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Injured by a dangerous product? We may be able to help

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.

Fitness equipment recall

It is a new year and with that comes new resolutions. One of the most popular resolutions is to exercise and get healthy. To this end many flock to Louisiana health clubs to start their fitness journey. Still others prefer to work out at home. They purchase home exercise equipment to help them reach their fitness goals. Consumers trust that these items will be safe to use. However, this is not always the case.

Are damage caps affecting product liability cases?

The massive GM recall that took place last year is now raising some legal questions concerning the tort law of different states. The families of two Wisconsin teens are questioning whether damage caps in their state discourage the reporting of product defects like that found in the GM ignitions.

The accident that claimed the life of the two teens occurred in 2006. The defective ignition switch of their Chevy Cobalt was the direct cause of the accident. The parents wanted to sue GM, but found many road blocks to litigation. The reason: Wisconsin's damage caps. In that state, the maximum recovery for loss of society is capped at $350,000. One law firm that declined to represent the families, stated that the limited recovery made it cost prohibitive for the firm to litigate the case.

Safety countermeasures that decrease car accidents

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) have a clear but difficult mission. The purpose of these departments is to reduce the number of crashes on highways and roadways throughout America. When accidents do occur, the goal is to decrease the severity of the crash impacts.

There are several safety countermeasures that have been proven to improve highway safety. A few of these safety measures are highlighted in this article. Roundabouts are circular intersections that are a good alternative to intersections. They manage speed by creating a transition that moves traffic from high to low speed environments. Another measure is corridor access management. This improves traffic movement, reduces crashes and creates fewer car accidents.

Offshore worker severely burned in explosion near Louisiana

For one offshore worker, the miracle of the season is that he is still alive to experience it. After the boat where he was working had an explosion, crew members were left clinging to a life raft awaiting rescue.

The crewman was working on a shrimp boat on December 1, 2014 when the explosion occurred. The cause of the explosion is still under investigation by Coast Guard officials. Though his face and hair were not damaged in the explosion, he suffered 4th degree burns over 75 percent of his body, and his hands were severely injured. Doctors expect that he will need skin grafts to treat all the burns. He also experienced smoke inhalation from the explosion. The crewman is currently recovering in Baton Rouge General Hospital.

What is a New Orleans, Louisiana, speed governor?

Speed governors in New Orleans are not elected officials that regulate the speed on the Louisiana roadways. Instead, these are safety control devices that are available on every class seven and eight truck. This standard equipment allows a truck driver to set a top speed limit when traveling on Louisiana roadways. This tool is thought to be very useful in the prevention of truck accidents.

Since 1992, speed governors have been installed in the heaviest class of 18-wheeler trucks. These on-board computers serve as a speed limiter. This is particularly useful in emergency situations. A fully loaded heavy commercial truck needs a greater distance to stop compared to the average passenger vehicle. If a truck is traveling at a slower speed, this may give the driver the chance to stop more safely and, hopefully, prevent an accident.

Product recalls during the holidays

The holiday season is here again. As Louisiana residents prepare to give and receive gifts, it is a good time to pay attention to recall alerts that are being issued by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. It is important to give gifts that are not only fun but also safe for all who may use the product.

Felt Cyclocross bicycles are being recalled due to a defect in the frame. It has been found that the frame could break and cause the rider to lose control and fall. Felt Bicycles is an Irvine, California, company that distributed their product nationwide in specialty stores from June 2014 to September 2014. Anyone that owns one of these defective bikes should contact the company immediately for a replacement. The bicycles cost anywhere from $1,200 to $1,500. Approximately 150 units are subject to the recall.

Who can file a wrongful death suit in Louisiana

The state of Louisiana allows certain people to file a wrongful death claim after the death of a loved one. A surviving spouse or children of the deceased are allowed to file a claim. If there are no children and no spouse, the parents of the deceased may file a claim for compensation. Whichever category a family member falls in one thing remains true, an experienced and resourceful attorney may be able to help loved ones with their claim.

In New Orleans, the family of a man successfully recovered compensation on a wrongful death claim. The man is believed to have died after being beaten by inmates and deputies. Though financial compensation will never fully compensate for the life of loved one, it can help the surviving family members to pay any debts that were incurred as a result of the loss.

Brain injury for Tracy Morgan

This blog periodically highlights various types of car accidents. Accidents involving tractor trailers can be particularly devastating. Today, we take a closer look at the physical injuries that can negatively affect an accident victim's life. Traumatic brain injuries are one common injury that can range from minor to severe.

In August, 2014, actor and comedian Tracy Morgan was injured when his vehicle collided with a Walmart truck. The accident left Morgan in the hospital for several weeks and one passenger in the vehicle lost their life. Recently, Morgan's representatives have announced that the comedian suffered a severe brain injury as a result of the accident.

Distracted driving is a serious problem

There are a variety of distractions that can result in drivers causing car accidents. For car accident victims who have been wrongfully harmed by another driver's negligence while talking or texting on a cell phone; playing with a radio or navigational device; or eating while driving, victims can suffer a frustrating experience. In addition, serious injuries and death are caused by distracted driving.

Victims may suffer physical, financial and emotional harm following a car accident. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the significance of the problem of distracted driving is demonstrated by the number of accidents, injuries and deaths it causes. Each day, the CDC reports, 1,153 victims are injured and 9 victims are killed in car accidents involving distracted driving.