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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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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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What a Damages Cap Means for Your Lawsuit.

People who are injured by the negligence of someone else often end up with more than just a physical injury. They frequently end up with a mountain of medical bills, property damages, lost wages and even emotional damage. Personal injury lawsuits are sometimes necessary in order to recover money to compensate the injured person for these unexpected and sometimes catastrophic, damages. Damages in Lawsuits. When it comes to lawsuits, there are generally 2 kinds of money damages: economic damages and non-economic damages. Economic damages are out-of-pocket expenses like medical bills, car repair costs, lost wages, etc. Non-economic damages refer to more intangible damages, like mental...

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What You Can Do to Get Ready for Your Deposition.

If your circumstances (for example, an accident, work injury, slip and fall, medical malpractice, etc.) have you caught up in a lawsuit, you just might find yourself bewildered by all the legal rules, verbiage and procedures. If you’ve never been exposed to litigation before, don’t worry. This is normal. We have found what helps many of our clients is when they have a fairly good understanding of the process—what’s going on, what to expect and how they can prepare for it. So in today’s post we want to discuss depositions and give you a few tips for getting ready if you...

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How Long Do You Have to File A Personal Injury (Car Collision) Lawsuit in Louisiana?

When a car accident happens, you need to act quickly—especially if anyone is injured. The police must be called, information exchanged, and all medical attention sought for anyone who is injured. Most people are pretty good at acting quickly after a car crash. But what they don’t always act quickly on is protecting their legal rights. You Don’t Have Forever To File a Lawsuit. A basic concept in law is that a person must act within a certain time period to protect his legal rights. In other words, the law mandates that if you are going to file a lawsuit, you do it...

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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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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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