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Report Highlights Most Dangerous States, Jobs in the U.S. for Workers

by mdp | July 31st, 2013

Work injuryA new report issued by Allsup, a provider of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) representation, outlines the most dangerous jobs in America as well as the most dangerous states to work in, in an effort to draw attention to the life-altering effects of debilitating work injuries. The study is based on 2011 data from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, and highlights the most dangerous industries by location, based on the rate of injuries that are severe enough to require “days of job transfer or restriction” – in other words, a actual change of job or major limitation of work duties. If you have suffered a debilitating injury or illness in Tennessee that prevents you from performing your normal work duties, consult our skilled attorneys at Michael D. Ponce & Associates to discuss your legal options. You may have grounds to file an SSDI claim with the Social Security Administration (SSA), in order to pursue the disability benefits you deserve.

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Pedestrian Suffers Life-Threatening Burns in TN Gas Station Accident

by mdp | July 29th, 2013

Pedestrian AccidentA pedestrian is in critical condition after being engulfed in flames when a vehicle traveling south on Riverside Drive in Clarksville, Tennessee, left the roadway and struck a gas station pump, causing a dangerous explosion. Chris Porter was leaving the Exxon convenience store and walking through the parking lot at the time of the accident, which took place earlier this month, and he suffered severe burn injuries that landed him at the Vanderbilt burn unit for treatment. If you have been seriously injured in a Nashville pedestrian accident or another type of accident anywhere in Tennessee, contact our skilled attorneys at Michael D. Ponce & Associates to discuss your legal options. You may have grounds to file a personal injury lawsuit against the person found at-fault in the accident, in order to pursue financial compensation for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other accident-related damages.

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Bulldozer Operator Killed in Tragic Tennessee Job Site Accident

by mdp | July 25th, 2013

wrongful death1A construction worker’s body has been recovered after the bulldozer operated by the West Tennessee man toppled backward off a cliff at a job site and plunged into 25 feet of murky water earlier this month. The fatal work accident took place on July 10, and resulted in the death of 64-year-old Joe D. Trevathan, an experienced bulldozer operator who Obion County Sheriff Jerry Vastbinder says was employed by Ford Construction Company for 28 years prior to his tragic workplace death. If you have been injured in a TN workplace accident, or if you lost a loved one in a fatal accident, consult our workers’ compensation attorneys at Michael D. Ponce & Associates for legal help. With our legal team on your side, you can protect your legal rights and pursue financial compensation for your losses.

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TN Man Files Lawsuit Over Injuries Sustained in Crane Collapse Accident

by mdp | July 24th, 2013

personal injuryA Tennessee man filed a personal injury lawsuit against a Mt. Juliet contractor last week, after a crane collapsed and fell on his car in May. The complaint was brought by Carroll Lee Williams against Mountain States Contractors, which has a contract with the Tennessee Department of Transportation t o build a new bridge on Highway 109 over the Cumberland River. According to the lawsuit, which was filed in Sumner County Circuit Court in Gallatin, on May 21, a crane owned and operated by Mountain States collapsed and fell on Williams’ car as he was traveling south on Highway 109, causing him to suffer serious physical and emotional injuries. If you have been seriously injured in a construction accident or another type of accident in Tennessee, contact our knowledgeable attorneys at Michael D. Ponce & Associates to explore your possible compensation options.

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Lawsuit Filed Against TN Health Club Over Legionnaires’ Disease

by mdp | July 22nd, 2013

Emergency1A Tennessee man has filed a $2 million lawsuit against a Memphis fitness center linked to cases of Legionnaires’ disease. The negligence complaint was filed in Shelby County Circuit Court on behalf of 44-year-old Jerome Walsh, who was hospitalized from June 11 to 14 after falling ill and being diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease. The lawsuit alleges that the 24-Hour Fitness USA health club in east Memphis, Tennessee allowed the bacterial infection to grow, infecting Walsh and at least two others who reportedly contracted the disease sometime between May 21 and June 21. If you have been diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease or another serious medical condition allegedly caused by the negligence of another person or party in Tennessee, consult our qualified lawyers at Michael D. Ponce & Associates for legal help.

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Police Take Steps to Reduce Risk of TN Car Accident Injuries, Fatalities

by mdp | July 19th, 2013

Car AccidentParsons Police Chief Dale King recently conducted an important study of local wrecks in an effort to curb the rate of deadly car accidents in the small Tennessee town. The two-year long study indicated that Tennessee drivers were at the greatest risk of being involved in a wreck between 10 a.m. and 12 noon, and 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays. In response to these findings, King set up officers where collisions were most likely to occur during those times so that motorists would see the patrol cars and instinctively slow down, possibly preventing a car accident. If you have suffered car accident injuries in Tennessee because of the negligence of another person, contact our personal injury attorneys at Michael D. Ponce & Associates to discuss your legal options. You may have grounds to file a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault person, in order to seek fair and timely reimbursement for your injuries and medical bills.

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TN Officials Join Forces to Educate Employers on New Workers’ Comp Reform Bill

by mdp | July 17th, 2013

Work injury2The Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development has announced a series of seminars across the state to help educate employers on the Workers’ Compensation Reform Act of 2013. The Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Workers’ Compensation division will team up with the TN Chamber of Commerce to deliver these seminars in an effort to inform employers throughout Tennessee about the impact of the bill, including steps that can be taken to avoid workplace injuries and ways to better handle on-the-job injuries if they do occur. If you have been seriously injured in a work accident in Tennessee, and you believe you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits, contact our reputable attorneys at Michael D. Ponce & Associates to discuss your legal options. With our qualified lawyers on your side, you can protect your legal rights and pursue the compensation you deserve for your injuries and medical bills.

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Couple Files Suit Against TN Company for Toddler’s E. Coli Death

by mdp | July 15th, 2013

Wrongful DeathA North Carolina couple has filed a complaint against the Cleveland County Fairground and Circle G. Ranch, a Tennessee company that hosted a petting zoo during the fair, for the wrongful death of their two-year-old son. According to the complaint, Hunter “Gage” LeFevers died on October 12, 2012, after allegedly contracting an E. coli bacterial infection, along with 106 other people, while attending the annual Cleveland County Fair. Several children were hospitalized in the aftermath of the E. coli outbreak, but Gage was the only child reported to have died from the bacterial infection. If you believe you have been exposed to E. coli or another potentially deadly bacteria, because of the negligence of another person or party, contact our reputable attorneys at Michael D. Ponce & Associates to discuss your legal options. You may have grounds to file a claim against the allegedly negligent party, in order to pursue financial compensation for your losses.

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Government Study Analyzes Rise in Motorcycle Accident Injuries, Fatalities

by mdp | July 12th, 2013

Motorcycle AccidentThe Governor’s Highway Safety Association (GHSA) recently released a study highlighting the increase in motorcycle accident injuries and deaths in Tennessee and throughout the country. Based on preliminary data supplied by all 50 states and the District of Columbia, the rate of motorcycle accident fatalities in the United States likely increased about 9% from 2011 to 2012, marking the 14th year in the last 15 that the rate of motorcycle fatalities has increased. If you have been injured in a serious motorcycle accident in Tennessee, or if you lost a loved one in a fatal collision, contact our qualified lawyers at Michael D. Ponce & Associates to discuss your legal options. You may have grounds to file a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit against the allegedly negligent driver involved in the crash, in order to pursue financial compensation for your injuries, medical bills, and pain and suffering.

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Workplace Injury Rates Vary Widely by State, New Report Indicates

by mdp | July 11th, 2013

Work injuryAccording to a new nationwide workers’ compensation report compiled by Allsup, rates of serious work-related injury and illness vary considerably between states, even for workers in the same industries. The report, based on data obtained from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, highlights the most hazardous industries by location, based on the rates of work injuries that are serious enough to result in job restrictions or time off work. If you have suffered a serious on-the-job injury in Tennessee, contact our workers’ compensation attorneys at Michael D. Ponce & Associates today. You may be entitled to reimbursement for your medical bills and lost wages, which our lawyers can help you pursue.

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