When Disaster Strikes, Can You Strike Back?

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It doesn’t take long when watching the news to hear about the latest natural disaster affecting the world. Although these unexpected events can seem far away and unlikely to affect you, natural disasters can take many forms and affect the population far more than most people realize. When an act of god occurs, not only …

Domestic vs. Common Law Marriage: What’s the Difference?

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As couples living together before having a marriage ceremony becomes more commonplace, the concept of common law marriage is also being discussed more often. However, many people do not truly understand what common law relationships mean to the parties in them and what legal rights they actually confer. Here’s the low down on how and …

Social Media Privacy in the Workplace

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Social media is everywhere nowadays and that includes the workplace. It’s common sense to keep an eye on what you post on Facebook these days, but some people forget that social media can also include personal blogs, comments on online news sites, even old photo sharing sites you don’t use anymore. As employers use the …

Laws and Paws: What Qualifies as a Service Animal

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Therapy animals are everywhere these days—literally! Flexible federal laws governing who and what constitutes a service animal means that Americans have added their own interpretations, sometimes in the way the law intended and other times in ways that leave people scratching their heads wondering what exactly the rules are. Here’s the breakdown of what you …

Flying Rights: What are the airlines responsible for?

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Whether you’re jetting off for vacation or rushing to get home for work, nothing is more annoying than a delayed or cancelled flight. Flight delays can set into motion a domino effect that throws your calendar into disarray and sometimes even costs you money. As air travel becomes increasingly important to our daily lives, being …

Keeping Up With The Jones Act

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Most people living in the South have heard of the Jones Act and know that it’s a federal law that has something to do with big ships. In reality, the Jones Act 1920 addresses almost every aspect of the shipping industry and the statute has an enormous economic impact on the United States. What is …

What should I expect in a deposition?

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Filing a lawsuit can be a huge part of the personal injury legal process. When a lawsuit is filed, each party collects information and evidence from each other, a procedure known as the discovery. One part of discovery is the deposition process, where attorneys can ask questions from the people in the lawsuit and witnesses …

Traffic Cameras: Can they be used against you?

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It’s rare to meet someone who hasn’t received one of those dreaded notices in the mail: TRAFFIC CAMERA VIOLATION. Sure, there are instructions on how to pay the fine and put it behind you, but what if you weren’t driving your car at the time? Or maybe you’ve been following the local news and you …

Breaking the Grass Ceiling: Marijuana Laws

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Pot. Mary Jane. Weed. The Devil’s Lettuce. Kush. Medicine. Whatever you call it, marijuana is a hot topic these days. As the number of states that have legalized pot grows each year, so do the questions about how these developments will apply to employment, driving, law enforcement, and many other situations. If you’re wondering “is …

It’s Wabbit Season! No, DUCK SEASON!

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Every hunter knows the excitement and anticipation that builds as open season approaches. You begin to look over all your gear, check the sights on your weapon, and start thinking about your strategy for the hunt. But before you can move onto bookmarking your favorite wild game recipes and researching the best taxidermist, making sure …

New Year, New Laws: What to Expect in 2019

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When most people think of New Year’s Day, they think of eating black eyed peas, watching football, and maybe indulging in a much-needed brunch. However, January 1 is also a day that new laws go into effect across the country. Across the South, from new auto insurance laws to medical marijuana, here’s what you can …

Halloween Safety Tips: Have a Nightmare-Free Night

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Ghosts and Goblins and . . . Liability!? How to Keep Your Children and Property Safe on Halloween Some folks look forward to a scary Halloween all year long—the costumes, the candy, and the spooky stories can add up to an evening of fun for the whole family. However, you can’t have the treats without …

When a Day on the Water Turns into a Day in the Water!

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One of the perks of living in the South is that you can enjoy boating nearly all year long, both inland and offshore. However, are you prepared to act if the vessel encounters a dangerous obstacle, severe weather, or a collision with another boat? No matter the cause, boating accidents can be terrifying for everyone …

Back 2 School Bus Safety

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Summer is winding down, and students of all ages are heading back to school again. Parents and students alike are gathering supplies, picking out their first day of school outfits, and coordinating school transport for kids to make sure everyone gets where they need to be. As exciting as it can be for parents to …

Lasik Eye Surgery – What You Need to Know

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Although some ophthalmologists call Lasik one of the safest medical procedures you can undergo involving the eyes, how do consumers know this is true? The FDA has approved Lasik as a safe way to correct the need for glasses or contacts, but now that almost 10 million Americans have undergone the procedure, some are reporting …

The Future of Drones – Is America Ready for the Self-Driving Cars of the Sky?

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If you’ve ever been in a serious accident, you know that navigating the traffic congestion that happens afterwards can be difficult and frustrating for both law enforcement and medical personnel. Waiting for help to arrive, or being stuck in traffic while you or a loved one is sitting in the back of an ambulance can …

Louisiana Law Updates: What’s New In 2018

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The Louisiana Legislature wrapped up their 2018 in May, allowing Governor John Bel Edwards to sign many bills into law. Effective August 1, 2018, here are some of the changes to Louisiana laws that you may notice. Blue Lights On Ambulances Act 247 allows all licensed ambulances, not just those that are publicly-owned, to operate …

8 Tips for Safely Crossing the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway Bridge

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The Causeway Bridge is the second-longest bridge over water in the world, spanning 24 miles across Lake Pontchartrain from Metairie (which is of course part of the Greater New Orleans metro area) to Mandeville on the Northshore. An estimated twelve million vehicles use the bridge annually, and unfortunately, not all of them make it across …

How Do I Know if my Attorney is Experienced in Representing Personal Injury Cases?

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When you are dealing with the physical and emotional impact of a personal injury, it is especially important that you find an experienced, compassionate and professional attorney to represent your interests. There are many factors to consider when choosing an attorney, and sometimes that decision can seem overwhelming because there are so many attorneys available. …