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4 Things You Can Do To Improve Your Chances of a Successful Recovery for Your Personal Injury Case

If you have been injured because of another person’s negligence, you don’t want to do anything that may jeopardize your ability to recover from the at-fault person for the damage you have suffered. While you may not like the idea of having to pursue a legal action, the truth of the matter is that it is fundamentally unfair for an innocent victim to be forced to bear not only the physical and emotional burden of often life-altering and permanent injuries that arise out of someone else’s negligence, but the financial burden as well. When you take the steps you need to...

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Who Are Potential Defendants in a Toxic Tort Case?

In most civil litigations, there is generally one plaintiff and one defendant. In toxic tort cases, however, it’s not like that. Toxic Tort Cases A toxic tort is a legal claim that is made when a person is harmed by exposure to a dangerous substance, like asbestos, pharmaceutical drugs, pesticides or harmful chemicals. In toxic tort cases, the plaintiff (i.e., the person harmed) sues to recover damages (to pay for medical bills, treatment, etc.) for the harm that the exposure did to them. Figuring out who is responsible for the plaintiff’s damage can be very difficult. Which is why, in most toxic tort...

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Fish Processing Dangers and Injuries

In Louisiana, we’re not strangers to hard, dirty, dangerous work. Like commercial fishing. Louisiana’s wild-caught seafood industry provides jobs for 26,403 people; generates income totaling $484 million; and sales of more than $1.3 billion. While Louisiana’s commercial fishing industry may be lucrative, it’s also dangerous. In fact, the death rate on-the-job commercial fisherman is an astounding 29 times higher than the average of occupational-related deaths across the country. While all maritime jobs are risky, commercial fishing positions are exceptionally so. It’s the most dangerous industry in the country. Workers face long hours, fatigue, rough seas and big equipment that can cause catastrophic injuries...

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What is the Doctrine of Unseaworthiness?

Maritime law, also referred to as admiralty law, is made up of statutes and caselaw governing legal disputes originating on navigable waters. “Navigable waters” include all bodies of water that are capable of being used for interstate or foreign commerce. Rivers that flow into the ocean or cross state lines come within maritime jurisdiction. Personal injury cases that are governed by maritime law have specialized rules and raise unique issues. That is why, if you have a case governed by maritime law, you need an attorney who specializes in this area of law. One of the unique areas of maritime law we...

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#Think Before You Post (Social Media and its Impact on Your Personal Injury Case)

Facebook has over 1 billion users around the world. Twitter has approximately 31 million users and Instagram has been the fastest growing social channel for several years. Using social media has become a fundamental part of the lives of most people around the world. But if you are involved in personal injury litigation, using social media could be the worst thing you could do. Why? Because when you are pursuing a personal injury case, anything you post on social media could be used against you during your case. Even a seemingly harmless post could be detrimental to your case. Defense Attorneys, Insurance Adjusters and...

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3 Things You Can Do To Prevent a Distracted Driving Crash

As we pointed out in one of our other recent posts, distracted driving has reached epidemic proportions in the United States. Every day people are injured or killed in car accidents that were caused by a distracted driver. In today’s post, we want to give you 3 ways you can prevent adding to those statistics. Talk to Your Teens According to statistics, almost 60% of all car crashes involving teenage drivers involved some form of driver inattention. Bear in mind that because most drivers who are involved in a car crash will not admit to the police that they were using...

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Distracted Driving is Now a National Epidemic

Here’s some very disturbing news. According to the According to the AAA, distracted driving crashes are now a national epidemic. While distracted driving can be anything that prevents a driver from paying attention to the road, like putting on lipstick, smoking, changing the radio, eating or drinking, the main cause of distracted driving is talking on your cell phone or texting. The AAA reports that every day, an average of 9 people are killed and 1,000 are injured because of drivers using their cell phones. How Bad is it? After speeding and drunk driving, distracted driving is the third leading cause of deaths...

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What is “Maintenance and Cure”?

Working aboard a ship—any type of ship— is a dangerous and demanding job. Injuries are not uncommon. However, because seamen are not land-based workers, when it comes to being compensated for a work-related injury or an illness (whether work-related or not), their legal rights are far different from those enjoyed by non-seamen. Injured Seamen and Compensation Unlike the majority of land-based employees, seamen are not entitled to file a worker’s compensation claim against their employer if they get injured while at sea. Instead, the rights of injured maritime workers are governed by federal law and general maritime law. The type of claim...

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Children and Traumatic Brain Injury

Among some of the most difficult injuries to diagnose, treat or prove in a personal injury case, are brain injuries. Unfortunately, children are among those who are the most at risk for a traumatic brain injury (“TBI”). Children and Brain Injuries Playing school sports is one way in which children frequently incur brain injuries. These injuries can be anything from a mild concussion to a severe blow to the head that causes the child to lose consciousness. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2009, almost 250,000 children and adolescents aged 19 and younger received treatment for sports...

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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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