Personal Injury

What Are Non-Economic Damages in Injury Claims?

by Staff Blogger | September 10th, 2020

In personal injury claims, an injured person can demand compensation for the damages they’ve experienced because of someone else’s negligence. Damages can include medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering.

Determining damages stemming from medical bills and lost income isn’t necessarily easy, but it’s pretty straightforward. You’ll review the financial costs you’ve suffered (and will continue to suffer) and factor those “economic damages” into your claim.

But pain and suffering aren’t quite so simple. These damages aren’t financial in nature, and they’re referred to as “non-economic damages.” However, don’t let that term fool you. Your pain and your suffering have very real financial consequences, and they’re an essential part of your personal injury claim.

What Are Non-Economic Damages?

Non-economic damages are the consequences of a crash that aren’t financial in nature. Though the terms “pain” and “suffering” are frequently used to describe these damages, it’s important to know that these terms describe serious challenges.

Non-economic damages can include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • PTSD
  • Emotional distress
  • Disfigurement
  • Disability
  • Loss of life’s pleasures

In some ways, these challenges are even greater than the financial consequences of an accident. This is why you often see a plaintiff awarded a substantial amount of compensation for their pain and suffering.

Pain and Suffering Also Have a Financial Impact

Non-economic damages is a misleading term. Though pain and suffering are more difficult to put a dollar figure on than economic damages, they have financial repercussions, too.

Chronic pain, depression, and anxiety can be costly conditions to manage. They can also make it more likely that someone will suffer other dangerous medical conditions or find gainful employment.

Experienced attorneys know how important it is to factor in their client’s pain and suffering into the amount they demand from insurance companies.

If You Need Legal Assistance, Contact Ponce Law

At Ponce Law, we have years of experience helping our clients determine how much they deserve in pain and suffering, so we can demand the compensation they’re entitled to. If you’d like to discuss your case, contact our Nashville personal injury attorneys today to schedule a free, no-obligation case assessment.

Crash alert: 2 injured in Robertson County accident

by Ponce Law | August 11th, 2020

GREENBRIER, TN – An accident involving an all-terrain vehicle in Robertson County left two people hospitalized.

Smokey Barn News reported the incident happened Saturday night at about 7 p.m., when the ATV flipped over in the vicinity of Plumnelly Lane and Edgar Dillard Road.

Four people were on board the vehicle at the time of the crash. A female was transported to Vanderbilt Medical Center with an arm injury and was listed in serious condition. Another person, a male, was taken to an area hospital with injuries described as not life-threatening.

Local first responders were on the scene, along with the Robertson County Sheriff’s Office and the Robertson County Emergency Management Agency.  The cause of the accident was not immediately clear.

An accident can leave you facing medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. But you shouldn’t have to pay for the costs of an injury that wasn’t your fault. At Ponce Law, it’s our goal to ensure your story gets heard by the legal system. No matter what kind of injuries you suffered, our experienced Nashville personal injury lawyers will work hard to build a strong case on your behalf. Call us at (844) 204-6765 or reach out to us online. We’re available 24/7 to take your call.

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.