Ponce Law

These Are Our Clients

by Cary Graham | February 8th, 2016

At Ponce Law, we help injured people get their lives back on track after serious accidents. Although each of their cases is different, all of our clients have one thing in common: they turn to us when they need help. When we look back on the clients we’ve helped over the years, we take pride in all the good we’ve been able to do for the great people of Nashville.

Folks like…

Rick, a 25-year old who was injured on the job. When the insurance company refused to pay for his medical care following his accident, he didn’t know what to do next, so he gave us a call. We fought on Rick’s behalf and got the insurance company to live up to their obligations. In the end, Rick got the medical treatment he needed and was able to put the accident behind him.

Harry, who was hit from behind on the interstate. His wife was severely injured, his car was totaled, and the insurance company’s offer was not even close to what they deserved. Our attorneys took on Harry’s case and worked to get him the maximum amount of compensation for his accident.

Evelyn, who was in a three car pileup.
Kevin, who was injured in a tractor-trailer accident.
Pamela, who was involved in an assembly line accident.

These are only a few of the many clients we’ve helped over the years, and we’re not done yet. If you’ve been injured in a serious accident, give us a call today for a free consultation. We’d love to hear from you.

Is the Insurance Company Watching You?

by Cary Graham | February 5th, 2016

Do you ever get the feeling you’re being watched? If you’ve been in a car accident, it may be more than just a feeling. During the injury claim process, you may be investigated by the insurance company in an effort to prove that you’re not as injured as you claim. They may speak with your employer, reach out to your friends, and read your social media feeds to uncover any inconsistencies with your story.

With that amount of money on the line, it makes sense that they would try to find a way to dismiss the claim altogether. But when you’re seriously injured, there are a couple things you can do to help make sure the insurance company can’t unfairly discredit your claim.

Don’t embellish or minimize your injuries in conversations or on social media. The old adage “when in doubt, tell the truth” applies in an injury claim. The fact that we’ve taken on your case means you were significantly injured in the crash. If you have to speak about your injuries to anyone, give them the basic facts, nothing more.

Secondly, stay off social media. We’ve seen a Facebook post taken out of context destroy an injury claim. Simply posting a status that says you’re “feeling great” could be misconstrued as you’ve fully recovered and are no longer injured. Sounds ridiculous, but it happens. The best course of action is to stay off social media until your case is settled.

Personal injury claims take an investment of time and patience, but it’s an investment that could pay off in the long run. Let us focus on getting you paid for your injuries. You just focus on your recovery. And assume the insurance company is watching, because they might be.

The Dangers of a Motorcycle Crash

by Cary Graham | February 3rd, 2016

There are a number of common things shared by most accidents on the road. For instance, crashes most of the time involve two vehicles colliding, there is an at-fault party, and injuries are often involved. However, motorcycle accidents are unique from other types of accidents in one significant way: protection.

In every other type of vehicle crash, the vehicles offer some amount of protection. From airbags to roll guards, most cars and trucks are designed with safety systems in place to give the occupants of the vehicle the best chance of survival in the event of a crash. A motorcycle provides zero protection for the rider. In fact, the only protection a motorcyclist has in the event of an accident is what he or she is wearing. Because of that lack of protection, motorcycle accidents can lead to considerable injuries.

It’s not uncommon for a motorcycle crash to put someone out of commission for months, if not years. We’ve had clients that may never go back to work due to the extent of their injuries. Thankfully, they called us instead of trying to deal with the insurance company alone. We worked on their behalf to protect their rights and secure the maximum settlement they were entitled to.

Motorcycle accidents can be more devastating than any other type of motor vehicle accident. If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle wreck, don’t go it alone. Call the Nashville motorcycle accident attorneys at Ponce Law for a free consultation today.

Social Security Disability Appeal Process

by Cary Graham | February 1st, 2016

If you’ve been denied Social Security Disability benefits, you are not alone. More than two-thirds of initial applications are denied. You can always appeal, which we would advise you to do, but it’s a good idea to have a decent understanding of the process first. The appeal process consists of four stages:

  1. Reconsideration—If you’re denied benefits, you must request reconsideration in writing within 60 days of the date you received your denial notice. Your appeal will be considered by someone who did not take part in the review of your initial application. Most often you do not need to be present for this stage of the appeal process.
  2. Administrative Law Judge Hearing—If your initial reconsideration request is denied, you or your representative can request a hearing before an administrative law judge (ALJ). Again, you must request this hearing within 60 days of the date you received your reconsideration denial notice. This hearing may require you to have additional medical exams or tests done to determine the extent of your disability.
  3. Appeals Council Review—If the ALJ denies your request, your next course of action is to request an Appeals Council review. The Appeals Council will do one of three things: grant your request for review and decide the case itself, grant your request for review and send it back to the ALJ to decide, or deny your request altogether.
  4. Federal Court—Your final course of action is to file a civil action with the U.S. District Court. It’s vitally important that you have an attorney represent you during this stage. An experienced Social Security Disability attorney can help protect your rights and give you a better chance of securing benefits.

If you’ve been denied Social Security Disability benefits, give us a call immediately. We’ve helped people throughout Tennessee get the benefits they deserve, and we’re ready to help you too.

3 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Go Back to Work Early

by Cary Graham | January 29th, 2016

After an on-the-job injury, you may feel pressure to get back to work as quickly as possible. Between medical bills and lost wages, the financial strain can put you and your family in a tough position. However, we encourage you to not go back to work until you’ve fully recovered and have been cleared by your doctor. Here are 3 few reasons why:

You could re-injure yourself. Going back to work before your body has had all the time it needs to heal can lead to additional injuries and a longer recovery.

You put others at risk. If you work in a physically demanding job, your inability to perform at your best could put others at your workplace at risk.

You jeopardize your claim. Your workers’ compensation claim should cover your full recovery, as well as lost wages that result from your inability to work. By going back to work too early, you’re telling your employer and the insurance company that you are no longer injured, making it very hard to secure funds to cover future medical treatment.

If you’ve been injured on the job, your first priority should be to get better. That can be hard with the financial concerns that stem from not being able to work. An experienced workers’ compensation lawyer can help get you maximum compensation for your injury, so you can focus fully on healing. If you’ve been injured on the job, give us a call for a free evaluation.

It’s About More than the Final Outcome

by Cary Graham | January 27th, 2016

Personal injury lawyers offer a service. When people are injured in car accidents, we help him them get the maximum compensation they deserve. That’s why injury victims call us every day—we have a proven record of getting exceptional results for our clients. At Ponce Law, we believe the road leading up to the final outcome is as important as the outcome itself. That’s why we offer exceptional customer service throughout the entire claim process.

What does that mean for our clients?

24/7/365 supportSerious car accidents can happen anytime, anywhere. If you’ve been in an accident, we’re available day or night to take your call.

Case updates—The injury claim process takes time. As a Ponce Law client, you’ll be kept up-to-date on your case throughout the process. If you have a question along the way, give us a call. We’re always available to you.

We’ll come to you—Getting around after an accident can be difficult. Our goal is to make your claim process as quick and painless as possible, which is why if you can’t come to us, we’ll come to you.

Respect—We know firsthand how difficult an accident can be both physically and emotionally. Every member of our team will treat you and your family with the utmost respect and dignity, no matter what.

Follow-up—We believe in building relationships. That’s why our lawyers continue to follow up with our clients long after we’ve successfully settled their case.

Personal injury law is a service that we hope you never need. But if you ever do, give our Nashville car accident attorneys a call. We’ll work on your behalf to get the results and experience you expect.

What Makes Truck Accidents so Dangerous?

by Cary Graham | January 25th, 2016

Tractor-trailer wrecks are one of the most dangerous types of vehicle accidents for a number of reasons. First of all, a tractor-trailer can weigh up to 80,000 lbs. When a tractor-trailer gets up to highway speeds, that amount of force can crush a regularly sized car or truck. In addition, stopping a tractor-trailer takes much longer than other highway vehicles, which compounds the dangers.

Secondly, tractor-trailers have blind spots that can make it difficult for truck drivers to see smaller vehicles on the road. Many big truck accidents happen within what we call the “no-zone”—the blind spots for most larger rigs. The rule is if you can’t see the truck driver in the mirrors of the tractor-trailer, the truck driver can’t see you. That’s why it’s very important to stay outside of the no-zone when driving on the highway.

But beyond the obvious risks associated with blind spots and the sheer weight of a tractor-trailer rig, there’s an even scarier component of truck accidents: reaction time. In a regularly sized car, if you veer into another lane of traffic and make contact with another vehicle, you can often correct the vehicle quickly, minimizing the damage. Truck drivers operating large rigs can’t correct as quickly, which means by the time the truck driver realizes they’ve made contact, the chances are the damage will be devastating.

We’ve seen firsthand how a truck accident can wreck a family’s future. If you’ve been in a truck accident, you need an experienced Nashville truck accident lawyer to protect your rights and look out for your best interests. Give us a call today, and let us put our experience to work for you.

This is Why We Advertise

by Cary Graham | January 22nd, 2016

Whether on TV, the Internet, or a billboard driving down I-24, unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few decades, chances are you’ve seen a lawyer ad or two. Some advertising firms take the practical route, showcasing their firm’s accolades and services, while others take a more whimsical approach, featuring transforming cars and Wild West-themed showdowns. Regardless of the content, if the ad got your attention, one might conclude it served its purpose.

There was a time in the not so distant past when lawyer ads were forbidden. In fact, personal injury lawyers couldn’t openly advertise before 1976, when the Supreme Court ruled in favor of a law firm from Arizona that believed prohibiting lawyers from advertising violated their first amendment rights. Since then, pretty much every personal injury law firm has advertised.

So why do we advertise? To help connect the injured people of Nashville with a capable and compassionate law firm. Hiring a lawyer isn’t as simple as hiring a Lyft driver. There are several factors to consider, making it more involved than simply opening the Yellow Pages and calling the first law firm you see. You don’t need just any lawyer. You need the right lawyer for your specific situation. By advertising, we have the opportunity to demonstrate our experience, our expertise, and our record of success, so that when you do need a lawyer, you already know whom to call.

If you’ve been injured in a Nashville area accident, give us a call. We’d love to speak with you.

6 Steps to Take After an Accident

by Cary Graham | January 20th, 2016

No one plans to be in a serious car accident. It’s not something you place on your calendar or put on your to-do list. It’s an unexpected occurrence that can turn your life upside down. However, you can be prepared for when it happens to you.

Here are 6 steps you should take immediately following an accident:

  1. Look for immediate threats. The accident will happen in a split second, leaving you shaken and disoriented. As soon as you are able, determine whether or not you are in immediate danger of a secondary threat, such as an engine fire.
  2. Assess the damage. If there are no secondary threats, assess the extent of your injuries and those of your passengers.
  3. Call 911. Whether you need medical attention or not, a 911 operator will be able to send out the help you need.
  4. Get medical treatment. Even if you think you’re fine, get checked out by a medical professional. After an accident, your adrenaline will be pumping, which may temporarily mask the impact of your injuries. This is not the time to be tough. Go to the hospital or see your doctor afterward.
  5. Gather evidence. Once an accident scene is cleared, the majority of the evidence is lost. If you are able at the time of the accident, take photos of the scene, get the names of any witnesses, and write down your account of the accident.
  6. Call a lawyer. Dealing with the insurance company after an accident can be time-consuming and frustrating. A lawyer can stand between you and the insurance company to help get you the maximum compensation for your injuries. If you’ve been injured, don’t go it alone. Call an experienced Nashville car accident lawyer immediately.

Can You Trust Your Employer’s Doctor?

by Cary Graham | January 18th, 2016

Here’s a scenario for you. You’re injured at work. Your employer does all the right things—files reports, gets you medical attention, and sends you home for a few days to recover. They even offer to send you to a doctor they trust to evaluate your injuries and let you know when you should be back at work. Sounds like they have your best interests at heart, right?

Well, maybe.

In this scenario, the employer appears to be doing everything they can to help you recover from your injuries, up until they ask you to visit their own doctor for an evaluation. An on-the-job injury can put you in a tough position. Since your injury occurred on company property or during company time, the responsibility for your injuries falls solely on your employer. From a business standpoint, it’s in their best interests to be released from that liability as quickly and as cheaply as possible. One way for that to happen is for a doctor to sign off that you’ve fully recovered or that your injuries aren’t as significant as you claim. In that case, do you really want to see a doctor on your company payroll? Probably not.

To learn more about potential pitfalls in your workers’ compensation claim, give us a call anytime. We’d be happy to review your case free-of-charge.