Pedestrian Accident

Tennessee Woman Suffers Head, Leg Injuries in Pedestrian Accident

Pedestrian AccidentA Tennessee woman is recovering at an area hospital from injuries she sustained after being struck by a car last week on Master Street in front of the Corbin Flower Shop. Teresa Dugger, 57, was treated at the scene of the accident, taken by ambulance to Rotary Park, and then airlifted by an Air Evac Lifeteam medical helicopter to the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville. According to police, Dugger sustained injuries to both of her legs and also hit her head on the car’s windshield when she was struck. If you have suffered serious injuries in a TN pedestrian accident or another type of accident in Tennessee, contact our reputable attorneys at Michael D. Ponce & Associates to discuss your options for legal recourse. You may have grounds to file a personal injury lawsuit against the allegedly negligent driver, in order to seek fair and timely reimbursement for your injuries.

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TN Victims of Meningitis Outbreak Win New Avenue for Lawsuits After Court Ruling

Tainted steroid injectionA ruling by a U.S. bankruptcy judge late last month allows Tennessee victims of last year’s deadly meningitis outbreak to pursue a new avenue of litigation against doctors and healthcare facilities in the state. Tennessee had the second highest number of fungal meningitis cases, after Michigan, in an outbreak that has injured or killed more than 700 people across the country. According to reports, there were roughly 65 doctors and healthcare facilities in Tennessee on the customer list of the New England Compounding Center (NECC) – the company that authorities say produced and shipped the contaminated steroid at the center of the devastating meningitis crisis. If you have been adversely affected by the meningitis outbreak in Tennessee because of a tainted steroid injection from the New England Compounding Center, contact our experienced attorneys at Michael D. Ponce & Associates today for legal help.

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Distracted Driving

TN Had Highest Rate of Cell Phone-Related Traffic Fatalities in 2010 and 2011, Study Finds

Distracted DrivingAccording to a recent report released by the National Safety Council, Tennessee had the highest number of cell phone-related car accident deaths in the United States in 2010 and 2011. The National Safety Council’s study, titled “Crashes Involving Cell Phones: Challenges of Collecting and Reporting Reliable Crash Data,” was partially funded by Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company and was conducted in an effort to raise awareness of the dangers of talking on the phone or texting while driving. Officials with the National Safety Council also hope to shed light on the fact that the rate of deadly accidents caused by cell phone use is likely vastly under-reported, which could have an effect on national accident prevention, policy and possibly even the risk of future accidents. If you have suffered injuries in a serious car accident in Tennessee, or if you lost a loved one in a crash allegedly caused by another person’s negligence, contact our reputable attorneys at Michael D. Ponce & Associates today for legal help.

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Work injury

Report Highlights Most Dangerous States, Jobs in the U.S. for Workers

Work injuryA new report issued by Allsup, a provider of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) representation, outlines the most dangerous jobs in America as well as the most dangerous states to work in, in an effort to draw attention to the life-altering effects of debilitating work injuries. The study is based on 2011 data from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, and highlights the most dangerous industries by location, based on the rate of injuries that are severe enough to require “days of job transfer or restriction” – in other words, a actual change of job or major limitation of work duties. If you have suffered a debilitating injury or illness in Tennessee that prevents you from performing your normal work duties, consult our skilled attorneys at Michael D. Ponce & Associates to discuss your legal options. You may have grounds to file an SSDI claim with the Social Security Administration (SSA), in order to pursue the disability benefits you deserve.

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Pedestrian Accident

Pedestrian Suffers Life-Threatening Burns in TN Gas Station Accident

Pedestrian AccidentA pedestrian is in critical condition after being engulfed in flames when a vehicle traveling south on Riverside Drive in Clarksville, Tennessee, left the roadway and struck a gas station pump, causing a dangerous explosion. Chris Porter was leaving the Exxon convenience store and walking through the parking lot at the time of the accident, which took place earlier this month, and he suffered severe burn injuries that landed him at the Vanderbilt burn unit for treatment. If you have been seriously injured in a Nashville pedestrian accident or another type of accident anywhere in Tennessee, contact our skilled attorneys at Michael D. Ponce & Associates to discuss your legal options. You may have grounds to file a personal injury lawsuit against the person found at-fault in the accident, in order to pursue financial compensation for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other accident-related damages.

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Bulldozer Operator Killed in Tragic Tennessee Job Site Accident

wrongful death1A construction worker’s body has been recovered after the bulldozer operated by the West Tennessee man toppled backward off a cliff at a job site and plunged into 25 feet of murky water earlier this month. The fatal work accident took place on July 10, and resulted in the death of 64-year-old Joe D. Trevathan, an experienced bulldozer operator who Obion County Sheriff Jerry Vastbinder says was employed by Ford Construction Company for 28 years prior to his tragic workplace death. If you have been injured in a TN workplace accident, or if you lost a loved one in a fatal accident, consult our workers’ compensation attorneys at Michael D. Ponce & Associates for legal help. With our legal team on your side, you can protect your legal rights and pursue financial compensation for your losses.

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personal injury

TN Man Files Lawsuit Over Injuries Sustained in Crane Collapse Accident

personal injuryA Tennessee man filed a personal injury lawsuit against a Mt. Juliet contractor last week, after a crane collapsed and fell on his car in May. The complaint was brought by Carroll Lee Williams against Mountain States Contractors, which has a contract with the Tennessee Department of Transportation t o build a new bridge on Highway 109 over the Cumberland River. According to the lawsuit, which was filed in Sumner County Circuit Court in Gallatin, on May 21, a crane owned and operated by Mountain States collapsed and fell on Williams’ car as he was traveling south on Highway 109, causing him to suffer serious physical and emotional injuries. If you have been seriously injured in a construction accident or another type of accident in Tennessee, contact our knowledgeable attorneys at Michael D. Ponce & Associates to explore your possible compensation options.

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Lawsuit Filed Against TN Health Club Over Legionnaires’ Disease

Emergency1A Tennessee man has filed a $2 million lawsuit against a Memphis fitness center linked to cases of Legionnaires’ disease. The negligence complaint was filed in Shelby County Circuit Court on behalf of 44-year-old Jerome Walsh, who was hospitalized from June 11 to 14 after falling ill and being diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease. The lawsuit alleges that the 24-Hour Fitness USA health club in east Memphis, Tennessee allowed the bacterial infection to grow, infecting Walsh and at least two others who reportedly contracted the disease sometime between May 21 and June 21. If you have been diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease or another serious medical condition allegedly caused by the negligence of another person or party in Tennessee, consult our qualified lawyers at Michael D. Ponce & Associates for legal help.

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Car Accident

Police Take Steps to Reduce Risk of TN Car Accident Injuries, Fatalities

Car AccidentParsons Police Chief Dale King recently conducted an important study of local wrecks in an effort to curb the rate of deadly car accidents in the small Tennessee town. The two-year long study indicated that Tennessee drivers were at the greatest risk of being involved in a wreck between 10 a.m. and 12 noon, and 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays. In response to these findings, King set up officers where collisions were most likely to occur during those times so that motorists would see the patrol cars and instinctively slow down, possibly preventing a car accident. If you have suffered car accident injuries in Tennessee because of the negligence of another person, contact our personal injury attorneys at Michael D. Ponce & Associates to discuss your legal options. You may have grounds to file a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault person, in order to seek fair and timely reimbursement for your injuries and medical bills.

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TN Officials Join Forces to Educate Employers on New Workers’ Comp Reform Bill

Work injury2The Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development has announced a series of seminars across the state to help educate employers on the Workers’ Compensation Reform Act of 2013. The Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Workers’ Compensation division will team up with the TN Chamber of Commerce to deliver these seminars in an effort to inform employers throughout Tennessee about the impact of the bill, including steps that can be taken to avoid workplace injuries and ways to better handle on-the-job injuries if they do occur. If you have been seriously injured in a work accident in Tennessee, and you believe you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits, contact our reputable attorneys at Michael D. Ponce & Associates to discuss your legal options. With our qualified lawyers on your side, you can protect your legal rights and pursue the compensation you deserve for your injuries and medical bills.

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