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December 2016 Archives

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.

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.

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.

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.

How to respond to a low settlement offer

Car accidents can be more expensive than you would expect. While you might prepare for the cost of vehicle damage, you might not be ready for the medical bills. If you were injured in an accident then medical costs can really add up. On top of that you will need to miss work and miss the accompanying wages. You will need an adequate settlement offer from the insurance company to cover these costs. If you are surprised by a low offer then you will need to take some important steps to get the coverage that you need.

Pushing to meet the high threshold in a medical malpractice case

No one likes to think about the potential negative outcomes that could result from a medical procedure. Yet, doctors are obligated to tell their patients about the risks involved. Although medical professionals throughout the country are some of the best in the world, most of our readers in Louisiana know that in some cases errors are committed. When this happens, the results often necessitate filing a medical malpractice lawsuit in an attempt to recover compensation for damages suffered.

Drowsy driving can be just as dangerous as drunk driving

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that over 35,000 people were killed in road fatalities last year. Many of these accident deaths could have been avoided if the drivers involved had gotten more sleep. The AAA Foundation found while a vast majority of people are aware of the dangers of driving, close to 33 percent admitted to driving while extremely tired.

Chef sues after slip-and-fall on vessel

Working on the water can be dangerous due to unpredictable water and weather conditions, as well as the negligence of shipping companies. The Jones Act allows many seamen who have been injured on-the-job to file lawsuits against their negligent employers. One vessel employee has filed suit in Louisiana against a vessel owner after a slip-and-fall onboard.

What are the elements of a wrongful death claim?

It is an unfortunate reality that dangerous accidents occur every day in America. Some accidents leave victims with minor harm, others with life-altering injuries. In the worst of cases, death can result. What recourse do Louisiana residents have when an accident is caused by the negligence of another party? Some people may know that a wrongful death lawsuit may be a possibility. But, what are the elements of a wrongful death claim?

Study finds Louisiana drivers among the worst in country

Now that the holiday season is in full swing, millions of Americans will be traveling the roadways. However, not everyone will make it to their destinations safely. Each year, thousands of accidents result in the deaths and injuries of Louisiana residents. Many of these car accidents occur due to bad driving.

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