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Lousiana doctors may use Zofran for head injuries; at what cost?

In pediatric emergency departments in Louisiana and across the country, there are often children admitted with head injuries. If your child suffers an injury, his or her symptoms may include nausea or vomiting. In many cases, doctors will prescribe Zofran to help alleviate such discomfort.

You have a right to reasonably expect that, if an emergency room physician prescribes a medication, he or she has done an extensive medical examination and has determined, according to accepted safety standards, that it is safe and recommended to use the medication in question to treat whatever ailment exists. With Zofran, doctors typically use it for severe nausea or gastroenteritis. If your child has a head injury and feels ill, treating with Zofran might not be the best idea.

An overview of the Jones Act

Many Louisiana residents work offshore or on ships that are involved in international commerce. These individuals, like workers on land, may occasionally be in danger on the job. However, there are likely to be differences in how injured workers offshore or on ships pursue financial compensation for any incidents they are involved in. This is where the Jones Act comes into play.

The Jones Act is a federal law that has several different protections built in for offshore workers and those who work on ships at sea. The primary protection is that injured workers in these circumstances may be able to pursue a civil lawsuit against their employers due to the injuries they suffered. Such an action can be pursued in either state or federal court. The choice of which court to file the case in can be a complicated issue in any given case, as the perception may be that one forum is better than the other in certain circumstances.

Log truck wreck in Louisiana leaves one dead, two others injured

Most people in Louisiana know how devastating a collision between a large truck and a passenger vehicle can be. The sheer size difference can lead to catastrophic results, oftentimes including fatalities and serious injuries. That was exactly the result in a recent collision between a log truck and a passenger vehicle that occurred on April 3 in Caddo Parish.

According to reports, the truck accident occurred during the morning hours when a SUV driven by a 29-year-old woman -- with two young children as passengers -- slammed into the rear-end of a log truck that reportedly pulled out in front of her vehicle. Photos of the scene showed that the SUV was almost completely demolished in the collision. The 29-year-old woman died in the crash. Her two young passengers, ages nine and five, suffered injuries and were transported for medical care. Fortunately, their injuries were reported as "non-life-threatening."

What are some common questions about truck accidents?

Motor vehicle accidents that involve large trucks can be quite different from those that only involve passenger vehicles. This is due to the massive size difference between a large truck and a smaller vehicle, which can lead to devastating consequences for any drivers or passengers in smaller vehicles. At the same time, the driver of a large truck may walk away from such a collision with few, if any, injuries. Victims of truck accidents in Louisiana often have many questions about how to proceed in the aftermath of the incident. So, what are some common questions about truck accidents?

Well, for starters, what do we mean when we talk about "large trucks" that are involved in vehicle accidents? In most cases, this means commercial trucks, such as semi-trucks or delivery trucks, which are involved in delivering goods, as well as large transport vehicles such as buses.

Did your doctor perform an inappropriate surgery?

Millions of Louisianans and others across the United States are admitted to surgical centers each year expecting top-notch medical service, but unfortunately, medical malpractice is a serious concern in our country. Some medical errors can be corrected, but others may be permanent. For example, when a health care professional performs the wrong surgery, the victim may be left with few options to recover their full health.

However, when a doctor performs the wrong surgery, there may be legal options to recover financial compensation. An incorrect surgical error can be, in most cases, either a wrong-site error, in which the surgical procedure was correct, but was performed on the wrong location of the victim's body, or a wrong-procedure error, in which the health care professional did the wrong surgical procedure. Either way, there is the potential that the underlying medical condition may worsen.

Can 'infotainment' systems lead to distracted drivers?

Our readers in Louisiana have probably seen many media reports that decry the distraction that cellphones present for drivers on the roads of our state and throughout the country. Distracted driving seems to be a societal plague that is getting worse, not better. Just take a glance at any driver you see behind the wheel and you may see that person staring at their phone instead of paying full attention to the task of driving.

But, is there another distraction that may be drawing drivers' attention away from the road? As a recent article noted, a person's vehicle may actually present just as much of a potential distraction as a person's cellphone. Why? Because the latest models of many different types of vehicles are starting to integrate with the same technology that is available on cellphones, all with nice, bright, shiny, attractive displays right there on the dashboard.

Comparing drunk driving to distracted driving

Most people realize the dangers in driving after consuming alcohol or drugs. Drunk driving causes a great deal of accidents all across the country. The penalties vary from state to state, but most places generally issue hefty fines and suspend the offender's license for a period of time.

The prevalence of cell phones is raising new questions about just how dangerous distracted driving can be. You've probably seen someone using their phone while driving. Maybe you've even been that person. Some experts even argue that distracted driving is at least as bad as driving under the influence. New studies are examining the effects, circumstances and consequences of each type of offense.

Dangerous property conditions lead to premises liability cases

It is not uncommon to see warning signs in stores and businesses in Louisiana that say "floor slippery" or "watch your step." After all, all property owners have a duty to protect people who come onto their property from getting injured, and you will see no greater interest in doing so than in a business, where the sole goal is to make a profit, not lose money in a premises liability lawsuit. However, despite these types of efforts, it is also not uncommon to see dangerous property conditions lead to injuries.

In some cases, the problem may be that there is inadequate lighting around the business at nighttime, which can hamper a person's ability to see dangerous property conditions that might cause an injury. In other cases, a parking lot might have such pervasive damage - such as potholes or cracks - that a person driving a car may hit one of these property conditions and get into a wreck on the property, potentially suffering injuries. But, it is just as common that a person might trip or slip on a defect in flooring or on a sidewalk, which might cause what might seem like a simple fall, but which can actually lead to serious injuries.

What do you need to know about Admiralty and Maritime Law?

Many of our readers have probably heard of Admiralty and Maritime Law, with Louisiana being a coastal state. However, since this is an area of the law that not many people have contact with, unlike, for example, personal injury or criminal defense law, some people might not be familiar with what all is entailed in this unique area of the law. So, what does one need to know about Admiralty and Maritime Law?

Well, for starters, it is important to understand that this area of the law deals with a wide variety of matters that occur on navigable waters, such as the ocean or even rivers or lakes. In most cases, the incident in question relates to an occurrence that took place on a ship or boat, or, more common in our state, an oil rig. The applicable law in any given case could be a state law, a federal law or even an international law.

Severe injuries in a truck accident an almost certainty

Although most people will probably be involved in so-called "fender benders" once or twice in their lives, not everyone will face the life-altering circumstances that come with being involved in a truck accident with a semi or other large vehicle. Truck accidents can be quite serious, and these incidents typically leave any drivers or passengers in smaller vehicles at risk for severe injuries.

In the worst-case scenarios, victims may suffer head injuries, brain injuries or even spinal injuries in accidents that involve large trucks. On the other hand, the truck drivers involved in such a crash may actually walk away with relatively minor injuries, if they have any injuries at all. This is because truck drivers are protected quite well by the sheer size and weight of their vehicles, in comparison to passenger vehicles.

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