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October 2014 Archives

4 ways to avoid serious accidents this Halloween

Halloween is supposed to be an entertaining and scary night when people dress in costume, tell ghost stories, go trick-or-treating and have fun. But in the midst of all the candy, parties and excitement, it can be easy for people to forget about basic safety and serious accidents can occur.

1 Louisiana driver killed, another injured in highway accident

A Louisiana woman was killed in a two-vehicle crash on Oct. 16 at some time after 4 p.m., according to state troopers. The 83-year-old woman was driving her Lincoln MKZ on Joor Road. She was headed north when she came to a stop at the LA Highway 64 intersection and attempted to turn left. She turned into the path of a 51-year-old male driver traveling east on the highway and was struck by his Dodge pickup truck.

What is wrongful death?

Wrongful death is a tort lawsuit that can be brought by the surviving family members of someone who has recently passed on due to the recklessness or negligence of another party. Louisiana law allows these surviving loved ones to file a wrongful death suit in most cases; if a parent abandoned his or her offspring during childhood, he or she has no right to take legal action. The state's statute of limitations prescribes that these filings must take place within a year of an individual's death.

New Orleans driver charged after fatal tanker truck accident

New Orleans residents may have seen headlines about the fiery collision between an SUV and an 18-wheeler in the St. Roch area. Police believe the 33-year-old woman driving the SUV was going the wrong way on a one-way street at about 2:30 a.m. when her vehicle hit the truck, which was hauling an 8,500-gallon fuel tank.

Knowing your legal and medical options after a brain injury

In so many ways, the things that define you -- your wishes, fears, memories, passions, knowledge, love -- are all housed in your brain. When someone suffers a serious brain injury, every aspect of that person's life could be affected. That is why proper diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation after a brain injury are so important.