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Preparing Your Vehicle for Winter Weather

by Staff Blogger | December 13th, 2017

With the official start of winter just one week away, it’s time to get your vehicle ready for snow, ice, and sleet. Driving in any inclement weather conditions can increase your chances of being involved in a crash, and ice is one of the biggest contributing factors for weather-related accidents.

Even the grippiest all-weather tires can lose some or all traction when they hit large patches of ice. Because it’s so thin and the same color as the asphalt underneath, black ice is difficult to see. When drivers encounter black ice in winter weather—especially in Middle Tennessee, where roads aren’t always prepped for bad weather—they risk losing control of their vehicles.

To reduce your risks of being involved in an inclement weather-related crash, prepare your vehicle for winter weather by following these tips:

  • Make sure your tires are winter-ready. First, check the tread on your tires and their overall condition. Is the tread worn or is there obvious damage to the sidewalls? If so, replace them immediately. You should also make sure your tires are properly inflated, as tires that are under or over their recommended PSI have less traction.
  • Pack emergency supplies in your vehicle. Winter weather creates the possibility of major traffic jams and delays. In some cases, southern snowstorms have even caused travelers to become stranded in their vehicles for many hours or even overnight. Pack your vehicle with the essentials, including a blanket, change of clothing, water, snacks, and a cell phone charger.

Unfortunately, not all drivers take the proper precautions during winter weather. At Ponce Law, our Nashville auto accident lawyers know that plenty of drivers speed, follow too closely, and drive while distracted—even during inclement weather.

If you or someone you love was hurt in a winter weather crash that was caused by a negligent driver, we want to help. Call us today for a free consultation.

Michael Ponce and Ponce Law Recently Honored With Three Awards

by Staff Blogger | December 6th, 2017

Ponce Law is honored to announce that our law firm recently received three significant awards. First, Michael Ponce was named Best Local Attorney, while Ponce Law was named Nashville’s Best Law Firm. In addition, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) presented Ponce Law with its prestigious Torch Award for Ethical Commerce.

The awards were chosen by Middle Tennessee’s Toast of Music City Readers’ Choice Awards. 2017 marks the second year in a row that Ponce Law was chosen Best Law Firm in the city. The Toast of Music City Reader’s Choice Awards are presented by First Tennessee and have been recognizing the best of local businesses for the past eight years.

The BBB’s Torch Award is presented annually to companies that demonstrate best practices, leadership, social responsibility, and high standards of organizational ethics that benefit their customers, employees, suppliers, shareholders, and communities.

Thank you to all Nashvillians and Middle Tennessee residents who voted for Michael Ponce and Ponce Law. We’re thrilled and honored to receive these awards. As always, our Nashville personal injury lawyers are ready to help if you or someone you love was injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault. Call today for a free consultation.

2 Steps to Take if You Suspect a Drug Injury

by Staff Blogger | November 29th, 2017

When you or a loved one are prescribed a new medication, you expect that it will help reduce your symptoms, promote healing, and resolve your health problems. But whether it’s due to prescribing errors, drug manufacturing errors, or missing information regarding side effects and complications, some patients get worse or even develop new health problems after taking prescription medications.

At Ponce Law, our Nashville drug injury lawyers know that there are a wide variety of drugs linked to serious illnesses and injuries, including some antidepressants, blood thinners, and diabetes medications. No matter what medication you’re taking, it’s important to take these steps if you suspect a drug injury:

  1. Call or visit your doctor right away. Never self-diagnose a drug injury, and never stop taking a medication without first speaking with your doctor. Discuss your symptoms with your doctor, and ask him or her if they’re related to the medication and whether it’s safe to stop taking it.
  2. Call an experienced law firm. Acting quickly after a suspected drug injury can help conclusively link your symptoms, illness, or injury with the medication you were prescribed. The sooner you contact us, the more likely we’ll be able to build a strong case for you and your family.

If you or a loved one suffers severe side effects or complications from a drug, including seizures, bleeding, or severe pain, call 911 immediately.

Our legal team knows drug injuries, and we know how to help victims get the compensation they deserve. Call today for a free consultation.

Who Can You Trust After an Accident or Injury?

by Staff Blogger | November 22nd, 2017

If you were recently injured in a car accident, truck accident, motorcycle accident, or any other type of accident, you may feel anxious and isolated. It’s normal to want to share your experience with others during such a distressing time. But it’s important to remember that discussing the details of your accident can potentially put your future in jeopardy, especially if you’re pursuing a claim for compensation.

That’s why it’s important to watch what you say after the accident. The best policy is to be honest. But you shouldn’t admit fault or blame yourself for the accident prematurely, as further review may prove that you had no liability.

However, you don’t have to keep the details of your accident completely to yourself. You can trust and lean on the support of the following parties:

  • Nashville personal injury lawyer. Attorneys will need as much information as possible to build a strong claim for you, but they keep all communication strictly confidential.
  • Your spouse or other immediate family members. Don’t hold back when talking to your loved ones about your accident, but make sure they know to not share the details about what happened on social media or with their friends and co-workers.

Having a legal advocate on your side is important after an accident or injury, and our legal team wants to protect your rights to compensation. We know how to handle all communication with the insurance company and other parties on your behalf. Call today for a free consultation to find out how Ponce Law can help.

How Does Motorcycle Gear Protect Riders?

by Staff Blogger | November 15th, 2017

Drivers and passengers in cars, pickup trucks, and SUVs are always at risk of suffering injuries during accidents, but modern safety features have made them significantly safer than they were in previous decades. In addition to things like crash detection systems, lane assist warning systems, and automatic emergency braking, seat belts and air bags provide even more protection to passengers.

Motorcycles, on the other hand, have no built-in safety features. That means riders are responsible for their own safety. Thankfully, riders can significantly reduce their risks of severe injuries during accidents by wearing the right gear, but they must wear it on every trip, no matter how short or familiar it is.

The individual pieces of essential riding gear motorcyclists should always wear include:

  • Industry-approved helmet: Helmets are crucial, as they protect the head and significantly reduce the risk of brain injuries.
  • Riding jacket and pants: Road rash is a serious threat for riders during accidents, and thick jackets and pants can help protect riders’ skin if they’re thrown from their bikes.
  • Gloves and boots: Hands and feet are often the first two body parts to hit the ground during accidents. Thick gloves protect the hands and fingers, while boots protect the feet, ankles, and shins during crashes.

The Nashville motorcycle accident attorneys at Ponce Law have helped many injured riders throughout the mid-state area, and we know that the ones with the best prognosis after accidents are the ones who wear the proper safety gear.

If you or someone you love was hurt in a motorcycle accident that was caused by a negligent driver, we want to help. Call us today for a free consultation.

3 Phone Calls to Make if You Suspect Nursing Home Abuse

by Staff Blogger | November 8th, 2017

Unexplained bruises, foul odors, bed sores, and the sudden onset of anxiety or depression are all warning signs of nursing home abuse or neglect.

If you notice any of those signs in your loved one, your first instinct is to protect them immediately. However, it can be difficult to determine the right course of action for removing someone from harm’s way when they’re living in a nursing home or facility. Many assisted living facilities have red tape and guidelines that make moving or releasing residents a slow and tedious process.

Thankfully, you aren’t without recourse or help. If you suspect abuse or neglect at your loved one’s nursing home, call these 3 numbers:

  1. The nursing home’s help line. Many nursing homes have help lines that connect to supervisors, managers, or medical staff. You can use the help line to report any injuries or illnesses your loved one has suffered.
  2. A Nashville nursing home abuse lawyer. At Ponce Law, we’re dedicated to standing up for the rights of abused or neglected nursing home residents, and we’re ready to begin working on your behalf.
  3. 911. If your loved one’s health is in immediate danger and if they aren’t getting sufficient medical attention at their nursing home or facility, call 911.

It’s important to act immediately if you suspect abuse or neglect, as some injuries and illnesses can worsen or leave your loved one at risk of infection or systemic complications.

Don’t wait to get your loved one the help they need—including experienced legal representation. Call any of our offices in Middle Tennessee today for a free consultation.

Why Should You See a Doctor after an Auto Accident?

by Staff Blogger | November 1st, 2017

At Ponce Law, we’ve helped auto accident victims in Nashville and throughout Middle Tennessee for many years. While accident victims may feel fine in the hours and days after their accidents, they can still develop severe pain and accident-related complications later on.

It’s important to understand that auto accident-related injuries aren’t always obvious. Many take time to show up, especially when pain and other symptoms are masked by adrenaline, shock, and other injuries.

Whether you go to the hospital immediately after the crash via ambulance or arrange your own transportation to the ER or your doctor’s office, it’s vital that you get medical attention for two reasons:

  1. It protects your health and rules out complications. In severe cases, auto accidents can cause victims to develop life-threatening complications, including organ damage and internal bleeding. Those complications aren’t always obvious after accidents and may require a diagnosis from a medical professional.
  2. It creates valuable evidence if you decide to pursue a claim for compensation. Insurance companies always want proof that injuries are linked to auto accidents. And unless you visit a doctor right away, the insurance company may be skeptical that your injuries were caused by the crash, putting your chances of receiving compensation in jeopardy.

Don’t wait to get the medical attention you need or the legal representation you deserve after an auto accident that wasn’t your fault. After you’ve been treated by a doctor, get in touch with our Nashville car accident attorneys. Call today for a free consultation.

The Three Levels of Responsibility for Tennessee Property Owners

by Staff Blogger | October 25th, 2017

Anyone who owns property in Tennessee is responsible for making sure it’s safe for visitors. To achieve that, property owners are required to do everything in their power to remove or repair any potential dangers before visitors encounter them.

Premises liability extends to all property owners in the state, including homeowners, land owners, and business owners. However, the levels of responsibility they must uphold to keep guests and visitors safe vary depending on who is on their properties.

The three classifications of people who enter properties and the levels of responsibility property owners owe them include:

  • Invitees – These visitors are owed the highest duty of care and include people who visit properties for business purposes, including customers in stores or restaurants.
  • Licensees – These visitors are owed the second-highest duty of care and include social guests at both businesses and private residences.
  • Trespassers – Although they’re uninvited and may be entering a property illegally, property owners still must attend to situations or conditions that could potentially harm trespassers.

Additionally, property owners are responsible for making sure all children—including uninvited children—won’t encounter harm or danger on their properties.

Were you or a loved one injured on someone else’s property? If so, it’s vital to get an experienced and trusted Nashville slip and fall lawyer on your side.

Don’t wait to get the help you deserve. Call Ponce Law today for a free consultation.

Watch for These Warning Signs if You Have an Implanted Medical Device

by Staff Blogger | October 18th, 2017

Implanted medical devices, such as knee replacements, hernia meshes, IVC filters, and pacemakers help improve and even save the lives of countless people every year in Tennessee and throughout the country.

But any time a foreign object is introduced into the body, there’s a chance that something could go wrong. Unfortunately, many implantable medical devices have been linked to serious side effects and complications—some of which can be life-threatening.

If you or someone you love received a medical implant or device, it’s important to be on the lookout for the following symptoms, as they could indicate potentially fatal complications:

  • Sudden pain or loss of mobility – Pain and reduced mobility are common symptoms after a medical implant is placed inside a patient’s body. But when those symptoms occur suddenly and without warning long after the procedure was completed, it can indicate device failure, which leads to inflammation and infection.
  • Bleeding – Bleeding can indicate a potentially life-threatening emergency. It can occur when an implanted medical device shifts or becomes dislodged, causing it to move inside the body and damage tissue or nearby organs.

The Nashville defective product lawyers at Ponce Law know that many medical devices save lives, but we also know the life-threatening risks of defective, recalled, or improperly implanted medical devices.

If you or someone you love was hurt by a defective medical device, we want to speak with you. Call today for a free consultation.

Property Owners’ Duties of Care

by Staff Blogger | October 11th, 2017

Whether it’s a private or public space, property owners in Tennessee must make sure their properties are safe for everyone. However, the levels of safety and the levels of care required by property owners can differ for each of those three parties, which include:

  • Business invitees – Property owners owe the highest level of care to business invitees. This group includes people who are invited onto properties for business reasons, including customers of commercial establishments.
  • Social visitors and licensees – Property owners owe the second-highest level of care to people who are invited onto their properties for social reasons with or without formal invitations. This level of care can apply at both private residences and at businesses.
  • Illegal trespassers – Property owners owe the least amount of care to people who enter their properties without permission. While property owners typically aren’t held liable if illegal trespassers get injured by slipping, tripping, or falling, they can be held liable if they knowingly attempt to injure trespassers. However, the level of responsibility changes for children, as property owners must make proper arrangements to decrease the dangers they might face if they enter their properties without permission.

If you or your child were injured on someone else’s property, it’s important to get an experienced Nashville premises liability attorney on your side as soon as possible. Evidence can quickly disappear, making it difficult to prove the property owners failed to uphold their duty of care.

Call Ponce Law today. Our consultations are always free.