Tennessee Wrongful Death

Woman Files $1 Million Tennessee Wrongful Death Lawsuit

by Staff Blogger | October 7th, 2015

When a person is taken into custody by law enforcement in Tennessee, the arresting agency has a responsibility to protect the health and safety of its inmates. Any failure to do so can result in officers and their employers being held liable in the matter.

The Nashville wrongful death attorneys at Ponce Law say this is what led a woman to file a lawsuit against the City of Kingsport and two officers who arrested her husband. Reports indicate the man died while in custody after being arrested following a car accident.

The Insurance Journal states the victim was arrested on Sept. 19 after showing signs of intoxication following a car accident. He was transported to the Kingsport City Jail, where he showed an inability to walk, talk, or stay awake. He was left unattended and was found unresponsive on Sept. 20. He was declared dead a short time later.

Almost a year after the victim’s passing, his wife filed a $1 million lawsuit against the jail and two officers, claiming they failed to provide her husband with adequate medical attention while he was in custody.

Losing a loved one can be one of the most difficult events an individual can ever go through, especially if the death was the result of negligence. The Nashville personal injury lawyers at Ponce Law are hopeful a decision in this particular case can bring a sense of closure to the family of the man who died.

Nashville Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Against Publix

by Staff Blogger | March 30th, 2015

When a person is killed due to someone else’s negligence, sometimes legal action can help ensure a similar incident doesn’t happen again. That’s precisely the goal behind a Nashville wrongful death lawsuit recently filed in Nashville.

The suit was filed against Publix Super Markets after an 11-year-old boy with a nut allergy died after consuming a cookie from the bakery at the company’s Clarksville, Tennessee, location. The incident occurred in June 2014.

A report from WKMG Local 6 News explains the child’s mother purchased the cookie after not seeing any warning signs about the cookie containing potential allergens. She also asked staff if the cookie contained nuts and was told it did not.

Upon arriving at their destination, the child took several bites of the cookie and reported a burning sensation in his mouth. He was given Benadryl and epinephrine to counteract his allergic reaction, but the efforts failed to work. Emergency crews attempted to resuscitate the child unsuccessfully.

The family has now filed suit against Publix, claiming they failed to inform customers of foods with known allergy risks. They say they hope the lawsuit will raise awareness of food allergens and require Publix to meet federal guidelines on the labeling of food products. The suit is also seeking compensatory and punitive damages from Publix.

At Ponce Law, we recognize how difficult the loss of a loved one can be, and our Nashville personal injury lawyers are hopeful this particular Nashville wrongful death lawsuit will bring a sense of closure to the family of the victim.

When Compensation Isn’t Enough in a Tennessee Wrongful Death Case

by Staff Blogger | October 13th, 2014

When a loved one dies as the result of another person’s negligence, the family of the victim can seek compensation through civil litigation. But medical bills, funeral costs, or pain and suffering aren’t the only damages plaintiffs can demand through Tennessee wrongful death cases. Sometimes, families just want answers, closure, or even just to ensure another person doesn’t go through a similar situation.

That seems to be what one woman from Nashville is seeking after her son’s death. She claims medical staff failed to take appropriate action when responding to a medical emergency involving her son that occurred just after 3 A.M on Aug. 13.

The woman told News Channel 5 reporters that police and emergency crews responded to her son’s residence in Hermitage after receiving a call from a roommate that the man had suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Rather than transporting the victim to a local hospital immediately, emergency crews left him at the scene because they were instructed by a doctor that the victim’s injuries were “not compatible with life.”

Paramedics were called back to the scene a short time later and only then took the 32-year-old man—who was still breathing two hours after suffering his injury—to the hospital, where he later died.

Now, his mother hired an attorney to help find out why transcripts of the calls to police and emergency dispatchers have not yet been released to the public. She hopes this information can be used to prevent similar incidents in the future.

At Ponce Law, we know how difficult the loss of a loved one can be. That’s why our Nashville personal injury attorneys would like to send our condolences to the mother of the victim and hope legal action will bring her the closure she is seeking.

Tennessee Wrongful Death Statute of Limitations

by Staff Blogger | August 22nd, 2014

When a person is killed as the result of another person’s negligence, the family of the victim may seek compensation from those responsible for their loss. But there are certain standards each case must meet before it can go forward.

One of the most important aspects to remember in a Tennessee wrongful death lawsuit is to ensure the claim is filed within the statute of limitations. This is a deadline by which legal action must be taken. Once this time expires, you can no longer file a lawsuit.

In Tennessee, claims for damages in a wrongful death case usually must be filed within one year of the victim’s passing. It’s important to remember there are only a few exceptions to the law that will allow the statute of limitations to be extended.

There’s no amount of money that can bring your loved one back into your life. But having the resources to create stability for your family can be crucial. That’s why its’ so important to speak with a reputable Tennessee personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.

At Ponce Law, we know how difficult the days and weeks after a loved one’s passing can be, and we’re here to help you get back on your feet. Call us anytime at 615-244-4325 to get the compassionate legal representation you deserve.