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3 Ways to Prevent Accidents and Personal Injury

by Keith Adkins | April 16th, 2014

It never fails. Just when you think you are safe, an accident happens. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found more than 29 million unintentional injuries were reported in the United States during 2010 alone.

An unexpected accident was responsible for leaving two Louisiana State University students suffering from a Personal Injury last week. Reports indicate the accident happened just before 2:45 p.m. on Thursday, April 10, in the campus’ Dairy Science laboratory.

A spokesman for the Louisiana State University Police Department, Capt. Cory Lalonde, stated the victims were conducting an experiment in the lab when a glass beaker they were using suddenly burst, sending shards of glass into the air.

In an article from The LSU Reveille, Lalonde added the female student involved in the incident sustained lacerations and injuries to her hand, while her partner sustained minor cuts to his face. Both were transported to a local hospital for further treatment.

The incident leaves many citizens wondering how they can avoid becoming the victim of an unforeseen accident. The Louisiana Personal Injury Lawyers with Dudley DeBosier Injury Lawyers explain there are three easy steps you can take to prevent accidents:

  • Always Follow Directions- When using new products or equipment, read all directions and warnings.
  • Think Safety- Always use critical thinking to identify potential accidents before they occur. Assume all situations are dangerous.
  • Seek Medical Attention- If you are hurt in an accident, reduce the impact of injuries by seeing a medical professional as soon as possible.

 

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Controversy Surrounds GM Settlements With Victims of Faulty Ignition Switch Crashes

by Keith Adkins | April 9th, 2014

The manufacturers of the automobiles Americans purchase and drive have a responsibility to ensure the vehicles and parts they create are safe and free of defects. Failure to meet this responsibility to prevent Defective Products from reaching the market can lead to accidents and injuries that result in litigation being filed.

Such a controversy is surrounding General Motors (GM) and their failure to address problems with the ignition switches  installed in millions of vehicles.  A story from CBS News explains 13 deaths have been linked to the malfunction and sparked a recall of an estimated 2.6 million of the company’s vehicles.

GM is now considering reaching a settlement with those harmed as a result of the product liability issue, but the company’s bankruptcy filing, completed in 2009, has bogged down proceedings. The filing protects the company from legal claims filed in connection to car accidents.

While a decision in the matter has yet to be reached, GM is working to repair all vehicles affected by the recall.

The Louisiana Personal Injury Lawyers with Dudley DeBosier Injury Lawyers are aware of the dangers posed by driving a vehicle with defective parts and encourage anyone harmed in an accident caused by such a problem to speak with an attorney regarding their rights. We can be reached by calling 866-897-8495.

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Race for the Cure

by ddb | March 10th, 2014

On Saturday, March 8, 2014 the Baton Rouge personal injury lawyers and staff at Dudley DeBosier came together to participate in the Susan G. Komen, Race for the Cure. We gathered with others at LSU’s campus to honor those who have lost, those that are fighting, and those who have won their battle with breast cancer.

The Susan G. Komen foundation was founded in 1982. It all started because of one sisters dying request. Susan G. Komen, 33, dying from breast cancer, told her sister, Nancy G. Brinker, “as soon as I get better, let’s do something about this. You can find a way to speed up the research. I know you can.” Unfortunately Susan lost her 3 year battle with breast cancer, but her legacy lives on!

Since the passing of her sister, Nancy has fulfilled her request and more. According to http://ww5.komen.org/AboutUs/GlobalReach.html  Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit while providing real-time help to those facing the disease. Since its’ founding in 1982, Komen has funded more than $800 million in research and provided more than $1.6 billion in funding to screening, education, treatment and psychosocial support programs serving millions of people in more than 50 countries worldwide.

Breast cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the breast. Each year it is estimated that over 220,000 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,000 will die.

With offices throughout the state, the Baton Rouge personal injury attorneys at Dudley DeBosier are proud to announce our participation in the 2014 “Race for the Cure”, and we are already looking forward to next year! If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident through no fault of their own, be sure to 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. Droid/ IPhone

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A Fiery Tragedy

by ddb | 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:

Safety Steps

  • 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.

 

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Paralyzed with a mission

by ddb | 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.

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Abuse of Prescription Medications Leads to Heroin Use in Baton Rouge Parish

by Keith Adkins | 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.

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LSU’s Smoke-Free Campus

by ddb | 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!

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Pedestrian Killed on Brightside Drive

by ddb | 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.

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Better System Developed For Reporting Defective Tobacco Products

by Keith Adkins | 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.

 

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Safe Haven Law

by ddb | 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.

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