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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.


Nashville two-vehicle accident critically injures one

Posted on Monday, August 8th, 2016   

A two-vehicle accident that happened along Old Hickory Boulevard near Interstate 40 in Nashville critically injured a woman. The woman was identified as a passenger in the vehicle of 51-year-old Robert Weaver, who caused the collision on Friday, August 5 at around 11:30 p.m.

According to preliminary investigations, Weaver exited for Old Hickory Road in his red Ford Explorer and rear-ended another vehicle. He continued driving and proceeded to hit a utility pole at Old Hickory Boulevard and Bell Road. The passenger in Weaver’s vehicle, who was allegedly his girlfriend, sustained critical head injuries and was brought to Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Meanwhile, Weaver tried to flee the scene of the accident but was later caught by the authorities. He was charged with eight offenses, including vehicular assault, failure to render aid, and leaving the scene of a personal injury accident.

If you sustained injuries during a personal injury accident in Nashville or other areas in Tennessee, the attorneys at Pohl & Berk, LLP can help you pursue financial compensation. Call our offices today at (615) 277-2765 to learn more about your options.


Tennessee Highway patrol officer granted request to lower her charge

Posted on Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016   

A Sullivan County General Sessions judge in Tennessee last Tuesday, August 2 allowed Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Ashlee Hill’s judicial diversion that would enable her to have the failure to exercise due care conviction in relation to the vehicular accident that she caused on the John B. Dennis Highway in April 2016.

This means that her case would be expunged from her record provided that she pay the $25 fine and is not charged with any new offenses for 30 days after the incident.

Prosecutors did not agree with the judge’s ruling, with Sullivan County Assistant District Attorney Emily Hutchins saying, “The offense caused personal injury and property damage, it occurred while she was on duty, and is the second traffic accident caused by Trooper Hill while she was on duty”.

If you are considering hiring a personal injury lawyer to handle your personal injury accident case in Nashville or other areas in Tennessee, look at no other than our attorneys at Pohl & Berk, LLP. Call our offices today at (615) 277-2765.


21-year-old drives his SUV the wrong way in Knoxville

Posted on Monday, July 25th, 2016   

Rachel Trent posted on Facebook on Thursday, July 21 that her father lost his life to the game Pokemon Go when a 21-year-old who was playing this game drove down the wrong side of I-40 near downtown Knoxville. The accident occurred on Wednesday, July 20, and involved a collision with a semi-truck driven by 67-year-old Evington resident Carroll Trent.

According to the post, the wrong-way driver “drove down this wrong side of the interstate, colliding with my Dad’s semi and in turn caused his truck to explode, incinerating it to the ground!” The girl urged the players of the game to be responsible and not use a motor vehicle while playing. However, according to the Knoxville News Sentinel, police authorities are still investigating the factors in the accident and are not sure if Pokemon Go contributed to the accident. Although Knoxville Police Department spokesman Darrell DeBusk said alcohol or drugs appeared not to be a factor in the accident.

The attorneys at Pohl & Berk, LLP are saddened to hear of this accident. Our condolences are with the family of the victim as they mourn their loss.


Tesla crash focuses on autonomous car concerns

Posted on Friday, July 15th, 2016   

Over 2,500 individuals lose their lives every month in traffic accidents in the United States. However, the widely covered accident involving the death of an occupant in an autopilot vehicle is the one that made the news. The accident, in which the car crashed into an 18-wheeler, spotlights concerns regarding the future of self-driving cars and auto insurance.

The Palo Alto automotive company Tesla Motors created a new autopilot feature that is touted as the next step towards collision avoidance. Unfortunately, this promise was absent when one such vehicle crashed into a tractor-trailer in Florida on May 7, 2016. This incident gave a glimpse into the uncertainty that surrounds the new self-driving technology introduced in approximately 70,000 Tesla automobiles. Such technology is also utilized by Google in 24 Lexus SUV’s and 34 other cars.

Attorneys at Pohl & Berk, LLP will hold other motorists or manufacturers responsible for your personal injury accident. Drivers must be accountable for the consequences of their negligent or reckless actions. Call our Nashville, Tennessee offices today at (615) 277-2765 to learn more.


Two-truck collision kills one

Posted on Tuesday, July 12th, 2016   

Two separate vehicular crashes along Interstate 75 North at Exit 11 in Ooltewah in Hamilton County near Chattanooga, Tennessee on Wednesday, June 29 resulted in critical injuries for the people involved in the first accident and a death for one of the people involved in the second accident. Sergeant Alan Bailey said the first accident involved multiple vehicles which resulted in one of the people involved incurring critical injuries. The second vehicular accident involved two tractor-trailers.

Eyewitness Tarnjit Malhans, who was driving his truck towards Canada when the two-truck collision happened, said one of the drivers of the truck tried to stop his vehicle but wasn’t able to, thus causing the crash.

The lawyers of Pohl & Berk, LLP extend their deepest condolences to the victims’ family and friends.


Man facing vehicular homicide charges in Tennessee being sued by his passenger

Posted on Wednesday, July 6th, 2016   

Charity Pennington, the passenger in the vehicle that Laurel, Tennessee resident Benjamin Brewer had been driving when he caused a nine-vehicle collision last year, filed a lawsuit against Brewer in Laurel Circuit Court on Friday, June 24.

Nine vehicles comprised the pileup on June 25, 2015 when Brewer’s semi-truck plowed through stalled traffic along Interstate 75’s Exit 11 in Ooltewah, outside Chattanooga.

Pennington also sued Lancer Insurance Co., which provided personal injury coverage for the vehicle, and Richmond, Virginia-based Atlantic Specialty Insurance Co., which according to the lawsuit, owes Pennington “for all medical expenses” and “for all injuries and damages she received in the automobile collision”.

The lawsuit also stated that not only did Pennington incur medical expenses for present debilitation, but that she would need long-term rehabilitation in the coming years for her serious injuries.

Brewer was indicted by a Hamilton County jury for the nine-vehicle collision and was placed on Tennessee’s Most Wanted List after he proved elusive to the authorities. Brewer and Pennington were arrested by Tennessee officials in a parking lot at a Fayette County mall in August 2015. Pennington was also taken into custody after police found $3,097 in cash with her.

If you are faced with an injury or illness or have suffered from harm as a result of a personal injury accident in the state of Tennessee that happened due to the negligent actions of other people and you are afraid of the repercussions of this event in your life, do not fret. Our personal injury lawyers at Pohl & Berk, LLP will do our best to ensure that you are given justice. Call our offices today at (615) 277-2765.

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