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What documents will you need in a medical malpractice case?

Louisiana residents know that one of the hardest types of personal injury cases to prove in court is a medical malpractice claim. When you think about it, the reasons become obvious: there are usually multiple defendants involved; some of the information that will come out in the case is composed of highly technical medical details; and it puts the victim - the plaintiff - in the position of telling a trained medical professional that a mistake was made. These can be daunting factors for any victim of medical malpractice in Louisiana, which makes it all the more important to make sure that as much information as possible is documented for use in the personal injury lawsuit.

What documents will plaintiffs need when pursuing a medical malpractice claim? Well, for starters, medical records are obviously crucial. But, getting these records can be easier said than done. After all, how many people have exact copies of all of the medical records that exist at their doctor's office? The key is to take the steps to secure those documents as soon as possible.

Ignition-interlock laws help prevent accidents

Nowadays, ignition-interlock devices are commonly used to prevent people under the influence of alcohol from starting their vehicles. The device can measure a driver's blood alcohol level by analyzing their breath. In 1993, states started to implement laws relating to the use of these devices. Currently, all 50 states have these laws, but only 25 or so of them have laws requiring the use of these devices after a DUI conviction. Some states may only require them if the driver had an excessively high blood alcohol level or has multiple DUI convictions.

A recent study reveals that these laws have in fact helped reduce the number of fatal drunk driving car accidents. The study, conducted by researchers at Johns Hopkins Center for Mental Health and Addiction Policy Research, evaluated United States alcohol-related car crashes that occurred from 1982 to 2013.

Family sues Apple after fatal car accident

As technology continues to develop, drivers continue to get distracted behind the wheel. One common form of distraction has proven to be the Facetime feature on Apple products. In 2014, a driver was using the phone app when he rear-ended a couple's vehicle and killed their five-year-old daughter. The couple had slowed or stopped their car due to traffic on the highway. The woman and the couple's other daughter were treated for injuries. The man was listed in critical condition.

Are you protected by admiralty and maritime law in Louisiana?

There are many workers in Louisiana who face dangerous situations in their day-to-day jobs. The possibility of serious injury occurring on the job is something that no one wants to face, but the reality is that thousands of people are injured each year in their workplaces. In Louisiana, many of these injuries occur in jobs that are related to the maritime industry. Are the workers in these jobs protected by the admiralty and maritime law?

Some of our readers may be familiar with the laws that protect admiralty and maritime workers in Louisiana. The Jones Act is one of these important federal laws that protects workers. This law can come into play when a worker is injured on the job due to the negligence of his or her employer. Employers have an obligation to follow safety regulations and ensure that workers have a safe work environment. If an employer is negligent in this obligation and a worker is injured as a result, the Jones Act may allow the victim to pursue compensation. Before doing so, though, the worker must be classified as a "seaman" under the law.

Recovering compensation for your spinal cord injury

Accident victims suffering from damage to the spinal cord will likely face countless obstacles and challenges during the recovery process. The expensive surgeries, physical and cognitive therapy and extended hospital stays may become overwhelming for both victims and their families. Spinal cord injury victims are often not able to work after the accident and are unable to pay their medical bills.

The worst part is that even with extensive treatment, some patients may never be able to fully recover. In many cases, spinal cord injury results in partial or complete paralysis. Patients may no longer be able to walk, talk or get ready without assistance. Accident victims without full use of their bodies may also become depressed and suffer from various psychological conditions.

Cab company helps out to avoid car accidents on New Year's Eve

The recent New Year's Eve holiday saw revelers around the world celebrating the arrival of 2017. And, as a recent article noted, for many people throughout the world, including in Louisiana, those celebrations included alcohol. While there are many people who enjoy alcohol responsibly, the New Year's Eve holiday is noted for the increase in the number of drunk drivers on the roads.

The recent article noted that in the local area a cab company, Yellow Cab of Lake Charles, was expanding its year-round "Safe Ride Home Program," which usually offers discounted rates to those who choose to take a cab instead of driving after drinking, to offer 100 free rides on New Year's Eve. The goal? To avoid potentially life-altering car accidents being caused by drunk drivers.

Families file wrongful death suits after warehouse fire

In December 2016, a fire at an Oakland warehouse made national news after 36 people were killed due to smoke inhalation. The victims were attending an unauthorized concert when a fire broke out. According to firefighters on the scene, the large crowd and narrow staircase made it difficult for concert-goers to exit the warehouse.

Families of two of the victims have decided to file wrongful death suits against the building owner, primary tenant and his wife and the event promoter for gross negligence. Their lawyers claim that the warehouse's configuration and other unsafe conditions were the reason for their children's deaths. The amount of damages has not been specified, but the families are focused on getting justice.

Disturbing statistics about distracted driving and car accidents

By now most people in Louisiana know that it isn't a good idea to use a cellphone while driving. Unfortunately, there are millions of people throughout the country who engage in this type of risky behavior every day. How risky is distracted driving? Statistics are starting to show that it is just about as risky as drunk driving. And the results can be the same: devastatingly injurious and fatal car accidents.

The federal government keeps track of statistics concerning distracted drivers and the accidents, injuries and deaths they cause. For instance, in 2014 alone there were over 3,000 people killed in auto accidents involving distracted drivers. That same year another 431,000 more people were injured in these wrecks.

What can you recover in a wrongful death suit?

If you have lost a loved one due to someone else's negligence, you know how difficult it is to move forward after such a tragedy. If your family was dependent on the victim's income to survive, you may be struggling financially as well as emotionally. Filing a wrongful death suit against the person or persons responsible for your loved one's death may allow you to get some financial support while you grieve.

If you file a successful lawsuit, you will recover damages to cover a myriad of different expenses. Your loved one may have received medical treatment before he passed away. Wrongful death damages can cover those medical bills and treatment costs. Many families plan to have a funeral or memorial service for their loved one. Funeral services can be costly with the burial costs, flowers, casket and other expenses. That is why many courts award wrongful death victims with damages to cover funeral expenses.

Truck accident results in personal injury lawsuit

Car accidents cause injuries every day throughout the country. However, truck accidents present a whole different level of danger to drivers and passengers on the roads. These huge vehicles can cause devastating injuries when they collide with passenger vehicles, potentially leaving victims disabled for life. According to a recent report, one such truck accident caused just that level of damage.

The report indicates that the car accident in question occurred on November 27 of 2015. In the lawsuit that was filed by three victims, victims allege they were driving eastbound on I-10 in Louisiana when a tractor-trailer suddenly slammed into the vehicle. The personal injury lawsuit names the truck driver and the truck company for which he worked as defendants, as well as the defendant's insurance company. The victims reportedly suffered injuries that were so severe that they could be termed as "disabling." As is typical in a personal injury lawsuit that is based on a traffic accident, the victims are seeking financial compensation to cover the costs of medical expenses, as well as lost wages.

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