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How much does temporary total workers' compensation pay?

The basic questions are often the most important when a Louisiana worker suffers workplace injuries or is diagnosed with an occupational disease. One that frequently arises is how much they will receive in workers' compensation benefits if they are determined to have temporary total disability. As the name suggests, a person in this situation will be totally disabled, but it is not permanent and they are expected to eventually improve.

Their improvement and whether they can return to work is determined as time passes, but while they are unable to work they will receive two-thirds of their wages while they are on temporary total disability. This applies to self-employment or occupation for wages. It is irrelevant whether the person was injured while he or she was engaging in their normal duties at the time of the incident. Nor is it relevant if the person was educated, trained, or educated for that work.

In 2019, distracted driver incidents continue to rise

For Louisianans and people across the nation, discussions about encountering a distracted driver are becoming a constant part of everyday life. This is largely because there are so many people who are getting behind the wheel and then decide they can multitask by using a device or taking part in other activities.

This is a risk for everyone and, as a new study shows, it has gotten worse in early 2019 when compared to 2018.

Fatal auto accidents could increase with ride-sharing

Convenience and safety are two reasons for people in Louisiana to use ridesharing services. Rather than drive themselves, there are benefits to using these apps. If, for example, a person has a night out and drinks alcohol, it is preferable to let someone else drive rather than run the risk of causing an accident and being arrested for driving under the influence. However, with any innovation, there are inevitable risks.

One recent study indicates that cities with ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft have had an increase in accidents with serious injuries and death. The study, from Rice University and the University of Chicago, says there was a rise of around three percent of fatal crashes in large U.S. cities after rideshares came into use. Financially, these accidents are costing the U.S. as much as $10 billion. The researchers used statistics from the National Traffic Highway Safety Administration (NTHSA). It is important to note that the researchers did not dive into detail regarding ridesharing services. Instead, it assessed the rise in total fatal accidents per city and compared them with cities that do not have ridesharing.

Distracted teens at substantially higher auto accident risk

Teen drivers in Louisiana and across the nation will not have experience on their side when they are behind the wheel. That lack of driving experience lends itself to mistakes, like driving distracted, that can cause an auto accident.. After an auto accident with a teen, determining if it was due to distraction can be a key point for a victim to consider when evaluating options.

A study from the National Institutes of Health says that teens who are distracted behind the wheel have seven times the chance of being in an auto accident. Researchers tracked 82 Virginia teens who had just gotten their licenses for a year.

How do you feel about sharing the road with automated vehicles?

You have probably heard about the self-driving vehicles that many automakers are rushing to develop. Some of the most popular manufacturers in the United States and beyond are all striving to be the first company to successfully develop, market and release a fully automated vehicle for public use. Like many others, you may have deep concerns about these vehicles and how safe they truly are.

Many consumers have serious doubts about how these vehicles work. There are some industry experts who believe that it will take a lot for automakers to overcome these concerns, and as a result, automated vehicles may not be the smashing success some expect them to be. Polls indicate that most consumers are not excited about sharing the road with these vehicles and not really interested in owning one or riding in one.

Fatal accident occurs because trucker allegedly dropped cellphone

The combination of large trucks and distracted driving is a worrisome danger in Louisiana and across the entire nation. While the general belief is that a trucker might speed, act negligently, or drive drowsy or distracted is understandable. After all, auto accidents can happen in a variety of ways. Sadly, these acts often cause serious injuries and death. Regardless of the way the accident came about, one thing is certain: a family will face a litany of issues after the unexpected loss of a loved one. To determine how to move forward and whether a lawsuit for compensation is the wisest step, calling for legal advice may prove beneficial.

While cellphone-related distracted driving is usually linked to texting, surfing the web, checking apps, or talking, there are other ways it can be a distraction and cause a crash. In one recent accident, a tractor trailer driver is said to have dropped his device while he was driving. As he reached down to pick it up, his vehicle veered into another lane and crashed into a car. The vehicles were heading in the same direction. The driver of the car was thrown from his vehicle and died. The trucker suffered minor injuries. The case is still being investigated.

April is dedicated to reducing distracted driver accidents

As Louisianans and people across the nation are keenly aware, distracted driving is a problem that is not going away. In fact, it is getting worse.

With that, researchers and legislators try to encourage drivers to understand the issue and take steps to make the roads safer. Part of that is dubbing April Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Because April is dedicated to reducing the incidents in which a distracted driver causes a car crash with injuries and death, it is a good time for Lake Charles residents to review and understand the statistics of distracted driving.

Study: Texting and driving bans reduces emergency room visits

It need not be said how dangerous it is to encounter a distracted driver on Louisiana's roads. People who are not paying attention to the road are prone to having an auto accident with injuries and fatalities.

Many states, including Louisiana, have laws in place both to restrict distracted driving and to dole out punishments for those who violate it. While this is beneficial, it does not put a stop to the behavior.

Study shows errors in diagnosis a common cause of concern

When Louisianans have a health issue, seeking treatment from a medical professional is the natural and wise thing to do. While most people obtain proper care and avoid often feared of medical mistakes that result in a worsened condition, long-term medical problems, or death, some individuals do suffer serious injuries and death due to medical errors. The damages caused by these incidences can be tragic and overwhelming, which is why it is imperative that victims and their families consider legal action.

Studies are critical to understand the scope of the problem of medical mistakes. New research from the ECRI Institute says that diagnostic errors and the management of test results were first in the ten biggest worries for patient safety in 2019. This is the second straight year that this is the case. According to the CEO of ECRI, the third leading cause of death in the U.S. is medical errors. Problems with electronic health records (EHR) can be a catalyst for these medical mistakes as medical professionals rely on this information to make accurate diagnoses. If there is a mistake with these records, then people can become ill, suffer injuries, or lose their lives.

Alleged drunk driver hits law enforcement vehicle

The news in Louisiana and across the nation tends to focus on dangers on the road with distracted driving, drowsy driving, recklessness and other issues coming to the forefront statistically and anecdotally.

However, one longtime risk for people was and continues to be encountering a drunk driver. Drunk driving crashes are one of the leading causes of motor vehicle accidents with injuries and. Those who have suffered injuries or lost a loved one in a drunk driving car accident must prepare for a legal filing.

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