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You Don’t Have to Suffer Alone if You Were Hurt by a Defective Product

by Staff Blogger | September 19th, 2018

The manufacturers of consumer products, industrial products, and medical devices all have one shared responsibility: to make their goods safe for everyone who uses them. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission are responsible for issuing recalls of potentially dangerous products, but recalls don’t always happen promptly, even when evidence links products to injuries and illnesses.

At Ponce Law, our Nashville defective product lawyers know that many victims are hesitant to pursue claims for health problems that they suffered due to consumer, industrial, or medical items. That’s because they often feel helpless going up against big multi-billion-dollar corporations.

If you or someone you love were injured by an unsafe product, it’s important to remember that you have a voice and a right to pursue compensation. Having an experienced legal team on your side can help level the playing field, even when the negligent party is a Fortune 500 company. In addition, our attorneys aren’t afraid to go toe-to-toe with big corporations and their insurance companies when we’re fighting for the rights of our clients.

Your defective product injury or illness may have resulted in big medical bills and a significant time away from work. You deserve to be compensated for it, and we want to help you get every penny you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation. We’ll do everything we can to fight for your rights.

Hurt Because of Someone Else’s Negligence? We’re Here to Help.

by Staff Blogger | September 12th, 2018

All adults have a duty of care that they assume in a wide variety of situations and circumstances. From driving a vehicle and walking a dog, to safeguarding a home and protecting coworkers and employees, many people are responsible for protecting others directly or indirectly on a regular basis.

When people fail to uphold that duty of care, they can be held liable for any injuries or damages that occur. At Ponce Law, our Nashville personal injury lawyers fight for the rights of anyone who was hurt through no fault of their own. We make it our goal to help victims get maximum compensation for their accident-related expenses, including medical bills and lost wages.

Regardless of their cause, injuries caused by another person’s or party’s negligence can be both painful and disabling. You may be out of work for weeks, months, or even years—all while facing expensive medical bills and rehabilitation costs that you can’t afford.

Our law firm believes that innocent victims shouldn’t have to pay out of pocket for the expenses they incurred as a result of someone else’s carelessness. That’s why we take an aggressive approach when it comes to getting maximum compensation for our clients.

The sooner you call our law firm after an injury that wasn’t your fault, the better. Evidence can quickly disappear and statutes of limitations can expire. We’re here to help, and we’re ready to get to work for you and your loved ones. Call 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.

Are You Protected After Your Truck Accident?

by Staff Blogger | August 29th, 2018

Truck accidents are among the most dangerous vehicle accidents that motorists can be involved in. Big trucks weigh up to 80,000 pounds and can be dozens of feet in length. That means even the largest passenger vehicles, including oversized SUVs and pickup trucks, are no match for them during crashes.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has many rules and regulations concerning the truck industry, and most of those are designed to help keep truck drivers and others on U.S. highways and interstates safe. But even when truck drivers, truck owners, and truck companies are in clear violation of FMCSA rules and accidents occur, victims may find it difficult to get the compensation they deserve.

Because truck accident claims can involve multiple parties, and because the injuries associated with them are often severe and disabling, the amount of compensation that victims can obtain is often substantial. Insurance companies know that, but they’re not in business to pay big settlements to anyone—even innocent victims.

While insurance companies are usually reluctant to pay fair claims, they may be even more resistant in truck accident cases. Unfortunately, they often get away with it, especially when victims aren’t represented by law firms that understand FMCSA regulations and the legal process.

At Ponce Law, our Nashville truck accident lawyers have helped many victims just like you get the compensation they deserve after crashes that weren’t their fault. Don’t let the insurance company take advantage of you or deny you the money you need. Call us today for a free consultation.

You Have Rights at Work. We Want to Help You Protect Them.

by Staff Blogger | August 22nd, 2018

Everyone deserves the opportunity to pursue a rewarding career. Many federal laws were passed during the past several decades to ensure that right and to protect workers from discrimination and unfair practices. Unfortunately, workers in Middle Tennessee and throughout the country still face uphill battles with their employers when it comes to getting fair treatment and safe working conditions.

At Ponce Law, our Nashville employment law attorneys fight for the rights of workers who face a variety of unfair treatment at work, including:

  • Discrimination—Workplace discrimination comes in many forms. Employers may refuse to hire or promote workers with certain disabilities, or they may profile against workers based on their age, sex, religion, race, nationality, and more.
  • Wage disputes—You’re entitled to getting paid for your labor—especially if you go above and beyond the standard 40-hour work week. But some employers try to avoid paying overtime by misclassifying employees as salaried or by manipulating payroll data and scheduling information.

Employers who violate federal workplace laws often rely on intimidation to get away with it. They think that workers will be too scared of losing their jobs or even being blacklisted in their industries to speak up.

That’s why our legal team handles all employment law cases carefully and with sensitivity to our clients, their families, and their jobs. It’s our goal to help you get both fair treatment and an opportunity to succeed in your career.

Call us today for a free consultation.

What Compensation is Available for Nursing Home Abuse Victims and Their Families?

by Staff Blogger | August 15th, 2018

It’s difficult to move your loved one into a nursing home. Although moves like that are done with the best intentions in mind, it can be hard to trust your loved one’s health and even life into the hands of strangers, no matter how well trained or qualified they are.

Unfortunately, the reluctance and fears that some family members have for their loved ones become a reality when nursing home staff members and healthcare providers are negligent or abusive. A study showed that residents at one out of every three nursing homes are the victim of some type of abuse or neglect.

If you find out that your loved one was mistreated while living in a nursing home, the Nashville nursing home abuse lawyers at Ponce Law want to fight to get you compensation for:

  • Medical bills—Nursing home abuse and neglect victims may require extensive medical care to recover from the injuries or illnesses they suffered at the hands of staff members.
  • Pain and suffering—Abused or neglected residents may suffer for weeks, months, or even years. Even after they’re moved to new facilities or the mistreatment stops, they may suffer from poor health, reduced mobility, and even psychological issues for years to come.
  • Punitive damages—When residents are intentionally or violently abused, they and their family members can seek punitive damages against the nursing home or individual staff members.

It’s important to have an experienced law firm on your side when dealing with a nursing home abuse case. Nursing homes are often part of billion-dollar corporations, and their insurers don’t want to pay money to victims and their families without a fight.

Call us today for a free consultation to find out how we may be able to help.

Avoid These Common Veterans Disability Benefits Mistakes

by Staff Blogger | August 7th, 2018

When you develop a disability while serving your country, you expect to be taken care of until you recover or for the rest of your life if your disability is permanent.

But the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) doesn’t make it easy for veterans to get the benefits they’re supposed to be entitled to receive as part of their military service.

In addition to a huge backlog that creates wait lists that can last for months or even years, the VA also heavily scrutinizes the claims it receives, and it’s not uncommon for seriously injured and profoundly disabled veterans to see their claims denied.

At Ponce Law, our Nashville veterans disability benefits lawyers have helped many veterans like you, and we know that many claims are denied due to a few common mistakes, including:

  • Lying about your injuries or illnesses—Always be honest and upfront about your health when applying for veterans disability benefits. Don’t exaggerate your symptoms, but don’t downplay them, either. If your health status on your application doesn’t match up with what your doctor or the VA’s doctor finds, it could jeopardize your claim.
  • Waiting too long to file a claim or get assistance—Because of the VA’s backlog of claims, it’s important to file your claim with the help of an attorney as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the longer it will take for you to get the money you deserve. In addition, the VA may be more suspicious of your claim when it reviews your case.

Let us handle the veterans disability benefits application and appeals process on your behalf while you focus on getting better. Call us today for a free consultation.

Who Can You Trust After an Auto Accident?

by Staff Blogger | August 1st, 2018

Auto accidents rank among the most traumatic events that people experience during their lives. It’s common for victims to want to share their experiences with others, but it’s important to understand that the details of your accident can be of a sensitive nature—especially if you’re filing a claim for compensation.

Insurance companies have teams of adjusters who are tasked with finding ways to reduce or deny settlements to innocent victims. One way they do that is by obtaining statements from victims themselves, their social media accounts, or even the people close to them.

Outside of your immediate family members, there are only three people that you should trust and be honest with immediately after the crash:

  • The responding police officer—Always tell the truth when speaking with the responding police officer at the accident scene. However, don’t volunteer information about the accident, and never admit fault for the crash prematurely.
  • The medical professionals who treat your injuries—Patient confidentiality laws protect you when it comes to talking to the doctors, nurses, and other healthcare workers who provide care after the crash. Never lie about or exaggerate your injuries—doing so can jeopardize your claim.
  • Your Nashville auto accident lawyer—Your lawyer has your best interests in mind, including maximizing your compensation claim. The more information we know about your crash, the the better our chances of maximizing your claim.

Call Ponce Law today for a free consultation, and let us put our experience and dedication to work for you.

How Can Dangerous Drugs Affect Patients?

by Staff Blogger | July 18th, 2018

Prescription and over-the-counter medications are supposed to make people feel better and help them recover from their injuries and illnesses. But as millions of Americans know, not all drugs are safe to use, and some can cause serious and even life-threatening injuries and complications.

People take medications assuming they’ll have a beneficial and positive effect on their lives and their health. However, some drugs aren’t fully tested by drug manufacturers, or their dangerous side effects are hidden from regulatory agencies like the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. That means innocent victims take drugs not knowing the potential risks they’re facing.

When people get hurt by drugs, they face many potential complications, including:

  • Organ damage—Several popular medications, including heartburn drugs, Type 2 diabetes drugs, and testosterone replacement therapies are linked to damage affecting the heart, pancreas, and cardiovascular system.
  • Birth defects—Nausea drugs and some antidepressant medications are linked to birth defects in the unborn children of pregnant women who take them.
  • Cancer—Type 2 diabetes drugs and erectile dysfunction drugs may be linked to pancreatic cancer and skin cancer.

The complications, illnesses, and injuries caused by some medications can be devastating. At Ponce Law, our Nashville drug injury lawyers believe that victims shouldn’t have to pay out of pocket for the health effects they suffered due to negligent drug manufacturers.

If you or someone you love were hurt by a medication, call us today for a free consultation to find out how we can help.

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.