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Employees in Tennessee May Be Eligible for Compensation for Work Injury-Related Depression

by mdp | September 25th, 2012

emergencyAccording to a recent ruling handed down by the Tennessee Supreme Court Special Workers’ Compensation Appeals Panel, employers in Tennessee may be held responsible for an employee’s mental illness or depression related to a serious work injury and subsequent termination from employment. In other words, if you have suffered a major on-the-job injury that ultimately results in severe depression or another type of mental illness, you may be entitled to compensation for this additional harm. With the help of our experienced workers’ compensation attorneys at Michael D. Ponce & Associates, injured workers in Tennessee can ensure that they are fully informed of their rights following a workplace injury, and can pursue the medical or disability benefits they deserve for their work injuries.


Supreme Court Rules Against Emotional Distress Being Considered “Bodily Injury”

by mdp | September 17th, 2012

justive_gavel_thumbIn a unanimous decision, the Tennessee Supreme Court has ruled that auto insurance policies in Tennessee are not required to provide coverage for mental injuries or emotional distress when the insured party has suffered no physical harm. The Court clarified this component of insurance coverage in light of a 2006 accident in which an 18-year-old boy was struck and fatally injured by a car while riding his mini-bike near his Tennessee home. While the family’s insurance company compensated the family for the boy’s wrongful death, the carrier contended that the parents’ emotional distress did not constitute “bodily injury,” and would therefore not be covered under the policy. If you have lost a loved one in a Tennessee car accident, enlisting the help of a qualified wrongful death attorney in Tennessee is critical to receiving the compensation you are entitled to. Contact our knowledgeable wrongful death lawyers at Michael D. Ponce & Associates today for legal help.


TN Lawmakers Call For New Technology to Prevent Accidents Caused by Police Officers

by mdp | September 10th, 2012

crutches_thumbMayor A. C. Wharton of Memphis, Tennessee is planning to ask the City Council to fund new technology to be placed in police cars that could help prevent devastating Tennessee car accidents, like the one that left two people dead last month. The accident Wharton spoke of occurred at about 2:45 in the afternoon, when rookie police officer Alex Beard was responding to a call requesting backup for another officer. Delores Epps, 54, and Makayla Ross, 13, were in the back seat of their Ford Contour, driven by Makayla’s father, when Beard’s squad car struck the passenger side of the Contour, killing Epps and Makayla Ross on impact. Michael Ross and the unidentified victim in the passenger seat were hospitalized in critical condition, and Beard has been released from the hospital.


Tennessee Wrongful Death and Injuries Caused by Road Rage Incident

by mdp | September 4th, 2012

CarCrash11A 54-year-old Tennessee man was killed and three of his grandchildren sustained injuries recently when another driver forced their vehicle into a ditch, in what TN police are investigating as a road rage incident. According to authorities, the Tennessee man was driving his pickup truck around 6:45 a.m., when another driver ran his car off the road and then left the scene of the accident. The victim, who was reportedly not wearing a seat belt because of a medical condition, was thrown from the vehicle while his grandchildren, ages 7, 8 and 14, suffered non-life-threatening injuries. If you have sustained injuries in a Tennessee accident, or lost a loved one in such an accident, contact our experienced car accident attorneys at Michael D. Ponce & Associates to discuss your legal options. With the help of Michael D. Ponce and his team of qualified personal injury attorneys, you can ensure that your legal rights are protected and pursue the compensation you are entitled to.


Use Caution When Driving on Tennessee Roadways This Labor Day Weekend

by mdp | August 29th, 2012

The car accident attorneys at Michael D. Ponce & Associates are urging drivers to use extra caution when driving on Tennessee roadways this holiday weekend, as Labor Day falls into the period of time that is statistically considered to be the deadliest time of the year in Tennessee and across the United States. As more and more attention is brought to the deadly accidents that occur during certain times of the year in Tennessee and in other states, the car accident lawyers at Michael D. Ponce & Associates hope to help reduce the risk of car accidents, injuries and fatalities caused by negligence. If you have been injured in a car accident in Tennessee, or if you lost a loved one in such as accident, contact our experienced car accident attorneys at Michael D. Ponce & Associates to discuss your legal options. We understand how difficult it can be to pursue legal action in the aftermath of a devastating accident; our compassionate and resolute attorneys are standing by to help.



CDC Study Finds Paid Sick Leave Linked to Fewer Workplace Injuries

by mdp | August 20th, 2012

workerscompA new study has found that workers who are offered paid time off for illness are less likely to be injured on the job than workers who don’t get paid sick leave. More specifically, researchers found that employees in the United States with paid sick leave have a 28% lower risk of suffering a workplace injury than workers without the benefit. The workplace injury study was conducted by researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and was published in the American Journal of Public Health. If you have been injured in a workplace accident in Tennessee, contact our experienced workers’ compensation attorneys at Michael D. Ponce & Associates today. Our workers’ comp lawyers are familiar with TN laws governing benefits for on-the-job injuries, and have years of experience helping Tennessee workers pursue fair and timely compensation for their work injuries.


Tennessee Law Enforcement Focused on Reducing Traffic Accident Deaths

by mdp | August 14th, 2012

hwyaccidentLight has been shed recently on the high rate of traffic accident fatalities in Tennessee, as a recent CDC study reported that Memphis, Tennessee is one of the most dangerous cities for teen drivers. In response to the surge in fatal traffic accidents in Tennessee, the Department of Safety and Homeland Security commissioner has discussed with TN law enforcement officials ways to be more proactive in curbing car accident deaths. If you have lost a loved one in a fatal car accident in Tennessee, our car accident lawyers at Michael D. Ponce & Associates can help. Our team of qualified wrongful death attorneys, led by widely-recognized trial attorney Michael Ponce, can help you evaluate your legal options and work to pursue the compensation you deserve for the loss of your loved one.


Dog Bites Inflict Physical and Mental Trauma on Victims

by mdp | August 7th, 2012

dog_biteBeing attacked and bitten by a dog can be both physically and mentally traumatic for adults and children. In addition to the actual mental trauma associated with the attack, there are also devastating, life-long injuries in some cases, including disfigurement and permanent scarring. Because of the potential long-term effects of dog bite accidents, victims of this type of attack in Tennessee should be sure to seek immediate legal advice from our experienced Tennessee dog bite attorneys at Michael D. Ponce & Associates. Besides physical harm and mental distress, dog bite accidents can also result in costly medical bills and long-term care, which can sometimes inflict a crippling financial burden on a victim and his family. With the help of a qualified dog bite attorney in Nashville, victims of dog bite accidents can protect their legal rights and pursue the compensation they deserve.


How Your Facebook Status Could Adversely Affect Your Personal Injury Claim

by mdp | August 2nd, 2012

whiplashHave you ever called in sick to work and then informed your friends via Facebook that you were headed to the beach for the day? As the trend towards detailing every aspect of our lives on social media sites continues, employers, university administrators and even insurance companies and members of the legal community are using not-so-private status updates, photos and videos posted on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube against workers, students, and now individuals filing personal injury claims as well. Consider, for example, how damaging a video of you crowd surfing at a Lady Gaga concert could be for your personal injury case claiming whiplash injuries from a car accident. In light of this risk, the personal injury attorneys at Michael D. Ponce & Associates are urging clients to refrain from posting personal information on social networking sites, especially during a personal injury case.


New Study Finds Texting and Road Rage Common Among Commuters

by mdp | July 31st, 2012

accident2According to a recent survey, employees who commute to work each day are participating in two hazardous driving behaviors: road rage and texting while driving. The survey was conducted by Harris Interactive for CareerBuilder, and involved workers over the age of 18 who work full-time, are not self-employed, and have non-governmental jobs. Apparently, employees in the U.S. who commute to work are at risk of experiencing road rage and often practice texting while driving, both of which increase the chances of being involved in a serious car accident. If you have suffered injuries in a car accident in Nashville or elsewhere in Tennessee, contact our experienced car accident lawyers at Michael D. Ponce & Associates today.