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Legislators Consider Reforms to Protect Public From Asbestos and Mesothelioma

by Keith Adkins | March 25th, 2015

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that, when inhaled into the lungs, can lead to the development of a deadly form of cancer known as mesothelioma. Despite this serious health risk, asbestos is still used in the manufacturing of many products we are exposed to on a daily basis.

The reason asbestos is still used today is because of a ruling that weakened the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act. Now, lawmakers are rallying to reform policies to better protect the public from the dangers of asbestos and other harmful chemicals that can cause conditions like mesothelioma.

United States Senator, David Vitter, has introduced a bill that would require thousands of chemicals that are currently available on the market to undergo regulation at the federal and state levels. Furthermore, it would establish minimum requirements and timelines for EPA testing, as well as a fee system to finance the program.

Reports from The Times-Picayune say another bill introduced by Senators Barbara Boxer and Ed Markey would progress an all-out ban on the use of asbestos in products. The bill is being used to honor a 66-year-old man who died as the result of a long battle with mesothelioma.

Reform is crucial to keeping our laws relevant and able to protect the public from harm in this day and age. That’s why, at Dudley DeBosier Injury Lawyers, our team of Baton Rouge personal injury attorneys are anxious to see if either of these bills progress towards being signed into law.

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Oil Industry Safety Takes Center Stage as Workers Strike

by Keith Adkins | March 4th, 2015

The oil industry is an essential part of Louisiana’s economy, accounting for millions—if not billions—of dollars in revenue each year. Despite these large profits, the industry continues to be one of the most dangerous lines of work in Louisiana.

The Louisiana maritime accident rate among workers in the offshore drilling industry is one of the highest in the nation. These unsafe working conditions can lead to workers suffering injuries and fatalities while on the job.

These risks were underscored by a Louisiana plant explosion at a petroleum processing facility outside Baton Rouge that killed two workers and injured 114 others in 2013. Dangers like these leave many citizens wondering what is being done to improve safety and working conditions in Louisiana’s oil industry.

According to an article from Bloomberg Business, some Louisiana oil workers are currently on strike in hopes of securing improved working conditions and better worker safety. Union organizers say they believe local workers should handle day-to-day maintenance duties at oil facilities, rather than contractors, because of safety concerns. Oil companies have called the demand “unreasonable”; however, contract negotiations are expected to continue today.

At Dudley DeBosier Injury Lawyers, we recognize the risks oil workers face each day and our Baton Rouge personal injury attorneys are optimistic that a mutually beneficial agreement can be reached between oil workers and their employers soon.

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Talcum Powder Cancer Lawsuits Claim Product Caused Development of Deadly Diseases

by Keith Adkins | February 18th, 2015

Using talcum powder can be a great way to feel fresh and clean throughout the day, but what many users may not realize is that certain talcum powders may contain substances that can be very harmful to your body.

Talc is mined form the Earth and contains the elements magnesium, oxygen, and silicon. Unfortunately, talc can also contain other more harmful substances such as asbestos—a naturally occurring compound that can cause deadly forms of cancer.

One of the first talcum powder cancer claims came last year from an Illinois woman who claims using Johnson & Johnson baby powder over the course of several decades caused her to be exposed to harmful substances, which led to her development of ovarian cancer. An article from Consumer Affairs says a similar lawsuit was filed in California as well.

Ovarian cancer isn’t the only disease being linked to the use of talcum powder. Even more consumers have come forward with claims that the use of talcum powder exposed them to asbestos, which in turn caused them to develop mesothelioma—another deadly form of cancer.

At Dudley DeBosier Injury Lawyers, we recognize the serious harm talcum powder may cause users. That’s why our Baton Rouge personal injury lawyers are hopeful decisions being reached in these lawsuits will result in safer products and closure to those who were harmed.


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Research Shows No Association Between Morcellator Cancer and Other Potential Contributing Factors

by Keith Adkins | January 14th, 2015

The use of power morcellators during certain medical procedures has come under heavy scrutiny in recent years after it was discovered use of techniques employing the device put patients at risk of spreading undetected cancer. Now, another study has shown there may be no way to know a woman’s risk of developing morcellator cancer prior to undergoing a procedure that utilizes the power morcellator.

Power morcellators are used to grind fibroids and other body tissues down so that they can be removed through a small incision in the body. The technique is less invasive than other procedures, but can release cancerous cells into the body where they can then metastasize.

That’s why, according to the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, researchers reexamined the medical records of 3,523 women who had undergone procedures using the medical device. Of the 941 women who underwent power morcellation as part of a hysterectomy, more than one percent developed sarcomas and parasitic myomas; however, there were no factors that connected the patients who developed cancer other than the use of the power morcellator.

Experts say the findings support patients being warned of the risk factors power morcellation can pose prior to undergoing a medical procedure.

At Dudley DeBosier Injury Lawyers, we know how frustrating it can be to learn your surgical procedure may have put your health at great risk. Help is available for women who’ve been harmed during a medical procedure using a power morcellator. Our Louisiana personal injury attorneys can answer any questions you may have and help get you on the road toward the compensation you deserve. Learn more about how we can assist with your case by calling (866) 897-8495.

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A Few Safety Tips to Help Ensure a Fun Halloween for All

by Keith Adkins | October 30th, 2014

Halloween can be one of the most fun and entertaining holidays of the year for adults and children alike. It can also be one of the most dangerous. Records show thousands of accidents are reported on Halloween in Louisiana each year and a majority of those incidents involve alcohol.

Reports indicate a total of 12 people were killed and another 1,060 were injured as the result of a Louisiana car accident that occurred on Halloween last year. Of those fatalities, seven involved alcohol.

The number of injuries and fatalities that occur on Halloween in Louisiana is even higher if you consider the accidents that don’t involve motor vehicles. That’s why several organizations are offering safety tips to motorists and trick-or-treaters.

An article form KATC 3 News says officials with the Louisiana State Highway Commission are encouraging those partaking in Halloween festivities to designate a driver before leaving home. They add that if you do find yourself intoxicated while out, utilize a taxi or loved one to get home safely.

The Louisiana personal injury attorneys with Dudley DeBosier personal injury lawyers would also urge Trick-or-Treaters to:

  • Use a flashlight or glow stick to be more visible to motorists.
  • Avoid distractions when going door-to-door.
  • Ensure costumes don’t drag to the ground, creating a slip and fall hazard.

We hope these tips help you and your family have a fun and safe Halloween!


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FDA Issues Warnings Regarding Power Morcellator Cancer Risk

by Keith Adkins | October 22nd, 2014

Advancements in medical technology have allowed surgeons to use less invasive techniques when performing procedures on patients; however, the use of certain pieces of equipment and technology could put patients at risk of serious harm.

Morcellator Cancer Risk

Take, for instance, the increased risk of developing certain cancers that’s associated with a device known as a power morcellator. Experts from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration say 1 in every 350 women face a morcellator cancer risk if they undergo a procedure using the device.

The power morcellator is often used in hysterectomy procedures to remove growths known as fibroids. The device can effectively grind the growth’s tissues down to where they can be removed from the body through a small incision in the abdomen, whereas a woman would have to have a much larger incision to remove the fibroids prior to the development of the morcellator.

Channel 4 News reports the problem with the device is that, as it grinds tissue, it can release dormant cancerous cells—called Sarcomas—into other parts of the body. This can lead to a patient developing cancer.

This has prompted the FDA to issue warnings to both doctors and patients about the use of the device. Experts agree the device shouldn’t be used to perform procedures on older women.

What if I’ve Been Harmed by a Power Morcellator Procedure?

For those who’ve developed cancer and believe their condition is the result of the use of a power morcellator during a medical procedure, it’s important to know that help is available. You may have questions regarding your legal rights that need answers and the Louisiana personal injury attorneys with Dudley DeBosier injury lawyers are here to assist you. Call us today at (866) 897-8495 to speak with a member of our legal team.

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The Details You Need to Know About Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

by Keith Adkins | October 15th, 2014

When a person suffers an injury or an illness, complications can sometimes arise that compound the severity of the original condition. One of the worst of these complications that can arise is Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, also known as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD).

RSD is a chronic disorder that not only causes the victim to suffer an uncomfortable, burning sensation in their skin, but also swelling and inflammation of the limbs. Many RSD sufferers develop the condition shortly after a traumatic accident and there is no known cure.

Development of RSD

The Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome Association says the disorder manifests itself in two stages, with the first signs of RSD being muscles spasms, joint pain, and burning of the skin. These symptoms may last for around three months before the condition progresses.

Patients with Stage 2 RSD will experience increasing pain in the muscle and joints, but will also notice slowing hair growth, brittle nails, and a softening of the bones. Atrophied muscles and contortion of the limbs are also common in the final stage of RSD.

What Can You Do?

Again, there’s currently no cure for RSD; however, treatments have been developed that can improve patients’ quality of life. These treatments can be expensive though, which is why having a Louisiana personal injury lawyer by your side after being diagnosed with the condition may be wise.

The legal team from Dudley DeBosier Injury Lawyers explain an attorney will not only be able to help keep you informed of your legal rights at all times, but they can also help you with the filing of any paperwork that is necessary to receive the compensation you deserve for your condition. Call us today at (866) 897-8495 to learn more about how we can help you.

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Controversy Swirls Around Louisiana Workers’ Compensation Benefits

by Keith Adkins | August 13th, 2014

When an employee is injured on the job in Louisiana, they may be entitled to collect Louisiana workers’ compensation benefits. These awards are based off an employee’s annual earnings, which has stirred quite a controversy among players with the National Football League’s (NFL) New Orleans Saints.

Current law uses future earnings as well as year-to-date earnings to determine how much money an injured worker should receive when collecting workers’ compensation benefits. An article from Sports Illustrated explains a new bill, HB 1069, would base workers’ compensation award figures on year-to-date earnings only.

This could make a large difference in the amount injured workers receive from workers’ compensation. It would significantly impact athletes in particular because only portions of athletes’ contractual earnings are guaranteed and are not paid all at once.

The change comes at a very controversial time, as the NFL currently has disputes with players over prevention, treatment, and compensation for injuries. The organization recently reached a multimillion dollar settlement with a group of players who alleged the league didn’t properly warn them of the dangers multiple traumatic brain injuries could have on their long-term health.

While Saints officials have stated changes to the law wouldn’t have an effect on players due to the current bargaining agreement in place, many are still calling for the bill to be shot down.

At Dudley DeBosier Injury Lawyers, our Baton Rouge personal injury attorneys believe all workers should receive fair compensation when they’re hurt on the job, regardless of what their job is. We hope the legislature considers the best interests of all residents of Louisiana when making a decision on HB 1069.

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Workout Supplement Ingredient DMAA Linked to Liver Failure

by Keith Adkins | July 30th, 2014

Using dietary supplements can be an effective way to reach your fitness goals, but using certain versions of these products may be putting your health at risk. In fact, researchers at the University of Kentucky in Lexington (UK) have linked liver failure to the use of a particular ingredient in some workout supplements.

Dimethylamylamine—otherwise known as DMAA—is an amphetamine derivative that is used to increase energy and metabolism. In the case UK researchers noted in the May issue of the journal of Gastroenterology, DMAA has been linked to the liver failure of at least one woman.

An article from FOX News states the victim took three workout supplement pills which contained DMAA over a two-day period. Within weeks, she had developed jaundice and liver failure. As her condition deteriorated, doctors determined the only way to save her life was an organ transplant.

While researchers concede the woman was taking other medications and they are unable to pinpoint the exact cause of the woman’s condition, the correlation between DMAA and cases of heart attacks, deaths, and other health problems linked to the ingredient led to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration launching a voluntary recall of products containing it.

So what can you do to stay safe from the dangers of DMAA? The Louisiana personal injury attorneys with Dudley DeBosier Injury Lawyers suggest refraining from using any type of workout or dietary supplement that is not recommended by your doctor.

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Dudley DeBosier Injury Lawyers Awards $10,000 in Scholarships

by Dudley Debosier | June 27th, 2014

Dudley DeBosier is proud to announce the winners of this year’s scholarship program. The firm awarded $10,000 in scholarships to nine recipients.

Dudley DeBosier Injury Lawyers decided to create this scholarship program in order to recognize and honor high school seniors who have overcome challenges and obstacles in the pursuit of a college education. High school seniors were encouraged to enter the Essay Competition by writing an essay detailing the challenges they have faced in their lives and how they overcame them or the Public Service Announcement Competition by submitting a video about the dangers of texting and driving or drinking and driving. Winners were chosen based on academic performance, quality of writing or video submission, and demonstration of financial need. Eight $1,000 scholarships were awarded to the winners of the Essay Competition. The winner of the Public Service Announcement Competition received a $2,000 scholarship.

The large number of qualified entrants made this year’s selection process a tough one. Chad Dudley, a partner of Dudley DeBosier stated, “Each year we get more and more applications, and each year it gets tougher to select winners. We have some great winners this year, and I have no doubt that they will find success in their future endeavors. We are just happy to give them some encouragement on that journey.”

The scholarship recipients were honored at the annual Dudley DeBosier Scholarship Luncheon on Friday, May 23 at Juban’s restaurant. The winners are listed below in alphabetical order:

Victoria Arnold                                               St. Amant High School, St. Amant

Kaylee Boaz                                                    Belle Chasse High School, Belle Chasse

Arnesia Cador                                                 Glen Oaks High School, Baton Rouge

Michael Favorite, Jr.                                       Donaldsonville High School, Donaldsonville

Margarite LaBorde                                         Port Allen High School, Port Allen

Rayneisha Maiden                                          Scotlandville Magnet High School, Baton Rouge

Naadia West                                                   Airline High School, Bossier City

Joseph Williams, IV                                        East St. John High School, LaPlace

Rachel Lee Prestwood            (P.S.A. Winner)         C.E. Byrd High School, Shreveport

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