The Biggest Myths about Personal Injury Lawsuits

by Dudley DeBosier | September 25th, 2019

What do you think you know about personal injury lawsuits? You may be surprised to learn some “facts” aren’t true. Our mission is to help Louisianans who’ve been injured through no fault of their own get compensation, and that means making sure they won’t hesitate to call a lawyer when they need to. So make sure to get the scoop on these personal injury myths before you settle with your insurance company. 

After an Injury, Call Dudley DeBosier  

If you are injured through no fault of your own, don’t believe the myths you’ve heard about personal injury lawsuits. You deserve compensation for your pain and suffering, and we want to help you get it. Contact our team today for a free consultation. 

It’s Child Passenger Safety Week

by Dudley DeBosier | September 16th, 2019

Join us in celebrating National Child Passenger Safety Week as we learn more about the proper use of child car seats to protect kids from harm in car accidents. National Child Passenger Safety Week 2019 kicks off on September 15 and ends on September 21, which coincides with National Seat Check Saturday.

It’s important to familiarize yourself with car seat laws and regulations, because they may have changed since you first learned them. Louisiana just passed a new, stricter set of car seat laws that went into effect August 1st, 2019.

  • All children under the age of 2 are required to ride in rear-facing car seats.
  • All children age 2-4 must ride in forward facing seats with an internal seat belt.
  • All children age 4-9 must ride in booster seats.

If you want to learn more about car seat safety in Louisiana, open our presentation below. 

Who Are You Actually Suing?

by Dudley DeBosier | September 9th, 2019

Injuries aren’t just painful—they can also be expensive. If you were seriously hurt through no fault of your own, you likely need extensive medical treatment, and you may be disabled and unable to work for weeks, months, or even years. The costs associated with your injury can quickly add up, and that’s what causes many victims like you to seek compensation via personal injury claims. 

Filing a personal injury claim is an effective way to get damages for things like medical bills and lost wages, but where does the money come from? Some victims are hesitant to file claims, especially when their accidents or injuries were caused by people they know, such as family members, friends, or co-workers. At Dudley DeBosier, we understand this hesitancy, and our Louisiana personal injury lawyers want to help victims like you better understand the legal process.  

How Personal Injury Claims Typically Work 

When an activity or profession carries risks, the people involved are typically required to purchase insurance to protect themselves and any others who may be at risk of injuries. That’s why drivers in all 50 states must purchase auto insurance and why almost all employers nationwide must carry workers’ compensation insurance.  

In most cases, injured victims file compensation claims against at-fault parties’ insurance providers. They may even be able to file claims against their own insurance policies for additional compensation or if the at-fault parties aren’t adequately insured.  

In other cases, victims may file compensation claims against larger parties, including businesses, corporations, and even governmental agencies. Examples of these types of claims include defective product injuries, defective drug injuries, or auto accident injuries caused by defective roads. 

Rarely, victims may file claims against at-fault parties in a more direct fashion. These claims can include situations where at-fault drivers don’t carry adequate auto insurance coverage or if they acted maliciously or with an intent to cause victims harm.  

Our Lawyers Will Do What’s Right for You and Your Family 

Your injury claim is unique, and it’s important to have a law firm on your side that understands your situation and the facts of what happened. While most personal injury victims get compensation from at-fault parties’ insurance policies, that’s not true in all cases.  

Our legal team can investigate your injury, analyze the parties involved, and determine a path forward that maximizes your chances of getting full compensation. Contact us today for a free consultation.  

What to Tell Your College Student About Drunk Driving

by Dudley DeBosier | September 4th, 2019

If you have a college-aged child, you’re probably worried about their grades, their tuition fees, and their safety—especially if they go to school far from home. You may feel like you’re helpless to keep them safe, but one of the biggest risks that college students face can be reduced with parental involvement. 

That risk is drunk driving. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that impaired driving impacts young people more than any other age group, and nearly 10,500 people died in alcohol-related crashes in 2016 alone. That accounts for almost 30% of all fatal accidents in the U.S. that year.  

3 Steps You Can Take to Reduce Your Child’s Risks 

Even if you think your child doesn’t listen to you, studies show that positive reinforcement from parents can help reduce dangerous behaviors in children, regardless of their age. Remaining consistent and persistent with these safety-oriented steps can help your child stay safe during this important stage in their life: 

  1. Emphasize the consequences of drunk driving—Your child may be aware of the potential risks of a drunk-driving crash, but they may not know about the severity of a DUI. Getting arrested for impaired driving means expensive fines, jail time, a suspended license, and even academic consequences such as loss of scholarship or dismissal from school. 
  2. Talk about other ways to get home—Appointing a designated driver, using ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft, calling a cab, using public transportation, or even calling you or your spouse are all safe and reliable ways to get home after drinking. Make sure your child knows their options. 
  3. Be responsible with alcohol—Set a good example for your child by never driving while intoxicated. In addition, avoid serving alcohol to your child and their friends if they’re under 21 or they’re planning on driving. Finally, keep alcohol in your home locked up and inaccessible.  

Were you or your child hurt in an auto accident? If so, our Louisiana car accident lawyers want to help. We have years of experience assisting injured victims after crashes, and we know what it takes to win. Contact us today for a free consultation. 

School Transportation Safety

by Dudley DeBosier | August 28th, 2019

Another summer has come and gone, and that means it’s time for kids throughout Louisiana to head back to school. While your child may be anticipating new clothes, new subjects, and new friends, you’re concerned with keeping them safe. Here’s a handy list of tips to help your child reduce their risks when they travel to and from school.

What to Expect: Truck Accident Claims

by Dudley DeBosier | August 21st, 2019

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, big trucks were involved in 107,000 injury-causing accidents and 4,657 fatal accidents in 2017 alone. Because of their weight and size, semi-trucks can cause significant damage to other vehicles during collisions, putting the occupants of those vehicles at risk of serious and even life-threatening injuries.

At Dudley DeBosier, we know how dangerous big trucks can be to other motorists. If you or someone you love was injured in an accident involving a tractor trailer, it’s important to get experienced and dedicated legal representation on your side. Big truck accident claims can be difficult to prove, and insurance companies often put up a fight when victims pursue compensation.

You’ve got enough to deal with after your truck accident. We’re here to protect your rights and help you get the money you deserve while you focus on getting better. Call or contact us online today for a free consultation.

We’ll Make the Legal Process Easy for You

Getting a lawyer and pursuing damages after an accident can seem intimidating. You may be worried about how you’ll prove the accident wasn’t your fault, how much money you can get, and whether you’ll have to go to court.

Our Louisiana truck accident lawyers are here to take the stress of the accident and your compensation claim off your shoulders. We’ll put our experience to work for you in the following ways:

  • We’ll collect evidence that proves you weren’t at fault—We’ll gather witness statements, the accident report, dashcam footage, and even accident reconstruction data to prove you didn’t cause the crash while also determining who is liable for your damages. For example, whether to demand damages from the driver or trucking company owner.  
  • We’ll prepare a demand letter to get you the money you deserve—We’ll investigate how the crash has affected you, and then we’ll prepare a demand letter for the insurance company of the responsible party or parties that shows how much money you and your family need for your accident-related expenses and how much you deserve for your pain and suffering.
  • We’ll handle all communication with the insurance company—We’ll handle all phone calls and emails from the insurance company and review any of their settlement offers with you to ensure you don’t accept an offer that isn’t sufficient for what you’ve been through.

From the day you contact us until the day you get your check, you can count on our legal team to treat you like family. We know that you’ve gone through a traumatic experience, and we also know that you deserve experienced and understanding legal representation. That’s the Dudley DeBosier Difference. Contact us today.

7 Glyphosate-Free Ways to Treat Weeds

by Dudley DeBosier | August 14th, 2019

Glyphosate, the major herbicidal ingredient in  Roundup, has been linked to increased risk of cancer, including non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Roundup is the world’s most popular weed killer, and many homeowners have trusted this product for years, so if you aren’t sure what your other options are for keeping your garden or lawn free of weeds without using chemicals, this is for you.

We’ve compiled seven easy ways to kill weeds with non-harmful products you may already have in your home. Select the image below to learn more.

If you have recently been diagnosed with cancer and believe Roundup may be responsible, contact the legal team at Dudley DeBosier to learn about your options for getting compensation.

How Music May Affect Your Risk of a Car Accident

by Dudley DeBosier | August 7th, 2019

Looking away from the road to mess with the radio dial or to try to find the perfect song on your playlist is a form of distracted driving and one of the leading causes of car accidents, but did you know one study has suggested that just listening to music without looking at the audio source is distracting enough to affect your driving performance? There have been several studies conducted attempting to measure the effect of music on drivers, and the results may surprise you.

The Pros of Listening to Music while Driving

Listening to music you like is a major mood-booster! When you are stuck in traffic, a good tune can reduce stress and aggression, and at the same time, reduce traffic errors and road rage. 

Listening to music is also shown to elevate your heartrate and keep you awake and entertained on long trips, decreasing the risk of accidents caused by drowsy driving. Some studies have even shown listening to music can actually improve a driver’s ability to perform some driving tasks, such as matching the speed of the vehicle ahead and staying within lane markers.

The Cons of Listening to Music while Driving

If you can’t find music you enjoy anywhere up or down the radio dial, it can actually increase your stress levels, which has a negative effect on driving behavior. But music you love can also cause bad driving behavior, especially for younger and less experienced drivers. You may start to pay more attention to the song than the road, and begin making simple errors that can result in devastating consequences, such as forgetting to signal or check blind spots.

Fast music and loud music are also shown to have a negative impact on driving behavior. Drivers may subconsciously speed up to match the tempo of a song, while loud music is shown to reduce reaction time. Any music played at over 85 decibels can influence driver behavior for the worse.

What This Means for Your Playlist 

In general, music with a tempo of 60-80 beats per minute (BPM) is the safest to drive to, because it mimics the average human heart rate. Music with a tempo of 120 BPM or more can result in faster driving speeds and more traffic violations.

Researchers have suggested jazz, soft rock, and easy listening are the best options to listen to while driving, but if those aren’t your speed, we’ve created a Safe Driving Playlist for your next commute. Interested in how the songs on the Billboard Hot 100 scan? We’ve also charted out the top five safest and most dangerous on the radio now.

Today’s Hits – Top 5 Safest Songs to Drive To

  1. Old Town Road by Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus – 67 BPM
  2. Suge by DaBaby – 75 BPM
  3. Beer Never Broke My Heart by Luke Combs – 77 BPM
  4. Earfquake by Tyler, The Creator – 80 BPM
  5. 7 Rings by Ariana Grande – 70 BPM

Today’s Hits – Top 5 Most Dangerous Songs to Drive To

  1. bad guy by Billie Eilish – 135 BPM
  2. Talk by Khalid – 136 BPM
  3. Sucker by Jonas Brothers – 138 BPM
  4. If I Can’t Have You by Shawn Mendes – 124 BPM
  5. Sweet But Psycho by Ava Max – 133 BPM

Have You Recently Been in a Car Accident?

If you’ve been injured in a car accident where you were not at fault, we want to help. Regardless of what music was playing, you deserve compensation. Contact Dudley DeBosier today for your free consultation.

What You Need to Know About Dog Bite Laws and Compensation Claims

by Dudley DeBosier | July 18th, 2019

Dogs have 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.

According to 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.

Depending on 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.

Still, with 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 leash.

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. 

Nonetheless, 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.

It sounds 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. 

But victims 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 injury.  

Electric Scooter Safety for Drivers

by Dudley DeBosier | July 17th, 2019

If you’ve ever hopped on an electric scooter for a quick trip, you know how fun and convenient they can be. Scooters also help decrease traffic congestion, making it easier for drivers to get to their destinations on time. But sharing the road can be a dangerous prospect for scooter riders, as even low-speed collisions can result in dangerous injuries. Help make Louisiana roads safer for everyone by following these simple tips. 

The Dangers of Dry Drowning and What to Do About It

by Dudley DeBosier | July 10th, 2019

Delayed drowning is every parents’ worst nightmare – death by drowning long after a child leaves the water. Although this phenomenon is extremely rare, it does happen, and it’s important for parents to understand what they can do to protect their children any time they enter the water. Learn more about delayed drowning, how it’s treated, and general water safety tips by selecting the image below.

If you or a loved one were injured due to someone else’s negligence when you should have been enjoying your summer, we at Dudley DeBosier understand how severely your life can be affected. Contact our legal team today to learn what compensation you may be entitled to after an injury-causing accident.

How to Handle an Injury When You’re on Vacation

by Dudley DeBosier | July 3rd, 2019

Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie or prefer lounging under a palm tree with a cold drink, suffering a serious injury while you’re on vacation probably isn’t part of your itinerary. Unfortunately, vacation accidents are something that many Louisianans deal with when they travel seeking fun and relaxation.

Accidents and injuries don’t abide by anyone’s schedule, and they can happen anytime and anywhere. Determining what to do after an injury when you’re far from home can be intimidating, but following just a few simple steps can help you get the medical care you need while protecting your rights to file a compensation claim.

6 Essential Steps to Take After a Vacation Injury

Take these steps after a vacation injury to protect your health and maximize your chances of getting the money you deserve:

  1. Report the accident—Notify the manager on duty or property owner of the location in which you were hurt. If you were injured in a car accident, call 911 or alert the police.
  2. Take pictures—Use your smartphone or a camera to photograph the accident scene, your injuries, and anything that may have contributed to the accident.
  3. Get names and phone numbers—Get the contact information of anyone who witnessed the accident, including bystanders, employees, and the manager on duty.
  4. Get medical attention—Getting medical treatment not only puts you on the path to recovery, but it also creates an official record of your injuries—which may be valuable evidence for your claim.
  5. Call your insurers—If you were hurt in a car accident while traveling, report the crash to your auto insurance company. If you purchased travel insurance, report your injury to them as soon as possible.
  6. Contact a lawyer—Evidence can quickly disappear after accidents, especially when they happen in public places. The sooner you contact a lawyer, the stronger your claim may be.

While these steps may seem simple, they can be difficult to remember when you’ve just suffered a serious injury—especially when you’re on vacation. That’s why we created a free downloadable wallet card that contains all the information you’ll need to protect your health and your rights to compensation after an accident when you’re away from home.

Get Experienced Legal Representation for Your Vacation Injury

At Dudley DeBosier, we know all about vacation and travel-related injuries. With an office located in New Orleans, home of Mardi Gras, the Saints, and the French Quarter, we frequently encounter tourists and vacationers from all walks of life who need help after an injury.

In our years of practice, we’ve helped many people who were hurt through no fault of their own when they were traveling, whether it was just around Louisiana or to distant parts of the country. Contact our New Orleans personal injury lawyers today to find out how we can put our years of experience to work for you. It’s our goal to help you get the compensation you need for your medical bills, lost wages, and other accident-related expenses—that’s the Dudley DeBosier Difference.

5 Independence Day Safety Tips

by Dudley DeBosier | June 26th, 2019

July Fourth is just around the corner. Many Americans will celebrate with boating, beaching, or backyard get-togethers, but it’s important to remember the unique risks those activities pose. As you plan your Independence Day festivities, remember the following safety tips to keep yourself and your loved ones out of harm’s way.

 

What to Expect: Workers’ Compensation Claims

by Dudley DeBosier | June 19th, 2019

If you are injured on the job or become ill due to conditions at work, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Most employers are required by law to provide workers’ compensation insurance to their employees to help cover the costs of medical treatment, prescriptions, rehabilitation, and lost wages due to a work-related injury. Firing an employee for filing a claim or otherwise discouraging an employee from filing a claim is illegal.

Filing a workers’ compensation claim is not the same as suing your employer. Unlike a personal injury lawsuit, you are not required to prove negligence, only that your injury was acquired on the job. If you become injured on the job, you must inform your employer and your employer’s insurer of your injury in a timely manner. Once a claim has been accepted you have three additional years in which to assert a claim for additional medical benefits, or one year if you do not.

Be prepared to explain how the injury occurred, provide the date and time of day of the injury, and the names of any witnesses. In non-emergency situations, you may be required to submit to an evaluation for the injury from a doctor of your employer’s choice.

What We Can Do to Help

Most workers’ compensation claims are denied because the employer is put on notice of the injury too late or without sufficient information, but hiring an attorney to help with your workers’ compensation claim can help you maximize your chances of approval. When you work with the Louisiana workers’ compensation attorneys at Dudley DeBosier, we’ll do everything we can to ensure your claim is approved. This includes completing all necessary paperwork, meeting all deadlines, compiling evidence to support your claim, and calculating your lost wage claim and level of disability.

Your employer may try to dispute your version of events or claim your injury was due to a pre-existing condition. If you choose us to handle your claim, we’ll do everything we can to protect your rights. If your claim is denied, our attorneys can work to resolve your case through mediation or bring it before a workers’ compensation judge in an official court hearing.

After an On-the-Job Injury, Call Dudley DeBosier!

If you or someone you love was injured or became disabled while on the job, the workers’ compensation attorneys at Dudley DeBosier are ready to help you get the benefits you deserve. Contact us today for a free case review.

What to Expect: Car Accident Injury Claims

by Dudley DeBosier | June 12th, 2019

After a car crash, the most important thing you can do to protect your health and your rights to compensation is get medical attention. Even if you don’t think you have injuries, it’s important to still get evaluated by a first responder at the scene of the accident or at your doctor’s office after the crash. Getting medical attention can address any serious injuries immediately, as well as rule out any internal injuries that might show up later on. It also creates a medical record that links your injuries to the car accident.

But even after you get initial medical help, you may be facing weeks—or even months—away from work, and you may not know what to do next. At Dudley DeBosier, we don’t think you should have to pay out of pocket for injuries caused by another person’s negligence, and we’re ready to help you get the compensation you deserve to move forward with your life. Read on to find out what happens when Louisiana car accident victims come to us for help.

How We Help Louisiana Car Crash Victims

When you contact the Louisiana car accident attorneys at Dudley DeBosier, we’ll listen to your story to learn more about your claim. If we decide to take your case, we’ll start collecting and analyzing evidence, such as photos from the accident scene, witness testimonies, and police reports, to support your claim and determine who can be held responsible for your injuries.

It’s our goal to help you get every penny you deserve for what you’ve been through. That’s why our legal team calculates the total cost of your injury-related expenses, including your current and future medical bills, current and future lost wages, and pain and suffering, to determine a fair settlement offer. We then present that offer to the responsible party’s insurance company. If they refuse to pay you the money you deserve, we won’t hesitate to take your case to trial.

After a Crash, Demand Dudley DeBosier!

If you or someone you love suffered injuries in an auto accident caused by another driver’s negligence, the Louisiana car crash attorneys at Dudley DeBosier are here to help. We put our clients first throughout every step of their injury claims, and it’s our goal to help you get maximum compensation for what you’ve been through. Contact us today for a free case review, and let us put our passion and experience to work for you today.  

Series Introduction: What to Expect When You File a Claim

by Dudley DeBosier | June 6th, 2019

A serious injury can happen at any time and to anyone. In 2016, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recorded more than three million injuries from traffic accidents alone. The aftermath of an injury can be a stressful and confusing time, and victims may not be sure what to do next—especially if their injury was caused by someone else’s negligence. At Dudley DeBosier, we know the idea of hiring an attorney may be intimidating. We want to change that.

If you or a loved one suffered an injury caused by another person or party’s negligence, we don’t think you should have to pay out of pocket for your injury-related expenses, and we want to help you get maximum compensation. Our Louisiana personal injury attorneys know the last thing you need after an injury is more stress. Let us handle all the red tape and paperwork for you so you can focus on your health.

Over the course of the next few weeks, this series will guide you through several of the most common types of personal injury lawsuits to give you a clearer understanding of what to expect when you file a claim. If you have questions about your rights after an injury, don’t hesitate to call Dudley DeBosier. Our staff is available 24/7, and your initial consultation is always free.

Be sure to check back next week to learn about what to expect when you file an auto accident claim.

Why Bother Calling an Attorney?

by Dudley DeBosier | May 15th, 2019

After an accident, you may not be sure what to do next. Do you really need to call a lawyer? How will your injuries affect you in the long term?

At Dudley DeBosier, we know that making the decision to hire an attorney isn’t always easy. But we also know that insurance companies don’t always pay victims the money they deserve.

As profit-driven businesses, insurance companies don’t always put victims’ best interests first. They’re often focused more on making money than they are treating victims fairly, and they offer victims lowball settlements that only cover a fraction of their injury-related expenses. When victims accept those initial settlement offers, they may be unable to collect additional compensation later on—even if they discover their injuries require more medical treatment.

We don’t think that’s right, and that’s why it’s our goal to help victims like you get maximum compensation for what you’ve been through. When you hire Dudley DeBosier, we know how to calculate the cost of your current and future injury-related expenses, including your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Then, we’ll fight to help you  get the money you deserve—even if that means taking your case to trial.

Get the Dudley DeBosier Difference

After an injury in Louisiana, don’t settle for anything less than what your claim deserves. Get the Dudley DeBosier Difference. We’re ready to help you determine the true cost of your injuries, and it’s our goal to help you get every penny you’re owed. Call us today for a free case review.  

 

What Exactly Is “Pain and Suffering?”

by Dudley DeBosier | April 17th, 2019

When people get hurt because of others’ negligence, they can pursue compensation for the damages they incur, including lost wages, medical bills, and pain and suffering. The latter term is one that most people have heard or read in attorney advertisements, and it can be confusing and vague. However, it’s important to understand what it means if you decide to pursue a compensation claim after suffering an injury.

Put simply, pain and suffering refers to the prolonged effects that accidents and injuries have on victims’ lives. There are two types of pain and suffering that victims often experience:

  • Physical pain and suffering—Injuries are painful and disabling, and many victims continue to experience pain, discomfort, and reduced mobility for years after their injuries heal. It’s common for serious injuries to make it difficult or impossible for victims to take part in their favorite hobbies and activities, and some may even struggle to complete everyday tasks.
  • Mental pain and suffering—For many injury victims, the biggest scars are mental. Psychological complications associated with serious injuries include depression, anxiety, fear, mood swings, and even post-traumatic stress disorder. Victims may develop phobias and have difficulties coping with their daily lives.

You Deserve Compensation for Your Pain and Suffering

It’s easier to calculate accident-related losses when they’re in the form of medical bills and lost wages. However, we believe that victims’ pain and suffering should never be ignored or downplayed after injuries. That’s why we always get to know victims to find out exactly how their injuries have affected their lives.

If you or someone you love was injured because of someone else’s negligence, you deserve compensation for everything you’ve gone through, including any and all physical and mental pain you’ve experienced. Contact the Baton Rouge personal injury attorneys at Dudley DeBosier Injury Lawyers today for a free consultation to find out how we may be able to help.

3 Tips to Stay Safe on St. Patrick’s Day

by Dudley DeBosier | March 13th, 2019

St. Patrick’s Day is synonymous with green clothing, shamrocks, and yes—alcoholic beverages.

For many people throughout Louisiana, the holiday is an ideal day to spend time with friends and families in bars, pubs, taverns, and restaurants while enjoying a few drinks. But the increased alcohol consumption among revelers on St. Patrick’s Day means that there’s a corresponding increase in the risk of accidents.

If you’re planning on joining in on the festivities during the upcoming holiday weekend, keeping the following tips in mind can help you and your loved ones stay safe:

  • Don’t drive while impaired—Getting behind the wheel while intoxicated is one of the most dangerous decisions you can make, holiday weekend or not. If you plan on drinking before leaving home or while you’re out, appoint a designated driver, utilize a ridesharing app, or call a cab.
  • Watch where you’re walking—Got plans to pub crawl? It’s a popular activity on St. Patrick’s Day, but pedestrians face numerous risks—especially when other drivers may be intoxicated. Sidewalks and crosswalks are the safest place to be when traveling on foot, and be sure to avoid distractions in order to remain alert and cautious.
  • Drink responsibly—Alcohol not only affects judgment and decision-making, it can also pose threats to your immediate health. Limiting the number of drinks you consume, eating before you go out, and drinking plenty of water can reduce your risks of being involved in an accident and experiencing a rough morning the next day.

Need Help After an Accident? We’re a Phone Call Away.

St. Patrick’s Day isn’t the only time that drunk, impaired, or negligent drivers are out on Louisiana’s roadways. If you or someone you love was injured by a careless motorist, we want to help. Call us today for a free consultation—we’re ready to put our years of experience to work for you.

3 Tips to Help You Stay Safe This Mardi Gras

by Dudley DeBosier | February 21st, 2019

Who Can Be Held Responsible for Burn Injuries?

by Dudley DeBosier | January 28th, 2019

Burn injuries are painful, disfiguring, and disabling. At Dudley DeBosier, we believe that victims of those debilitating injuries deserve maximum compensation for what they’ve gone through.

If you or someone you love suffered a burn injury, you may need extensive medical treatments, including surgeries for both medical and cosmetic reasons. The costs you’re facing may be enormous, especially if your injuries make it difficult or impossible for you to return to work.

Our Louisiana burn injury attorneys have helped many victims like you. We know that burn injuries are often caused by negligence, and we can collect evidence that proves the other party’s liability.

3 Parties That Are Often Liable for Burn Injuries

Although there are many potential causes of burn injuries, there are three parties that are often involved in those types of injuries due to their negligence or oversights:

  1. Employers—Workers who are around flammable liquids or materials are susceptible to burn injuries when their employers fail to provide adequate protection, training, or safe environments for them.
  2. Drivers—It’s easy to forget that vehicles produce significant amounts of heat—not to mention the many gallons of gasoline they carry. When negligent drivers cause crashes, victims may suffer severe burn injuries due to engine or vehicle fires.
  3. Property owners and managers—Residential and commercial buildings should be free from fire hazards and should be equipped with adequate safety measures, including unobstructed hallways, fire escapes, and fire exits. When they fail to do so, serious injuries can occur.

After a burn injury in Louisiana, you deserve a team of experienced attorneys fighting for you. The legal team at Dudley DeBosier is ready to investigate your injury and to hold the responsible parties accountable for the harm they caused you. If you or someone you love needs help after a burn injury, contact us now to get started. There’s no cost or obligation, and your initial case review is free.

Don’t Overshare After the Accident

by Dudley DeBosier | December 26th, 2018

Insurance companies spend big money every year convincing the public that they’re on their side, but in reality, they’re in business to make big profits. And those big profits aren’t generated by paying victims the money they deserve—instead, they make their money by denying or reducing payments whenever and wherever they can.

If you were recently involved in an auto accident, you may still be dealing with the shock, trauma, and stress of the crash. It’s natural to want to reach out to others to talk about what you’re going through and what lies ahead, but it’s important to remember that the things you say and post online can be used against you by the insurance company if you pursue compensation.

Insurance Companies Look at Victims’ Social Media Accounts

All insurance companies have teams of adjusters whose job is to find ways to dismiss claims or to get victims to accept “lowball” settlements. One method they use to achieve that is to observe claimants’ social media pages and accounts for posts or pictures that are either related to their accidents or that show them partaking in normal activities. They then use those posts as evidence against victims, whether to show that victims were at fault for their injuries or that their injuries aren’t serious enough to deserve compensation.

Don’t give the insurance company any advantages after your accident. Avoid social media and get an experienced lawyer on your side right away. At Dudley DeBosier, we know the tricks and traps that insurance companies use against victims like you, and we know how to keep you protected. Call today.

Frying a Turkey? Avoid Danger With These Tips!

by Dudley DeBosier | November 15th, 2018

What’s Thanksgiving without a plump and juicy fried turkey? It’s a staple of the Thanksgiving dinner table for countless families in Louisiana and throughout the U.S., but experts warn that frying turkeys can put homes, people, and pets in significant danger.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that fire departments responded to around 1,760 home cooking fires nationwide on Thanksgiving Day in 2015. In addition, Thanksgiving is regarded as the peak day for all home cooking fires annually. In fact, the NFPA discourages the use of outdoor gas-fueled turkey fryers, which work by immersing the birds in hot oil.

Intent on Frying Your Turkey the Old-Fashioned Way? Here’s How to Do it Safely.

Despite the safety risks associated with turkey fryers, countless families will cook their birds the traditional way. The Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends following a few important tips to reduce dangers it may pose to your home and your loved ones:

  • Watch the fryer closely. Fryers can cause fires in a matter of seconds. One of the biggest risks is due to oil overheating and splashing outside of fryers. Hot oil can ignite flammable materials if it comes into contact with them.
  • Place the fryer away from walls, fences, porches, and other structures. To further reduce the risks associated with fryers, place them away from flammable objects or structures, including patios, porches, and decks.
  • Turn off the fryer immediately if you see or smell smoke. Turkey fryers are designed to cook meat quickly, but they aren’t supposed to produce smoke. If you notice smoke, turn off the fryer right away, as that’s indicative of the cooking oil burning and the fryer overheating.

Dudley DeBosier Injury Lawyers wishes everyone in Baton Rouge and surrounding areas a safe and happy Thanksgiving.

Wage Loss After an Injury Can Be Catastrophic. We Can Help.

by Dudley DeBosier | November 8th, 2018

Suffering an injury that was caused by another person’s or party’s negligence is traumatic and painful. You may need expensive medical treatments, physical rehabilitation, and even surgeries to repair the damage to your body. And while medical bills are top of mind for many injury victims, lost wages have the potential to be even more disruptive to your life.

Serious injuries aren’t just painful—they can also be disabling. People who suffer disabling injuries may be unable to work for weeks, months, or even years. And when they’re not working, they’re not earning the paychecks they and their loved ones depend on. That means it can be difficult to stay on top of everyday living expenses—let alone the big medical bills associated with traumatic injuries.

At Dudley DeBosier Injury Lawyers, we know how difficult this time is for you and your family members. That’s why we’ll do everything in our power to help you get maximum compensation. Call us today for a free consultation.

Helping Injury Victims Get the Money They Deserve

Pursuing compensation on your own can be difficult. That’s because the insurance company makes big profits by reducing or denying claims whenever it can. When you choose us to handle your injury claim, our legal team can help you improve your chances of getting compensation for your lost wages and medical bills by:

  • Proving you weren’t at fault for your accident and injuries
  • Calculating how much the accident has cost you in medical bills and lost wages
  • Demanding additional compensation if your injuries permanently and prematurely ended your career

In addition, we’ll also review any initial settlement offers you get from the insurance companies. Many insurers send offers to victims immediately after injuries, but they’re rarely enough to cover all injury-related expenses. And if you accept their offer, you may be unable to pursue additional compensation. We’ll help you make the right choice.

Stay Safe While Trick-or-Treating: Avoid These 5 Costume Pitfalls!

by Dudley DeBosier | October 24th, 2018

5 Ways You Can Keep Your Property Safe for Trick-or-Treaters

by Dudley DeBosier | October 23rd, 2018