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The loss of a parent is difficult for Louisiana children of all ages. If there are questions concerning the circumstances of the death, Louisiana children may not be able to properly mourn. The death of a local doctor at the hands of his wife has raised these concerns with the children of his first marriage. Now, these adult children have filed a wrongful death lawsuit to investigate the death of their father.

Britax recall sets alarm for Louisiana consumers

States like Louisiana have laws regarding the use of baby car seats. From birth to age one, children must be rear facing, until he or she weighs 20 or more pounds. Once a child turns one, he or she must be faced forward. This regulation continues until age 4. From age 4 to 6, or 40 to 60 pounds, a belt-positioning booster seat is required for all children. Six-year-old children who weigh at least 60 pounds must use a safety belt or a belt-positioning booster must be used.

Louisiana parish to decide how to spend BP settlement

When the BP Deep Horizon oil spill occurred on April 20, 2010, it forever changed the landscape of the Gulf Coast. Communities throughout the coast scrambled to recover from the disaster as fishing and tourism were among the many industries that were negatively affected. One way cities tried to recover is to take legal action against BP. After years of deliberation, some communities are finally receiving their portion of their settlement. Now, a new question is presented: what is the best way to utilize these funds?

Products liability: Kraft cheese recall affects Louisianans

As fall approaches, Louisiana parents begin to prepare for their children to return to school. Along with new school clothes and school supplies, there are school lunches that must be prepared. A staple in Louisiana school lunches are grilled cheese sandwiches, many of which prepared with Kraft cheese singles. This lunch staple is now in danger due to a recent recall.

Frozen chicken recalled in Louisanna and nationwide

Chicken is one of the most common foods at American dinner tables. Whether purchased fresh or frozen, consumers trust that the meat will be safe for their families. Sometimes this is not the case. One popular food company is recalling their chicken from the Louisiana shelves and those around the country.

The company at the center of the recall is Barber Foods. Almost 2 million pounds of raw frozen chicken is being recalled due to the possible presence of salmonella. Louisiana residents should check their freezers for packages processed between February 2015 and May 2015. Thus far there have been six salmonella cases reported. The contaminated chicken in question is sold under the following brand names: Barber Foods, Western Family, Meijer ad Loblaw's. The remedy for consumers with the defective product is to discard the contaminated chicken or return the packages to the retailer for a full refund.

Trucks need additional space and time to stop safely

Semi-trucks play an important role in our society. They carry goods from place to place, helping our economy thrive. Yet, despite their benefits, these massive vehicles can also pose serious safety risks. When improperly driven or maintained, a big rig can become a force of devastation, leaving cars and lives destroyed.

One reason it is so important for semi-trucks to be maintained and driven properly is that their sheer size means that they need additional time and distance to safely come to a stop. While a car may be up to 18 feet long and weigh somewhere between 3,000 and 4,000 pounds, a semi-truck may be up to 65 feet long and weigh up to 80,000 pounds.

Some crayon brands may contain asbestos

Crayons and construction paper are common tools of childhood in New Orleans and throughout the United States. Parents trust that these items will be safe for their children. However, a recent report calls the safety of these common items into question.

Police arrest two teens in connection with fatal hit-and-run

When someone has been injured in a car accident caused by another driver's negligence, Louisiana law provides that the injured party may be compensated for medical expenses and other damages through a personal injury lawsuit. In a typical such lawsuit, the injured party would file suit against the negligent party, or his or her insurance provider. But what if the other driver fled the scene of the accident? A hit-and-run driver may not be easy to find.

Recently, St. Charles Parish sheriff's deputies said they had arrested two teenagers in connection with a fatal hit-and-run accident that left another teenager dead. Police said that the Hahnville teenager was declared dead at the scene when they found him in an overturned vehicle in New Orleans late one night in June. It took the authorities a little more than a week to track down the driver who they say was responsible for the fatal crash but who fled the scene. He was charged with negligent homicide and reckless operation of a vehicle. Another teenager who police said was a passenger in the hit-and-run driver's car, was charged as an accessory to negligent homicide.

New law aimed at protecting whistle-blowing oil workers

One of Louisiana's major employers is the oil and gas industry. Though very lucrative, this work also comes with some potential hazards for the workers. Employers can minimize these dangers by taking certain precautions to protect their employees. Employees who choose to speak out against hazardous conditions may soon have more legal protection if a new law is passed.

Two lawmakers from the west coast have introduced a new bill in the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill seeks to extend the whistleblower protections to oil and gas workers on the Outer Continental Shelf. This will include drilling regions off of the coast of Louisiana. If the proposal is enacted, employers would be prohibited from firing or discriminating against workers who report employer violations. Employees that report unsafe work conditions and injuries or refuse to do work because of safety concerns will also be protected from employer retaliation.

Strategies for seeking financial recovery in truck accidents

Much of Louisiana commerce still depends on truck drivers to safely get items to their destination. When truck drivers fall asleep or become distracted by texting and driving, Louisiana residents can get injured. In some cases those injuries lead to death.

When people are injured in a truck accident, their injuries are often so serious that they require long hospital stays, surgery and rehabilitative care. The injured may be unable to work for months, or even be rendered permanently disabled. When the individual is the head of household, the loss of income can be financially devastating for the family. When any one of these situations occur, it may be time to seek legal counsel.