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Actos Manufacturers Pay Billions in Damages

by Cary Graham | May 4th, 2016

Actos is one of the best-known diabetes medications for a reason—it works. For years, doctors prescribed it to treat diabetes because its key ingredient, pioglitazone, decreased the amount of glucose released by the liver. In combination with other treatments, Actos helped diabetes patients better regulate their blood sugar levels. Yet despite how well the medication works, a dangerous side effect is causing many patients to wish they had never taken the drug.

The FDA has linked prolonged use of Actos to an increased risk of bladder cancer and urges any patients who experience the following symptoms to call a medical professional immediately:

  • Blood or red color in urine
  • Urgent need to urinate or pain while urinating
  • Pain in back or lower abdomen

To make matters worse, a jury found that Actos manufacturers knew about the risks for developing bladder cancer and hid those findings from the public in the interest of profits. Because of that egregious and deliberate deception, the manufacturer was ordered to pay $9 billion in punitive damages.

If you or someone you love developed bladder cancer after taking Actos, you may be entitled to significant compensation from the manufacturer. Call our Nashville drug injury attorneys today for a free evaluation of your claim.

3 Safety Tips if You’re Stranded on the Roadside

by Cary Graham | May 2nd, 2016

Whether you’re on I-40 at rush hour or on a back road in Smyrna, a broken-down car can leave you and your passengers in an extremely vulnerable position. Last year alone, Nashville experienced tragic incidents where stopped motorists were struck by passing cars. It can happen in a split second, changing the lives of the driver and the family of the victim forever.

Here are 3 important safety tips to remember if you ever find yourself stranded on the side of the road:

  1. Call for help—Changing a tire or attempting to fix a mechanical issue on a busy highway is not a good idea. Call for help. Depending on where you are, a tow truck can most likely be there in minutes and can tow you to a safe place to deal with the issue. Saving a few dollars and minutes isn’t worth risking your life.
  2. Get to safety—If you’re vehicle is stopped on the shoulder of the highway, and you feel safely out of the path of oncoming traffic, stay where you are. If you feel like you’re in a vulnerable position, exit the car on the side not facing traffic, and stand well clear of the highway while you wait for help.
  3. Stay alert—Even from a safe distance, there’s still a risk that your vehicle could be struck and the impact could reach where you’re standing. Stay alert as you wait for help. It could save your life.

There’s No “Undo” in Personal Injury Law

by Cary Graham | April 29th, 2016

Computers have for the most part made our lives easier. Once complex tasks have been reduced to a simple click of the mouse, freeing us of the mundane and tedious tasks of yesteryear. Take word processing for example. Before Microsoft Word or Apple Pages, we had pen and paper or a typewriter. Sure, you could use your eraser if you made errors, but even that left a smudged trace on the page serving as a marker for your mistakes.

For that reason alone, the UNDO function on computers was revolutionary. The concept that you could forever edit a document without losing quality in the finished product was a game changer. Nowadays, we take the UNDO function for granted. Knowing we can delete and rewrite as often as we want leads to more errors, because there are no consequences for doing so.

Unfortunately, there is no UNDO function for injury claims, nor are there any erasers. You get one shot from the start to get it right. If you don’t, you have to live with the consequences for the rest of your life. That’s why it’s so important that you get an experienced Nashville car accident attorney on your side if you’ve been injured. At Ponce Law, our attorneys have years of experience handling cases just like yours. We know how important it is to get it right the first time, and that’s what we strive to do for all of our clients.

If you’ve been injured, don’t take the risk of going it alone. Call us today for a free consultation. You only get one shot to get it right, so call now.

The Ponce Law Investigative Process

by Cary Graham | April 27th, 2016

In a personal injury case, information is king. That’s why we invest so much time and resources into investigating every case to the fullest. Our step-by-step investigative process leaves no rock unturned or bit of evidence undocumented, because the more information we have, the better case we can make for our clients.

Our initial investigation starts with the accident. Along with thoroughly analyzing the police accident report, we examine the accident scene, gather and listen to witness testimony, review any medical documentation related to your injuries, and consult with experts who can verify how the accident happened. The results of that initial investigation serve as the core of a larger, more in-depth investigation as your case progresses, including depositions of the at-fault driver, securing medical experts to properly assess your injuries, and accessing pertinent records that could help your case, such as the cell phone records of the at-fault driver.

Having all the available information in a personal injury case is only half the battle. You need an attorney that can leverage that information to get you the most compensation possible for your injuries. At Ponce Law, we’ve helped hundreds of Nashville car accident victims, and we’re ready to help you too. Give us a call today for a free consultation and we’ll get started immediately.

Fighting Life Insurance Fraud

by Cary Graham | April 25th, 2016

We all want the best for our families. We provide and care for them the best we can throughout our lives, and we want to do the same in death. That’s why many of us secured life insurance policies to begin with, because we wanted a guarantee that after we’re gone, our loved ones will be taken care of. So it can be shock to learn that your premiums are doubling, or even tripling, for no apparent reason.

That’s the reality for many Tennesseans. They faithfully pay into a life insurance policy for years only to receive a letter one day that informs them their premiums are skyrocketing, leaving them with only three options:

  • Cancel the policy altogether.
  • Pay the inflated premiums for the exact same policy.
  • Wipe out the life insurance policy savings you’ve accumulated.

For someone who just wanted to provide for their family, none of those options are appealing. Luckily, there’s a fourth option: call a lawyer. If your premiums are substantially increasing after years of paying into the policy, you could be the victim of insurance fraud. Our Nashville insurance fraud attorneys may be able to help. We know how to deal with insurance companies that take advantage of their customers, and we’ll put that experience to work for you.

3 Tips for a Good Deposition

by Cary Graham | April 22nd, 2016

If you bring a personal injury claim against an insurance company, chances are you’re going to have to give a deposition at some point. A deposition is simply an interview with the opposing attorney under oath about the accident. The opposing attorney will ask you questions about the accident and your injuries to put together exactly what happened. As your attorneys, we’ll be right by your side, so there’s nothing to worry about. However, it is important that you’re prepared.

Here are 3 tips for giving a good deposition:

  1. Stick to the facts. The opposing attorney is going to ask you several questions. Answer these questions with yes or no answers as often as possible. Don’t elaborate unless they ask you to do so with a specific question. Remember, your answers are being documented and will be revisited if your case goes to trial. Answer the question and that’s it.
  2. Process before answering. Take a moment after every question to process what the attorney is asking. Only once you know how you’re going to answer, should you begin speaking. There are no points given for answering quickly. Take all the time you need.
  3. Don’t guess. If the opposing attorney asks you a question and you’re not sure of the answer, don’t guess. Simply inform the attorney that you don’t recall or don’t know. Once you commit to an answer, it becomes a part of the record, so don’t guess. If you wish to correct something you said, it’s absolutely okay to do so. Simply inform the opposing attorney that you’d like to modify your answer on a specific question. It’s far better to do so in your deposition than on the witness stand.

At Ponce Law, we stand with our clients throughout the entire injury claim process. We know a deposition can be scary, but we’ll properly prepare you and be by your side the entire time, so there’s no reason to be nervous. This is one of the first steps to putting your life back together, and we’re ready to take that step with you.

Nashville Motorcycle Safety Tips for 2016

by Cary Graham | April 20th, 2016

It’s a great time to be in Nashville. The temperatures are rising, the trees are blooming, and soon it’ll be time to get that motorcycle out for a long ride—if you haven’t already. Whether you’re touring the scenic Natchez Trace or simply heading out on the highway for an afternoon ride, here are a few safety tips that can ensure your ride is nothing but fun.

  • Wear a helmet—Tennessee law requires that every rider and passenger wear a safety helmet and for good reason. In the event of an accident, you have a much greater chance of survival wearing a helmet than not.
  • Be aware—The greatest danger to motorcyclists is other drivers. Be hyper-aware of what is going on around you. Don’t assume that other drivers see you or understand your intentions. Often it’s up to your diligence to avoid an accident.
  • Don’t speed—It’s dangerous to go above the speed limit in a car, but on a bike, it’s downright crazy. Going above the speed limit does nothing but put you, your passengers, and other drivers on the road in danger.
  • Watch the weather—Before setting out on a short or long ride, check the weather. Clear skies at the start of a ride doesn’t mean there’s no storm on the horizon. Don’t get caught in inclement weather. Check the weather before you hit the road.

Even the safest riders can’t always avoid an accident. If you’ve been injured, call our Nashville motorcycle accident attorneys today for a free consultation. We’ll protect your rights and work to get you maximum compensation for your injuries.

Social Security Disability Statistics

by Cary Graham | April 18th, 2016

You’ve worked hard your entire career, paying into Social Security the entire time. Now that you’re disabled and can’t work, you expect Social Security will be there for you, but that’s not necessarily the case. In fact, more than two-thirds of initial applications are denied by the Social Security Administration, leaving hard-working people like you with few options.

That scary statistic negatively impacts thousands of people every year—folks just trying to make ends meet for their families after a debilitating injury. The good news is there’s another statistic that could change your life. The vast majority of those who hire a lawyer to represent them after being initially denied Social Security Disability will secure benefits in their appeal. At Ponce Law, our Social Security Disability attorneys have spent years adding to the number of people who get the benefits they deserve, and we’d love to add your name to that list as well.

If you’ve been denied Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, call us today for a free consultation. We’ll help make sense of the complicated appeal process and do everything within our power to secure benefits for you. Your SSDI benefits are too important to your family’s future for you to try and go it alone, so call us today.

We Know the Way Out

by Cary Graham | April 15th, 2016

An accident victim is stuck down in a hole. An insurance adjuster walks by. The accident victim calls up, “Hey, I’m trapped down in this hole; can you help you out?” After thinking about it for a bit, the insurance adjuster writes a small check, drops it down the hole, and walks on.

A few minutes later, a court clerk walks by. The accident victim calls up again for help. The clerk opens up his briefcase and pulls out the necessary injury claim paperwork. He drops the pages down the hole and walks on.

After a while, a personal injury lawyer walks by. The accident victim calls up a third time for help. The lawyer jumps down in the hole with him.

“Why did you do that?” the accident victim asks. “Now we’re both stuck down here,”

The lawyer responds, “Yeah, but I’ve been down here before, and I know the way out.”

If you’ve been injured in a car accident, call our Nashville car accident attorneys today. We’ve helped hundreds of people in your same situation. We know what you’re going through, and we can show you the way out. Don’t wait to get the help you need. Call us today.

Close is Not Enough

by Cary Graham | April 13th, 2016

Every Tennessean remembers that last play in Super Bowl XXXIV with Kevin Dyson reaching with all his might to get the ball over the goal line as time expires. That was a heartbreaking finish to an incredibly exciting game. Tennessee was so close to claiming the Super Bowl title, coming up just one yard short. Unfortunately, one yard was enough.

“Close” can be a dangerous word in personal injury law. Getting close to what an accident victim needs to pay all their medical expenses doesn’t cut it. And getting close to maximum compensation for lost wages and pain and suffering isn’t a win in our book. That’s why we’re willing to fight so hard for our clients to ensure they don’t just get close to putting this accident behind them. We’re not satisfied until they have everything they need to move on with confidence.

If you’ve been injured, the law firm you choose makes a difference. Put an experienced Nashville-based law firm on your side that doesn’t believe in “close enough.” This could be the most important fight of your life, and we’re ready to stand by your side every step of the way. Call for your free consultation today.