Become a Top Fan for Our Monthly Giveaways

by cbeesing | August 31st, 2020

You’ll Have a Chance to Win a $150 Prize!

How to Become a Top Fan:

  • Facebook determines Top Fans by being one of the most active followers on our page – that means you can become eligible for a Top Fan Badge by liking, commenting, and sharing our posts frequently.
  • Inviting friends to like our page will help as well!
  • Make sure you have selected the “See First” option in your Dudley DeBosier Facebook Following Settings.
    • Visit our Facebook page
    • Click the menu button:
    • Click “Following Settings”
    • Click “See First”
    • Click “Update”
  • Top Fans update weekly, so keep that in mind while you’re trying to earn your Badge!
  • You will know you’re a Top Fan when you visit our Facebook Page and a Badge appears above your name in your comments on our posts.

Terms and Conditions:

  • Must be a Louisiana resident to win.
  • Five (5) Top Fans will be selected at random at the beginning of each month.
  • Winners will be announced on our Facebook Page on the first Monday of each month.
  • Each winner will receive a prize valued between $75-$150.
  • Prizes must be claimed within three (3) business days, or another winner will be selected.
  • Please keep in mind that we can also take Top Fan Badges away from people if they are taking advantage of the competition (e.g. spamming).

Wheelchair Accidents: What You Need to Know

by cbeesing | April 13th, 2020

When one thinks of wheelchairs, one may think of a medical device that is designed to provide independence, mobility, and freedom to some of the most vulnerable members of society.  Wheelchairs assist people with disabilities to become productive members of their communities. About 10% of the global population, i.e. about 650 million people, have disabilities. Studies indicate that, of these, some 10% require a wheelchair. 

(Publish Date: 2013/04/22 – (Rev. 2018/09/28), Author: The University of California – Disability Statistics Center)

Just over 6.8 million community-resident Americans use assistive devices to help them with mobility. This group comprises 1.7 million wheelchair or scooter riders and 6.1 million users of other mobility devices, such as canes, crutches, and walkers.

(Publish Date: 2013/04/22 – (Rev. 2018/09/28), Author: The University of California – Disability Statistics Center)

When considering the numbers, it doesn’t cross your mind that according the Department of Medicine, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada 3.3 of every 1000 persons in the United States who use a wheelchair, an estimated 3.3% per year have a serious wheelchair-related incident.

(Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 1990 Aug;69(4):184-90.)

While wheelchair related injuries are not unheard-of, they can be easily prevented. However, sadly with so many companies flooding products on the market, there are bound to be wheelchair related injuries due to a defect with the chair itself.

In 2017 in Baton Rouge Louisiana, a woman who was dependent upon her motorized reclining wheelchair experienced an event that would forever change her life. While attempting to recline her chair to its rest position, the brackets on the base of the chair sheered away from the seat resulting in the chair breaking in half and violently depositing its occupant on the ground. She struggled for over an hour to call for help before assistance ever came. It has since been discovered that a major manufactures defect existed within the chair before she was ever put into possession of the product.

While the company who manufactured the chair takes the position that it was a onetime occurrence, the truth is one wheelchair accident is simply one too many. People of all ages, sizes, and genders are injured in wheelchair mishaps each year, which is why it is important to target the reasons why these events happen and put a stop to the numbers!

Manufacturers have a duty to ensure their products are safe. While products liability law differs slightly from state to state, the four main types of product liability claims are based on:

(1)  The product is unreasonably dangerous in construction or composition as provided in L.A. R.S. 9:2800.55;

(2)  The product is unreasonably dangerous in design as provided in L.A. R.S. 9:2800.56;

(3)  The product is unreasonably dangerous because an adequate warning about the product has not been provided as provided in L.A.R.S. 9:2800.57; or

(4)  The product is unreasonably dangerous because it does not conform to an express warranty of the manufacturer about the product as provided in L.A.R.S. 9:2800.58.  

Many wheelchairs are made electrically and motorized these days, which means injuries could happen on a whole new level due to technological defects that we see day-to-day. A wheelchair could be improperly designed, poorly manufactured, or lack the proper warnings and instructions, leading to dangerous or deadly events; in which case, the manufacturer could be liable for any injuries or damages.

If you or someone you care about has been injured in a wheelchair related incident, we would like to help. Please reach out to Dudley DeBosier Injury Attorneys and let us show you, the Dudley DeBosier Difference.

Loss of Consortium Explained

by Dudley DeBosier | December 30th, 2018

If you’re thinking of pursuing a compensation claim after the injury or death of a loved one, you may already know that you could be eligible to receive damages for medical bills, lost wages, and funeral costs. But you also may be eligible to receive money for loss of consortium.

Loss of consortium refers to the deprivation of the benefits of a family relationship caused by that person’s disabling injury or death. Those benefits include:

  • Loss of services—Running a household is hard work, and when a spouse or loved one dies or is severely injured, that task may fall on just one person.
  • Loss of support—Marriages and family relationships involve emotional support. Deaths or serious injuries can put that level of support in jeopardy.
  • Loss of quality in the relationship—Injuries can dramatically and permanently change relationships and marriages, making intimacy and day-to-day living more difficult for both parties.

Our Louisiana Injury Lawyers Want to Help

Getting compensation for loss of consortium isn’t always easy. Unlike more immediately tangible losses like medical bills and lost income, the emotional and psychological effects that an injury or death has on a relationship and a family can be difficult to prove or present when preparing a compensation claim.

The Louisiana personal injury lawyers at Dudley DeBosier know how to build strong claims for spouses and other family members when their loved ones are killed or seriously injured, and we know what it takes to win. Call us today for a free consultation to find out how we can help protect your rights to compensation.

IVC Filter Recall

by Peter Ellis | June 19th, 2018

If you or a loved one is ever surprised with an unfortunate diagnosis that is believed to be a result of the use of a commercial product or pharmaceutical, it can be a frustrating and confusing time. Many people do not know where to turn for information or help. That’s where we come in.

When the manufacturer of a defective product or pharmaceutical causes harm to its customers or the public, the consolidation of these cases is often known as a Mass Tort. These types of cases are generally consolidated for time and efficiency given the sheer number and size of the claimant group. This does not mean, however, that the cases will receive the same value as many people who have been parts of “class actions” expect. Mass Tort claims are typically evaluated on an individual basis with point allotments for various types and degrees of injury.

To begin, contact our Mass Tort department at Dudley DeBosier so that we can help educate you on the product and whether there are any known recalls or warnings for the product used. If you or someone you know is aware of any recalls or warnings about the product, it may be wise to maintain medical records of any diagnosis, proof of purchase, proof of product use, and/or proof of product identification. This information can help assist our Mass Tort team in evaluating the potential for your claim against the manufacturer of the product, drug, or device.

In the event we can assist you with your claim, you can expect that we will order and review the pertinent medical records, maintain contact with you to inform you of the status of your specific claim, and help describe the overall Mass Tort case status and timeline. These cases are often very complex, large scale, and time sensitive, so do not hesitate to contact our firm if there is any suspicion that you or someone you know has been harmed by a defective product.