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April 2015 Archives

Claiming insurance benefits after a spinal cord injury-Part I

Residents of Louisiana's Calcasieu Parish would acknowledge that treatment and rehabilitation after a spinal cord injury often requires a considerable amount of money. For most patients and their families, the main source of funding is their medical insurance coverage. Sadly, obtaining this insurance is often a challenge because insurance companies tend to offer smaller payouts so that they are able to maximize their profits. As a result, the patient's difficulties are often increased instead of being resolved.

How does a worker apply for benefits under the LHWCA?

While most workers in Lake Charles, Louisiana, are covered by state workers' compensation laws, there are certain workers engaged in Louisiana's maritime industry who are covered by a number of federal laws relating to offshore injuries or injuries that occur at docks and harbors. Among those is the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act, which compensates workers injured on United States waters or while performing their duties on the shore. The basics of the Act were discussed in an earlier blog post.

Death due to lack of care at Louisiana hospital, lawsuit claims

When a loved one becomes sick, people depend on hospitals and other health care facilities to provide the person with the best possible medical care. In fact, laws in Louisiana and in the rest of the country make it mandatory for medical facilities to provide a certain standard of care. If a medical facility fails to provide that standard of care, it may face consequences in the form of citations by regulatory authorities or medical malpractice lawsuits.

Basics of the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act

Louisiana has long coastline dotted with numerous ports and harbors. Many state residents, such as those residing in Lake Charles, are employed at maritime facilities. Unlike employees covered by state workers' compensation laws, dock and harbor workers receive benefits from different federal acts, such as the Jones Act, the Death on the High Seas Act and the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act or LHWCA. Information about the Jones Act and the Death on the High Seas Act can be found in our earlier blogs posts.

Lake Charles motorcycle crash victims may need legal advice

Residents of Lake Charles, Louisiana, might remember one of our previous posts about an accident involving a motorcycle and a car resulting in death of a couple riding a motorcycle. The accident occurred after a car, driven by a 62-year-old Calcasieu, Louisiana, resident suddenly turned in front of the motorcyclists on a local highway. The motorcycle driver could not stop and the couple was ejected from their bike.

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