Personal Injury

Crash alert: Boy dies after gate accident in Nashville

by Ponce Law | July 1st, 2020

NASHVILLE, TN – A young boy has died following an accident involving an automated gate in Nashville, WCYB reported.

The incident happened June 11 at the new Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency Towers at 816 South 6th Street.  According to Metro Police, the 7-year-old was playing with the gate when he rolled into a motor shaft and became trapped.

Police responded to the scene and extricated the child from the machinery.  He had sustained a severe head injury and was transported to Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt in critical condition.  The boy passed away Tuesday morning.

Investigators believe it was an unfortunate accident, police said.

If you were hurt or if you lost a loved one in a collision in Nashville, contact Ponce Law right away for help. Our Nashville wrongful death lawyers have more than 25 years of experience helping people like you get the justice and fair compensation they deserve when someone else’s negligence causes them harm. Call us at (844) 204-6765 or reach out to us online. We’re available 24/7 to take your call.

Not Sure What Type of Claim You Have After a Work Injury? Call Us!

by Staff Blogger | June 22nd, 2020

When many people think of getting compensation after a work injury, they think of workers’ compensation benefits. And while that’s the way to go for many on-the-job accidents, injuries, and illnesses, it’s not always valid. In some cases, work-related injuries are handled more like personal injury claims.

Generally, workers’ comp claims arise when workers get injured while performing their work-related duties. Personal injury claims, on the other hand, typically arise when people get hurt through no fault of their own, regardless of what they’re doing at the time. But in some cases, it can be difficult to determine which claim applies to a particular situation, or even if both claims apply.

For example, an injured worker may be eligible to file both types of claims if they’re hurt in a crash caused by another driver while they’re driving or riding in a work vehicle and for work-related purposes. Another example could be someone not affiliated with their job causing them to suffer injuries due to negligence while they’re at work.

It’s important to have an experienced Nashville personal injury lawyer on your side if this scenario applies to you, as there’s a good chance both the at-fault party’s insurance company and your employer will point fingers at each other instead of assuming liability. Getting compensation from both parties can be difficult, but if it’s the best course of action, we’ll do everything we can to make it happen.

Contact Ponce Law today for a free consultation. We’re here to help.

Don’t Take Your Safety for Granted at Railroad Crossings!

by Staff Blogger | June 16th, 2020

Trains and train tracks helped build America, and they’re still used to deliver goods and people across the country. Middle Tennessee is home to many train tracks, some of which cross busy streets. For many drivers, railroad crossings are an afterthought or a minor inconvenience, especially when they get stuck waiting while a train passes through the area.

However, it’s important for people to remember the dangers that trains can pose. Train accidents are more common than you might think, including those involving vehicles and pedestrians. In fact, the U.S. Department of Transportation says that there are nearly 6,000 train accidents involving vehicles annually in the U.S., and most of those crashes occur at railroad crossings. The consequences of those crashes are 600 deaths and 2,300 injuries.

Because of the risks associated with trains and railroad crossings, drivers should always be cautious when approaching, waiting at, and driving over them. Never try to “beat” a train if you hear one coming in the distance or hear the crossing’s notification bells begin to sound. In addition, never be too quick to cross a railroad crossing after a train has passed through, as another train may be on its way.

If your vehicle ever becomes disabled on a railroad track, get out and move to a safe distance, then call for help. And finally, never walk on or near a railroad track. Not only does that put you at risk of being struck by a train, but you can also be injured by the train striking debris and sending it flying in your direction.

Ponce Law is here to help anyone hurt by someone else’s negligence, whether it was during a train accident or any other type of accident. Contact our Nashville train accident lawyers today for a free consultation.

Teenager drowns while kayaking on Duck River

by Ponce Law | June 2nd, 2020

NASHVILLE, TN. – A 15-year-old girl tragically drowned while kayaking on Duck River on Sunday afternoon, WKRN reports.

The young girl, who was kayaking with her parents, capsized around 2 p.m. She then became trapped underneath a downed tree and was pinned underwater. Her parents attempted to rescue her but were unable to due to the river’s swift currents.

Various emergency agencies, such as the Bedford County Sheriff Department and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, responded to the incident.

The Tennessee personal injury attorneys of Ponce Law publish these news stories to help keep those in our community safe. We represent those who’ve been hurt or who’ve lost loved ones due to the reckless, careless, or otherwise negligent actions of others. We hope you find these news stories to be informative and helpful, and if you’ve been hurt, we’ll be ready to help. Call us 24/7 at (844) 648-1678 or reach out to us online to schedule your free case evaluation with a member of our team today.

Swimming Pool Injury? You May Be Eligible for Compensation.

by Staff Blogger | May 27th, 2020

Swimming pools are beginning to reopen in Tennessee as the weather warms up and restrictions loosen concerning COVID-19. Enjoying friends, family, and the outdoors by spending a day at the pool may be just the thing that many Middle Tennesseans need right now, but it shouldn’t be taken lightly. Pools can be dangerous places, especially for overeager swimmers and children.

In addition to the always-present threat of drowning, pools also put swimmers and sunbathers at risk of other injuries, including:

  • Slip and fall injuries—The surfaces near pools should have plenty of traction for all types of footwear, including bare feet. But not all pools have this type of traction, putting people at risk of painful and disabling slips and falls.
  • Sharp corners—Ladders, slides, stairs, diving boards, and even plastic pool liners can put swimmers at risk if they feature sharp edges. Pool owners should frequently inspect their pools for areas that can potentially harm swimmers, whether they’re entering, exiting, or swimming.
  • Improper chemical balances—Chlorine is an essential chemical to keep pool water safe for swimmers. But too much or too little can put swimmers at risk. When there’s not enough, dangerous bacteria can proliferate, and when there’s too much, swimmers can experience irritation and illness.

These are just a few of the potential dangers lurking in swimming pools. If you’re planning on heading to a pool to kick off the unofficial start of summer soon, it’s important to keep these hazards in mind and keep yourself, your children, and anyone else in your party as safe as possible.

If you suffer a pool-related injury, keep the Nashville swimming pool injury lawyers at Ponce Law in mind. We’re here to help. Contact us today for a free consultation.

Can You File an Injury Claim after a Scooter Injury?

by Staff Blogger | May 7th, 2020

Due to temporary bans and legal hurdles, there are fewer scooters around Nashville than there were a couple years ago, but they’re still plentiful for people who want to take in the sights or go on a quick jaunt around downtown and other local neighborhoods. Scooters have stirred up controversy since their debut due to the risks they pose to riders. They’re particularly dangerous when drivers fail to pay attention to riders.

What happens to riders who are injured while riding scooters? If it happens to you or a loved one, are you eligible to file a personal injury claim? The answer is yes. Just as you can file an injury claim after being struck by a negligent driver while walking or biking, you can also file a claim after being hit while riding an electronic scooter.

In some cases, riders can even file claims against the manufacturers or operators of the scooters they were riding at the time of their accidents. That’s because scooters must be frequently maintained, repaired, and replaced. When scooters are available for use with damaged components, such as wheels or brakes, riders may face elevated risks.

At Ponce Law, our Nashville electric scooter injury lawyers believe in helping anyone who was injured through no fault of their own on Middle Tennessee’s streets, whether they’re driving their vehicles or riding rented scooters. Contact us today for a free consultation after your scooter injury. It’s our goal to get you the compensation you deserve.

Hurt in a Rideshare Vehicle? We Want to Protect Your Rights.

by Staff Blogger | May 15th, 2019

In just a few short years, rideshare services and vehicles have become ubiquitous in cities and towns throughout the country. Due to their smartphone apps and GPS tracking, they make getting around town more convenient and seamless. However, riders still face risks when they get in rideshare vehicles, especially when drivers are negligent.

Rideshare drivers are often focused on getting their passengers to their destination as quickly as possible to maximize their earnings. While that may be desirable for many passengers, it can also put them in danger if drivers are distracted or rushed. If you are a passenger in a rideshare vehicle that’s involved in a collision, make sure to follow these steps to protect your health and rights to compensation.

4 Steps to Take After a Accident with an Uber or Lyft

1. Make sure the police are called to the scene.
2. Request contact information for the driver’s personal insurance carrier and the rideshare services’ insurance carrier.
3. Contact your insurance carrier and notify them of the collision.
4. Seek immediate medical care.

We Want to Help

At Ponce Law, our Nashville auto accident lawyers represent people who are hurt in auto accidents that weren’t their fault—including rideshare customers who were hurt in the following types of crashes:

  • Crashes caused by rideshare drivers—In addition to speeding, rideshare drivers may also be distracted by their smartphones, their stereos, conversations with passengers, or scheduling additional pickups. When rideshare drivers’ negligence results in accidents, they should be held accountable.
  • Crashes caused by other drivers—Rideshare passengers face risks even when their drivers are safety-conscious. That’s because other drivers may be careless and cause serious crashes involving rideshare vehicles and other cars, trucks, and SUVs.

At Ponce Law, we believe that all innocent auto accident victims deserve maximum compensation for their crash-related expenses, regardless of who caused the accidents. Call us today for a free consultation.

Be Careful When Talking to the Insurance Company After an Auto Accident

by Staff Blogger | May 8th, 2019

Despite spending millions of dollars every year on advertising campaigns that are designed to convince people that they have their best interests in mind, insurance companies have one goal—protecting their own profits. Unfortunately, raking in big profits and paying out fair settlements to victims don’t go hand in hand, and that means people who need compensation after accidents often face uphill battles.

Insurance companies protect their profits via large teams of adjusters who get in contact with victims soon after their accidents. Their job is to either deny victims’ settlements or get them to accept lowball settlements that don’t pay nearly enough to cover their medical bills and lost wages.

If you were recently injured in an auto accident, it’s important to know that the insurance company will go to great lengths to avoid paying you the money you deserve. Here are a few pitfalls to keep in mind when talking to the insurance company:

  • Stick to the facts of what happened—Insurance adjusters often get victims to talk candidly about their accidents in an effort to extract more information from them, including admissions of guilt. Sticking to the facts can help you protect your claim.
  • Don’t accept a settlement without speaking to a lawyer—Insurance companies know that victims need money right away after their accidents. That’s why they offer lowball settlements in the days or weeks after crashes. When victims accept those settlements, they may be unable to pursue additional compensation.

The Nashville auto accident attorneys at Ponce Law are here for you after your crash. Let us handle the insurance company while you focus on getting better. Call today.

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.

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.