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From auto accidents to defective product injuries to workers’ compensation claims, we’re here to help Louisiana injury victims.
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Dudley DeBosier has a trusted team of personal injury lawyers who have been helping injured people in Louisiana.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
Today’s Hits – Top 5 Most Dangerous Songs to Drive To
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Take these steps after a vacation injury to protect your health and maximize your chances of getting the money you deserve:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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:
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.
by Dudley DeBosier | February 21st, 2019
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Dudley DeBosier Injury Lawyers wishes everyone in Baton Rouge and surrounding areas a safe and happy Thanksgiving.
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.
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:
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.
by Dudley DeBosier | October 24th, 2018
by Dudley DeBosier | October 23rd, 2018