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Louisiana deputies found negligent in wrongful death suit

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.

Drunk Driver causes fatal car accident

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.

Penalty phase ends for BP after offshore 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 brings Jones Act lawsuit in Louisiana

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.

A closer look at the Consumer Product Safety Commission

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.

Honda faces massive fines for failure to report safety issues

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.

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.