Personal Injury

The Dangers of a Concussion

A boxer goes down after a mighty blow to the head. Two football players bump helmets during a tackle or head-first fall. You’re involved in a head-on collision. Each one of these situations can cause a concussion. Concussions Do Serious Damage to the Brain A concussion is a form of traumatic brain injury (“TBI”). It is an injury to the brain that affects thinking and other aspects of cognitive function. According to the American Society of Neuroradiology, 75% of all TBIs are concussions. Some concussions can be recovered from in a matter of days, but most take 3 weeks or more. Some of...

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Common Claims in Toxic Tort Cases.

What can you do if you are exposed to, or injured by, a pharmaceutical drug, chemical, asbestos, black mold, oil spill, pesticide or other harmful substance? With the exception of any claim covered exclusively by worker’s compensation, the answer is that you may be able to bring a legal action to recover for your injuries. Personal injury cases that seek redress for exposure to, and harm caused by, toxic substances are called “toxic tort” litigations. A “toxic tort” is a legal claim for harm caused by exposure to a dangerous substance. Toxic Tort Cases. The specific elements that a plaintiff must prove in a...

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A Brief Examination of Independent Medical Examinations.

There is a part of all civil cases, called “discovery,” where each party (i.e., the plaintiff and the defendant) gathers information about the other side’s case—i.e., what documents they have and what testimony they will present at trial. The discovery procedures form a part of civil procedure. These procedures give each party to a lawsuit a number of tools that they can use to find out as much as possible about the other side’s case prior to trial. The purpose of the discovery tools is to encourage settlement by allowing a full exchange of information. Some of the discovery tools commonly used...

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At the Scene of a Car Crash, Don’t Do This.

You may have seen lots of articles that tell you what you should do if you are involved in a car crash. But what about what you should not do? Other than leaving the scene, here’s the one thing you should never do if you are involved in a car accident… Make A Deal With The Other Driver.   The one thing you should never do if you are in a car accident—no matter how minor the accident may be—is to make a deal with the other driver—on anything. Do not agree not to report the accident to the police. Do not agree not...

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What You Can Do To Prepare for Your Personal Injury Lawsuit.

When it comes to personal injury cases, it’s never easy trying to deal with the pain and emotional upheaval that the carelessness of another person causes. Innocent victims and their families have to face the unexpected financial, emotional and physical burdens that another’s negligence causes. On top of that, they may have to face the rigors of litigation. While never a path people want to go down, sometimes litigation is the only way innocent victims can get the compensation they deserve. It should come as no surprise that litigation is stressful. When you are also dealing with the physical, mental and emotional...

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4 Things You Can Do to Ride Safely and Avoid Motorcycle Accidents.

Riding a motorcycle in the city, on the highway or even down a country road can be fun, but risky. Motorcycle accidents are not uncommon, and when they occur, the injuries to a rider can be catastrophic—even if you are wearing leathers and a helmet. According to the Louisiana Crash Data Reports, 8.67% of all fatal driving accidents occurring in the state in 2017 involved motorcycles. The statistics show that riding a motorcycle in Louisiana increases your chances of being involved in a fatal accident. So if you are going to ride in the Pelican State, it makes sense for you to...

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3 Things You Should Always Tell Your Personal Injury Attorney.

If you have never worked with an attorney before, you may not understand how close and how personal the attorney-client relationship can be. You work with your attorney like a team. Your attorney is your advocate, counselor and advisor. It is your job to make sure that your attorney has all the information he/she needs to represent you zealously. Sometimes, that means telling your attorney things about yourself or the facts of your case that can make you feel embarrassed or uncomfortable. These can be things about you and your life that you probably would rather your attorney did not know. Rest...

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Can You Recover for Your Grief in a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

If another person’s negligence, recklessness or intentional conduct caused the death of someone you love, and you are a qualifying survivor under Louisiana’s wrongful death statute, you might be able to file a wrongful death claim. A “wrongful death” claim allows certain qualified individuals to recover compensation from the individual or entity responsible for the death of their loved one, for the losses they sustained as a result of that individual’s death. This means that you can generally recover for “economic” damages suffered such as: burial and funeral expenses, hospital bills, lost wages and benefits, or bills for damaged property. It also means...

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Motorcycle Defects Can Lead to Accidents.

In 2018, Harley-Davidson recalled a number of its motorcycles. It was Harley-Davidson’s fifth recall in five years.  While many motorcycle accidents occur because of biker or passenger car driver error, we shouldn’t discount the fact that sometimes the cause of an accident is mechanical error. Compared to occupants of a passenger vehicle, motorcycle riders are already at a higher risk of injury if an accident occurs. When a person is riding a defective motorcycle, those risks skyrocket. Defective Conditions Lead to Liability. Just like any mechanical product, motorcycles are susceptible to defects. Defects can occur at any stage in the manufacturing process, including...

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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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