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Baton Rouge Personal Injury Blog

Stop engaging in these dangerous driving habits now

You're a safe, responsible driver, right? You always put your cell phone down, put your seat belt on, keep your speed down and never drive drunk. What else could you possibly be doing to endanger yourself and others?

When's the last time you yawned while driving? Was it recently? If so, you're probably guilty of one of the biggest bad habits American drivers have, which is drowsy driving.

Football player sues paparazzi for extortion, invasion of privacy

Paparazzi generally feel that one of the prices of fame is putting up with, well...paparazzi. Fame tends to come with a reduced right to privacy, since everything you do when you're famous is of public interest.

However, there are limits -- or should be -- according to one star football player who is fighting back against what many see as "taking things a bit too far." In specific, he's talking about the recent tendency of paparazzi to use long-distance cameras and other invasive tools to snap a quick photo and a quicker payday when they license that photo out for distribution just about everywhere -- and then turn around and try to grab money off the subject of that photo if he or she uses it too.

Hit-and-run: What to do if it happens to you

You know all about traffic safety. You follow all the laws and regulations, never drink and drive and even put your cellphone in Do Not Disturb mode before climbing into your car. Unfortunately, no matter how careful you are behind the wheel, you cannot control the behavior of other drivers on the roads.

All car crashes are upsetting, but perhaps worst of all is when you're the victim of a hit-and-run. Not only do you have to deal with the traumatic results and any damages and injuries, but you're left to handle the aftermath on your own when the other driver flees the scene of the accident after causing the collision in the first place. So is there anything you can do right after a hit-and-run to help you make the best of a bad situation?

Statutes of limitations and personal injury claims

If you've never been seriously injured before due to someone else's negligence, you may not realize that your time to take action to protect your rights is actually limited by law.

In fact, in Louisiana, that time limit is actually rather short -- you usually only have one year from the date of an injury to file a personal injury claim. If you fail to act in a timely manner, the statute of limitations kicks in and you give up your right to ask for compensation for your injuries forever.

Traveling north for business? Tips for driving safely in the snow

Is business taking you out of Louisiana and into the north anytime soon? With much of the northern United States seeing major snowstorms this winter, it's important to make sure that you're prepared to handle the drive.

Here are some basics, straight from AAA, that you should know about winter driving:

What meaning does 'standard of care' have in malpractice claims?

Not every medical mistake, even a missed diagnosis, is actually medical malpractice.

To demonstrate malpractice, one of the things that the plaintiff has to show is that the physician failed to live up to the standard of care that's considered ordinary or reasonable for the situation.

My child suffered injuries in the birth process. Who is to blame?

Parents always want what is best for their children, and it can be difficult to watch your child suffer from an injury, illness or other type of medical issue. Louisiana parents whose children suffered an injury during the birth process know how overwhelming this situation can be, yet this is not something they have to endure alone.

If your child suffered a birth injury, it is possible that it was the result of some type of medical negligence or the reckless actions of the care provider. It is worthwhile to seek a complete understanding of your rights and the legal options available to you. It may be possible for you to pursue a civil claim against the liable parties.

Don't let today's safe cars give you a false sense of security

All you have to do is watch a few car ads these days to realize that the big buzzwords driving marketing and sales have less and less to do with "toughness" and "speed" and far more to do with safety.

Popular commercials show features of modern "safe cars" in their best light. Ads demonstrate cars can safely parallel park with ease and show smart cars stopping on their own to avoid hitting other vehicles or pedestrians.