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Standing up for your motorcycle accident rights

Motorcycle accident victims need strong advocates to represent them in their personal injury lawsuits. Perhaps the biggest reason for good representation is that the insurance companies that represent the other vehicles in your collision will oppose your efforts to recover compensation at every turn.

This is primarily because the typical motorcycle accident victim frequently requires more medical care than car accident victims. There is no such thing as a minor "fender bender" when a car, truck or SUV makes even a slight impact with a motorcycle. Those motorcycle accident victims often receive lacerations, broken bones and road rash -- even in low-speed collisions. They may also be unable to return to work and earn a living while they heal from their injuries.

Just how big a problem is distracted teen driving?

April is National Distracted Driving Month. This is a good time for Louisiana motorists to learn how distracted driving can personally affect them. Distracted driving is defined as any time the operator of a motor vehicle takes his or her eyes away from the forward roadway. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, distracted driving accounts for 14 percent of all crashes nationally. Seven percent of those crashes involved the specific distraction of cellphones.

Distracted driving is particularly problematic amongst young motorists. In 2013, police reported accidents involving 963,000 drivers ranging between the ages of 16 and 19 years old. Those accidents culminated in 383,000 injured people and another 2,865 fatalities.

Can I sue my employer under Louisiana’s workers’ comp laws?

Things were much different here in Louisiana before 1976. In that year, the state legislature amended our current workers' compensation rules to what is sometimes referred to as a "no-fault" system. Prior to the changes in the law, injured workers were free to pursue their own litigation against their employers regarding injuries caused by workplace accidents.

One of the negative consequences of pursuing those lawsuits is that the litigation could drag on for months or even years. Too often, injured workers were left having to pay for their own medical treatments while also having to suffer lost wages as a result of their injuries that are preventing them from returning to work.

Drowning deaths can give rise to wrongful death lawsuits

As the weather continues to improve, many Louisianans will begin heading to local waterways to enjoy outdoor recreational activities. Louisiana's proximity to the Gulf of Mexico and the Mississippi River Delta offers residents lots of opportunities to get on or near bodies of water. There are literally hundreds of lakes, rivers, estuaries, swamps and streams situated throughout the state.

Unfortunately, sometimes water-related recreational activities end tragically with drowning deaths. Frequent readers of our website may remember an article we posted previously about a teenager who drowned at a water park in Livingston Parish, Louisiana last summer. In that case, the 14-year-old boy was playing on flotation devices that the waterpark allowed visitors to climb onto prior to his death. Parents of that boy sued the waterpark, the manufacturer of a flotation device and even the lifeguard who was on duty at the time of that accident.

Common type of brain injury may require more neurosurgeons

When many of us think of brain injuries we often conjure up images of horrible car accidents or terrible war-related trauma. The truth is that brain injuries can also occur from rather mundane activities like tripping and falling. In fact, slip and falls often account for a large percentage of brain injuries caused by head trauma among much older people.

A new study conducted by researchers at NYU's Langone Medical Center suggests that subdural hematomas may become a problem by 2030 due to a lack of available neurosurgeons. Subdural hematoma is a fancy way of referring to bleeding on the brain's surface. SDH is a particular problem among older populations which is part of the reason why the NYU study predicts the doctor shortage in the future.

New technology may significantly reduce motorcycle accidents

If you ride a motorcycle, then you are probably already aware that motorists often have difficulty realizing when you are near them on the road. Perhaps that lack of visibility is due to the motorcycles' smaller size or simply it's because of inattentive motorists. Regardless of the reasons, a study conducted back in 1981 confirmed that most car vs. motorcycle accidents occurred because car drivers either didn't see the motorcycle prior to the collision or they saw the bike much too late to avoid a crash.

Fortunately, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is currently looking into new technology that may provide better situational awareness on Louisiana roadways. So-called "vehicle to vehicle communications" is a technological advance that allows vehicles to rapidly share critical information with other vehicles in their proximity. V2V, as it's called, works by sending out and receiving basic safety data at a rate of 10 times per second. Typically, that data will include information regarding a vehicle' s rate of speed as well its position relative to other vehicles nearby.

National Brain Injury Awareness Month

Did you know that March has been declared National Brain Injury Awareness Month? This is to help people understand the very real impact that brain injuries can have on individuals and the struggles that they face. These things are sometimes hard for outsiders to fully understand because a brain injury is invisible, unlike an exterior bodily injury -- like a broken arm. People who have not studied these injuries may make the mistake of thinking that someone is imagining symptoms that are actually very real.

Additionally, National Brain Injury Awareness Month can be used to spread information regarding how many people are impacted by these injuries in Louisiana and across the United States. It has been said that Traumatic Brain Injuries are actually the top cause of death for people under 44 years of age. Around 52,000 people pass away each and every year from these injuries.

Can I get workers’ compensation for carpal tunnel syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome is the term used to refer to a condition that affects hands and arms. According to the Mayo Clinic, carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when a bundle of ligaments within your wrists becomes pinched. Symptoms of carpal tunnel include an overall numbness of the hand, tingling sensation in the hand and reduced hand strength.

The typical anatomy of a person's hand contains a small passageway between the hand and the wrist that is known as the carpal tunnel. The main function of that tunnel is to protect a crucial nerve that is connected to your hand as well as the nine tendons that allow you to bend your fingers. The actual "syndrome" or series of maladies related to your carpal tunnel occurs when that crucial nerve becomes compressed or pinched in the narrow passageway between your wrist and hand.

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:

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