Workers’ Compensation

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.

We Help Injured Workers Get the Money They’re Owed

by Staff Blogger | May 26th, 2020

There are many adjectives people can use to describe their jobs: challenging, rewarding, stressful, difficult, and even life-affirming. But words that should never be used are “dangerous” or “life-threatening.”

Unfortunately, that’s the case for many workers in Middle Tennessee. Dangerous jobs are a necessary part of the economy, but workers in those positions should always have proper training and safety equipment to do their jobs. Sadly, that doesn’t always happen.

When people get hurt on the job, they often can’t come back to work the next day, week, month, or in some cases, year. And when they aren’t working, they aren’t earning paychecks that they desperately need—especially in light of their injuries, which may require medical treatment.

Like all states, Tennessee offers injured employees workers’ compensation benefits, but those benefits are far from guaranteed—even when it’s clear that an injury occurred on the job and due to circumstances out of the injured worker’s control.

Both the Tennessee Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (TBWC) and individual employers can make it difficult for injured workers to get the money they deserve. Employers may deny injuries happened on the clock or on company property, while the TBWC may deny claims based on small oversights.

After an on-the-job injury that puts you out of work and causes you to rack up medical bills, you don’t have the luxury of waiting around for a denial. You need money, and it’s our job to help you get it. Contact Ponce Law’s Nashville workers’ compensation lawyers today for a free consultation.

The Workers’ Compensation System is Difficult to Navigate Without a Lawyer

by Staff Blogger | September 5th, 2018

Almost all employers in Tennessee are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance in case their employees get hurt on the job, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy to get benefits.

If you were recently injured at work and are in need of benefits for your medical bills and lost income, you may have two obstacles standing in your way:

  • Your employer—The business that employs you may have coverage for you and its other employees, but that doesn’t mean you’ll get their cooperation when they file a claim for benefits. Many businesses discourage or even attempt to bar employees from filing claims in an effort to reduce their own costs.
  • The Tennessee Bureau of Workers’ Compensation—The board that oversees workers’ compensation claims in Tennessee has strict criteria for approving benefits. Even minor mistakes can result in dismissals or denials, leaving workers feeling helpless.

At Ponce Law, our Nashville workers’ compensation lawyers know that the process may feel rigged against you when you pursue benefits for your accident-related expenses. That’s why we’re here to help.

We’re ready to take over your claim and handle all communication with your employer and the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation while you focus on getting better. Call us today for a free consultation.

2 Ways a Lawyer Can Help With Your Workers’ Compensation Claim

by Staff Blogger | June 27th, 2018

Getting hurt on the job can be devastating for many reasons.

First, workplace injuries are often painful and debilitating, and they often require several months of recovery. Second, you may be hesitant to tell your manager or supervisor about your injury—especially if your company prides itself on its safety record and lack of accidents. And finally, you may want to avoid risking your job or career if you’ve seen other workers retaliated against in the past after pursuing workers’ compensation benefits.

The Nashville workers’ compensation lawyers at Ponce Law understand what you’re going through, and we know how difficult this time is for you and your loved ones. That said, we believe that all injured workers deserve complete and full access to the workers’ compensation benefits that their employers are required to have, and they shouldn’t be afraid to pursue the money they deserve when they get hurt on the job.

If you choose us to handle your workers’ compensation claim, you can count on our legal team to work for you in the following ways:

  1. We’ll collect and present evidence that proves your injury was work-related. Employers and the state workers’ compensation board want to see hard evidence that all injury claims occurred on the job. Our experience means we know how to find proof that will leave no doubt in their minds about how, when, and where your injury occurred.
  2. We’ll protect you from retaliation or wrongful termination. You shouldn’t have to worry about your career or your family’s future when you report a workplace injury or pursue compensation for the injuries you suffered. With our legal team on your side, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that you’re protected when you file a claim for the benefits you deserve.

Get in touch with us today for a free consultation. We’re here to help you and your family during this difficult time in your lives.

How Do Employers Discourage Workers’ Compensation Claims?

by Staff Blogger | March 21st, 2018

Getting hurt at work isn’t just painful—it can also be financially devastating for you and your loved ones. Even if your injury wasn’t your fault, you still may be too hurt or disabled to do your job for weeks or months to come.

Tennessee requires almost all employers to carry workers’ compensation insurance to cover workers like you who face these difficult situations, but some employers are reluctant to admit that their employees were injured through no fault of their own. In fact, businesses and business owners may even go out of their way to discourage their workers from filing workers’ compensation claims—even if their own negligence or carelessness caused their employees to get hurt.

Common ways that employers discourage or impede claims include:

  • Threatening retaliation – Whether directly or indirectly, some employers attempt to silence employees who want to file for workers’ compensation benefits by threatening their titles, their jobs, and even their careers.
  • Providing false information – Some employers take advantage of their workers’ lack of knowledge concerning workers’ compensation. They may claim that they don’t carry insurance, that they can’t afford the claim, or that the specific injuries workers suffered aren’t covered.

At Ponce Law, our Nashville workers’ compensation lawyers know the facts of workers’ compensation, and we want to help you maximize your chances of getting the full benefits you deserve. Call us today for a free consultation.