Construction is one of the most dangerous industries in the workplace, seeing thousands of injuries every year in sites across the country. While much of the responsibility for safety rests on your employer's shoulders, you can also protect yourself by being more aware of what causes construction injuries and what you should do if you are involved in a construction accident.
Medical malpractice refers to acts of negligence and a deviation from the accepted standards of medical practice on the part of medical professionals. Recently in Louisiana, the daughters of a man who passed away filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against the hospital where their father was a patient.
Many workers who work in the marine industry, shipping industries and other maritime jobs can suffer injuries during the course of their employment. That is true all over the United States, including in Louisiana. In some cases, the worker may even succumb to his or her injuries or even be lost at sea. The attorneys at the Townsley Law Firm have represented numerous clients, as well as relatives and dependents of such workers who have sustained injuries or died at sea while working.
Residents of Louisiana's Calcasieu Parish would acknowledge that treatment and rehabilitation after a spinal cord injury often requires a considerable amount of money. For most patients and their families, the main source of funding is their medical insurance coverage. Sadly, obtaining this insurance is often a challenge because insurance companies tend to offer smaller payouts so that they are able to maximize their profits. As a result, the patient's difficulties are often increased instead of being resolved.
While most workers in Lake Charles, Louisiana, are covered by state workers' compensation laws, there are certain workers engaged in Louisiana's maritime industry who are covered by a number of federal laws relating to offshore injuries or injuries that occur at docks and harbors. Among those is the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act, which compensates workers injured on United States waters or while performing their duties on the shore. The basics of the Act were discussed in an earlier blog post.
Louisiana has long coastline dotted with numerous ports and harbors. Many state residents, such as those residing in Lake Charles, are employed at maritime facilities. Unlike employees covered by state workers' compensation laws, dock and harbor workers receive benefits from different federal acts, such as the Jones Act, the Death on the High Seas Act and the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act or LHWCA. Information about the Jones Act and the Death on the High Seas Act can be found in our earlier blogs posts.
Residents of Lake Charles, Louisiana, might remember one of our previous posts about an accident involving a motorcycle and a car resulting in death of a couple riding a motorcycle. The accident occurred after a car, driven by a 62-year-old Calcasieu, Louisiana, resident suddenly turned in front of the motorcyclists on a local highway. The motorcycle driver could not stop and the couple was ejected from their bike.
Residents of Louisiana may know that a negligent party responsible for causing injuries or a wrongful death to a person can be sued by a victim or surviving family members. If the negligent party happens to be the State of Louisiana, its agency or a political subdivision, the state may also be held liable for personal injury or wrongful death cases. However, there are certain limitations that must be followed by a court while awarding compensation. The purpose behind the limitation is aimed at curbing the trend of governmental liability abuses to avoid overburdening the state's economy and its taxpayers with increased taxes.
Residents of Lake Charles are aware that several factors can lead to a motor vehicle accident, including distracted driving, driving while intoxicated or defects in a car. In the event of a car accident resulting in death or serious injuries, the financial situation of a family can become further complicated. A car accident victim and his or her family may be entitled to seek compensation for damages. However, they may not receive the maximum possible compensation they deserve if the case is not handled properly.
No matter how skillful a driver may be or how carefully insurance coverage for a motor vehicle is chosen, consequences from motor vehicle accidents in Louisiana are inevitable. Distracted and drunk drivers on the road continue to cause accidents due to negligence. There is a possibility that these distracted drivers are uninsured or underinsured. In such cases, one way car accident victims may be compensated for medical expenses if they carry liability coverage.