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Nashville Officials Aim to Reduce Pedestrian Accidents

by Staff Blogger | July 22nd, 2015

Music City is one of the top tourist destinations in Tennessee. And with so many people concentrated in the city’s tourist destinations—such as Broadway, Five Points, and 12 South—it’s important for the city to focus on pedestrian safety. The Nashville pedestrian accident lawyers explain the city is looking at how they can modify traffic patterns along some of the busiest roads in the city.

Jenna Smith, a spokesperson of the Department of Public Works, explains in the Nashville Post that officials are considering several options to offer pedestrians more safety. One is to widen sidewalks along Broadway without conducting physical construction in the area. Installing temporary fencing along the edges of the roadway would be used to complete the project.

Experts say the plan would not only provide pedestrians with a larger area to walk, but would also provide a barrier of sorts between those walking and drivers. Officials expect a final plan for the project to be reached soon.

Protecting pedestrian safety is vital in a city that depends on tourism to thrive. That’s why our Nashville personal injury lawyers would like to encourage the city to keep focusing on ways to reduce accidents on our streets.

Nashville Dog Bite Lawyers Discuss Disputes Stemming From Canine Attacks

by Staff Blogger | May 6th, 2015

Tennessee dog bite laws create strict liability for canine owners whose animals attack people. However, the Nashville dog bite lawyers at Ponce Law explain that complications can arise if the dog owner disputes the facts surrounding the attack.

Recently, a 4-year-old boy from Nunnelly, Tennessee, suffered serious dog bite injuries after being allegedly attacked by a neighbor’s canine. The family of the boy wants the owner to take responsibility for the animal by keeping it confined or restrained, but he claims his pet wasn’t involved in the attack.

Reports from WSMV 4 News say the attack happened on April 1, as the victim and his father were picking up a friend at a home on Beckham Lane. The friend stated the dog was unrestrained on the porch of the home when it suddenly lunged forward and bit the young victim on the face. As a result of the attack, the boy suffered lacerations to his face, nose, and mouth, along with a broken tooth.

Despite the injuries and witnesses to the attack, the owner of the animal in question denies his dog’s responsibility, saying the bite wounds must have come from another stray dog wandering the neighborhood.

Dog bite disputes like this can be difficult to work out. That’s why Ponce Law would like to offer you some tips about what steps to take when a dog bites.

Lawmakers Hope New Rules Will Reduce Accidents on “The Dragon”

by Staff Blogger | April 15th, 2015

“The Dragon’s Tail” is an 11.2-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 129 that runs along the Tennessee border. The road is popular with motorcyclists due to the 318 curves packed into the short stretch, but the highway is also used as a shortcut by some commercial tractor-trailers moving loads over the mountains.

Unfortunately, the roadway has become notorious for accidents both types of vehicles. In fact, a report from Tennessee Department of Transportation shows “The Dragon” has been the site of at least 204 accidents from 2010-12. Because of the road’s location, accidents can take hours to clear, causing major traffic delays.

To help prevent factors that cause Tennessee truck accidents and motorcycle crashes along “The Dragon”, several new laws were implemented. The regulations include lower speed limits, as well as reduced length and weight limits for commercial big rigs.

According to The Daily Times, speed limits along stretches of the road have been dropped to as low as 40 miles per hour. Also, trucks hauling trailers longer than 30 feet are no longer allowed on the highway.

Keeping our roads and highways safe is an important mission of the Nashville personal injury attorneys at Ponce Law, and we applaud the state for making safety improvements to one of our most dangerous roadways.

Charity of the Month: HomeSafe

by Staff Blogger | March 4th, 2015

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation estimates that, each year, tens of thousands of men, women, and children living in our state become victims of domestic violence and abuse. In fact, a total of 275 Tennesseans lost their lives as a result of domestic violence between 2010-12.

To help victims of domestic abuse, the Nashville personal injury attorneys with Ponce Law are sponsoring a local organization that can provide shelter and resources to victims of domestic violence in Middle Tennessee.

HomeSafe was created in 1983 to offer assistance to survivors of domestic violence and abuse regardless of their race, gender, age, religion, or ethnicity. Since that time, the organization has helped more than 39,000 individuals find freedom and security from their abusers.

This non-profit organization depends on public donations to continue operating. The attorneys at Ponce Law explain how you can help this wonderful organization meet their financial needs by participating in our firm’s “Charity of the Month” program.

All you have to do is go to our Facebook page and hit the “Like” button. For each new and unique “Like” we get during the month of March, we will donate $1 to HomeSafe.

We believe in giving back to the community we serve at Ponce Law, and we hope you will join us in supporting an organization that is vital to many members of our community.

Tennessee Premises Liability Issue Arises After Hotel Guests Sickened by Swimming Pool

by Staff Blogger | January 23rd, 2015

Property owners are held accountable for protecting the health and safety of guests. Too often though, property owners failure to perform maintenance results in individuals being seriously harmed.

Such a Tennessee premises liability issue has come to light after guests of a local Middle Tennessee hotel became ill after swimming in the facility’s pool. Reports indicate there are approximately one dozen victims.

According to an article from ABC 2 News, two groups of children were staying at the Mt. Juliet hotel as part of a birthday celebration. Both groups swam in the pool and the next day, those who entered the body of water began to notice red bumps developing on their skin.

The bumps quickly became painful and filled with fluid, prompting some victims to seek medical treatment. Doctors diagnosed the condition as folliculitis—a bacterial skin infection. The bacteria are prone to be present in swimming pools that are not properly maintained.

The hotel responded to the allegations by saying they had passed all recent safety inspections and denied any wrongdoing in the incident.

When such a Tennessee premises liability dispute arises, the Nashville personal injury attorneys from Ponce Law are here to help. We can be reached at 615-244-4321 anytime—day or night.

Proposed LSV Regulations Aim to Help Prevent Nashville Car Accidents

by Staff Blogger | January 2nd, 2015

Let’s face it, getting around downtown Nashville isn’t always the easiest thing to do. Between traffic congestion and the bustle of pedestrians making their way across the streets, avoiding Nashville car accidents can be a feat. The task has become even more complicated by the emergence of a new type of vehicle on downtown roads—the low speed vehicle (LSV).

LSVs are often used to shuttle individuals short distances or provide tours of the downtown area. The problem is, these vehicles fit into a grey area of regulation—and liability.

The slow moving vehicles are small and travel along the side of the street, which can make them difficult to see and more prone to collisions. And in the event of a crash, the vehicles offer little protection to passengers.

These are just a few reasons why the city is proposing new regulations for these vehicles. According to WKRN 2 News, officials have suggested the following rules for operating LSVs:

  • Drivers must submit to a background check.
  • Vehicles must be inspected annually.
  • Annual license renewal.
  • Insurance limits of at least $20,000 of bodily injury coverage per person, $50,000 in coverage per accident, and $15,000 in property damage coverage.

At Ponce Law, we’ve seen the detrimental effects accidents can have on an individual’s life. That’s why our Nashville personal injury attorneys are hopeful to see regulations put in place that better protect those who choose to use LSVs as a means of transportation around Nashville.

Are Illegal Immigrants Entitled to Tennessee Workers’ Compensation Benefits?

by Staff Blogger | November 21st, 2014

Most employees in Tennessee have a right to file for workers’ compensation benefits if they’re injured on the job, but what about illegal immigrants? Do they have the same right to these benefits as legal workers? The Nashville workers’ compensation lawyers with Ponce Law explain a recent court decision says yes.

A recent report from HR.BLR.com states the Tennessee Court of Appeals has ruled illegal immigrants have the same right to file a workers’ compensation claim as any other worker.

There are four reasons for the decision. First, there’s an exception to the state’s at-will employment laws that prohibit employers from firing employees for filing workers’ compensation claims. Undocumented workers are also not excluded from the definition of “employee” outlined in state workers’ compensation laws and these individuals are allowed to file suits in other courts.

The court was also concerned that a ruling prohibiting illegal immigrants from filing workers’ compensation claims could lead to increasingly dangerous work environments.

So where should you begin if you’ve been injured on the job? Hiring an attorney is a great first step.

At Ponce Law, our Nashville personal injury attorneys have decades of experience helping injured workers and can do the same for you. Call us at 615-244-4321 to speak with our legal team.

Group Works to Protect Children From Dog Bite Injuries

by Staff Blogger | July 7th, 2014

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that each year, approximately 4.5 million Americans will suffer dog bite injuries. Children are the most common victims of dog attacks, accounting for more than half of all dog bite victims requiring medical attention.

Studies show that one hour of instruction on safe dog handling can reduce the chances of bites and injuries by as much as 80 percent. This is why one organization is working to teach children to avoid being Tennessee bog bite injury victims through instruction on proper dog-handling and safety techniques.

An article from WBBJ 7 News states the event took place on July 2 at the Jackson-Madison County Library.

The event was put on by the Tennessee Safety Spotters, an organization that uses deaf Dalmatians to teach children how to properly approach and interact with canines. Izzie, one of the group’s dogs, worked to help teach children the importance of asking permission before approaching a strange dog, along with how to safely pet canines under the chin and possibly on the body.

The group does approximately 10 presentations per month, so look out for the Safety Spotters in your area.

At Ponce Law, we know questions may come up after suffering a dog bite injury you are unable to answer. Our team of Nashville personal injury attorneys have helped dog bite injury victims in the past and may be able to help clarify the concerns you have. So call us today to discuss your potential rights to compensation.