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Getting behind the wheel is as much a habit for many of us as brushing our teeth. The routine of it can easily lead to complacency, which is a dangerous human behavior. Being in a vehicle as a driver or a passenger is a risk we undertake without much thought, yet unintentional motor vehicle traffic accidents are one of the top three causes of death for most age groups. Almost 35,100 people were killed in 2015 in 32,166 crashes on U.S. roads. Taking population into...

When we talk about the cost of long-term medical care, it's not just about the money. If we're talking about preventable birth injuries, the child suffers, the family struggles, and many parents don't want to believe their trusted family doctor or obstetrician is at fault. Pointing the medical malpractice finger, regardless of legal outcome, is an accusation that many are reluctant to make, even in the face of clear evidence. There is no doubt that seeking compensation for a birth injury can be a hard...

Most expectant parents hope for a delivery with as little drama as possible and dream of taking a healthy baby home from the hospital.. Fortunately, most parents see this dream realized, but some do not because their child has experienced an injury either during the laboring process, during delivery, or immediately after delivery. In many cases, these injuries are avoidable. Doctors or other medical staff may fail to adequately monitor the mother or infant during this process, or may mishandle medical equipment, or make other...

The open road, the exhilaration, the freedom. To some, choosing a motorcycle to drive over other vehicles seems like the obvious choice. To others, choosing a vehicle with four walls of protection seems best. Whether you're enjoying the open air or the confines of your personal vehicle, motorists and motorcyclists alike need to have safety at the front of their minds. Although you can’t control how other people drive, you can control how you conduct yourself while driving – and that can go a long...

Planning on traveling, drinking, renting a car, or any combination of the three between now and January 1? Chances are, you answered “yes.” Planning on getting into a car wreck? Chances are, you answered, “no.” Integral to the likelihood of being involved in a car accident is the fact that there are more cars on the road at this time of the year than the rest. It has been estimated that during the Christmas/New Year's holiday, the number of long-distance trips increases by 23%, and approximately...

Do you need a little Christmas? Right this very minute? Whether you need it or not, the holidays are quite literally everywhere right now. Whether you love it, hate it, or fall somewhere in between, holiday cheer abounds on menus, on commercials, in stores, and, of course, on radio stations. Thanksgiving officially kicks off the holiday season, and from then until New Year's Day, statistics show a notable increase in the number of drunk driving accidents. It appears that many people’s cheer ignores the very...

As a motorcycle owner, you understand that there are a few risks when you ride. However, if you take proper precautions, you should be able to feel safe when you climb on for a ride, right? Unfortunately, defects occur in these vehicles, just like cars. But, unlike cars, recalls are not always timely or easy to discover. Defective bikes or motorcycle parts may be caused by poor design, improper assembly, negligence on the part of the manufacturer and issues due to faulty maintenance or lack thereof....

The official time for trick-or-treating in the city of Alexandria, LA this year is Monday, October 31 from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. This means many children will be out and about, darting in and out of driveways in hopes of filling up their bags up with oodles of yummy candy. Here at our Alexandria, LA law firm, we are devoted to keeping our Louisiana families safe -- not only on Halloween, but on every day of the year. To stress the importance of safety during Halloween, here...

The states that make up the United States of America may be joined under the umbrella of the federal government, but they also maintain their distinct identities in many ways. In recognition of those differences, every state has its own official flag, motto, bird, flower, and more. The 18th state to join the Union takes those differences one step further – Louisiana is the only one whose legal system is not based on English common law. Prior to its admission to the U.S., the area that...

Have you ever done something you regretted that led to a criminal charge or conviction?  In your youth, did you get a DWI or were you ever arrested for a drug charge or other crime for which you either pled guilty or had the charge dropped? Did you later wonder whether that arrest, charge or conviction was still on your record?  More than likely, any employer who checks your record will find evidence of such an arrest or conviction, and this past incident could be...

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