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When is the manufacturer reponsible for defective products?

When a product causes injury or death to consumers, many people automatically think the manufacturer will be held liable or at fault. The truth is, most product liability claims must go through legal channels. Sometimes, the manufacturer admits liability and agrees to a settlement; other times, the case goes to court and is decided either for or against the plaintiff.

According to Louisiana law, some conditions must be met before a product is classified as unreasonably dangerous. The product's design many be dangerous or the materials that make up the product may be dangerous. In some cases, a product is seen as dangerous because the manufacturer failed to provide adequate warning about a function, part or other area of the product that could be dangerous. If the manufacturer provides any sort of express warranty regarding a product, and the product fails to meet that claim -- especially in a way that can cause injury - -then a case may also exist.

Oil platform explosion near Louisiana takes 1 life

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement is reporting that an oil platform recently was the site of an explosion, and the company that owns that particular platform is backing up these claims. One person was killed in the blast. Three other people suffered from injuries.

The platform is close to the coast of Louisiana, sitting under 20 miles out to sea. The company that runs the platform is Fieldwood Energy, which is located in Texas.

Louisiana State University estimates crash rates down in 2014

No one wants to be involved in a car accident. Even a minor fender bender can be a hassle busy individuals don't have time for, and more serious collisions can derail a person's entire life. According to information published by Louisiana State University, overall non-commercial accident rates may be down in 2014 when compared to previous years.

The study used accident numbers from Sept. 2013 though Sept. 2014 to estimate crash rates for 2014. According to the estimates, injury crash rates for 2014 were 758 per every 100,000 registered vehicles, compared to 974 in 2009. Between 2009 and 2010, numbers fell almost every year, for a combined five-year reduction of around 22 percent.

Garbage truck sends vehicle over bridge in Louisiana

Back on Nov. 3, a garbage truck was involved in an accident on the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway that took the life of a construction worker. The driver of that truck has now been booked on multiple charges, including negligent homicide.

The truck was apparently going south on the causeway before the crash, and it ran into the back of a construction vehicle. The force of the impact caused the construction vehicle to go out of control and fall over the edge of the bridge into the water below. The vehicle was moving at the time of the crash, though it was going slowly.

The danger of toxins in your Louisiana workplace

Falls may be one of the top reasons that people are injured in the workplace in Louisiana, but they are by no means the only reason. Every year, workers report injuries stemming from many different sources, injuries including:

-- Loss of vision-- Spinal cord damage-- Neck and head injuries-- Loss of hearing-- Illness-- And much more

How dangerous is work on an offshore oil rig?

As residents of Louisiana know, working in the oil fields can be dangerous to individuals. However, the industry may not be as dangerous as many people nationwide believe.

According to a brief issued by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the combined oil, mining and quarry industries did not top the list for fatal accident numbers in 2013. As in other years, the construction industry topped that list, with 796 fatal workplace injuries and a fatal injury rate of 9.4 in 100,000.

Answers to common questions about workers' comp in Louisiana

In Louisiana, some common questions come up time and time again in regards to workers' compensation. It is quite important for you to know all about how this works, even before you need to utilize it, so that you can understand your rights. With that in mind, take a look at the following questions and answers.

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Maritime accidents may require a unique approach

Working accidents are common in the oilfield. From explosions to simple equipment malfunctions, the risks in such environments are certainly greater than for someone working in a traditional office. Another thing that differs for those working in the oilfield is the way compensation may be sought following an accident.

In most industries, workers' compensation covers an on-the-job accident. While this is sometimes true in the oilfield, a law related to maritime activities comes into play in some cases. The law is called the Jones Act. It was established to provide some legal assistance to workers who are injured in the course of jobs on a vessel or ship.

Driver in fatal New Orleans crash faces vehicular homicide charge

A 24-year-old man has been charged with vehicular homicide following a one-car accident in New Orleans shortly before 1 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 26. While the driver escaped with only minor injuries, his 25-year-old passenger was killed after being thrown from the car. He reportedly suffered blunt force trauma.

According to the New Orleans Police Department, the driver lost control of his vehicle and hit a pole on Magazine Street in New Orleans' Uptown section near the corner of Nashville Avenue. According to the arrest report, the damage to the car indicated that it was being driven "recklessly above the posted speed limit at the time of the crash."

Car accident involving U-turn kills 1 in Louisiana

Liability in car accidents is not always a cut-and-dry thing, making investigation and legal argument an important part of any personal injury case. One example of a car accident where liability may be in question occurred recently on a Louisiana road and involved a woman attempting to make a U-turn.

The incident occurred when an 80-year-old woman driving a 2013 Ford Explorer changed lanes in preparation for making a U-turn on a busy road. She moved from the right lane to the left lane of southbound traffic before slowing down to make the turn, say reports.

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