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A bicyclist was struck by a vehicle on Thursday night on LA-98 and LA-93.

Authorities reported that a 67-year-old male was hit by an SUV and thrown off of his bicycle. He was stopped in the westward lane on LA-98 facing east when a 2010 GMC Terrain SUV hit the cyclist while traveling west on LA-98.

The bicyclist was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. The GMC SUV driver was not injured and showed no signs of impairment. The crash remains under investigation.

There is an urgent need for all blood types across the country. Every 2 seconds, there is someone who needs blood. One pint of blood can save up to 3 lives.

Broussard & David is partnering with Vitalant to host our second community blood drive of the year on Wednesday, July 27, 2022.

The blood drive will be held at our office, located at 557 Jefferson Street, Lafayette, LA 70501 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

On Monday, 17-year-old Madison Bradley was riding on a pontoon boat in Blind River, driven by 33-year-old David Crowe.

Bradley, along with a male passenger, was standing on the front of the boat past the guard rails when they struck the wake of a nearby boat. They both fell overboard into the water, with the male having minor injuries; Bradley was hit by the vessel’s propeller, suffered severe injuries, and did not resurface.

Authorities were informed that there was a missing boater and Bradley’s body was found around 8 P.M.

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For nearly four decades, people living or working at the U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina were potentially exposed to contaminated drinking water that caused various forms of cancer along with other serious health problems. Various chemicals, including Benzene, Trichloroethylene (TCE), Perchloroethylene A/K/A Tetrachloroethylene (PCE), 1,2-Dichloroethylene (DCE), and/or Vinyl Chloride were the Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) found in the Camp Lejeune water.

Several health problems have been reported in people of all ages who were exposed to the contaminated water, including children who were exposed while in their mother’s womb. Through drinking, bathing, cooking, or cleaning, the contaminants are linked to the following health complications:

  • Bladder, Lung, and/or Breast Cancer

As is well known, Louisiana is losing approximately a football field of marsh every ninety minutes. The marsh not only affords us the opportunity to hunt and fish, but it also provides the invaluable service of buffering in-land property during a hurricane.

Many landowners entered into right-of-way agreements with various pipeline companies whereby promises were made to keep the canal from exceeding the width of a specified number of feet. If a landowner’s canal has exceeded the promised width, then the landowner can ask the pipeline companies to restore his marsh in accord with the terms of the contract.

For more on this subject, read the following article, which delves into how courts have evaluated restoration-of-marsh damages. Louisianans, families, and communities must be allowed to enjoy the protection and bounty of their wetlands for generations to come.

 

On Tuesday, December 14, 2021, a helicopter crashed on the Interstate 10 bridge over the Bonnett Carre Spillway during fog after clipping an Entergy Louisiana transmission line. The pilot, Jason Hawley, was pronounced dead at the scene. The accident briefly cut electricity to over 20,000 customers in Kenner and Metairie and caused a multi-parish traffic jam on I-10. The Bell 407 chopper was headed from Gonzales to Lakefront Airport in New Orleans to pick up passengers that afternoon.

The National Transportation Safety Board will take the lead on the crash investigation with assistance from the Federal Aviation Administration.

Broussard & David extends their condolences to Jason Hawley’s family and friends. Broussard & David also wants to remind all pilots to take the necessary precautions that are needed during bad weather.

When a worker is injured at work, legislators have determined that it is in society’s best interests if those medical injuries are covered as quickly as possible by Workers’ Compensation. Workers’ Comp means that the worker does not have to prove that his boss was negligent in order to get basic medical care.

However, sometimes the workplace injury was caused by one of two types of intentional acts.  The first type is when a fellow worker intentionally seeks to make contact with a fellow worker, leading to the injury.  Then, the worker is entitled to seek damages in a court of law and is not limited to the remedy of workers’ compensation.  The second type of work-place injury that falls outside the scope of workers’ compensation remedies is when the workplace practice is substantially certain to lead to the injury.

If you are interested in learning more about what types of injuries have been deemed “intentional acts” over the past twenty years, read this article.

February 28, 2021, 14-year old Zalee Gail Day-Smith was killed near her home after an oil field tank battery exploded while she was hanging out with friends. Oil field tank batteries are storage sites for oil wells that are not connected to major pipelines. These large metal tanks can hold hundreds of thousands of gallons of crude oil, and can give off flammable fumes. Zalee Gail Day-Smith and her friends would frequently hang out around these tanks where there was no fence, gate, or warning signs.

Despite not knowing exactly what happened at the site when Day-Smith died, new rules have been put in place to minimize the chance of it happening again.

Tank sites within 500 feet of a home or highway, 1,000 feet of a church or school, or anywhere within the limits of a town, city or village must follow these rules:

On Sunday, August 9, 2021, a party barge reportedly operated by a Lafayette resident hit a group of children on an inner tube on False River. The children ranged in age from 8 to 14. The boater(s) reportedly fled the scene of the accident. Investigators say that the driver of the boat went home and refused to take a sobriety test.  The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is investigating the incident.  Although there were no fatalities, one of the children was airlifted to a Baton Rouge hospital and may face prolonged recovery time.

Broussard & David reminds boaters and spotters to be vigilant when operating a vessel and/or pulling a tube. Further, please take boater education safety courses offered for free at the Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries website: https://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/page/boater-education.

The attorneys at Broussard & David have the knowledge and experience necessary to handle boating and tubing incident cases and will fight to obtain fair compensation for the injuries of yourself or your loved ones. If you, or a loved one has suffered harm because of the fault of another, contact the attorneys at Broussard & David to discuss your legal rights at (337) 233-2323 (local) or (888) 337-2323 (toll-free).