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Drowsy young drivers use cell phones, despite car accident risks

According to an April 2016 study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, about 70 percent of drivers reported talking on the phone while driving. Earlier this year, we posted about a new bill in Louisiana that would increase fines for texting while driving. Recent statistics show why this new bill is so necessary. A new study by Rutgers University researchers shows that cell phone use behind the wheel is still prevalent among young drivers nationwide. Distracted driving car accidents occur regularly nowadays, injuring and killing a number of Louisiana motorists.

The Rutgers study involved over 110 undergraduate drivers between the ages of 18 and 25. One in six of the students admitted to using their phones while they were drowsy. This is one of the few studies that focused on the use of cell phones by sleep deprived drivers.

Laws help protect Louisiana maritime workers injured on-the-job

Every day, hundreds of maritime workers in Lake Charles head to work, putting them at risk for injury. Fortunately, there are laws in place to protect these workers and their families.

The Jones Act was implemented to help provide injury compensation to seamen who were seriously injured while working. In order to file a successful lawsuit based on the Jones Act, the worker must prove that his employer or vessel operator was negligent in allowing an unsafe vessel to hit the water and that the worker suffered an injury because of this negligence.

New bill increases texting and driving penalties in Louisiana

Distracted driving is consistently one of the most talked about traffic safety issues all across the country. Texting and driving is a major cause for concern with the increased use of cell phones. According to the National Safety Council, texting and driving is responsible for 1.6 million motor vehicle accidents each year. Young people, particularly teens, are especially at risk. Statistics show that eleven teens are killed in texting and driving accidents every day.

A bill was recently approved by the Louisiana state House and Senate with the goal of putting an end to texting and driving accidents. The bill will increase fines for texting and driving statewide. Currently drivers could be fined up to $175, but with the new bill, that amount will increase to $500 for the first offense and up to $1,000 for a second offense. Teen drivers under the age of 18 face additional consequences. First time offenders could face a license suspension of up to 60 days. State officials believe that the new bill will reduce the number of devastating accidents on the Louisiana roadways

Spinal cord injuries can lead to a lifetime of challenges

When a traumatic event occurs, whether it is an industrial accident or a slip-and-fall, injuries are a major concern for everyone involved. People who suffer spinal cord injuries may become paraplegic or quadriplegic as a result of their injuries. At the moment, there is no cure for a damaged spinal cord, and these injuries may lead to health complications in the future.

Because of these complications, life can be extremely difficult for those who have suffered injuries to their spinal cords. The medical treatment and rehabilitation required after this type of injury can be expensive and physically and emotionally draining. Victims and their loved ones will have to get used to a new way of life. Paraplegic or quadriplegic people may require constant care or assisted breathing. While they may go on to live full lives, they will often have to adapt to their injuries and learn to live within their new limitations.

Tractor driver faces wrongful death suit after fatal accident

If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident, you know how scary and traumatizing it can be. However, after everything settles down, you feel lucky to be alive. Unfortunately, countless people lose their lives every day at the hands of negligent drivers and trucking companies. For the families of those victims, life will never be the same.

The two legal guardians of five minor children are filing a lawsuit on their behalf. The suit asserts negligence and wrongful death against a tractor driver, trucking business and two insurance companies. The suit is based on a Louisiana accident that occurred when a woman was traveling in a vehicle with one of the children. A man was operating a tractor in a private driveway and attempted to re-enter the roadway. In the process, he cut off the woman's vehicle and caused a collision that led to her death.

Louisiana truck accident results in lawsuit

Some of the most dangerous car accidents involve large trucks. One Louisiana man is filing suit against multiple parties after a motor vehicle accident on Interstate 59.

The man alleges that he was driving his car when the driver of a tractor-trailer rear-ended him, causing him to be thrown around the car. The man claims that he suffered numerous physical, mental and emotional injuries, and that they continue to plague him.

Study finds medical errors a major cause of U.S. deaths

Every time we put our lives in the hands of a doctor or other medical professional, there is a chance that we won’t get the treatment we deserve. Doctors have a responsibility to do everything they can to make sure their patients get better, but, unfortunately, the surgery errors they oftentimes make result in a number of patient deaths.

A new study by The BMJ medical journal shows that medical errors are the third-leading cause of death in America. In 2013, more than 250,000 patients died due to these errors. Only heart disease and cancer, beat out medical errors, coming in first and second respectively on the list. 

Soft tissue injuries are commonly caused by car accidents

Millions of Americans suffer catastrophic injuries in car accidents every year. The injuries suffered by Lake Charles motorists will depend on the severity of the accident and the vehicles involved. However, some of the most common car accident injuries are soft tissue injuries.

The impact caused by two vehicles colliding can cause various types of harm. In an accident, drivers and passengers can be thrown violently against the walls of the vehicle, leaving them with soft tissue injuries. Soft tissue injuries refer to damage caused to the ligaments, tendons and muscles. Sprains, contusions and muscle strains are all considered soft tissue injuries.

Lawsuit filed against teen after tragic car accident

Teen drivers are often classified as some of the most dangerous people to get behind the wheel. Younger drivers may have a tendency to get distracted while driving in Louisiana and pay more attention to their smartphones than the road in front of them. When this happens, a devastating accident can leave unsuspecting individuals seriously injured or killed. A lawsuit was recently filed against a teen driver and popular social media app Snapchat after one of these tragic wrecks.The car accident occurred when the now 18-year-old was driving with friends when she started speeding. The teen wanted to post a picture on Snapchat using Snapchat's speed tracker, which measures how fast the user is going. According to the suit, the girl crashed into a vehicle merging in front of her "so violently that it shot across the left lane into the left embankment." At the time of the crash, the teen was traveling 107 mph in a 55 mph zone.The driver of the other vehicle was an Uber driver just starting his shift. He suffered catastrophic injuries, including a traumatic brain injury, and spent five weeks in the intensive care unit. Since the accident, he reportedly lost 50 pounds and cannot take care of himself or work. The teen driver was also injured.Snapchat is named in the suit for encouraging teen drivers to drive fast by creating the speed tracking filter. Snapchat says that they actively discourage snapping and driving by displaying a warning message within the app. However, despite many warnings, many teens continue to risk their lives and the lives of others by driving while distracted.

Those who suffer damages as a result of this reckless driving may be able to recover compensation via personal injury lawsuit, just as the victim in this case is seeking to do. Car accident victims who wish to learn more may want to speak with their attorney.

A Doctor's Failure to Properly Diagnose and Treat Cardiac Symptoms Results in a Man's Preventable Extensive Myocardial Infarction

Our client was a 50 year old man who presented to the emergency room complaining of chest pain. He stated that the pain had been intermittent over several weeks, but was much worse on that day. He reported that he was having pains while at rest and that the pain was accompanied by profuse sweating. His history revealed that he had multiple risk factors for coronary artery disease ("CAD") including hypercholesterolemia, a strong family history of CAD, and a history of smoking cigarettes. An echocardiogram was performed, and the results were highly abnormal. The EKG clearly revealed ischemia, and our client had high troponin levels. The doctor that was treating our client failed to recognize his signs and symptoms of an impending heart attack. Instead of admitting our client and treating his condition with the placement of a stent, the doctor released him with no treatment. Our client's myocardium had not yet been injured, and stent placement would have preserved his cardiac function and prevented permanent injury.