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Filing a Personal Injury Claim for Environmental Damage

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Environmental damage claims involve injuries caused by exposure to a toxic substance or hazard in your environment. These claims are usually filed due to injuries caused by toxic waste, lead paint, water contamination, air pollution or toxic mold. The damage in question can be caused by an individual or a company that failed to take proper precautions to clean up hazardous substances such as the massive chemical leak at ExxonMobil's Baton Rouge plant in 2012, or Chevron's infamous act of dumping millions of gallons of toxic waste into rivers and streams in Ecuador.

If you have suffered an injury from exposure to toxic substances in the environment and would like to explore your options for financial recovery, the experienced environmental damage lawyers at Simien & Simien are ready to guide you through the process. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation.  

Environmental Problems in Louisiana

A report from the spring of 2018 revealed Louisiana is the second-worst state in terms of environmental friendliness.

Recycling

The state ranked the worst in the nation for recycling. It is estimated that only one percent of municipal waste in the state is recycled.

Renewable Energy

Louisiana ranked 49th in the country for the lack of renewable energy consumption. The only state with less renewable energy consumption was Delaware. Alaska, Rhode Island and New Jersey ranked ahead of Louisiana.  

Carbon Dioxide Emissions

Louisiana also ranked 47th for per capita carbon dioxide emissions - these emissions contribute to climate change.

How Environmental Damage and Toxic Substances Can Affect Your Health

Environmental problems like contaminated water and pollution can cause severe injuries for people who are exposed to these hazards, including the following:

  • Respiratory problems
  • Neurological problems
  • Brain damage
  • Fertility problems
  • Cancer
  • Skin conditions
  • Birth defects

Tips on What to Do After a Hit-and-Run Accident

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Victims of hit-and-run crashes involving drivers who fled the scene are often angry, confused and in pain from any injuries they suffered. They may be unsure of how to even begin pursuing compensation for medical bills and other damages.

If you were involved in this kind of crash, there are several steps you can take. Our experienced Baton Rouge car accident lawyers offer a free consultation for hit-and-run accident victims. We understand what you are feeling and are ready to pursue for the justice and compensation you are entitled.

What Is a Hit-and-Run Accident?

State law requires motorists to stop after getting in an accident and to provide aid to any victims. Additionally, motorists must exchange contact and insurance information. If a person intentionally leaves the scene of an accident without following these steps, it is considered a hit-and-run accident.

These crashes often occur because the other driver is:

  • Speeding
  • Driving under the influence of drugs, alcohol or prescription medication
  • Distracted by his or her cellphone or something else inside the car

There are many reasons why drivers flee the scene. For example, there may be cases when the driver did not realize he or she hit another vehicle.

However, there are many other cases where the driver does not have insurance, he or she is involved in a crime, or he or she has a warrant out for arrest. This is why it is never a good idea for the victim in a hit-and-run crash to chase the driver. You should leave that to the police, in case the driver is dangerous.

When to Consider Hiring a Qualified Personal Injury Lawyer

If you have recently been in an accident and suffered an injury, you may be wondering whether you should take legal action to obtain compensation for your injuries. You should strongly consider seeking legal representation if you want to take action, particularly if your case fits one of the situations below.

An experienced Baton Rouge personal injury lawyer from Simien & Simien can discuss your claim during a free consultation. We can examine your case and give you an honest assessment of your legal options and if it is in your best interest to take legal action. We do not charge for our services unless you receive compensation.

You Suffered Severe Injuries

If your accident was minor and you suffered only slight injuries, you might not need a lawyer. If you have the time to work on the legal aspect of your claim and handle communications with the insurance company, you may be able to settle your own claim.

One thing to remember is that sometimes injuries appear to be minor at first and end up becoming more serious later. At Simien & Simien it costs nothing to meet with a trusted attorney to discuss your situation. If there is any doubt in your mind about the severity of your injuries, it does not hurt to meet with a lawyer.

However, if you suffered a severe injury or an injury that results in pain for more than a few days, you should give serious thought to contacting a lawyer. Some severe accident-related injuries include the following:

  • Traumatic head injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Serious fractures
  • Severe soft tissue injuries
  • Amputations
  • Whiplash
  • Concussions

Benefits of Hiring an Attorney after a Car Accident

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Injuries from a car accident can have a big impact on your life, and the financial consequences can be significant. It can be difficult to focus on the bills you incurred from medical treatment and the wages you lost while also dealing with the effects of a serious injury.

If you need legal assistance after a car accident, do not hesitate to contact Simien & Simien for professional representation. Our Baton Rouge car accident lawyers have the skills and experience you need to negotiate with insurance companies representing negligent drivers. We know how to build a case against a negligent driver and will help you pursue the maximum compensation you deserve.

Investigating Your Accident

To recover compensation after an accident, you will need to prove the other driver is liable for your injuries. An attorney will investigate your car accident to find out how it may have been caused and what the other driver was doing before and during the collision.

Filing a Medical Malpractice Claim for a MRSA Infection

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Methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a dangerous type of staph infection that can be fatal if it is not diagnosed and treated quickly. Unfortunately, there are times when the infection could have been prevented if not for a health care provider's negligence.

If you contracted MRSA or lost a loved one due to this infection, you should consider speaking to an attorney about pursuing legal action against the at-fault party. Simien & Simien's Baton Rouge medical malpractice attorneys have helped numerous patients pursue claims against negligent health care providers and hospitals. We know how to identify a medical malpractice case and will help you seek the compensation you deserve.

Below, we provide several details about MRSA infections and what we look for to identify medical negligence. Contact us to schedule a free, no obligation consultation to find out if you have a case.

Why Is MRSA So Dangerous?

MRSA is a deadly infection that may be contracted by patients receiving treatment in a hospital or other type of medical facility, such as nursing homes or rehabilitation centers. A MRSA infection forms when bacteria enters the patient's bloodstream, most often during invasive procedures, surgeries and through medical devices like artificial joints or intravenous tubing.

MRSA infections are especially dangerous because the bacteria is immune to most types of antibiotics used to treat general staph infections. If the patient's MRSA infection is left undiagnosed or untreated, it may result in his or her death.

Can Social Media Affect My Personal Injury Claim?

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Social media can be a useful and entertaining platform to share ideas and personal details about your life. However, you should be careful about the content you post on social media if you are pursuing compensation after an accident.

Insurance companies can use the information you post on social media accounts to affect your claim and the amount of compensation you may receive. For this reason, it may be in your best interest to refrain from using social media until you consult with an attorney.

Simien & Simien's Baton Rouge personal injury lawyers understand the difficulties many people face while pursuing compensation after an accident. We will provide you a free, no obligation consultation to discuss your injury and how social media may affect your case.

7 Ways to Protect Your Claim After a Car Accident

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If you have suffered an injury due to a car accident, you may be considering filing a personal injury claim to recover compensation for your medical expenses, financial losses, and pain and suffering. However, it is important to understand how to protect your claim in order to secure the maximum compensation you may receive.

In most cases, it may benefit you to consult with a skilled attorney to discuss your claim and legal options. Simien & Simien's Baton Rouge car accident lawyers have represented numerous claims filed by auto accident victims. We offer free, no obligation consultations to review auto accident claims and help victims determine if they may be entitled to pursue compensation from the at-fault party.

Below, we have provided several steps you can take after an auto accident to protect your claim and obtain the compensation you need.

Tips for Avoiding Distractions While Driving

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Distracted driving is a dangerous type of driving behavior that pulls your attention away from safely operating a vehicle and significantly increases the risk of an accident. In fact, approximately nine people in the U.S. are killed by a distracted driver each day, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Fortunately, distracted driving-related accidents are completely avoidable. Below, Simien & Simien's Baton Rouge car accident lawyers provide several tips to help you stay safe and focused while driving.

If you believe you were injured in an auto accident caused by a distracted driver, contact us to schedule a free, no obligation consultation. We will review your claim to help you determine if you have a case against the at-fault driver.

Do Not Drive While Tired

Driving while tired or fatigued can significantly impair your reaction time and awareness of your surroundings. The effect is similar to driving while intoxicated and may increase your risk of being in an auto accident.

To avoid drowsy driving, try to get the recommended eight hours of sleep each night. If you being to feel tired while driving, consider pulling over to a safe location to rest. Likewise, consider traveling with a passenger who is able to drive when you begin to feel tired.

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