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cardone-auto-accident-checklist-300x200If you have been hurt in a car accident, the experienced Louisiana car accident lawyers of the Cardone Law Firm are here to help you. We understand that in the immediate aftermath of an accident, you may be unsure of what steps you need to take to protect yourself, your health, and your financial stability. You may be facing mounting medical bills, the repair or replacement of your vehicle, and the loss of money from time off of work.  By hiring an experienced attorney from our firm, you can focus on what is most important – your recovery – while our trustworthy team focuses on getting you the compensation you deserve.

We have included this helpful checklist of things to do following an accident to make sure you are protected. If you have questions about your specific situation, please do not hesitate to call us directly to discuss your legal options. With over 40 years of experience, we are a dedicated firm that can get you the results you need to move on with your life following a serious auto accident. Phone Cardone at (504) 522-3333 to discuss your case.

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people-2568530_1920-300x200It’s no surprise many are out and about shopping during the holiday season. Parking lots and garages during the holiday season present higher risks because of the increased flow of traffic and heavier influx of distracted shoppers. This is evident by the unfortunate pedestrian auto accident in New Orleans, Louisiana which occurred recently.

On December 21, 2017, WWL reported a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle at Lakeside Shopping Center (commonly referred to as Lakeside Mall) in the parking lot causing severe bodily injuries and causing her to fracture her skull. According to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, the individual driving the vehicle fled the scene following the accident. Witnesses were able to capture a photograph and identifying information on the vehicle which was a 2008 Nissan Armada bearing Louisiana license plate number YRX913. The matter is still under investigation and anyone with information is encouraged to call the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office traffic division at 504-598-5880 or CRIMESTOPPERS at 504-822-1111.

The pedestrian injured at Lakeside is likely facing lifelong injuries and mounting medical bills. The pedestrian has many legal rights in this situation. As opposed to discussing the criminal aspects of this case, we will discuss the injured individual’s path to full compensation. First, one must address whether the driver and/or owner of the hit and run vehicle will be found. As witnesses were able to capture the license plate number of the vehicle, the owner of the vehicle will likely be located very promptly by the investigating officers who will be able to identify the owner through the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles database. If the owner was the driver of the vehicle, the driver’s/owner’s auto insurance policy will be the first insurance policy to come into play.

louisiana-lawyers-295x300After you’ve had to suffer through a serious car accident and personal injury, it’s nice to hear some good news. Few individuals know this but you may have some options when it comes to finding the best Louisiana venue to file your personal injury claim.

Luckily, you don’t have to make this decision on your own. The dependable New Orleans personal injury lawyers of Cardone Law Firm have the knowledge and experience to help you find the right jurisdiction and venue to file your case.

When deciding on which Louisiana venue to bring your case, there are a number of items to consider. To begin with:

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There are approximately 6 million car accidents in the U.S. every year with around 2 million drivers experiencing permanent injuries as a result of these incidents.

At Cardone Law Firm, our dedicated New Orleans attorneys frequently work with medical professionals, engineers, and private investigators to gather valuable information in order to accurately present a solid case in court and obtain compensation for our deserving clients.

Because recognize that car crashes can cause substantial physical, emotional, and mental pain, and we believe that awareness is the first step to safety. Should you be involved in a car accident, it is important to understand some of the most common injuries caused by car crashes so that you do not jump to any conclusions when it comes to receiving medical care.

Cardonelawfirmblog-300x185If you have ever looked at a map or a set of turn-by-turn directions on an online navigation system, you know that, whatever your destination, there is often more than one way to get there. Each has its own advantages. One may be faster, one may be shorter, and one may be more scenic. The law can work a little like that sometimes. If you’ve been injured because of someone else’s fault, there may be more than one way to pursue damages. The accident case of a man who fell outside a fast-food restaurant offers an example of this in action.

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cardonelawfirmblog-300x200When you are injured on a store or business’ property, there may be several obstacles in your way that potentially block you from success in your premises liability case. One common obstacle is the “open and obvious” rule, which says generally that, if a hazard was something that a reasonable person would have seen, the property owner isn’t liable. The key to winning is finding a way to overcome those hurdles, as one customer at a dollar store recently did in her Louisiana case, getting a renewed chance to pursue the store despite the fact that the hazard that caused her fall was a large box placed on the floor of the store.

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Recently Tow truck a tow truck rammed into a mid-city parking lot killing three and injuring one.  The tow truck driver was also transported by EMS to a local hospital for injuries he sustained.

According to preliminary reports, the tow truck driver lost control and struck pedestrians waiting at a bus stop as well as four parked vehicles. While investigators are still trying to ascertain what caused the devastating accident, the ultimate question is: Who will be found liable for the damages?

In Louisiana there are two types of damages: 1) compensatory damages and 2) punitive damages. The purpose of punitive damages is to punish and deter certain types of conduct which the law finds to be particularly egregious. Punitive damages are explicitly provided for only in certain circumstances such as: intoxicated drivers, sexual crimes against children, and domestic violence. Punitive damages are the additional damages, which are received over and above compensatory damages. So if for example, the tow truck driver was found to be intoxicated and the intoxicated state was found to be the cause of the collision, the individuals who were injured could potentially recover punitive damages.

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A parent’s worst nightmare, “Mom we were in a car accident”. Thirty-four parents received that call Tuesday when the bus carrying T.H. Harris Middle School’s track team plunged into the canal. According to WGNO, three students were taken to a local hospital complaining of minor injuries after a Jefferson Parish School bus driver careened into a canal. After the accident, students were forced to exit the bus through windows and the back door. While no reports have been issued stating the school bus driver was impaired, the school bus driver was cited for careless operation by local authorities.

Unfortunate events like this school bus accident occur all too often. Parents and children are left with the visible and invisible injuries. Some parents are up in arms about the numerous open canals along bus routes, but one of the overarching concerns is whether school bus drivers are receiving effective and adequate driving training.

Accidents are never easy, but when employees are in the course and scope of their employment, their employers are liable for damages. According to Louisiana Civil Code Article 2320, masters and employers are answerable for the damage occasioned by their servants and overseers, in the exercise of the functions in which they are employed. See full text of Article 2320 here. Our previous blog entry on the theory of Respondeat Superior is a great guide explaining the concept.

Causeway bridge

The Causeway Bridge has been described as long, scary and an engineering masterpiece. While the bridge may be all those things and more, the condition of the bridge has been a concern for years.

On August 8th, the bridge was closed in both directions for hours due to an auto accident. According to preliminary reports, Michael Gibson clipped Joey Leblanc’s truck from the rear during the process of a lane change. After riding the rails, Leblanc’s truck eventually plunged into Lake Pontchartrain. This was a very serious auto accident which could have resulted in severe injuries, however, the Leblanc was fortunately rescued by police officers.

Unfortunate auto accidents like the one Leblanc endured may not have a specific price tag, but Louisiana Tort Law exists to bring some sort of fair compensation to victims of auto accidents. Louisiana law, La. Civ. Code art. 2315(A), provides “every act whatever of man that causes damage to another obliges him by whose fault it happened to repair it.” This Article is known as the “fountainhead” of tort liability and we can use this Article to assess the situation involving Leblanc and the Causeway Bridge. As a result of the auto accident, Leblanc sustained injuries which preliminary reports characterize as bruising and “minor.” Often injuries sustained in an auto accident are not felt immediately, in this instance, emotional trauma may also be present. This begs the question, how will Leblanc be adequately compensated, and from whom?

New Orleans Carriage
The City of New Orleans is known for its eccentric, vibrant and welcoming attractions; but with fun comes human error. Tourists come to the city with one thing in mind, partying! On July 30th, tourists were partaking in an infamous tour of the city when a vehicle collided with a mule-drawn carriage in the French Quarter. News outlets reported the vehicle was going at a high speed when the driver turned the corner and exerted so much force that the carriage overturned.

Of the injured, three adults and a child were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to WWLTV. While the driver will likely be held responsible for the damages, many locals can attest that sometimes carriages do not always obey the traffic signals. According to the NOPD, the incident is considered an ongoing investigation.

Carriage rides are an attraction all over the United States. In New Orleans, horse and carriage rides date back to the 19th century. Along with the good comes the bad, as the mule-drawn rides have been the subject of countless lawsuits. In an effort to shield sponsors of farm animal activities from liability, Louisiana has enacted a special statute referred to among those in the legal community as the “farm animal immunity” statute. You can read the full text of the statute here.