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May 2017 Archives

The Jones Act: when might a vessel be unsafe?

Many people in Louisiana work aboard vessels at sea. However, working on a ship presents certain dangers, and sometimes a seaman is injured on the job. The Jones Act allows injured seamen in certain circumstances to sue their employer, as they may not be covered by workers' compensation benefits. However, to receive Jones Act coverage, a mariner must spend a minimum of 30 percent of their time on-the-job on a "vessel in navigation," which is something that is on navigable waters, is able to move, is in working order and can float.

Obtaining relief when holidays are wrecked by a car accident

Holidays bring about reasons for celebration in various parts of the country. Like many others, you may be preparing to visit family and friends, which could involve a lengthy drive. Although typically viewed with excitement and joy, there may also be a certain level of risk involved with travelling to and from these special occasions.

Report: Many Louisiana nursing homes fail to provide quality care

Deciding to put a loved one in a nursing home is a big decision. Much research may be done to ensure that the nursing home provides quality care to its residents. Often, people choose to put a loved one in a nursing home because they can no longer take care of their loved one's needs. They want their loved one to be cared for, and especially they don't want to see their loved one suffer unnecessarily. Unfortunately, this doesn't always happen, due to nursing home neglect or abuse.

Johnson & Johnson to pay $110.5 million in cancer lawsuit

Johnson & Johnson's baby powder, which is made of crushed-up talc, has been around since 1894. It has been used for many purposes, particularly to absorb moisture. People in New Orleans who use baby powder either on their infants or on themselves may assume that a product that is so commonplace cannot be dangerous. However, that may not be the case.

Man killed in five-vehicle accident on I-10

Rush hour traffic can be a headache to say the least. No one wants to be stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic at the end of a long workday. However, it is important to pay attention when traffic becomes congested. As one deadly accident shows, the failure to react properly to a slowdown in traffic can have disastrous results.