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An expungement will give you a new lease on life

If you have a criminal arrest or conviction on your record, it will impact your future and the goals you have set for yourself. However, you may be eligible to have your criminal record expunged. If so, you can go on with your life as though your brush with the law had never happened.

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What is the difference between a bench trial and a jury trial?

If you are going to court in Louisiana, you will usually have a choice between a jury trial and a bench trial. According to the American Bar Association, a jury trial is where your case is decided by a jury of your peers. A bench trial is where the judge decides the case.

In a jury trial, there is a lot of uncertainty as to how the jury will react to your case. You do not know anything about the jurors except for information they have provided or anything learned during the process of choosing the jury. In a bench trial, you have the advantage of being able to know the judge's opinions in previous cases similar to yours.

Who is at risk for shingles?

Shingles and chickenpox are both caused by the varicella zoster virus, so if you've ever had a case of the chickenpox, you have a chance of developing shingles at some point in your life. According to Medical News Today, most people who contract shingles  develop a painful, blistering rash. While the rash may appear anywhere on the body, it most commonly appears on the torso, often on only one side. Other possible symptoms of shingles include nausea, chills, weakness and muscle aches. Shingles is a fairly common condition, with approximately 1 million new cases reported in the United States, including Louisiana, every year.

Many people believe that shingles is a disease that only elderly people contract. However, while it is true that shingles is more common among the elderly population, people of all ages, including children, can develop shingles, and those with compromised immune systems may be at greater risk.

Steps to take when you are involved in a car crash

Driving on Louisiana roadways is something most people take for granted, whether you are running errands, going to work or heading out for date night. At Jacqueline A. Scott & Associates, we have experience representing clients injured in traffic accidents.

If you have been in a traffic accident, chances are there is confusion and several people talking at once. Try to stay calm and call the police even if it is a minor accident and no one, including yourself, appears to be hurt. Law enforcement can assess the situation, determine if intoxication is a factor and direct traffic around the scene. According to FindLaw, insurance companies and attorneys can use the report they file about the crash in an insurance claim or lawsuit.

Can you be tricked into buying a defective product?

It’s a common fact of everyday life that people will be exposed to sales pitches, jingles and advertisements, all designed to make Louisiana residents open their wallets, sign a contract, or fill an online shopping cart. Sometimes what we purchase is not what we expected and we feel ripped off, even tricked. It is important to establish key facts to determine if your purchase was the result of deception.

According to Findlaw, the party that offered the product or service you purchased had to have made a false representation about what the product or service could do for you. An expensive ring, for instance, might be made of crystal, but the seller claimed it was actually made of diamond. The result is that you have been defrauded of your money for a ring that is not what you believed it was.

Are hurricanes a problem for cruises?

As you prepare for your cruise out into the Atlantic, the presence of hurricane season on the calendar could give you pause. Many Louisiana residents might not want to brave the Gulf waters with the threat of a destructive hurricane lurking out there. While a hurricane might cause some disruptions to your cruise experience, the threat of actually getting caught in a hurricane is practically non-existent.

The Cruisecritic website points out that hurricanes will not catch cruise ships unaware. The weather tracking and forecasting technology available on a cruise vessel will detect an approaching hurricane. In addition, cruise ships have access to information from weather forecasters that can confirm or augment the data already gathered by the ship’s instrumentation. Once a cruise line knows where a hurricane is likely to strike, the ship will simply be rerouted to a safer destination.

Hernia surgery risks and errors

Getting a hernia is frustrating. A hernia may develop over time or from a single incident.

Some of the most common causes of hernias include the following:

  • Lifting heavy objects
  • Gaining weight suddenly
  • Straining during a bowel movement because of constipation
  • Persistent coughing
  • Pregnancy

What should I do if I learn my doctor was sued?

We want our Louisiana doctors to be the most competent and qualified people to handle our health care. However, if you should find out that your doctor has been sued in the past, you will naturally be worried and wonder if you should continue your relationship with that doctor. In the event you do uncover past instances of medical lawsuits, you should keep a few things in mind before looking for a new doctor.

According to Forbes, lawsuits are a common occurrence in American society. Professionals are sued for many reasons, and doctors are no exception. Sometimes the suits are frivolous and without merit. So a good first step is to find out why your doctor was sued. You might also find that the suit was dropped by the plaintiff before it reached trial, or the suit was dismissed by the court.

How long can I wait before filing an auto accident lawsuit?

Many of us have heard the phrase “time is of the essence.” That is true for many areas of life, but if you have been hurt in a car accident on a Louisiana road, that phrase is even more applicable for your current situation. If you want to file a civil lawsuit against the other party to win compensation for your injuries, you cannot wait for very long before filing in court.

The reason hesitating to file a suit can be harmful is because Louisiana law has put a ticking clock on when you can file for compensation. Findlaw points out that Louisiana’s Civil Code 3492 places a statute of limitations of one year following an automobile accident. Any attempt to file a suit after that period will likely be dismissed by a Louisiana court.

What is a hung jury?

The basic workings of a Louisiana jury trial are generally well known. A jury is chosen, hears the arguments presented in court, and once the arguments are concluded, the jury is sent off to consider a verdict. Sometimes the verdict is decided in a single day. If a jury needs more time, the jury might be sent home or be sequestered. However, in some instances a jury may not be able to agree on a verdict at all.

When a jury experiences problems coming to a verdict, a judge may continue to extend the time for deliberations. At a certain point, however, it becomes clear that a jury cannot agree on a decision. This outcome, according to the American Bar Association, is known as a hung jury. When a hung jury occurs, a mistrial is declared because no verdict can be reached.

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