Blog for our Lafayette Personal Injury Law Firm

Who is Liable for Work Injuries at Sea?

Last year, a Louisiana ship crewmember was working for Crowley Marine Services Inc., as a cook when he damaged his back trying to lift a heavy box. Now, he has filed a suit against his employer for negligence. He alleges that the employer did not provide proper safety training, adequate help to safely perform his duties or adequate equipment. He is seeking compensation for his medical treatment and the loss of wages he has experienced due to an inability to work. Workplace injuries can have a serious effect on a worker’s life. From loss of wages, to medical bills, to diminished earning capacity, getting hurt on the job has the potential put a person under significant strain. Employers have a responsibility to maintain safe working conditions, and they should be held accountable when they fail to do so. How Can a Louisiana Work Injury Attorney Help Me? When you sustain…
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Who Can Help After A Hit and Run Wrongful Death Accident?

Last month in Crowley, Louisiana, an all too familiar story played out around midnight near The Meadows Apartments. A sixteen year old girl was hit by a driver who did not stop and provide aid or call an ambulance. Referred to as a hit-and-run, these incidents are common and usually involve alcohol. The driver at fault is wanted on murder charges for the girl’s death, and additional hit-and-run charges for two other teenagers he struck with his car who survived their injuries. Hit-and-runs are a criminal offense, but perpetrators can also be subject to wrongful death suits. In wrongful death lawsuits, a civil case is filed against the defendant, and damages are pursued. These damages can be monetary, such as financial compensation for pain and suffering, medical bills, funeral costs, and emotional distress. In addition, punitive damages can be applied on top of the criminal charges. Even if criminal charges are…
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Five Years After Deepwater Horizon, Are Oil Rig Workers Safer?

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill was one of the largest disasters in the history of offshore oil rigs. Eleven rig workers were killed and in the months that followed, oil continuously poured into the open ocean. The disaster lead to many changes in the way safety regulations for oil rigs were drafted and imposed. One major outcome was that three separate safety committees were created out of what used to be the Minerals Management Service with the hope of creating broader oversight. However, there are still questions about how much safer and more effective these new regulations and committees will be. Oil rig companies have indeed implemented some promising new safety measures. For example, two years ago, BP began having workers train on disaster simulators. Because one of the main causes of the oil spill was human error, BP hopes that these new drills will prepare workers to respond to…
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