How the Dudley DeBosier Difference Changed My Life

by Dudley DeBosier | March 29th, 2021

And Hundreds of Others in Houma

The Dudley DeBosier Difference isn’t just a “brand” at our firm — it’s a philosophy that continues to empower communities and even its staff members, knowing that such a huge firm cares about truly making a difference, big or small. Without them, I wouldn’t be able to do everything that I do for those in need in the Houma community.

Let’s start from the beginning. My name is Monique, and I’m a Legal Assistant at Dudley DeBosier Injury Lawyers. My story started 17 years ago when I was in downtown Houma, and I noticed a young man sifting through the garbage. I’d noticed him before this, though, as many homeless people frequented the area.

The first time I’d met him, he was smoking cigarette butts that he found in the trash. Something told me I needed to talk to him, and I wasn’t shy to introduce myself. But, this was the second time I’d met him — this time, he was eating food that was thrown away.

“Look, don’t do that,” I said. “You can get sick. I’ll buy you a meal.” I asked him what he liked, and he said Burger King, so that’s what I got. Then, I sat down with him while he ate and learned his name was Jarius.

He wasn’t always homeless. He struggled with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia his whole life but graduated from Southern University with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a master’s in Counseling. He was a Counselor until his mental illness overtook his reality, and he started using drugs. He lost everything. And yet, even after all these years, Jarius would never ask me for anything, and I always gave him food anyway or bought him nights at a hotel during hurricanes and heavy storms.

Ever since then, I’ve been feeding those in the homeless community, sitting down with them to learn their stories.

Although I don’t know what it’s like to be homeless, I do know what it’s like to suddenly lose work that’d been steady your whole life. I was a Claims Adjustor and Client Manager for one of the biggest offshore boat companies in the world for 13-and-a-half years. Then, when I was 52 years old, the company filed for bankruptcy. I lost my job, and the position I had didn’t exist anymore. I was very lucky to still have my paralegal credentials, but it was a job I hadn’t done in many years. I managed to find work in New Orleans, but it was an hourlong commute.

That was a huge concern for me. Who was going to take care of the local homeless community? Who was going to feed Jarius?

Luckily, my husband and friends stepped up to help me out, and it always made me smile to see their selfies during lunch with Jarius, holding a plate of food for him. But I really missed being there.

Then, while eating breakfast one morning, I saw Dudley DeBosier was coming to Houma. I had heard such wonderful things about them, and I was so excited! I learned that they were looking for a Paralegal, and knew I had to go for it. I got the job, and I was able to stay close to home!

It touches me how different Dudley DeBosier really is. The partners are passionate about each community they’re a part of, and quick to give back when and where they can, no matter what the situation may be. During a short conversation with them, they asked me what downtown Houma could really use and what I thought the office needed. I responded half-seriously, “Oh gosh, a food pantry.” The homelessness in our area was so bad.

Before I knew it, they were asking me what it took to open a food pantry. They donated money each month to cover the cost of groceries that I needed to make it happen.

Although I am still working as a Paralegal, I get to continue my life’s work of feeding the hungry and homeless in Houma, who mean so much to me. The mission has spread exponentially throughout the area, and I’ve been grateful to meet so many wonderful families.

It makes me very emotional to think about where I am now – I can’t thank Dudley DeBosier enough — there are so many people in Houma that need help and need to be heard. But there are also many people, like me, that know and feel everyday what a difference Dudley DeBosier truly makes.

—Monique Hagen

Black History Month Scholarships

by cbeesing | February 19th, 2021

As you know, February is Black History Month. Historically, most acknowledge and celebrate the lives, the legacies, and the contributions made to society by African Americans in the past. However, this year, we wanted to recognize those who are doing things NOW to carry on the legacies and contributions of those who came before them.

We partnered with BWEI (Black Women’s Empowerment Initiative), an organization dedicated to promoting, maintaining, and advancing the well-being of Black Women at LSU. With their help, we selected four (4) students within their organization that consistently go above and beyond and are passionate about doing great things within their community. Because at Dudley DeBosier, that’s a priority! 

After speaking with the four incredibly impressive young female scholars, we were thrilled to offer these “Difference Makers” a $500 scholarship to aid in their education. We also highlighted each student on our sponsored radio segment, TanTalk, with LaTangela on 94.1.

Our hope is that we were able to play a small role in empowering them to do even more good in our community. To learn more about the incredible women selected, see below. 

Alaysia Johnson

Alaysia is a graduating senior, with a major in Mass Communication-Political Communication and a minor in Liberal Arts-African & African American Studies. Throughout her matriculation at LSU, Alaysia Johnson has worked tirelessly on behalf of those who feel they have no voice while also working part-time and striving for academic excellence.  She has built a lasting legacy at Louisiana State University by spearheading programs and initiatives aimed at addressing the needs of students.  As the inaugural chair of the Black Women’s Empowerment Initiative, Alaysia engaged in several discussions with university administration about making LSU a more inclusive and safe campus for underrepresented students and especially black women.  Under Alaysia’s leadership BWEI received the 2020 New Student Organization of the Year” Love Purple Live Gold Award. Following graduation in May 2021, Alaysia plans to attend Law School to pursue a legal career in civil rights.

 Maya Stevenson

Maya Stevenson is a graduating senior, with a major in English and Philosophy, and minor in Leadership Development. Grounded in a “lift as she climbs” approach, Maya has distinguished herself as a highly effective student leader and change agent who has balanced maintaining a full course load, leadership in student organizations, community service and working part-time. With a keen ability to mobilize others and outstanding logistical/planning skills, Maya was the 2020 recipient of the “Emerging Leader” Multicultural Excellence Award.  Maya has served ast the Event Chair of BWEI and organized their very first large scale event, Nubian Made, which won the “New Initiative” Multicultural Excellence Award. Maya booked an exceptional ensemble of panelists, including black business owners, a member of the mayor’s team and Miss Louisiana. She is most proud of her work as President of Tigers Against Trafficking, and is primarily motivated by her faith and belief that justice is an inalienable right owed to everyone. Following graduation in May 2021, Maya will further her education and attend Law School.

Callia Cox

Callia is a graduating senior majoring in Nutrition and Food Science with concentration in Dietetics. Callia became passionate about nutrition through her volunteer efforts with food pantries and community health programs, beginning in the 5th grade. Callia Cox excelled as a leader by establishing partnerships between the Black Women’s Empowerment Initiative, LSU alumni, the Mayor’s Office, Mary Byrd Perkins Breast Cancer Center, the Power Pump Girls, and Urgent Care Eleven.  As the Community Outreach Chair of the organization, Callia has spearheaded many of BWEI’s community service projects. Callia will further her education by attending grad school to earn her Master’s Degree in Public Health and become a registered dietician. 

Ololade Adeola

Ololade, otherwise known as “Lola,” is currently a junior at LSU. She is dual-majoring in Biology and Chemical Engineering with minors in Mathematics and Chemistry. Lola played an integral role in establishing the social media presence of the Black Women’s Empowerment Initiative.  Under her leadership, the content shared extended beyond flyers about events and directly tackled issues faced by black women such as sexual and domestic violence. Lola hopes to graduate from LSU and Xavier with her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and Chemical Engineering, and become a formulator or operations engineer in the cosmetic field. 

Become a Top Fan for Our Monthly Giveaways

by cbeesing | August 31st, 2020

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

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  • Must be a Louisiana resident to win.
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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.