Workers’ Compensation

Crash alert: Goodlettsville firefighter hurt while battling house fire

by Ponce Law | October 22nd, 2020

NASHVILLE, TN – A firefighter was injured while battling a blaze in Goodlettsville on Wednesday afternoon, according to WKRN.

The firefighter was transported to TriStar Skyline Medical Center with a knee injury following the house fire on Ivy Hill Lane.

Fire crews from Goodlettsville and Nashville responded to the scene at about 2:40 p.m.  A house was engulfed in flames, and two neighboring homes were also damaged.

No other injuries were reported.  The cause of the fire is under investigation.

When you have been injured in the workplace, you may be wondering how you will pay your medical bills without a paycheck, and when will you recover from your injuries. At Ponce Law, our Nashville workers’ compensation attorneys are dedicated to helping people who suffer work-related injuries get the benefits they deserve. We’ll work hard to build a strong claim for you, and are here take your call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can call us at (844) 204-6765 or complete a free initial consultation form.

Crash alert: Construction worker hurt in fall from roof in Murfreesboro

by Ponce Law | September 10th, 2020

MURFREESBORO, TN – A construction worker was injured in a fall at a job site in Murfreesboro Tuesday, News Channel 5 reported.

The accident happened on Memorial Boulevard, where the worker fell while framing the roof of a three-story building.

Murfreesboro Fire and Rescue officials said the man landed on the third floor but had to be rescued by emergency crews because there are no staircases yet in the building.

He was lowered to the ground in a basket by first responders and then taken to an emergency department to be treated for his injuries. No information was released on the worker’s condition.

At Ponce Law, our Nashville workers’ compensation attorneys are dedicated to helping people who suffer work-related injuries get the benefits they deserve. Filing workers’ compensation claims requires experience and knowledge of state and federal law. We’ll work hard to build a strong claim for you.  Our legal staff is available 24/7 to take your call at (844) 204-6765 or reach out to us online.

Crash alert: 2 construction workers hurt after falling at Mt. Juliet site

by Ponce Law | August 25th, 2020

MT. JULIET, TN — An investigation is underway after two construction workers were injured in separate falls at a work site in Mt. Juliet last week, according to WKRN.

A stop-work order was issued by the Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration following the incidents at Austermiller Inc. Roofing and Construction.

The first occurred Wednesday at 7:30 a.m., when a man was reported to have fallen through a skylight and was left unconscious. He was hospitalized at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

On Thursday shortly before 1:30 p.m., Wilson County authorities received another call, this time that a 20-year-old man had also fallen through a skylight at the same site. He sustained leg and hand injuries and was taken to the hospital.

Both men were working on a roof project at the time they fell. Tennessee OSHA officials are looking into both incidents.

At Ponce Law, our experienced Nashville workers’ compensation attorneys are dedicated to helping people who suffer work-related injuries get the benefits they deserve. We’ll work hard to build a strong claim for you. Our legal team isn’t afraid to take on big workers’ compensation cases if it means protecting your rights. See how we can help following an accident, and call us 24/7 at (844) 204-6765 or reach out to us online for a free consultation.

Injured in a Crash while Driving for Work? You May Have 2 Claims on Your Hands.

by Staff Blogger | August 12th, 2020

Most people know that when they get hurt while they’re on the job, they may be eligible to receive workers’ compensation benefits to replace their paychecks while they recover. And most people also know that those who are injured in auto accidents can file compensation claims against the drivers who hit them to get money for their accident-related expenses.

But many people don’t know that those types of compensation can be combined when the situation calls for it—namely, when someone else causes a crash while driving a work-related vehicle or while driving on company time. In Tennessee, it’s possible to pursue both a workers’ compensation claim and a personal injury claim for the same crash, but doing so requires an experienced law firm and a resourceful lawyer.

At Ponce Law, we handle both types of claims, and we know what it takes to help victims get the money they deserve in these unique situations. We won’t let your employer or the other driver’s insurance company dissuade you from moving forward, and we’ll do everything in our power to get you every penny you deserve.

Contact our Nashville auto accident attorneys today for a free consultation. Evidence can quickly appear, and it’s vital for both personal injury and workers’ compensation claims, so don’t delay. Call today.

Crash alert: Man killed in wall collapse at Nashville construction site

by Ponce Law | August 6th, 2020

NASHVILLE, TN – A worker died in an accident at a Nashville construction site Tuesday morning, according to WKRN.

Police responded at about 11 a.m. to the site on West End Avenue, where a wall had collapsed outside an office building.

Investigators determined that 61-year-old Timothy Tyler was removing caulk around part of an exterior wall when it fell on him.

Tyler was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. He worked for Architectural Glass and Metal Company, Inc.  The fatal accident is now under investigation.

When you suffer a workplace injury that wasn’t your fault, you have many questions. How will you pay for your medical bills without a paycheck? When will you recover from your injuries? And when will you be able to return to work? At Ponce Law, we can help answer those questions. Our Nashville workers’ compensation attorneys are dedicated to helping people who suffer work-related injuries get the benefits they deserve. We’re here 24/7 to take your call. You can reach us at (844) 204-6765 or online.

Don’t Let Your Workers’ Comp Claim Slip Through the Cracks

by Staff Blogger | August 3rd, 2020

If you were recently injured on the job and can’t perform your duties anymore, applying for workers’ compensation is one of the most important things you can do. The second most important thing you can do is to call a lawyer to help you with your claim.

By law, almost all businesses in Tennessee are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance for their employees, but just because that insurance is there doesn’t mean it’s readily or easily available to employees who need it. When you apply for benefits, you may face two major obstacles:

  • Your employer may not be cooperative—Workers’ compensation claims can cost employers money. The more claims that are filed by their employees, the more expensive their insurance costs are. That’s why many employers are reluctant to sign off on injuries or even admit they occurred.
  • The state may not take your claim seriously—Tennessee’s Bureau of Workers’ Compensation is tasked with approving claims. But there are thousands of claims every year, and the bureau has strict criteria for approval. That means that claims may be dismissed due to minor mistakes. By acting as gatekeepers, the bureau avoids people taking advantage of the system, but also causes valid claims to be denied.

Having an experienced Nashville workers’ compensation lawyer on your side is important. At Ponce Law, we’ll ensure that your claim won’t be denied based on small technicalities or oversights. We’ll also work hard to expedite the process, getting you your benefits sooner. Call us today for a free consultation and let us get to work for you.

Crash alert: Crane collapses at construction site in Franklin

by Ponce Law | July 8th, 2020

FRANKLIN, TN – Firefighters in Franklin responded to the scene of a crane collapse at a construction site Monday afternoon, NewsChannel 5 reported.

The accident happened at about 1 p.m. at the site in Berry Farms on Rural Plains Circle.  The 200-foot crane fell across the road and into a parking lot, fire department officials said.

The crane operator refused medical treatment after climbing out of the crane, and no one was hurt in the incident.

Firefighters managed to contain diesel fuel that leaked from the crane after it toppled.

If you were hurt or if you lost a loved one in a workplace accident in Nashville, contact Ponce Law right away for help. Our Nashville workers’ compensation attorneys 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.

Vigil held for teen killed in fall at Nashville construction site

by Ponce Law | June 25th, 2020

NASHVILLE, TN – A vigil was held Wednesday night for a teenager killed in an accident at a construction site in East Nashville, according to WSMV.

This is an update to a previous story.

Family and friends gathered to remember 16-year-old Gustavo Enrique Ramirez of Springfield, and called for an investigation into his death.

The accident happened Tuesday afternoon as he was working at the site of a new hotel on the 300 block of Interstate Drive.  Ramirez fell from scaffolding about 120 feet from the ground. No foul play was involved, police said.

Another vigil for Ramirez was set for Thursday night on the soccer field at Franklin-Simpson High School.

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 car accident 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.

Teen killed in fall at construction site for new hotel

by Ponce Law | June 24th, 2020

NASHVILLE, TN – A teenage worker was killed in an accident at an East Nashville construction site Tuesday afternoon, according to a report by WATE.

The incident happened at 315 Interstate Drive at the job site for a new hotel, the La Quinta Inn. 16-year-old Gustavo Enrique Ramirez was on scaffolding when he fell 120 feet to the ground, according to Metro police. Ramirez’s 18-year-old brother who was with him on the scaffolding turned around after hearing a noise and witnessed the fatal fall, police said.

Authorities classified the case as an accident.  Detectives looking into Ramirez’s death said that they did not see a safety harness on him.

Gustavo Enrique Ramirez worked part-time for a subcontractor at the site, Cortez Plastering, 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 car accident 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.