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Let Us Help With Your Veterans Disability Benefits Claim

by Staff Blogger | January 17th, 2018

When you made a pledge to serve your country, you expected to be eligible to receive all of the benefits associated with military service. But as you may have already found out, getting those benefits isn’t always a simple process–especially when it comes disability benefits.

Too often, veterans who are ill or hurt and unable to work are denied the benefits they deserve, leaving them and their families in difficult situations. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) handles benefits claims, but it doesn’t always give applications the priority and attention they deserve.

The Nashville veterans disability benefits lawyers at Ponce Law know how the process works, including all steps of filling an application and appealing the VA’s decision if it rejects your initial claim. If you choose us to handle your case, you can count on our legal team to:

  • Make sure the VA understands why you can’t work – The VA wants definitive proof of disability when someone applies for benefits. We’ll collect medical records and accident reports to make sure there’s no confusion about when and where your injury or illness occurred.
  • Handle the claim or appeal on your behalf – Applying for benefits is a time-consuming process. Large amounts of paperwork must be filled out correctly, completely, and submitted on time. We’ll handle this process for you while you spend time with your loved ones.

Filing a claim or submitting an appeal on your own can be an uphill battle. With our experienced legal team on your side, you can maximize your chances of getting the benefits you deserve. Call today for a free consultation.

Why Are Workers’ Compensation Claims Denied?

by Staff Blogger | January 10th, 2018

Almost all employers in Tennessee with five or more employees are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance for their staff. The insurance is designed to compensate workers who get hurt or sick on the job and are out of work for a prolonged period of time. Injured or sick workers may be eligible for both temporary disability benefits and permanent disability benefits depending on the severity of their conditions, but getting approved for either can be difficult.

At Ponce Law, our Nashville workers’ compensation attorneys know that too many honest and hardworking people see their claims denied every day in Tennessee for work-related illnesses and injuries that weren’t their fault. Common reasons for denials include:

  • Waiting too long to notify management of an illness or injury – Getting approved for benefits often requires conclusive proof linking a workplace to a health problem. If victims wait too long, it may be harder to prove that the injury or illness occurred at work and when it happened.
  • Exaggerating or downplaying injuries or illnesses – It’s important for victims to be honest about the severity and extent of their injuries or illnesses. Exaggerating them can jeopardize claims—especially after a checkup by a doctor—while downplaying them can make them appear unworthy of benefits.

There are many hoops to jump through to get approved for workers’ compensation benefits, even when there’s ample evidence to show that your illness or injury happened at work. Having an experienced legal team on your side can expedite the process and maximize your chances of getting the money you deserve. Call today for a free consultation, and let us get to work for you.

Driving Safely in Winter Weather

by Staff Blogger | January 3rd, 2018

Nashville has experienced below-freezing temperatures in recent days, leading to hard freezes both overnight and throughout the day. Winter weather can significantly increase the risk of accidents throughout the mid-state area and on busy highways and interstates, especially with the potential of ice on roads.

Ice is the biggest risk that drivers face during the winter, but snow, potholes, and freezing rain are also threats that all drivers should take seriously when temperatures dip below freezing. At Ponce Law, our Nashville auto accident attorneys know how risky winter driving can be, but we also know that you can reduce your chances of being involved in a crash by following these tips:

  • Reduce your speed. The simplest and most effective way to avoid a winter weather accident is to slow down. Reducing your speed makes it easier to stay in control of your vehicle, but it also improves your braking ability and stopping distance.
  • Don’t follow too closely. Black ice can be almost invisible from the driver’s seat of a vehicle, and by the time your reach it, it’s too late. When you apply your brakes on black ice, you’ll skid rather than stop. Staying multiple car lengths back can help you avoid a rear-end collision when roads are slick.

One of the best ways to stay safe when roads are treacherous is to stay home. When that’s not possible, be cautious, proceed slowly, and avoid abrupt braking or accelerating to improve your traction.

Unfortunately, not all drivers are as cautious during winter weather, and accidents will happen as a result. If you or someone you love was hurt in a snow or ice-related crash, we want to hear from you. Call today for a free consultation.

What Should You Do After a Truck Accident?

by Staff Blogger | December 27th, 2017

All auto accidents have the potential to be painful, debilitating, and even life-threatening. But truck accidents are often in a category of their own, and they can be especially traumatic for those involved in them.

Even the biggest cars, trucks, and SUVs are significantly smaller and lighter in weight than semi-trucks and tractor-trailers. Big trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds and are more than 50 feet long when they’re carrying cargo.

To make matters worse, truck accidents often occur on busy highways and interstates, creating a risk for secondary accidents and crashes. People who are injured or involved in accidents with big trucks may find it difficult to think clearly in the minutes, hours, and even days afterward. But that time frame is vital when it comes to protecting their health and their rights to compensation.

If you or someone you love was involved in a truck accident, you can take the right steps after your accident by:

  • Getting medical attention. See a doctor even if you don’t think you were seriously injured. Some injuries are internal and take time to show up.
  • Write down what happened. Memories can change or even fade after traumatic events. Write down what happened as soon as you can, as your description of the accident may serve as valuable evidence.

The final step is calling a Nashville truck accident lawyer. At Ponce Law, we’ve helped many truck accident victims get compensation for their medical bills and lost wages, and we’re ready to fight for your rights to the money you’re owed. Call today for a free consultation.

Reducing the Risks of Pedestrian Accidents

by Staff Blogger | December 20th, 2017

As of early November 2017, 19 pedestrians were fatally injured in Nashville, making it the deadliest year on record for pedestrian accidents in Music City. In response, Walk Bike Nashville partnered with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) to help make streets, sidewalks, and crosswalks safer for pedestrians throughout the city.

While Nashville pedestrian accidents have claimed 19 lives this year so far, 280 people have been struck by vehicles in Davidson County in 2017. The THSO says the large number of pedestrian accidents can be partially attributed to the increase in population. Many pedestrian accidents in Nashville occur on busy roads, including Gallatin Road, where 10 fatal pedestrian accidents occurred between 2012 and 2016.

At Ponce Law, we want to help keep those in our community safe. You can reduce your risks of being involved in a pedestrian accident by:

  • Crossing the street at crosswalks Most pedestrian accidents occur at intersections or when pedestrians attempt to cross the street. Crossing only at a crosswalk helps you reduce your risks, but be sure to wait until you get a “walk” signal before crossing the street.
  • Avoiding distractions – Distracted driving is an epidemic that claims thousands of lives every year, but distractions aren’t just dangerous behind the wheel—they’re also dangerous to people getting around on foot. Avoid looking at your phone or listening to music while you walk to stay alert and aware of your surroundings.

Drivers also must do their part to avoid accidents, but they don’t always err on the side of caution. If you or someone you love was hurt by a negligent driver while walking in Middle Tennessee, we want to help you. Call the Nashville pedestrian accident lawyers at Ponce Law today for a free consultation.

Don’t Make These SSD Mistakes

by Staff Blogger | December 18th, 2017

Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits can be a life-saving source of income for sick or injured workers who are unable to do their jobs or return to work. Everyone pays into the Social Security Administration (SSA) with every paycheck they earn. Although most people get some of that money back when they retire, others may need it earlier due to serious injuries or illnesses.

But in order to prevent too many people from acquiring SSD benefits, the SSA has set up many strict requirements and guidelines that must be met before applicants are approved. Unfortunately, that strict process often leads to the denial of many qualified and deserving applicants.

Ponce Law’s team of Nashville Social Security Disability Lawyers knows how the SSA receives, reviews, and approves applications, and we know what must be done to fast-track the process and improve your chances of being approved. However, we also know that many claims are jeopardized even before the application process begins.

If you’re considering filing an SSD claim, be sure to not make these common mistakes:

  • Waiting too long to file a claim – SSD benefits aren’t retroactive. That means every month you go without them is another month that you aren’t getting the money your family needs.
  • Not following your doctor’s orders – The SSA wants SSD recipients to be able to return to work as soon as possible. Applicants who are inconsistent with or fail to follow their doctors’ orders are often denied.

Another common mistake is failing to call a lawyer. The SSD application and appeals processes can be hard to navigate without experienced help. Don’t go it alone. Call us today for a free consultation.

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.