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March 2017 Archives

Injuries for which workers' compensation can be awarded

Workers in Louisiana who have been injured or made ill because of their job might be under the impression that they will automatically receive workers' compensation benefits. However, it is important that those who are seeking these benefits understand certain factors. The basic ones are often the most complicated, and that holds true with the injuries that are covered under the law. Before seeking benefits, it is key to know this foundational issue.

What are the legal elements of a medical malpractice case?

When Louisiana residents see a medical professional, they likely expect to be treated with the utmost care. After all, in many cases people entrust doctors and nurses with their lives. Unfortunately, a certain standard of care is not always met -- and in some cases, this can have major consequences. In the worst case scenarios, these consequences can be fatal. Sometimes, a person may wish to pursue legal action following such incidents. But there are certain criteria that must be met to prove medical malpractice took place.

Alleged drunk driver crashes into pickup, killing the driver

Encountering a drunk driver on the streets and roadways of Louisiana can lead to catastrophic injuries and death. It is not just the irresponsibility of these drivers that is so egregious, but when they drive drunk they are placing the lives of many people in danger. This is particularly inexplicable when the person has been caught driving under the influence in the past. With car accidents due to a drunk driver, those who were injured or lost a loved one must grasp how much damage this had done to their lives and consider a legal filing for compensation.

Workers' compensation and an inability to do the former job

A frequent concern for Louisiana workers who have suffered an injury, condition or illness due to their work is whether they will receive workers' compensation or not. However, another issue that often arises is the possibility that they will not recover sufficiently to get back to their previous job. Workers are sometimes able to receive vocational rehabilitation. Employees who cannot earn wages that are equal to that which they earned before they received workers' compensation can receive vocational rehabilitation. This is so they can get back to work with a limited amount of retraining.

Driver arrested following deadly crash in Iowa, Louisiana

According to a recent report, on Thursday, February 9, police were called to the scene of an accident involving two pedestrians. The driver allegedly crossed the center line on I-10 and struck the two men. When Calcasieu Parish officers arrived on I-10 Mobile Village Road in Iowa, Louisiana, they airlifted a 52-year-old man to Lafayette. He was subsequently treated and released. However, the other man, 21, was taken to a local area hospital where he subsequently died from his injuries.

Protecting your loved one in a nursing home

One of the most difficult decisions in life is often to move an elderly or sick loved one from their home into a nursing home. Unfortunately, as we all know, when we age our abilities diminish and there often becomes a stage in life when a person is no longer independent and becomes unable to live independently. Oftentimes there are family members and friends who can check in, run errands and do the tasks necessary to keep the person happy and healthy. Eventually, however, there may come a time that the person needs more than the care family or friends are able to provide, and the person is sent to a nursing home.

How to determine if you are eligible for workers' compensation

Throughout the United States, including Louisiana, workers are protected from workplace hazards through the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The administration sets and enforces safety guidelines that employers must adhere to in an effort to assure a safe working environment for their employees. Unfortunately, accidents still happen, and injuries and illnesses still occur to thousands of workers in America each year. To offset the financial burdens associated with an injury, state laws require that employees who become injured or sick at work receive workers' compensation.

Protecting yourself against medical malpractice

As much as we rely on doctors, surgeons and medical professionals to protect us from diseases and help us when we are injured or get sick, unfortunately there are instances when you may find yourself in worse condition than when you first reached out for help. A vast majority of those in the medical field are competent professionals. They understand that the actions they take and the decisions they make may literally be the difference between life and death. But they are humans, and unfortunately humans are not perfect.

New AAA survey finds millennial drivers to be dangerous

A recent survey by AAA finds that while adults of all ages admit to unsafe driving behaviors, millennials between the ages of 19 and 24 are more dangerous on the road than other age groups. Car accidents are caused by these unsafe behaviors every day in Louisiana and all across the country.

New Orleans Mardi Gras accident allegedly caused by drunk driver

Every day, Louisiana families are torn apart by the actions of an irresponsible driver. Motor vehicle accidents cause thousands of injuries and deaths every year. Many of these car accidents are caused by reckless drivers who act negligently behind the wheel. In New Orleans, a drunk driving accident during Mardi Gras injured 32 people.

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