Ponce Law

Our Wrongful Death Lawyers Are Here for You

by Staff Blogger | October 17th, 2018

If you recently lost a loved one due to another person’s or party’s negligence, the last thing you want to deal with is a prolonged back-and-forth with the insurance company. But losing a loved one isn’t just emotionally devastating—it can also put you and your family in a major financial bind.

That’s why filing a wrongful death claim is important for your family’s future. At Ponce Law, it’s our goal to make the process easy for you. In fact, our Nashville wrongful death lawyers will handle every aspect of your wrongful death claim while you grieve, spend time with loved ones, and begin building a new life for yourself.

Families who file wrongful death claims are often eligible to receive a wide range of benefits, including money for things like:

  • Medical bills and funeral costs—Funerals are more expensive than ever, and the medical bills your loved one may have incurred after his or her injury or illness may be too much for your family to bear. A wrongful death claim can help you recoup some or all of those expenses.
  • Lost wages—You relied on your loved one’s income to support your day-to-day living expenses and lifestyle. Now that they’re gone, you should be eligible to be compensated for that loss—especially if your loved one’s death was due to negligence.
  • Pain and suffering—Losing a loved one is one of the most painful human experiences. It forever changes survivors and families, and the emotional impact and trauma are often even worse when the death was preventable. You deserve to be compensated for all the ways your loss has and will impact your family.

This is a difficult and sensitive time for your family, and we’re here to help. Call today for a free consultation.

Don’t Let a Dog Bite Slide—Get the Compensation You Deserve.

by Staff Blogger | October 10th, 2018

Even though most dogs are friendly and harmless to people, they’re still capable of causing serious injuries when they act aggressively. Dogs have long, sharp teeth, and when they bite, victims can be at risk for several complications, including profuse bleeding, nerve damage, muscle and ligament tears, and systemic infections.

Dog bites can range from small nips to full-blown attacks, but they all pose risks to victims. Many people who are hurt by dogs shrug off their injuries, even when they require extensive medical intervention like prescription medications, surgeries, or even prolonged hospital stays.

At Ponce Law, our Nashville dog bite lawyers believe that victims should treat dog bite injuries the same way they would treat any other injuries that were caused by negligence. In addition to expensive medical bills, dog bite victims also face long periods away from work. Some may never regain function or feeling in affected areas, causing them to be permanently disabled.

When dog owners fail to properly leash or enclose their animals, they can be held liable for bite-related expenses, including medical bills and lost wages. Our legal team has many years of experience investigating dog bite injuries and proving owners failed to uphold their legal responsibilities.

If you or someone you love were hurt by a dog, don’t let the injury slide. You shouldn’t have to pay out of pocket for expenses that you incurred because of someone else’s carelessness. We’re here to help—call us today for a free consultation.

Motorcycle Accident Injuries Are Serious. We Want to Help You Get Compensation.

by Staff Blogger | October 3rd, 2018

There are many perks to riding a motorcycle for pleasure or to get around town. They’re fuel efficient, agile, and fun to ride. But there’s a significant downside to motorcycles that all riders are aware of: they have a very poor safety track record.

As a motorcyclist, you’re responsible for protecting yourself from injuries. That means riding defensively and wearing all the gear, all the time. But no matter how cautious you are, there’s still a chance you’ll encounter a negligent driver who can put your health and even your life at risk.

At Ponce Law, our Nashville motorcycle accident attorneys know how serious motorcycle crash injuries can be—even for riders who are properly equipped. Riders who are hurt in accidents often suffer injuries that put them out of work for long periods of time, which can make it difficult to stay on top of living expenses, let alone big medical bills.

When you choose us to help you after a motorcycle crash, you’ll get a law firm that understands what you’re going through and knows how to help you get compensation. In addition to proving you weren’t at fault, we’ll also calculate how much money you’re owed for your accident-related expenses.

And while you’re focusing on getting better, you can count on us to handle all communication with the insurance company and all paperwork related to your claim. You shouldn’t have to worry about the small details while you’re recovering. Leave that to us. Call today for a free consultation to find out how we may be able to help you and your loved ones.

Why Do You Need a Lawyer to Help With Your SSD Benefits Application?

by Staff Blogger | September 26th, 2018

For your entire working life, you’ve paid into the Social Security Administration (SSA) via payroll deductions. For most people, those deductions are paid back when they retire. But for others, that money is needed sooner due to illnesses or injuries that prevent them from being able to work.

If you can’t work because of a disability, getting approved for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits may be the most important thing you can do. Although the benefits won’t fully replace your lost income, they can help you keep up with your living expenses and provide for your family.

Unfortunately, getting approved for benefits is often a long and difficult process—especially if you don’t have a lawyer on your side. That’s because the burden of proof falls on the applicant, and the SSA has strict standards when it comes to approving claims and appeals. Even minor mistakes are often enough for the SSA to issue denials, and it can take months for applicants to hear back or begin the appeals process.

Having an experienced Nashville Social Security Disability lawyer on your side from day one can make the process much simpler. In addition to taking the stress of the application or appeal off your shoulders, you’ll also get peace of mind knowing that your paperwork will be complete, free of errors, and submitted on time. Finally, you’ll have access to a legal team that knows the ins-and-outs of the SSA’s inner workings, and that means your application may be processed faster and with a greater chance of success.

Call Ponce Law today for a free consultation, and let us put our experience to work for you.

We Hold Negligent Dog Owners Responsible When Their Pets Bite

by Staff Blogger | September 24th, 2018

There are more dog-friendly workplaces, restaurants, stores, and parks than ever before in Nashville and throughout Middle Tennessee. While many people welcome this change, it has increased the risk of dog bites—especially when owners fail to properly leash or enclose their dogs.

Cities in the mid-state area have leash laws and local ordinances that require all dog owners to keep their pets leashed, enclosed, or otherwise restrained to prevent them from biting or attacking other people. That’s because even dogs with no history of aggression can bite when they’re startled, anxious, or frightened.

Regardless of their size or breed, dogs have the potential to cause serious injuries when they bite. Victims can suffer permanent nerve damage and face traumatic levels of blood loss, especially when dog bites sever or nick arteries. In some cases, dog bites can even be life-threatening, as bacteria inside dogs’ mouths can enter the bloodstream and travel throughout the body.

At Ponce Law, our Nashville dog bite attorneys are here to hold negligent owners responsible for the injuries their animals cause to other people. If you or someone you love suffered a serious injury due to an unleashed or unrestrained dog, we want to hear from you.

We know how to collect evidence that proves the origin and severity of your injuries, and we’re ready to fight to get you the compensation you deserve for your medical bills and lost wages. Call today for a free consultation.

You Don’t Have to Suffer Alone if You Were Hurt by a Defective Product

by Staff Blogger | September 19th, 2018

The manufacturers of consumer products, industrial products, and medical devices all have one shared responsibility: to make their goods safe for everyone who uses them. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission are responsible for issuing recalls of potentially dangerous products, but recalls don’t always happen promptly, even when evidence links products to injuries and illnesses.

At Ponce Law, our Nashville defective product lawyers know that many victims are hesitant to pursue claims for health problems that they suffered due to consumer, industrial, or medical items. That’s because they often feel helpless going up against big multi-billion-dollar corporations.

If you or someone you love were injured by an unsafe product, it’s important to remember that you have a voice and a right to pursue compensation. Having an experienced legal team on your side can help level the playing field, even when the negligent party is a Fortune 500 company. In addition, our attorneys aren’t afraid to go toe-to-toe with big corporations and their insurance companies when we’re fighting for the rights of our clients.

Your defective product injury or illness may have resulted in big medical bills and a significant time away from work. You deserve to be compensated for it, and we want to help you get every penny you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation. We’ll do everything we can to fight for your rights.

Hurt Because of Someone Else’s Negligence? We’re Here to Help.

by Staff Blogger | September 12th, 2018

All adults have a duty of care that they assume in a wide variety of situations and circumstances. From driving a vehicle and walking a dog, to safeguarding a home and protecting coworkers and employees, many people are responsible for protecting others directly or indirectly on a regular basis.

When people fail to uphold that duty of care, they can be held liable for any injuries or damages that occur. At Ponce Law, our Nashville personal injury lawyers fight for the rights of anyone who was hurt through no fault of their own. We make it our goal to help victims get maximum compensation for their accident-related expenses, including medical bills and lost wages.

Regardless of their cause, injuries caused by another person’s or party’s negligence can be both painful and disabling. You may be out of work for weeks, months, or even years—all while facing expensive medical bills and rehabilitation costs that you can’t afford.

Our law firm believes that innocent victims shouldn’t have to pay out of pocket for the expenses they incurred as a result of someone else’s carelessness. That’s why we take an aggressive approach when it comes to getting maximum compensation for our clients.

The sooner you call our law firm after an injury that wasn’t your fault, the better. Evidence can quickly disappear and statutes of limitations can expire. We’re here to help, and we’re ready to get to work for you and your loved ones. Call today for a free consultation.

The Workers’ Compensation System is Difficult to Navigate Without a Lawyer

by Staff Blogger | September 5th, 2018

Almost all employers in Tennessee are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance in case their employees get hurt on the job, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy to get benefits.

If you were recently injured at work and are in need of benefits for your medical bills and lost income, you may have two obstacles standing in your way:

  • Your employer—The business that employs you may have coverage for you and its other employees, but that doesn’t mean you’ll get their cooperation when they file a claim for benefits. Many businesses discourage or even attempt to bar employees from filing claims in an effort to reduce their own costs.
  • The Tennessee Bureau of Workers’ Compensation—The board that oversees workers’ compensation claims in Tennessee has strict criteria for approving benefits. Even minor mistakes can result in dismissals or denials, leaving workers feeling helpless.

At Ponce Law, our Nashville workers’ compensation lawyers know that the process may feel rigged against you when you pursue benefits for your accident-related expenses. That’s why we’re here to help.

We’re ready to take over your claim and handle all communication with your employer and the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation while you focus on getting better. Call us today for a free consultation.

Are You Protected After Your Truck Accident?

by Staff Blogger | August 29th, 2018

Truck accidents are among the most dangerous vehicle accidents that motorists can be involved in. Big trucks weigh up to 80,000 pounds and can be dozens of feet in length. That means even the largest passenger vehicles, including oversized SUVs and pickup trucks, are no match for them during crashes.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has many rules and regulations concerning the truck industry, and most of those are designed to help keep truck drivers and others on U.S. highways and interstates safe. But even when truck drivers, truck owners, and truck companies are in clear violation of FMCSA rules and accidents occur, victims may find it difficult to get the compensation they deserve.

Because truck accident claims can involve multiple parties, and because the injuries associated with them are often severe and disabling, the amount of compensation that victims can obtain is often substantial. Insurance companies know that, but they’re not in business to pay big settlements to anyone—even innocent victims.

While insurance companies are usually reluctant to pay fair claims, they may be even more resistant in truck accident cases. Unfortunately, they often get away with it, especially when victims aren’t represented by law firms that understand FMCSA regulations and the legal process.

At Ponce Law, our Nashville truck accident lawyers have helped many victims just like you get the compensation they deserve after crashes that weren’t their fault. Don’t let the insurance company take advantage of you or deny you the money you need. Call us today for a free consultation.

You Have Rights at Work. We Want to Help You Protect Them.

by Staff Blogger | August 22nd, 2018

Everyone deserves the opportunity to pursue a rewarding career. Many federal laws were passed during the past several decades to ensure that right and to protect workers from discrimination and unfair practices. Unfortunately, workers in Middle Tennessee and throughout the country still face uphill battles with their employers when it comes to getting fair treatment and safe working conditions.

At Ponce Law, our Nashville employment law attorneys fight for the rights of workers who face a variety of unfair treatment at work, including:

  • Discrimination—Workplace discrimination comes in many forms. Employers may refuse to hire or promote workers with certain disabilities, or they may profile against workers based on their age, sex, religion, race, nationality, and more.
  • Wage disputes—You’re entitled to getting paid for your labor—especially if you go above and beyond the standard 40-hour work week. But some employers try to avoid paying overtime by misclassifying employees as salaried or by manipulating payroll data and scheduling information.

Employers who violate federal workplace laws often rely on intimidation to get away with it. They think that workers will be too scared of losing their jobs or even being blacklisted in their industries to speak up.

That’s why our legal team handles all employment law cases carefully and with sensitivity to our clients, their families, and their jobs. It’s our goal to help you get both fair treatment and an opportunity to succeed in your career.

Call us today for a free consultation.