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New Study Finds No Safety Benefits in Hands-Free Texting

by mdp | May 22nd, 2013

Car AccidentAccording to a new study conducted by the Texas Transportation Institute, it is no safer to send text messages using a voice-to-text app while driving than it is to sent text message manually. Wireless providers created hands-free texting apps to lessen the effects of manual texting behind the wheel, and drivers involved in the latest study reported feeling safer when using a voice-to-text app compared to texting manually. Unfortunately, mounting research suggests that hands-free texting is just as dangerous as texting manually while driving, slowing driver reaction time and increasing the risk of an accident. If you have sustained car accident injuries in Tennessee because of a distracted driver, consult our qualified lawyers at Michael D. Ponce & Associates today. You may have grounds to file a personal injury lawsuit against the allegedly negligent driver, in order to pursue financial compensation for your losses.

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National Dog Bite Prevention Week Shines Spotlight on TN Dog Attacks

by mdp | May 20th, 2013

Dog Bite AccidentNational Dog Bite Prevention Week is May 19-25, and the latest data on Tennessee dog bite accidents puts the state 19th on the list of U.S. states with the most dog bite claims. According to data compiled by State Farm Insurance, the number of dog bites in the state of Tennessee actually dropped from 78 in 2011 to 66 in 2012. Despite these decrease, dog bites remain a major cause of serious injury and death in TN and throughout the United States. If you have been injured in a dog bite accident in Tennessee, or if you lost a loved one in a fatal attack, consult our reputable attorneys at Michael D. Ponce & Associates today. Our legal team has years of experience protecting the rights of TN dog bite victims and their families, and will work diligently to help you pursue the financial compensation you deserve for your losses.

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Tennessee Legislators Push to Lower State DUI Level to 0.05%

by mdp | May 17th, 2013

Drinking and Driving1State Rep. Jeremy Faison says he will sponsor legislation next year to reduce the legal standard for a presumption of drunk driving in Tennessee from the national standard of 0.08% to 0.05%, as recommended by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). The NTSB recommended this week that U.S. states lower the threshold for DUI to 0.05% – which is the standard already in place for more than 100 other countries worldwide – in order to reduce the incidence of drunk driving accidents, injuries and fatalities throughout the United States. If you have been injured in a TN drunk driving accident, or if you lost a loved one in a fatal DUI crash, contact our qualified attorneys at Michael D. Ponce & Associates today. You may have grounds to file a personal injury or wrongful death suit against the allegedly negligent driver, in order to seek fair and timely reimbursement for your losses.

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Advocacy Groups and Loved Ones Remember Victims of Fatal TN Work Injuries

by mdp | May 15th, 2013

Work injury2In honor of national Workers’ Memorial Day, family and friends gathered at the City-County Building in Knoxville last month to remember loved ones who were killed in work-related accidents throughout Tennessee. More than 160 Tennessee workers lost their lives in fatal on-the-job accidents in 2011 and 2012, according to data compiled by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Workers’ Compensation Division of the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development. If you were injured in a workplace accident in Tennessee, or if you lost a loved one to a fatal work injury, consult our reputable attorneys at Michael D. Ponce & Associates to discuss your legal options. You may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits for your losses, which our lawyers can help you pursue.

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Meningitis Outbreak Victim Files Suit Against Nashville Outpatient Center

by mdp | May 14th, 2013

An 86-year-old Nashville woman has filed a lawsuit against Saint Thomas Outpatient Neurosurgical Center and the Howell Allen Clinic over an illness she claims was caused by two injections of a tainted spinal steroid she received at the outpatient center. In a complaint filed earlier this month in Davidson County Circuit Court, Virginia Neely said she was referred to the outpatient center by Dr. Everette Howell of Howell Allen – 50% owner of the neurosurgical center where Neely received the contaminated steroid injections. Also named as defendants in Neely’s suit are Saint Thomas Hospital, Saint Thomas Health and Saint Thomas Network, the latter of which is also half-owner of the outpatient center. If you have been affected by the fungal meningitis outbreak in TN, and you believe a tainted steroid injection to be the cause, contact our attorneys at Michael D. Ponce & Associates today.

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Study Finds Distracted Driving Deaths are Underreported

by mdp | May 9th, 2013

Distracted DrivingAccording to a recent analysis of state and federal data by the National Safety Council, car accident deaths involving drivers that were on the phone at the time of the crash are significantly underreported. As a result of inaccurate reporting, the problem of distracted driving appears less serious than it actually is and hinders efforts to win passage of tougher laws, the council warns. If you have suffered injuries in a Tennessee car accident that you believe was caused by a distracted driver, contact our knowledgeable attorneys at Michael D. Ponce & Associates for legal help. You may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries and medical expenses, which you can pursue by filing a personal injury lawsuit against the allegedly negligent driver.

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TN Governor Signs Landmark Workers’ Compensation Bill

by mdp | May 8th, 2013

Work injuryTexas Governor Bill Haslam has just signed a measure that significantly changes the way the state handles workers’ compensation claims. The legislation, known as the Workers’ Comp Reform Act of 2013, is designed to lower workers’ comp rates across Tennessee, but those opposed to the bill fear that these changes will actually be a detriment to injured workers throughout the state. If you have suffered injuries on the job in Tennessee, contact our TN workers’ compensation attorneys at Michael D. Ponce & Associates today. The recently approved workers’ comp reform in Tennessee could mean big changes for injured workers in the state. With our lawyers on your side, you can protect your legal rights and pursue the workers’ compensation benefits you deserve for your injuries.

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Mounting Research Highlights Dangers of Drowsy Driving

by mdp | May 6th, 2013

Drowsy DrivingDrowsy driving is a major problem in the United States, and significant research devoted to this issue has indicated that the problem is only getting worse. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are about 100,000 police-reported accidents directly caused by driver fatigue in the United States, resulting in more than 70,000 injuries and more than $12 billion in losses. If you have suffered injuries in a Tennessee motor vehicle accident that you believe was caused by a drowsy driver, contact our knowledgeable attorneys at Michael D. Ponce & Associates for legal help. Our legal team has extensive experience protecting the rights of car accident victims throughout the state, and will work to help you pursue the compensation you deserve for your injuries.

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Tennessee Supreme Court Upholds Workers’ Comp Award for Injured Nurse

by mdp | May 3rd, 2013

workerscompThe Tennessee Supreme Court on April 24, upheld a trial court decision to award workers’ compensation benefits to a TN nurse who suffered injuries when she fell at the health-care facility where she was working. Despite the fact that the injured nurse’s employer contested the classification of the employee’s fall as a work-related injury, the Supreme Court ultimately decided that her injury occurred in the course of her employment, thereby making her eligible for benefits under TN workers’ compensation laws. If you have been injured on the job in Nashville, or elsewhere in Tennessee, consult our TN workers’ compensation attorneys at Michael D. Ponce & Associates to discuss your legal options. You may be entitled to medical or disability benefits for your injuries, which our lawyers can help you pursue.

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93-Year-Old Tennessee Man Killed, Passenger Injured in Tragic Car Accident

by mdp | May 1st, 2013

A Tennessee man involved in a serious accident on East Lamar Alexander Parkway on April 30, has died from his injuries, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol. The accident victim’s wife was also injured in the deadly collision, and her condition remains unknown. If you have been injured in a serious Tennessee car accident, or if you lost a loved one in a fatal collision, contact our knowledgeable lawyers at Michael D. Ponce & Associates today. Our legal team has years of experience protecting the rights of car accident victims throughout Tennessee. With our qualified attorneys on your side, you can protect your legal rights and pursue the financial compensation you deserve for your injuries, medical expenses, and pain and suffering.

 

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