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Lake Charles man killed in car accident

When a person gets behind the wheel of a car, they have a responsibility to other motorists to exercise caution and care while driving. If a driver behaves negligently or drives drunk and causes a car accident, he could be liable for damages. Victims may receive compensation for medical bills, rehabilitation costs, lost wages and much more. If a family loses a loved one in an accident, they may be able to file a wrongful death suit against those responsible for the death of their family member. This will allow them to recover funeral costs, medical expenses, and loss of income.

A recent tragedy on the road has left one man dead and another facing DWI charges. The accident occurred when a 63-year-old Lake Charles man was traveling south in his pick-up truck and another vehicle rear-ended him. The man was pronounced dead at the hospital. A passenger in the man's truck was airlifted to the hospital and is reportedly stable.

A Woman Develops Decubitus Ulcers due to Nursing Neglect and Endures a Lengthened and Painful Rehabilitation Treatment

Our client was a very active and independent woman who enjoyed the daily activities of her retirement with her husband of 60 years. She developed arthritis in her knees and sought treatment for the pain she was experiencing. Our client elected to have a left total knee replacement. After the surgery, she was placed on a bed pan and remained that way for many hours. Fourteen hours after she was initially placed on the bed pan the nursing staff noted a skin tear on our client's buttocks. The nursing staff did not notify our client's treating physician and did not consult the enterostomal therapy nurse. There were no skin care treatment protocols initiated in an effort to treat her acute skin breakdown and/or prevent further skin breakdown. Our client was neither turned nor repositioned, which is the standard of care for someone with skin breakdown.

What is involved in a wrongful death claim?

Losing a loved one in an accident can be emotionally and financially devastating to surviving family members. In many cases, the accident victim was someone that other family members depended on. Without that person, the family could potentially fall apart.

If your family member was killed as a result of another party's negligence or misconduct, you may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the negligent party. In order to bring a successful wrongful death suit, you must show that there was a death and that the death was caused by another person's negligence or with an intent to cause harm. You must also show that you and your family have suffered monetary injury as a result of the loss of your loved one. You must also appoint a personal representative for the decedent's estate.

The effects of spinal cord injuries can last a lifetime

Dealing with the aftermath of a serious accident can be exhausting and leave you feeling helpless. Many serious accidents, whether they occur on the road or while working on the oil rig, can leave you with a myriad of injuries. Spinal cord injuries in particular are some of the most difficult to recover from.

People who suffer from high cervical injuries may become quadriplegic and require full-time care. They may no longer be able to work or live on their own. Life as they once knew it may be gone forever. While paraplegic injuries may allow for a chance at a somewhat normal life, it is likely that they will need various professional services to assist them.

A Punch Biopsy of the Liver during a Diagnostic Laparoscopy Results in a Man's Internal Bleeding and Untimely Death

Our client was a 55 year old man who enjoyed spending time with his family, tending to his cattle, and working at his job in construction. He was a family man to the core and enjoyed having his whole family together every Sunday afternoon. One day, he reported to the emergency room complaining of fever, chest pressure, and a rapid heartbeat for the past four days. Blood work indicated an infections process and a urinalysis indicated a urinary tract infection as well as a critical platelet count of 44,000. Further examination by nursing staff revealed complaints of nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, decrease in urinary output, and a headache.

Car accidents are on the rise in Lake Charles

Despite nationwide improvements in vehicle safety and crackdowns on negligent drivers, car accidents have been on the rise in the Lake Charles area. Between January and August of this year, 7 people have been killed in Lake Charles car accidents according to local police. There were only 2 deaths during the same time period in 2014. Four of those 7 deaths were pedestrian accident deaths, while 2 deaths involved only vehicles.

Lake Charles has seen a 17 percent increase in car accidents over the past year. The total number of accidents from January 2015 to August 2015 is just over 3,000. Police suspect that this increase has to do with an increase in the number of cars on the roads. With more industries coming in, many more people are finding employment in the area. There are more cars out on the roads than ever before.

Defining a medical malpractice suit

Although technological advances have reached a point where we now have robots working in hospitals and even in surgery rooms, the value and ability of doctors and medical professionals can never be fully replaced by machines. Doctors are humans however, and humans make mistakes. And when it comes to the medical field, a human error can lead to a severe injury, worsened condition or, in extreme cases, even death to a victim.

When we visit a doctor or hospital, we expect elite, professional care on every level by all personnel. But unfortunately, medical malpractice, whether from negligence or human error, does happen. And negligence and errors may take many forms.

An Occupational Medical Center Fails to Diagnose and Treat a Severed Tendon in a Man's Right Hand Resulting in Multiple Surgeries and Lengthened Treatment

While on the job, our client was folding a tripod and pinched his right thumb which caused a laceration to the underside of his thumb. His employer insisted he go to their choice of doctor and sent him to an occupational medical center. Our client was examined and received treatment from a nurse. She told him that his tendon was intact, applied a bandage, gave him a follow-up appointment, and sent him home. Our client followed-up a month later and explained to the doctor at the occupational medical center that he still was unable to flex his thumb completely. The physician subsequently took an x-ray of the hand, and after examining the x-ray, determined that our client could return to work. The doctor also instructed him to start range of motion exercises to help with the flexibility of his thumb.

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.