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Nashville Swimming Pool Accident Lawyers Discuss Cryptosporidium

by Staff Blogger | August 14th, 2015

Most of us are aware of the safety risks associated with swimming, but we may not recognize unseen dangers in the water, such as parasites and bacteria.

The Nashville swimming pool accident lawyers at Ponce Law explain that one of the waterborne pathogens swimmers should be concerned about is a parasite called Cryptosporidium—otherwise known as Crypto. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that the number of diagnosed cases of Crypto contracted from swimming pools has increased by more than double since 2004.

Experts contend that pool maintenance regimens are to blame for the increase in the parasite. An article from Slate Magazine explains Crypto can live in chlorinated water for weeks. This is only compounded by the fact that one in eight swimming pools is in violation of public health ordinances.

Swimming pools can be outfitted with equipment that can sanitize the water, but the process can be extremely expensive.

So, what can you do to prevent Crypto infections? The answer is simple—don’t defecate in the water and don’t swim in potentially contaminated areas. Crypto is spread through fecal matter, so it’s vital that parents teach their children to exit the water anytime they need to use the restroom. Caution should also be taken when swimming in natural waterways and swimming holes.

The legal staff at Ponce Law recognizes the serious threat waterborne pathogens can pose to swimmers. Our Nashville personal injury lawyers hope these tips help keep you and your loved ones safe in the water this summer.

Hardeman County Sheriff Files Tennessee Wage Dispute Lawsuit

by Staff Blogger | August 12th, 2015

Tennesseans work hard for their money. And when an employee doesn’t receive the compensation they’re supposed to get, it can result in a Tennessee wage dispute.

This is precisely what happened recently in Hardeman County when the sheriff filed a lawsuit against the mayor and the county in response to salary cuts.

An article from The Washington Times explains that the suit was filed when the sheriff was made aware of the reductions in pay to a number of his department’s employees through the county’s 2015-2016 budget. He claims that two employees’ salaries were slashed by as much as $5,000 per year.

State law says a sheriff’s department employee’s salary cannot be cut without the approval of the sheriff. Furthermore, if a county official disagrees with the amount of compensation allocated to an employee, a lawsuit must be filed to settle the matter.

The Sheriff is hoping that the suit will result in his employees’ original salaries being reinstated.

Protecting employees’ rights is a top priority of the Nashville employment lawyers at Ponce Law. That’s why our legal staff is hopeful that a decision in this case will bring closure to the Hardeman County employees affected by budget changes.

The Governor’s Highway Safety Association Is Aiming to Reduce Motorcycle Accidents

by Staff Blogger | August 7th, 2015

Riding motorcycles can be a fun hobby, but there are risks associated with getting on a bike. According to the Governor’s Highway Safety Association (GHSA), there were a total of 4,584 motorcycle accident fatalities last year.

With so many motorcycle collisions in our state, the Nashville motorcycle accident lawyers at Ponce Law explain that the GHSA is looking for better ways to protect the safety of motorcyclists.

Kendell Poole, the chairman of the GHSA and the director of the Tennessee Office of Highway Safety, says state officials are working on a multifaceted approach to motorcycle safety. The agency is working to promote laws that protect motorcyclists, but more importantly, they are asking motorcyclists to do their part to prevent injuries.

According to Clutch and Chrome, the GHSA has issued a report calling for motorcyclists to not only wear helmets every time they ride, but to invest in bikes with anti-lock braking systems, ride below posted speed limits, and avoid drinking and driving.

Other measure bikers can take to stay safe include:

  • Taking a motorcycle safety training course
  • Avoiding riding when it’s raining, snowing, or in heavy winds
  • Ensuring they are visible to others on the road

The Nashville personal injury lawyers at Ponce Law point out that preventing motorcycle accidents isn’t just up to bikers. Anyone who operates a motor vehicle should remember to look twice before moving in traffic to ensure there isn’t an oncoming motorcyclist. We hope the efforts being made by the GHSA are successful in making Tennessee’s roadways safer!

 

Study Shows Decrease in Tennessee Seat Belt Use

by Staff Blogger | August 5th, 2015

You never know when a motor vehicle collision is going to occur, so it pays to be prepared. The Goodlettsville car accident attorneys at Ponce Law point out that one of the best ways to protect yourself from injury or death while driving is to wear your seat belt. However, recent data indicates that fewer Tennessee motorists are using this lifesaving piece of equipment than in previous years.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that seat belts have been shown to reduce crash-related injuries and deaths by around 50 percent. These numbers are why state law requires all motorists and passengers to buckle up. Yer despite state regulations requiring their use and a recent increase in the penalties for not using a seat belt, more and more Tennesseans are choosing not to buckle up.

WKRN 2 News says that a survey conducted by the University of Tennessee Center for Transportation Research and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found only 86.2 percent of motorists on our state’s roads were buckled up. That’s a 1.5 percent decrease from previous survey results.

At Ponce Law,  our Nashville personal injury lawyers would like to urge you to do your part to stay safe on the road by simply buckling up each and every time you get into a vehicle.

Girl Offers Safety Advice After Suffering a Dog Bite Injury

by Staff Blogger | July 31st, 2015

A 6-year-old girl from Columbia, Tennessee, is recovering from an attack by a neighbor’s dog last week. Now, she’s sharing a piece of advice for animal owners that our Nashville dog bite injury lawyers couldn’t agree with more.

The little girl’s story begins with a typical summer afternoon playing outside—until a neighbor’s unattended dog approached. The animal lunged and bit her, inflicting a foot and a half of lacerations across the girls face, head, and scalp.

The girl was rushed to a local hospital for treatment and is still recovering. Just days after the attack, the girl told reporters with WKRN 2 News that dog owners should keep their animals restrained at all times because they could hurt others like her.

The legal staff at Ponce Law believes this is a great piece of advice for dog owners. Tennessee law states that a dog must be controlled at all times by it’s owner when in public or on another person’s private property. A violation of these rules can result in criminal charges against animal owners if their pets injure another person while uncontrolled.

The Nashville personal injury lawyers at Ponce Law know that not all dog owners follow the rules. Read what steps to take when a dog bites to help protect your health—and your rights—in the event you’re bitten by a dog.

Ikea Warns That 27 Million Chests May Be Defective

by Staff Blogger | July 24th, 2015

The Nashville defective product lawyers at Ponce Law explain that two deaths and four injuries have been linked to a defective piece of furniture manufactured by Ikea.

According to WKRN 2 News, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has received 14 reports of Ikea’s Malm chest tipping over on top of consumers or their children. The company has stated they have also received reports in the past of three other fatalities linked to other furniture tipping over.  As many as 27 million chests may be affected by the problem.

In response to the problem, Ikea is issuing a free kit to mount the units to a wall, which would prevent the units from tipping over. Furthermore, the CPSC is urging consumers to wall mount any chest above 23.5 inches or drawers taller than 29.5 inches to a wall to prevent tipping.

Even if you’re taking safety precautions, defective product injuries can still happen. The Nashville personal injury lawyers at Ponce Law are available to answer your questions if you’ve been injured by a faulty product at no fault of your own.

Officials Warn Parents of Young Children Against Purchasing Detergent Pods

by Staff Blogger | July 17th, 2015

Before an item is released, it must undergo strict testing to ensure proper function and safety. Hwever, the Nashville defective products lawyers at Ponce Law explain that sometimes faulty items slip through the cracks and cause consumers serious harm.

That seems to be the case with liquid laundry detergent and dishwasher pods. These items are responsible for a disturbingly high number of injuries affecting children, which has prompted officials to recommend households with young children not purchase the items.

According to ABC 2 News, a team of doctors at Nationwide Children’s Hospital examined roughly 17,000 cases of children who were harmed by detergent pods over a two-year period. They found that children often mistake the items for candy, leading to the ingestion of harmful chemicals.

The findings led Consumer Reports to recommend against the purchasing of detergent pods. Instead, households with young children should use less toxic traditional detergents in the home. All detergents should also be kept in a safe and locked location.

If your child does ingest detergent, Poison Control should be called immediately at (800) 222-1222.

The Nashville personal injury lawyers at Ponce Law hope this information helps to keep your children and loved ones safe!

Are We Getting the Whole Story When it Comes to Drug Safety?

by Staff Blogger | July 10th, 2015

The results of drug safety tests are often published in peer-reviewed medical journals. But do these publications provide doctors and patients with enough information? Some experts say no.

An article from Salon examines the numerous medication safety studies conducted annually in the U.S. and found only a handful of results get published.

Safety findings regarding antidepressants are highlighted as an example. Researchers examined studies on drugs like Paxil, Prozac, and Zoloft and found that 94 percent of tests published in medical journals found drugs to be effective. Tests that showed the drugs to be ineffective or potentially dangerous, such as studies on antidepressant birth defects, were often not published.

Legislators passed a bill in 2008 that requires all medical studies to be released by the federal government, but biases remain regarding which studies get publicized and which do not.

The Nashville drug injury lawyers at Ponce Law believe patients should always ask questions about the risks of drugs they are taking. Gather as much information as you can about a drug before taking it and report any adverse events to your physician or pharmacist. We hope these tips help to keep you and your loved ones safe!

 

Investigators Consider Several Possible Causes of Fatal Truck Crash

by Staff Blogger | July 8th, 2015

Two of the most common causes of truck accidents in the United States include safety violations and driver errors. Both are now considered possible contributing factors to a Tennessee truck accident that claimed four lives and left dozens of others injured.

The incident occurred at approximately 7:10 p.m. on Thursday, June 25, along I-75 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Reports indicate traffic was stopped for construction along the highway when a tractor-trailer failed to come to a halt and plowed into a line of other vehicles.

According to the Chattanooga Times Free Press, this isn’t the first accident or run-in with the law that the driver of the tractor-trailer or his employer have had. Documents show the driver was cited for careless driving in Florida the day before the fatal crash in Tennessee. Furthermore, the trucking company has faced numerous safety violations in the past. Some of those charges include failure to properly maintain the brakes on trucks and inaccurate driver logs. During the last two years, the company has failed 37 percent of vehicle inspections.

Trucking rules and regulations are in place to protect all motorists on the road, which is why the Nashville truck accident lawyers at Ponce Law are hopeful an investigation into this recent crash can help determine if safety violations are to blame.

Seat Belt Design Flaws May Put Safety of Occupants at Risk

by Staff Blogger | July 6th, 2015

Could the design of seat belts be putting your safety at risk? The Nashville car accident lawyers at Ponce Law explain that new data indicates the answer to that question may be yes.

NBC-Los Angeles News explains that, prior the turn of the century, seat belts were designed to lock passengers into place during accidents. This led to neck, back, and rib injuries.

When airbags became standard vehicle safety equipment though, engineers designed seat belts that allow passengers to slightly move forward when collisions occur. Research has shown flaws in this design, though.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released a statement saying that although seat belts designed to spool out are generally safe, they can also compromise safety if airbags don’t deploy or if the vehicle is struck at an angle.

While there is little data regarding the number of injuries associated with the spool out seat belt design, at least 20 lawsuits have been filed in connection to injuries or deaths that may be associated with the potentially defective part.

At Ponce Law, our Nashville personal injury lawyers are hopeful decisions in these cases will lead to the production of safer vehicle equipment.