Texting And Driving Statistics

Cell phone use while driving is a problem in Louisiana: according to one report, nearly half of all drives in Louisiana include unsafe phone use—that’s more than any other state.

When drivers get distracted, people get hurt. And when people get hurt in Louisiana, the lawyers at Cox, Cox, Filo, Camel & Wilson can help. Our car accident attorneys know how devastating a crash can be, especially one caused by a distracted driver.

Below, we’ve outlined state texting laws as well as important facts and statistics to underscore the importance of focused driving.

Share this information with your family and friends (especially teen drivers) to ensure their safety and the safety of others. Continue reading “Texting And Driving Statistics”

Why You Need a Personal Injury Lawyer in Louisiana

In September, The Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), an influential advocacy group raised by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce released the 2017 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States. This annual report evaluates state liability systems through the economic lenses of corporate America and attempts to persuade state and federal changes through pragmatic research and reporting.

According to the report, the New Orleans or Orleans Parish in Louisiana ranks last among all states for its liability system. Louisiana respondents who include general and corporate council attorneys, corporate business owners, and executives graded judges’ impartiality, jury fairness, as well as the overall treatment of tort litigation worst overall.

ILR is attempting to shed light on the economic cost to the public of “frivolous” litigation and hopes to use survey data to initiate change at every level of government. According to ILR’s website, “frivolous” litigation discourages businesses from operating or expanding in certain states if the climate doesn’t benefit corporate interests.

Among other things, the report also highlights why people should seek professional counsel if an injury is suffered or property damage is incurred in Louisiana. Continue reading “Why You Need a Personal Injury Lawyer in Louisiana”

Louisiana HS Football Participation Increases While National Numbers Decline

As the national number of high school football players decreases, states like Louisiana are actually seeing an increase in high school football participation.

Since 2014, nationwide participation in high school football dropped 2.3 percent; in Louisiana, however, participation reached an all-time high in 2015. Continue reading “Louisiana HS Football Participation Increases While National Numbers Decline”

The Difference Between Mass Tort and Class Action Lawsuits

Taking on a corporation to receive compensation for an injury is as intimidating as it gets. Pharmaceutical and consumer product companies seem to have an endless supply of resources to suppress and dismiss individual cases.

So, what are people supposed to do if they’ve legitimately suffered harm?

Class actions and mass torts are common procedural actions used to implement corporate change or discipline on behalf of large groups of victims. In theory, these actions help expedite court cases and ensure individual victims receive fair representation.

While class action and mass tort are often used interchangeably, they are not the same type of procedural action, and they serve very different functions for individual victims. Continue reading “The Difference Between Mass Tort and Class Action Lawsuits”

Do I Have a Case?

Do I Have a Personal Injury Case?

Do I Have A Case?

Were you injured in an accident?

Depeding on the circumstances, you may be able to file a lawsuit to get compensation for your injuries and damages.

The following questions can help you decide if you want to persue a personal injury claim.

 Was the responsible party negligent?

Negligence is when the other person failes to use reasonable care and their actions result in injuries to yourself or another person.

Did Their Negligence Cause an Injury?

You can be negligently injured by:

  • an individual
  • a doctor or nurse
  • a coworker or employer
  • a business owner or landlord
  • a manufacturer or seller of a defective product

Did your injures require mecical attention?

If your injury required a hospital visit, make sure to follow all instructions regarding ongoing care, medication, and rehabilitation.

Did your injury cause a financial burden?

After an injury, you may find yourself dealing with medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of enjoyment of life.

If you can answer “Yes” to these four questions, you may have a personal injury case. Regardless of the circumstances, it’s a good idea to speak with an attorney any time you’ve been hurt in an accident.

Call our Lake Charles law firm toll free at 1-800-836-3702 to schedule a free consultation.

How To Start A Personal Injury Claim

One of the biggest questions people have after an accident is, “what do I do now?” It can be very difficult to know where to start when you’re filing a personal injury claim if you’ve never done it before.

This article will help you file a claim by detailing what to do after an accident and what to expect in the days to come. Continue reading “How To Start A Personal Injury Claim”

Avoiding Burn Injuries: 4th of July Safety Tips [Infographic]

Burn injuries are the most common around the 4th of July holiday. Fireworks are a big part of 4th of July festivities and can be a ton of fun for the entire family. However, you must ensure you are being as safe as possible when handling fireworks. Take a look at these tips on how to stay safe  this 4th of July!

4th of July safety

How to Avoid Burn Injuries:

  1. Supervise children around fireworks at ALL times
  2. Keep your dogs in a safe place. Fireworks stress them out, and that can lead to injuries
  3. When lighting fireworks, always keep a bucket of water or fire extinguisher ready
  4. Make sure to stay away from dry grass when lighting fireworks