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September 2014 - Simien & Simien, LLC

Lake Charles Man Dies After Head-On Collision on I-10

Jeremy Anthony Olivier was killed in a head-on collision on Interstate 10 on Saturday night. According to police, Derek Paul Cooper was traveling the wrong direction on I-10 westbound when he collided with Olivier at the top of the Ruth Street overpass. Cooper has been arrested on a DWI charge.

Investigation Finds that Construction Companies Exploited Workers

A recent investigation by the Star-Telegram and The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C. has revealed that construction laborers are being treated as independent contractors – a tactic that is costing taxpayers money and failing to protect workers. Treating workers as independent contractors is not a decision that a company

A recent investigation by the Star-Telegram and The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C. has revealed that construction laborers are being treated as independent contractors – a tactic that is costing taxpayers money and failing to protect workers. Treating workers as independent contractors is not a decision that a company owner should be making, the Internal Revenue Service and Department of Labor should have the final say in worker classification. Since 2013, federal and state governments have been using taxpayer money to start construction projects. The funds flowed into private companies as developers used money for financing to build housing, roads, bridges, etc. Subcontractors were then hired to complete construction work – although some of these firms followed the law and treated employees as workers, others did not. These ‘other’ companies treated workers as independent contractors, which left workers having to settle their taxes with Uncle Sam. In Texas, the rate of classification was nearly 40 percent, more than double the rate in Florida; upwards of 4,900 workers were misclassified. The investigation estimates that more than 316,000 workers are misclassified in the Lone Star State. All in all, Texas taxpayers lose about $1.2 billion in payroll tax revenues when companies mislabel workers at independent contractors. By mis-classifying their workers, companies are able to shave off nearly 20 percent from their bid, which gives them an edge over competitors who follow the law. Unfortunately, many contractors do not know much about labor laws that govern federal projects. Being classified as an independent contractor means that when workers were hurt on the job, they were not covered by workers’ compensation. Construction is considered the most dangerous industry in the U.S. and thousands of workers are injured each year. Unfortunately, the investigation goes on to note that there is lax enforcement from the state and federal government on penalizing companies who are using these methods to cut corners. The workers’ compensation attorneys at Simien & Simien are committed to fighting for the rights of injured workers. If you or someone you love has been hurt in a construction accident, contact our firm for a free review of your claim. Fill out the Free Case Evaluation form or contact a personal injury lawyer at our firm by calling (800) 374-8422 to get started.

Luke Matthews passed away at a local area hospital on Sunday afternoon after being involved in a three-vehicle crash on Saturday afternoon. The crash occurred on Louisiana Highway 16, just south of Highway 63. According to investigators, Matthews was driving north on Highway 16 when he crossed the centerline and

Study Suggests There is a Link Between the Proximity of Fracking Wells and Birth Defects

A preliminary study on fracking is suggesting that birth defects could be linked to fracking as the rate of babies born with defects was much higher among children born near fracking wells. Scientists are calling for more research into how hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking, impacts the environment and

Chevron Shuts Down Gas Pipeline Following a Fatal Work Accident

Chevron Pipeline Co. has shut down a natural-gas pipeline near Louisiana following a workplace accident that left a Chevron Corp. contractor dead and two more with serious personal injuries. Chevron has not releasChevron Shuts Down Gas Pipeline Following a Fatal Work Accidentsed the names of the workers involved in the

The Five Most Dangerous Jobs in America

Nearly every job comes with certain risks. Each year the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports workplace accident in every single industry. However, there are some industries that are more dangerous than others. Below is a list of the five most dangerous occupations in America. Roofer Construction work has long been

New Study Claims That People Who Live Near Fracking Wells Are More Likely to Become Sick

A new study released by Yale University is claiming that people living closer to natural gas wells in southwestern Pennsylvania are more than twice as likely to report respiratory illnesses and skin problems than people living further away from the area. The study, conducted by Dr. Peter Rabinowitz, got the

Port Allen Man Killed in Accident with Garbage Truck

Frederick Brown, Jr. of Port Allen was killed in an auto accident with a garbage truck just north of Louisiana Highway 76 on Saturday morning. According to Louisiana State Troopers, Brown was heading northbound on Highway 415 in a passenger vehicle. At this same time, a garbage truck driver was

BRPD Investigating Fatal Single-Vehicle Wreck

The Baton Rouge Police Department is investigating an accident that resulted in the ejection and death of a passenger on Wednesday night. Vernon Rogers was ejected from a Jeep during a single-vehicle wreck on Scotland Avenue near Thomas Road around 10:45 p.m. Rogers was taken to a local hospital where

Halliburton to Pay $1.1 Billion in Gulf Oil Spill Settlement Home Blog Halliburton to Pay $1.1 Billion in Gulf Oil Spill Settlement

Halliburton, the company contracted by BP to cement the Macondo oil well in 2010, has agreed to pay $1.1 billion to businesses, individuals and local governments that suffered losses during the BP oil spill. The settlement involves commercial or subsistence fisherman and hunters whose catches were affected by the spill,