Ponce Law

The Realities of a Personal Injury Case

by Cary Graham | July 25th, 2016

There are a number of realities one must accept in a personal injury case, the most important of which is that, when handled correctly, they take time. At Ponce Law, our goal is to get you the largest amount of money for your claim in the least amount of time. However, it’s important to understand that those two things are not mutually exclusive. In fact, time corresponds directly to the amount a claim is worth and here’s why.

Your case is predicated on the fact that you’ve been injured, and because of your injuries, you are entitled to compensation. The extent of that compensation depends on the amount of medical treatment your injuries require. Determining how much medical treatment you require takes time, which is why we never rush into a settlement agreement. If we did, some of your upcoming expenses might be left out of the demand, leaving you with the bill.

Believe us when we say that we know the personal injury process can seem long. Just know that we’re doing everything within our power to maximize your claim in a timely matter, just as we’ve done for all of our clients over the years. Check out some of their stories here.

And if you’ve been injured and have yet to secure legal counsel, give our Nashville personal injury lawyers a call today for a free consultation.

New Construction Leads to Workplace Injuries in Nashville

by Cary Graham | July 22nd, 2016

There’s lots of construction going on it Nashville. From new condos to improved roads and highways, our city is growing so fast that construction companies are busy trying to keep up. With that increased construction comes more jobs, which is a good thing. It also means more workplace accidents. When a construction worker is injured on the job, their employer should provide them the financial support they need to pay medical expenses and lost wages, but unfortunately that doesn’t always happen, leaving him/her with two options: 1) work injured or 2) pursue legal action.

If you’ve been injured in a workplace accident, working injured is never the right answer. That could lead to further injuries that you may not recover from and put your family in a financially compromised position. Instead, call an experienced workers’ compensation attorney. A workers’ comp attorney knows your rights and will do everything within their power to get you maximum compensation for your injuries.

If you’ve been injured on the job, we know you have questions. Who’s going to pay your medical bills? How will you make ends meet if you can’t work? Will your job be waiting for you after you recover? Get answers by contacting our Nashville worker’s compensation attorneys today. You may be entitled to compensation for current and future medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Don’t wait to get the help you need. Call us today.

The Realities of Applying for Social Security Disability

by Cary Graham | July 20th, 2016

There are a number of realities when it comes to applying for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. First of all, your chances of securing benefits aren’t great on your own. In fact, two-thirds of initial applicants are denied benefits. That’s tens of thousands of people every single year. Secondly, the application process can be long and arduous, especially if you’re trying to do it all on your own. Thirdly, just because you are disabled, doesn’t automatically mean you qualify for disability benefits. The SSA’s definition of disability is extremely strict, which is one reason there are so many denials.

The good news is those who appeal with the help of a lawyer are more likely to secure benefits. It just makes sense. An experienced Social Security Disability lawyer has potentially handled hundreds of SSD cases. They know what works, what doesn’t, and quite frankly, how to win benefits. Sure, you can find plenty of resources online that tell you how to file an appeal, but why not consult with an attorney that can go beyond the how to and give you the best chance of securing benefits, potentially for life?

If you’ve been denied Social Security Disability benefits, give us a call today for a free consultation. We’ve helped disabled folks in your same situation secure the benefits they deserve, and we’re ready to help with your appeal as well. Don’t put years’ worth of disability benefits at risk by going it alone. Contact our Nashville Social Security Disability lawyers today.

I-40 Among the Deadliest Highways

by Cary Graham | July 18th, 2016

Traffic in Nashville is getting worse. With the mass influx of new residents and visitors pouring into the city, our roads are more congested and more dangerous than ever. In fact, Nashville has one of the deadliest interstates in the country—one you may drive on every single day. According to a recent study published by the Auto Insurance Center, I-40 is the third deadliest highway in the U.S., accounting for more than 180 deaths last year.

In addition, Tennessee ranked high for unbuckled drivers and passengers. That’s a scary statistic considering 45% of all people killed in traffic accidents neglected to buckle up. Other major factors of motor vehicle deaths included driving under the influence (31% of fatalities) and speeding (28% of fatalities). These statistics aren’t meant to frighten you off the roads. They’re meant to inform you of the dangers involved in the most fundamental and necessary daily task: getting from A to B. Our hope is that drivers will take these dangers to heart, drive safer, and change these statistics for the better.

Unfortunately, you can only control the way you drive, and sometimes no matter how safe you are, you’re still involved in an accident. If you’ve been injured in a car accident, give us a call for a free, no obligation consultation. Our experienced Nashville car accident attorneys will defend your rights and fight to get you maximum compensation for your injuries. Don’t become part of the growing statistic of accident victims who didn’t get what they deserve. Call us today.

The Rules of the Road

by Cary Graham | July 15th, 2016

There are rules to the road. They apply to everyone, no matter how much money you make, where you live, or how many years you’ve been driving. These rules are put in place to protect Nashvillians depart and arrive safely to their destinations every time. When a careless driver breaks one of those rules, they needlessly put everyone around them at risk.

At Ponce Law, we handle several different types of auto accident cases, almost all of which could have been avoided if the at-fault driver had simply obeyed the rules. Whether running a stop sign or driving drunk, that at-fault driver, and their insurance company are liable for the damage they’ve done and must be held accountable. In a perfect world, the insurance company would do the right thing from the start, but unfortunately, in our experience, that rarely happens. So accident victims turn to us, and we fight to make the insurance company live up to their responsibility.

If you’ve been injured in a car accident, standing up for yourself and demanding fair compensation is more than the right decision for your family. It’s the right thing to do for your community as well. We believe that every time we secure maximum compensation for a client, we make our roads a little safer and send a clear message to the insurance company that there’s a Nashville law firm they can’t push around. Give us a call today for a free, no obligation consultation.

Nursing Home Abuse in Nashville

by Cary Graham | July 13th, 2016

In Nashville, we have some of the best nursing home communities in the South. This a positive thing, as the decision to put a loved one in an assisted care facility can be one of the toughest you’ll ever have to make. You want your loved one to be treated with respect and dignity, as well as have everything they need to live a full and vibrant final chapter of their lives. Unfortunately, that doesn’t always happen.

If we’ve learned anything from handling nursing home abuse cases all over the state of Tennessee, it’s this: abuse can take place in any facility given the right conditions. It only takes one negligent attendee, operational snafu, or miscommunication to compromise your loved one’s rights or safety.

Some common signs of neglect or abuse include:

  • Bruises, bedsores, and abrasions on the skin
  • Untreated wounds
  • Weakness due to malnutrition
  • Excessive or rapid weight loss
  • Staff members’ inability to explain an injury
  • Fear of doctors or nursing home staff
  • Sudden changes in medication
  • Lack of proper heating and cooling in facilities
  • Poor supervision and allowing residents to wander off property
  • Staff members refusing to allow visitors
  • Poor hygiene
  • Abnormally pale complexion
  • Broken or missing personal items
  • Strong odors of urine or feces
  • Mold, mildew, or dirt in common areas or the resident’s room

If you believe your loved one has been the victim of nursing home abuse or neglect, give us a call immediately. Our Nashville nursing home abuse attorneys will investigate your loved one’s injuries and hold the responsible parties accountable. Call today for a free consultation, and let us begin protecting your loved one’s rights today.

Takata Airbags Cause Fatal Accidents

by Cary Graham | July 11th, 2016

Vehicle recalls happen all the time with most major car manufacturers. If you’ve owned a vehicle in the last 20 years, chances are your car has had at least one recall issued, if not several. These recalls involve replacing potentially dangerous components that weren’t discovered until after the manufacturing process.

In recent years, we’ve seen the largest recall in automotive history—possibly the most dangerous—and it’s still going on. Vehicles built between 2002-2015 containing Takata airbags have been recalled due to the risk of these airbags exploding upon inflation, injuring and even killing drivers and passengers. Fourteen different vehicle manufacturers are involved in the recall, representing hundreds of thousands of vehicles. In June, federal safety regulators warned that certain Honda and Acura vehicles carried a 50% chance “of a dangerous airbag inflater rupture in a crash.”

The defective product attorneys at Ponce Law encourage you to visit www.safercar.gov immediately to determine whether or not your vehicle has been recalled. And if you or someone you loved was injured by a defective Takata airbag deployment, you may be entitled to significant compensation from the manufacturer. Call our experienced product liability attorneys today for a free consultation. We’ll hold the manufacturer accountable for the injuries you’ve sustained and fight to get you maximum compensation.

Nashville Premises Liability Lawyers Can Help

by Cary Graham | July 8th, 2016

Premises liability cases involve personal injury claims brought against a company or individual for injuries sustained on their property. For example, if you were walking through a grocery store and a poorly maintained shelf fell on top of you, causing physical harm, you may have a premises liability claim against the store.

At Ponce Law, we handle a variety of premises liability cases, including:

  • Slips and falls
  • Defective construction
  • Inadequate maintenance
  • Negligent security
  • Dangerous conditions
  • And more

Property owners in Tennessee have an obligation to maintain their properties to ensure all visitors and/or employees are safe. When they fail to do so, serious injuries can result, leaving victims and their families in a financially vulnerable position. Once an accident occurs, the owner’s responsibility expands to compensating the victim for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. When the owner or their insurance company fails to live up to that responsibility, victims turn to us for help.

If you or someone you love was injured on premises that were not properly maintained, were poorly constructed, or provided inadequate security, call our premises liability attorneys today for a free consultation. You may be entitled to significant compensation for your injuries, so contact us today.

How We Determine What Your Case is Worth

by Cary Graham | July 6th, 2016

The fundamental question that underlines every personal injury case we handle is how much is a case worth? Our lawyers have to answer that question for every client that comes through our doors, and although those numbers are sometimes very large, it’s what the number represents that’s more important.

When we say your case is worth a certain amount of money, we’re essentially saying, this is what your accident is going to cost you financially, physically, professionally, mentally, and personally. It includes money to cover your current and future medical bills; pain and suffering you endured and will endure due to your injuries; lost wages and/or a compromised career path; and the strain your recovery will have on your most important relationships.

We’ve been fortunate to secure some large settlements and verdicts for our clients over the years. Each time we hand a client a large check, we take pride in knowing that that money will make all the difference in a future they may not have had if they hadn’t called our law firm. That’s truly a great feeling.

If you’ve been injured, call our Nashville personal injury lawyers today for a free consultation. We’ve helped hundreds of people in your same situation, and we’re ready to do the same for you.

Trucking Industry Lawyers Know Our Reputation

by Cary Graham | July 5th, 2016

Truck accidents are some of the most complex cases we handle at Ponce Law. The complexity comes from the number of players in each case. We represent the victim and their rights to compensation for injuries sustained in the truck accident. On the other side are the at-fault driver, his/her insurance company, the trucking company, their insurance company, and the teams of lawyers that represent them all. When you look at the opposition in a truck accident case, you might think it’s a losing battle right from the start, but you’d be wrong.

At Ponce Law, we’ve spent years building a reputation that the insurance companies pays attention to. They know us as a law firm that doesn’t back down or take less money than their clients’ deserve. The simple fact is, the insurance companies representing trucking companies want to settle quick, because most of the time doing so reduces the amount of money they’re liable for in the longterm. Some law firms might take those initial lowball offers, but not us. We know how much this truck accident is going to cost you, and we won’t stop until you get every dollar you deserve.

If you’ve been injured in a truck accident, give us a call for a free consultation. We have years of experience dealing with the trucking industry and their insurance companies, and we’re ready to put that experience to work for you. Call our Nashville truck accident attorneys today.