Blog for our Lafayette Personal Injury Law Firm

Can I Survive an Elevator Collapse?

Four people have sued American Crescent Elevators and Selective Insurance/Mesa Underwriters in Orleans Parish Civil District Court after they suffered injuries in an elevator collapse. The four plaintiffs worked together in the building where the collapse occurred. According to the lawsuit, the plaintiffs were inside the elevator when a malfunction occurred. The elevator quickly fell to the lowest floor of the building. Fortunately, no one was killed. The plaintiffs are seeking all reasonable damages, court costs, attorney fees and appropriate relief. They have accused the defendants of failure to warn of danger, failure to maintain the elevator and overall negligence. Elevator collapses are rare, and in the event that something does go wrong, there are many safety features in place to protect elevator occupants. Elevators are statistically safer than escalators and even cars. However, these incidents do occur. Traction elevators have speed-sensing governors that activate special brakes if the car…
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Do I Need a Lawyer for a Workers Comp Claim?

While not every person who was hurt on the job may need a lawyer for a workers comp claim, there is no reason to not receive legal advice before filing a claim. In this video, attorney Shelly Maturin explains a few ways injured people may face difficulties during the workers comp process. It costs nothing to speak to a lawyer about a work accident. Video Transcription: Workers comp process, basically begins with the injured employee reporting the accident immediately. It’s the most important, actually step in the process. If they don’t report the accident, then it’s very difficult for us to do our jobs as attorneys. From that point forward, if an attorney is needed, they will come to us. And we will file what’s known as a Form 1008. Which is the claim for worker’s compensation. There are accidents that are unwitnessed. A lot of times, employers are paid…
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Is Distracted Driving a Problem in Louisiana?

Distracted driving is a huge problem in Louisiana and throughout the country, and it is a leading cause of car accidents. Texting while driving, a type of distracted driving, is particularly dangerous, as the person’s hands and eyes are on their smartphone. In this video, attorney Jason Weaver explains how he has handled a number of texting while driving accidents, and how he can prove another driver was on a smartphone when he or she caused a wreck. Video Transcription: Texting while driving, I think, is one of the most dangerous things to come about in the last few years. It’s just so easy to get distracted and, and I see people doing it all the time. It is a very dangerous thing. I don’t know if there’s going to be a quick fix legislatively or law enforcement-wise. Because it is just such a quick and easy little process to…
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