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We file medical malpractice cases all over Louisiana

Louisiana health care providers have to meet and uphold a certain standard of care for their patients. When they fail to render this level of care and a patient suffers a worsened medical condition or injury or dies, the provider may wind up defending medical malpractice allegations.

In order to prove negligence, plaintiffs must be prepared to show that:

2 riders in Metairie Carnival parade fall off floats, get injured

As many Louisiana residents are aware, riding on Mardi Gras floats can definitely be dangerous. Alcohol is flowing, and spectators crowd right up to the side of the floats and sometimes toss beads back at the riders. Also, the jerky motion of the tractor-pulled floats as they stop and start up again can cause riders to suddenly lurch dangerously aboard these floats.

For two riders in Metairie on Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras was indeed dangerous, as both a man and a woman fell off of their floats in two separate incidents along the parade route.

Celebrity involved in fatal car accident

Whether they grew up seeing him on a Wheaties box after winning Olympic gold or saw him only as the bemused dad attempting to keep up with the Kardashians, Florida residents have undoubtedly seen lots of Bruce Jenner in the media. Recently, however, he was in the news for a very different reason -- his involvement in a fatal auto accident on Malibu's Pacific Coast Highway.

The tragedy unfolded on Feb. 7 when Jenner and others collided in a chain-reaction wreck on the Southern California highway. According to a sergeant with the sheriff's department, a Prius had stopped in the highway, but the Lexus behind it was unable to stop and hit it from behind. Jenner was approaching in his black Cadillac Escalade, with a trailer towing an off-road vehicle. He, too, was unable to stop or take appropriate evasive action, and slammed into the Lexus, knocking it into the path of an oncoming Hummer.

Carnival season brings an influx of motorcycles, potential wrecks

With Carnival season reaching its fever pitch in south Louisiana, it's likely that there will be in increase of motorcyclists on the roads headed to boat parades and other festivities around the river parishes. Now is a good time to review some common motorcycle safety rules.

-- With motorists' blind spots in mind, it's a good idea to assume that you are cloaked in invisibility to other drivers and operate safely under that premise. Ride in the spot most visible to cars and trucks with whom you share the road. Headlights should be on night and day. Remember that the worst blind spots are to a vehicle's right rear and left sides. Move quickly out of those no-see pockets and wear bright, distinctive clothing with reflective patches to attract their attention.

Don't fall prey to insurance claim denials after a wreck

In a perfect world, when Baton Rouge residents are injured in car accidents, they could file a claim against the other driver's or their own auto insurance, and receive a timely settlement that allows them to get on with their lives.

But we don't live in a perfect world. Insurance companies are in the business of routinely denying and low-balling claims. Despite the cute commercials with the friendly insurance adjusters assisting consumers with snappy resolutions, that's not how it actually works. A few years ago, CNN investigated the standard operating procedures of America's top insurance companies -- delay, deny and defend.

Foggy Louisiana weather leads to collisions

Residents of south Louisiana have to deal with driving in foggy conditions year round. Our subtropical climate, high humidity and close proximity to the Gulf of Mexico and other large bodies of water make this weather condition a frequent safety hazard for Louisiana drivers.

Make no mistake -- fog is at the top of the list of dangerous driving hazards. If a drive can be delayed until the fog has dissipated, make the decision to postpone your trip. But practically speaking, sometimes it is necessary to head out into the ghostly mist. Below are some tips for safer driving in foggy conditions.

Can I sue my doctor over confidentiality breaches?

Louisiana physicians and other health care providers have a professional duty to keep their patients' medical information confidential. When breaches occur that cause damage to their patients, the providers could face liability.

Patients should feel free to discuss their medical conditions and concerns with their doctors and nurses without worrying that their confidentiality will be compromised. The federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act governs the rules of information disclosure, access and patient privacy. Some of the law's provisions include:

Strict liability laws protect Louisiana consumers

Louisiana consumers who have suffered injuries after using dangerous or defective products can sometimes recover financial compensation more easily than others who got injured in a different manner.

Because injuries attributable to defective products fall into the category of product liability law, specific theories and rules of recovery have been established. There are three basic legal theories that allow consumers to seek recovery from retailers or manufacturers:

Who is liable for birth injuries under Louisiana law?

When tragedies like birth injuries occur, Louisiana parents are often so bereft and traumatized that they aren't thinking clearly about the parties who may be responsible for their babies' medical conditions.

While it may at first seem most likely to blame the obstetrician who delivered the baby, the conduct of all medical personnel is subject to scrutiny. Nurses, anesthesiologists, medical facilities, pharmacists and pharmaceutical companies can all bear a degree of responsibility for any tragic occurrences.

Serious illnesses can result from food poisoning

Here in south Louisiana, we like to eat and we like to cook. We also have some of the best restaurants in the nation all within a couple hours' drive. But even the finest restaurant or most talented chef can sicken customers if they are exposed to food poisoning.

People can develop foodborne illnesses if the food has been contaminated with viruses or bacteria. Sometimes, the exposure occurs on the farm where the food is grown. Every step in the farm to table process is a potential food poisoning hazard -- packing, shipping, storing and cooking. If the contaminated food is purchased by consumers, entire families can suffer from food poisoning.


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