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Fiery oil rig explosion in Lake Ponchartrain

Recently, the Clovelly Oil Co. platform located in Lake Pontchartrain exploded while maintenance was being performed. The explosion sent a fireball high into the sky, severely injuring seven workers who were flown to area hospitals. One worker is missing, and the Coast Guard announced suspension of their search for him a few days later. He was a resident of Texas who was working on the structure as a subcontractor.

Residents around the lake say their houses shook from the explosion. However, no property damage has been reported.

Payment liability on debts of deceased in wrongful death

No one enjoys opening their mailbox to find a stack of bills, or receiving continuous phone calls from a debt collector. However, these scenarios become even more burdensome and stressful when they pertain to debts owed by a deceased loved one. Especially so when it involves a wrongful death. So, who is liable for these claims, and how do they get paid?

Compensation for injuries caused by defective work equipment

Working a job in an already hazardous environment is stressful enough. In addition, workers should never have to worry about whether the equipment required to complete the work is going to operate correctly, especially when their safety depends on it.

Would you be willing to work 10 stories up on scaffolding that may, or may not, hold? What about attempting to repair a jammed-up machine, only to have it release right about the time you stick your hand inside, thereby crushing it? These are the types of situations no workers expects, and these types of accidents should not happen. Injuries caused by defective work equipment do not have to take place, and can be prevented with the correct inspection and maintenance schedules carried out. However, there are instances in which an accident is due to manufacturer error.

Criminal charges as evidence in a wrongful death claim

In some cases, criminal charges may be presented as evidence in support of a wrongful death claim. In a 2015 accident in New Orleans, a 33-year-old woman drove her car directly into the path of an 18-wheeler hauling a large crane. When the truck driver was forced to slam on his brakes, the crane shifted forwards, crushing the cab and killing the driver.

Do truck drivers have driving time limitations?

Most people are unfamiliar with the rules imposed on truck drivers regarding driving time limitations. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is the federal agency tasked with ensuring that truck companies and their drivers are held to certain standards of safety on the roads. Where questions exist about what these standards are, the FMCSA provides some guidance.

What is distracted driving?

There is no doubt that New Orleans residents are busy. From getting out the door on time to get to work, get the kids to school, get all the errands done and get dinner on the table there is little time left for many individuals to slow down and simply enjoy their lives. The rapid pace that many people must keep up with in order to stay on schedule has forced some to look for creative ways to multitask. One very dangerous way that some individuals have found to do two things at once is to try to complete other tasks while driving.

A lack of safety on barges can result in serious worker injuries

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration more than 300 barge workers were killed between 1997 and 2006 in on-vessel accidents and explosions. Workers died from drowning after falling off of their vessels without life jackets, suffered fatal injuries when the equipment they were working with shifted due to wakes and became asphyxiated when they were deprived of oxygen and did not have the proper breathing equipment to save their lives.

Hurt in an accident with a semi? Our firm is available for you.

Semis, tractor-trailers and other massive commercial vehicles are a common sight on Louisiana roads and freeways. They can be incredibly frustrating to get stuck behind when drivers wish to operate at higher speeds or when they block drivers from making passes and other safe driving maneuvers. They can be intimidating when they come roaring down the road and appear seemingly out of nowhere in the rear-view mirrors of New Orleans residents.

Can a fault in a product's design result in a compensable injury?

Products that are released into the stream of commerce are often scrutinized for safety at many levels before they make their way into the hands of New Orleans consumers. The strict review of safety that products are subjected to often catches problems before the products are released and have a chance to harm people. However, from time to time unsafe products slip through and when handled by unsuspecting consumers cause serious injuries due to their inherent defects.

End-of-life costs can be burdensome after fatal accident

Death is an expected part of life, but for most New Orleans residents death is not anticipated until they have reached a happy and fulfilled old age. Unfortunately, not every person is able to live out their days, and some perish in accidents when they are young. Regardless of a person's age, if they lose their life in an accident or incident caused by another person's negligence, their family may have a host of unexpected end-of-life costs to cover to provide their lost loved one with an appropriate funeral and burial.

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