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September 2019 Archives

Is a riverboat worker a "seaman" under the Jones Act?

There is a patchwork of laws designed to help Louisiana workers after they are injured on the job. Most workers on land rely on workers' compensation. Many workers on the Gulf can rely on the Jones Act. Some dockworkers rely on the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act. Which legal procedure you must follow depends on how your job is legally classified.

Unusual $10 million award in medical malpractice case

In a remarkable medical malpractice case, a Louisiana jury recently decided a young man should receive $10 million in damages after a series of medical errors treating his broken arm when he was a toddler left him with permanent damage to his arm. It was reportedly the largest award in a Louisiana medical malpractice case since 2003, but it helps highlight some of the limits of the law in the state.

Man killed in truck accident

Negligence is the key legal concept behind most personal injury and wrongful death cases. For instance, in a car accident case, a driver who causes an accident through negligence can be held liable for the damages he or she caused. It's important to note that in some cases, more than one party may have contributed to the accident. It's possible to hold more than one party liable.

Offshore workers need experienced help with maritime law

Most Louisiana workers can rely on the state's workers' compensation system to provide them with benefits after they are injured on the job, but offshore workers in the state's petroleum, shipping and other industries must go through a different system. Their injury claims follow different legal procedures and must go through different courts. It's important for these workers to seek out help from lawyers who have experience in admiralty and maritime law.

Workers' comp: What are AWW, compensation rate for TTD and SEB?

When an injured worker or the family of a deceased worker files a workers' compensation claim with the Louisiana Workers' Compensation Corporation or any other workers' compensation insurance carrier in Louisiana, they encounter certain terms that they may not have been familiar with earlier. However, it is important to understand those terms thoroughly in order to make sure that their claim is paid accurately. Some of the most common of those terms (or initialisms) are "AWW," "compensation for TTD" and "SEB."

Drunk driver arrested for vehicular homicide in Ascension Parish

Driving securely should always be our topmost concern. When we drive a motor vehicle, be it single or with a commuter, it's important we understand the essentials of safe driving and follow them dutifully each and every time we are on the road. Wearing a seat belt, avoiding driving after drinking or if feeling drowsy and being careful while changing lanes can be some of the best practices to follow.

A sleepy driver may be to blame for your car accident

If you are a commuter, you may know how difficult it can be to wake up in the mornings and head to work. If you have ever been on a long overnight road trip, you may also know how difficult it can be to stay awake behind the wheel at certain times of day. You also know that every driver is responsible for the choices he or she makes behind the wheel.

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