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Simien & Simien Personal Injury Law Blog

Think broken ribs are not serious injuries? Think again

Suffering serious injuries often means that a person will need to learn to live differently, even if just for a short while. After a car accident, it is not uncommon for life-altering injuries to occur, and some of those injuries can cause complications or have lasting effects. Even a broken bone could cause more severe outcomes than first anticipated.

When another vehicle struck your vehicle, you may not have known what was happening. You may have felt your car spinning, felt your body jerking in various directions and may even have felt shocked when your vehicle finally came to a stop. Then, you felt immense pain.

A driver's speed can change everything in an accident

When accidents occur, leaving drivers and passengers with serious injuries, you may hear many of the popular causes for those accidents. For example, one driver may have been texting, impaired by drugs or alcohol, or driving while drowsy. These specific dangers get a lot of media attention, and rightly so. However, the common factor that causes many accidents, and which often increases the severity of injuries, is speed.

Speeding is a relative term, since you may be driving at the posted limit but still be taking a risk if conditions are bad, such as rain, fog or road construction. There is no question, however, that the unreasonable speed of other drivers places you at risk of catastrophic injuries if you should collide.

Silica exposure can lead to deadly lung disease

Dust may seem like a minor thing. In your home, you may use little more than a spritz of furniture spray and a soft cloth to remove the dust from your surfaces. However, on the job, the dust you deal with may be far more sinister.

If you are among the more than two million workers in the U.S. whose jobs involve exposure to stone cutting or similar hazards, you may think you are inhaling dust. What may actually be entering your lungs is a fine, soft powder called silica. Crystalline silica is a component of a variety of minerals, such as quartz, granite and sand. If your Louisiana job involves cutting, crushing or drilling these minerals, you may be at risk of silica exposure, which can lead to cancer, silicosis and other lung diseases.

Your quality of life after a spinal cord injury

If a recent car accident, work accident or other catastrophic event has left you with a debilitating spinal cord injury, you may feel overwhelmed with your new reality. A spinal cord injury can make it seem as if you will never achieve your goals.

Nevertheless, you still have much to live for and many opportunities to participate fully in your life. As you progress with your recovery, you will learn many new ways to compensate for the mobility you have lost, which may increase your quality of life. In fact, doctors will be interested in seeing how your quality of life improves as your care progresses.

Prefacing maintenance and cure in the maritime universe

The Jones Act. General Maritime Law. The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act.

Those federal laws, coupled with local and state enactments – especially in a maritime-heavy state like Louisiana – are go-to sources for individuals who are injured on or near the water and seeking legal recourse for personal injuries suffered.

What is spurring noted upward tick in fatal large truck crashes?

Commercial transportation industry insiders and commentators are questioning why recently released federal crash numbers indicate a notable spike in fatal large truck accidents during 2018 over the preceding year.

The focus on what is both figuratively and literally driving such dire outcomes is pronounced in wake of relevant crash statistics provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in late October. The data prominently underscore these troubling points:

Strong legal counsel can be vital in the wake of a work-linked injury

We state a truism at Simien & Simien regarded unexpected downsides at the workplace. We note on our long-established Baton Rouge personal injury firm’s website that, “Life can change drastically when are injured at your job.”

That’s sheer understatement, right? For starters, a work-linked injury is something that most people simply don’t ever expect to happen. They are often – and quite reasonably so – overwhelmed by a stark and challenging new reality.

Ghost helmets convey special meaning to motorcycle demographic

We’re guessing at Simien & Simien that many Louisiana readers of our personal injury legal blogs don’t know what a so-called “ghost” helmet is, much less its poignant significance for a specific group of people.

Some likely do, though, especially if they love riding motorcycles or know someone who does.

The connection between sleep deprivation and driving

More than likely, you wouldn't consider driving after drinking. You know that it interferes with your ability to drive safely and puts you and everyone else on the road with you in danger.

However, you may not think twice about getting behind the wheel after not getting a good night's sleep. If you are like most people, your life just doesn't allow you to sleep for seven or eight hours a night. Other things take priority such as working and taking care of your family. In fact, sometimes, you may not sleep at all one night, but that doesn't mean that you can put your life on hold.

Risks faced by the men and women who work on onshore oil rigs

No matter what type of job a person has, it is possible he or she could face the risk of injury at work. While every employee could potentially experience an injury while doing his or her job, there are some jobs that come with more risk than others. Onshore oil rig work is a type of job that comes with more risks, and these Louisiana workers may face a higher chance of injury.

If you work on an oil rig, you may know how difficult this type of job is and how demanding it can be. You also know how dangerous it can be and how important it is that you understand how to stay as safe as reasonably possible while at work. A good place to start is to understand the most common sources of accidents and injuries on onshore oil rigs. 

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