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October 2011 Archives

Drivers know dangers of distracted driving but continue to use phones on the road

In recent years there may seem to be more drunken drivers on the road near Lake Charles, Louisiana than before. But, those drunken drivers are not under the influence of alcohol. Rather those drivers are under the influence of their cellphones. The majority of Americans know distracted driving causes car accidents, but drivers in Louisiana and elsewhere continue to use their cellphones while behind the wheel.

Teen drivers face highest risk for car accidents during first month of driving

Teen drivers in Lake Charles, Louisiana face the same task that other teenage drivers around Louisiana do - they have to learn how to drive from experience. We are all familiar with the old adage that experience is the best teacher. A new study by AAA proves the old saying and shows that as teenagers gain more driving experience the risk of car accidents is reduced.

Jury rules against drug companies in product liability case

Imagine you go to the hospital for a relatively simple outpatient procedure that is conducted to prevent future disease. You receive an anesthetic for the procedure but the vial containing the anesthetic is misused and wrongly packaged by the manufacturer. Because of the mistakes you walk away from the simple procedure with a blood-borne illness. Instead of the prevention of an illness you contract one. The story is similar to one man's in a product liability case involving a colonoscopy, a sedative and two drug companies.

Some car accidents in Louisiana can be prevented by better choices

During our last post, we wrote about how the number of fatal car accidents in Louisiana has decreased over the last few years and how last year saw the lowest number of fatal car accidents in the state since statistics were first kept in the early 1980's. While it is a relief to know that the number of deadly car accidents has been on the decline in our beloved state, individuals can still make better choices when it comes to some driving situations such as drinking and driving.

Car accidents hit low in Louisiana in 2010

Every year the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission releases a report on the number of car accidents and other motor vehicle accidents that occur in the state. The report also identifies the causes of crashes in Louisiana in order to help government officials develop highway safety policy. This year the report released some good news since the number of car accidents that occurred on Louisiana streets and highways fell to an all-time low last year.

Poor economy may contribute to lower drinking and driving numbers

Drinking and driving remains a major cause of car accidents in Louisiana. According to CBS News, Louisiana has the fifth highest rate of drinking and driving incidents in the country with 728 episodes of drinking and driving per 1,000 people. Even though drunken driving remains an issue in communities like Lake Charles, the overall number of drinking and driving incidents across the country has lowered over the last few years and the state of the economy may be a factor.

Final 9/11 wrongful death lawsuit settled

The final 9/11 wrongful death lawsuit was settled last month. The family of a professional hockey scout decided to settle the wrongful death lawsuit stemming from the events of 9/11 after they made public as much information as they could about what they viewed as security lapses and mistakes committed by security staff at Logan Airport in Boston.

J. Michael Veron has been named the Best Lawyers' 2012 Louisiana Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Lawyer of the Year

Best Lawyers, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession, has named J. Michael Veron as the "Lake Charles Best Lawyers Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Lawyer of the Year" for 2012. After more than a quarter of a century in publication, Best Lawyers is designating "Lawyers of the Year" in high-profile legal specialties in large legal communities. Only a single lawyer in each specialty in each community is being honored as the "Lawyer of the Year." Best Lawyers compiles its lists of outstanding attorneys by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. The current, 18th edition of The Best Lawyers in America (2012) is based on more than 3.9 million detailed evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers. The lawyers being honored as "Lawyers of the Year" have received particularly high ratings in our surveys by earning a high level of respect among their peers for their abilities, professionalism, and integrity. Steven Naifeh, President of Best Lawyers, says, "We continue to believe - as we have believed for more than 25 years - that recognition by one's peers is the most meaningful form of praise in the legal profession. We would like to congratulate J. Michael Veron on being selected as the 'Lake Charles Best Lawyers Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Lawyer of the Year' for 2012."

Environmental laws give landowners moment to pause on natural gas drilling leases

Landowners in rural, upstate New York have been given moment to pause over natural gas drilling leases thanks to environmental law. Over the last few years, many landowners entered into natural gas drilling leases with energy companies, but a number of the landowners signed the leases before learning about the possible negative environmental impact of hydrofracking. Thanks to environmental regulations landowners are reexamining their original positions.

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