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Oil Spills Ooze a Variety of Legal Claims.

According to the U.S. Coast Guard and the federal Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, in October of 2017,  a damaged pipeline operated by LLOG Exploration leaked 672,000 gallons of oil into Lake Pontchartrain. According to a Coast Guard press release, the privately-owned company originally reported between 333,900 to 392,700 gallons of oil were discharged by the broken line, located nearly 5,000 feet beneath the surface of the Gulf of Mexico. What happens after the tragedy of an oil spill? In a word: lawsuits. Types of Legal Claims. Oil spills, especially of such magnitude, can spark a number of legal claims. Some of these...

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Different Types of Claims Brought in Oil Spill Lawsuits.

In April of 2010, the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig (which was drilling for BP) exploded off the coast of Louisiana. The explosion caused a fire on the platform, and ultimately the Deepwater Horizon sunk. Eleven workers died and 17 were injured. The blowout caused a massive offshore oil in the Gulf of Mexico. The spill is considered to be the largest accidental marine oil spill in the world, and the largest environmental disaster in U.S. history. It is no exaggeration to say that the effects of the BP oil spill will be felt in the Gulf of Mexico region for decades. The...

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Two Good Reasons Why You Should Hire Counsel if You Have a Brain Injury.

You don’t need an attorney for every legal dispute or difficulty you may have, but there are some cases where having competent counsel is not only prudent, but an absolute must, A lawsuit involving serious brain injury is one of them. Here are 2 reasons why if your lawsuit centers around a catastrophic brain injury, you should hire counsel. Brain injury cases involve complex legal and medical issues. Handling a brain injury case on your own without experienced legal counsel is really not a good idea. These kinds of cases have complex legal issues, procedures, and evidence requirements that a lay person...

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4 Common Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injury.

Let’s say you were in a car crash and you bumped your head on the steering wheel. You don’t think your injuries are that bad, but pretty soon you start to notice that you are having a lot of headaches and somehow, you just can’t think straight. You could have a traumatic brain injury (“TBI”). Common Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injuries. It goes without saying that whenever you experience an injury, or if you are in a car accident of any description—whether a fender-bender or something more serious—the first thing you should do is seek medical attention. TBIs are injuries to the brain...

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Some General Information About Traumatic Brain Injuries.

Any number of accidents— whether car accidents, falls, sporting accidents, crashes with a big rig, or oil rig explosions, or more— can leave an individual with a traumatic brain injury (“TBI”). TBIs can have long-lasting and devastating effects on a person’s life and on those around him. Because TBIs are so serious, it is important to know a little bit about them. Severity of Traumatic Brain Injuries. Like any injury, the severity of a TBI can range from everything from a bump on the head to serious brain damage. Not surprisingly, then, the symptoms of a TBIs have a wide variance as well. However,...

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Factors That Affect the Value of Your Spinal Cord Injury Lawsuit.

Money can never make up for the pain and trauma of a spinal cord injury. But it can help defray some of the burdensome expenses victims and their families must bear when an accident results in catastrophic injuries to a loved one. The purpose of a civil lawsuit is to hold the negligent person responsible and to compensate (to the extent possible) the injured person for his or her injuries. As a result, a large part of any personal injury lawsuit involving spinal cord injuries will be about the damages you can receive to compensate you for your injuries. Damages. Money damages are...

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Spinal Cord Injuries: What Are They?

Some reports say that every year about 17,500 people in the United States sustain a spinal cord injury. That means there are 48 new spinal cord injuries every day! Most of the injuries are the result of car crashes, truck accidents, violence, falls, and sports-related accidents. But what, exactly, is a spinal cord injury? How is it that a person can “break their neck” but not have a spinal cord injury? Let’s take a look. Your Spinal Cord. Your spinal cord plays an essential and central role in everything you do. The spinal cord is the major bundle of nerves that carries nerve impulses to...

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Can You Get Benefits for Your Disabled Child?

If you have a disabled child, it is very likely that you will need some kind of financial support to pay for your child’s medical expenses and care. Depending on your particular circumstances, you may want to consider applying to the Social Security Agency (“SSA”) for disability benefits for your child. Here is some basic information about the types of disability benefits that are available to disabled children. Supplemental Security Income (“SSI”). Most disabled children under the age of 18 qualify for disability benefits under the SSA’s Supplemental Security Income (“SSI”) disability benefits program. The SSI program is a needs-based program. That means that there...

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What “Disabled” Means to the Social Security Administration.

To qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) there are only 2 basic requirements: You must have worked in jobs that paid into the Social Security system long enough and recently enough (10 out of the past 15 years) to qualify for SSDI benefits, and, You must be disabled within the meaning of the Security Administration’s (“SSA”) definition of “disabled.” Sounds simple, right? Wrong. The Social Security Administration (“SSA”) has lots of rules and regulations that must be strictly followed in order to qualify for disability benefits. In addition, they have a very strict definition of “disabled.” What Does Social Security...

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Evidence and Trucking Accidents. Why It’s So Important.

Just a few years ago (in 2015), Louisiana reportedly had 5,460 trucking companies in the state. It is said that over 78% of the local communities in Louisiana rely on trucks to transport their goods. Given that many trucks on the roads and the difficult conditions truckers face (long hours, lack of sleep) it shouldn’t come as a surprise that statistics show that commercial trucks are involved in 8% of all fatal crashes each year in Louisiana. Since commercial trucking companies face enormous costs if held liable for personal injuries or deaths caused by a trucking accident, after an accident, the...

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