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Man dies after being run over by pickup

Louisiana residents who are injured in accidents caused by the negligence of others understandably may want to seek compensation and help. The same may be true for the family members of people who are killed in incidents like vehicle accidents. These accidents may take many forms and involve vehicles, pedestrians, bicyclists or motorcyclists.

A man who was only 34 years old was actually killed recently after he was run over by a driver in a full-sized pickup truck. The accident took place along a stretch of U.S. 190 near Fountainbleau State Park in the wee hours of a Saturday morning. The driver of the pickup was tested for alcohol in his system. A breath test revelead that his blood alcohol level was 0.085 percent.

Are there problems in your loved one’s nursing home?

Making the move to a Louisiana nursing home may have been a difficult transition for your loved one, and for you, as well. As time goes by, you hope to see that he or she has settled in and is feeling comfortable and well cared for, but even if you visit frequently, you may not be satisfied that this is so. provides some warning signs that may speak louder than words when a nursing home resident is the victim of neglect or abuse.

How is child custody determined?

When you and your spouse divorce, deciding who will have custody of your children is one of your most important decisions. Although you may want your kids to stay with you in your Louisiana home, there are many factors that go into determining custody. According to the American Bar Association, there are two kinds of custody arrangements which are most common.

While you may think that custody is always determined in court, this is not usually the case. Courts typically determine custody for no more than 5 percent of parents. The arrangement can usually be worked out by you and your spouse as you consider what is best for your children.

Medical errors now the third leading cause of death

When you visit the hospital or a clinic to see your physician, you place the utmost trust in his or her ability to diagnose and treat any condition you are dealing with, whether it is a routine appointment or a tragic accident. Even the most knowledgeable, trustworthy doctor can make a mistake when the situation is chaotic. This is highlighted by the fact that medical errors are now the third leading cause of death in the United States, right behind heart disease and cancer.

Can all medical errors be prevented? While that may seem like an unrealistic goal, the fact that close to 500,000 people die each year from a preventable hospital error shows that you should be aware of the risks you face when seeking treatment.

Is Louisiana considering the death of the death penalty?

With criminal charges and convictions come immediate and long-term consequences. The most severe being execution, something that hasn’t occurred in Louisiana for seven years.

As Alabama literally doubled down in their execution efforts recently, the Louisiana Senate and House are taking a completely different tact. Two pieces of legislation are being considered to abolish the death penalty in the state. One bill is gaining traction.

Are private hospitals putting profits over patient safety?

In 1999, the Institute of Medicine revealed that medical errors are the leading cause of death and injuries in U.S. hospitals. The group estimated that up to 98,000 people die annually because of dangerous and deadly mistakes.

Reports released since then show the number to be growing with serious problems coming from private accreditor-operated facilities that make up nine out of ten hospitals.

Two Words to Never Say After a Car Accident

Caring for others is human nature. You want people to be healthy and, after an accident, you're concerned if that's the case. Everyone knows how seriously we can get hurt in a car accident.

While it's natural to check on everyone's status, you should also proceed with caution when you're asked that question yourself. In the spur of the moment, a quick "I'm okay" might feel accurate when it's not.

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