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Lafayette Personal Injury Law Blog

Help for victims of a failure to diagnose

Medical malpractice can cause significant harm to victims and their families. As a result, legal protections are available for victims of medical malpractice. Victims of medical malpractice, such as a failure to diagnose, erroneous diagnosis or treatment or delayed diagnosis, may be able to recover compensation for damages, including physical, financial and emotional damages. Damages can include medical expenses, lost earnings and pain and suffering damages.

In addition, wrongful death damages may also be available in circumstances in which the medical malpractice has resulted in the death of the victim. Surviving family members may be able to recover wrongful death damages in those circumstances. In circumstances in which a failure to diagnose has resulted in a worsened condition beyond the normal disease progression that would have been expected had the medical condition been timely diagnosed, legal resources may be available to help victims.

Your slip and fall might come under premises liability law

When Louisiana residents go onto another person's property, it is usually under the assumption that the owner or the possessor has done everything possible and within their control to ensure that their property is safe from defects and issues that would result in someone's injury. With rain and snow, as mentioned in last week's post, come additional measures that a property owner/possessor must take to ensure their property is safe from known hazards or from hazards that should have been known.

A slip and fall accident can take place in any location. If it takes place in an employment setting, then the injured party may be able to pursue a workers' compensation claim, but if it takes place in most other situations, such as at a mall while shopping or restaurant before eating, recovery would fall under the legal claim of "premises liability."

Slips and falls increase in winter weather

While much is said about winter weather creating dangerous conditions for motorists on the road, not much attention is given to the injuries caused by people slipping and failing on another's property due to rain, ice or snow. An injury suffered on someone else's property may have been avoided if the person responsible for maintaining the property had corrected the condition, which is why the owner or possessor could become liable for an injured Louisiana resident's injuries through a premises liability claim.

There are many dangerous conditions inside and outside any premises, but winter weather brings additional hazards with snow hiding ice from an ordinary passerby. A dangerous condition is one that presents an unreasonable risk to a person on the property and one that a person would not have known about given the circumstances of the case. Each case is evaluated on its own merits. It hinges on whether the property owner or possessor knew or should have been aware of the dangerous condition.

Truck driver causes chain accident, kills 1

It might come as no surprise to many that driving a truck is more difficult than driving most other forms of motor vehicles. This is because of the size and weight of the truck. When braking, it takes more time to stop and when turning, it takes more space and time to maneuver. Trucks also have bigger blind spots, which is why motor vehicle drivers are advised to maintain a bigger space between vehicles. A crash with a truck, especially an 18-wheeler, can be catastrophic, especially for motorists whose car is smaller in size and more likely to become damaged, injuring those inside.

The dangers of a truck accident are illustrated by the deadly crash that occurred in Louisiana recently. 11 vehicles were involved in the crash that killed one and injured at least 17 other people. Of those, three were in critical condition as of the last report.

Dangerous driving behaviors can place your safety in harm's way

When you first set out to obtain your driver's license, you may have endured numerous hours of studying in preparation for the test. However, as time goes by, the knowledge you obtained during your training may slip through the cracks, and you might develop a variety of driving habits over years of traveling Louisiana roads.

Even if you can cling to the knowledge gained during the early years, you might share the roads with countless others who may have formed their own habits over time. While some of these habits may be harmless at best, in some cases, another party's driving behavior could place your health at risk.

Teen drivers more likely to be involved in car crashes

It may not come as a surprise to most Louisiana parents that teenagers do not possess the same cognitive abilities as a person in their twenties or thirties, much less a middle-aged person. They also are more likely to give in to impulses and get distracted faster. This is probably why parents are hesitant to hand over the car keys to their newly licensed drivers and why it is imperative to remind the newly minted drivers of their obligations on the roads.

What are the common signs of nursing home neglect?

There are a number of different reasons that Louisiana residents can decide to put a loved one in a nursing home, but mostly all of them revolve around the fact that they want to give their family member the skilled care and attention they require in their old age or in a compromised health situation. Even when someone thoroughly vets a nursing home and its staff, it is still possible that nursing home neglect can occur. That is why it is important to recognize the signs of nursing home neglect.

Nursing home neglect takes place when someone does not receive the care they need. It can range from failing to provide help with completing basic tasks, such as those related to personal hygiene, eating and mobility. When a nursing home does not provide the help required, residents can suffer severe psychological and physical trauma. This is why the first sign loved ones should look at is a resident's personal hygiene. If it appears disheveled or lacking, it might be because someone has not helped them brush their teeth or put on their clothes, as they were supposed to.

Don't navigate an injury alone

Embarking on a journey through the legal system can be difficult and complicated for Louisiana residents, especially if they have been injured by someone else's negligence. What may have started out as a fun shopping trip with friends or a meal out with family can end up contributing to serious injuries if the person in charge of keeping the premises safe has not exercised the caution they were supposed to.

Pay attention to your blind spots while on the road

It's an unfortunate reality that numerous hazards exist on the roadways. Even safe drivers like you can have a hard time avoiding all dangers on the road, and your own vehicle could make it more difficult to travel as safely as possible. In particular, blind spots could increase the chances of an accident taking place.

Depending on the type of vehicle you drive, you may have fewer or more blind spots to deal with than other drivers. For instance, if you drive a convertible with the top down, you may have a clearer view than someone driving an RV or another large vehicle that is also hauling a trailer does. No matter what type of vehicle you drive, you want to make sure that you address your blind spots.

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