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Personal Injury Blog

Large Animals And Motorists: A Cocktail For Disaster

Car Accident

Many of us have heard stories, and seen pictures, of large animals like deer who have ended up on the grills and hoods of passing motorists. The damages caused when a car hits a deer or elk head-on are tremendous, often totaling the car and hurting the occupants inside. If you know the type of...

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To Blow Or Not To Blow If You’re Drinking And Driving

Car Accident

I’ve been practicing personal injury law for more than 35 years–the law dealing with obtaining fair and just compensation for clients who are injured by someone else’s negligence. But year after year, especially around holidays, the most frequent question I get asked as a lawyer deals with a widespread issue of criminal law: “If I...

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Punitive Damages And Louisiana Law

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The issue of punitive damages has been used as a sword in court to punish egregious behavior that causes damages or injuries in states where such damages are allowed. The U.S. Supreme Court has set constitutional limitations on the amount of punitive damages that may be awarded, but it’s generally up to a jury to...

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Jury Service A Right, Privilege And Obligation

Jury Selection

I was at a hearing in Amite in Tangipohoa Parish today (March 5, 2015) when my eyes came across the headline in the local newspaper: “Jury scofflaws irk judge.” It didn’t take long to realize that local Judge Robert Morrison had grown tired of citizens skipping jury duty. He ordered 14 of the “scofflaws” arrested...

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Boston Bombing, Jury Selection And Fair Trials

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The news is awash with jury selection in the case of the remaining Boston Bomber, a process that took two months and only finished on March 3, 2015, in an effort to seat 12 people to decide this man’s fate. While many of us have preconceived notions about the absolute guilt of this young man,...

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Vehicle Rammed, Flips; Driver Not At Fault But Gets DWI

Car Accident

A man driving a Nissan Xterra on Houma’s Main Street near Terrebonne High School was rammed violently in the rear by a speeding Crown Victoria a week after Mardi Gras in February, 2015. The impact caused the Nissan to flip and roll over from back to front, ending up on its top in the middle...

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Diesel Mechanic, Crippled By Tractor, Settles For $1.7 Million

Car Accident

A Thibodaux diesel mechanic returning from a job in Cameron was struck by a left turning tractor on a rural road in Vermillion Parish, causing severe and disabling personal injuries to the mechanic. This 34-year-old man, who was making upwards of $106,000 per year plus fringe benefits, settled his case for more than $1.7 million in...

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Drowned Boy, Back To Life Damages

Premises Liability

A 3-year-old boy who slipped to the bottom of a 10-foot swimming pool under the not so watchful eyes of the teachers and lifeguards lay lifeless at the pool’s bottom for almost 4 minutes. The same lifeguards who didn’t see him go under dove in and pulled him to the surface. He was not breathing...

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BP Denied Summary Judgment In Oil Spill Negligence Case

Maritime and Offshore Accidents

Kopfler & Hermann represents a man who was struck on the head and knocked to the deck of a cleanup barge during the height of the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.  The negligence of BP is alleged as a key cause of this maritime and offshore accident resulting from...

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Watch Out For Motorcycles

Car Accident

The number of motorcycles on the road and the freedom-loving spirit of the wind in the face that goes along with a great motorcycle ride mandate that all of us in cars and trucks keep an extra eye out for our comrades in arms on motorcycles. Most motorcycles have an automatic headlight that turns on...

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