Occupational Hazards

February 1-7 is National Burn Awareness Week. A Little Bit About Burn Injuries.

The early part of February is always National Burn Awareness week. Burn injuries are among the most devastating and excruciating personal injuries one can suffer. Here in Louisiana, where our economy thrives on oil drilling and commercial fishing, burn injuries are not uncommon. Burn Injuries and Explosions A major risk of working on oil rigs or commercial fishing boats is fires. Some fires are caused by materials catching on fire, others are caused by explosions. The effects of an explosion are devastating. For example, who doesn’t remember the 2010 Deepwater Horizon catastrophe? The explosion of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig caused a fire on...

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What is Toxic Tort Litigation?

Remember the movie, Erin Brockovich?  That movie told the story of a legal assistant’s discovery that Pacific Gas & Electric had been poisoning the water supply in the town of Hinkley, California for 30 years. Or how about John Travolta’s 1999 movie, A Civil Action? That was based on the true story of 8 Woburn, Massachusetts families whose children and spouses contracted and died of leukemia after the local water was contaminated by W.R. Grace Co told the story. Why bring up movies in a law blog? Because these movies are examples of toxic torts. Toxic Tort Litigation. A toxic tort is a legal claim...

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Two Louisiana Professions Likely to Expose You to Toxins

When you have a job that requires you to work around dust, fibers, chemicals or fumes, you are put at risk for developing an occupational disease. There are thousands of potentially dangerous workplace chemicals. Some studies have shown that 4% to 10% of all cancers in the United States are caused by work exposures. There are certain jobs are just inherently dangerous to workers because they have a high rate of physical accidents or because they necessarily expose workers to deadly toxins. Here in Louisiana, we have several important industries that are dangerous for workers on both fronts. Here are just 2 of...

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