Tennessee Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed in Connection With Tennessee Truck Accident

by Staff Blogger | October 26th, 2015

Another wrongful death lawsuit was in connection with a fatal Tennessee truck accident on June 25 along I-75 outside of Chattanooga. The suit was filed by the family of former middle school band director who died in the crash. They are seeking $11 million in damages.

A report from the Chattanooga Times Free Press explains the driver who caused the crash was under the influence of drugs and was in violations of hours of operation laws when he crashed along the interstate, killing six people and injuring several others. Furthermore, he was speeding and failed to allow enough time and space to stop the truck before crashing.

The actions of the driver aren’t the only cause of the crash, though. The company who hired him failed to conduct a background check before offering him the position as a driver.

These findings prompted the family of another victim to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver and his employer The suit claims both parties are directly responsible for the loss of their loved one.

Two other families of victims have filed similar claims against the driver and employer since the collision occurred.

Losing a loved one to an unforeseen accident can be extremely difficult, and the Nashville wrongful death lawyers at Ponce Law are hopeful a decision in this case will bring closure to those affected by this tragic crash.

Nashville Wrongful Death Attorneys Discuss Naming Parties in Lawsuits

by Staff Blogger | April 22nd, 2015

Carelessness and negligence contribute to the deaths of numerous Tennesseans each year, and it’s crucial that the families of victims know they have a right to seek compensation for their losses.

The Nashville wrongful death attorneys at Ponce Law explain that one of the most important aspects of filing wrongful death actions is naming everyone who may be responsible for a victim’s death. Doing so helps reduce the chances of a defendant arguing another person or entity was actually responsible for the death. It can also help the family of the victim receive the maximum compensation.

Take the case of a Nashville family that filed a wrongful death lawsuit against a local high school, a student, and the student’s parents, in connection with the suicide of their son. The family claims the student repeatedly bullied their son to the point he went home from school one afternoon and took his own life. Their suit goes on to allege that the teen may still be alive if it wasn’t for the students repeated taunting. Furthermore, reports from WSMV 4 News say the suit goes on to claim that the high school failed to follow their own policies and parents did not take action to control their son’s behavior.

The family is seeking damages to cover legal fees and other expenses.

At Ponce Law, we believe in holding individuals responsible for their actions, and our Nashville personal injury lawyers hope a decision in this case will help bring closure and peace to the family of the victim.

Jury Awards $3.25 Million in Tennessee Wrongful Death Lawsuit

by Staff Blogger | July 18th, 2014

Doctors and medical staff in the United States have a responsibility to protect the health and safety of their patients at all times. Any failure to do so that results in a patient’s death could lead to the family of the victim seeking compensation for their losses through civil litigation.

Such a Tennessee Wrongful Death Lawsuit was successfully filed against a Knoxville hospital and its staff after a patient died as the result of negligent care. Reports indicate the family of the victim was awarded $3.25 million.

According to WATE 6 News, the victim suffered a blow to the head during a fall in her bathroom and went to the emergency room to be examined for a concussion. While tests showed she had not sustained a traumatic brain injury, medical staff determined the patient should stay overnight to be treated for dehydration.

As time went on, the victim’s condition continued to deteriorate, yet medical staff refused to call a doctor to examine her further—citing that no doctors were on call. The patient collapsed and died a short time later.

The girl’s family later filed a Tennessee wrongful death lawsuit against the hospital and the staff that treated her, claiming their negligence was directly responsible for their loss, and a jury agreed.

At Ponce Law, our Nashville personal injury lawyers know how difficult it can be to lose a loved one, which is why we are hopeful the decision that was reached in this case brings a sense of closure to the family of the young woman who tragically lost her life.

Settlement Reached in Dickson County Wrongful Death Lawsuit

by Staff Blogger | December 27th, 2013

December 27, 2013

When a person dies as the result of another person or entity’s negligence, the family of the victim may have a right to seek compensation through civil litigation from the party responsible for their loss. The Nashville Wrongful Death Attorneys with Ponce law explain that such a case was recently settled in a Dickson County courtroom.

According to an article from WSMV 4 News, the lawsuit was filed by the family of a 29-year-old woman in August of 2011 after she died while in transit to a Nashville, Tennessee, hospital from a Charlotte, Tennessee, drug rehabilitation facility. The suit claimed that in September of 2010, employees at the New Life Lodge attempted to transport the woman in one of the facility’s vehicles to a hospital 30 miles away, rather than calling an ambulance to transport the victim to a closer facility.

The family claimed the rehabilitation facility’s staff failed to protect the victim from harm and was seeking $32 million in damages; however, a settlement was reached in the case for an undisclosed sum. Two other similar cases are still pending against the facility.

The Nashville Personal Injury Lawyers with Michael D. Ponce & Associates are aware of how difficult it can be to lose a loved one in an unforeseen accident. That’s why the firm is hopeful the decision that was reached in this most recent case brings a sense of closure to the family of the victim.

Settlement Reached in Tennessee Wrongful Death Lawsuit

by Staff Blogger | December 11th, 2013

December 11, 2013

When an individual is killed as the result of another entity’s actions or negligence, the family of the victim may have a right to file civil litigation against the parties responsible. The Nashville Wrongful Death Attorneys with Ponce Law explain a settlement was recently reached in a wrongful death case being heard in a Tennessee federal court.

According to an article published by the Knoxville News Sentinel, the 28-year-old victim was piloting a Bell’s Kiowa OH-58D Warrior helicopter in Mosul, Iraq, in Feb. 2010. As the man attempted to land the aircraft, it crashed, resulting in the crew’s death.

The family of one of the victims later filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the aircraft, claiming a faulty piece of equipment known as the Full Authority Digital Electronic Control was to blame for the crash. Before the suit could go to trial, the two sides were able to reach an agreement for an undisclosed sum to be paid to the two children and the mother of the victim.

Michael D. Ponce & Associates and their team of Nashville Personal Injury Lawyers recognize how difficult it can be to lose a loved one to an accident caused by another person’s negligence. That’s why the firm hopes the decision will help bring some closure to the loss suffered by the family of the victim.