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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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?
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.
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:
- Temporary disability benefits
- Permanent disability benefits
- Death Benefits
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.
August 21st, 2015|
Airbags are a vital piece of automotive safety equipment, and they are credited with saving thousands of lives every year. However, it was recently announced that a malfunction in airbag operating systems installed in 2008 Honda Accords can prevent the units from activating during an accident.
The Nashville defective product lawyers at Ponce Law explain the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) launched an investigation after receiving 19 complaints that airbags failed to engage. Investigators determined that the computer that controls the vehicles’ airbags was malfunctioning, prompting the airbag warning light on the dash to light up and preventing the airbags from activating until repairs were made.
The NHTSA is saying the Honda airbag failures could affect as many as 384,000 vehicles in the United States. The issue is already responsible for at least one accident. An article from The New York Times explained how a Florida man was seriously injured after the airbags in his vehicle failed to inflate upon impact.
It’s important that the NHTSA be made aware of Honda airbag failures. If the airbag warning light comes on in your vehicle, get the problem fixed as soon as possible and report the issue to the NHTSA.
August 10th, 2015|
Schools are back in session across Middle Tennessee, and many area children are walking along public roads. The Nashville pedestrian accident lawyers at Ponce Law say this leads to an increase in collisions between children and motor vehicles and has prompted local medical professionals to call for increased awareness of pedestrian safety risks.
The medical staff at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt has reported treating at least 31 children struck by a car or a truck last summer. According to the Brentwood Home Page, they say that a child running into the street without paying attention is often the cause, but add you can take these steps to help reduce the chances of accidents.
- Prohibit young children from crossing streets alone– Only children age 10 or older should be allowed to cross streets—but even older children should follow several rules when considering crossing streets.
- Look both ways– Before ever crossing a road, be sure to look in both directions to ensure there is no oncoming traffic.
- Be Visible– If walking near dusk or dawn, be sure to carry a flashlight or wear light colored clothing so that motorists can more easily see you.
July 27th, 2015|
Officials estimate that by 2035, Nashville will have as many as 2.6 million residents. This would make the city larger than Denver, Colorado, is today.
With so many people expected to flock to the region, it’s no surprise that the construction industry is booming in Nashville. Unfortunately, many construction companies do not provide workers with fair wages and worksites can be dangerous. The Nashville employment lawyers at Ponce Law explain these issues can lead to disputes between workers and employers.
In fact, a group of eight Tennessee construction workers recently went on strike to bring attention to the low wages they receive and the risks they face. WKRN News issued a press release from the group that highlighted specific instances where their employer had mistreated the striking workers.
The owners of the construction companies in question have denied any wrongdoing, and the workers say they will stay on strike as long as it takes to see a change.