August 30th, 2015
When the laparoscopic power morcellator was released onto the market, many believed the device would revolutionize the way certain surgeries were performed. That’s because the tool had the ability to grind tissue inside the body so it could be more easily removed in a less invasive manner. What experts didn’t realize though, is that use of the power morcellator may have been putting patients at serious risk of cancer.
Our Nashville uterine surgery cancer lawyers at Ponce Law say it’s estimated that 1 in 350 women may have dormant cancer cells in their bodies and when the power morcellator is used to grind tissues, those cells can be released. The cancerous masses can then spread and grow in other parts of the body.
While several studies have cited the increased risk of developing cancer as the result of undergoing a procedure utilizing the power morcellator, little has been done to prevent it from being used.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) investigated the safety of the device, but found no need to pull it from the market. Instead, the agency issued a warning about the dangers the device may pose.
According to an article from The Wall Street Journal, this lack of action has prompted several members of Congress to call on the Government Accountability Office to conduct their own investigation into the FDA’s recommendations.
At Ponce Law, we understand the risks a faulty medical device can pose to patient safety. That’s why our defective product lawyers are hopeful the investigation being conducted into the safety of power morcellators can raise awareness about the dangers of these devices.
August 26th, 2015
Law enforcement agencies across Tennessee work hard every day to keep our roads safe. That’s why the Nashville car accident lawyers at Ponce Law are excited to see different law enforcement groups from around the state rewarded for their efforts.
According to WATE 6 News, the Governor’s Highway Safety Office and the Department of Transportation recently recognized several law enforcement agencies as winners of the 11th Annual Law Enforcement Challenge. As part of the contest, agencies are judged on their efforts to educate the public about the dangers of speeding, driving while impaired, and vehicle safety. The Metro Nashville Police Department was the winner in the category with agencies that have than 1,000 officers. The Nashville District of the Tennessee Highway Patrol also took third place in their category. Winning agencies are said to combine training, education, and enforcement to make our state’s roads safer places to travel.
Agencies that qualified for consideration in the contest were also eligible to win fully equipped police vehicles for their jurisdiction. The winners were Madison and Hickman counties, along with the Sewanee Police Department.
While the team at Ponce Law would like to congratulate all participants and winners in this year’s challenge, we know that not all crashes can be prevented. That’s why motorists should be familiar with what to do after an auto accident. We hope this information helps keep you and your loved ones safe on the road!
August 24th, 2015
When a Tennessee worker is injured while working, he or she is typically eligible for worker’s compensation benefits. But what types of expenses are covered?
The Nashville workers’ compensation lawyers at Ponce Law explain that in The Volunteer State, an injured worker should receive coverage for at least two types of damages.
Workers covered under Tennessee workers’ compensation should have all medical expenses covered under their employer’s insurance. According to the Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development, these benefits must be ordered by an authorized treating physician and can include the costs of surgery, medicines, medical supplies, nursing or psychological services, hospitalization, and even dental work.
Those who have suffered on-the-job injuries are also often qualified to receive wage replacement benefits. There are three types of benefits an injured worker can receive:
Determining Your Best Options
Many factors come into play when determining the amount of benefits an injured worker should receive. At Ponce Law, we suggest speaking with a qualified attorney to help make sure you’re getting the benefits you deserve if you’re considering applying for workers’ compensation or have a claim that was denied in the past.
August 21st, 2015
Airbags are a vital piece of automotive safety equipment, and they are credited with saving thousands of lives every year. However, it was recently announced that a malfunction in airbag operating systems installed in 2008 Honda Accords can prevent the units from activating during an accident.
The Nashville defective product lawyers at Ponce Law explain the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) launched an investigation after receiving 19 complaints that airbags failed to engage. Investigators determined that the computer that controls the vehicles’ airbags was malfunctioning, prompting the airbag warning light on the dash to light up and preventing the airbags from activating until repairs were made.
The NHTSA is saying the Honda airbag failures could affect as many as 384,000 vehicles in the United States. The issue is already responsible for at least one accident. An article from The New York Times explained how a Florida man was seriously injured after the airbags in his vehicle failed to inflate upon impact.
It’s important that the NHTSA be made aware of Honda airbag failures. If the airbag warning light comes on in your vehicle, get the problem fixed as soon as possible and report the issue to the NHTSA.
The Nashville personal injury attorneys at Ponce Law are hopeful increased awareness of this serious safety issue can help prevent injuries.
August 19th, 2015
Drinking and driving continues to plague Tennessee roadways. Over the past decade, there have been 74,451 drunk driving accidents reported in the state. A total of 6,645 of those collisions were recorded in 2014.—meaning there were roughly 18 accidents involving a driver under the influence of alcohol per day last year.
To help combat the problem, organizations from around the state are beginning to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving.
The Tipton County Sheriff’s Office has announced they will be conducting their annual “Booze It and Lose It” campaign throughout the weeks of Aug. 19 – Sept. 7. The program will utilize messages on billboards, as well as an increase in the volume of officers and troopers on patrol.
The Sevierville Police Department says they will also be working to reduce Tennessee drunk driving accidents as Labor Day approaches. According to WVLT 8 News, the agency plans to use a number of sobriety checkpoints to deter people from driving under the influence.
At Ponce Law, we are aware of how important it is to keep drunk drivers off of the roads. Our Nashville car accident attorneys are hopeful these campaigns are successful, and we encourage you to do your part by utilizing a sober driver to get you home safely after consuming alcohol.
August 17th, 2015
Most motorcyclists will tell you they share a special bond with other bikers on the road, and one of the best ways to share this connection is to participate in group rides. It also helps if the ride can benefit a good cause!
The Nashville motorcycle accident lawyers at Ponce Law point out that it should come as no surprise that motorcyclists across Middle Tennessee were excited when Dierks Bentley’s 10th annual “Miles & Music For Kids” motorcycle ride and concert was announced earlier today. The event is scheduled as a kickoff to CMA Awards week in Nashville.
Reports from WKRN News indicate the ride is scheduled to begin at the Harley-Davidson dealership in Columbia, Tennessee. Participants will then begin the hour-long commute to downtown Nashville’s new Ascend Amphitheater, where they have access to an exclusive concert featuring today biggest country music acts, including Florida Georgia Line, Thomas Rhett, and The Cadillac Three.
All of the proceeds from the event will be donated to the Children’s Miracle Network. The event has brought in more than $3 million to the organization since it’s inception in 2005.
Those who plan to participate should keep in mind that riding in tight formations can increase the chances of a motorcycle accident. That’s why the Nashville personal injury attorneys at Ponce Law would like to remind motorcyclists to be extra careful and always wear a helmet.
August 14th, 2015
Most of us are aware of the safety risks associated with swimming, but we may not recognize unseen dangers in the water, such as parasites and bacteria.
The Nashville swimming pool accident lawyers at Ponce Law explain that one of the waterborne pathogens swimmers should be concerned about is a parasite called Cryptosporidium—otherwise known as Crypto. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that the number of diagnosed cases of Crypto contracted from swimming pools has increased by more than double since 2004.
Experts contend that pool maintenance regimens are to blame for the increase in the parasite. An article from Slate Magazine explains Crypto can live in chlorinated water for weeks. This is only compounded by the fact that one in eight swimming pools is in violation of public health ordinances.
Swimming pools can be outfitted with equipment that can sanitize the water, but the process can be extremely expensive.
So, what can you do to prevent Crypto infections? The answer is simple—don’t defecate in the water and don’t swim in potentially contaminated areas. Crypto is spread through fecal matter, so it’s vital that parents teach their children to exit the water anytime they need to use the restroom. Caution should also be taken when swimming in natural waterways and swimming holes.
The legal staff at Ponce Law recognizes the serious threat waterborne pathogens can pose to swimmers. Our Nashville personal injury lawyers hope these tips help keep you and your loved ones safe in the water this summer.
August 12th, 2015
Tennesseans work hard for their money. And when an employee doesn’t receive the compensation they’re supposed to get, it can result in a Tennessee wage dispute.
This is precisely what happened recently in Hardeman County when the sheriff filed a lawsuit against the mayor and the county in response to salary cuts.
An article from The Washington Times explains that the suit was filed when the sheriff was made aware of the reductions in pay to a number of his department’s employees through the county’s 2015-2016 budget. He claims that two employees’ salaries were slashed by as much as $5,000 per year.
State law says a sheriff’s department employee’s salary cannot be cut without the approval of the sheriff. Furthermore, if a county official disagrees with the amount of compensation allocated to an employee, a lawsuit must be filed to settle the matter.
The Sheriff is hoping that the suit will result in his employees’ original salaries being reinstated.
Protecting employees’ rights is a top priority of the Nashville employment lawyers at Ponce Law. That’s why our legal staff is hopeful that a decision in this case will bring closure to the Hardeman County employees affected by budget changes.
August 10th, 2015
Schools are back in session across Middle Tennessee, and many area children are walking along public roads. The Nashville pedestrian accident lawyers at Ponce Law say this leads to an increase in collisions between children and motor vehicles and has prompted local medical professionals to call for increased awareness of pedestrian safety risks.
The medical staff at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt has reported treating at least 31 children struck by a car or a truck last summer. According to the Brentwood Home Page, they say that a child running into the street without paying attention is often the cause, but add you can take these steps to help reduce the chances of accidents.
- Prohibit young children from crossing streets alone- Only children age 10 or older should be allowed to cross streets—but even older children should follow several rules when considering crossing streets.
- Look both ways- Before ever crossing a road, be sure to look in both directions to ensure there is no oncoming traffic.
- Be Visible- If walking near dusk or dawn, be sure to carry a flashlight or wear light colored clothing so that motorists can more easily see you.
At Ponce Law, we know the importance of protecting pedestrian safety here in Music City, and our Nashville personal injury attorneys are hopeful this information helps prevent accidents.
August 7th, 2015
Ponce Law attorney Nina Parsley recently negotiated a successful outcome for a client in a disabilities discrimination case. Our client had been wrongfully terminated when his boss found out he has HIV/AIDS. His disease did not affect his ability to perform his job duties. Nina says, “No one should be fired just because of social stigmas associated with having certain medical conditions or disabilities.”
Our client was told by his former employer that he has too many issues going on to do his work—even though he was managing his condition with medication. After filing a lawsuit on our client’s behalf, Nina was able to negotiate payment of all of our client’s back wages and additional compensation for the humiliation and embarrassment he went through.
Our client is now working for a good employer who appreciates his contributions, and his former employer learned a lesson about discriminating against workers with disabilities. Nina Parsley is a skilled Nashville employment discrimination attorney who is not afraid to take on employers who discriminate. She has also successfully litigated numerous cases involving sexual discrimination, racial discrimination, age discrimination, and wage and hours violations.”