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Can Sex Abuse Victims Seek Compensation from Their Abusers?

Can Sex Abuse Victims Seek Compensation from Their Abusers?

If you have been sexually abused, you may be wondering whether you can hold your abuser financially accountable in civil court. Hopefully, all sexual predators will be caught and sent to prison, but criminal punishment for the perpetrator doesn’t always allow the victim to put his or her life back together. Knowing the abuser is behind bars certainly makes victims feel safer and gives them a sense of justice, but the victims’ lives are often still in shambles after being sexually abused. Victims of sexual abuse may struggle for years to find a sense of normalcy. Part of the problem is...

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Liberative Prescriptions and Louisiana Law

Liberative Prescriptions and Louisiana Law

If you’re considering a civil suit in Louisiana, it’s important to be aware of limits in the law. For most legal action, the plaintiff only has a limited time to initiate a lawsuit. This restriction is called liberative prescription, and it functions something like the statute of limitations in other states. It’s also important to understand that the liberative prescription for most civil suits is very short—only one year—which is why it’s critical that you consult with an attorney immediately and act quickly to preserve your right to collect damages when someone has caused harm to you. Statute of Limitations or Liberative...

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Things to Know About Medical Malpractice

Things to Know About Medical Malpractice

The first time most people give any thought to what medical malpractice is and how it’s handled under the law is when they find themselves facing a situation where pursuing a medical malpractice claim might be appropriate. Some medical malpractice concerns can be complicated, but understanding the basics isn’t difficult. What Is Medical Malpractice? If a person suffers an injury or illness because of the actions or inactions of a medical provider, it may qualify as medical malpractice. That covers a lot of ground, but there are two basic ideas to keep in mind: Did a medical practitioner cause the injury or...

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Recovering Compensation After a Single-Car Crash

When you think of the car accidents involved in personal injury cases, you probably picture a reckless driver slamming into an unsuspecting motorist and causing injuries and property damage. Many of the cases we handle involve situations just like that, but not every car accident injury claim has to involve two or more vehicles. Unfortunately, most people involved in single-car crashes assume they can’t pursue compensation for their damages. If no one else was involved in the crash, no one else can be held responsible, right? In certain situations, that’s not exactly true. You might be able to hold one of several...

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What Is an Injury Worth?

Being in the business of personal injury law, the attorneys at our firm are asked one question over and over: What is my personal injury worth? There’s no simple answer because every situation is different. You can’t say every broken leg is worth the same amount or every injury from a car crash is always worth more than every dog bite. It’s also difficult to answer because this is really the wrong question. Personal injury damage amounts aren’t determined by what an injury is “worth.” Instead, they’re calculated by taking many different factors into account to determine the reasonable value to...

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Street Racing Crash Claims Driver

A Baton Rouge man died in a wreck that seriously injured two others when he crashed head-on into their vehicle. The crash, on May 5, is just one of several recent incidents blamed on drag racing. The driver and passenger of the car that was struck were both wearing seat belts but still received serious injuries. The racing driver was not restrained and was pronounced dead at the scene. Blood samples were taken to test the drivers for impairment, but the results have not yet been released. The second vehicle in the race has not been identified, and police are still hoping...

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The Five Most Dangerous Roads in Baton Rouge

We all know how crazy traffic can get in our city. It’s an unfortunate truth, but even the most cautious of drivers can get into an accident thanks to the negligence of others—especially when trying to traverse one of our many dangerous intersections. According to a 2016 study, Baton Rouge ranked as the second most dangerous city for drivers just behind Detroit. Although other cities had more crashes, Baton Rouge’s much smaller size yielded the highest number of deadly accidents per capita: 16.6 per 100,000. Worst Areas for Driving The encouraging news is that for years the city has tried to cope with...

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Drunk Driver Injures Twenty-Eight at Endymion Mardi Gras Parade

The biggest parade of the New Orleans Mardi Gras season was tragically interrupted late last month when a pickup truck crashed into a crowd of onlookers. The crash injured twenty-eight spectators, including a police officer at the scene and a small child. Most of the injured were hurt seriously enough to be taken to area hospitals, and five people were admitted in critical condition. On a positive note, no one was killed in the incident, and none of the injured had life-threatening injuries. Charges Issued The twenty-five-year-old driver of the pickup was not hurt in the crash and was arrested at the...

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Determining Medical Malpractice, Continued

What You Should Know About Medical Malpractice In our last blog, we began discussing the parameters for determining if you’ve been a victim of medical malpractice. To reiterate, a medical malpractice claim must first go through a medical review from a panel of experts before litigation can begin. But that is just one aspect  of what Louisiana considers medical malpractice. Another aspect that should be understood about medical malpractice laws in Louisiana is who can be a defendant, and what a medical error is. There are multiple potential defendants, as there are also multiple medical errors that can lead to a...

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Drunk Driving Changes Lives, Never for the Better

According to the Center for Disease Control, roughly 112 million times a year an alcohol-impaired driver will put others on the road at risk. Additionally, of the millions of self-reported driving under the influence incidents each year, only one percent of individuals driving drunk are arrested. That leaves many more drivers still out there putting you at risk. We hope that you never find yourself in a situation where you or a loved one is in a motor vehicle accident due to impaired driving. However, if you do, contact us here at Spencer Calahan Injury Lawyers. We focus on getting you...

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Wrongful Death and Product Defects: What You Need to Know

Americans place a large amount of trust into the products they use every day--things like cars, baby cribs, and lawn mowers. But what happens when the items we trust malfunction and result in the death of a loved one? Product recalls are often the result of discovered safety issues that may endanger the consumer or items that could cause a lawsuit and bad publicity to come to the manufacturer. Problems with a product happen in three ways: Design: If an item is designed poorly, it can cause harm and possibly death to the consumer. For example, old Jeep Libertys and Grand Cherokee...

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Personal Injury Case vs. Personal Injury

Oftentimes, our personal injury attorneys get cases that come across our desks that don’t necessarily qualify as a personal injury case. We want to make a clear distinction for our readers, of what a personal injury case actually is, and what qualifications it needs to be taken on by one of our accident attorneys. Personal injury can take the many forms. It can be an auto accident, or an accident that occurs with in a friends or neighbors home. Every situation is different, but every personal injury case will beg one question: Did your accident occur due to the negligence...

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