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What Steps You Should Take Immediately After a Car Accident.

If you are in any kind of car accident, there are a number of steps that you should take immediately to protect yourself at the scene and your interests if you later file a personal injury claim. Here are just 4 things you should do immediately at the scene of a car accident. Stop and Stay. The first thing you need to do is to stop. It is against the law to leave the scene of an accident. Even if it’s just a minor fender-bender, you are still required to stop your vehicle. If you don’t stop, but keep going,...

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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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Why You Should See a Doctor after Even a Minor Car Accident.

You’ve just had a fender bender. It’s not a bad crash; but you did hit your head on the steering wheel and you’re shaken up a bit. You call the police, exchange information with the other driver, and report it to your insurance company.  When the police come, you refuse to go to the hospital because you figure it was just a minor accident. It’s no big deal. Or so you think. Even Minor Car Crashes Can Cause Serious Injuries. Regardless of how minor you believe a car accident is, it is important that you either go to the hospital to be...

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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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Understanding Wrongful Death Claims.

Coming to grips with the death of a loved one is never easy. When that person died as the result of the carelessness or intentional misconduct of another, the impact on those left behind can be devastating. Wrongful Death Claims In General. A wrongful death can be the result of someone else’s negligent or reckless conduct (for example, medical malpractice; workplace accidents; explosions; toxic torts) or can even be caused intentionally (e.g., bar fights; shootings, etc.). When an individual’s death is caused by the wrongdoing of another person or even an entity, like a corporation, the law allows the surviving family members...

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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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