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February 21st, 2014
A few weeks ago in Houma, Louisiana, three children, ages 11, 12 and 13, were found dead after a trailer caught fire. According to WAFB officials, there were no working smoke alarms in the home. The other 9 people, including the children’s parents, got out safely with moderate to severe injuries. LSP reported investigators found that the fire started in the living room or kitchen area, but they are still examining several possible causes, including space heaters and candles. The New Orleans personal injury attorneys at Dudley DeBosier want to encourage everyone to invest in and maintain smoke alarms in their homes.
This tragic situation could have been avoided with the use of a smoke alarm. Below is a list from UL on why smoke alarms are so important:
The Importance of Working Smoke Alarms
- Fire deaths have been cut in half since smoke alarms were introduced in the late 1970’s.
- An estimated 95% of U.S. homes have at least one smoke alarm.
- Two-thirds of reported residential fire deaths occurred in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
- Fire deaths in homes with working smoke alarms are 51% less than the death rate for homes without this protection.
- An estimated 20% of U.S. homes do not have working smoke alarms, primarily because of missing or dead batteries.
- Nuisance activations are the leading cause of disabled smoke alarms. In other words, “nuisance activations” occur when a smoke alarm detects steam from a shower or stove, thus falsely alerting residents of a fire. When this happens, most people take out the batteries, or disable the alarm.
- Tip: If your alarm sounds when it detects steam from a shower or food burning on the stove, consider moving it into an area adjacent to the bathroom or kitchen to prevent nuisance activations.
- Almost 900 lives could be saved each year if all homes had working smoke alarms.
Although having a smoke detector allows you to have enough time to escape a burning home, it does not prevent fires from happening. If your home does catch fire, here are a few tips from KidsHealth:
- Check to see if there is heat or smoke in the cracks around a door. (You are checking to see if there is fire on the other side.)
- If you see smoke coming under the door — DO NOT open the door!
- If you don’t see smoke — touch the door. If the door is hot or very warm — DO NOT open the door!
- If you don’t see smoke — and the door is not hot — then use your fingers to lightly touch the doorknob. If the doorknob is hot or very warm — DO NOT open the door!
With offices throughout the state, the New Orleans personal injury lawyers at Dudley DeBosier are here to help. If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident through no fault of his own, give us a call at 444-4444. Also, be sure to visit our website at www.dudleydebosier.com and check out our free apps for Droid/ IPhone.
February 17th, 2014
Scott Wells a resident of Shreveport, Louisiana is slowly but surely regaining not only his independence but the confidence to grab life by the horns. Wells served in the U.S navy for eight years, after the navy wells worked for two years as a corrections officer on active duty reserves in South Carolina. It was in South Carolina where Wells was struck by a drunk driver, injuring his C5, a part of the spinal cord responsible for movement from the chest down.
Five years after the accident, when Wells thought there weren’t any goals he could reach while being paralyzed, his friend introduced him to hand cycling and gave him his first bike! “He said, “I’ve got the perfect one in the truck for you,” and he pulled it out and gave it to me. That was 10 ago and I’ve been cycling ever since and loving every minute of it,” Wells tells KSLA news.
Hand cycling has helped Wills get back important aspects of his life, the want to set goals and his ability to become independent! He says “It’s all about paying it forward.” In this time Wills has helped others with spinal cord injuries achieve their goals as well.
Wills founded the non-profit advocacy organization Independence Regained in 2010 to advocate and raise funds to get a specialized neurological rehab facility in North Louisiana.
Wells tells KSLA news “People are leaving the state to try to get the care they need,” Wells said. “No one should have to leave the state to get the services that they need when we are very capable of doing it right here.”
If what Wills has done already doesn’t seem like enough, he is also raising money for the neuro-rehab center, while preparing to leave for the U.S Military Endurance Sports Program in March. The U.S Military Endurance Sports Program is a program that supports wounded veterans and their families.
Tuesday, February 18th at Rotolo’s Pizzeria in Shreveport, Wells is holding a two-fold fundraiser to raise money for his races, and gain support to reach his goal of joining the U.S hand cycling team!
With offices throughout the state, our experienced Shreveport personal injury attorneys at Dudley DeBosier our proud to announce our respect and support for Scott Wells. If you or someone you know has been in an accident involving a drunk driver, we can help, give us a call at 444-4444. Also be sure to check out our website at www.dudleydeboiser.com and download our free apps Droid/ IPhone.
February 12th, 2014
February 12, 2014
The Drug Injury Lawyers with Dudley DeBosier Injury Lawyers say the most common type of drug injury seen today is an overdose of pain relievers. The most commonly abused type of painkillers are those in the Opioid family, including medications such as Oxycontin and Hydrocodone. Now though, cases are being confirmed in Baton Rouge Parish of painkiller abuse being tied to a rise in the usage of the street drug, heroin.
An article from The Daily Reveille explains Shane Evans, Chief Investigator for the Baton Rouge Parish Coroner’s Office, showed that more effective monitoring of prescriptions being distributed has caused the supply of opioid medications available to abusers to be drastically decreased. Evans adds the shortage leads many users to seek heroin, as many are physically dependent on the opioids.
For those who are caught, the penalties for heroin also seem to be less severe than those of an individual who abuses pharmaceutical medications.
Officials add that heroin use can also lead to a number of health risks, including Hepatitis, HIV, and sores at injection sites if the drug is used intravenously.
The Louisiana Personal Injury Lawyers with Dudley DeBosier Injury Lawyers encourage citizens to stay away from any and all street drugs. For those who are taking opioid pain relievers under a doctor’s medical supervision, it is important to speak with your physician immediately if you begin to feel dependent on the medications you are given.
February 3rd, 2014
Last week, a debate took place at LSU concerning a “tobacco ban.” This proposed ban is a result of Louisiana legislation that mandates smoke-free public universities. While the new law only enforces a ban on smoking, schools may choose to enact a full ban on tobacco, including smokeless tobacco products. Although the university’s administration will make the final decision on whether LSU will be a tobacco-free campus, the Student Government discussed the proposition and came to a decision: Students are not in favor of a full ban on tobacco.
Act No. 211, enacted by the Louisiana legislature last year, states that there shall be “general smoking prohibitions on certain public post-secondary education campuses.” It also states that universities should develop “smoke-free policies” for their campuses. While all public post-secondary institutions are required to create smoke-free campus policies, an additional option is available to the administrations. The act also states that these institutions may create a tobacco-free campus policy, if they so choose. This tobacco-free policy would ban all tobacco, including oral tobacco products.
The opinions of students on both a smoke-free campus policy and a tobacco-free campus policy are mixed. Students who support a smoke-free campus do not smoke and are irritated by smokers who leave clouds of smoke under over-hangs, such as at the library or the bus stop. But smoking advocates don’t want to give up their rights to smoke on campus. Some students support a smoke-free policy but don’t care very much about other smokeless tobacco products.
The majority of faculty members at LSU support a tobacco-free campus policy, but 60% of students are opposed to it. The decision will ultimately be made by university administration, and it will certainly be interesting.
With offices throughout the state our experienced Baton Rouge personal injury lawyers here at Dudley DeBosier would like to encourage everyone to be smoke free. If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident and are in need of an attorney, give us a call at 444-4444. Also, check out our website at www.dudleydebosier.com and be sure to download one of our free apps!
January 31st, 2014
In January, a pedestrian was hit and killed while walking on Brightside Drive. This tragic accident resulted in the death of a twenty-one year old woman, Brittney Griese. According to WBRZ, Griese was hit around midnight in the 1400 block of Brightside Drive. She was walking on the side of the road, and it is believed she was walking from Brightside Bar and Grill. Griese was struck by a 2007 Toyota Tundra. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Police confirmed that the driver of the truck was not intoxicated. However, according to the police report, it is believed that Griese may have been under the influence. The crash is still under investigation.
Over the last few years, several incidents have occurred while pedestrians walked home late at night. This fatality is part of an alarming trend taking place in Louisiana. According to the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission, there have been over 280 pedestrian fatalities during the last three years in the state.
If walking home can be avoided, it is best to avoid it. The CATS bus system runs through most areas of Baton Rouge. There are also several cab companies in Baton Rouge, including Yellow Cab, Fighting Tiger Taxi Service, and AAA Taxi Cab. Cab fares aren’t very expensive, especially when split between a few friends. Calling a sober friend is, of course, a free option. Most people would rather get out of bed at 2 A.M. than find out that their friend was involved in an accident because he chose to walk home. Offer to buy your friend lunch or return the favor another night.
If you plan on walking home, be sure to take special precautions. Go with a group of people. Stay on the sidewalk or as far off of the road as possible. Do not dart across the road if you need to cross it; wait until all of the cars have passed before you try to cross the street. Drivers should be careful, as well. Pay attention to the edges of the road and try to drive in a straight line. Stay alert at all times, and do not drive very fast in case a pedestrian surprises you.
If both pedestrians and drivers are careful, tragic accidents like the one that occurred in January can be avoided. Our sympathies go out to the Griese family for their loss.
With offices throughout the state the Baton Rouge personal injury attorneys at Dudley DeBosier encourage pedestrians and drivers alike to be as cautious as possible late at night and to look out for each other. If you or someone you know has been injured please give us a call at 444-4444. Also, visit our website at www.dudleydebosier.com and check out our free Droid/ IPhone apps.
January 29th, 2014
January 29, 2014
Companies that produce the products we use everyday have a legal and ethical responsibility to ensure their items are safe. When a failure to do so occurs, defective products can result in consumers being harmed.
The Louisiana Defective Product Lawyers with Dudley DeBosier Injury Lawyers explain holding companies accountable for such mistakes is the best way to ensure errors don’t occur. That is why a new reporting system has been developed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in order to allow consumers who have been harmed by faulty products to provide a more detailed description of the problem, specifically when it comes to defective tobacco products.
An article from dalje.com stated changes were made to the Department of Health and Human Services’ Safety Reporting Portal to allow a new category for tobacco products. When previously reporting problems with tobacco products, they were lumped into a very vague category. Now, specific issues such as mold growing on tobacco or improper taste can be reported.
Specific injuries that could be associated with a defective tobacco product include fires and burns, poisonings, allergic reactions, and accidental exposure to dangerous smoke.
The Louisiana Personal Injury Lawyers with Dudley DeBosier Injury Lawyers explain that while there is no “safe” tobacco product, there are still certain standards of product safety that should be maintained and applaud the efforts being made to protect these standards.
December 27th, 2013
To most, the delivery of a baby is one of the most rewarding experiences one could imagine, but to some, it can be a very stressful event. Not knowing how to care for a child can be a terrifying thought. In fact, it is so terrifying to some women that they may believe someone else could possibly give their children a better life. According to WAFB, a couple walked into the Perkins Road Fire Department to hand over their one-week-old infant, citing they were doing so under the “Safe Haven Law.” It is very uncommon for mothers or couples to utilize this law. Since 2004, there have only been 20 such cases in Louisiana. The New Orleans personal injury lawyers here at Dudley DeBosier encourage anyone who may feel as if her newborn is in danger to consider the options and not abandon her baby.
The Safe Haven Law is a law that gives parents that believe they are not suitable for parenthood or think their children may be at risk a second option. It allows parents to drop off their child at any fire department or hospital without facing criminal charges. The only limitations are that the child must be less than 60 days old and the child cannot be abused or harmed in any way. After the baby is handed over, he is brought to the nearest hospital for a health assessment and given the necessary care. If a parent changes her mind, she is allowed to reclaim her child within 30 days.
The National Safe Haven Alliance states that this law was put in place due to the surge of infant abandonments in the 1990’s. Many of these abandonments resulted in preventable deaths of innocent babies. The law was enacted to give parents the option to release their infant without the fear of prosecution.
Statistics from A Safe Haven for Newborns show that 202 newborns were saved from abandonment, 5,000 women were assisted in their time of need, 54 mothers chose to place their babies directly with a licensed adoption agency, and 5 parents were helped to successfully regain their parental rights thanks to the law.
With offices throughout the state, our New Orleans personal injury attorneys are here to help. If you or someone you know has been involved in an accident, please give us a call at 444-4444. Also, visit our website at www.dudleydebosier.com and check out our free apps for Droid/ IPhone.
December 26th, 2013
It’s that time of year again! A time for sweaters, hot chocolate, Christmas carols, and most importantly, a time for giving! As much fun as it is to receive, many would agree that it is just as fun, or even more fun, to give. Unfortunately, there are children and families that will go not only without gifts this Christmas season, but without warm coats. Thanks to “Pat’s Coats for Kids,” a few more children will stay warm this winter.
Pat’s Coats for Kids recently celebrated its 21st year of giving. This organization has given over 172,000 coats and works in over 11 parishes including Ascension, Assumption, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Livingston, Pointe Coupee, St. Helena, West Baton Rouge, and West Feliciana. Pat’s Coats for Kids allows individuals to not only donate their gently used coats but also allows individuals to send in monetary donations. 100% of the proceeds go toward purchasing new coats at a cost of about $20 each.
This organization is one that really makes an impact in local communities. Here at Dudley DeBosier, we couldn’t imagine a better way to celebrate the holidays than to help keep our children warm this winter. This year, our staff happily came together to collect two bins full of coats to help Pat “Pack the Pod.” We are proud to be a part of such a wonderful organization and cannot wait to get involved again next year!
With offices throughout the state, the Baton Rouge personal injury attorneys here at Dudley DeBosier are here to help. If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident, give us a call at 444-4444 to schedule a free consultation. Also, be sure to visit our website www.dudleydebosier.com and check out our free apps for Droid/ IPhone.
December 23rd, 2013
The holidays are finally here! Although this is a time for celebration, it can quickly become a stressful time if one does not take the proper precautions. The Baton Rouge personal injury lawyers at Dudley DeBosier know that it is easy to get caught up in the holiday festivities and forget about the risks that come along with this time of year. If you plan on traveling this holiday season, here are a few tips you should follow:
Travel Check List
- Give your cell number(s) & contact information to nearby neighbors who’ll be staying in town. Ask them to call you in the event of suspicious activity at your house—after they call the police. Give them your travel schedule. Include a list of your regular service people, including vehicle descriptions.
- Ask a neighbor to take in newspapers, mail & packages.
- Make sure someone will take care of pets, pipes and plants in the event of a hard freeze.
- Ask neighbors to call the police (389-2000) in the event of a potential crime or suspicious behavior by an unauthorized visitor. They should record license number(s), physical descriptions and take photos if possible.
- Make sure all doors and windows are locked, including garage and storage areas.
- Be sure vehicle doors are locked and that you remove keys, garage door openers and valuables from them.
- Leave on your porch light and a few inside lights in the front of the house. Automatic timers are cheap, easy way to control interior lighting to simulate an occupied home.
- Outside, use cheap, low-voltage lighting that turns on and off automatically at the transformer.
- Store valuables (jewelry, guns, silver, small electronics) out of view away from windows and doors or in your bank deposit box. Don’t leave bikes, tools or toys outside. Thieves often come first for the easy stuff, then come back later for the good stuff inside.
- Inform your security company you’ll be away. Good security systems have an “instant alarm” setting that skips the 30-second delay function. Or call your company to set this up from the control office. Most companies can make a note on your account to dispatch fire and police immediately, without waiting to make calls to primary or secondary contacts.
- Don’t forget to set your alarm when you leave. Use the “no delay” option if you have a system that allows this feature, operated with by remote control or the main office operator.
- Don’t turn off central heat. Leave thermostat on low heat setting, e.g., 64-65 degrees.
Along with burglaries, home fires are devastating events that occur but can be prevented by following a few easy tips:
Holiday Fire Safety
- Make sure smoke and heat detectors are installed by your security company or at least battery-operated.
- NEVER leave a child or pet alone in a room with a lit candle, open flame, or floor heater that has left on.
- ALWAYS extinguish candles and fireplace fires, and turn off decorative lights and space heaters before leaving home or going to bed.
- Don’t use fireworks near neighbors’ homes or roofs! Fireworks can land on roofs and enter chimneys, setting houses on fire. Leafy debris on roofs can also catch fire. A disabled child in Walden was trapped in a burning house a few years ago because of fireworks that set the house on fire on New Year’s Eve while no one was home.
- Fireworks are illegal in EBR Parish. Don’t be surprised if your neighbors aren’t as thrilled to see them when you see the police drive up to douse your fireworks.
A few more fire safety tips…
- Never use fire pits without a spark arrestor! Flying cinders can land on leafy debris or roofs.
- Never burn candles near flammable items such as drapes, bedding, or furniture.
- Keep Christmas trees well watered, in a sturdy stand and away from fireplaces.
- Never burn wrapping paper or trash in a fireplace. This can contain metals and other toxic materials.
- Remember the “Rule of Three.” Check decorative lighting for broken lights, frayed wires, and never use more than three light sets on one extension cord. Use only lights with the UL label. Install or replace a small fire extinguisher in the kitchen. Make sure everyone knows where it is and how to use it.
- Roll up sleeves and avoid loose clothing near cooking appliances and fireplaces.
With offices throughout the state, the Baton Rouge personal injury attorneys here at Dudley DeBosier want to ensure that everyone has a safe and happy holiday!
December 18th, 2013
December 18, 2013
Employers in the state of Louisiana have a responsibility to protect the safety and well being of their workers. The Louisiana Plant Explosion Lawyers with Dudley DeBosier Injury Lawyers explain any failure to do so often results in an employer facing legal action filed on behalf of those who were harmed.
Take the case of a Tulsa-based company that is facing $99,000 in fines regarding a recent blast that claimed the life of two workers and left another 80 seriously injured. According to an article from Tulsa World, the citations come after the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) determined the accident was the result of several “willful violations” of safety policies.
Reports indicate the company failed to develop precise written policies to change and put idle pressure vessels into service. Five other serious violations were noted as well, including mixing volatile compounds, failure to document training or safety policies, and failure to promptly correct problems.
The company has stated they have been informed of the charges, but has not stated how they will respond. Executives with the company now have less than 15 days to comply with the orders they were given or to appeal the decision.
Dudley DeBosier’s team of Louisiana Personal Injury Lawyers applaud the actions being taken to keep workers safe on the job and are hopeful the efforts are a success.