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Category: Work Accidents

Intentional Tort Exception to Louisiana Workers’ Compensation Claims

The law is clear that if you are injured on the job, you generally cannot bring a negligence claim based upon the actions of your employer or one of your co-employees. Instead, your remedy against your employer is limited to a Louisiana workers’ compensation claim, which pays for a portion of your lost wages, your

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Plaintiffs Awarded $13.6 Million in Williams Explosion Case

The first group of plaintiffs to go to trial following the deadly Williams Olefins plant explosion in Geismar, Louisiana in 2013 were just awarded $13.6 million by an Iberville Parish jury. Defendants Cannot Take Advantage of Workers’ Compensation Immunity in Williams Explosion Case Williams had previously argued that the injured workers could not bring their claims because

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Vices, Defects, and Ruin Under Louisiana Law

Property owners generally take care to make sure that their properties are kept up and free of dangerous defects that can hurt other people. However, this is not always the case. Sometimes people get hurt because property owners fail to undertake necessary maintenance or otherwise let their property fall into a state of disrepair. Thankfully,

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Can I Settle My Workers’ Compensation Case?

Work accidents occur frequently. When a work accident happens, an injured employee will make a workers’ compensation claim. Regardless of whether the employer was actually at fault, they are still obligated to pay for workers’ comp claims. To be entitled to benefits, the worker is only required to show that the injury occurred during the course

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What Should I Do If I’ve Gotten Hurt at Work in Louisiana?

People spend a significant portion of their lives at work. While jobs can be incredibly rewarding, the amount of time spent at work increases the chances of an on the job accident. These are some tips to keep in mind if you’ve gotten hurt at work. Tips If You Have Been Hurt at Work in Louisiana 1.

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SunEdison Plant Explosion Injures Four Workers

On October 2, an explosion and subsequent fire at a SunEdison silicon plant injured four workers. The explosion occurred at SunEdison’s silicon plant in Pasadena, Texas, located on the Houston Ship Channel. Details are limited at this time, and the cause of the accident is still being investigated. However, the explosion occurred during maintenance operations and

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Independent Contractor Negligence and Employee Injury Issues

In the current business world, it often makes more sense for a company to hire a third-party to do specific tasks for them (particularly those that involve expertise or other special skills) than to train their own employees to do it. This allows for cost savings, because they don’t have to invest in training, and

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West Texas Rig Explosion and New Mexico Oilfield Explosion Claim Workers’ Lives

Onshore exploration and production has spiked in recent years with the development of shale oil and gas around the country. This development has been particularly significant in areas of Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico, and Colorado. The increase in available oil and gas reserves has led to an increased need for people working in the oil and gas

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Louisiana Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rates to Decrease

Louisiana workers’ compensation insurance rates will decrease by 2.4 percent in 2015, effective May 1 of this year. This will mark the second year in a row that rates have fallen. Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon explained how the current rates compared to those from prior years: “Companies today are paying half as much for the same

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Louisiana Work-Related Deaths Decrease in 2013

Louisiana Work-Related Deaths Decrease According to a September 11, 2014 report from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, 114 Louisiana workers died in work-related accidents in 2013. This was a decrease from 116 deaths in 2012. As Louisiana Workforce Commission Executive Director Curt Eysink explained these dips in Louisiana work-related deaths: “Overall, the numbers

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