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Louisiana store facing lawsuit after deadly slip-and-fall

Store owners have a responsibility to keep customers safe from dangerous conditions. Failure to fix dangerous conditions may cause serious injuries or death. Property owners who fail to make sure their property is reasonably safe for customers may be held liable for any injuries that occur on the property.

A family is filing suit against a Louisiana Walmart store for negligence and wrongful death after the death of their loved one. The deceased was shopping at the store when she slipped on an unknown substance and fell backward, fracturing her skull. The woman died four days later due to hemorrhaging.

Drowsy driving responsible for many road fatalities

Distracted driving and drunk driving often get the spotlight when it comes to determining car accident causes in the United States. Nowadays, another cause is also getting some attention. A recent study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reveals that drowsy driving is responsible for over 6,000 car accident fatalities a year. Falling asleep at the wheel is a serious problem, with 15 percent of all fatal accidents involving a drowsy driver.

Researchers in the study examined data from previous publications on drowsy driving and found that 5,445 fatal crashes since 2010 were caused by drowsy driving. The results show that long hours at work, working night shifts, and working multiple jobs all make drivers more likely to drive while tired. Motorists who fail to get enough sleep before a long road trip are also more likely to be drowsy while behind the wheel. In some cases, medical conditions such as sleep apnea can cause drowsy driving.

Man sues after wrong prescription causes stroke

Doctors have many responsibilities, including prescribing medication to their patients. Making sure that the medication as well as the amount prescribed is correct is necessary to ensure the patient's well-being. Failure to prescribe the correct medication can cause a patient serious injury or make their condition worse. As a result, doctors may face a medical malpractice lawsuit.

One man has filed suit against the state of Louisiana after his doctor allegedly prescribed the wrong medication. The plaintiff had been a patient of the doctor's for almost five years and was treated for atrial fibrillation and hypertension. The doctor allegedly prescribed the wrong medication, causing the plaintiff to suffer a stroke in 2014. The man is now seeking damages for his injuries.

Lack of driving laws may cause more car accident fatalities

Motor vehicle accidents occur on a daily basis, causing families a great deal of heartache. The increase in traffic deaths nationwide has left many transportation officials concerned. A recent report by the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety shows that states with fewer driving safety laws may be more likely to have a higher number of traffic deaths.

The report found that 17 states are far behind in adopting the "optimal" laws necessary to prevent car accidents. Over 230 traffic laws have passed over the last 14 years, but many laws were stalled in 2016. Some believe that there is some resistance to implementing traffic safety laws. This resistance may be the reason that almost 28,000 people were killed in car crashes from January to September 2016, an eight percent increase from 2015.

Stricter medical malpractice laws may not reduce malpractice

Each year, many patients are subjected to improper or insufficient care by their negligent physicians. As a result of this negligence, these patients suffer from worsened conditions and even new injuries and illnesses. Some experts believe that the number of medical malpractice cases can be reduced by implementing stricter laws that make it easier for patients to file suit against their careless surgeons.

However, a recent study by Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago found that threats of possible litigation did not make doctors perform any better. The study analyzed medical malpractice data from 2010 and focused on the number of claims for every 100 physicians in each state, medical complications amongst fee-for-service Medicare patients and other-related information.

Impaired Louisiana driver causes accident with Louisiana officer

Drivers under the influence of drugs or alcohol are responsible for countless injuries and deaths in Louisiana. In addition to criminal DUI charges, impaired drivers may also face civil court when the injured motorist in the accident sues for damages. In civil court, many car accident cases require the plaintiff to prove that the defendant was behaving negligently behind the wheel. There are many forms of negligence, including distracted driving, failing to follow traffic lights and signs, and, of course, driving under the influence. In addition to proving negligence, a victim will have to show that the impaired driver caused his or her injuries and damages. If an accident victim is successful in court, they may be able to recover damages for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and other costs.

One recent accident occurred when a driver was spotted weaving in and out of traffic and swerving on Interstate 12. Multiple drivers called 911 and reported the impaired driver's reckless behavior. Shortly thereafter, the nearest Louisiana state trooper reported to the area. The impaired driver, who police say was high on heroin, crashed his truck into the trooper's vehicle. As a result, both the officer and the driver suffered injuries.

What should I do if I was injured on the job?

Dealing with a job-based injury can be a distressing experience for workers and their families. If you have been injured in a workplace accident, you are likely entitled to workers' compensation benefits. These benefits are awarded to workers injured on the job, regardless of fault, in order to prevent the employee from suing the employer. In order to receive these benefits in Louisiana, you will need to take a few steps.

First, you will need to report the accident to your employer, preferably in writing, as soon as possible. Your employer will then give you a claim form to fill out. Once that form has been filled out and submitted, your employer should contact its workers' compensation insurance and find you medical assistance. Make sure to keep copies of any documentation relating to the accident.

Medical malpractice claim based on error in dental procedure

When Louisiana residents visit a healthcare professional, whether it is a doctor, nurse or dentist, there is a great deal of trust involved. We place the care of our bodies into the hands of these highly-trained professionals, and we expect a positive result. Unfortunately, we all know that there are certain instances of medical care in which things go wrong. This type of result can lead to a medical malpractice claim.

According to a recent report, this is the claim of a man who filed a lawsuit on January 10 in Louisiana. The allegations in the lawsuit assert that the defendant, a dentist in Orleans Parish, did not abide by the appropriate standard of care when treating the victim for some dental issues. Instead of making his dental issues better, the victim claims that the procedure that the dentist performed left him with discomfort, pain, and irritation in his gums. The lawsuit seeks compensation for the allegedly inappropriate treatment.

Study offers hope to car accident victims with spinal injuries

Spinal cord injuries are fairly common for people who have been injured in a car accident. These injuries can cause irreversible damage to the spine, causing car accident victims a lifetime of pain and difficulty. Many accident victims struggle to care for themselves and are unable to move or speak properly. Physical therapy and other treatments may help improve their condition, but it is unlikely that those with severe trauma to the spinal cord will ever go back to how they used to be before the accident.

However, researchers overseas are hoping that their new study will help give those with spinal damage hope for a better recovery. After successful animal testing, researchers are starting a three-year world-trial on humans. Trial participants will be given an anti-inflammatory drug within 12 hours of their spinal cord injury. The purpose of the drug is to reduce tissue damage and, therefore, significantly improve the patient's recovery.

Common construction injuries on the job

Construction is one of the most dangerous industries in the workplace, seeing thousands of injuries every year in sites across the country. While much of the responsibility for safety rests on your employer's shoulders, you can also protect yourself by being more aware of what causes construction injuries and what you should do if you are involved in a construction accident.

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