October 9th, 2015
In May, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, Inc., the maker of Actos®, offered to settle thousands of bladder cancer lawsuits for $2.4 billion. Here’s a link to a previous post we made in May about the settlement.
When the offer was made earlier this year, victims still needed to agree to the terms of the settlement before it could be finalized. Now, a majority of plaintiffs have signed on to participate in the settlement.
Last month, Takeda issued a press release that states 96 percent of claimants agreed to the terms of the settlement. Once it’s determined that 97 percent of those individuals meet the criteria to participate, the deal will move one step closer to becoming final.
Once the settlement is official, the company says they will have laid seven of the nine Actos bladder cancer lawsuits they are facing to rest.
Takeda states the settlement will have no effect on the company’s support and distribution of Actos.
At Ponce Law, our Nashville Actos bladder cancer lawyers recognize the struggles many individuals have faced in the wake of using the drug to battle another serious disease. That’s why were hopeful this settlement can bring peace and closure to those who were harmed by the drug.
October 7th, 2015
When a person is taken into custody by law enforcement in Tennessee, the arresting agency has a responsibility to protect the health and safety of its inmates. Any failure to do so can result in officers and their employers being held liable in the matter.
The Nashville wrongful death attorneys at Ponce Law say this is what led a woman to file a lawsuit against the City of Kingsport and two officers who arrested her husband. Reports indicate the man died while in custody after being arrested following a car accident.
The Insurance Journal states the victim was arrested on Sept. 19 after showing signs of intoxication following a car accident. He was transported to the Kingsport City Jail, where he showed an inability to walk, talk, or stay awake. He was left unattended and was found unresponsive on Sept. 20. He was declared dead a short time later.
Almost a year after the victim’s passing, his wife filed a $1 million lawsuit against the jail and two officers, claiming they failed to provide her husband with adequate medical attention while he was in custody.
Losing a loved one can be one of the most difficult events an individual can ever go through, especially if the death was the result of negligence. The Nashville personal injury lawyers at Ponce Law are hopeful a decision in this particular case can bring a sense of closure to the family of the man who died.
October 5th, 2015
For months, the legal staff at Ponce Law has been following the story of how poor engineering and design of a stretch of I-40 near Mt. Juliet has been responsible for dozens of motor vehicle collisions in the area. Just take a look at one of our previous posts on the subject.
Now, there’s data to support the suspicions that many Middle Tennesseans have about this stretch of road. According to The Tennessean, the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) has analyzed data and determined that the team that designed the stretch of road failed to adequately consider storm water runoff. Furthermore, TDOT says the road isn’t designed to handle the runoff it receives.
When a storm occurs, water can pool along the stretch of highway between Mt. Juliet Road and State Route 109. So far, the pooling water on I-40 has been responsible for at least 30 Mt. Juliet car accidents.
The findings were given to the company responsible for a recent road widening project that led to the issues, and the company stated they will be cooperative in addressing the problems.
At Ponce Law, we know just how dangerous a poor road design can be to motorists. That’s why our Nashville car accident lawyers applaud the efforts being made to correct this particular stretch of road and hope changes to the road’s design can be made soon.
October 2nd, 2015
The people of Music City have spoken, and the Nashville personal injury lawyers at Ponce Law are honored to have been voted “Best Law Firm” as part of the 2015 Toast of Music City Awards.
As many as 200,000 votes were cast in more than 100 categories to determine the best of what Nashville has to offer. Those who received the most votes in each category were then honored at a reception held at War Memorial Auditorium on Sept. 24.
The Tennessean holds the awards annually, and the publication offers a complete list of this year’s winners in a recent article. This was the eighth year the newspaper has asked the public for nominations in each category. Each category is selected based on reader interest.
We can only be as successful as the people who support us. That’s why the entire staff at Ponce Law would like to thank each and every Middle Tennessean who made this achievement possible for us.
We also hope to honor the spirit of the 2015 Toast of Music City “Best Law Firm” award by continuing to help our neighbors and give back to our community. Check out our Ponce Law in the Community page to learn about our commitment to making Middle Tennessee a better place to live and work.
September 30th, 2015
One of the best ways to protect yourself from serious car accident injuries is to always wear your seat belt. Unfortunately, many Tennesseans choose not to buckle up, and in some parts of the state, it’s costing a growing number of motorists their lives.
In 2015, slightly less than half of all fatal motor vehicle collisions in Tennessee have involved a motorist or passenger who was unrestrained at the time of the crash. In Bedford and Hawkins counties, a lack of seat belt use has been associated with a swelling number of deadly collisions.
Law enforcement in The Volunteer State is working to address this problem though, and agencies will soon have a new resource. According to an article from WKRN News, the Tennessee Highway Patrol was selected by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to lead a new pilot program that will promote occupant safety enforcement.
As part of the program, agencies will collect data on seat belt, child safety seat, and motorcycle helmet usage on a monthly basis. The data will then be submitted to the NHTSA for analysis.
We take pride in promoting motor vehicle safety at Ponce Law, and our Goodlettsville car accident attorneys are hopeful the new program inspires more Tennesseans to buckle up while traveling.
September 28th, 2015
When you buy a car or truck, you expect it to function as advertised. So what happens when a vehicle is defective or manufacturers mislead consumers? The Nashville defective product lawyers at Ponce Law explain that criminal and civil legal action may be taken.
The controversy surrounding hidden data regarding poor emissions tests on certain diesel vehicles manufactured by Volkswagen (VW) highlights the repercussions of failing to meet quality standards.
In Dec. 2014, VW sent letters to owners of certain models of Audi and VW diesel vehicles in California explaining the emissions software in their vehicles required an update to ensure proper function. A further investigation by federal officials concluded that VW concealed data from the public that showed some diesel vehicles didn’t perform on emissions tests as well as was advertised.
According to Reuters, as many as 11 million vehicles worldwide could be affected by the recall that follows the release of these findings. Furthermore, more than two dozen lawsuits were filed, and VW has allocated $7.3 billion to cover costs associated with faulty vehicles.
If you own a diesel VW or Audi vehicle affected by emissions scandal, a lawyer may be able to help protect your rights to compensation. Feel free to meet our attorneys to learn more about how we can help.
September 25th, 2015
On September 14, 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) into law. For 25 years, these regulations have helped countless individuals with mental or physical disabilities receive and hold employment. However, experts and officials say there continues to be room for improvement when it comes to preventing discrimination against the disabled.
The Knoxville News Sentinel discusses how many businesses have worked to stay in compliance with rules outlined by the ADA. Some structures have required upgrades in order to accommodate those with disabilities. In cases where accommodations for the disabled cannot be made, the law now requires products and services to be made available to the disabled through other means.
Despite the focus that has been placed on creating businesses that are disability-friendly, data indicates that many disabled citizens continue to struggle to gain employment. In fact, 40 percent of homeless individuals suffer from a disability.
Many organizations have worked to raise awareness about this issue as we celebrate a quarter century of the ADA.
At Ponce Law, we have seen first hand how the ADA has had a positive impact on the lives of our friends and neighbors. Our Nashville personal injury lawyers are excited to celebrate the ADA’s anniversary, and we hope to see the law continue to have a positive influence on the lives of Americans.
September 23rd, 2015
If a medical condition, illness, or injury prevents you from working for longer than one year, you may qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. However, you must have worked and paid into the Social Security system long enough to receive these benefits.
This leaves many disabled Americans asking about their options if they haven’t earned enough credits to receive Social Security Disability benefits. The Nashville Social Security Disability lawyers at Ponce Law explain one of the best resources available to citizens is another program offered by the Social Security Administration (SSA).
Supplemental Security Income is available to anyone with a disability and limited resources for income. To be eligible, you must make less than a certain amount of money per month and be:
- Age 65 or older
- Blind or vision impaired
- Suffering from a disability lasting longer than one year or resulting in death
If you think you may qualify for benefits, you can take a more detailed look at the Supplemental Security Income eligibility requirements on the SSA website.
At Ponce Law, we have seen the impact financial assistance can have on the lives of those with disabilities, and we hope this information is useful in helping you to get the benefits you need.
September 21st, 2015
There’s an old adage that the best defense is a good offense—and it can certainly be applied to the idea of highway safety. The Nashville car accident lawyers at Ponce Law are excited to learn that hundreds of agencies in the state will receive funding to make Tennessee roads safer.
According to WATE 6 News, $17.8 million was granted to Tennessee organizations and agencies to improve highway safety. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is providing the funding via the Governor’s Highway Safety Office.
Tennessee’s Department of Transportation Commissioner, John Schroer, explained Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Cocke, Cumberland, Hawkins, Jefferson, Knox, McMinn, Roane, Scott, and Sevier counties would each receive a portion of the awards. The money will be used to fund programs that provide safety training and public education, as well as enforcement of laws that can prevent speeding, distraction, and drunk driving accidents.
At Ponce Law, we believe that a well-rounded highway safety plan can help reduce accidents, injuries, and fatalities on our roads. We’re hopeful these funds will to not only improve our current highway safety programs, but also help to create new ways to reduce motor vehicle collisions in Tennessee.
September 18th, 2015
General Motors (GM) has put billions of vehicles on roads worldwide over the years, but the company recently admitted to withholding information that could have prevented hundreds of car accidents.
Reports began to surface several years ago of ignition switches in GM vehicles turning to the off position while vehicles were in motion. This left the driver unable to gain control of the vehicle and in many cases, led to crashes. In several instances, the vehicles’ airbags also failed to deploy because the ignition switch was in the “off” position during a crash.
These accidents prompted an investigation that eventually led to the GM ignition recall, and the company is facing both criminal and civil charges in the matter.
It was recently announced that GM had reached an agreement with federal prosecutors to receive deferred prosecution of the criminal charges as long as several stipulations were met.
According to USA Today, GM agreed to admit they failed to inform federal agencies of information about the potential safety defect and also that the company misled consumers regarding the risks faulty ignition switches could pose. GM will pay $900 million in penalties, as well as be required to overhaul their recall process.
At Ponce Law, one of our missions is to hold corporations accountable for their actions when innocent people get hurt. Our defective product lawyers are hopeful that the outcome of this case serves as a warning to others in the industry to make vehicle safety a priority.