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Injured in a Trucking Accident Caused by a Company Driver

If you were involved in an accident with any kind of commercial truck, you likely suffered devastating injuries and property damage. While the driver of the truck may have operated the truck in a reckless manner, you may also be able to file a claim against the driver’s employer, the trucking company. Determination of Liability Trucking accident cases are different in many ways from those of two passenger vehicle accidents. One significant difference is that a victim may be able to file a claim not only against the driver of the truck but in most cases against the trucking company. The legal concept of holding an employer responsible for their employees’ behavior is called respondeat superior. Employers have a duty

2020-05-04T12:30:51+00:00April 30th, 2020|

How Coronavirus Is Impacting Louisiana Insurance Settlements

If you suffered injuries related to a car accident, you may be in the middle of negotiations with an insurance company regarding a settlement offer for your medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. Now, with the new COVID-19 virus impacting everyone in the United States, many people have been furloughed, laid off, or simply fired. In many cases, the reduction in hours or being laid off may have to do with the fact that certain businesses have been deemed “non-essential.” With the lack of revenue and income, businesses simply had to shutter their doors either temporarily or permanently, and the employees feel the financial devastation as well as the owners. However, if you have a pending insurance settlement

2020-05-04T12:27:14+00:00April 17th, 2020|

A Message Regarding Coronavirus to Our Clients, Prospective Clients, Colleagues, and Friends

As lawyers with significant experience with litigation involving the last pandemic in 2009 (H1N1), we would like to share our perspectives on the coronavirus which has now entered the Firm’s geographical practice areas. It has often been said that the coronavirus poses a low risk to healthy individuals, but this is little consolation to the aged or immunocompromised who are at risk for severe outcomes if exposed to the virus. Many coronavirus patients will require advanced medical care to survive. It is the task of the government, the healthcare industry, businesses, and society at large to assure that the number of new infections requiring advanced care do not exceed the system’s capacity to provide that care. If the coronavirus outbreak

2020-03-13T15:21:28+00:00March 13th, 2020|

Delayed Injuries after a Car Crash

When a person is involved in a car accident, their focus is usually in recovering from injuries. Serious injuries, though, don’t always appear immediately after a car accident. Some injuries may take days, months, and even years before appearing. A car accident can be a stressful event and in stressful situations, the body produces adrenaline and endorphins. These chemical reactions can mask the immediate pain and delay recognizing the extent of serious injuries The body’s natural healing mechanism also adds time to discovering injuries. For example, when the body tries to heal itself, it rebuilds tissue and attacks infections. This natural reaction can cause swelling and inflammation. The swelling or inflammation, however, doesn’t begin until much later. Also, the traumatic

2020-03-13T14:56:53+00:00February 29th, 2020|

How Chaos at Chain Pharmacies Is Putting Patients at Risk

The pharmacy industry is increasingly under pressure to cut costs. As the Pharmacy Benefit Manager (PBM) industry tries to commoditize drug products and decrease what pharmacists are paid, the real victims are the consumers who rely on the day-to-day expertise of those pharmacists. Pharmacists not only fill prescriptions, but they offer a wealth of information and advice about medication side effects, disease prevention, nutrition, diabetes management and much more. Pharmacists have specialized training and must attend pharmacy school before passing both national and state licensing exams. However, the current economic model disregards those specialties and only pays pharmacies the cost of the drug product plus a dispensing fee of $0-to-$1. Many pharmacists at companies like CVS, Rite Aid, and Walgreens

2020-03-13T14:58:24+00:00February 28th, 2020|

How to Obtain a Police Report After a Car Accident

One of the most important pieces of evidence to provide your insurance company or to build a strong personal injury case after a car accident, is the police report. The police should be contacted after any car accident so that they can offer help, direct traffic if vehicles cannot be immediately moved, and obtain statements from the drivers, passengers, or any other witnesses. The police report is a critical piece of documentation for any insurance investigation or lawsuit. Obtaining a Police Report The police officer who arrives at the scene of the accident will take down all the information and interview all appropriate parties. In some cases, depending on the nature of the car accident, the police report may be

2020-03-02T09:18:48+00:00February 25th, 2020|

Proving A Car Accident Negligence Claim

Negligent driving can include not being vigilant, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, distracted driving, driving while texting, disobeying traffic signals or laws, being out of control of the vehicle, not using a vehicle’s safety features, or simply failing to use normal care and caution while operating a motor vehicle. Understanding how to prove a car accident negligence claim can help you determine if you have a strong case to receive compensation for your damages and your injuries. Proving Negligence There are four elements you must prove in a car accident negligence case in order to attempt to receive compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. Contacting an experienced personal injury attorney

2020-01-14T14:32:33+00:00December 13th, 2019|

Common Spinal Cord Injuries Car Accident Victims May Sustain

Some severe car accidents can cause catastrophic injuries to drivers and passengers. Some of the most common injuries include spinal cord injuries that can be permanent and life-threatening. The following are the most common spinal cord injuries suffered after serious car accidents by victims. Whiplash The most common form of spinal cord injuries suffered in a car accident are whiplash injuries. While the focus of the impact is on the neck, whiplash can also affect the spine. In fact, many victims will experience several spinal cord injuries simultaneously which can exacerbate their whiplash injuries. Some victims suffer from chronic whiplash which is a permanent and lifelong injury that causes both physical and emotional distress. Herniated Disc and Ruptured Discs Discs

2020-01-14T14:29:15+00:00December 3rd, 2019|

What to Do After a Hit and Run Accident

Within the State of Louisiana, hit and run accidents are widespread and common. Each year, more than 22,000 accidents in Louisiana are hit and run accidents causing property damage, injuries, and fatalities. If you were involved in a hit and run accident, you experience all of the suffering and stress of a typical car accident, compounded by a profound sense of injustice that you may not have a driver from whom to receive compensation. Before making any decisions, here is what to do after a hit and run accident. Seek Safety and Call the Police If you were in an accident, you may be disoriented and unsure of your next steps. Make sure to move the car from the roadway

2020-01-14T14:28:00+00:00November 23rd, 2019|

What Are Secondary Car Accidents?

While there are many different ways a car accident can occur, the initial accident between two or more drivers is typically considered a “primary” accident. These accidents can lead to “secondary” car accidents, caused as a direct result of the initial, primary car accident. Secondary car accidents can be just as catastrophic, causing injuries, property damage, and even death. Secondary Car Accidents A secondary car accident is one that occurs as a direct or indirect consequence of a previous accident, known as the primary accident. These secondary accidents typically happen shortly after a primary accident, and in the near vicinity of the primary accident. According to the Federal Highway Administration, up to 20 percent of all traffic accidents are secondary

2020-01-14T14:25:57+00:00November 13th, 2019|