When the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded on April 20, 2010, it changed the culture of a region. Eleven men lost their lives and 16 others were injured. After the explosion, almost five million barrels of oil were dumped into the Gulf waters. Since then there has been a flurry of law suits and settlements that are still making their way through the legal system. Now a new chapter in this story begins.
Individuals with chronic illnesses count on their medication and medical equipment to stay healthy. When the medical equipment is faulty, the result can be devastating. This was the case for a University of Chicago law student who lost her life when her medical equipment failed her.
While out for a drive on a Louisiana Sunday afternoon, you stop at the stoplight on a familiar street. As you wait for the light to change to green, your solitude is interrupted by a loud crash and the jerk of your vehicle. You have been rear-ended by a distracted driver, and now you must figure out how to get a resolution to the many issues presented before you because of this car accident.
Some time ago, this blog reported on the January 24, 2013 shooting of a LaPlace woman. At the time, the family had vowed to pursue a wrongful death claim against Louisiana State Police. Recently, a decision was rendered on the wrongful death claim.
After being stopped for a lack of headlights on her vehicle, the 60-year-old refused to get out of her vehicle during the 1:30 a.m. traffic stop. Authorities claim that she waved a gun at officers and drove off. She drove into the driveway of a nearby home. Officers followed and again requested that she get out of the car. Instead of getting out of the car, the 60-year-old began to fire shots at the police. The officers returned fire and she was killed by one of those bullets.
She was a 40-year-old woman and mother of a 3-year-old. She was loved by many and will be greatly missed. A fatal car accident ended the life of a vibrant woman. Now her family must pick up the pieces from this tragic accident that occurred on Valentine's Day.
The car accident occurred when an alleged drunk driver failed to stop at a stop sign. The 40-year-old's car was struck eastbound on Laurel. The force of the impact caused her car to spin around and overturn, then crash into a tree and light pole. The driver was trapped inside the damaged vehicle until she was rescued and taken to a local hospital. She passed away from her injuries. The car accident victim was only one block from her home at the time of the accident.
Earlier this month, the aftermath of the BP oil spill marked a new milestone. The penalty phase has now ended for the BP oil trial. This brings an end to almost two years of hard fought litigation. BP has paid almost $35 billion in penalties to date. Now one New Orleans writer is calling for an end to BP's sorrows.
The 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil disaster was undoubtedly one of the worst oil spills in recent history. The oil company has been held to a with a barrage of fines, cleanup costs and compensation for those who lost income due to the accident. The final decision on this matter is in the hands of U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier. The Justice Department wants BP to pay the maximum fine under the Clean Water Act. This would total almost $14 billion. However, BP is fighting to receive a lower penalty.
Injured seaman should be aware of the legal protections that exist to help them when harmed on the job. An offshore drilling company is being sued in Louisiana by a worker asserting he was injured in an on-the-job accident. The offshore worker asserts he suffered severe and disabling injuries. The man has brought the lawsuit based on the Jones Act. He asserts he was injured while working on a submersible offshore drilling rig. The lawsuit alleges the offshore company was negligent which led to his injuries. The worker is seeking damages including lost wages, lost income and medical expenses.
The Jones Act is important for injured seaman who may not have other remedies available when they have suffered injury or harm on the job. The Jones Act provides legal recourse for injured seaman or their families to recover compensation for damages following an accident at sea. Injured seaman, or families who have suffered the loss of a loved one, may be able to bring a claim for negligence against the seaman's employer to recover compensation for damages suffered.
From time to time this blog has highlighted various recalls that affect residents of Louisiana. This blog entry will focus on the federal agency that issues all the recalls for defective products. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) attempts to keep consumers safe from harmful products made available in the marketplace. The important agency has been shaped by two federal statutes.
Over the course of the last year, GM has been at the center of a fire storm of controversy due to unreported defective car parts. This past week another auto giant was fined by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. These hefty civil fines may lead some to question the safety of the auto maker that is renowned for the safety of its vehicles.
Last week's post on the blog discussed a recent product recall involving exercise equipment. This item, and other dangerous products, can pose serious risks to consumers. These individuals, who rightly expect their purchases to be safe when used as intended, can suffer serious injury in a matter of moments, throwing their normal day lives into a period of physical, emotional and financial turmoil.
If you have been injured by a defective product, then you know that victims might have to deal with pain and suffering, medical expenses, and lost wages. Taken as a whole, these losses can leave you overly stressed and not knowing where to turn. The legal process may seem daunting and you might find yourself asking whether filing a lawsuit is worth the trouble. Fortunately, experienced Louisiana attorneys may be able to help you navigate the legal process while representing your best interests.