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Navigating the aftermath of an auto accident

From Bossier City to New Orleans, semitrailer trucks roar across the highways and byways of the Pelican State. Despite this horsepower on display, most trucks pass to, from or through Louisiana without incident. But when an 18-wheeler accident happens, the property damage and injuries that ensue can be devastating. This is because of the great size, weight and mass of these leviathan vehicles.

Back in December we told you about a massive, multi-truck pileup on Interstate 10. Six semitrailer trucks were involved in the crash, which shut down the Interstate for hours while crews laboriously removed all of the disabled vehicles. Two people were injured and were taken to the hospital.

Car accident sends vehicle into Lake Pontchartrain, one injured

It is always a great idea for Louisiana drivers to employ good driving habits and maintain a proper lookout while driving. But there are some conditions and places where motorists must be on their best driving behavior. A heavy rainstorm is one situation where drivers should be extra careful. Driving on a bridge or causeway is another. Recently, a man was injured in a terrifying car accident on the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway. The accident involved another driver who was allegedly driving carelessly.

Can a family recover for the wrongful death of an elderly victim?

Many inhabitants of New Orleans parishes have been fortunate to enjoy a long life. They have survived wars, Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and more. Tragically, it is possible for elders to die as a result of the negligence of another. This blog post will discuss, in a general manner, what damages may be recoverable in a wrongful death case, where a senior citizen is the victim.

First of all, the family of an elderly victim may recover general damages for the victim's pain and suffering. Despite the fact that the victim did not survive an accident, it may be possible for the victim's family to recover, if the victim experienced pain and suffering before death. Similarly, if the victim accumulated medical expenses, these may be recoverable too. Also, funeral expenses may be recoverable.

After consumer injuries, protecting consumer rights

On a typical day, residents in New Orleans rely on various products to effectively get through his or her day. Automobiles, household products and other consumer goods make life easier and provide many benefits. Whether a product is designed to complete a certain task or is primarily use for entertainment, some consumer goods have numerous working parts. This means that each component has to be properly designed, produced, manufactured and put together to successfully result in a completed product. This not only ensures that the product works properly, but also is safely operating. If any of the steps in the process are not followed properly, this could result in a faulty or dangerous product.

The reliance on certain consumer products make it even more difficult on an individual when a consumer product is not working properly. Even more, if a product malfunctions, this could put the consumer at risk. At Frischhertz Poulliard Frischhertz Impastato, LLC, our legal team understands the legal concept of product liability and has successfully helped past clients navigate actions arising from dangerous or defective products resulting in consumer injury.

Understanding maintenance and cure for injured seaman

Those working as a seaman are subject to the same risks and injuries of any worker in New Orleans and elsewhere. However, it is often the case that these risks and hazards are more severe, resulting in serious and even disabling injuries, in the event of a maritime accident. Because of that, seamen are afforded rights beyond traditional workers' compensation benefits.

An injured worker is generally entitled to the payment of losses related to the work injury. These include medical treatment, lost wages and permanent partial disability payments. And, under maritime law, an injured seaman is also entitled to maintenance and cure.

What should I do immediately after an auto accident?

One minute a person is driving along, minding their own business. The next -- wham! -- they find themselves involved in a car accident. Many motorists in New Orleans have experienced this horror. It is a good idea to know the proper course of action to take immediately following a car accident. This blog post will provide readers with some general information regarding the steps that should be taken after an accident.

The first thing to keep in mind after a collision is that any motorist involved in the accident should remain at the scene to assist others involved in the accident. This is especially true if others have suffered injuries in the accident.

Truck accident injuries have recoverable costs

We have all heard about the horrifying accidents involving commercial trucks on Louisiana roads. What is even worse is that these accident can and will cause serious injury to passengers and drivers traveling in motor-vehicles. Due to their sheer size, regular passenger vehicles and their occupants often do not stand a chance of avoiding bodily harm. In response, there is a way to put responsibility on the appropriate party after a truck accident.

The factors leading into, and contributing to, a Louisiana truck accident are often attributed to multiple parties. What that means is, multiple parties may have failed a legal obligation to the safety and security of everyone on the road.

What damages might be recovered in a child wrongful death case?

The death of a child is the sort of thing that no family in Orleans Parish should go through, but unfortunately, many do each year. If another party is legally responsible for the child's death, families may want to know whether it is possible to recover damages in a wrongful death lawsuit for the death of a child. The answer to this question depends of the specific circumstances of the case. But, there are some general rules that apply in this heartbreaking situation.

When a child dies as a result of negligence and the family's wrongful death claim is successful, the family may be entitled to recover their financial loss. Some factors that might be analyzed include the child's earning potential; the age, sex, state of health, life expectancy, work expectancy and habits of the child; the relationship of the child to the plaintiffs; and the age, health and circumstances of the plaintiffs.

FDA announces product recall on contaminated sunflower seeds

When folks in New Orleans are looking for a healthy way to snack, they often turn to food products -- such as certain kinds of granola and snack bars -- made with sunflowers seeds. People choosing these foods may be avoiding some of the dangers associated with red meat and processed foods. Unfortunately, they may be unknowingly putting themselves into a more immediate kind of danger, thanks to possibly negligent food contamination.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced a product recall of a company's granola and snack bar products after it was discovered that sunflower seeds used as an ingredient may be contaminated with dangerous bacteria.

Injured offshore workers can recover under Jones Act

Whenever a worker in Louisiana or another state suffers an injury while working at a construction site, in an office or at another land-based place of employment, they may be entitled to benefits under the state workers' compensation statute. The worker files a workers' compensation claim, and the claim is approved or denied based on the specific facts at issue. But, what if a worker on a sea-going vessel suffers an injury while on the job in an offshore accident?

Is there a process for them to recover for their injuries? There is.