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by Dudley DeBosier | February 3rd, 2020
Ideally, all nursing homes would provide exceptional care. In reality, the level of care offered by nursing homes can vary greatly from one facility to another. If you’re searching for a facility, then you might be wondering which qualities you should look for.
We’ve compiled a guide for choosing a nursing home to help you in your search. You’ll learn which factors are most desirable and which ones could signal that a nursing home puts profit above resident happiness and health. You’ll also learn why scheduling a visit is so important when vetting nursing homes.
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The right facility will offer exceptional care and do everything your loved one requires to live happily and healthily. It’s great to set your standards high. When you do need to make compromises, make sure you don’t make concessions that put your loved one at risk of receiving inadequate care.
For example, you might compromise how far a nursing home is
from your current location. You want to avoid compromising on essential
services that your loved one needs, such as rehabilitation.
When you notice a few warning signs of bad care, you should
not ignore them. Unclean facilities, poor hygiene of residents, and an
overworked staff are all indicators that a nursing home won’t be able to
provide your loved one with the attention they deserve.
Take a nursing home’s reputation seriously. If you
repeatedly hear people talk about how a facility offers poor care, factor that
strongly into your considerations. You should also trust your gut. If your
instincts tell you that something is wrong, then weigh that heavily in your
At Dudley DeBosier, we’ve worked with many clients who regretted
waiting so long to reach out to an attorney. If you notice that your loved one
has been harmed by neglect or abuse, then you should act immediately and call
our team. The longer your loved one stays in a dangerous facility, the more
likely it is they will suffer even greater harm.
Maybe you’re unsure whether it’s the right time to take legal action. In that case, simply contact our attorneys, so we can assess your case at no cost. If you don’t want to move forward with a claim, then you are under no pressure to do so. It never hurts to talk to an attorney. We know this type of case intimately, so we can help you determine whether your case warrants legal action.
Hopefully, you’ve found our guide for choosing a nursing home helpful. If you or a loved one has had the misfortune of suffering abuse or neglect in a nursing home, schedule a free consultation with Dudley DeBosier today.
by Dudley DeBosier | November 25th, 2019
Deep frying the turkey has long been a favorite method of
cooking Thanksgiving dinner in the South, and recent years have seen this
cooking method explode in popularity across the rest of the U.S. – sometimes
literally. As deliciously juicy and crispy as fried turkey can be, it has also
spawned a large number of fiery cooking accidents. You may have even seen some
of these “deep fried turkey fails” on YouTube.
Deep frying a turkey can be incredibly dangerous when the
proper safety measures aren’t followed. According to the U.S. Fire
Administration (USFA), up to twice as many cooking fires occur on Thanksgiving
as on any other day of the year. The most recent data shows an average of 2,400
fires on Thanksgiving annually, with 25 injuries, 5 deaths, and $19 million in
If you are interested in testing out this cooking method for the first time this year, follow our recommendations to help avoid fire and burn injuries to yourself and your guests as you set up the fryer. Accidents happen, and we want to help save you the grief and trouble if we can! Click the image below to access our guide.
While some accidents are unavoidable, others happen because
people, even friends or family members, may cut corners when it comes to safety
measures. When this happens, we want to help injury victims get the
compensation they need for their medical expenses.
In most cases, the at-fault party’s insurance, not the
at-fault party themselves, is responsible for paying out after an accident
claim. This means no one should disregard hiring a lawyer as an option for
getting compensation after an injury caused by a loved one. Seeking help for
paying your medical bills does not have to financially harm your loved ones.
At Dudley DeBosier Injury Lawyers, we’ve helped many Louisianans get the money they need to pay their medical bills and recover lost wages after injuries that weren’t their fault. And with our No Fee Guarantee®, you pay us nothing unless you win. Contact our firm today for a free consultation.
by Dudley DeBosier | November 11th, 2019
If your loved one lives in a nursing home, you may worry
about their health and well-being. It can be difficult to trust doctors with
the lives of family members for treatments and procedures—let alone trust strangers
to care for a loved one 24/7. While most nursing homes provide residents with
excellent care and attention, some knowingly or unknowingly put residents’
health and even their lives in danger because they focus on profits over
Nursing homes are supposed to be safe places for elderly
residents and residents with serious health problems that need frequent
treatment and constant monitoring. But because nursing homes are a big business
that make a lot of profit off their residents, some operate with a desire to
make more money by keeping expenses down rather than making sure they provide
adequate care. That means they may hire underqualified employees, or they may
fail to hire enough staff members to give all residents the care they need.
When nursing homes aren’t adequately staffed, residents may
be abused and neglected. And when that happens, those nursing homes should be
held accountable. At Dudley DeBosier, our Louisiana nursing home abuse
attorneys have helped many families get compensation after their loved ones’
rights were violated in nursing homes, and we know what it takes to build
strong claims that get results.
Nursing home residents are vulnerable to mistreatment,
especially elderly residents and residents with serious health problems that
affect their cognitive abilities or their mobility. However, all nursing home
residents are at risk of different types of abuse including:
Neglect can take on a different form than abuse. However, it
can be just as devastating and harmful to residents. Types of neglect include:
If you suspect that your loved one is being mistreated at
their nursing home, it’s important to be on the lookout for signs or symptoms
that can be used as evidence in an abuse claim. However, not all cases of abuse
and neglect are obvious. Playing an active role in your loved one’s care can
help you quickly spot when something isn’t right—and allow you to get them help
as early as possible.
Accusing a nursing home of abusing or neglecting your loved
one is a difficult process—and it can be even more complicated if you try to
get compensation. Having a law firm with the resources and experience to take
on big nursing homes is often essential for maximizing your chances of getting
the money and justice your family deserves after your trust was violated.
At Dudley DeBosier, we know the steps to take to help
affected families and their loved ones when they experience nursing home abuse,
and that includes compiling evidence that leaves no doubt about what happened
or is continuing to happen in the facility. You’re going through enough
already—the last thing you need to deal with is the nursing home trying to
refute your claims when there’s plenty of evidence that shows what happened.
Contact our firm today and let us start building your claim. We’ll be here to answer your questions and address your concerns every step of the way. That’s the Dudley DeBosier Difference.
by Dudley DeBosier | November 4th, 2019
The days are getting shorter, leaves are starting to fall,
and the race for the playoffs is fully underway. Yes, football season is in
full swing, and with it comes tailgates with friends, family, and fellow fans.
Tailgating is a great way to spend time with those you love and meet new
people, but it’s not without its share of dangers.
At Dudley DeBosier, we love everything about tailgating—in
fact, we even host our own! But we also know that tailgating should be done
properly and safely to prevent guests and bystanders from suffering serious
As Louisiana personal injury lawyers, we know what can go wrong at tailgates, and that’s why we’re dedicated to being as safe as possible whenever we watch the Saints or the Fighting Tigers play. To stay safe at your own tailgate this football season, check out the tips below in our Tailgate Safety infographic:
Accidents and injuries can happen to anyone, anywhere, and
at any time. Tailgates are no exception, and in fact, they can be dangerous
places when proper safety precautions aren’t taken by everyone. Unfortunately,
not all tailgaters are concerned about their own safety or the safety of
others, while others may be unaware of how to tailgate safely.
If you or someone you love was hurt at a tailgate because of
someone else’s negligence, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your
medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. It’s important to call a
lawyer right away after a tailgate injury, as collecting evidence and proving
who was at fault are critical aspects of successful personal injury claims.
Our passion for Louisiana football is exceeded only by our
passion for helping injured Louisianans. Tailgate injuries can be serious, and
they can result in significant medical expenses and long periods out of work
without the paychecks that you and your family depend on.
It’s important to have an experienced law firm on your side
that knows what you’re going through and has the resources and dedication to
help you. At Dudley DeBosier, our Baton Rouge personal injury lawyers can
collect evidence that proves the other party’s negligence caused your injuries,
and fight to get you maximum compensation.
Contact us today for a free consultation. From the moment you call us, we’ll be there to answer your We’ll be here to answer your questions and address your concerns. That’s the Dudley DeBosier Difference.
by Dudley DeBosier | July 18th, 2019
lived with people for thousands of years and hold the storied title of “man’s best
friend.” Still, as friendly as dogs can be, a dog who feels threatened or is in
an unfamiliar or stressful situation may react by biting. Also, some dogs may
have a propensity towards biting because they have been abused and/or were
never properly socialized. Because any dog can bite, it is important for both
dog owners and their neighbors to know the risks.
the CDC, nearly 1 in 5 people bitten by a dog will require medical attention.
Children are at the highest risk for dog bites, and small children should never
be allowed to play with dogs unsupervised. Dog bite injuries can puncture the
skin causing bleeding and leaving unsightly scars. The initial medical
treatment may require shots for rabies and tetanus.
the severity and location of the wound, the victim may need reconstructive and
cosmetic surgery. In addition to the physical pain, many victims report feeling
continued stress and emotional trauma following the bite. These feelings may be
triggered when the victim sees another dog.
proper love, training, and supervision, most dog bites can be avoided.
Louisiana law establishes that the dog’s owner is liable for the injuries
caused by their dog. A dog’s owner has a basic duty to prevent the dog from
biting other people.
To prove this
case, the victim must show that the defendant owned the dog and that the victim
did not provoke the dog. Louisiana courts have also held that the victim must
prove the dog presented an unreasonable risk of harm, such as past violent
behavior or a failure of the dog’s owner to have the dog contained or on a
Louisiana Civil Code article 2321 establishes that the owner of an animal is answerable for the damage caused by the animal. However, he or she is answerable for the damage only upon showing that he or she knew or, in the exercise of reasonable care, should have known that his or her animal’s behavior would cause damage, that the damage could have been prevented by the exercise of reasonable care, and that he or she failed to exercise such reasonable care.
the owner of a dog is strictly liable for damages for injuries to persons or
property caused by the dog which the owner could have prevented and which did
not result from the injured person’s provocation of the dog.
like an injury case involving a dog bite should be cut and dry, right? Not
always. Things get complicated when the dog’s owner is not the homeowner. In
this common scenario, there may be no insurance coverage and the bite victim
can only sue the dog’s owner personally. Collecting a personal judgment can be
more complicated and time consuming, and you may not be able to collect
everything that is due.
may have another route to recovery in the courtroom. That is because a landlord
or property owner may have separate liability to the victim for a dog bite,
even though the property owner or landlord did not own the animal. This is a
different theory than the strict liability against the dog’s owner.
In order to
pursue a claim against a landlord for injuries caused by her tenant’s animal,
the victim must show that the landlord knew or should have known that the
tenant was harboring an animal with vicious propensities. Additionally, the
landlord may be responsible for some defect in the property which allowed the
dog to escape, such as a broken fence.
A dog bite
victim may benefit from a lawyer who can discover the available insurance
coverage and uncover facts revealing additional parties responsible for the
by Dudley DeBosier | July 18th, 2018
For some people, a day on the water isn’t complete without a few drinks. But drinking while boating is a serious offense in Louisiana, and for good reason—it’s extremely dangerous.
The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) reports that alcohol is the most significant contributing factor in fatal boating accidents, even outweighing other common causes such as operator distraction and inexperience.
It’s easy to dismiss or downplay both the risks and ramifications of drinking while operating or riding in a boat, but both should never be taken lightly. It’s common knowledge that boat owners and operators who are under the influence of alcohol can be and often are held responsible for accident-related injuries, but even intoxicated boat passengers can also be held liable when others are hurt during boat accidents.
How Can Boat Operators and Passengers Cause Accidents?
Boat operators who are under the influence of alcohol can increase the risk of serious accidents by:
Intoxicated boat passengers can also increase the risk of serious accidents by:
Accidents are unpredictable and can happen at any time and any place, even when all safety precautions are followed. Louisiana boaters can significantly reduce their liability and their risks by never operating their boats after consuming alcohol and by limiting or forbidding alcohol from being consumed on their vessels.
It’s also important to be prepared in the event of an emergency. To comply with Louisiana maritime law, all children 16 years of age or younger must wear USCG-approved personal floatation devices (PFD) while on vessels less than 26 feet in length. In addition, all boats must have at least one wearable PFD per passenger. Boaters should make sure they have a range of PFD sizes to fit different passengers based on their weights and body sizes.
Hurt in a DUI Boating Accident? Dudley DeBosier Injury Lawyers Is Here to Help.
Alcohol-related boat accidents can and often do lead to serious and disabling injuries. At Dudley DeBosier, our Louisiana boat accident attorneys know how to build strong claims for victims that get results. Get in touch with our legal team today—call us at 225-224-8465.
by Dudley DeBosier | July 4th, 2018
If you were hurt in an accident that wasn’t your fault, you know you need a lawyer to help you file a claim for compensation. But what happens after an attorney has agreed to help you?
At Dudley DeBosier, we know that victims like you may feel anxious and uncertain after accidents, even after you get legal advocates on your side. Knowing what to expect during the days, weeks, and months after you call a lawyer can give you the peace of mind you deserve during this difficult time.
It’s our goal to make the post-accident recovery period as stress-free as possible for victims. We do that by fulfilling these responsibilities:
You shouldn’t have to worry about calls from the insurance company, collecting evidence, or negotiating how much money you deserve after your accident. Let us handle that while you focus on getting better and spending time with your family.
Call our legal team today at (866) 897-8495 to find out how we can put our years of experience to work for you.
by Madison King | July 28th, 2017
Big or small, furry, cuddly, and cute – dogs are not nicknamed “man’s best friend” for no reason. However, even the sweetest pet can bite if provoked. Each year, more than 800,000 Americans receive medical attention for dog bites; and at least half of them are children, according to the American Veterinary Medical Foundation.
Fortunately, Louisiana has a dog bite statute that holds the owner of the dog responsible. When you suffer from a dog bite injury, it should be taken seriously.
Follow this list of steps to help protect those that have been bitten:
We want to protect your legal right and get you the help you need. If you or a loved one has been bitten by a dog, don’t wait to take action – call us at 866.897.8495 or contact us online to get started.
by Madison King | May 24th, 2017
Memorial Day is always a popular time for boating, however it is important to practice safety when on the water. Boating under the influence is a dangerous thing that, unfortunately, happens way too often.
Boating under the influence is similar to driving under the influence however, alcohol is more dangerous when consumed on the water than on land, according to the US Coast Guard.
Operating a watercraft under the influence increases boating fatalities by 34 percent and is hazardous to everyone on the boat. Alcohol use can impair a boater’s judgement, balance and vision greatly. Exposure to sun, wind, noise, vibration, ocean’s glare and motion may intensify the effects of alcohol.
Your ability to respond to an emergency quickly could also be impaired while boating under the influence. This is especially important on holidays when more people are boating. Passengers who are consuming alcohol should be careful since it can cause slips, falls overboard, and other dangerous accidents.
Not to mention, the consequences of boating under the influence are very serious. Some of the consequences include:
Take extra precaution this Memorial Day weekend to prevent boating fatalities and to keep your family safe. Never drive a boat under the influence.
by Alyssa Perot-Heltz | July 1st, 2016
While many of us are excited to hit the beach this hot 4th of July holiday weekend, travelers should be aware of potential water contaminants in some locations. Officials in several Gulf Coast states have issued warnings on beaches due to the presence of harmful Enterococcus bacteria.
Twelve beaches here in Louisiana are under watch. This includes Grand Isle, Holly Beach, Lake Charles, Fountainebleau State Park, and Long, Martin, and Rutherford Beaches.
Enterococcus is a bacteria that can be a sign of fecal pollution. There are several different reasons water could contain this bacterial contamination, including shoreline developments, septic tanks, treatment facilities, runoff and human waste left behind by boaters. The Enterococcus bacteria can cause disease, infection or rashes. People who have open wounds, cuts, scrapes and burns should especially avoid gulf waters while this advisory is in place.
For those traveling, please take note of these water monitoring websites:
We hope everyone has a fun and safe 4th of July weekend. If you or someone you know is traveling to a beach this weekend, please share this post on Facebook to help spread the word.
by Alyssa Perot-Heltz | June 29th, 2016
Since they first hit the market in the early 1960’s, all terrain vehicles (ATVs) have become very popular for recreational activities as well as occupational endeavors. As the popularity of ATVs grows, so does the increase in accidents and injuries.
ATV accidents have many causes; however, most result from the ATV being overturned because of its soft tires and high center of gravity. Many people do not realize ATVs are only designed for off-road use and do not handle well on paved surfaces. Furthermore, riding on unknown or new terrains puts a rider at a large risk for accidents.
“Injuries caused by an ATV can include cuts, burns, fractures, broken bones, spinal injuries, internal organ injuries, traumatic brain injuries, and even death.”
Many accidents involving ATVs are also due to mishandling. For example, riding on an ATV that is not the right size or riding with two passengers on an ATV designed for only one rider can lead to dangerous situations. Also, most ATVs are not designed for dangerous stunts and maneuvers, so attempting these could have serious consequences.
Injuries sustained from ATV accidents range from minor injuries to fatalities. Injuries caused by an ATV can include cuts, burns, fractures, broken bones, spinal injuries, internal organ injuries, traumatic brain injuries, and even death. Children under the age of sixteen make up 25% of accidents involving ATVs, children twelve and under make up 43% of this 25%. Injuries from these vehicles can be very serious, so it is extremely important to take precautions to keep yourself and others around you safe.
As listed in the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, these tips can help riders stay safe and help prevent accidents:
If you own an ATV, we hope you will consider the tips above and take every precaution to minimize your risk of injury. Please talk to your children to make them aware of these tips before riding with a friend. If you found this blog helpful, please share it on Facebook!
by Alyssa Perot-Heltz | June 8th, 2016
As the Louisiana summer heat starts beating down, more and more people are escaping to their recreational boats to enjoy their leisurely time. However, as people enjoy their time out on the water, safety can sometimes take a back seat to the fun being had. This is especially true for recent years; in 2015, the number of boating accidents increased 2.3% and the number of deaths increased by 2.6% compared to 2014. Overall, the Coast Guard counted approximately $42 million of damage to property result of recreational boating accidents.
The number one cause of death from boating accidents is drowning followed by trauma. The importance of lifejackets can not be stressed enough: After an accident, people are six times less likely to die from drowning if you are wearing one. Of the 562 deaths from boating accidents in 2015, 424 victims were not wearing a lifejacket.
Boating safety is important all the time; however, it is extremely important during these hot summer months. As the temperature rises in the summer, so does the number of boats in the water. With the increase of boaters, the number of accidents greatly rises. It is extremely important to always be aware of your surroundings while boating, and be conscious of the boats around you.
Whether you are boating on False River, Lake Pontchartrain, or anywhere else in Louisiana, we hope these tips help keep you and your family safe on the water this summer. For more summer safety tips, be sure to subscribe to our blog and follow our Facebook page!
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