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When It’s a Good Idea to Hire an Attorney for Your Workers’ Compensation Case.

If you have been injured at work, you may be considering filing a workers’ compensation claim. Workers’ compensation claims are meant to provide injured workers with a quick and efficient way to get compensated for their work-related injuries. So does that mean you don’t need to hire an attorney if you are making a workers’ compensation claim? Not exactly. Some Signs That You Should Hire An Attorney. If your situation is a simple, straight-forward case, like perhaps a twisted ankle or a cut that required a few stitches, then you probably won’t need an attorney to assist you. On the other hand,...

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Asleep at the Wheel: A Serious Trucking Issue.

Every year over 110,000 people are injured and more than 5,000 are killed in motor vehicle accidents involving commercial trucks. If that’s not scary enough, one study conducted by the Harvard School of Medicine – Sleep Medicine Division reported that nearly half of all semi-truck drivers admitted to having “drifted off” while driving a long-haul route. Sleep Deprivation. Sleep deprivation is a common cause of big rig accidents. Long-haul truck drivers are on the road driving from coast to coast. They sit all day, alone in a cab, driving in traffic.  Their hours are irregular and truck  drivers work nights, weekends...

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Louisiana’s Damages Cap.

Louisiana is like no place else. No other state in the Union was named for a French king. (King Louis XIV.). In Louisiana, we have our own way of doing things. Our geography, food, even our language is different from anyone else’s. So are our laws. Personal Injury Lawsuits and Damages. When you are injured by the negligence of someone else, you often end up with unexpected medical bills, pain, property damage, lost wages, and sometimes, emotional distress. In the context of a personal injury action, these expenses are referred to as “damages.” Damages can be economic (e.g., your medical bills, repair...

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Workers’ Compensation 101.

What happens if you get injured on the job and can’t work? Where do you get the money to pay for your medical bills? You’ve probably heard of the answer: it’s workers’ compensation. But you might not know how workers’ compensation works. So let’s take a look. The Basics of Workers’ Compensation. Workers’ compensation is a type of insurance program that employers pay into to provide their workers with an efficient and quick way to receive money for their work-related injuries. While the claim process is supposed to be straight-forward, there are certain procedures that must be followed to file a valid claim. Also,...

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Legal Hurdles to be Overcome in a Brain Injury Case.

Some cases may be more difficult to prove than others. That does not mean they cannot be proved, simply that for some cases, we just have to fight harder to win. Brain injury cases can be like that. Brain Injury Cases and Legal Proof. Why are brain injury cases difficult to prove? Because, for one thing, brain injuries don’t always show up on scans. A brain can a appear normal and healthy on a scan even though it is not. Another difficulty encountered with brain injuries is that they do not always appear immediately. If you break your leg, that’s an injury that is immediate...

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Spinal Cord Injuries and Lawsuits: Some Things To Think About.

Catastrophic injuries—like spinal cord injuries—have serious, long-term effects on the victim. They often also put enormous stress on the victim’s family due to the change in circumstances, new needs of the victim, and astronomical medical bills. Indeed, the costs associated with spinal cord injuries are over a million dollars in the first year of high tetraplegia.  It is understandable then, that many people who have suffered spinal cord injuries due to an accident or other circumstances, would consider filing a lawsuit. Because taking on litigation is never something anyone should do without giving it careful thought, here are some things you...

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Being Overweight is Never Good, But in Commercial Trucks, It’s Downright Dangerous.

Have you ever wondered what makes an accident between a car (or, heaven forbid, a motorcycle) and a commercial trucking vehicle so horrendous? Mass. The sheer size and weight of 18-wheelers, tractor-trailers, and semis that are frequently loaded down with large quantities of products or heavy equipment cause these massive vehicles to be extremely dangerous for other drivers on the road. And, things get worse if a big-rig is overweight. The Dangers of Being Overweight. While we all understand the danger that being overweight can pose to one’s health, when it comes to big rigs, the stakes are even higher. Overloaded trucks pose a significant threat...

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Trucking Accidents: Big Rigs, Catastrophic Injuries and Lots of Potentially Responsible Parties.

Trucking is big business. According to the U.S Department of Transportation (“DOT”), trucking accounts for 70% of the total tonnage and 71% of the value of all goods shipped in this country, and many truckers travel at least 600 miles to get to their destination. That puts a lot of trucks on the road for long distances. In Louisiana alone, each year, the average number of fatalities from tractor trailer accidents is over 100, while injuries from trucking accidents are over 3,000. Big Accidents, Catastrophic Injuries. Big rigs are more likely to be involved in fatal multiple vehicle crashes—(as opposed to single-vehicle...

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What is the 60/70 Hour Rule?

It’s not hard to sympathize with commercial truck drivers when you consider how difficult their working conditions are: long, lonely hours on the road away from their families for days at a time, sitting in cramped conditions, dealing with the stress of traffic all day long, day after day. But when a tired or inattentive trucker causes an accident that takes innocent lives or leaves a person with catastrophic injuries, that’s where our sympathy ends. The fact that the terrible working conditions, and particularly fatigue, is a leading cause of commercial trucking accidents is well-recognized by both the trucking industry and...

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Commercial Truck Drivers and the Drug Use Problem.

We often take our safety on the road for granted. But if you happen to see the aftermath of an accident involving a big commercial trucking vehicle and a passenger car, or know someone who has been in such an accident, the fact that many professional truck drivers have a drug problem, just might have you vowing to never leave the house again. Truck Drivers and Drugs. Sadly, studies have shown that the use of “mind-altering substances” is high among commercial truck drivers. According to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), synthetic drug use among commercial drivers has significantly increased in recent...

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