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Girl Offers Safety Advice After Suffering a Dog Bite Injury

by Keith Adkins | July 31st, 2015

A 6-year-old girl from Columbia, Tennessee, is recovering from an attack by a neighbor’s dog last week. Now, she’s sharing a piece of advice for animal owners that our Nashville dog bite injury lawyers couldn’t agree with more.

The little girl’s story begins with a typical summer afternoon playing outside—until a neighbor’s unattended dog approached. The animal lunged and bit her, inflicting a foot and a half of lacerations across the girls face, head, and scalp.

The girl was rushed to a local hospital for treatment and is still recovering. Just days after the attack, the girl told reporters with WKRN 2 News that dog owners should keep their animals restrained at all times because they could hurt others like her.

The legal staff at Ponce Law believes this is a great piece of advice for dog owners. Tennessee law states that a dog must be controlled at all times by it’s owner when in public or on another person’s private property. A violation of these rules can result in criminal charges against animal owners if their pets injure another person while uncontrolled.

The Nashville personal injury lawyers at Ponce Law know that not all dog owners follow the rules. Read what steps to take when a dog bites to help protect your health—and your rights—in the event you’re bitten by a dog.

Nashville Car Accident Lawyers Look At Factors That Lead to Drunk Driving

by Keith Adkins | July 29th, 2015
Every year in Tennessee, thousands of motorists are convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs or alcohol. These statistics make many citizens wonder if there are any factors give drivers a predisposition to drink and drive. The Nashville car accident lawyers at Ponce Law say the answer is yes.
According to WBIR 10 News, men in Tennessee are charged with DUI offenses at a higher rate than women. The Governor’s Highway Safety Office examined data from 2010 to 2014 provided by the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security’s Department of Statistics. In total, 20,118 men were charged with DUI offenses compared to 6,709 women. That means males in Tennessee were arrested for drinking and driving three times more often as women.
Age is another factor that tends to correlate with an increase in DUI arrests. Data tends to show young and middle aged adults are most often charged with drunk driving offenses.

We can each do our part to prevent drunk driving. Do your part to prevent Tennessee drunk driving accidents by never getting behind the wheel of a vehicle after consuming alcohol. Instead, call a friend or loved one to pick you up and get you home safely.

Nashville Construction Workers Go on Strike for Better Treatment

by Keith Adkins | July 27th, 2015

Officials estimate that by 2035, Nashville will have as many as 2.6 million residents. This would make the city larger than Denver, Colorado, is today.

With so many people expected to flock to the region, it’s no surprise that the construction industry is booming in Nashville. Unfortunately, many construction companies do not provide workers with fair wages and worksites can be dangerous. The Nashville employment lawyers at Ponce Law explain these issues can lead to disputes between workers and employers.

In fact, a group of eight Tennessee construction workers recently went on strike to bring attention to the low wages they receive and the risks they face. WKRN News issued a press release from the group that highlighted specific instances where their employer had mistreated the striking workers.

The owners of the construction companies in question have denied any wrongdoing, and the workers say they will stay on strike as long as it takes to see a change.

At Ponce Law, we believe in protecting the rights of Middle Tennessee’s workers. That’s why our Nashville personal injury attorneys are hopeful a resolution in the matter can be reached soon.

 

Ikea Warns That 27 Million Chests May Be Defective

by Keith Adkins | July 24th, 2015

The Nashville defective product lawyers at Ponce Law explain that two deaths and four injuries have been linked to a defective piece of furniture manufactured by Ikea.

According to WKRN 2 News, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has received 14 reports of Ikea’s Malm chest tipping over on top of consumers or their children. The company has stated they have also received reports in the past of three other fatalities linked to other furniture tipping over.  As many as 27 million chests may be affected by the problem.

In response to the problem, Ikea is issuing a free kit to mount the units to a wall, which would prevent the units from tipping over. Furthermore, the CPSC is urging consumers to wall mount any chest above 23.5 inches or drawers taller than 29.5 inches to a wall to prevent tipping.

Even if you’re taking safety precautions, defective product injuries can still happen. The Nashville personal injury lawyers at Ponce Law are available to answer your questions if you’ve been injured by a faulty product at no fault of your own.

Nashville Officials Aim to Reduce Pedestrian Accidents

by Keith Adkins | July 22nd, 2015

Music City is one of the top tourist destinations in Tennessee. And with so many people concentrated in the city’s tourist destinations—such as Broadway, Five Points, and 12 South—it’s important for the city to focus on pedestrian safety. The Nashville pedestrian accident lawyers explain the city is looking at how they can modify traffic patterns along some of the busiest roads in the city.

Jenna Smith, a spokesperson of the Department of Public Works, explains in the Nashville Post that officials are considering several options to offer pedestrians more safety. One is to widen sidewalks along Broadway without conducting physical construction in the area. Installing temporary fencing along the edges of the roadway would be used to complete the project.

Experts say the plan would not only provide pedestrians with a larger area to walk, but would also provide a barrier of sorts between those walking and drivers. Officials expect a final plan for the project to be reached soon.

Protecting pedestrian safety is vital in a city that depends on tourism to thrive. That’s why our Nashville personal injury lawyers would like to encourage the city to keep focusing on ways to reduce accidents on our streets.

State Issues Apology for Controversial Highway Safety Campaign

by Keith Adkins | July 20th, 2015

Look at the news any day of the week in Tennessee and you’ll likely find a story about drunk driving accidents. This serious public safety concern has prompted officials to create campaigns against drunk driving. However, the attorneys at Ponce Law explain that the most recent campaign is facing criticism.

An article from FOX News stated that last weekend; coasters and other media were handed out in bars and restaurants in Nashville as part of the “100 Days of Summer Heat Booze It and Lose It” campaign. Typically this sort of promotion would be applauded, but the slogans on these items were offensive to many.

One coaster discussed buying drinks for a “marginally good-looking girl” just to find out she is “chatty” and “clingy.” Still another carried the phrase, “After a few drinks the girls look hotter”

The campaign caused a major public backlash on social media, which prompted state officials to issue an apology for the campaign. The Governor’s Highway Safety Office released a statement saying it was never the organization’s intention to offend or insult women.

At Ponce Law, we believe public safety campaigns are beneficial when they send a positive message to everyone, and we hope more effective campaigns result from this incident. Our Nashville personal injury lawyers remind Tennesseans that driving under the influence is a deadly risk that can easily be avoided. Arrange for a safe ride home if you’ve been drinking.

Officials Warn Parents of Young Children Against Purchasing Detergent Pods

by Keith Adkins | July 17th, 2015

Before an item is released, it must undergo strict testing to ensure proper function and safety. Hwever, the Nashville defective products lawyers at Ponce Law explain that sometimes faulty items slip through the cracks and cause consumers serious harm.

That seems to be the case with liquid laundry detergent and dishwasher pods. These items are responsible for a disturbingly high number of injuries affecting children, which has prompted officials to recommend households with young children not purchase the items.

According to ABC 2 News, a team of doctors at Nationwide Children’s Hospital examined roughly 17,000 cases of children who were harmed by detergent pods over a two-year period. They found that children often mistake the items for candy, leading to the ingestion of harmful chemicals.

The findings led Consumer Reports to recommend against the purchasing of detergent pods. Instead, households with young children should use less toxic traditional detergents in the home. All detergents should also be kept in a safe and locked location.

If your child does ingest detergent, Poison Control should be called immediately at (800) 222-1222.

The Nashville personal injury lawyers at Ponce Law hope this information helps to keep your children and loved ones safe!

Defective Roadway May Be to Blame for Mt. Juliet Car Accidents

by Keith Adkins | July 15th, 2015

Many factors can play a role in Tennessee car accidents, including the negligent design or maintenance of roadways.

When care is not taken when planning a roadway or conducting regular upkeep, crashes are more likely. Residents and officials in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, say this may be the reason for an increase in car accidents at a local interchange.

According to WKRN 2 News, there have been more than 30 collisions along I-40 East near South Mt. Juliet Road and Belinda Parkway. Those crashes resulted in at least eight injuries and a majority of the accidents seem to occur while it’s raining.

This prompted officials at the Tennessee Department of Transportation to launch an investigation lack of proper drainage and what can be done to solve the issue. So far, the agency has determined drains in the area are clear and free of debris that can cause clogs. The team is also working to determine if the slope of the road is correct.

At Ponce Law, we understand the risks a defective roadway can pose to motorists, and our Nashville personal injury lawyers are hopeful any problems discovered on the highway can be resolved before another accident happens.

Drug-Induced Heart Attack Risks

by Keith Adkins | July 13th, 2015

Some drugs pose more serious and threatening side effects than others—including heart attacks.

Kidney Dialysis Products

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reports that there were an estimated 1,000 heart attacks as the result of using Fresenius Medical Care’s Granuflo® or Naturalyte® products in 2010 alone. Use of the product can cause a patient to suffer from a condition known as alkalosis—an imbalance of carbon dioxide and bicarbonate levels in the body.

Testosterone Therapy Drugs

Testosterone levels drop as men age, which can lead to loss of energy, muscle mass, and sex drive. Some men treat the loss of testosterone with supplemental therapies like Androgel®. However, our Testosterone therapy heart attack lawyers explain these products have been shown to increase the risk of adverse cardiac events.

Pain Relievers

Many of us use over-the-counter pain relievers regularly, but the FDA is warning that doing so could increase your chance of a heart attack. WKRN 2 News reports the agency has called for a change to the warning labels of these products.

 Get Answers To Your Questions

At Ponce Law, we are aware of the risks that can come with taking certain medications. That’s why our drug injury lawyers encourage you to speak with your doctor or pharmacist before beginning any new treatment regimen.

Are We Getting the Whole Story When it Comes to Drug Safety?

by Keith Adkins | July 10th, 2015

The results of drug safety tests are often published in peer-reviewed medical journals. But do these publications provide doctors and patients with enough information? Some experts say no.

An article from Salon examines the numerous medication safety studies conducted annually in the U.S. and found only a handful of results get published.

Safety findings regarding antidepressants are highlighted as an example. Researchers examined studies on drugs like Paxil, Prozac, and Zoloft and found that 94 percent of tests published in medical journals found drugs to be effective. Tests that showed the drugs to be ineffective or potentially dangerous, such as studies on antidepressant birth defects, were often not published.

Legislators passed a bill in 2008 that requires all medical studies to be released by the federal government, but biases remain regarding which studies get publicized and which do not.

The Nashville drug injury lawyers at Ponce Law believe patients should always ask questions about the risks of drugs they are taking. Gather as much information as you can about a drug before taking it and report any adverse events to your physician or pharmacist. We hope these tips help to keep you and your loved ones safe!