Tennessee Workers Compensation Lawyers

Crash alert: Construction worker hurt in fall from roof in Murfreesboro

by Ponce Law | September 10th, 2020

MURFREESBORO, TN – A construction worker was injured in a fall at a job site in Murfreesboro Tuesday, News Channel 5 reported.

The accident happened on Memorial Boulevard, where the worker fell while framing the roof of a three-story building.

Murfreesboro Fire and Rescue officials said the man landed on the third floor but had to be rescued by emergency crews because there are no staircases yet in the building.

He was lowered to the ground in a basket by first responders and then taken to an emergency department to be treated for his injuries. No information was released on the worker’s condition.

At Ponce Law, our Nashville workers’ compensation attorneys are dedicated to helping people who suffer work-related injuries get the benefits they deserve. Filing workers’ compensation claims requires experience and knowledge of state and federal law. We’ll work hard to build a strong claim for you.  Our legal staff is available 24/7 to take your call at (844) 204-6765 or reach out to us online.

Crash alert: 2 construction workers hurt after falling at Mt. Juliet site

by Ponce Law | August 25th, 2020

MT. JULIET, TN — An investigation is underway after two construction workers were injured in separate falls at a work site in Mt. Juliet last week, according to WKRN.

A stop-work order was issued by the Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration following the incidents at Austermiller Inc. Roofing and Construction.

The first occurred Wednesday at 7:30 a.m., when a man was reported to have fallen through a skylight and was left unconscious. He was hospitalized at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

On Thursday shortly before 1:30 p.m., Wilson County authorities received another call, this time that a 20-year-old man had also fallen through a skylight at the same site. He sustained leg and hand injuries and was taken to the hospital.

Both men were working on a roof project at the time they fell. Tennessee OSHA officials are looking into both incidents.

At Ponce Law, our experienced Nashville workers’ compensation attorneys are dedicated to helping people who suffer work-related injuries get the benefits they deserve. We’ll work hard to build a strong claim for you. Our legal team isn’t afraid to take on big workers’ compensation cases if it means protecting your rights. See how we can help following an accident, and call us 24/7 at (844) 204-6765 or reach out to us online for a free consultation.

Crash alert: Crane collapses at construction site in Franklin

by Ponce Law | July 8th, 2020

FRANKLIN, TN – Firefighters in Franklin responded to the scene of a crane collapse at a construction site Monday afternoon, NewsChannel 5 reported.

The accident happened at about 1 p.m. at the site in Berry Farms on Rural Plains Circle.  The 200-foot crane fell across the road and into a parking lot, fire department officials said.

The crane operator refused medical treatment after climbing out of the crane, and no one was hurt in the incident.

Firefighters managed to contain diesel fuel that leaked from the crane after it toppled.

If you were hurt or if you lost a loved one in a workplace accident in Nashville, contact Ponce Law right away for help. Our Nashville workers’ compensation attorneys have more than 25 years of experience helping people like you 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.

Bill Proposes Allowing Tennessee Businesses to “Opt Out” of Workers’ Compensation Coverage

by Staff Blogger | February 25th, 2015

Workers injured on the job often have a right to seek Tennessee workers’ compensation coverage. However, a debate is stirring after two Tennessee lawmakers proposed a bill that would allow businesses in our state to “opt out” of providing this coverage.

Under current law, most businesses are required to purchase insurance that provides Tennessee workers’ compensation benefits to employees injured while working. New regulations proposed under SB0721 would allow businesses to “opt out” if they can demonstrate that they can establish their own private workers’ compensation programs.

An article from The Tennessean says the bill would also cap benefit coverage at 156 weeks unless expenses were greater than $300,000. Current laws allow for coverage as long as treatment is needed.

If the bill passes, Tennessee would only be the third state in the nation to allow businesses to “opt out” of providing employees with workers’ compensation coverage through an insurance policy.

These changes come in the wake of reforms that were implemented last year, such as moving from the use of the state’s court system to a more administrative system.

The Nashville personal injury lawyers with Ponce Law point out these changes highlight the ever-shifting landscape of workers’ compensation law and the need to have an experienced legal representative by your side if you plan to file for Tennessee workers’ compensation benefits.

Four Steps to Take After a Work-Related Accident

by Staff Blogger | May 19th, 2014

Employers have a responsibility to protect the health and safety of their workers, but accidents are still commonplace in many industries. One such work accident happened earlier this month in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Reports from the Anchorage Daily News explain that on Thursday, May 15, an explosion occurred at the Gerdau Ameristeel Mill that injured six workers. One of the injured suffered significant burns, while the others suffered less serious injuries. All the victims were treated at a local hospital while investigators continue to probe into the cause of the blast.

While there are currently no answers to the questions surrounding what contributed to the blast, the Nashville personal injury lawyers with Ponce Law can offer steps to follow after a workplace injury.

In many work-related injury cases, applying for Tennessee workers’ compensation benefits can help you get reimbursed for expenses stemming from your accident, such as medical bills and lost wages. Our legal staff says four actions should be taken during this process, including:

  1. Reporting Your Accident- Tell your manager or boss about your accident. Then, follow up with them to ensure they reported the incident to the proper authorities in a timely manner.
  2. Seeking Medical Attention– In order to apply for workers’ compensation, your injury or medical condition will need to be verified by a doctor.
  3. Documenting The Incident– Make sure to hold onto all medical records, receipts, and other documents that are affiliated with your accident or related expenses.
  4. Calling A Lawyer– Michael D. Ponce & Associates have the experience to help you navigate your claim through the Tennessee workers’ compensation system.