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DO THESE THINGS AFTER A CAR CRASH THAT'S NOT YOUR FAULT

There are some best practices to keep in mind immediately following a car accident. If you were involved in a crash that wasn't your fault, here are some steps to take:

Check yourself and your passengers for injuries:

Your health and well-being is top priority, so don't attempt to do anything until you take this step.

Gather all the necessary information:

You'll want to exchange phone numbers and insurance details with the other driver, but don't feel compelled to talk about any details of the accident— there is plenty of time for this later.

Call police to the scene:

It's often a good idea to call for help, especially if one or more person is injured. With police on the scene, you can be sure that a report will be filed with all the necessary information. This can work in your favor when filing a claim with your insurance company.

Contact your insurance company:

You should do this as soon as possible, as you want them to know what happened immediately. They can provide additional advice and guidance on what steps you should take next.

Let your insurance company do its job:

In an ideal world, the other driver's insurance company steps in and pays for any damages they ought to. Of course, this doesn't always happen, but your insurance company can help facilitate the process.
Depending on what happens after the accident, you may need to contact a personal injury attorney to learn more about your legal rights. Unfortunately, it's possible that the other driver's insurance company will continue to fight back, arguing that the crash was partially or entirely your fault.

You never want to be pushed around, so make sure you are equipped for anything that comes your way. Contact us if you have any questions regarding an automobile accident of any kind.

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WHAT KINDS OF NON-ECONOMIC DAMAGES ARE AVAILABLE AFTER AN INJURY?

Suffering a serious injury comes with many hardships. Victims usually face massive medical expenses due to hospitalization and continuing medical treatment. In most cases, victims will also miss a lot of work, which typically means that they lose a lot of income.

When an injury occurs because of another party's negligence, victims can seek economic damages to help them pay their bills and replace lost wages. However, in many cases of negligent injuries, victims can pursue non-economic damages as well.

Louisiana is one of several states that allow victims to seek non-economic damages after suffering an injury caused by negligence. Examples of these damages include the following:

  • Emotional and physical pain and suffering

  • Mental anguish and/or emotional distress

  • Disfigurement and/or physical impairment

  • Loss of enjoyment of life

  • Loss of companionship and/or marital relations if the victim dies

  • Loss of services the victim provided to family members

Non-economic damages can make a significant difference in the quality of life that victims and their families have in the aftermath of an injury. For example, obtaining these damages gives victims time to recover, both physically and emotionally. The money can also empower victims to continue providing support to their families even when they can no longer work.

Any time negligence caused or contributed to a personal injury, it may be possible to seek non-economic damages. Examples of negligent situations include car accidents and medical malpractice. The best way to find out if you can pursue such damages is to speak with an experienced attorney. Together, the two of you can discuss the details of your injury and find a remedy you can seek that meets all of your financial needs.

LOUISIANA MAN SUFFERS SERIOUS HAND INJURY ON CRUISE SHIP

A Louisiana native has filed a lawsuit against American Cruise Lines for an incident that he claims cost him part of his right thumb.

The vacationer was hoping to enjoy an uneventful cruise on the Queen of the West from Portland to Clarkston. Instead, he ended up suffering an injury that was both painful and disfiguring.

According to the lawsuit, the man was leaving the cabin he was in when the vessel collided with a dock as it moved into port at The Dulles, Oregon. The victim believes that is what caused the cabin's metal door to slam shut, partially amputating the man's thumb.

The lawsuit also claims that the door itself "was defective and unreasonably dangerous to passengers in the cabin." It apparently lacked any kind of resistance -- like a pressure bar -- that could have kept it from swinging shut or closing violently without warning. In essence, the lawsuit alleges that the cruise line should have known the heavy door was dangerous to passengers and done something to make it somewhat safer.

The victim is suing for $300,000 for the injury due to its severity, including the pain and suffering he endured as well as the permanent disfigurement and the physical limitations he will have to endure for the rest of his life. The cruise line has declined to comment on the litigation.

Suing a cruise ship for an injury isn't an easy process. Under maritime law, however, the cruise ship can be found liable for a passenger's injuries if a reasonably careful operator could have foreseen the possible injury or if there had been previous incidents that would lend strength to a case.

If you've been injured due to someone else's negligence, find out more about your legal right to compensation for those injuries.

WHEN BULLYING BECOMES PHYSICAL ASSAULT IN NURSING HOMES

You might think that the worries of being the victim of a bully ended in high school. Unfortunately, some people remain bullies their entire lives. When they enter nursing homes and other senior living facilities in their sunset years, they can torment those who live in close quarters with them. Bullying, along with verbal, emotional, sexual and physical assaults among residents, is an unfortunate reality in too many of these elder care facilities.

Staff members can and should help new residents by partnering them with a current resident who can show them around and help them integrate into the community. When a couple of residents can't be in a common space without a dispute erupting, staff can split them up -- much like teachers do with kids.

Even normally well-behaved people can develop serious behavioral issues with age. Dementia can cause people to act out -- sometimes violently. So can certain medications. Sometimes, older people who have lost their independence and ability to control their lives lash out at others in sheer frustration and anger.

Physical assault, however, is a whole other matter. These facilities typically have clauses in their contracts that allow them to evict residents for repeated and/or serious bad behavior. They can potentially be held liable if one resident harms another -- particularly if they were aware of the resident's propensity for violence and didn't take reasonable precautions to protect others living and working in the facility.

No one should have to live out their final years in fear of being abused or assaulted. If you're concerned that a loved one is being harmed or even treated badly by other residents of their long term facility, don't try to intervene with a problematic resident or their family on your own. That could make the situation worse.

It's essential to talk to those in charge. Find out what steps they intend to take and follow up to make sure that they have. Encourage your loved one to let you know if the problem continues.

If a family member has suffered harm at the hands of another resident and you believe the facility hasn't taken the appropriate action, it may be wise to determine what legal options you have. You can find more information about residential care litigation on our website.

THE SHOCKING COST OF A MISDIAGNOSIS

When a doctor makes a mistake and gives you a misdiagnosis, it can be incredibly costly for you. It's crucial that you know your rights.

Most people think of a misdiagnosis as the doctor not realizing how serious an issue is. They say you just have a headache because you are stressed out, for example, when you have a brain tumor. By the time someone else figures out it is a tumor, it has grown so much that they can't operate, and it costs you your life.

Sometimes, however, it can go the other direction. What if the doctor thinks it's more serious than it is?

For instance, one man went in for gastronomical issues and got a staggering diagnosis: He had cancer. It was in his small intestine. Doctors could treat it, but it was going to be very expensive. It would also cause him a lot of pain and discomfort.

The man was wealthy, so he decided to take on the discomfort and the cost, pouring money into the various treatment options to try to find a cure.

In the end, doctors realized he had never had cancer. He just had some gastric issues. It was simple and should not have cost much to treat. Understandably, that man decided to sue the medical professionals who put him through a stressful, painful, expensive experience that he never needed to endure.

As you can see, any type of misdiagnosis takes a serious toll on your life. Be sure you know what legal options you have when holding the appropriate medical professionals accountable for their errors.