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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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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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Some General Information About Traumatic Brain Injuries.

Any number of accidents— whether car accidents, falls, sporting accidents, crashes with a big rig, or oil rig explosions, or more— can leave an individual with a traumatic brain injury (“TBI”). TBIs can have long-lasting and devastating effects on a person’s life and on those around him. Because TBIs are so serious, it is important to know a little bit about them. Severity of Traumatic Brain Injuries. Like any injury, the severity of a TBI can range from everything from a bump on the head to serious brain damage. Not surprisingly, then, the symptoms of a TBIs have a wide variance as well. However,...

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Factors That Affect the Value of Your Spinal Cord Injury Lawsuit.

Money can never make up for the pain and trauma of a spinal cord injury. But it can help defray some of the burdensome expenses victims and their families must bear when an accident results in catastrophic injuries to a loved one. The purpose of a civil lawsuit is to hold the negligent person responsible and to compensate (to the extent possible) the injured person for his or her injuries. As a result, a large part of any personal injury lawsuit involving spinal cord injuries will be about the damages you can receive to compensate you for your injuries. Damages. Money damages are...

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Spinal Cord Injuries: What Are They?

Some reports say that every year about 17,500 people in the United States sustain a spinal cord injury. That means there are 48 new spinal cord injuries every day! Most of the injuries are the result of car crashes, truck accidents, violence, falls, and sports-related accidents. But what, exactly, is a spinal cord injury? How is it that a person can “break their neck” but not have a spinal cord injury? Let’s take a look. Your Spinal Cord. Your spinal cord plays an essential and central role in everything you do. The spinal cord is the major bundle of nerves that carries nerve impulses to...

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Evidence and Trucking Accidents. Why It’s So Important.

Just a few years ago (in 2015), Louisiana reportedly had 5,460 trucking companies in the state. It is said that over 78% of the local communities in Louisiana rely on trucks to transport their goods. Given that many trucks on the roads and the difficult conditions truckers face (long hours, lack of sleep) it shouldn’t come as a surprise that statistics show that commercial trucks are involved in 8% of all fatal crashes each year in Louisiana. Since commercial trucking companies face enormous costs if held liable for personal injuries or deaths caused by a trucking accident, after an accident, the...

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3 Common Risks of Riding a Motorcycle Leading to Accidents.

Every year there are approximately 2,000 motorcycle accidents in Louisiana. In many of these, the bikers are fatally injured. Riding a motorcycle isn’t the same as driving a car. So its not surprising to find that the causes of motorcycle accidents, the injuries resulting from motorcycle accidents, and how liability is determined in these accidents are very different from those of car accidents. Risks of Riding a Motorcycle. Motorcycles are much smaller and lighter than cars. The rider is exposed and the bike itself is vulnerable to road conditions. These characteristics, along with others, make motorcycle riding riskier than riding in a car....

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