Workers’ Compensation

News: Nashville Public Works employee killed in single-vehicle crash and fire

by Ponce Law | January 4th, 2021

NASHVILLE, TN – According to FOX 17, a Nashville Public Works employee was killed after his truck crashed off the roadway and caught fire on Monday morning.

Authorities identified the victim as 60-year-old Jerry Snyder, who has been working for Metro Public Works for 8 years. A witness told police they saw him grab at his chest while losing control of a Ford F-250 truck and crashing off Old Hickory Boulevard near The Hermitage. The truck caught fire after colliding with a utility pole and going further into a nearby tree line.

Firefighters responded to the scene near the intersection of intersection of Old Hickory Boulevard and Granwood Boulevard, where they say Snyder was found dead in the burning vehicle.

Officials say Snyder was on-duty and traveling to pick up Christmas trees from recycling sites at the time of the crash. 

The area near the Old Hickory Boulevard and Granwood Boulevard intersection was temporarily closed while fire investigators continued to look for a cause.

This is a developing story. If more details are made available, this blog will be updated.

If you’ve been injured or lost a loved one while working a job, the Nashville workers’ compensation lawyers of Ponce Law would like to discuss your case with you. Depending on the circumstances, you may be entitled to significant benefits. Contact us today for a free consultation, by calling (844) 888-0576 or filling out our online form.

Road worker killed in Murfreesboro crash

by Ponce Law | December 18th, 2020

MURFREESBORO, TN – A flagman was killed yesterday in a collision at a construction site on Butler Drive, WKRN reports.

The accident happened at about 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, when a road grader that was backing up to allow a dump truck to spread gravel collided with the flagman, killing him.

The flagman has been identified as Nicholas Patrick Oliver, 21. He was working for Rollins Excavation, which had been contracted to perform shoulder work on the roadway.

Investigations are ongoing, although no charges are expected.

If you’ve been injured while working a job site, the Murfreesboro workers’ compensation lawyers of Ponce Law would like to discuss your case with you. Depending on the circumstances, you may be entitled to significant benefits. Contact us today for a free consultation, by calling (844) 888-0576 or filling out our online form.

1 worker dead following construction accident in Franklin

by Ponce Law | December 11th, 2020

WILLIAMSON CO., TN – A young worker at a new storage facility construction site in Franklin died Friday morning following a construction accident, reports WKRN.

Fire Department officials said the accident occurred while concrete was being poured for the building’s foundation. According to Jose Periut of the Franklin Fire Department, the victim was some 15 feet down the foundation walls when the incident occurred.

He was declared deceased at the scene.

The construction site is located on Hospitality Drive off of Highway 96. The Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the county medical examiner both responded to the scene, and an investigation of the death is ongoing.

The victim’s identity has not been made public, as officials wait for the victim’s family to be notified.

This is a developing story. We will update this blog if more information becomes available.

At Ponce Law, our Nashville workers’ compensation attorneys are dedicated to helping people who suffer work-related injuries get every penny of 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: Police identify worker fatally struck by pickup on Lebanon Pike

by Ponce Law | November 23rd, 2020

NASHVILLE, TN – Metro Police have released additional details about a worker fatally struck by a vehicle in Nashville last week, WKRN reports.

This is an update to a previous story.

Police identified the victim as 64-year-old Lawrence Bledsoe. He was picking up traffic cones on Lebanon Pike when the accident occurred in a construction zone Thursday at about 4:30 p.m.

According to investigators, Bledsoe was standing outside a stationary Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck when it was hit by another pickup, sending the Silverado into a spin and causing it to hit Bledsoe. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said the Silverado had a functioning arrow that was directing traffic to the left at the time.

The driver of the other pickup suffered minor injuries. He told police his view of the road was obstructed by the sun when the crash occurred.

Police said charges are pending, saying the driver was going too fast for the road conditions and failed to move over.

If you’ve been injured by a motorist who violated the laws that keep pedestrians safe on the roads of Tennessee, you have legal rights to compensation. At Ponce Law, we’re here to help you get the money you’re owed for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering, so that you can focus on getting better. Our experienced Nashville pedestrian accident attorneys stand ready to provide the legal help you need. We’re here 24/7 to take your call. You can reach us at (844) 204-6765 or online.

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.