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Wrongful Death Archives

Head-on wreck kills man over Memorial Day weekend

For most Louisiana residents, the Memorial Day weekend signals the unofficial start to summer and is marked by many a celebration with friends and family. Special recognition is given at this time also to those who have served in our country's armed forces. For others in Louisiana, Memorial Day weekend can have other significance as well.

Compensation sought after worker's death

Residents in Louisiana who must grieve the loss of a loved one in an unnecessary accident at a work location may understandably be wondering what type of justice can come from such a horrible and unnecessary event. Many laws and regulations are in place designed specifically to keep employees safe while on the job. These regulations may include guidance on safety practices, requirements for maintaining equipment and more. 

Wife of former football player files for wrongful death

It has been just over a year since the death of former Saints lineman, Will Smith, who was shot eight times and killed after rear-ending another car and driving away. The New Orleans Advocate reports that Racquel Smith, his late wife, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit.

Filmmaker’s family sues after man lost at sea

Few people in Lake Charles likely ever intend to be negligent to the point of endangering another. However, oftentimes unforeseen circumstances arise that force people into action. Those who happen to be supervising an activity or excursion often accept the responsibility (whether stated or implied) for keeping participants safe. When doing so, they agree to extend equal consideration to all of those involved. If and when an emergency situation does arise, their decision on how to act regarding all participants could mean the different between responsible action and accusations of negligence.

Misdiagnosis of pulmonary embolism

The outcome of many medical conditions is greatly affected by how quickly the patient receives treatment and care, yet some emergencies in Louisiana often go misdiagnosed. One of the most common of these conditions is a pulmonary embolism. For patients who are experiencing the symptoms associated with a blood clot in the lungs, a misdiagnosis can be terrifying and, in some cases, deadly.

Cancer misdiagnosis: not an uncommon mistake

While most doctors in Louisiana make every effort to provide an accurate diagnosis of any condition, new research is pointing to the fact that cancer may be mislabeled more often than was previously thought. Boston Magazine reports on the slight mistake that is costing U.S. taxpayers almost $700 billion each year and some misdiagnosed patients their lives.

What you need to know about exposure to asbestos

During most of the 20th century, asbestos was a common component of insulation in places where fire or extreme heat was a threat. It is for this reason that most oil refineries in Louisiana were built using asbestos. Not only was the substance used in building materials, but a fibrous form was used in protection gear as well.

Charges are pending in fatal accident on Louisiana Hwy 13

Determining the cause of a crash can take some time. Louisiana law enforcement agencies often require more than just the investigation conducted at the scene of a serious or fatal accident in order to determine what happened. Only after that investigation is substantially completed is a determination made regarding whether any charges should be filed against the driver believed to be at fault.

Driver of the bus in fatal accident on I-10 speaks out

Three people lost their lives on Aug. 28 in a crash involving a bus, a fire truck and two passenger vehicles. The accident occurred on Interstate 10. Louisiana authorities report that the driver of the bus who is said to be responsible for the fatal accident is illegally in the country and does not have a valid driver's license. He remains incarcerated in a Louisiana parish jail, but he is now speaking out about what he says happened that day.

Is Louisiana ambulance driver responsible for fatal accident?

When emergency response vehicles here in Louisiana and elsewhere have their lights and sirens on, they are supposed to be given the right-of-way by other vehicles. As they respond to calls, police cars, fire trucks and ambulances routinely go through intersections even if the light is red and use oncoming lanes of travel if they need to in order to get where they are needed. However, simply having lights and sirens going does not allow drivers of emergency response vehicles to completely ignore traffic rules, which could lead to a serious or fatal accident. They are still required to make sure the way is clear and that they will not impact another vehicle as they travel.