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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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If You Think You May Have Been Exposed to Asbestos, Do This

Here in Louisiana we have a number of industries that have exposed workers to asbestos for years, and still do— including: shipbuilding, offshore drilling, oil refineries, construction, and power plants. But it’s not just jobs that pose an asbestos danger to many Louisianans. Even our weather can cause asbestos exposure. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the clean-up exposed many people throughout New Orleans area to asbestos. An Old Risk and a New Risk While we commonly think of asbestos exposure as a danger of the past when it was heavily used in the 1930s to the 1970s, unfortunately asbestos still lingers in...

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What is Mesothelioma?

Cancer. The word alone strikes fear into everyone’s heart. But some forms of cancer can be worse than others. Mesothelioma Mesothelioma is a rare and aggressive form of cancer that is found in the lining that protects the lungs, abdomen, and heart. The protective lining around these organs in the body is known as the mesothelium, which is where the cancer gets its name from. The only known cause of mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos. Mesothelioma cancer types are categorized by the organ tissue they effect. So, if  you inhaled airborne asbestos fibers and they lodged in your lungs or chest cavity causing cancer,...

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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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What Makes Trucking Accidents So Dangerous?

Accidents between passenger cars and big commercial vehicles like 18-wheelers, tractor trailers or semis, are often fatal—to the people riding in the car. But why? What makes commercial truck accidents so dangerous? In short, it’s because the differences between passenger cars and big rigs make the dynamics of what happens when a car hits a truck (or visa versa) much different than when a car hits another car. Here’s what we mean. Sheer Mass They don’t call them “big rigs” for nothing. One of the most obvious dangers of trucking accidents is the sheer mass of the commercial vehicle. Loaded, an 18-wheeler or commercial truck...

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