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Motor vehicle accidents and soft-tissue injuries

When involved in a car accident, even if it seemed like a minor event, it is normal to walk away feeling sore, particularly in the neck and back areas. This pain may go away in a short period of time, or one might find that it lingers and increases in severity as the hours, days and weeks go by. The simple truth of the matter is, victims of motor vehicle accidents often experience soft-tissue injuries that can cause long-term problems. Those in Louisiana who have suffered such damages may be entitled to seek compensation for their losses. 

Understanding workers' compensation laws in Louisiana

If you have been injured at work, you will suffer in many ways. First, the injury itself is likely to cause you significant pain for a substantial amount of time. You will also need to pay for medical expenses as a consequence of the injury, and these could be costly, especially if you do not have adequate health insurance. Third, the injury may leave you unable to perform your job in the short term or the long term.

Wrongful death: Trucker charged for role in fatal accident

Police in Louisiana recently charged a truck driver for what they say was his role in a fatal accident. Three people -- including one toddler -- were killed in the accident and a teenager was injured. After such a devastating ordeal, it is possible that the victims' surviving family members may choose to seek compensation through wrongful death claims.

Who is excluded from collecting LHWCA benefits?

The Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act was passed in 1927 to offer maritime workers compensation when they suffer injuries while on the job. At the time of its passing, such employees were struggling to collect workers' comp benefits offered under state laws. Over the years, the LHWCA has been amended to ensure those who really qualify for the benefits receive them. Some maritime workers in Louisiana may find they are excluded from collecting LHWCA benefits, however. 

Wrongful death: Crash at intersection claims life of 1

When a motorcycle is involved, a collision that could otherwise lead to little more than minor damage to each vehicle could have disastrous consequences. Motor vehicle accidents involving motorcycles run a higher chance of leaving a rider with serious or even life-altering injuries. A recent collision in which a driver failed to adhere to a traffic sign at an intersection has led to the apparent wrongful death of a 39-year-old motorcycle rider in Louisiana.

Louisiana wrongful death: Teen dies in single-vehicle crash

No parent wants to get the call that his or her teen has been involved in a car accident. Sadly, it happens all too often in the state of Louisiana. A recent crash claimed the life of an 18-year-old male. Under the right circumstances, this young man's surviving family members may be entitled to seek compensation for their losses by filing a wrongful death claim in civil court.

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