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$200,000 Settlement Reached in Suit Over 3-Year-Old’s AutoZone Parking Lot Death

by mdp | July 10th, 2013

wrongful death1A New Mexico man recently agreed to a $200,000 cash settlement with Memphis, Tennessee-based AutoZone, following the death of his three-year-old daughter in the auto parts retailer’s parking lot. In February 2011, Daniel Bejarano’s youngest daughter, Jazzmynn, died after being crushed between the exterior wall of an AutoZone store and her father’s pickup truck in the store’s parking lot. Both Bejarano and local police reported that the girl was killed when her father’s pickup truck rolled forward and crushed her against the exterior wall of the store, in a section of the parking lot where there are no parking blocks or posts installed. If you have lost a loved one in an accident that you believe was caused by the negligence of another person or party in Tennessee, contact our wrongful death attorneys at Michael D. Ponce & Associates to discuss your legal options.

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Two-Vehicle Accident Kills 61-Year-Old Tennessee Man

by mdp | July 5th, 2013

Emergency1A 61-year-old man from RoEllen, Tennessee, was killed in a fatal accident that took place last week, when another driver ran a stop sign and struck his pickup truck. According to Dyersburg Police Asst. Chief Steve Isbell, dispatch received a call involving a two-vehicle accident at 2:42 p.m. on July 1, in the area of Elmo Ozment Drive in Dyersburg, Tennessee. The 61-year-old accident victim, Gary Walker, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, and the other driver was transported to Dyersburg Regional Medical Center in unknown condition. If you have suffered serious car accident injuries in Tennessee, or if you lost a loved one in a fatal collision, contact our attorneys at Michael D. Ponce & Associates to discuss your legal options. You may be entitled to reimbursement for your losses, which you can pursue by filing a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit against the at-fault driver.

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Children and Senior Citizens at Higher Risk for TN Pedestrian Accidents

by mdp | July 3rd, 2013

Pedestrian AccidentEvery year, thousands of pedestrians are killed in U.S. car accidents, and statistics show that children and senior citizens represent the demographics most likely to be killed in pedestrian accidents in the United States. While considerable attention is paid to the risks of Tennessee car accidents for vehicle occupants, equal focus should be directed towards the risk of injury and death to pedestrians resulting from motor vehicle accidents in Tennessee and throughout the United States. If you have been injured in a TN pedestrian accident, 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 suit against the person or party found at-fault in the accident, in order to pursue financial compensation for your losses.

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Injuries, Deaths from Fireworks Expected to Increase Around 4th of July

by mdp | July 1st, 2013

Fireworks Injuries1The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) released its annual report last month highlighting the serious injuries and deaths involving fireworks that took place in 2012, and the agency expects fireworks-related problems to spike during the weeks surrounding the upcoming 4th of July holiday. The CPSC compiles the yearly report to warn consumers about the dangers of fireworks, to help enforce safety precautions and to raise awareness about the serious risk of problems that can occur when consumers fail to adhere to fireworks safety warnings. If you have suffered injuries in a fireworks-related accident or another type of accident in Tennessee that you believe was caused by another person’s negligence, contact our qualified attorneys at Michael D. Ponce & Associates to discuss your legal options.

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Hidden Fungal Infections Caused by Contaminated Steroid Injection Spotted on MRI

by mdp | June 28th, 2013

According to medical professionals in Michigan, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) may be used to spot fungal infections caused by the tainted steroid injections that led to last year’s deadly meningitis outbreak. The researchers published their findings in the Journal of the American Medical Association on June 19, as a result of tests that were conducted to help deal with the fungal meningitis outbreak that has killed nearly 60 people and sickened more than 700 more nationwide. The study authors from St. Joseph Mercy Hospital say that the technique could be used to detect fungal infections in patients before they exhibit any symptoms, and in patients who remain asymptomatic for a long period of time after receiving the injections. If you received a steroid injection in Tennessee and you believe you may have been exposed to fungal meningitis or another serious illness, contact our reputable attorneys at Michael D. Ponce & Associates for legal help.

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Prevent Deadly Swimming Pool Accidents During the Summer Months

by mdp | June 26th, 2013

Swimming pool accidentSummer is in full swing, and adults and children throughout Tennessee will be taking advantage of private and community swimming pools for a break from the heat and humidity. Unfortunately, not everyone who will get in a pool this summer will be an expert swimmer, and swimming pool users are being advised to use extra care around the water this summer, particularly when in the company of young children, in order to prevent deadly swimming pool accidents. If you or a loved one has been injured in a Tennessee swimming pool accident that you believe was caused by the negligence of the pool owner, contact our qualified attorneys at Michael D. Ponce & Associates to discuss your legal options. You may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries and medical bills, which you can pursue by filing a personal injury lawsuit against the person or party found at-fault in the accident.

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13 Injured in Multiple-Vehicle Accident in Middle Tennessee

by mdp | June 24th, 2013

Car AccidentAccording to authorities in Tennessee, 13 people suffered injuries in a three-car collision on Highway 96 in Williamson County. The devastating accident took place late last month, when a minivan carrying 11 people, including several teenagers and young children, struck a vehicle and then crashed head-on into a Chevrolet Camaro. The head-on collision injured all 11 occupants in the minivan and two passengers in the Camaro. If you have suffered car accident injuries in Nashville, or elsewhere in Tennessee, and you believe another person or party to be at fault, contact our reputable attorneys at Michael D. Ponce & Associates to discuss your legal options. You may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries and medical expenses, which our lawyers can help you pursue.

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Worker Killed in Nissan Plant Accident in Tennessee

by mdp | June 21st, 2013

wrongful death1A technician at the Nissan plant in Smyrna, Tennessee, was killed last weekend, marking the second fatal accident to take place at the vehicle assembly plant in just two months. According to Nissan spokesperson Justin P. Saia, 43-year-old Michael Hooper, a maintenance technician who had worked for Nissan for 21 years, was killed at about 1:30 a.m. on June 16, in the body assembly area of the plant, and authorities are now investigating the fatal work accident. If you have suffered on-the-job injuries in Tennessee, or if you lost a loved one in a fatal workplace accident, contact our reputable attorneys at Michael D. Ponce & Associates to explore your possible compensation options. Our lawyers have years of experience protecting the rights of injured workers throughout TN, and will work diligently to help you seek fair and timely compensation for your injuries.

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AAA Study Finds Hands-Free Technology a Dangerous Distraction

by mdp | June 19th, 2013

Distracted DrivingVoice-activated features on today’s cell phones may make it easier for drivers to text or talk on the phone while behind the wheel, but a new AAA study indicates that hands-free technology is more dangerous than previously thought. In fact, the research suggests that drivers who use hands-free features on their cell phones are two times more distracted than those who don’t, and voice-activated technology that translates speech into text is the most distracting of all. If you have been injured in a distracted driving car accident in Nashville, or elsewhere in Tennessee, consult our qualified lawyers at Michael D. Ponce & Associates today for legal help. Our law firm is located in Nashville, and our legal team has years of experience protecting the rights of car accident victims throughout the state of Tennessee.

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State Faulted in Teen’s 2010 Tennessee Car Accident Death

by mdp | June 17th, 2013

Emergency1The Tennessee Claims Commission recently placed some of the fault on the state in the tragic car accident that resulted in the death of 18-year-old Shipley Buckner in 2010. The three commissioners assigned 37.5% of the comparative fault to the state, while the driver of the vehicle involved in the collision was assigned 47.5% comparative fault, and Buckner herself was assigned 15% of comparative fault. Damages related to the deadly car accident were placed at $3.7 million, with $1.39 million (37.5%) attributed to the state, an amount that was reduced by 15%, or $208,523, for the comparative negligence of the claimant. Because the reduced amount of $1.18 million exceeds the statutory maximum of $300,000 per claimant, judgment awarded against the state was $300,000. If you have suffered car accident injuries in Tennessee, consult our knowledgeable lawyers at Michael D. Ponce & Associates to discuss your possible compensation options.

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