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Understanding the benefits available to injured workers

When you suffer an injury at work, it can be devastating. One minute you are doing your job, and the next you may find yourself with serious injuries. What can you do at this point to pick up the pieces and move forward? How can you recover, pay your bills and eventually return to work? The answer to these questions and more is your employer's workers' compensation insurance. 

The intent of workers' compensation benefits is to provide support and care for individuals who are hurt at their place of work. Each case is different, and the specific benefits you could get depend on your injuries, along with what you need for recovery. After a work accident, you would be wise to take quick action to learn how you can secure the specific benefits you need.

Some key considerations relevant to a wrongful death matter

Some element of risk always attaches to daily life for busy individuals and families across the United States. The modern world is fast-paced and frenetic, with people always on the go.

Most of us take due care in going about our daily affairs, of course. We are thoughtful with our energies and activities and conscientious of others. We think before we act.

Does a driver have to have a BAC of 0.08 to be dangerous?

After a long day at work, you may stop at your local hangout for a drink with friends or go to your favorite restaurant for dinner with family and have a drink. You know better than to drink too much since you don't want to drive drunk.

While this is a good strategy, you still need to remain aware of how alcohol affects you. Even one or two drinks could jeopardize your ability to drive safely. Even if your blood alcohol concentration does not exceed 0.08, which is the legal limit here in Louisiana, you may still have a dangerous impairment.

Asbestos injury: When illness and workplace intersect

When you hear people talk about asbestos, it might sound like something out of the dark ages. In fact, many Louisiana readers might think asbestos is a specific product or item. It's really a combination of six naturally occurring minerals. These minerals form bundles of fibers. They are microscopic but are useful in manufacturing and industry once they are separated into thin, threads. These threads are highly durable and typically heat resistant and flame retardant.

You can discuss the scientific components and qualities of asbestos all day long. You'd still have no way to know if you are exposed to it at home or in the workplace unless someone certified to do so would test the air where you live or work to detect its presence. Sadly, many employers are aware of asbestos problems but fail to tell their employees or properly train them and provide equipment to keep them safe.

Work accidents: Why people working on oil rigs are at great risk

If you or one of your Louisiana loved ones works in the oil and gas platform industry, you've likely had discussions in your home regarding the dangerous nature of such work. While there are often lucrative opportunities available in the oil rig field, it's also known to be one of the riskiest professions concerning personal injury.

Within the oil rig industry, there are many lines of work. What your specific duties happen to be, as well as other circumstances and issues, determines how great a risk you face every time you enter the workplace. As in all other industries, some jobs are more dangerous than others. Your employer's role is significant regarding your safety. Your employer must provide proper training and safety equipment.

Determining Liability for a Merging Accident

proving-liability-for-merging-accidents-blog.jpgMerging onto the freeway or another busy road is a high-level driving technique that requires a driver to maintain the speed of traffic and pay close attention when approaching multiple lanes of traffic. Unfortunately, many drivers do not know how to merge in a safe manner and cause merging accidents that can result in serious injuries and substantial property damage.

Simien & Simien Nominated for Best of the Teche Award for 2019

vote-counts-blog.jpgWe are pleased to announce that our firm has been nominated again for The Daily Iberian's 24th annual Best of Teche Reader's Choice Awards. These awards honors local businesses throughout New Iberia for the phenomenal services they provide.

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