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verdict-300x200In civil litigation, there are several processes that go on at the same time. One is the conducting of the adversarial process in accordance with the rules of court that exist in Louisiana. Civil litigation, of course, is not just a mere game; it is more than just a series of rules and a contest that determines a winner and a loser. It is also the pursuit of justice. To achieve that end, the law allows you certain latitude in the conduct of your case. Put another way, Louisiana law is clear that hyper-technical compliance with rules should never trump fundamental fairness and should not prevent a deserving person from obtaining justice through a civil judgment. To ensure you get the justice you deserve in the Louisiana courts, make sure you have a knowledgeable New Orleans injury attorney on your side.

To understand this importance of prioritizing justice over hyper-technical compliance, there’s the case of B.T. and G.B. from Monroe. The injury that spawned this lawsuit arose from an intersection collision. D.T. ran through a stop sign and hit the vehicle driven by B.T. The impact hurt both B.T. and her passenger, G.B. B.T. and G.B. sued D.T. and his insurer. In their lawsuit, the pair alleged that D.T., by failing to yield at the stop sign, was 100% to blame for the accident and for their injuries. While the lawsuit named both D.T. and the insurer as defendants, only the insurer was served initially.

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I’ve been injured in an auto accident by a delivery driver driving a car belonging to another person. What is the best way to proceed with my case?

In modern slang or metaphorical language, the phrase “lots of moving parts” or “a lot of moving parts” is considered to be an alternate way of saying that something is complex or has numerous working pieces to manage. Many times, your Louisiana auto accident case can be something that has lots of moving parts. There is the identification of the proper defendants, including possibly the driver, the driver’s employer, the vehicle’s owner and one or more insurance companies. There’s the pre-trial discovery process and the collection of evidence. There’s decision-making like whether to settle or to take the case to a jury verdict. These, of course, are just to name a few.

Log_Truck-300x200Louisiana boasts many vibrant industries, including oil, natural gas, commercial fishing and tourism. But do you know which industry is #2 in Louisiana? It’s timber. Which such a large timber industry also comes some potential drawbacks, like roadways accidents involving log-hauling trucks. These loads are often extremely heavy and, if a crash happens, the consequences are frequently severe.

If you’ve been injured in an accident with a log truck, it’s very possible that you suffered substantial harm, including a mountain of medical bills, an extended time off work and a lot of pain and suffering. To make sure what you get what you deserve in a civil lawsuit, be sure you act swiftly to retain an experienced Louisiana accident attorney to represent you every step of the way.

work_truck-300x200One of the most horrific news headlines is one regarding the loss of a child in an accident. Whether it is a fall, a drowning, a gun accident, an auto accident or some other reason, the result is always tragic.

This is true whether the child is 17 years old, 7 years old or 7 months old. However, the pain and suffering can be especially grueling for a family that loses, due to an auto accident, a child that never even made it to birth. While no court judgment can ever repair that wound, a damages award may provide needed aid in helping a family facing the financial crush of medical and/or funeral expenses, among other harms caused by the accident. To be sure you are getting from the legal system what the law says you should, be sure to reach out to a skilled Louisiana injury attorney.

An unfortunate example of that type of loss occurred recently in rural south central Louisiana and was covered by KATC. At an intersection of two highways in Jefferson Davis Parish, a driver drove his Ford F650 truck into a pickup truck driven by 21-year-old S.B.H., who was seven months pregnant at the time. The work truck struck the pickup on the driver’s side and caused the woman’s pickup to go off the road and roll over onto its roof in a grassy area. (The force of the impact was so great that the work truck also went off the road and into a ditch.)

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passing_a_truck-2-300x200If you’re a tractor-trailer truck driver, and you’re involved in a serious accident caused by another driver, such as one that causes your rig to overturn, your legal case can many different aspects. Certainly, the driver of the car who lost control and hit your rig is potentially liable, so you may be able to sue the driver and his insurer for the driver’s negligence.

That may not be enough. In Louisiana, the state minimum coverage requirements for auto insurance are quite low. For example, a driver is only required to have coverage that provides “payments of $15,000 for bodily injury to one person.” That means that obtaining a full recovery main entail taking on multiple insurance companies, including the other driver’s insurer, as well as separate underinsured/uninsured motorist (UIM) coverage insurers. To be sure you’re getting everything you deserve out of your case, be sure you have an experienced Louisiana injury attorney on your side.

warehouse_trucks-300x199When hiring a delivery truck accident attorney in Louisiana, you can turn to the trusted advice of Cliff Cardone at the Cardone Law Firm.

How is a delivery truck accident different than any other accident on the road?

Few things are as intimidating as a large semi-truck pulling a trailer and speeding down the highway. Most of us will hold our breath and grip the steering wheel in anticipation of the 18-wheeler passing us.

Because of the added weight on tractor-trailers, they can take much longer to come to a complete stop and generally require 20% to 40% longer following distances between vehicles than cars traveling at the same speed. If the driving conditions are unfavorable, then these large vehicles are even more challenging to control in moments of emergency.

We are living in a corporate world. Today, more than ever before, employees are working more. And like Donna Summer said they work “hard for the money, so hard for it honey…” Any person trying to climb the corporate ladder knows, if you don’t go the extra mile, be prepared to be replaced by someone who will. It is not uncommon for an employee to work 9-5 and then go immediately to a networking or marketing event after hours for which they receive no compensation.

As a result of the increasing burden and demands on employees, many companies offer employee perks such as cell phones, computers and company vehicles. These perks are a win/win – they come at no cost to the employee, and for the employer, there is an added benefit – the employee can easily maneuver from place to place and be accessible which turns into realized profit. Most companies have policies in place providing an employee can only use a company vehicle, phone or computer when they are “on-the-clock” and that these perks are to be used for “business purposes” only. The mix of company perks and after hours expectations create blurred lines with respect to legal liability.