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Wrongful Death Archives

Risks posed to bystanders at construction sites

Whether you are working in construction or you happen to be a pedestrian or driver going past a worksite, you should understand that there may be certain dangers that could stem from merely being too close to a construction site when something went wrong. At the law offices of Lee M. Schwalben, M.D., J.D., LLC, we have answered questions from Louisiana residents injured at construction sites or from the families of those who were killed from being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Asbestos: the stealthy killer

Louisiana construction workers face a substantial risk for death from mesothelioma, asbestosis and other asbestos-related diseases. As FindLaw explains, asbestos is a naturally-occurring mineral that has been mined for over a century in the United States and used extensively in construction and consumer products because of its excellent insulating abilities and resistance to heat and flame.

How do you prove wrongful death?

If you are a Louisiana resident who recently lost a loved one due to someone’s negligence or misconduct, you may be thinking about bringing a wrongful death lawsuit against the person or entity responsible for your loved one’s death. You also may be unclear about the differences between your suing someone civilly for wrongful death and the state prosecuting him or her criminally for the same death, such as would occur if your loved one was murdered or died during a robbery attempt.

Workplace toxic exposure

At the law firm of Lee M. Schwalben, M.D., J.D., LLC, in Louisiana, we know that you often can be subjected to dangerous and/or deadly workplace conditions if you are an industrial worker. Places such as chemical plants, factories and warehouses can be dangerous places to work because of the potentially hazardous toxins and chemicals found there.

What should you know about workplace injuries and accidents?

Louisiana workers deserve an environment that they feel comfortable and safe in. Unfortunately, accidents can happen anywhere, and some of these accidents can be deadly. At the Schwalben Law Firm, we work to help you through the difficulties of losing a loved one to workplace accidents.

Boy dies of heat stroke and parents sue

The parents of a Louisiana boy who died of heat stroke last summer are going to court, according to The Advocate, and they believe the National Guard Youth Challenge Program should be held accountable for their son's death. Their son, who is described as "obese" in the filing, was only in the first week of the program when he died on July 16, 2016. 

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.


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