Wrongful Death

Teenager drowns while kayaking on Duck River

by Benjamin Kuhn | 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.

Woman killed in two-vehicle crash at intersection

by Benjamin Kuhn | June 2nd, 2020

NASHVILLE, TN.-  A Nashville woman was killed in a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Elm Hill Pike and Massman Drive on Saturday evening.

According to News 4 Nashville, the victim, 57-year-old Rhonda Rucker, was stopped at the intersection in her Honda CRV when a driver in a 2010 Ford Mustang rear-ended her. The driver of the Mustang, 18-year-old Kevin Camaja, was heading northbound on Elm Hill Pike and reportedly failed to notice the red light.

The force of the crash sent the vehicles careening across Massman Drive and into a ditch. Rucker’s CRV caught fire, and the vehicle became engulfed in flames. Her passenger, Craig Marsh, 37, of Nashville, was able to escape the burning car but was unable to pull Rucker out. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Marsh was taken to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Camaja was in stable condition and was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center with severe burn injuries.

The crash is still being investigated, and we will continue to monitor this developing story for updates.

Were you hurt, or did you lose a loved one in a rear-end collision in Nashville? Contact a skilled Nashville car accident lawyer from Ponce Law right away for help. We’ll be ready to help you hold the negligent party accountable, and we’ll seek the maximum compensation possible for you and your loved ones. We can be reached by phone at (844) 204-6765 or by filling out a contact form.



Our Wrongful Death Lawyers Are Here for You

by Staff Blogger | October 17th, 2018

If you recently lost a loved one due to another person’s or party’s negligence, the last thing you want to deal with is a prolonged back-and-forth with the insurance company. But losing a loved one isn’t just emotionally devastating—it can also put you and your family in a major financial bind.

That’s why filing a wrongful death claim is important for your family’s future. At Ponce Law, it’s our goal to make the process easy for you. In fact, our Nashville wrongful death lawyers will handle every aspect of your wrongful death claim while you grieve, spend time with loved ones, and begin building a new life for yourself.

Families who file wrongful death claims are often eligible to receive a wide range of benefits, including money for things like:

  • Medical bills and funeral costs—Funerals are more expensive than ever, and the medical bills your loved one may have incurred after his or her injury or illness may be too much for your family to bear. A wrongful death claim can help you recoup some or all of those expenses.
  • Lost wages—You relied on your loved one’s income to support your day-to-day living expenses and lifestyle. Now that they’re gone, you should be eligible to be compensated for that loss—especially if your loved one’s death was due to negligence.
  • Pain and suffering—Losing a loved one is one of the most painful human experiences. It forever changes survivors and families, and the emotional impact and trauma are often even worse when the death was preventable. You deserve to be compensated for all the ways your loss has and will impact your family.

This is a difficult and sensitive time for your family, and we’re here to help. Call today for a free consultation.

Do You Have a Wrongful Death Claim after the Loss of a Loved One?

by Staff Blogger | July 11th, 2018

The Nashville wrongful death lawyers at Ponce Law know how devastating the loss of a loved one can be for families.

In addition to the emotional pain that a death in the family brings, such a loss also creates a financial void—especially if the deceased was the primary income-earner for your household. Filing wrongful death claims helps families like yours get compensation for their losses, but many families are unaware of the possibilities or unsure if they’re eligible to receive damages for the deaths of their loved ones.

While it’s true that wrongful death claims can be complicated—especially if you pursue one without the help of an attorney—many common accidents and scenarios make surviving family members eligible to pursue such claims. They include:

  • Car accidents—If you would have been eligible to file a claim for an injury-causing accident, you’ll also be eligible to file a claim for a wrongful death if your loved one suffered fatal injuries during the crash.
  • Medical malpractice—Healthcare professionals are responsible for making sure their patients get safe and appropriate medical care. When they fail to do so due to negligence, they can be held responsible when injuries or deaths occur.
  • Work-related accidents—Employers are supposed to provide safe environments and all of the necessary gear and equipment to protect their workers. When they fail to do so and workers are hurt and killed, surviving family members can file claims against them.

Wondering whether you and your loved ones have a claim? Get in touch with us today to find out how we can help you. Call now for a free consultation.

Common Accidents and Scenarios that Can Result in Wrongful Death Claims

by Staff Blogger | July 9th, 2018

When you lose a loved one, you lose their companionship, love, and financial support. The grieving process is difficult enough, but it can be even more devastating when you’re left wondering how you’ll support yourself and your family members after your loved one is gone.

At Ponce Law, our Nashville wrongful death lawyers know what you’re going through. We’ve helped many families just like yours get compensation for the losses of their loved ones. We fight hard to help our clients get money for things like lost income, medical and funeral expenses, pain and suffering, and lost companionship.

Wrongful death claims are varied, but many are due to a few common accidents and scenarios, including:

  • Auto accidents—When drivers are negligent, drunk, reckless, or aggressive, they can be held liable for the injuries or deaths of others.
  • Medical malpractice—Hospitals and healthcare providers can be considered responsible for the deaths of patients when they fail to uphold their duties to provide safe and cautious medical care.
  • Defective products—Product manufacturers are required to test their industrial, consumer, and medical devices before releasing them to the market. When they fail to do so and people get hurt or killed, they can be held liable.

Those are just a few of the situations that can lead to wrongful death claims. If your loved one died due to another person’s or party’s negligence, we want to hear from you. Call today for a free consultation.

Why Do You Need a Lawyer for a Wrongful Death Claim?

by Staff Blogger | February 21st, 2018

At Ponce Law, we help victims through a variety of difficult situations and life circumstances, but few are as painful and emotionally taxing as wrongful death claims. Losing a loved one is one of the most difficult things people experience in their lives, and it’s even worse when their loved one’s death is due to another person’s or party’s negligence.

Our Nashville wrongful death lawyers believe that victims’ families should be taken care of after fatal accidents, illnesses, or injuries that weren’t their fault. We don’t think you should have to worry about the ins and outs of the legal process on your own.

When you choose us to handle your case, you can count on us to:

  • Collect evidence that proves your loved one’s death was preventable – We know how to find and present evidence that indicates a wrongful death was due to negligence or carelessness.
  • Prove that your loved one’s death has caused your family financial harm – Successful wrongful death claims must show that the decedent substantially provided for his or her loved ones, and we know how to collect records and evidence that will leave no doubt that this was the case for your family.

It can be difficult to concentrate or focus on legal issues when you’re grieving the loss of a loved one. Leave those steps up to us while you spend time with your family and friends. Call today for a free consultation.

Available Compensation for Families after Wrongful Deaths

by Staff Blogger | September 18th, 2017

The death of a loved one is devastating, especially if your loved one passed away due to someone else’s negligence or carelessness. And if you relied on their paychecks to keep your family fed, clothed, and sheltered, you may be facing an uncertain future.

In addition to dealing with pressing questions about how your family will cope in the weeks, months, and years ahead, you also may have questions about what events led to the death. Who was at fault and why? Could the death have been prevented?

At Ponce Law, our Nashville wrongful death attorneys do our best to answer those questions for people like you who have lost loved ones. We also fight to help you get compensation for damages such as:

  • Medical and funeral expenses – Both hospital stays and funerals are extremely expensive, and those costs will need to be addressed immediately after your loved one’s death.
  • Lost income – You’re not just losing the paycheck your loved one would have brought home at the end of the week. You’re losing a lifetime of earnings that would have increased over time.
  • Lost companionship – It may seem impossible to quantify the loss of your loved one, but lost companionship is a major factor in many wrongful death claim settlements.

The grieving process after a loved one’s death takes time, and it’s important to honor their memory. But it’s also important to make sure that your family’s well-being is taken care of.

Get in touch with our legal team today, and let us put our experience to work for you. We’ll do everything we can to get you compensation for your loved one’s wrongful death. Call for a free consultation.

What Is a Wrongful Death?

by Staff Blogger | August 23rd, 2017

If your loved one died because of a preventable accident or health complication, you may feel angry and frustrated. Would your loved one still be alive if the responsible party had been more attentive, conscientious, or cautious?

When people die because of another person’s or party’s negligence, it may be considered a wrongful death, and their family members may be eligible to file claims for compensation.

At Ponce Law, we know how to help if you lost a family member due to a preventable accident or medical mistake. Our lawyers can review the facts and circumstances of your loved one’s death to determine if it was a wrongful death. A wrongful death case must meet three criteria:

  1. The death was caused by negligence or with intent to cause harm. Whether they’re private citizens or healthcare professionals, everyone has a duty to avoid causing harm to others, either directly or indirectly.
  2. The death is causing or will cause your family financial problems. Losing a loved one is emotionally painful, but it can also put your family in a financial bind, especially if you relied on their income for day-to-day living expenses.
  3. A personal representative has been appointed for your loved one’s estate. To move forward with a wrongful death claim, someone must be appointed as the representative of your loved one’s estate. This is typically another family member.

All manner of fatal accidents can be considered wrongful deaths when victims lose their lives because of negligence. Our Nashville wrongful death lawyers can evaluate your loved one’s death. We can fight to protect their memory and your rights to compensation. Contact us today for a free consultation.

The Things We Take for Granted

by Staff Blogger | June 12th, 2017

The constants in life are the easiest things to take for granted. We just assume that there will always be air to breathe, our bodies will function properly, and that those we love will always be around. It only takes one tragic event to shatter a life, a family, or a community. Unfortunately for families in Nashville who have lost loved ones without warning, putting the pieces back together can be a long, arduous process.

When a loved one is taken due to someone else’s negligence, the family is left with a lot of unanswered questions. Why did this happen? Who is to blame? How can we get justice for our loved one? Getting answers can be difficult on your own. The wrongful death attorneys at Ponce Law want to help. We’ve been helping the families of wrongful death victims get justice for their loved ones for decades, and we’re ready to help you as well.

If you lost a loved one due to someone else’s negligence, contact us today for a free consultation. If we feel we can be of assistance, we’ll fully investigate your loved one’s death and fight for the justice you deserve. Don’t go it alone. Contact us today.

Questions Following a Wrongful Death

by Staff Blogger | May 5th, 2017

Nobody likes to talk about our own mortality, especially when it concerns an untimely death that has left you and your family wondering what to do next. That’s a disorienting feeling–one the wrongful death attorneys at Ponce Law know well. Over the years, our experienced Nashville wrongful death attorneys have stood behind grieving families as they try to make sense of what was taken from them while making a plan for the future. They turn to us because they know we provide compassionate and competent legal counsel, and we won’t charge them a dime to get some questions answered.

Most often, those conversations turn to the future. How will my family survive with one less income? How will I make it as a single parent? What about the funeral expenses? These questions mark the start of a long journey, and getting the right answers is vital. That’s why we make it easy for the surviving families to get answers. Our consultations are always free with no obligation. That means you can call us anytime, and we’ll provide you with the best guidance we can free of charge. And if we can help you recover the compensation you will need for that future, we’d be honored to represent your family.

If someone you love died due to someone else’s negligence, it’s time that you take control of what’s next. Contact our experienced Nashville wrongful death attorneys today for your family’s free consultation. You shouldn’t have to go through this alone, and as long as Ponce Law is practicing in Nashville, you won’t have to.