We give each case the time and attention it deserves, and we treat everyone who walks through our doors like family.
From auto accidents to defective product injuries to workers’ compensation claims, we’re here to help Louisiana injury victims.
We value building relationships with the many people and organizations that make Louisiana a great place to live.
Dudley DeBosier has a trusted team of personal injury lawyers who have been helping injured people in Louisiana.
by Dudley DeBosier | January 4th, 2021
2020 wasn’t a good year for most of us, thanks in no small part to the ongoing pandemic, but as we love to say, “new year, new me!” A new year is a fresh start to improve ourselves by giving up bad habits and starting new, healthy ones. Unfortunately, when the shine of the new year starts to wear off, it can be all too easy to fall off the wagon.
Want to kick off 2021 with a New Year’s resolution you can actually stick to? These tips can help set you up for success.
The most important aspect of whether or not you can stick with your resolution is the resolution itself! You need to give your resolution careful consideration if you want to succeed; don’t just be spontaneous or pick whatever everyone around you is doing.
According to one survey, an average of 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail by the second week of February. Those aren’t great odds. But you can make a big difference in your chances of success by carefully planning how you attempt to achieve your resolution, and how you will motivate yourself all year long.
Any big goal can be intimidating, which is why you need to plan ahead and break out your resolution into small goals.
Want to go to the gym more? Going from zero days a week to five days a week may be too much of a shock to your system. Plan on going once a week for the first month, twice a week for the second month, and so on.
Trying to save money? You can start by putting just one dollar a day into your savings account and set a date in the near future in which you can reevaluate whether you are able to put away more.
When you are slogging away toward a big goal, it can be hard to stay motivated, but smaller, more achievable goals ensure you are continually making progress, and continually achieving small wins, to stay motivated!
Peer pressure gets a bad rap, but it can be a force for good, too. Let your friends and family know what you are trying to accomplish with your New Year’s resolution. They can become your biggest cheerleaders, and help keep you on track for your goals.
You may also find someone who is working toward the same resolution as you. Shared goals mean you have someone to commiserate with and share advice with.
Remember, the one thing that’s both pushing you forward, and that can stand in your way, is your willpower. Your ability to achieve your resolution is based on your belief that you can do it.
Be ready to acknowledge your successes! When you hit a milestone on your plan toward your goal, treat yourself to something you’ve been wanting, as long as it doesn’t contradict your resolution. For example, if you met a weight loss goal, rather than treat yourself to dessert, consider investing in some of that new fitness gear you’ve been eyeing.
And if you slip up, remember that a resolution isn’t an all-or-nothing deal. If you were trying to lose weight but gave in and ate a bag of potato chips, that doesn’t mean you’ve “lost,” or that there isn’t any point in still going.
It’s only a slip up, and you can easily get back on track as long as you don’t beat yourself up over it and lose confidence. One study finds that people who successfully accomplish their resolution may still slip up as many as 14 times before they reach it.
You’re not alone, and if they can do it, you definitely can, too.
Dudley DeBosier is a personal injury law firm helping victims of accidents and their families across Louisiana, including New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, and other cities. After a serious accident, many victims find that the insurance company they thought they were paying to protect them will instead try to pull the rug out from under them by refusing to pay for most or even all of their accident-related medical expenses.
We don’t stand for that. If you are shocked or left thinking “this isn’t fair” or “this isn’t right” after speaking to the insurance company, it probably isn’t, and the insurance company can and should be held to task.
We work hard to negotiate with insurance companies for the actual amount victims deserve, and when the insurance company isn’t willing to play ball, we aren’t afraid to take them to court. And because we know that when you are unable to pay your bills due to an injury left you unable to work, every dollar you have is already earmarked, and that’s why we never charge any fees unless we win.
Contact us today for a FREE case consultation.
by Dudley DeBosier | August 31st, 2020
While everyone knows you need a license to drive a car but not to ride a bicycle, the laws for vehicles that fall in-between, such as motorized bicycles, scooters, and motorcycles, aren’t as well-known.
Whether you’re a daily rider, a recreational rider, or are just thinking about picking up the hobby, it’s important to be aware that it is illegal to ride a motorcycle without an endorsement on your license in the state of Louisiana.
A motorcycle endorsement is a credential on your driver’s license that proves you have the legal right to operate a motorcycle in Louisiana.
It will appear as the letter “M” listed under “Endorsements” on your license.
Once obtained, your motorcycle endorsement will always be renewed at the same time that you renew your driver’s license.
Having a driver’s license isn’t enough to also allow you to legally ride a motorcycle. You need a motorcycle endorsement on your driver’s license.
If you are pulled over and found to be riding without a valid endorsement, whether because you never obtained one or your motorcycle endorsement was suspended or revoked, you could face serious penalties – the same as you would for driving a car without a valid license:
If it is a second offense, you will serve a minimum of seven days in jail.
It’s not worth the risk of riding without an endorsement – schedule an appointment at your local OMV for a motorcycle endorsement exam before taking your bike to the road.
Because Louisiana does not offer a motorcycle learner’s permit, you cannot ride a motorcycle anywhere on public roads before earning your motorcycle endorsement. However, there are a few places you can practice your riding skills without risking a ticket.
Unlike some other states, Louisiana does not issue separate licenses to operate a motorcycle. Instead, a motorcycle endorsement is always added to the driver’s license. Thus, to legally drive a motorcycle, you will first need a Louisiana driver’s license.
Whether you were struck by another vehicle while on your motorcycle, or injured by a motorcyclist riding without a valid endorsement, you are going to need help paying your bills while you recover. And it is very rare for the insurance company to give you what you need in compensation without a fight.
After an accident, contact the Louisiana motorcycle accident attorneys at Dudley DeBosier Injury Lawyers. We have experience with these types of cases, we know how to calculate how much money you will need to recover, and we don’t let insurance companies get away with lowball offers.
Contact us today for a free case review.
by Dudley DeBosier | May 26th, 2020
For those whose entire lives have changed in an instant, their personal injury cases can take an incredible amount of time to process. This stressful process can be daunting, especially considering that it can take years. So why does your case take so long, and how should you approach it?
A city can only employ so many civil workers and judges; often, your case is constricted by court calendars. This can affect the length of your case before you ever begin an actual trial, if no settlement can be made. Then, there’s evidence gathering. It’s important to gather as much accurate evidence as you can. But between assembling documents, finding physical evidence, hiring experts to testify about the evidence, and talking to witnesses, it can take months from the case.
Of course, if the two parties can’t work out a settlement, taking the case to trial will elongate the case’s life span. Though, how long it takes exactly will depend on its complexity.
Taking care of yourself during this time couldn’t be any more important. Wherever you can, you should try to afford yourself some space from your phone and shut off your mind from your case. Anything that gives you great comfort or nostalgic feelings, from watching a good TV show to making new or old recipes, can improve your mental health.
Stress will only worsen your health, which is especially threatening toward your physical recovery. Try to get a massage or bath soak to help with the stressed body tension, and do whatever it takes to enjoy the present moment as much as you can. Meditation and slow breathing, even while in the courtroom, can help you also relieve your body tension.
Having a great attorney can help take the pressure off. Pick an attorney that has had experience with your type of case. Don’t overthink your case and the details of the incident, which you no longer have control over; your attorney will be happy to do that for you.
My name is Steven DeBosier, one of the three partners at Dudley DeBosier Injury Lawyers. I want to introduce myself and talk about something near and dear to my heart: why being a lawyer is so important to me. Unlike most, my parents actually worried when I told them I wanted to attend law school — I suppose it made sense in context.
I grew up in Baton Rouge and am the youngest of seven kids. All my older siblings have become engineers, in large part because my dad was so adamant about us going into engineering. But even as a kid, I was better at debate than anything else. I was excited when I realized how that skill can help people, so I’ve known since high school that I wanted to become a lawyer.
But my parents didn’t want me to study pre-law or political science. As a civil engineer and architect, my dad thought law couldn’t be as promisingly steady as an engineering degree. I didn’t want to upset them, but at the same time, I knew I could do anything once I had an engineering degree. So, I went on to college and studied Engineering.
After completing my undergrad, I picked up bartending as I attended law school. I’ve always enjoyed interacting with people, so it was the best job I could’ve had while attending school.
I don’t regret the path I took in the slightest. I tell my kids this often: when you wake up in the morning, get ready, drive to work, stay at work, and drive home, you spend a minimum of half your waking hours doing your job. If you dislike your job, you dislike half your life. I knew sticking to my expertise with debate and people would pay off, and I’ve been able to do what I love every day – fight for those who don’t have the resources to fight for themselves.
My intuition about people did reveal something important to me that law school didn’t teach: jury psychology. It doesn’t matter what kind of argument you make if you can’t effectively prove your point is the correct one. As a former defense lawyer, I know what insurance companies will do to protect themselves, but if you can present the facts of your case and get the jury on your side, then corporations can’t use a lot of their tricks. Jury psychology can change your entire outlook in court and make your stance far more empowering to your case.
Psychology is both fascinating and revealing in a courtroom. For example, you have to wonder as a lawyer, even if you’re not up against an insurance company: why would someone sit for two minutes in their car to come up with what happened rather than tell the truth?
While my specialty is courtroom litigation and I’m constantly learning more, I feel incredibly privileged to work with all the talented, intelligent folks at Dudley DeBosier. I did a lot of work between law school and coming to the firm that would become Dudley DeBosier, but one of the most important things is this: I’m so glad I met my partners, Chad and James.
They’re my two best friends. Chad is the ultimate guy at what he does. He can read an entire book at lunch and tell me all the information I need to know from it. He’s like my personal Cliff Notes. Then, there’s James. Not only is James great at litigation, but he’s also a caring, loving family-man. We each have our roles, and James’ role is litigation and hugging. There isn’t anyone who gets away without a James hug. It’s a great dynamic, and the friendship doesn’t stop there. We spend hours on end hanging out with each other and our families, even outside of work.
Engineering still has a unique influence on my perspective of law. There’s a lot of science involved in car wrecks, for example. But the biggest advantages I have at Dudley DeBosier are the amazing people I work with and my perspective of the court. We give consultations to hundreds of other firms, professionals and individuals across the nation that trust our expertise. I sure hope you don’t – but should you ever need an attorney – I hope you’ll let my closest friends and I take care of you.
To explain the importance of jury psychology, we should look at a study that examines exactly that. “Jury Decision Making: Implications For and From Psychology” by the Association of Psychological Science is one of many studies on the topic, but it especially explains one point very well: Having a good impression on the jury can be just as important as your impression on the judge. Although a diminishing number of cases are decided by a jury, they still decide the fate of thousands of cases a month and often influence civil lawsuits as well. Lawyers often fight to control the narrative of a case because they need to win over the jury, not just the judge. The narrative of the case can almost be just as important as the evidence.
Besides the political power they provide, why are psychologists so interested in juries? Well, it’s a wonderful demonstration of a lot of psychological theory and prediction. According to the study, “The manner in which jurors perceive, interpret, and remember evidence […] can be described in terms of fundamental cognitive and social psychological concepts.” This includes the jury’s group processes in the course of the trial, which means you can compare theory and reality in a close-to-linear fashion. The study describes juries as a “real-world laboratory” for real and theoretical issues related to “reasoning, memory, judgment, decision-making, attribution, stereotyping, persuasion, and group behavior.”
What does this mean for your case? Your attorney can use insight derived from psychologists to better understand how the public interprets evidence presented in court. Most jurors don’t have legal training when it comes to evidence. They’re everyday people who may not always have much understanding of the legal proceedings. An attentive attorney will know how to present your evidence and strengthen your case.
Our attorneys work diligently in every field to win your case. If you need one of our expert lawyers, just give our office a call for your free case consultation.
by Dudley DeBosier | March 18th, 2020
If you’ve been grocery shopping this week, it’s hard to miss all the empty shelves. Many have never experienced a state of emergency, and preparation can be extremely difficult!
If you already have an emergency supply
kit, awesome! If not, this is a good time to put one together – and we’re here
Ready.gov reports that you should have one (1) gallon of water a day per person and per pet, which can be used to drink, cook, and clean with. Tap water is fine to drink, and comes recommended as supermarkets run low on bottled water. If you prefer bottled, be mindful of others when stocking up on large quantities!
necessary, keep fresh fruits and vegetables in the fridge and buy them while
they’re still green.
by Dudley DeBosier | December 16th, 2019
Louisiana may not see snow as consistently each winter as
other states do, but one thing we do see an awful lot of is car commercials
advertising winter sales events. While a brand-new car is a gift many of us
would be thrilled to give to our loved ones this holiday season, it’s usually
not in the budget. However, it’s not unusual to give an older car to a loved
one who needs it, any time of year.
If you are considering gifting a vehicle to a friend or
family member, here’s what you need to know.
This is the most important question you need to ask before
deciding to gift someone a car. If the person you want to give the car to only
needs help getting the money together for the purchase, then that’s great! It
will be a gift they will surely appreciate. However, if the person you want to
give the car to is not in a good financial place to afford monthly insurance payments
or gas, then buying them a car may do more harm than good.
If you are planning to gift someone a car you currently own,
you need to locate the title. If you are still making payments, then the loan
company will have the title and you will need to pay off the loan before
If you purchased your car outright or finished paying off
your loan and can’t locate the title, you can request a duplicate copy from
your local OMV, although you will need to pay a replacement fee.
The person gifting the car will need to fill out the
seller’s portion of the transfer section on the back of the title, and the
person receiving the gifted car will need to fill out the buyer’s portion. In
the field where it asks for the sales price, you may simply fill in “gift.” In
Louisiana, you will also need to:
If you are buying either a new or used car to gift to
someone, you will have four main options.
Make sure the person you are gifting the car to purchases auto
insurance. They will not be able to legally drive or register the car in their
name without showing proof of insurance.
Title-transfer requirements can vary from state to state. If
you are unsure whether to follow the requirements for Louisiana or for the
state the person you wish to give the car to lives in, always follow the rules
of the state the car will be registered in.
In the majority of cases, gifting a car will not affect your
taxes for better or worse.
Unless you are gifting a car to a charity or religious
organization, you will not be able to get a tax deduction for gifting your car.
You may be charged taxes on large gifts, but this federal “gift tax” only applies
if the value of the car you want to gift is more than $15,000. If the car is
worth more than $15,000, the giver will be required to pay gift tax and the
recipient may be required to pay a tax on the gifted car.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident that totaled your car and left you unable to work, you shouldn’t need to depend on the goodwill of others to help you get back on your feet. Our team of Louisiana car accident attorneys help injury victims get the money they need after car accidents caused by others’ negligence, and we aren’t afraid to take your claim to court if the insurance companies try to reduce your benefits or deny you compensation. Call today for a free consultation.
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 | October 7th, 2019
October means cold weather is sweeping in, and with it, the
trees begin to change colors. Louisiana has some beautiful fall foliage, but to
see it at its best means getting out of the city and heading out to the woods
and state parks.
When you will see “peak” color will vary depending on where
you are in the U.S., with northern states seeing colorful leaves in late
September to mid-October, while Southern states usually don’t get brilliant
color until mid-October through early November. But weather conditions can also
change when peak color hits, so if you are planning on taking a trip to see the
fall foliage this year, make sure to call ahead to your destination to ask
about color conditions.
Louisiana isn’t the only place in the U.S. with beautiful fall foliage. We’ve put together a list of some of the best places to see autumn colors this year.
Roadtripping is a proud American pastime, but that doesn’t
mean it’s something you should take carelessly. Before you hit the road this
fall, make sure to go over each item on our roadtrip safety checklist to see what
you might need before leaving home.
At Dudley DeBosier, we know traffic accidents. And when you
get in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, we’ll give your case
the attention it deserves, whether it happened on a fall road trip or simply on
your way to work. We care about our clients, and we want to help your life get
back to as close to normal as possible after an accident: that’s the Dudley
Our phone lines are open 24/7/365, so don’t hesitate to call when you need help after a car accident. Your consultation is always free.
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.
If you want to learn more about car seat safety in Louisiana, open our presentation below.
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.
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 | 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 | May 22nd, 2019
Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of summer, and according to AAA, it’s also one of the busiest times to be on the road. 36.6 million people traveled by car during Memorial Day weekend in 2018—nearly five percent more than in 2017. But with more travelers on the road, the risk of being involved in an auto accident increases.
Whether you’re heading out for a weekend getaway or driving across town to celebrate with family and friends, reduce your accident risk this Memorial Day weekend by following these five tips.
We hope you have a safe and happy Memorial Day!
Sources: ValuePenguin, NHTSA, AAA NewsRoom
by Dudley DeBosier | July 27th, 2018
At Dudley DeBosier, we know the first thing you may worry about before you call a lawyer is how much it will cost to hire one. Our lawyers think that should be the last thing you worry about. But when you contact Dudley DeBosier, you pay us nothing—no fees, costs, or expenses—unless we get you money.
Our lawyers know what you’re going through after an injury that wasn’t your fault. Not only is your routine disrupted, you’re probably also worried about getting the treatment you need and how you’ll pay the medical bills that come afterward. So, we thought, why should you also have to worry about the cost of hiring a lawyer?
After all, our team is here to help you get compensation that, in some cases, may be much higher than the insurance company would offer if you decided to pursue your claim without an attorney. Our experienced lawyers are available to anyone who may need our help, regardless of their financial situation or ability to pay upfront. As a law firm committed to helping our community, we think this is the right thing to do.
When you call our 24/7 team, we’ll talk to you about what happened and determine your potential rights to compensation. If you hire us, we’ll begin working on your case at no cost to you. If we’re unable to recover money for your claim, you pay us nothing for the work we performed.
If we are able to recover compensation for your claim, you pay us a fee we agree upon together before we start working on your case.
Simply put, contacting the lawyers at Dudley DeBosier is a no-risk situation for injury victims and their loved ones. The call is free, the initial consultation is free, and if you choose us as your lawyers, you won’t pay us unless we get results.
If you or a loved one is considering hiring an attorney after an injury, we’re committed to helping you get the best possible results for your claim. But don’t just take it from us—check out our testimonials to learn what some of our real-world clients have to say. Then call (866) 897-8495 or contact us online to get your FREE, no-risk, no-obligation consultation.
by Dudley DeBosier | July 18th, 2018
After an accident or injury, there’s a common question your friends and family may ask you: “Are you hiring a lawyer?”
At this point, several thoughts may be going through your head:
At Dudley DeBosier, we understand why you may be asking these questions, and we want to set the record straight: It’s your right to protect your rights after an injury.
The civil court system, where injury law cases are filed, is entirely separate from the criminal court system. It was created, in part, to help victims harmed due to someone else’s negligence get fair compensation from the person, company, or entity responsible for their injuries.
So, why do people question their right to pursue fair compensation?
Well-funded insurance companies, big businesses, and corporate lobbyists have been working to unravel injury victims’ rights for decades. Their goal, often referred to as tort reform, is to restrict victims’ abilities to file an injury claim for fair compensation. They’ve used a number of tactics to help get their way, but one has been particularly effective—painting injury victims who hire a lawyer as people trying to game the system.
Not only is this idea misleading, it’s led to many injury victims putting their full trust in insurance companies to conduct a thorough, fair, and open investigation based on facts and evidence. However, insurance companies are for-profit corporations, and to keep profits high, they often reduce the value of claims—or deny them altogether—regardless of what the evidence proves.
By scaring everyday people away from hiring a lawyer, corporations are holding onto money that should be going to injury victims to help cover damages such as medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Dudley DeBosier offers the No Fee Guarantee® to all personal injury victims. This means we can provide you with a free initial consultation, we won’t charge you any upfront fees to get started with your claim, and you won’t pay us unless we get money for your claim. Unlike insurance companies, our success depends on yours, and we’re here to make sure your side of the story gets heard. If you or a loved one were injured due to someone else’s negligence, contact our attorneys 24/7 to help protect your rights. We want to help.
by Madison King | June 23rd, 2017
Each summer we all enjoy outdoor barbeques with our friends and families. However, it is important to always practice grill safety every time you “fire-up the pit.” Practice these guidelines every time you grill to ensure your safety and the safety of others.
Grilling is a fun way to cook food and spend quality time with loved ones, but it is also an easy way to get burned. Cleaning your grill before use will in cleaner, better-tasting food and also prevent fat and grease buildup from becoming a fire hazard.
Clean the trays and grates on the grill with a steel brush, wipe clean with a wet towel and wash and dry the removable components. This will prevent the buildup from catching fire when you start up the grill.
Keeping the area clean around the grill is just as important. Seventeen percent of grill fires involve an item that was dangerously close to the grill, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Remove any items that are in a dangerous proximity and reposition the grill itself if it is too close to your house.
Gas leaks and breaks are the most common reason for accidental fires involving gas grills. A good rule of thumb is to always check your propane tank and hoses before you fire up the grill.
Carefully inspect your propane tank and the safety valve and make sure there are no blocked tubes. It will take you five minutes but it will keep your family and friends safe.
It is crucial to ensure that grillers are taking the necessary steps to ensure food safety this season. Keep your food safe by remembering these four steps: clean, separate, cook, and chill.
Be sure that you start with clean surfaces and clean hands, and remember to separate raw meat and poultry from your veggies and cooked foods. Before you take your burgers, hot dogs or chicken off the grill, check the temperature. Using a food thermometer is also ideal for knowing when food is cooked thoroughly.
The United States Department of Agriculture advises people to never let perishable food sit out for more than two hours since bacteria grow most rapidly between 40°F and 140°F. If the temperature is higher than 90°F, food should not sit out more than one hour.
Although serving barbeque can be a fairly easy task, it is also one of the most dangerous. Most grill related injuries involve an unattended grill.
Ask friends and loved ones for help that involves stepping away. Another adult would be glad to tend to the grill while you are gone. Do not compromise safety for convenience, it never works out well.
by Alyssa Perot-Heltz | June 1st, 2017
Ready for a vacation? How about a staycation? You don’t need to go far to enjoy the variety of life from restaurants, theaters, museums, and family entertainment to the sportsman’s paradise in the Bayou!
There is always plenty to do in the capital city! You and the kids can cool off on a hot day at Blue Bayou Water Park off of Highland Road. Or, if you are looking for a shorter adventure, you can visit BREC’s Liberty Lagoon Water Park. If you are a history buff, check out the USS-KIDD on the Mississippi River in Downtown. And then grab a rooftop lunch at Tsunamis.
Can’t-miss venues include the Ogden Museum of Southern Art; the Contemporary Arts Center; the Cabildo and Presbytère buildings in the French Quarter; and Mardi Gras World, where you can get a behind-the-scenes look at how the parade floats are built.
You can also visit the National World War II Museum, which tells the story of the Greatest Generation and the battles fought in Europe and in the Pacific, on land and sea and in the air.
Families will especially enjoy the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas and Entergy IMAX Theatre, Audubon Zoo and the Audubon Insectarium. The kids will love the Louisiana Children’s Museum, it is packed with hands-on, educational activities. And don’t forget to pass through City Park, where kids can play in Storyland, feed the ducks and ride paddle boats.
In the nearby town of Folsom is an unusual spot, the Global Wildlife Center. During a 90-minute safari tour, you can see giraffes, zebras, camels, elands and other animals. You can even feed them!
In Monroe, we have the Biedenharn Museum & Gardens, a magnificent mansion built by the first bottler of Coca-Cola, Joseph Biedenharn. Guests can tour the historic home, furnished with antiques, as well as the beautiful gardens, a Bible museum and displays of Coke memorabilia.
Vacationing with the kids? Don’t miss Shreveport’s Sci-Port – Louisiana’s Science Center, more than 90,000 square feet of interactive, educational fun for families. Try out Splash Kingdom Family Waterpark in Shreveport, featuring awesome slides and a lazy river.
In Ferriday, the Delta Music Museum spotlights the rock ’n’ roll and blues musicians from the Delta. Learn more about Mickey Gilley; Jerry Lee Lewis; and Louisiana’s “singing governor,” Jimmie Davis, remembered for his big hit, “You Are My Sunshine.”
Alexandria’s T.R.E.E. House Children’s Museum and the town’s zoo are two such stops the kids will enjoy. They may also enjoy the Kisatchie National Forest, Louisiana’s only national forest. It’s a great place to fish; hunt; hike; and go boating, swimming and camping. Toledo Bend Reservoir is one of the nation’s top fishing spots, and you can also picnic and camp there.
Crowley, between Lafayette and Lake Charles, celebrates the area’s rice crop in many ways. The Historic Rice Theatre, an art deco beauty built in 1940, has been lovingly restored and features local music events. Crowley also boasts the J.D. Miller Music Recording Studio Museum, opened in 1946 and restored to its original state. The studio once recorded tunes by local Cajun, zydeco, blues, country and swamp pop artists.
Children will find much to do in Cajun Country. Both Lafayette and Lake Charles have children’s museums. In DeQuincy, let kids see the train cars at the DeQuincy Railroad Museum. And in the fall, Crowley’s Rice Festival celebrates the harvesting of the rice crop with carnival rides and fun activities for the whole family!
A visit to beautiful Avery Island brings tours of the famous Tabasco factory. In the island’s Jungle Gardens, you can see exotic plants, as well as deer, alligator and snowy egrets, among other wildlife.
The Rayne Frog Festival holds frog-jumping and frog-racing contests – bring your own contender. The Festival International de Louisiane in Lafayette includes music, food and arts and crafts.
by Alyssa Perot-Heltz | May 1st, 2017
Summer is fast approaching and soon we will be slipping and sliding, swimming and enjoying fun summer weather. However, don’t let your outdoor fun turn into a serious injury. Follow these safety tips to ensure you and your family are safe this summer:
For more on summer safety, visit these sites:
National Safety Council
Center for Disease Control
by Camille Quebodeaux | January 25th, 2017
With a New Year comes new resolutions for many people who are trying to better themselves while achieving a certain goal. Health and fitness resolutions are among the most popular for people. However, they are often the hardest to achieve.
Life is constantly changing and moving forward, whether we are ready for the next step or not. We are faced with many obstacles, tasks, and priorities that need to be taken care of. Our personal time may not always be available as we would like it to be. We all know that sticking to a diet and a regular gym schedule isn’t the most convenient task, especially when time doesn’t permit it. So here are a few tips to help you stay on track with that healthy lifestyle and accommodate your busy schedule:
Less Can Be More
A short 15 minute workout can be just as beneficial as an hour long workout. For example, four minutes of kettlebell/dumbbell exercises, four minutes of different abs workouts, five minutes of lunges and squats, and two minutes of cooldown cardio or stretching can achieve the same results of a longer workout and is easier to fit into a busy schedule.
Yes, less can be more, but more can also be done in less time. Supersets (two exercises performed in a row) allow you to cut that hour long workout in half, while still completing every exercise. After finishing one muscle workout, switch to an exercise that relieves the muscle you just trained and move to the opposite muscle. For example, once you’ve worked out your quad muscles, work out your hamstrings.
Learn Quick Recipes (Meal Prep)
After a long hard day at work, the last thing you want to do is stand over a hot stove for hours to prepare a meal. Become familiar with healthy recipes and do your best to prepare them ahead of time for the week. This will help avoid those fast food cravings on your way home from work. There are many great sources online to help you find the best meal prep recipes.
Live an Active Lifestyle
If there was just no time for you to exercise like you wanted to during the week, simply incorporate some type of fun exercise into your extracurricular activities. For example, instead of meeting up with a friend for coffee one afternoon, meet at a pool and go for a swim.
If you’re in the Baton Rouge area and looking for something delicious, yet nutritious, check out Fresh Kitchen. They are located on Corporate Blvd and their newly opened location is on Perkins Road at Willow Grove. Fresh Kitchen specializes in clean ingredients, healthy cooking methods and portion controlled servings. This is a great option for the Baton Rouge professional looking for a quick, healthy meal.
Staying healthy isn’t only comprised of eating the right foods and exercising, but also contains the important factor of relaxation. It is imperative that you take some much-deserved time off to relax and free your mind of everything that has been running through it. Whether it be meditation, reading a book, or a hot bath, relaxing will help you be healthier, happier, and more productive. So stay focused on your set goals and remember, “But I just don’t have time,” is never an excuse!
Do you have a solid diet and fitness plan, but not sure how to map it out? Check out our blog on making resolutions and sticking to them.
by Elizabeth Demopulos | January 18th, 2017
It’s that time again – a new year is upon us! For many, the beginning of a new year is something to celebrate and an opportunity for a fresh start. The thought of a new year brings a sense of excitement, and a chance for renewal and growth for the days ahead.
Most of us set off into the new year with resolutions and the best intentions to better ourselves over the next 365 days. However, in the real world, things don’t always go as planned and sometimes we lose sight of the things we know will lead to a happier and healthier life. So whether your resolutions are to make healthier choices or other personal development goals, here are some tips to ensure you make it to the finish line this year!
Use the SMART goal setting method:
An example of a smart goal could be, “My goal is to triple the amount of money in my savings account and have $600 saved by December 31, 2017.” Assuming you have a plan to save this additional money, this goal is specific, measureable, achievable, realistic, and time based. Smart goals ensure that your new year’s resolutions are attainable and give you the best chance for success.
Visualize your goal
Seeing is believing. Once you set your resolutions, write them down and place them in a visible area. Seeing the goals in a place you that you visit often, such as a refrigerator or on the wallpaper of your phone, allows you to keep it in your subconscious thoughts. Create a detailed, mental picture of yourself achieving the goal or resolution so you will be more inclined to work toward it.
Be prepared to change habits
Switching out the old, bad habits for new ones means that you can give yourself structure, routine, and room for improvement. Sometimes it takes a while before the changes are set in stone and you may face challenges along the way. To stick with the new habits, track your progress, overcome the roadblocks in your way, and reward yourself.
Surround yourself with people who support your goals
When going through a transformation, it is beneficial to have people around you that motivate and support you. Family, friends, nutritionists, personal trainers, teachers, and most professionals in any field may have been through similar experiences and can guide you through challenges that you endure. Let your support group know what your goals are so they can help keep you on track.
There are so many ways people can choose to better their lives this year; so whether your new year’s resolution is to get in shape, spend more time with family, or advance your career, we wish you the very best in your efforts. Just remember to stay positive! If you fall behind or feel like you’re failing, don’t get discouraged! Each and every day brings a new beginning and your next opportunity is right around the corner.
“Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.” – Carl Bard
by Madison King | October 25th, 2016
Pumpkin pies, candy, and costumes all are signs Autumn is here in Louisiana and Halloween is quickly approaching. Trick-or-treaters are always excited to have a spooktacular time on Halloween. However, the busy day poses risks that people should be aware of, and it’s not just the scary decorations. Follow these tips to ensure a safe night for this year’s festivities.
Safety Tips for Trick-or-Treating:
Safety Tips for Costumes:
Safety Tips for Drivers:
by Dudley DeBosier | August 16th, 2016
While we are continuing our prayers for the safety and well-being for everyone affected by the flooding, it is important to begin taking action now to recover as much as you can. The first few days after a flood are some of the most important in order to repair your home and receive full compensation for your damages.
Even if your parish has not yet received an official disaster declaration, we recommend applying for assistance as soon as possible as it can be a lengthy and tedious process.
Stay cautious when returning to a flooded property. Search for any visible structural damage, such as cracked or loosened foundations before entering. Contact utility companies if you suspect damage to water, gas, electric or sewer lines.
The water in your home could be contaminated by sewage or household chemicals. It is recommended to wear waders, hip- or waist-high waterproof boots, as well as rubber gloves to avoid contaminants.
Before you begin the cleanup process, it is very important to fully document the damage to your property for your insurer by taking extensive photos or video of your property. If possible, include timestamps on all photos and videos.
Mold can develop within two days of water damage, so remove wet materials, such as carpeting and bedding, as soon as possible. Document all mold-affected items before removing them, and take photographs for insurers before removing wet wallboards and baseboards.
It is the property owner’s responsibility to secure your home so that no additional damage occurs. Place boards over broken windows and secure a tarp if the roof has been damaged. Take photographs to prove to the insurance company that all possible steps have been taken to protect your property against further damage.
For a more comprehensive guide on flood cleanup, click here.
If You Have Flood Insurance…
You MUST file your proof of loss within 60 days! Or you cannot recover!
If You Have Flood Insurance…
You MUST file your proof of loss within 60 days! Or you cannot recover!
Everyone affected by the flood should make a FEMA claim, regardless of their insurance status: https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4277
If you do not have flood insurance, and do not live in a “Special Flood Hazard Area,” FEMA may pay you up to $33,000 via the “Individuals and Households Program” (IHP). This includes money for medical, clean up, temporary housing and other immediate needs. Again, it is extremely important to have comprehensive documentation of your damage to make it easier to seek compensation: http://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/1461689021638-cfcfd7f6c263635802fa7a76a19e00ea/FS001_What_is_Individual_Assistance_508.pdf
To determine if your property is located in a flood map, contact FEMA directly at 1-800-621-3362 or visit here: https://msc.fema.gov/portal/search?AddressQuery=70808
by Alyssa Perot-Heltz | June 2nd, 2016
Being free from school for the summer often draws children outside to play and be active. One of the most popular outdoor activities is bike riding. More than 70% of all children between the ages of 5 and 15 years old are said to ride bicycles. Biking is a great form of fun and exercise for all ages; however, the importance of stressing bike safety has never been more important, since bicycle fatalities have risen rather than declined for the first time since 1970. And unfortunately, Louisiana has the second most bicycle deaths per capita in the United States.
The best way to stay safe as a cyclist is to take all necessary safety precautions, including having the correct bike size, wearing a helmet, and observing street safety. Cyclists must have a bike that is the right size for them because an oversized bike is difficult to control and can lead to injury. Furthermore, children may not be able to put their feet flat on the ground when they are stopped if the bike is not the correct size.
Most importantly, wear a helmet that fits. Studies have shown that wearing a proper helmet can reduce head injuries by 85 percent. Knowing street safety techniques such as riding with the traffic, understanding hand signals, and staying visible to vehicles are also extremely important when riding on the road.
We recommend these ten tips to teach your family to stay safe while having fun riding your bike:
Do you have any bicycle tips you’d like to add? Share this blog on social media and post below with your own personal bicycle stories or safety recommendations.
by Madison King | March 1st, 2015
Baton Rouge is known for many great things: food, football and festivities. Unfortunately, Baton Rouge is also notorious for its traffic.
Fortunately, several websites exist that may be helpful in saving time and avoiding frustration in your daily commute. By monitoring road closures, wrecks and construction, and showing traffic cameras in real time, these sites allow you to personalize an efficient route to your destination. These websites also include interactive maps that show traffic speeds along designated roadways and offer alert notifications for delays along your route.
In addition to these websites, there are several smartphone applications available that can help you navigate through traffic.
While these tools may be extremely helpful, don’t overlook the more traditional methods of avoiding traffic: having an alternate route planned out, listening to radio broadcasts to stay informed of delays, and making use of public transportation.
We hope these tips will help you to avoid rush hour congestion as much as possible. If you do find yourself stuck in traffic, remain calm and avoid aggressive behavior. Rush hour traffic in the morning and afternoon plays host to the most common times for a serious collision to occur. If you are involved in an accident, it is important to first call for emergency assistance, then remember that Dudley DeBosier Injury Lawyers are here to help.
by Alyssa Perot-Heltz | February 11th, 2015
Mardi Gras has officially kicked into high gear, and that means it’s time to get out and enjoy the festivities. The Baton Rouge personal injury attorneys from Dudley DeBosier Injury Lawyers would like to point out a few events you should consider attending, as well as offer some tips to stay safe.
Different krewes began hosting parades around the state as early as back in January, but a majority of the revelry taking place in the streets will occur over the next several days. WBRZ 2 News offers a list of many of the upcoming parades that are taking place in different Louisiana cities.
It’s not Mardi Gras without plenty of food and drink to celebrate. Many restaurants and bars will be holding events and specials until Fat Tuesday, but this brings up another issue: drunk driving.
Mardi Gras is notorious for contributing to a rise in Louisiana car accidents where alcohol is a factor. In fact, the holiday is the deadliest in the state when it comes to traffic fatalities. In 2009, 22 people were killed and approximately 1,000 were injured as the result of traffic collisions during the days surrounding Mardi Gras.
That’s why Dudley DeBosier’s team of Louisiana car accident lawyers are urging you to do your part to keep Louisiana’s roadways safe during Mardi Gras by refraining from drinking and driving. Simply designate a driver before leaving the house or use a cab or rideshare service to get home safely.
We hope you have a safe and happy Mardi Gras!
by Alyssa Perot-Heltz | January 27th, 2015
This list couldn’t begin with anywhere other than Mobile. New Orleans can claim the crowds, but Mobile claims the history. Ever since the very first Mardi Gras parade in 1701, this southern city has kept the party rolling – hosting nearly four dozen parades in less than two weeks.
Gulf Shores & Orange Beach, AL
Carnival-goers looking for a more family-friendly environment will feel comfortable with the parades on Alabama’s southern coast. Boat lovers will enjoy the boat parade that takes place outside of Jimmy Buffett’s sister’s restaurant, LuLu’s.
Lake Charles, LA
While virtually every city in Louisiana has a Mardi Gras celebration, Lake Charles has a different approach to carnival season than just parades and throws. The Imperial Calcasieu Museum, the largest Mardi Gras museum in the world, details the history of the celebrations – including the best King Cake recipes and over 1,000 costumes on display.
The largest Mardi Gras in Texas (and third largest in the country!) will celebrate its 105th running this year. More than 2,000 umbrella-carrying revelers will parade down the streets in the “Annual Funky Uptown Umbrella Brigade” while others will run the “Jolly Jester Jaunt 5K Costumed Run for Fun.”
The Mississippi Gulf Coast has celebrated Mardi Gras since 1908, and according to their official website, the party is only “getting bigger & bigger every year!” Held along the beach, festival-goers will be treated to bicycle parades, motorcycle parades, jambalaya cook-offs and plenty of treats thrown their way.