-powered vehicles. But in 2015, that all changed.

Researchers at West Virginia University discovered that Volkswagen had built technology into many of their TDI vehicles that cheated the emissions testing system into thinking their vehicles ran cleaner than they actually did. As a result, the company is facing more than $18 billion in EPA fines, as well as consumer class action lawsuits brought forth by hundreds, if not thousands of owners.

Volkswagen and Audi models with these rigged emissions systems include:

  • VW Jetta (2009-2015)
  • VW Jetta Sportwagen (2009-2014)
  • VW Beetle (2012-2015)
  • VW Beetle Convertible (2012-2015)
  • Audi A3 (2010-2015)
  • VW Golf (2010-2015)
  • VW Golf Sportwagen (2015)
  • VW Passat (2012-2015)

It’s always a shame when a brand you trust lets you down, but you can do something about it. The consumer fraud lawyers at Ponce Law are actively seeking Volkswagen consumer fraud victims for a nationwide class action lawsuit. If you own one of the Volkswagen or Audi models above, give us a call immediately. You may be entitled to compensation, but your time to join this class action lawsuit is limited, so call now.