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Need to Hire a Good Workers’ Compensation Attorney? Here’s What You Should Look for.

If you have suffered a serious injury at work or work-related illness, it can be advisable for you to file a workers’ compensation claim. However, because the area of workers’ compensation is a complicated one, it is also advisable that you don’t try to handle your claim all by yourself. Instead, you should look for and hire competent workers’ compensation counsel. But how can you know if the attorney you are considering is good or not? Well, here are a few things to look for when you are hiring workers’ compensation counsel. Indicators of a Good Quality Attorney Years of Experience. They don’t call it the “practice” of...

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Car Accidents and Louisiana’s Child Restraint Laws

Getting into a car crash is bad enough, but when there are children in the car, an accident can be devastating. If you have children in the car, in addition to driving safely and obeying all traffic laws, there is something else you can do to try to keep your children safe. What is it? Use the proper child restraint. Child Restraint Laws According to statistics, car accidents are a leading cause of death among children under the age of 12. Car restraint laws have been put in place in an effort to curb these tragic statistics. In Louisiana, we take our children’s safety very seriously. Child seats can reduce the risk...

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How Should Your Military Earplugs Fit?

If you are active military serving in combat zones or training for combat, properly fitting earplugs are critical to protect you from permanent partial or full damage to your hearing. Military Earplugs Injuries incurred while serving in the military are not uncommon. Combat and combat training conditions expose servicemen and women to a number or risks. Top among them are hearing loss and hearing-related conditions like tinnitus. Military combat training exposes service members to high-decibel sounds from gunfire and explosions that, without proper hearing protection, can cause life-changing hearing loss or related problems over time. Unfortunately, if you served in the military during the years of 2003 to 2015, you may have...

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3M Military Earplugs: What Went Wrong?

Military service is all about sacrifice. When you join the military, you agree to sacrifice life and limb to protect your country. You accept that. You expect that active duty may expose you to enemy fire and that you could be injured or killed. What you don’t expect —or accept or agree to—is that you could be permanently injured because a government contractor knowingly sold defective products to the U.S. government, which then issued that safety gear to you.  This, is the basic story involving 3M Company’s Combat Arms Earplugs Version 2, (“CAEv2”  or “3M Combat Earplugs”). What Happened? During the years of 2003 to 2015, a company called “3M Company”...

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Don’t Wait Around Too Long: Maritime Injury Statute of Limitations and Your Claim.

The dangerous working conditions prevalent in the maritime industry frequently lead to injuries or even death for maritime employees. If you are injured while working on a ship or in the dockyards, you have legal rights. In general, claims for maritime torts or injuries to seamen occurring on navigable waters during traditional maritime activities can be brought under the Jones Act or the Death on the High Seas Act. *We caution our readers to consult with experienced maritime counsel if they believe they may have a maritime claim, because this is a very complex and specialized area of law that cannot be detailed in a mere blog post and...

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A Leading Cause of Maritime Injuries: Fatigue.

You might be surprised to learn that a leading cause of maritime industry injuries is not slippery decks, bad weather, or falling overboard. It’s fatigue. The Maritime Industry and Its Dangers Working at sea, on the rivers, or in the shipyards can be very dangerous. It cannot be denied that the maritime industry is an important one. It provides hundreds of necessary and well-paid jobs. But it’s also undeniable that working on riverboats or ships, and in ports, or in and around the docks, is dangerous, dirty, work. Many workplace injuries that occur in the fishing and shipping industries are more than just bad: they are  frequently fatal. Maritime employees face dangers from...

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Maritime Pilots: Navigating a River of Dangers.

Maritime workers, especially those who work on vessels, have dangerous jobs. Even the smallest error can lead to a serious injury or even death. Seamen live and work in small spaces crammed with equipment. They work long hours and frequently work in bad weather conditions. All of this, plus, in some instances, lack of safety procedures, proper maintenance or training, makes maritime work a treacherous, if lucrative, business. River and Bar Pilots River and bar pilots are specially-trained mariners that guide vessels through congested or hazardous waters. They usually work on pilot boats in harbors or near river mouths. Harbors are especially dangerous areas to work because of the heavy...

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What Happens if You Have a Dispute About Your LHWCA Claim?

If you are a longshoreman, harbor worker, or someone who works “near” the water but not “on” it— like most people who work on the docks, in shipping terminals or shipyards, if you are injured while at work, you generally (there are exceptions) cannot proceed under your state’s workers’ compensation laws to recover for your injuries. Instead, you may be able to recover for your injuries under the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (“the Act” or “LHWCA”). [Note: Because this is a specialized and complicated area of law, you should always consult with maritime counsel where you live.] What the LHWCA Does The LHWCA is...

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3 Important Things You Need To Understand About the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act.

If you work on the navigable waters of the United States or in the adjoining areas, such as docks, piers, terminals, wharves, or areas where loading and unloading of vessels takes place, you need to know about the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (LHWCA). What is it? Very briefly, historically, those working on the navigable waters of the United States were not entitled to compensation if they were injured. The LHWCA is a federal law. It can pay injured maritime employees who qualify under the law’s specific rules, compensation, medical care and vocational rehabilitation services. The LHWCA also provides benefits to specific survivors and dependents if the injury to the...

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Giant Cranes Used In The Maritime Industry Pose Serious Dangers to Workers.

Louisiana’s waterways are a major part of our culture and our economy. In fact, Louisiana leads the United States in maritime employment. While a lucrative and important industry here in the South, working in, around, or on, fishing vessels and riverboats is dangerous work. Maritime workers are frequently subject to bad weather, malfunctioning equipment, and human error caused by a lack of training or fatigue. On board and onshore accidents in this industry are not uncommon. In fact, ports and sea terminals are among the world’s most dangerous workplaces. One necessary piece of equipment poses a significant danger to maritime workers on land and at sea. What is it? The crane. Crane Accidents Cranes are a necessary and...

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