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December 2011 Archives

Baton Rouge 18-wheeler causes seven-car crash, injures six

With the large number of trucks driving through Baton Rouge and Louisiana, it is important that truckers take the utmost care while driving. Failing to do so could cause serious accidents and result in severe injuries to the motorists with whom they share the road. In this story, around 6:00 a.m., the driver of an 18-wheeler who was traveling on Interstate 12 in the eastbound land near the O'Neal exit did not stay in the correct lane. By veering out of his lane, the driver crashed into the barricade after losing control of the vehicle.

Louisiana worker sues employer for maritime personal injury claim

Employers have a duty to keep their employees safe at work. If an employer cannot provide a safe workplace, it must make certain modifications that make work less dangerous. With the large number of things that could injure an employee on a ship, maritime law allows injured workers an opportunity to receive compensation from an employer who fails to take proper safety precautions.

Two Louisiana residents die after using neti pots

Following the second fatality in Louisiana caused by brain-eating amoebas, health authorities are urging users of neti pots to only use sterile water when irrigating their sinuses. Both of the consumers who died from the amoeba infestation had used their respective neti pots with tap water, raising the question of whether a neti pot is an unsafe product.

Louisiana woman's hand injured by blender, seeks compensation

The citizens of Louisiana should be free from dangerous products and can often hold manufacturer's liable for any injuries their products cause. In some situations, a consumer may use a product and exactly follow the directions and still be injured, which could possibly indicate a design defect. Design defects will make an item unsafe, even if used carefully and properly, and anyone injured by a design defect has the right to seek compensation from the manufacturer who made the item.

Louisiana driver injures 7 passengers after running off the road

If you are injured in a car crash, your first thought may be to hold the driver of the other car responsible for your injuries, but what do you do if you are the passenger in a single-car accident? Just like in a multi-vehicle accident, an injured passenger can seek compensation for medical bills and other damages from the driver responsible. In this case, however, the driver would be the driver of the vehicle in which the passenger was riding.

Man takes responsibility for fatal crash outside Louisiana

Nearly one year ago, a 45-year-old man and a 47-year-old woman were tragically killed after a 49-year-old man's car veered across the center line and crashed head-on into the 45-year-old's minivan. Since the Mar. 10 crash, the man and woman's families have been grieving and dealing with the tremendous emotional pain and suffering of losing loved ones, but the families can now take their first steps toward moving on -- the man responsible for the tragic accident has pled guilty to vehicular homicide.

What's in the sippy cup? High arsenic levels found in fruit juice

As a parent, you are rightfully concerned about what you give your child to eat and drink. You want to give your children nutritious foods and may believe that juice is the healthier alternative to soda pop, but a recent study has revealed higher arsenic levels than what is allowed in drinking water in many fruit juices. Now, it seems, fruit juice may be considered a potentially dangerous product.

Driver's unexplained actions cause death in vehicle accident

Sometimes people do unexplainable things, and occasionally those actions result in injury to others. Police officers in Gonzales, Louisiana, are working with the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab to figure out why a woman drove the wrong way down Interstate 10, causing a crash that killed her and an oncoming driver and injured a third.

Louisiana longshoreman injured after boating accident

There are a variety of ways a longshoreman can get injured while on the job and there are a variety of different ways he or she can recover for his or her injuries. Federal legislation like the Jones, the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation, and the Death on the High Seas acts all protect workers injured in maritime workplace accidents, but determining which law applies and how to go about filing a lawsuit to hold an employer responsible for creating an unsafe workplace is extremely complex. A maritime law attorney can provide valuable advice about what to do following an accident and how to preserve a worker's rights under maritime law.

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