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Posted by on Apr 4, 2015 in Automobile Accidents, Deaths | 0 comments

Pedestrian Accidents in Louisiana

It’s an unfortunate reality that accidents are a rampant occurrence in roads across America. As the website of this lawyer puts it, car and other road accidents are among the leading causes of injury in the country. The data gathered by the United States Census Bureau supports this assertion. In the year 2009, there were about 10.8 million reported cases of motor vehicle accidents. A significant portion of reported car accidents involve pedestrian victims. In a separate report by the U.S. Department of Transportation, it was found that 4,743 pedestrians involved in car crashes have died in the year 2012. This alarming trend is also true worldwide. United Nations Road Safety Collaboration also reported that 22 percent of all international traffic fatalities involve pedestrians. In Louisiana, pedestrian accidents remain a growing problem. Louisiana State University’s Highway Safety Research Group projects that the year 2015 could see up to 1,281 pedestrian injuries and 95 fatalities. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, pedestrian accidents tend to be more common in highly populated areas. Considering that Louisiana is among the most populous states in the U.S., it’s easy to understand why pedestrian accidents remain a pressing issue. Despite its commonality, pedestrian accidents can be easily prevented. Among the most typical causes of these accidents include distracted driving, failure to yield at a stop sign or pedestrian cross walk, and over-speeding. The tragic reality is that most of these incidents are caused by recklessness and negligence on the part of the driver. If motorists are more careful about adhering to traffic rules and regulations, the growing number of pedestrian accidents could be diminished effectively. Pedestrian accidents may be caused by a careless mistake by the driver, but it could lead to devastating consequences for the victim. Injuries incurred from such accidents include concussions, spinal cord damage, and internal trauma. The only way pedestrians can be protected from such outcomes is by holding reckless motorists accountable for their actions. If you are a victim of pedestrian accident, know that you have the option to pursue just compensation. Don’t hesitate to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer in the Louisiana area to learn more about your legal avenues.

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Posted by on Feb 3, 2015 in Deaths | 0 comments

What to Do After the Wrongful Death of a Loved One

The sudden, unexpected death of a loved one can be one of the most heartbreaking things anyone could ever experience. One minute, your loved one could just be working on something at his desk or playing basketball when the unbelievably tragic happens and they’re gone. If this kind of circumstance is the fault of someone else’s negligence, you are warranted to seek justice for the life so wrongly taken from you.

Situations like these are often emotionally charged and families, friends, and beneficiaries are often left distraught at the loss. The website of the Abel Law Firm says that many people can be so shocked and stressed from the sudden loss that the mere idea of filing legal charges against the guilty party is swept under the rug and when remembered, it can be too late as there are deadlines that happen upon these kinds of circumstances. The time table is often immovable and the window of opportunity for you to move is limited.

However, you should not have to deal with this alone – that is why there are wrongful death lawyers who are dedicated into ensuring that you are well taken care of and that compensation that is rightfully due you is acquired. Should the death of the person be proven to be the cause of a guilty party’s negligence, compensation can be achieved for the funeral costs or medical expenses (if any), as well as charges for the loss of income, especially if the deceased were the sole bread winner of a certain family as that family must now suddenly seek other means in order to achieve financial stability. If the act that had led to the death of the deceased is proven to have been intentionally done and out of malice, there are grounds to add criminal charges to the case such as that of manslaughter or murder.

It can be a difficult time but legal aid can be your saving grace in such a trying, tragic time such as this.

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Posted by on Oct 7, 2014 in Pharmaceuticals | 0 comments

A New Curl in Mirena Lawsuits

As if the idea of a foreign object shifting around was not bad enough, a recent finding in the case of one of the plaintiffs about the medical device implanted in her shows that it not only moves around in one location causing havoc but migrates to other parts of the body. The former is the main complaint against the contraceptive product Mirena, an intrauterine device (IUD) that was said to cause vaginal hemorrhages and uterine perforation when it shifted from where it was supposed. The latter, though, puts a new curl in the problem.

Mirena is an IUD device manufactured and distributed by pharmaceutical company Bayer Healthcare. It was approved for use in the US in 2000 by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and they have received more than 45,000 reports of adverse effects so far. The most common include vaginal hemorrhage, pan, and entrenchment in the uterine walls. In the case mentioned above, the plaintiff had the Mirena IUD inserted but became pregnant two months later anyway. In an ultrasound and later exploratory surgery after the plaintiff miscarried, there was no sign of the device. It was later found in the plaintiff’s rectum during an exam.

This is a disturbing development, indicating that not only is Mirena ineffective as a contraceptive, but can do irreparable harm when implanted because of the risk of migration. The plaintiff in the above case is claiming that the device is defective and that Bayer knew about the risks but failed to warn patients and doctors adequately about them. There are also a few women who are alleging that Mirena also has an increased risk for causing neurological problems such as vision impairment and headaches, but the majority of cases center around the perforation and migration issues until a more definitive link can be established for neurological conditions.

If you have suffered any serious injury from using Mirena, you may be eligible for compensation. Find a Mirena lawyer in your area with experiencing in handling defective medical devices and get the lowdown on product liability lawsuits.

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Posted by on Sep 19, 2014 in Brain Injury | 0 comments

Living with Traumatic Brain Injury

We are creatures of the mind, and when something happens that damages the brain in some way, the consequences are often far-reaching and unpredictable. Scientists are only being to understand how the brain works, but certainly not to the extent that they can treat or reverse traumatic brain injury (TBI) with any reliability. As pointed out on the website of the Sampson Law Firm in Louisville, in most cases TBI sufferers and their families merely endure and cope with the neurological, economic, and social repercussions as best they can.

TBI often results from sudden impact or trauma that results in a blow to the head or the momentary shifting of the brain within the skull. The severity of TBI ranges from the mild to the catastrophic, but even mild TBI (MTBI) can be problematic. Immediately following a head injury, the following may occur:

  • Loss of consciousness
  • Pre- and/or post-traumatic amnesia up to 24 hours
  • Changes in mental state at the time of the traumatic event

One of the most common MTBI is concussion, some of which resolve on its own with no persistent symptoms but in most cases have long-term consequences. Early symptoms of concussion include:

  • Disorientation
  • Headache and dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

When a patient is discharged after a requisite observation period depending on the severity of the trauma, later symptoms may surface and persist for a long time indicative of neurological damage. These include but not limited to:

  • Problems with memory
  • Difficulty in concentrating
  • Degeneration of skills and competence
  • Lightheadedness
  • Low grade headaches
  • Insomnia
  • Sensitivity to light and sounds
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Irritability

It is not difficult to imagine how hard it is living with the consequences of even MTBI, and sufferers may not even be aware that these are manifestations of concussion because they are not specific to the condition, so they may not get a proper diagnosis. Even MRIs and CT scans will not reveal MTBI; it is only through a reading of the patient’s medical history that the conglomeration of symptoms may point the way to MTBI and the appropriate treatment.

If you have suffered traumatic brain injury even “mild” types in a negligent accident, you should be aware that all may not be well in the long term. Consult with a traumatic brain injury lawyer in your area to advise you on what you need to do to ensure you won’t continue to be a victim of a third party’s negligence.

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Posted by on Aug 2, 2014 in Criminal Laws | 0 comments

Criminal Defense: DUI

Driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI) always puts many lives at risk: the driver’s, the pedestrians’ and other motorists’ lives. Both federal and state authorities and traffic enforcers are always on the watch for drunken drivers due to the danger they present on US roads and highways. And in the hope to curb motor vehicle accidents, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) makes sure that car drivers, who register a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level of 0.08% (for commercial vehicle drivers, like truck drivers, the limit is 0.04 %, while for those below 21 years old, it’s zero tolerance), are apprehended and charged.

DUI or DWI is a very serious offense in many states. Besides the hefty fines, imprisonment, compulsory attendance in a DUI class and/or community service, a driver charged with and convicted of DUI can suffer suspension or revocation of his/her license (especially those involving serious accidents where a victim may end up severely injured or dead). A serious driving offense, including failure to carry auto liability insurance, can even mean requirement to fill out an SR-22 form, which usually lasts for three years and which requires higher insurance premiums.

An SR-22 is a form sent by the insurance provider to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) of the state where the convicted driver resides, to prove that such driver already carries liability insurance. A new traffic violation by the driver, within the three year SR-22 coverage, can enable to state to decide for an extension of the SR-22 requirement.

Many drivers, who end up being charged and convicted of DUI, are first-time offenders, however. They are usually people, who simply spent great time with friends, colleagues or family and decided to drive home. While risking the lives of other people via driving while drunk may never have been in their least thought, still they will have to answer for the unlawful mistake they have committed.

The many negative effects of being arrested, charged and convicted of a crime, though, goes well beyond the court room. These negative effects are too great, in fact, that these can destroy one’s future personal and professional life. Thus, many are willing to do anything to avoid conviction. But while others try to run away from the law, complicating the situation even more, some bank on the competence of lawyers, whose knowledge and understanding of the law may save them from being convicted. An Austin criminal lawyer is one legal expert those facing conviction can always turn to; having him/her for an ally in the courtroom can benefit the accused in ways no other lawyer can.

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