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I own a boat: what do I do when hurricane season approaches?

Louisiana boat owners have good reason to be wary when hurricane season is on the radar. A devastating wind or surge of water up the Gulf of Mexico can cause incredible damage to boats still in the water. So how can a Louisiana resident handle the situation? According to the State Farm website, boat owners can take important steps to help safeguard their vessels against a harsh storm.

First, have your boat insured. This is a good step for your boat’s normal, everyday use, since boat insurance can cover your vessel in case it is damaged or if you should end up in an accident with another boat. Additionally, boat insurance can offer coverage for times of bad weather. Make sure you check your insurance policy to see that weather damage is included as part of the coverage.

Could a prescription drug be a defective product?

You expect your drugs to solve your illnesses, or at least have the potential to do so. However, defective prescription medication is worse than ineffective: it does not have the ability in the first place to give you a chance at a healthier life. However, determining whether a drug might be defective by the definition of the Louisiana courts is not always as simple as you might expect.

While the effects of a defective medicine may initially seem to be your doctor's fault, or perhaps your pharmacist's, doctors often prescribe your treatments with trust in the manufacturer's diligence. In fact, there is usually an involved discovery process before the possibility of bad medicine becomes apparent.

What to do if your teen is caught with drugs

If you receive the news that your teenage child is using illegal drugs, you are probably feeling a flurry of emotions. It is normal to feel anger, confusion and even shame when your kid has a drug abuse problem. This can be a scary time in your life, but it is possible to get a positive outcome.

Figuring out the next steps to take can be hard. Here are some tips for handling the consequences that may result when your child gets in trouble for doing drugs at school.

Finding the truth about medical providers

Louisiana medical providers — and the businesses they work for — wield significant power in their communities. They are often wealthy, respected people and businesses. Furthermore, medical procedures typically have an element of risk. Sometimes this risk is of grievous harm to the patient. All of these factors combined make the pursuit of medical malpractice claims a delicate process.

Luckily, there are some checks on the power and supposed credibility held by hospitals, doctors and nurses. The first line of defense against incompetent medical practice is comprised of the rigorous background checks and reviews many healthcare providers must pass in order to legally administer treatment in the state. There are also some government organizations that help investigate malpractice claims.

Car accidents - the leading cause of traumatic brain injury

Anyone who has ever had a bump on the head knows that it can be scary when what follows is a massive headache, nausea and vomiting. Those who have visited a Louisiana emergency room following an incident like this have likely heard they had a concussion or a traumatic brain injury.

The term itself can strike fear in the young and old alike. What does it mean to have brain trauma? 

The long-term dangers of transvaginal mesh

At Jacqueline A. Scott & Associates in Louisiana, we know that a malfunctioning medical device can wreak havoc in your life. While transvaginal mesh is not a medical device per se, it, too, can “malfunction” and cause you a good deal of pain, suffering and injury.

As explained by Women’s Health, transvaginal mesh is a strong, webbed material that surgeons first began implanting into women’s bodies back in the 1990s to correct their pelvic prolapses. If you underwent a pelvic prolapse operation in the past 25 years, in all likelihood your surgeon implanted transvaginal mesh.

Serious injuries can take the fun out of watersports

If you are looking forward to enjoying a day of fun on Lake Charles or out in the Gulf, you do not anticipate having to deal with accident injuries. It pays to be careful, however, because ankle, spine and head injuries are all too common in actions associated with watersports.

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Health conditions doctors commonly misdiagnose

When you visit your Louisiana doctor, you likely want to feel confident that he or she will be able to assess your symptoms accurately and render a precise diagnosis about your condition. Regrettably, however, even physicians are not immune to error, and when doctors make certain mistakes, the repercussions can prove catastrophic. At Jacqueline A. Scott & Associates, we recognize just how devastating it can be when a doctor incorrectly diagnoses your condition, and we have helped many clients who were victims of such circumstances pursue appropriate recourse.

Per Fox News, medical diagnostic errors now account for about 10 percent of all American patient deaths, with about one out of every five adult Americans who seek treatment for symptoms receiving a diagnosis that is too late, missed or inaccurate. Because misdiagnoses can lead to unnecessary treatments and delays in critical treatments, it is important for anyone who believes they received an incorrect medical diagnosis to seek a second opinion.

Thinking beyond class action for product liability

Like many Louisiana residents, you probably have a good grasp of the concept of product liability. FindLaw's review of the General Motors ignition switch defect might interest you if you have only a passing familiarity with these cases; it is one of the most publicized class-action faulty-products cases in recent history. However, you might not realize how these product safety laws could affect you personally.

Here at Jacqueline A. Scott & Associates, we often see clients come in with injuries that they do not even realize might be the result of a malfunctioning or otherwise faulty product. For example, we might be able to retrieve damages from the maker of a poorly manufactured tire that contributed to our client's injury.

Is a ship undergoing repairs a navigable vessel?

If you were to be involved in an accident that occurred offshore in Lousiana jurisdiction due to the negligence of other members of your crew, or of your captain, you would probably soon be faced with an excess of jargon. Some of these words are common, but they take on a specific meaning in the context of the Jones Act. It is probably wise to make legal decisions based on an informed understanding of the terms involved. In some cases, you could find that you have more of a case than your employer would like you to believe.

One of the more important terms involves the status of the vessel on which an injury occurs, specifically whether it was in navigation. If you were to be injured on a cargo vessel while sailing, the definitions are relatively clear: a court would probably find that you were on a navigable vessel. However, as you probably know, it is not always that straightforward.

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