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April 2013 Archives

The true risk of working in the offshore industry

New Orleans residents are familiar with working in the offshore industry. A new study released in the wake of the deep water horizon accident confirms what many have known for years: working on an oil rig is dangerous. The potential for a fatal offshore accidents is seven times more likely to happen than in any other industry. One of the most interesting aspects of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study is not that the accidents occur, but how they occur.

First phase of BP oil spill trial draws to a close

Three years have passed but the saga of the BP oil spill continues. The civil trial to determine negligence has been in session since February 25, 2013. The offshore accident is recorded as America's worst environmental disaster.

Tugboat captain succumbs to injuries

Tragedy has struck on the Louisiana waters. A tugboat captain passed away from injuries received when his tugboat was involved in an accident with an oil well. His tugboat was attached to a barge that carried over 90,000 gallons of crude oil. The source of the explosion is still being investigated but it is believed that the tugboat and barge hit a natural gas wellhead or pipeline when the offshore accident occurred.

King of Pop's promotion company in wrongful death suit

Ever since the untimely death of the King of Pop in 2009, both his family and admirers, including his countless Louisiana fans, have been crying out for justice. Some cries were answered when Michael Jackson's personal physician, Conrad Murray, was later convicted of involuntary manslaughter. Jackson's mother and children have taken one more step towards justice recently by filing a wrongful death suit against AEG Live.

Product liability case sets record for state's longest trial

New Orleans readers may be familiar with some highly publicized cases about drugs causing birth defects or equipment failure leading to personal injury claims. Product liability cases generally have a plaintiff who presents with a list of injuries that can only be cured by some level of compensation from the defendant or by the removal of a product from the stream of commerce. In one landmark product liability case, however, the plaintiff is a state rather than an individual.