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Oil and gas accidents may give rise to wrongful death lawsuits

Here in Louisiana, we enjoy the benefits of profitable oil and gas industries. Our state's location near the Gulf of Mexico ensures that companies that harvest energy from the sea floor provide good-paying jobs to many Louisianans.

One of the reasons that jobs in the oil and gas industry are so lucrative is because the work is often very dangerous. A recent study conducted by the U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention highlights just how hazardous the work can be. The CDC compiled reported data taken between 2003 through 2010 and discovered the following trends within the national oil and gas industry:

How wearing a helmet might affect your motorcycle accident case

Riding a motorcycle has a lot to do with personal freedom. When you are on your bike, you are exposed to the elements, and unrestrained by the typical wall-to-wall paneling and other enclosures found in most vehicles. That feeling is further enhanced with the absence of a helmet while riding. Indeed, a lot of the appeal of owning a motorcycle is having the wind whipping through your hair as you tool around the back roads and byways of our great state.

It's important to know, however, that Louisiana has adopted mandatory helmet laws that require every motorcycle driver and passenger to wear helmets while riding. These helmet laws are not very popular with most riders, mainly because wearing a helmet seems contrary to the purpose of riding a motorcycle.

Proving liability in your Louisiana truck accident lawsuit

Louisiana is one of the few states that has a very simple concept of liability in personal injury lawsuits. In fact, Article 2315 of the Louisiana Civil Code says, "Every act whatever of man that causes damage to another obliges him by whose fault it happened to repair it." Although the language of that statute is rather stilted, it basically means that anyone who causes injury to another has a responsibility to compensate that victim.

Truck accidents that occur in Louisiana are no different. If a driver or a truck company is responsible for your accident then they have a responsibility to compensate you for your injuries. In order to show that a party is responsible for an accident, an injured victim will have to demonstrate that either the driver or the trucking company engaged in some form of negligent action.

What are some methods used to treat traumatic brain injuries?

Traumatic brain injuries are defined as the brain dysfunction that is caused by some external mechanical force. TBIs can occur from a variety of activities. These can come from a violent blow to the head or something actually penetrating the skull and damaging brain tissue. Car accidents, impact to the head after a slip and fall accident or being struck in the head by a criminal's bullet are all examples of events that often give rise to TBIs.

TBI victims suffer range of symptoms from extreme comas to the relatively mild bouts of changes in personality and amnesia. Fortunately, medical science has advanced sufficiently where health care professionals can now offer treatments for many victims of TBI. The overall goal is to rehabilitate a TBI patient to the point where there is some restoration of his or her ability to function at home and in his or her communities.

Can I reuse my child's car seat after a minor accident?

For most parents, our children are the most precious cargo we travel with in our vehicles. That's why we go through all the expense and hassle to use car seats that protect our little ones from violent crash forces associated with auto collisions.

However, a recent statement by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration suggests that you may not necessarily have to replace your child safety after experiencing an accident. NHTSA says that it was important for them to report on when child safety seats should be replaced for several reasons. Some parents were discarding their child seats after an accident and driving around with their child unrestrained while they were attempting to get another seat. Still, other parents were wasting money buying new seats when they weren't actually needed.

Workplace injury catagories that cost employers the most

Here in Louisiana, the Office of Workers' Compensation is the state agency that manages claims from workers who are injured or made ill while at their jobs. What is important to know is that the OWC does not actually pay out claims to injured workers. Rather, every Louisiana employer is required to either become self-insured or maintain workers' compensation insurance.

The general concept of the mandatory insurance requirement is to give employers an incentive to observe better worker safety practices and policies. Put simply, the employer's costs to obtain workers' compensation insurance generally increases as workplace accidents and illnesses increase.

Providing hope for Louisiana amputation victims

Many of us take for granted how often we use our appendages for even the most rudimentary of daily activities. Whether it's using our hands to shuttle groceries in and out of our refrigerators or using our toes to support us as we put our pants on in the morning. The loss of any appendage such as a finger, hand or foot can dramatically change the quality of our lives.

According to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration, the loss of fingertips is the most common type of amputation. OSHA says that thousands of workers lose parts of their bodies each year as a result of amputations. Most workplace amputations occur when workers operate equipment that has no safeguards or is otherwise inadequately protected. Items such as meat slicers, band saws, brake presses and other equipment are particularly hazardous.

Lawsuits still pending in Geismar, Louisiana, plant explosion

Federal safety officials have finally reached a settlement with a petrochemical company responsible for a 2013 plant explosion. According to a spokesperson for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, a Tulsa, Oklahoma, company, Williams Olefins, has reached an agreement with OSHA regarding safety violations related to an explosion which killed two workers and injured over 100 more.

At issue between OSHA and the refinery, was a challenge over a series of six safety violations and their resultant fines. OSHA had filed the six violations against Williams Olefins for their part in the June 13, 2013, explosion at the company's plant in Geismar, Louisiana. Those violations also carried fines of $99,000, which the refinery later challenged all the way to OSHA's review commission which is based in Washington, D.C.

Can I still qualify for SSI after a traumatic brain injury?

Many of us think of injured war veterans or motorcycle accident survivors when we think of traumatic brain injuries. The fact is that traumatic brain injury can occur anytime that an external mechanical force causes some form of dysfunction of the brain. TBIs can occur when a car accident victim is rear-ended and his or her head smashes against the steering column. Or simply when someone is shaken violently by his or her shoulders, causing the brain to bruise from hitting the skull.

Unfortunately, for many victims suffering from TBI, they are left unable to work and support themselves financially. The symptoms of TBI range all the way from severe headaches to a state of profound confusion and even comas. For many TBI victims Social Security disability provides much-needed financial support.

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