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Oilrig workers face serious injuries on the job

Many residents in the Lake Charles area are employed on oilrigs, platforms and tankers. Deckhands, mechanics, operators and other crew members work in offshore oil drilling in the Gulf. These workers may work on fixed platforms, jack-up rigs or semi-submersible rigs. There are also seamen that work on oil tankers and vessels that aid drilling rigs. Unfortunately, all of these workers are at a high risk for accidents that lead to devastating injuries.

While these jobs can be dangerous by nature, employers and owners may still be required to provide compensation if you are injured. Offshore workers who are injured in such an accident can seek legal representation and file suit under the Death on the High Seas Act or the Jones act.

How do I file a medical malpractice suit?

Residents in the Lake Charles area may have sought professional medical care for various injuries and illnesses over the years. In some cases, a patient will face additional harm due to a failure to provide proper care. This poor medical treatment is often caused by medical negligence on the part of a doctor, nurse, hospital worker or other medical provider.

Filing a medical malpractice suit can help prevent the negligent medical provider from providing below-standard medical care to others. The process for filing such a suit can be challenging, but could prove to be well worth it in the end. In Louisiana, the statute of limitations requires you to file your suit within one year of when the injury occurred.

Emergency Room Doctor did not Properly Treat an Infected Wound that was Caused by a Dog Bite Resulting in a Long Hospital and Skin Grafts

Our client was bitten by a large pit bull dog on the lower left leg and left thigh. He sought treatment for the dog bite at a hospital where the wound was sutured and cleansed. The doctor placed his left leg in a mobilizer and discharged him home with a prescription for Augmentin and Vicoprofen. The next day, our client reported to the emergency room of the same hospital complaining that the area, that had been sutured, was now painful and swelling. Our client also had a very high temperature of 102.9˚. The emergency room doctor diagnosed our client with cellulitis of the left leg. He was the discharged home with instructions to continue Augmentin, and he was given a prescription for Ambien.

Bicycle accidents among adults are on the rise in Louisiana

When it comes to car accidents, no one on the Louisiana roadways is completely safe. A report released earlier this month by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that Louisiana had the third-highest rate of bicyclist deaths in the United States.

The bicycle death rate has fallen nearly 35 percent since 1975, but the reason for this drop has to do with the fact that children are riding their bikes less often these days. The rate among adult drivers between the ages of 35 and 74 increased from 1975 to 2012. Overall, the mortality rate from 2008 to 2012 was .33 for 100,000 people.

Speeding is a major cause of Louisiana fatal car accidents

Traffic accidents in Louisiana are the cause of multiple deaths and catastrophic injuries every year. Many of these accidents are caused by negligence or reckless behavior behind the wheel. Out of all the deaths that occur on the Louisiana roadways, more than 25 percent of them occur as a result of speeding.

In 2013, the National Highway Safety Administration reported that speeding was involved in over 27 percent of Louisiana road fatalities, totaling 193 speeding related deaths. Across the nation, over 9,600 people have died in car accidents where speed was a factor. Young men between the ages of 15 and 24 make up nearly 35 percent of car accidents. This group is also more likely to die in accidents caused by speeding.

Woman Suffers Tibial Plateau Fracture due to Nursing Staff Negligence

Our client was a very active 79 year old woman who enjoyed gardening, visiting with friends, shopping, and attending church. She reported to the emergency room due to weakness and fatigue after episodes of nausea and vomiting. Her chief complaints were nausea, vomiting, fever, and being weak and lethargic. Our client was seen by the emergency department staff who diagnosed her with a urinary tract infection (UTI), dehydration, and sepsis.

Spinal cord injuries can affect life in many ways

From cuts and bruises to brain damage, many Louisiana motorists experience various types of injuries as the result of a car accident. A spinal cord injury, which can occur from a sudden, traumatic blow to the spine, is considered to be one of the most serious injuries that a car accident victim can suffer from. Motor vehicle accidents are responsible for more than 35 percent of new spinal cord injuries every year. Injury to the spinal cord can often result in permanent changes in strength and other body functions.

In an accident, damage may occur to any part of the spinal cord or even the nerves at the end of the spinal canal. The effects of such an injury will depend on where the injury took place along the victim's spinal cord and how severe the injury was. The severity of the injury is referred to as "the completeness," and can be classified as either complete or incomplete.

How courts determine liability in a car accident

A car accident can potentially turn someone's life upside down, whether they live in Lake Charles or elsewhere. Victims of car accidents are interested in holding the person who caused it responsible for their actions. If the victim decides to file a civil lawsuit against the driver they believe was responsible, the court will have to determine liability. If the court finds the driver to be liable, he or she may have to pay for any damages caused by his negligence,

In order to determine whether a driver is liable, courts will analyze whether he or she behaved negligently behind the wheel. While it may seem obvious who was careless, it is not always easy to determine whether a rule was violated. Courts will consider whether the driver was disobeying traffic signs, speeding, disregarding weather or traffic conditions and whether other factors played a role when making their decision.

Clark's Level IV Superficial Spreading Melanoma goes Unfound and Untreated due to Misdiagnosis by a Pathologist

Our client, a 40 year old woman with two children, presented to her family physician with complaints of an atypical skin lesion on her back. Her family physician did a biopsy of this "mole" and sent the sample to a pathology laboratory. At the pathology lab the lesion was examined by a pathologist and was misdiagnosed as a compound nevus, which is a benign melanocytic mole. Research shows that lesions like these should be monitored and checked frequently for any changes because these they can progress into skin cancer. Months later the atypical lesion was checked again, and this time there were noteworthy changes in the size, contour, and color of the mole. Due to these changes, a second biopsy of the mole was ordered and performed. From the results of the biopsy, it was determined that our client had a Clark's level IV superficial spreading melanoma, stage III. Our client was then referred to MD Anderson where she underwent numerous surgical interventions and treatments. During her treatment process, it was determined that the first biopsy that was taken had been read incorrectly by the pathologist and was erroneously interpreted as a compound nevus. The initial pathologist should have diagnosed an atypical compound melanocytic proliferation suggestive of invasive melanoma. In the medical review panel process, the panel ruled against the pathologist who performed the initial analysis and found that he should have identified that original specimen as melanoma, not a compound nevus. Our client had to undergo vast amounts of treatments and had to endure pain and suffering due to the treatments she received. Moreover, she now must also live with the realistic fear that she will die from the cancer because of its progression that was allowed by the delay in diagnosis. Through a settlement, Todd Townsley was able to make a just and favorable recovery for this client.

Supply vessel seaman files suit after accident

Every day, Louisiana seamen put their lives at risk while on-the-job. Fortunately, the Federal government has implemented the Jones Act to help protect sea vessel employees who get injured or killed while carrying out the duties of his or her job.

A Jones Act seaman recently filed a complaint against his employer, Offshore Logistical and Transports LLC, after an accident on a supply vessel. The man was working on the vessel when the accident occurred, injuring the man's knee. This required him to undergo surgery.