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Millions awarded in recent birth injury case

Giving birth to a child is often not without complications. It is not uncommon for mom and baby to suffer minor injuries as a result of the process. However, many mothers and babies in Louisiana and elsewhere experience major complications as a result of their medical providers' actions during delivery. It was recently reported that a woman in another state won a birth injury claim she filed against the doctor who delivered her baby.

According to the report, the plaintiff went to the hospital to give birth to her son back in 2008. During the delivery, the baby got stuck, and the doctor pulled his head with great force, causing him to suffer shoulder dystocia. This is when the shoulder gets stuck and nerve damage occurs as a result. Sometimes this damage is only temporary and will fix itself. In this particular case, however, the child suffered permanent damage and has needed surgery to correct the issue -- which has not been 100 percent effective.

Relief for those hurt in work-related motor vehicle accidents

You were going about your normal day. You were in your work vehicle on your way to a job site or already on site when, BAM, you were involved in an auto accident. In Louisiana, those who suffer injuries in work-related motor vehicle accidents may have legal recourse.

Think that workers' compensation is all to which you may be entitled? Think again. Just because you were hurt while on the job does not mean that filing a workers' compensation claim is the only way in which you can seek relief. Under certain circumstances, you may be able to file a personal injury claim against the party deemed responsible for your losses.

Louisiana birth injury: Perineal tearing during childbirth

Childbirth, it is an experience that is different for every woman. There are those who are able to get through it with relative ease and no physical trauma to their own bodies, but there are also those who suffer great injury during the process. One common birth injury seen is perineal tearing. Common as it may be, there are women in Louisiana and elsewhere who may suffer pain or other issues for years if the tearing is severe or not fixed properly.

It is believed that most women tear to some degree during childbirth. For first time moms, there is actually about a 95 percent chance that they will suffer some level of vaginal tearing during the process. Issues that contribute to vaginal tearing include:

  • The baby's weight
  • The mother's weight
  • Speed of labor
  • Use of labor assist devices

Unsecured cargo can cause truck accidents

It is not uncommon to see semitrailers on roads all around Louisiana. While this is a good thing for a number of reasons, these massive trucks are also very dangerous around which to drive. Truck accidents happen all too often, and sometimes the reasons that they happen are quite surprising.

When semitrailers are loaded, cargo must be attached just so and must not exceed a certain weight limit. Every truck is different, so attachment points vary. The amounts that they can carry do as well. Why do these things matter?

Louisiana motor vehicle accidents: 3 dead, 2 injured in wreck

State troopers in Louisiana were recently called to the scene of a head-on collision between a car and a truck. Three people are said to have died in this wreck, and two people were left with serious injuries. When motor vehicle accidents of this nature occur, victims and the surviving family members of deceased victims may have legal recourse.

According to a news report, this accident occurred the evening of Wednesday, September 13, in Jefferson Davis Parish. The driver of a car was headed eastbound on Interstate 10 when he or she crossed the median and struck a truck in a westbound lane head on. The driver and two passengers in the car all died at the scene. A third passenger in the car and the driver of the truck both survived the incident, but both are said to have suffered significant injuries.

Legal recourse following a birth injury

You did everything right during your pregnancy. When it came time to deliver, you were beyond thrilled to meet your beautiful baby. Then, the complications started and your baby ended up suffering a birth injury that left him or her permanently disabled. Sadly, this is something that a number of parents in Louisiana experience every year. Under some circumstances, they may have legal recourse.

Child birth can be so unpredictable. Things can be going great one minute and then go down hill the next. Numerous birth injuries happen as a result of the actions taken by medical professionals when things take that bad turn. The wrong action or even inaction can have disastrous results for mom and baby.

Louisiana truck accidents: Semitrailer plows into several cars

Near the end of September, a semitrailer was traveling on Interstate 10 in Louisiana when it plowed into three cars. Several people were injured in the wreck. As is true for all truck accidents, this incident is being investigated by law enforcement officials.

According to a local news report, a 43-year-old male was operating an 18-wheeler in the eastbound lanes of the I-10. Traffic began to slow, but this driver was unable to stop in time and slammed into three vehicles in front of him. One of the cars was pushed underneath another semitrailer which had already come to a stop. A total of eight people were hurt in the wreck and all were transported to area medical facilities with injuries in the moderate to severe range.

Louisiana truck accidents: Dump truck accident injures 1

A Louisiana man recently required immediate medical attention following an accident involving a dump truck and a portable toilet. This incident occurred at the Louis Armstrong International Airport where there is currently construction of a new terminal underway. The injuries suffered by the victim are said to be quite severe, which is on par for truck accidents.

On Thursday, Sept. 21, a 28-year-old male was using a portable toilet located on the construction site when it was crushed by a dump truck. The driver of the truck claims to not have seen the Port-O-Potty and backed up over it. The victim suffered numerous fractures, internal bleeding and a collapsed lung as a result of the incident. He was taken to a hospital in serious condition.

Helpful tips for choosing car seats

We all know that drivers and passengers should wear their seatbelts. There is a long list of studies showing that people are more likely to survive an accident after buckling up. Naturally, the same logic applies for young children when they are properly secured in a car seat.

But with so many choices for car seats, how is a parent to choose? This post will provide some helpful tips. 

Who can be held liable after a trucking accident?

Now that Labor Day weekend is behind us, it may seem that traffic levels will return to normal as most people return to their everyday lives. However, interstate commerce doesn’t stop because the holiday is over, and semi-trucks will continue to rumble across Louisiana highways. Because of this, the dangers stemming from semis also still real.

For those who experience the misfortune of being injured in a semi-truck accident, there are many questions to be answered. Who may be held accountable is an important one, and this post will provide some answers about potential defendants. 

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