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What are the steps to collecting workers' compensation?

Injured workers aren't probably thinking much about who is paying for medical care when they are first injured. However, after receiving treatment, many likely want to know what they should do next. Here is how the workers' compensation process goes in Louisiana.

You have a right to seek medical care from the physician of your choice. You should explain to the physician that your injury is work-related. Also give the doctor the name of your employer and tell him or her that the insurer is the Louisiana Workers' Compensation Corporation, or LWCC.

Energy drinks linked to higher risk of brain injury among teens

According to a recent study, energy drinks may increase the likelihood that a teenager will suffer a head injury. The study reports that teens who have suffered a traumatic brain injury over the last year have a seven times higher likelihood of consuming energy drinks. The study was posted last week in the PLOS ONE journal.

Ten thousand teens and children aged 11 through 20 were asked to complete a questionnaire. Twenty-two percent of the children claimed that they had suffered a severe to mild head trauma that caused five minutes of unconsciousness or required an overnight hospital stay. Most of these injuries happened while the children were playing different sports.

Wrongful death claims in New Orleans

Following the loss of a loved one due to another party's negligence, family members might be struggling with intense emotional turmoil. They may also suffer from financial problems as they are hit with the costs associated with end-of-life expenses and the lost family income.

At the Law Office of John W. Redmann, LLC, we are familiar with the difficulties experienced by New Orleans families after the sudden death of a loved one. We are passionate about making victims whole by asserting their rights in court. We represent clients whose family members were killed in car crashes, motorcycle wrecks, commercial trucking collisions and workplace accidents. We also represent people whose loved ones died because of medical malpractice and doctors' errors.

What to do if you've been in a car accident

We put together this informative, 20-minute video tutorial that walks people through the steps to follow if they've been in a car accident, and answers some of the most frequently asked questions we receive from clients about their car accident cases.

What should I know about motorcycle accidents and helmets?

Louisiana motorcycle enthusiasts should always wear a helmet. Indeed, it is the most important piece of safety equipment in a motorcyclist's arsenal against injury in a crash. As such, motorcyclists should educate themselves on helmets and helmet laws in Louisiana.

First, you will want to know whether or not a particular helmet is approved for road use by motorcyclists in our state. In order to do this, make sure any helmet you buy has a U.S. Department of Transportation label on it.

Brain injury can cause depression, memory loss

Getting a traumatic brain injury is frightening. You may not know what is wrong, and you can't seem to get your bearings. Perhaps you suffered from a slip-and-fall accident or you were involved in a really terrible car accident. No matter how it happened, things are different now and you can't seem to figure out what is what. Do you feel like Alice in Wonderland? Kind of like you fell down a rabbit hole? You aren't alone.

If you are wondering what changes have occurred and feel trapped on the wrong side of the looking glass, especially if it happened recently, you know that your short-term memory has suffered. Memory is defined as the brain taking in, keeping, recalling and using information. Brain injury can affect all of these functions and these facets of memory. You may have difficulty remembering things and you may also have no way of learning anything now.

Workers' compensation in New Orleans

Louisiana workers sacrifice their time and safety to earn a living and put food on their family's tables. Some workers report to jobs that are much more dangerous than others in order to achieve this goal. The problem is, when these workers are hurt on the job and unable to continue working, they need assistance to help make financial ends meet. This is where the Louisiana workers' compensation program comes into play.

If a worker is seriously hurt while performing his or her job duties in Louisiana, the worker may be able to qualify to receive financial assistance -- not only to pay for medical care, but also to pay for lost wages and permanent or temporary disabilities. Indeed, if you are so hurt that you cannot perform your job duties, you might be able to get salary or wage replacement benefits through the Louisiana workers' compensation program.

The latest DWI campaign started this month in Louisiana

Police officers in Louisiana are starting to crack down on DWI cases, and they've been running a new campaign this month to focus more attention on drunk drivers. It started on the 15th of August, and it involves 166 agencies all across the state.

The campaign is known as "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over." It is something that is being done on a national level, and not just in Louisiana, but the state has just now joined in.

DWI driver causes injurious car crash

Baton Rouge police arrested a suspected drunk driver, who allegedly ran through a busy intersection and caused an injurious car crash on a recent Monday evening. The traffic accident happened on Aug. 3, at approximately 10 p.m., and several individuals were injured.

The 23-year-old driver who allegedly caused the crash was charged with 3rd offense DWI, negligent vehicular injuring, driving with a suspended license, reckless operation and fugitive from the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office. The man was previously charged with DWI on July 16, 2012 and Aug. 17, 2011. His bond is currently set at $30,000, but as of last reports he was still being detained as a fugitive from justice.

What is a concussion?

A concussion is the least severe form of traumatic brain injury. The term "concussion" derives from the original Latin root, "concutere," which means "to violently shake." Indeed, this is exactly what can happen to the heads of car accident victims. Due to the extreme forces exerted on the body in a car crash and the way crash victims' heads can collide with the interior of the automobiles, traumatic brain injuries can range in severity.

The Centers for Disease Control claims that from 2001 through 2009, approximately 173,285 individuals were sent to emergency rooms for concussions caused by recreation and sport activities. Other common causes of concussions are car accidents, bicycle accidents, falls, fights and on-the-job accidents.

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