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Multi-state lawsuits filed against Fiat Chrysler for defective Jeep gear shifts

Posted on Monday, October 10th, 2016   

Five class action lawsuits and two individual personal injury lawsuits were filed across seven states in response to a National Highway Transportation Safety Administration investigation into Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ Jeep Grand Cherokee’s gear shifters.

Among these plaintiffs are Victor and Irina Yelchin, parents of film and television actor Anton Yelchin, who died on June 19, 2016 in Los Angeles after his Jeep rolled backwards and pinned him against a gate. The incident instantly killed him. The lawsuit was filed in a California state court to be consolidated with the other suits.

According to Judge Sarah Vance, “The actions share complex factual questions arising out of allegations that the monostable electronic gearshift installed in certain vehicles manufactured by FCA US LLC is defective and unreasonably dangerous in that it allegedly fails to provide the driver with an adequate indication of whether the vehicle is in the ‘park’ position and lacks a safety override function that would place the vehicle in ‘park’ automatically when a driver exits the vehicle while it is in another gear.”

If you plan to file a personal injury claim against other drivers, call our attorneys at Pohl & Berk, LLP by dialing 615-277-2765. We can help you receive compensation from those who should take direct responsibility for what caused your personal injury accident in Nashville.


Motorcycle-SUV collision hurts one

Posted on Friday, September 23rd, 2016   

A motorcycle and SUV collision that happened on South Church Street near Rutherford Boulevard in Murfreesboro in on Tuesday, September 20 resulted in one individual getting hurt.

According to preliminary investigations, both the motorcycle, which was driven by 27-year-old Shelbyville resident Eliel Guess, and the SUV, were traveling down South Church Street when they collided. Guess was taken to Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville to receive medical attention for his critical injuries. He was listed under stable condition on Thursday, September 22. No one else was hurt during the accident, which is still under investigation.

Our Tennessee personal injury lawyers at Pohl & Berk, LLP provide legal services for our clients in Nashville and other areas of Tennessee. We handle personal injury accident cases such as motorcycle accidents, car accidents, and rollover accidents, among others. Call our offices today at 615-277-2765 to speak with a qualified member of our legal team about the details of your situation today.


Parents file tort claim against Nashville after police chase

Posted on Thursday, September 22nd, 2016   

Kalvyn Johnson-Bey and Carleen Scrogham, parents of 18-year-old Hope, Tennessee resident Xavier Scrogham filed a tort claim for personal injury against the town of Nashville and Nashville police officer Leonard Burch on Friday, September 16. Scrogham was killed after a police chase was started by 25-year-old Burch at 11:36 p.m. on August 29, 2016 on U.S. Route 31.

Burch, who was off-duty at the time of the incident, said Scrogham passed his vehicle on a motorcycle going 120 miles per hour in a 911 cellphone call with Bartholomew County emergency dispatchers. However, the legal counsel for Scrogham’s parents, Trent McCain, said Scrogham “made a mistake” and that “he should not have done what he did.” McCain notes also that Scrogham “was chased by a young man in T-shirts and shorts in a police car for 20 miles out of the officer’s jurisdiction” and that Burch was acting in the capacity of a “power-drunk cowboy” in his pursuit of Scrogham.

Our attorneys at Pohl & Berk, LLP provide legal services for our clients in Nashville and other areas of Tennessee. We handle personal injury accident cases such as auto accidents and wrongful death cases, among others. Call our offices today at 615-277-2765 to learn more about your legal options.


NFL launches Play Smart Play Safe initiative

Posted on Tuesday, September 20th, 2016   

National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell revealed that the league’s 32 club owners will be providing an additional $100 million for efforts to advance medical engineering and research into preventing, diagnosing, and treating head injuries, on top of the $100 million already spent on medical and neuroscience research.

The project, called the Play Smart Play Safe initiative, also mandates that a physician is hired to serve as the league’s official chief medical officer.

Goodell said that the NFL had already made 42 rule amendments – such as employing 29 medical professionals during each game – since 2002.

In 2015, a federal judge approved a settlement for 80 concussion-related lawsuits on behalf of more than 2,000 NFL players that was filed as s single class-action lawsuit. The agreement gives up to $5 million per retired player for serious medical conditions associated with serious head trauma, baseline medical exams for retired NFL players, and financial awards for retired players who were diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, chronic traumatic encephalopathy, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease, and dementia.

By filing a personal injury lawsuit against the individuals that caused you harm in Nashville or other areas in Tennessee, you can hold them liable for the consequences of their actions or inactions. Get in touch with our attorneys at Pohl & Berk, LLP by calling our offices today at 615-277-2765.


Two-vehicle accident results in three deaths

Posted on Tuesday, September 13th, 2016   

Three individuals lost their lives during a two-vehicle collision in Athens, Alabama on Sunday, August 28.

According to the preliminary report of Trooper James Rice, one of the victims was driving a 2000 Chevrolet Impala southbound on a 45 mile-per-hour road along Reid Road shortly before 12:00 a.m. when his vehicle crashed into a northbound 2008 Chevrolet.

The Impala overturned and came crashing down in a ditch, facing north, while the other vehicle spun from the impact and came to rest in the same ditch. Rice later noted, “There were no brake or skid marks on the roadway.” Both the driver of the Impala and his passenger were declared dead at the scene while one passenger in the other car died later in the hospital.

Our deepest thoughts go out to the victims of this tragic accident and their loved ones. Our attorneys with Pohl & Berk, LLP are deeply sympathetic to families that have to face such heartache and we implore you to not go through the process alone.


GM Issues Airbag Recall

Posted on Monday, September 12th, 2016   

General Motors has issued a recall on 4.3 million vehicles to address an issue in which the airbags may not deploy during an accident. So far, one death and three injuries have been tied to this airbag issue.

This recall is contrary to other recent airbag recalls, as those concern airbags deploying at unexpected and unnecessary times, leading to serious or fatal injuries. In the recalled GM vehicles, a sensor for the airbags would sometimes run a diagnostic test while the car was being driven, putting it in a state where it was incapable of deploying the airbags should they be needed. GM plans to address this issue with a software update that will be available at dealerships.

The recall marks a drastic change in the way GM handles safety and defects. After sustaining heavy fines during a previous recall involving ignition switches that would cause cars to switch off while being driven, the company has implemented a program that allows people to report safety concerns.

If you’ve been injured as a result of a defective automobile, it is possible to hold the car’s manufacturer accountable for allowing defective safety features. The Tennessee automobile defect and malfunction lawyers of Pohl & Berk, LLP, can help you understand this process and may be able to help you recover compensation for your injuries. Call 615-277-2765 today for more information.


Woman injured in police-involved crash files $2M personal injury lawsuit

Posted on Monday, September 5th, 2016   

Cannon County, Tennessee resident Katrina Sadler has filed a $2 million personal injury lawsuit in Cannon County Circuit Court on Friday, August 19 against Rutherford County, Mayberry-Buckner Enterprises, Coffee County Funeral Chapel, Manchester Funeral Home, Manchester Alderman Tim Kilgore, City of Manchester, Coffee County, and Garieon Simmons in relation to an incident on June 24, 2016 that wounded her and killed one other person.

According to the lawsuit, all the parties were negligent in the high-speed pursuit that started in Manchester in Coffee County and continued up Interstate 24 onto South Church where it resulted in collisions that killed 28-year-old Jessica Campos and seriously wounded Sadler.

David Randolph Smith, Sadler’s legal counsel, said they are contemplating whether to elevate the case to a federal lawsuit. A circuit court filing usually deals with cases regarding negligence, while a federal lawsuit is based on civil rights violations.

A victim of a personal injury accident is not only put in danger due to their of physical injuries, not only inconvenienced by the likely event that they may not be able to earn their daily wages or perform activities that they usually do, and not only exposed to emotional trauma, but are also dealt a sense of injustice by being exposed to harm that should never have happened to them in the first place. Call our attorneys at Pohl & Berk, LLP in Nashville at 615-277-2765 to discuss your personal injury accident case with a qualified member of our legal team.


Volkswagen to Compensate Dealerships for Lost Value

Posted on Tuesday, August 30th, 2016   

Volkswagen dealerships have been going through a difficult year.

Before the emissions scandal broke out last year, Volkswagen dealerships were growing at a frantic pace. However, since the company admitted to using a device to cheat Federal emissions standards, the value of these dealerships has plummeted. Their inventory cannot be sold as it is, and as a result these dealerships have lost a great deal of their value. Some are worth barely more than the land on which they sit.

To help dealerships survive this engineered disaster, Volkswagen has announced an agreement to pay back dealerships for some of their lost value. Sources say the agreement can amount to as much as $1.2 billion, split among the company’s 650 U.S. dealerships. This amounts to an average of $1.85 million for each dealer, depending on size and inventory. This amount is in addition to the $10 billion the auto manufacturer plans to pay customers whose diesel vehicles were equipped with the emissions defeat device.

Defective products hurt people and the environment every day. If you’ve been injured or otherwise adversely affected by a product defect, call Pohl & Berk, LLP, at 615-277-2765 to speak with an attorney about your situation.


Family of man who died at water park sues

Posted on Friday, August 19th, 2016   

The children of the 83-year-old Irudayam Yeddanapalli filed a lawsuit against the Pflugerville, Texas-based water park Hawaiian Falls for damages of over $100,000 after Yeddanapalli drowned at the water park in May 2014.

According to the lawsuit, Yeddanapalli was submerged at the bottom of a wading pool for a full two to three minutes before lifeguards came to his rescue. Afterwards, Travis County Emergency Services personnel performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on him, but they were unable to bring him back to consciousness. Scott Hendler, the family’s legal counsel, said: “Had he been pulled out of the pool immediately and administered CPR, he had a 90% chance of survival.”

Take legal action against people who are guilty of reckless, negligent, and irresponsible behavior if their actions cause harm to others. If you were the victim of a personal injury accident in Nashville or another area of Tennessee, get in touch with the attorneys at Pohl & Berk, LLP by calling our offices today at 615-277-2765.


Airbag Maker May Be Under Fire in Death of Canadian Driver

Posted on Tuesday, August 9th, 2016   

The rupture of an airbag in a low-speed collision in Canada last month resulted in the death of a driver. The malfunction of the airbag, manufactured by ARC Automotive, a Tennessee company, has American regulators investigating the components of the safety device as well as possible explanations for the singular fatality on record for ARC.

In past years, Takata, another manufacturer of airbags, has come under serious scrutiny after their devices resulted in at least 14 deaths and over 100 injuries, prompting the recall of millions of car airbags worldwide. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which is leading the investigation on ARC, claims that the design of Takata’s notoriously dangerous airbags have “significant design differences” from the airbags manufactured by ARC. However, both airbags use ammonium nitrate in their inflators, a compound that breaks down over time and is highly susceptible to environmental variables.

If you or someone you know has been the victim of defective airbags, know that the manufacturers of dangerous products can be held accountable for their negligence.

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