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Family of man killed in crash may file wrongful death claim

The driver responsible for a fatal crash back in June has been arrested and charged. One person died as a result of this man's actions and another passenger suffered moderate injuries. The family members of the deceased victim may be entitled to pursue compensation by filing a wrongful death claim in a Louisiana civil court. The surviving victim may also seek damages by filing a personal injury claim.

According to reports, at approximately 9 p.m., on June 10, a man was driving his pickup truck on Interstate 10. He was allegedly speeding and impaired, which contributed to him losing control of his car. The truck went off the road and rolled several times before coming to a stop. One of the passengers in the vehicle -- a 59-year-old male -- was ejected and died at the scene fo the crash. The driver and one other passenger suffered moderate injuries and were taken to a hospital for treatment.

Louisiana motor vehicle accidents: 3 injured recent crash

Law enforcement officers in Baton Rouge were recently called to the scene of a crash that left three people injured. This event happened Thursday, Aug. 16. Per Louisiana laws, if negligence contributed to this incident, the victims may be entitled to seek compensation for their losses -- which is true for all motor vehicle accidents.

According to reports, police were called the scene of what they believe to be a single-vehicle crash on Nicholson Drive. Once they arrived, they found a car off the side of the road and a train stopped in its tracks. The driver and two passengers of the automobile were severely hurt. All were transported to an area hospital where they were listed in critical condition.

Calculating compensation following motor vehicle accidents

The losses associated with car accidents can range in severity. Some Louisiana residents will only experience damaged property, while others will experience physical and/or emotional trauma due to personal injury or the death of a loved one. Following motor vehicle accidents, victims or their surviving family members have every right to question if compensation is available to them and how much they can get.

Recoverable damages are different in every case. When insurance providers look at paying out settlements to victims, they will look at a number of factors. Some of these are:

  • Policyholder coverage
  • Property damages
  • Cost of immediate medical care

Louisiana wrongful death: Bicyclist killed in recent accident

Police in Louisiana are looking into the recent death of a bicyclist. The victim was struck by a passing pickup truck on LA 100. If negligence is suspected in this case, the victim's surviving family members may be entitled to seek compensation for their losses by filing a wrongful death claim in civil court.

At approximately 5:30 a.m., on July 26, a 31-year-old male was riding his bike in the westbound lanes of LA 100 when the driver of a pickup truck entered the lane in an effort to pass other vehicles in the eastbound lanes. The truck hit the bicycle, causing the victim to suffer critical injuries. The victim was taken to a hospital in Crowley for treatment. Sadly, he later died.

Louisiana motor vehicle accidents: Woman injured in recent crash

Law enforcement authorities in Louisiana were called to the scene of an accident involving an impaired driver and a pregnant woman. This incident occurred in a parking garage in Baton Rouge on July 31. The victim of this incident may be entitled to seek compensation for her losses through legal means, which is true for victims of most motor vehicle accidents.

According to reports, a 17-year-old male was high on LSD and speeding through the parking garage when he lost control and hit a parked car. The victim was in the process of entering that parked car when it was hit. She became pinned between her vehicle and the one parked next to it. Rescue teams had to free her. She was transported to the hospital with serious injuries, and it has been reported that she may possibly miscarry as a result of her injuries.

What employers should know about preventing construction falls

Some of the most fatal incidents on a construction site happen when people work unsafely from heights. According to the CDC, construction falls took the lives of 370 individuals in 2016. Reality is, those deaths were preventable.

Construction work requires the utmost preparation and protection in terms of safety procedures. The National Campaign to Prevent Falls in Construction was launched to encourage everyone in the construction industry to work safely and use the right preventives to reduce falls.

Preventing mothers from experiencing birth injury

Numerous women in Louisiana choose to go to medical facilities when they are in labor. They do this for a number of reasons, but the biggest reason is so that they have trained medical professionals on hand if anything goes wrong. Unfortunately, too many women end up experiencing fatal or critical birth injuries due to a hospital staff not taking appropriate actions before and after complications arise. What should hospitals be doing to prevent mothers from experiencing birth injury?

According to a recent report, roughly 50,000 of women in the United States suffer injuries during childbirth every single year and approximately 700 die. In a country with highly sophisticated medical care, this should not be happening. It is, though, because too many medical providers are skipping basic safety practices -- such as weighing feminine pads in order to track a woman's blood loss or giving blood control medicine within an hour of noting a high blood pressure reading. Who is to blame? Medical providers who skip these steps or hospitals for not having these safety practices included in their standard protocols -- or both?

Louisiana birth injury: Erb's Palsy facts

A number of things can happen during the labor and delivery process that can cause a child to suffer injuries. Damage to nerves in the neck and shoulder region known as the brachial plexus is actually fairly common. Sometimes, such an injury will heal in a short amount of time, but sometimes that damage may be permanent. Infants in Louisiana and elsewhere who suffer injury to the superior trunk of the brachial plexus are said to have the birth injury Erb's Palsy, which leaves many children with permanent impairments.

Erb's Palsy occurs when the head and shoulder are essentially pulled to an extreme while the infant is working his or her way through the birth canal. The nerves get stretched far beyond what they should, which can cause the child to experience weakness in the shoulder and arm of the affected side. This injury may happen if the infant gets stuck in the mother's pelvis, if labor is prolonged or if an assist device is used -- such as forceps.

Louisiana maritime law: Flooring type on ships matters

A man in another state recently filed a lawsuit against a cruise ship company for injuries he says he suffered while as a passenger. As maritime law applies in this case, the lawsuit has been filed in federal court. Louisiana residents who find themselves in similar situations as this gentleman can turn to an attorney who has experience handling maritime cases in the federal court arena.

According to a recent news report, the plaintiff took a cruise in June 2016. While aboard the Spirit of Norfolk, he was playing a game of cornhole and fell because he was not able to slide his feet on the type of flooring laid in that part of the vessel. The report did not specify what type of injuries the victim experienced. It was only noted that he is seeking $375,000 in damages.

Louisiana truck accidents: 1 dead, 2 injured in recent wreck

Louisiana State Police are in the process of investigating a crash involving a box truck and three cars. This incident occurred in the Rapides Parish area on Highway 28. When truck accidents occur, victims or -- in the event of fatality -- their surviving family members may have legal recourse.

Traffic was a mess on Highway 28 for several hours on July 17, after the driver of a box truck -- a 30-year-old male -- decided to make a move and cross the center line in an effort to pass another car. During his attempt to pass, he ran head-on into a pickup truck. the driver of that vehicle -- an 86-year-old male -- died in the collision. After striking the pickup, the box truck hit two other cars before coming to a stop. The driver of one of those cars -- a 38-year-old male -- suffered injuries in the wreck.

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