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Is compensation available for a no-contact motorcycle crash?

If you are a New Orleans resident, you know how crowded our famous city becomes at certain times of the year. If you get around town on a motorcycle, you must pick your way through congested traffic.

At some point, you may have to take evasive action to avoid a collision. However, as the victim of a no-contact motorcycle crash, can you still expect to receive financial compensation?

Large vessels, close quarters and unexpected injuries

In cities built around water, it is not unusual to see cargo ships and cruise ships gliding through the center of town.

What is unusual is an incident in which a large ship crashes into something—a smaller vessel, a pier, even a building—as it arrives in port, creating alarm, chaos and unexpected injuries.

Common causes of cruise ship injuries

As summer comes into full swing, it may come time for you to take a vacation on a cruise ship. Going on a cruise is great for family fun or a romantic getaway. While having a good time at sea, you may sustain a cruise ship injury

According to a recent survey, nearly 10% of travelers sustain a personal injury during a cruise. This is partially due to the very nature of cruise ships. These ships combine the fun and conveniences of a wide variety of activities and establishments, including restaurants, theaters, swimming pools and retail stores. Here are some of the most common ways you can get hurt as a passenger on a cruise ship this summer.

What is loss of consortium?

Deep emotional relationships make life worth living. After all, you may depend on your spouse for emotional support, friendship, love and a variety of other things. As you know, though, life comes with no guarantees. That is, the injury or death of your partner may stop you in your tracks. 

If your loved one sustains a serious injury or dies because of someone else’s negligence or wrongful conduct, you may experience sadness, anger, resentment and other emotions. Fortunately, you may be able to pursue recovery under a loss of consortium theory. The Louisiana Supreme Court outlined the types of losses for which plaintiffs may seek compensation. 

3 common summertime workplace injuries and illnesses

Summertime is almost upon us, which brings a spike in temperatures and unique workplace safety hazards. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, exposure to high environmental temperatures caused 2,830 nonfatal injuries and illnesses and 37 deaths among workers in 2015. These staggering statistics demonstrate the toll that summer weather can take on employees. 

Due to the unique safety concerns of working in the summer, it is important to know what injuries and illnesses are most likely to occur. Here are some of the most common occupational injuries that affect workers during the summer season. 

Can your employer make you see the company doctor?

Like most of your co-workers, you work hard to do your job every day. If you sustain a serious injury on a barge, rig or boat, though, your employer may not return the favor. That is, your employer may worry more about profits than your overall health. With maritime injuries common in summer months, you must have a strategy for taking care of yourself. 

The Merchant Marine Act of 1920, usually known as the Jones Act, is a comprehensive law that deals with maritime vessels. If you suffer a serious injury when working on the water, there is a good chance the Jones Act applies to you. Even though the Act allows you to see the doctor you choose, your employer may strongly suggest you see the company’s physician. Here are some reasons you should choose your own doctor.

Selecting your physician after a maritime accident

It is always best to seek medical attention after an accident. In the case that the accident occurs while at work, you may be able to receive compensation for your injury.

Therefore, seeing a physician is key, both physically and financially. Though your employer may encourage you to see their physician, a few good reasons exist as to why you should select your own physician.

Symptoms you do not want to ignore after a car accident

Car accidents happen every day in Louisiana. In 2017 alone, 696 fatal crashes occurred. If you ever find yourself involved in a collision, then you need to see a doctor immediately. 

The reason for this is the sooner you begin treatment, the better you will feel. You do not want to hamper your activities at work because of an untreated injury. However, some injuries will appear days or weeks after the car crash. You need to pay attention to your body, so you know when you need to make another visit to the doctor's office. 

Tugboat workers qualify for Jones Act “maintenance and cure”

Perhaps you are a deckhand on a tugboat that operates on the Mississippi River. You are new to this kind of work and unfamiliar with maritime law.

For example, if you suffer an injury aboard an inland tugboat, you should be eligible for “maintenance and cure” under the Jones Act. What does this mean?

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