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Metro police investigate fatal incident on I-40

by Ponce Law | December 10th, 2020

NASHVILLE, TN – Authorities are investigating after a driver was found dead on Interstate 40 near the exit ramp to Jefferson Street early Thursday morning, reports WKRN.

Officers responded to the scene shortly after 2:30 a.m. and closed the exit ramp to Jefferson Street.

Nashville Metro police say that two vehicles exited I-40 to Jefferson Street and pulled over after one driver noticed the other repeatedly drifting out of their lane. The first driver exited their vehicle to check on the second driver, and found him deceased at the wheel.

Metro police initially classified the death as a homicide and issued an alert. However, the death is now believed to have been caused by an earlier accident. News 2 reports that an appliance had fallen on the man Wednesday evening while he was moving it, causing a significant injury. The circumstances surrounding his death are still under investigation.

After clearing the scene, police opened the exit ramp to Jefferson Street at about 5:20 a.m.

This is a developing story. Should more information become available, we will update this blog.

When you have been injured or lost a loved one due to personal injury and need a legal advocate on your side, turn to the legal team at Ponce Law. Our Nashville personal injury attorneys help Tennessee car accident victims every day, and we want to put our knowledge and experience to work for you. To learn more about how we can get you the compensation you deserve, call us today at (844) 204-6765 or contact us online.

Crash alert: Passenger killed, driver arrested in Williamson County ATV accident

by Ponce Law | November 30th, 2020

WILLIAMSON COUNTY, TN – A young man was arrested and charged following a deadly crash involving an ATV in Williamson County last week, according to WKRN.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol said the accident happened in the 8000 block of Shoals Branch Road at about 5:15 a.m. on Thursday.

Investigators determined that 19-year-old Kameron Harris-Lusk was driving an ATV when he drove off the road and crashed into two trees. One of the two passengers in the vehicle was killed. The victim was identified as 21-year-old Elijah Sullivan of Fairview. The other passenger was not hurt.

According to the THP’s accident report, Harris-Lutz, a Primm Springs resident, was drinking alcohol before the crash.  He was charged with vehicular homicide and reckless endangerment.

WKRN reported that Harris-Lutz was a walk-on with the University of Tennessee at Martin football team in 2019.

If you were hurt or if you lost someone you love in an accident involving an ATV, contact Ponce Law right away for help. Our Nashville motor vehicle accident lawyers have more than 25 years of experience helping people get the justice and fair compensation they deserve when someone else’s negligence causes them harm. Call us at (844) 204-6765 or reach out to us online. We’re available 24/7 to take your call.

Crash Alert: Two killed, seven injured in Meigs County school bus crash

by Ponce Law | October 28th, 2020

MEIGS COUNTY, TN – A bus driver and a 7-year-old girl were killed in a school bus accident last night that injured seven other children and shut down Highway 58 for several hours as emergency responders scrambled to save them.

According to Fox 17, the accident occurred on Highway 58 just north of Lamontville Road, shortly before 4 p.m. The driver of a northbound utility truck lost control of the vehicle, skidded off the roadway, and then overcorrected, sending the truck into the path of the southbound school bus and striking it head-on.

A 7-year-old girl was killed in the crash, as was the woman driving the bus. Neither has been publicly identified.

Seven of the 22 students on Bus #12-1 at the time of the crash were taken to Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga, five via helicopter. Their conditions are not known at this time, although at least one was listed as critically injured upon intake.

The driver of the service truck received minor injuries.

The affected portion of Highway 58 was closed for seven hours as emergency responders worked the crash.

We will update this blog with additional details as they become public.

Contact a School Bus Accident Attorney in Nashville

If your child has been injured or worse in a school bus accident, we’d like to talk to you as soon as possible. At Ponce Law, our compassionate Nashville bus accident attorneys are committed to helping families who’ve been hurt because of another party’s reckless behavior. We understand how difficult the aftermath of an accident can be, and we want to help you get the financial compensation that can alleviate this burden. Schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with us today, by calling (844) 888-0576 or filling out our contact form.

Actos® Bladder Cancer Settlement Moves Forward

by Staff Blogger | October 9th, 2015

In May, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, Inc., the maker of Actos®, offered to settle thousands of bladder cancer lawsuits for $2.4 billion. Here’s a link to a previous post we made in May about the settlement.

When the offer was made earlier this year, victims still needed to agree to the terms of the settlement before it could be finalized. Now, a majority of plaintiffs have signed on to participate in the settlement.

Last month, Takeda issued a press release that states 96 percent of claimants agreed to the terms of the settlement. Once it’s determined that 97 percent of those individuals meet the criteria to participate, the deal will move one step closer to becoming final.

Once the settlement is official, the company says they will have laid seven of the nine Actos bladder cancer lawsuits they are facing to rest.

Takeda states the settlement will have no effect on the company’s support and distribution of Actos.

At Ponce Law, our Nashville Actos bladder cancer lawyers recognize the struggles many individuals have faced in the wake of using the drug to battle another serious disease. That’s why we’re hopeful this settlement can bring peace and closure to those who were harmed by the drug.

Poor Road Design Responsible for Nashville Car Accidents Along I-40

by Staff Blogger | October 5th, 2015

For months, the legal staff at Ponce Law has been following the story of how poor engineering and design of a stretch of I-40 near Mt. Juliet has been responsible for dozens of motor vehicle collisions in the area. Just take a look at one of our previous posts on the subject.

Now, there’s data to support the suspicions that many Middle Tennesseans have about this stretch of road. According to The Tennessean, the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) has analyzed data and determined that the team that designed the stretch of road failed to adequately consider storm water runoff. Furthermore, TDOT says the road isn’t designed to handle the runoff it receives.

When a storm occurs, water can pool along the stretch of highway between Mt. Juliet Road and State Route 109. So far, the pooling water on I-40 has been responsible for at least 30 Mt. Juliet car accidents.

The findings were given to the company responsible for a recent road widening project that led to the issues, and the company stated they will be cooperative in addressing the problems.

At Ponce Law, we know just how dangerous a poor road design can be to motorists. That’s why our Nashville car accident lawyers applaud the efforts being made to correct this particular stretch of road and hope changes to the road’s design can be made soon.

Common Types of Nursing Home Neglect: Medication Errors

by Staff Blogger | September 14th, 2015

There are many ways an elderly patient’s health and safety can be compromised by caregivers, but some of the most common mistakes are medication errors. The Nashville nursing home abuse lawyers at Ponce Law explain this can occur when a patient is given too much or too little of a drug, or when the wrong medication is administered.

Such negligence led to criminal charges against a Franklin County caregiver after she failed to administer a powerful narcotic painkiller to a patient. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation began looking into the incident on June 26 after receiving complaints of the mistake.

According to WKRN 2 News, the caregiver misplaced the patient’s prescription hydrocodone pills. In order to cover up the mistake, the caregiver then administered the patient another medication as a replacement.

The discovery of the mistake led to the caregiver being charged with neglect, felony delivery of a Schedule III narcotic, and casual exchange.

The incident highlights the importance of patients and their families knowing nursing home resident’s rights.

At Ponce Law, we’re here to answer any questions you may have about nursing home abuse or neglect in Tennessee. We can be reached anytime—day or night—by calling (800) 363-9113.

Discrimination Leads to Nashville Wrongful Termination Lawsuit

by Staff Blogger | September 9th, 2015

Tennessee state law protects employees from discrimination based on factors such as sex, religion, gender, and race. That’s why one worker from Lebanon, Tennessee, filed a lawsuit against his former employer, claiming he faced workplace discrimination and wrongful termination because of his sexual preference.

The victim, who identifies as homosexual, was an on-site staffing coordinator for Abacus Corporation, a Lebanon-based staffing firm. The man says that he fired an employee for making discriminatory remarks and walking off of the job. He was then terminated from his position the next day.

The victim asked for a reason for his firing, but a termination letter explaining the company’s actions was never issued. This prompted the victim to file a lawsuit against his former employer on September 4.

According to an article from WKRN 2 News, the lawsuit is seeking $400,000 in damages for lost wages and benefits. The victim is also seeking an unspecified amount for damages including emotional distress, loss of quality of life, embarrassment, and humiliation.

The victim’s former employer has denied the allegations and says it will defend its position in court.

At Ponce Law, we know how difficult it can be to recover from being let go of a job. Our Nashville wrongful termination lawyers are hopeful that a resolution in this case brings a sense of closure to all parties involved.

Local Law Enforcement Agencies Recognized for Efforts in Promoting Highway Safety

by Staff Blogger | August 26th, 2015

Law enforcement agencies across Tennessee work hard every day to keep our roads safe. That’s why the Nashville car accident lawyers at Ponce Law are excited to see different law enforcement groups from around the state rewarded for their efforts.

According to WATE 6 News, the Governor’s Highway Safety Office and the Department of Transportation recently recognized several law enforcement agencies as winners of the 11th Annual Law Enforcement Challenge. As part of the contest, agencies are judged on their efforts to educate the public about the dangers of speeding, driving while impaired, and vehicle safety. The Metro Nashville Police Department was the winner in the category with agencies that have than 1,000 officers. The Nashville District of the Tennessee Highway Patrol also took third place in their category. Winning agencies are said to combine training, education, and enforcement to make our state’s roads safer places to travel.

Agencies that qualified for consideration in the contest were also eligible to win fully equipped police vehicles for their jurisdiction. The winners were Madison and Hickman counties, along with the Sewanee Police Department.

While the team at Ponce Law would like to congratulate all participants and winners in this year’s challenge, we know that not all crashes can be prevented. That’s why motorists should be familiar with what to do after an auto accident. We hope this information helps keep you and your loved ones safe on the road!

NHTSA Conducting Investigation Into Jeep Grand Cherokee Roll-Away Accidents

by Staff Blogger | August 25th, 2015

There can be countless factors that play a role in a car crash, but one of the most dangerous is defective car parts. A problem with a piece of equipment on your vehicle can quickly lead to a deadly crash and all too often, these problems aren’t discovered until it’s too late.

The Nashville car accident attorneys at Ponce Law point out that faulty car parts could be to blame for a number of crashes involving Jeep Grand Cherokees. Reports indicate the Jeeps have rolled away after the vehicles were parked, causing a number of collisions and injuries.

According to Reuters, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has stated it will launch an investigation into the safety of the Jeep Grand Cherokee after receiving 14 reports of Jeeps rolling away. Those incidents resulted in five crashes that left three people with injuries.

The NHTSA said the vehicles are equipped with a new type of gear-changing system that could possibly be to blame for the problem. If this is the cause of the vehicles rolling away, it could result in more than 408,000 vehicles being recalled.

At Ponce Law, we understand the dangers faulty car parts can pose to all those who are in and around the affected vehicle and we’re hopeful the investigation being conducted into the safety of the Jeep Grand Cherokee can improve highway safety for all.

What Do Tennessee Workers’ Compensation Benefits Cover?

by Staff Blogger | August 24th, 2015

When a Tennessee worker is injured while working, he or she is typically eligible for worker’s compensation benefits. But what types of expenses are covered?

The Nashville workers’ compensation lawyers at Ponce Law explain that in The Volunteer State, an injured worker should receive coverage for at least two types of damages.

Medical Benefits

Workers covered under Tennessee workers’ compensation should have all medical expenses covered under their employer’s insurance. According to the Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development, these benefits must be ordered by an authorized treating physician and can include the costs of surgery, medicines, medical supplies, nursing or psychological services, hospitalization, and even dental work.

Lost Wages

Those who have suffered on-the-job injuries are also often qualified to receive wage replacement benefits. There are three types of benefits an injured worker can receive:

Determining Your Best Options

Many factors come into play when determining the amount of benefits an injured worker should receive. At Ponce Law, we suggest speaking with a qualified attorney to help make sure you’re getting the benefits you deserve if you’re considering applying for workers’ compensation or have a claim that was denied in the past.