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Car accidents can be product liability issues

We often talk about personal injury claims arising from car accidents and claims arising from product liability issues as though they are mutually exclusive. However, this is not always the case. While they certainly can be completely different issues, it is not unheard of for a car accident to be the result of a defective product. In these instances, victims can sometimes recover compensation from the party responsible for the danger in the vehicle.

It is important to move quickly after truck accidents

If you have been involved in a truck accident, the idea of taking legal action is likely one of the furthest things from your mind. The litigation process can be long and stressful, putting even more emotional and psychological stress on you in the aftermath of a traumatic accident. You may even be aware that the statute of limitations for such accidents is one year, and you may think that you will worry about legal claims in a few months. However, this may not be in your best interests.

Despite improvements, workers' comp industry could suffer

The National Council on Compensation Insurance is responsible for rating and analyzing statistics for the workers' compensation industry in 30 states across the country, including Louisiana. NCCI has been analyzing trends in the workers' compensation industry for years, and by all reports, the last two years have been altogether positive for the industry. It seems that fewer injuries in the workplace are occurring. Last year, for example, claim frequency was down, premiums were up, and combined ratios improved. However, despite this, officials in the NCCI are concerned about the future.

Young man arrested in connection with Louisiana truck accident

There are many issues and dangers associated with truck accidents, including the significant size and weight of such vehicles causing serious damage, and the resources of the trucking company making it difficult for victims to recover compensation. It is for these reasons that truck accidents are often such serious legal undertakings. However, it is important to remember that just because you were involved in a truck accident does not necessarily mean that the truck was in any way at fault.

What is the time limit for product injury in Louisiana?

If you have suffered any kind of injury or wrongdoing that you need to handle legally, you should know that there is a time limit. The phrase statute of limitations may not mean anything to you, but it is a very important legal concept that can mean the difference between your ability to file a personal injury lawsuit and being stuck with a strong case and no legal recourse.

Don't be intimidated by offshore injuries

There are not many states for which offshore work is a crucial part of the economy, but Louisiana is one such state. Due to our state's extensive shoreline, many Louisiana residents are able to find employment out in the Gulf, working on oil rigs and other such vessels. There are many specific issues that these offshore workers may have to deal with, as offshore work is very different from land-based work in a number of ways. However, there is at least one way in which these jobs are very similar.

Much like in many onshore occupations, offshore workers face a serious risk of injury when performing the functions of their job. Depending on the work that someone does, he or she may spend the day lifting heavy objects or working around large machines, all while on the relatively unstable deck of a ship or rig. Unfortunately, while the dangers may be the same, offshore workers are not able to take advantage of workers' compensation benefits in the same way that most other workers are.

Offshore worker injured in Louisiana sues former employer

There are some industries in which injuries are a significantly greater risk than others. People often think of construction workers, who work at extreme heights around heavy tools, or those who transport goods, who have to load and unload heavy machines and products. Consider the dangers of working offshore, on an oil rig, for example, where many of the dangers of transportation and construction are just as prevalent. Offshore workers are no strangers to extreme heights or large machinery.

One offshore worker, a Florida man, allegedly suffered an eye injury back in 2012 while he was working as a seaman and dive supervisor aboard the Odyssea Courage. He is now suing a multitude of insurance companies, as well as his former employer in a Louisiana court, claiming that unsafe working conditions and negligence on the part of his employer were significant contributors to the injury.

Helping Louisiana residents in the aftermath of an accidentv

Nobody expects to get into a motor vehicle accident, but unfortunately, such accidents continue to occur by the thousands all across the country, day after day. By far the most common type of motor vehicle accident is a car accident because the vast majority of vehicles on the road are passenger cars. Motorcycles and large trucks make up a portion of the road's inhabitants, but in all likelihood, if you are injured in an accident, there will be a car involved.

Car accidents are not always the most catastrophic occurrences imaginable. In fact, many accidents leave simple dents in a car or minor paint damage, with no significant injuries incurred by either driver. In these instances, drivers usually exchange insurance, and the insurance companies handle the matter between themselves, with a bit of assistance from the police if an officer was called to the scene. Unfortunately, accidents that result in severe injuries may not always be so simple.

Louisiana workers' compensation rates expected to decline

Workers' compensation benefits are among the most important legal protections that employees can have. The difference between fearing for your livelihood and knowing that you will have care and protection in the event of an unexpected or accidental injury can often be the difference between peace of mind in the workplace and daily fear for your well-being. This is why workers' compensation benefits are often a legal requirement, and why it is so important for employees to be able to take advantage of such benefits.

Make your product liability claim easier

Product liability claims are certainly not the easiest types of personal injury claims, largely due to the fact that most people are not particularly familiar with them. It can be extremely difficult to remember all of the important details of a product liability case, or even to know what details are most important. It is for this reason that injured persons are encouraged to meet with an attorney, but you may not always know how to prepare for such a meeting or what may be expected of you.

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