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Traumatic Brain Injuries: Long-Term Effects and Rehabilitation

Traumatic Brain Injuries

The Brain Injury Association of Louisiana is an organization supporting Louisianans living with brain and spinal cord injuries. One of the board members, Jamie Dupelchine, was injured in a car accident at the age of 15. Although her injuries were severe, Jamie was able to adapt to her new way of life and was even

Understanding Premises Liability in Elevator and Escalator Accidents

Elevator and Escalator Accidents

The tallest building in Louisiana – the Hancock Whitney Centre in downtown New Orleans – measures an impressive 697 feet and encompasses 51 floors. Elevators and escalators allow us to get around skyscrapers with ease, but also present a risk greater than a fear of heights. Elevator and escalator accidents occur more frequently than most

The Opioid Crisis and its Impact on Personal Injury Claims

Opioid Personal Injury

Opioid abuse is a significant problem in Louisiana. According to the Louisiana Department of Health, in the year 2014, Louisiana experienced 478 fatal drug overdoses due to opiod abuse,  translating to a rate of 17 deaths per 100,000 individuals. Other statistics about opioid use in Louisiana further illustrate the extent of the problem:  Louisiana ranked

Sports Injuries and Legal Liability: Who Can Be Held Responsible?

Sports Injuries

There are over 600 amateur sports clubs and leagues in Louisiana, with baseball and softball, football and soccer topping the list of most popular sports for Louisianans to play in their spare time. Although joining a local sports club can be great for physical fitness and making new friends, sports injuries can happen in a

Suing the Government for Personal Injury: Understanding Sovereign Immunity

Government Personal Injury

“Cancer Alley” is the unfortunate nickname given to the 85-mile corridor surrounding the Denka synthetic rubber plant in St. John the Baptist parish. The plant manufactures neoprene – the material in wetsuits – which results in the presence of toxic gasses released into the atmosphere. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the risk of developing

Blueprints for Safety: Identifying and Mitigating Construction Site Dangers

Construction Site Dangers Law

The construction industry in Louisiana inherently carries risks due to the nature of the work performed. In fact, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported in 2019 29 construction employees suffered from fatal injuries, making it one of the most dangerous occupations in the state. Construction workers encounter an array of hidden dangers lurking in

Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage: Essential Protection for Louisiana Drivers

Uninsured Motorist Coverage

Uninsured drivers abound in Louisiana, leaving many at risk after accidents if lacking proper coverage. Purchasing uninsured/underinsured motorist (UM/UIM) protection serves as a critical financial safeguard when collisions happen with motorists lacking adequate insurance. Table Comparing Key Points Uninsured Motorist Coverage Underinsured Motorist Coverage When it Applies Other driver has no insurance Other driver’s insurance

Negligent Security and Premises Liability: Protecting Your Rights in Louisiana

Premises Liability Law

Negligent security and premises liability are two key concepts in personal injury law. Negligent security refers to a situation where a property owner doesn’t provide adequate safety measures, leading to harm or injury to others. This could involve insufficient lighting, lack of security personnel, or poor maintenance. On the other hand, premises liability addresses injuries

The Hidden Dangers of Construction Sites: Common Injuries and Legal Remedies

Construction Site Injury

In Lafayette, a pair of construction workers had a close call in May, 2022 at the ongoing construction site of the new Ochsner Lafayette General Hospital when their equipment malfunctioned. Alton Trahan, a spokesperson for the Lafayette Fire Department, explained that the main harness they were connected to broke due to equipment failure, causing the

Top 5 Causes of Car Accidents in New Orleans and How to Avoid Them

Car Accident Causes

According to a recent report, fatal car accidents are on the rise in New Orleans.  Roadway fatalities saw a significant increase of 32%, and crash-related injuries rose by 24% from 2020 to 2021. Accidents causing the death of pedestrians, cyclists, and vehicle occupants have surged considerably in the last five years. Traffic and vehicle-related deaths