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Injured at Work? Not Doing This Just Might Get You Denied Coverage.

If you get injured while on the job, there are some things you should do to protect your rights and your health. File a Report. The first thing you need to do if you are injured on the job is to file an injury report with your employer. Failing to do this within 24-48 hours after the accident could get you denied worker’s compensation. If your employer doesn’t have worker’s compensation, then you need to file whatever type of injury report your employer accepts. Again, if you do not do this, you may get denied whatever alternative injury coverage your employer...

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What is a “Contingency Fee”?

Many people hesitate to hire an attorney because they are concerned about how much it will cost them to be represented. While it is true that litigation can be expensive, contingency fee cases solve much of that problem. Here’s how it works. Contingency Fee Agreements. A contingency fee agreement is a contract that you sign when you hire counsel to represent you. While most attorney-client contracts charge an hourly rate for an attorney’s time, with a contingency fee agreement, you do not have to pay any money up front. Your attorney gets paid “contingent upon” (only if) you win at trial or reach...

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What “Money Damages” Mean in a Personal Injury Lawsuit

In criminal cases, the defendant often spends time in jail to pay for his crimes. In civil law cases, the defendant must compensate the injured party by paying for the damage he has caused. In other words, in a civil case, the defendant pays the injured party  money damages. Money Damages. Money damages can be recovered in personal injury cases (i.e. negligence) like car accidents, truck accidents, or slip and fall cases, for example. Their purpose is to compensate the injured party for the damages he/she has suffered so as “put the plaintiff in as good a position” (not better) as he/she...

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Two Reasons Why You Might Not Want to Hire the Big, Out-of-State Law Firm to Handle Your Louisiana Mesothelioma Case

You may have seen the frequent T.V. advertising by several big, out-of-state law firms that specialize in mesothelioma cases. While these advertisements may be appealing and may draw you in, keep in mind that choosing an attorney to represent you in a mesothelioma case —or in any case—is a very important decision. You want to make sure that you choose an attorney that is not only experienced in the area of law governing your case, but is someone you trust, feel comfortable with, are willing to work with, and feel confident that they will do a good job for you. Your...

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Two Louisiana Professions Likely to Expose You to Toxins

When you have a job that requires you to work around dust, fibers, chemicals or fumes, you are put at risk for developing an occupational disease. There are thousands of potentially dangerous workplace chemicals. Some studies have shown that 4% to 10% of all cancers in the United States are caused by work exposures. There are certain jobs are just inherently dangerous to workers because they have a high rate of physical accidents or because they necessarily expose workers to deadly toxins. Here in Louisiana, we have several important industries that are dangerous for workers on both fronts. Here are just 2 of...

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3 Things You Need to Know About Filing a Mesothelioma Lawsuit

If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may want to file a lawsuit. Here are some things you should know before you do. You Have a Time Limit in Which to File Your Lawsuit Even though it can take up to 40 years for the symptoms of mesothelioma to manifest themselves, when it comes to filing a lawsuit to recover for your injuries, you have to move fast. All states have what is called a “statute of limitations” for different civil wrongs. The point of the statute of limitations is to prevent a plaintiff from waiting forever to act on...

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Hey! That’s Personal! Maintaining Privacy in Litigation

We all value our privacy. And in our modern world, it has become increasingly important to protect yourself from identify thieves and the like. But when you are involved in a litigation, you are required to disclose a lot of personal information, whether you like it or not. So does filing a lawsuit mean you lose your right to privacy completely? No. Your rights can still be protected. Discovery In litigation, we have procedures called “discovery.”  Discovery, in the context of a lawsuit allows both sides to find out (“discover”) facts and information about the opposing party’s case (i.e., plaintiff’s case-in- chief and the...

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