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School officer directing traffic injured in workplace accident

Since Louisiana law enforcement and other first responders willingly put themselves in harm's way as part of the duties of their job, it is easy to forget that they can be injured just like anyone. Workplace injuries apply to people who take their lives into their own hands to help others, and they, too, have the right to seek workers' compensation benefits for injuries suffered in the line of duty. This is even true when there is a car accident and an officer is injured. For those who are injured in a workplace accident, having legal assistance is fundamental to getting workers' compensation benefits for all that was lost.

Distracted driving becoming more prevalent

Louisianans are reminded regularly of the dangers of distracted driving. The prevalence of auto accidents caused by distracted drivers is worrisome and studies have been conducted to determine if various strategies impact this driver behavior. Those who have been involved in a car crash should determine whether it was because of a distracted driver, as this can be critical when filing for compensation.

Louisiana eighth for fatal workplace accident statistics in U.S.

There are dangers with any kind of job in Louisiana and across the nation, but some types of employment are riskier than others. Since so many people are employed in somewhat dangerous jobs in oil and gas across Louisiana, there are many who are injured and killed in workplace accidents. Adding in the number of incidents that occur in other kinds of employment, Louisiana places in the top 10 in the latest statistics for fatalities on the job. People who have been injured or whose loved one died because of a work injury should be aware of the statistics and know what steps they should take in hopes of recovering workers' compensation benefits, including death benefits.

Three vehicles involved in fatal accident that kills man

Motor vehicle accidents are a common cause of injuries and fatalities in Louisiana. These can occur at any time and for myriad reasons. Often, it is an innocent bystander who was a passenger in one of the vehicles who ends up as the victim of a fatal accident. Since these accidents are so sudden and come without warning, those who are unexpectedly confronted with the loss of a loved one will be reeling and unsure of what they should do in the aftermath. Although it is difficult to think about as they come to grips with the accident, a legal filing is often necessary to recover compensation for what they have lost.

Can I get workers' compensation for mental issues in Louisiana?

Louisiana workers who suffer workplace injuries or are afflicted with an illness or condition because of the work they did will understand that they can seek workers' compensation benefits. These benefits will provide them with medical care and a percentage of their wages as they get treatment and try to recover sufficiently to get back to some level of health and return to work. However, not all injuries are obvious. This can reference so-called "soft tissue" injuries where the worker is complaining about pain but it is difficult to see and extensive testing is needed to prove it exists. It can also reference mental injuries.

Pregnant woman hurt in car crash when vehicle runs into Starbucks

Louisianans who are on the road in any capacity -- as a driver, cyclist or pedestrian -- will know there is a possibility of being in an auto accident. These accidents can lead to injuries and fatalities and despite the likelihood that it will not happen, when it does, people must be aware of what they might face in the aftermath. When people are in a store or even in their own homes, they are certainly not thinking they will suddenly be injured in a car crash. However, it does happen when a driver goes out of control and crashes into the building. Those who are hurt or lose their lives in this type of crash should be even more cognizant of the potential damage they can face and think about a legal filing for compensation.

Soft tissue injuries warrant compensation after an accident

When there is an auto accident in Lake Charles and anywhere in Louisiana, the injuries that are obvious are believed to be the worst and warrant significant compensation in a legal filing. However, some injuries are harder to detect, but can still have a severe impact on a person's life and make it necessary for them to file a lawsuit. Soft tissue injuries fall into this category. Although they are not as clear to the naked eye -- and are often missed by medical professionals in the immediate aftermath of an accident -- that does not diminish their importance. For people who are suffering from soft tissue injuries, legal assistance is crucial to receive adequate compensation.

Alleged drunk driver rear-ends rideshare vehicle, injuring driver

Lake Charles residents and Louisianans overall are aware of the dangers of driving under the influence. One way to avoid the risks and consequences of DUI is to use ride-sharing services. The idea is to let someone else do the driving. While this is a wise step for would-be drivers, one factor that is out of the person's control is if there is a drunk driver on the road and they encounter such a driver. An auto accident because of a drunk driver can result in injuries and death. Whether the victim is a person who is driving for a living or is a passenger in a ride-sharing vehicle, it might be necessary to consider a legal filing to be compensated.

Many work-related accidents can happen in virtually any setting

As you show up to work each day, you may give little thought to the various hazards you may encounter while on the job. Unfortunately, regardless of whether you are aware of the risks, an accident can take place at any moment and under a multitude of scenarios, and the fallout of such an event could prove devastating.

Stress can result in a surgeon mistake and patient injury

Louisianans and people across the nation place their trust in doctors and other medical professionals every day. While most will provide the proper level of care and help those who are ill, injured or suffering from a condition, medical errors are unfortunately common. These can cause serious injury and death. Studies are frequently done to assess these incidents. One from Columbia University has found that a surgeon mistake can come about because of stress. This can be an important factor after a surgical error has harmed a patient. Those who were impacted by this or believe they might have been must have legal assistance to investigate the case.

Fatal auto accident fall in 2018, remain worrisome

Louisianans should be aware of the dangers on the road. Regardless of vigilance, adherence to safety protocol and attentiveness, there is a constant risk of injuries and fatalities in a car crash. Accidents can happen for many reasons. It is wise to keep track of the number of auto accident fatalities in the state and in the different locations on an annual basis as this can provide clues as to where the danger lies. After an accident, it is also important to think about the future and consider a legal filing with help from a qualified attorney.

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