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Slip-and-Fall on the Job Leads to Broken Bones

A Louisiana woman recently filed a complaint against Tyson Foods Inc. after suffering injuries at a poultry processing plant. According to the complaint, she was working on the rooftop of the plant when she stepped in a puddle of water. The woman slipped, fell, and suffered a fracture. She claims that the fracture required surgical intervention and hospitalization for five days. The woman accuses Tyson Foods Inc. of failure to supervise employees and failure to warn of the hazard on the roof. She is seeking a jury trial and damages, plus interest, court costs and other reasonable relief. Slip-and-Fall Injuries in the Workplace According to the National Safety Council (NSC), over 20 percent of on-the-job injuries are slip-and-falls. Most of these injuries are soft tissue injuries, such as sprains, contusions, abrasions, gashes and burns. Some, though, are hard injuries, including traumatic brain injury, disk herniations, broken bones, amputations and severe…
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What Are Damage Caps in Louisiana Personal Injury Cases?

Some states have limits on the amount of damages a person is able to recover from certain types of personal injury lawsuits, particularly medical malpractice lawsuits. In Louisiana, for example, there is a cap on the amount an injured patient is able to recover from medical malpractice cases. The cap is $500,000. There is also a cap of $500,000 on damages for claims against government agencies. Louisiana also limits damages in car accidents under a “no pay, no play” rule. This rule makes it so that drivers cannot collect the first $15,000 of bodily injury damages if those drivers are uninsured or underinsured. Arguments Over the Constitutionality of Non-Economic Damage Caps The constitutionality of non-economic damage caps in medical malpractice cases has been under vigorous debate for decades. Some states, like Louisiana, have upheld the constitutionality of these caps. Others have struck them down under various arguments, a few of…
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What Should Be Done About These Dangerous Road Work Zones?

Louisiana’s transportation chief, Shawn Wilson, believes that more should be done to prevent car accidents in two work zones in Lafayette. The work zones are both located on Interstate 10, where the road is being widened between the city and the Atchafalaya Basin Bridge. These two stretches of road are used by roughly 60,000 cars every day. Wilson said in an interview that accidents in those areas are up 50 percent since work began. Part of the problem, he says, could be the varying speed limits in the area, which shift between 60 and 65 mph. As a result of the accidents, DOTD officials put out a news release urging motorists to take caution when driving near concrete barriers, narrow lanes, lane shifts and road construction equipment. Work Zone Accident Statistics In 2014, there were 30,500 people who suffered injury as a result of motor vehicle accidents in work zones….
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