Lifestyle changes — how to make them stick

We know we need to make a change in our lifestyle — to lose weight, exercise more, eat healthier, learn to relax, quit smoking. Our intentions are good, and we start with a burst of enthusiasm. At some point, we hit a bump in the road. Vacation disrupts our exercise routine. A stressful day has […]
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Coping with caregiving

A recent Pew Research survey showed that one in four adults in the United States provides some form of care for an elderly relative or a child with health challenges or disabilities. Caring for a loved one can be rewarding. But the daily strain of arranging, overseeing and sometimes directly providing care can take its toll […]
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Beware of skimmers at the pump

The Federal Trade Commission is warning consumers to be alert for credit card skimmers. Skimmers are illegal card readers attached to a payment terminal, such as a gas pump or an ATM machine. Identity thieves can use data obtained from cards passed through a skimmer to make online purchases. Gas pumps are particularly attractive to thieves […]
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Confidentiality and attorney-client privilege

Confidentiality and attorney-client privilege are two legal rules that protect your privacy when communicating with your attorney. They are an important part of our legal system. These two rules are similar, and both are intended to encourage you to discuss freely all the facts of your case without fear that information you reveal to your […]
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Maritime Workers and Occupational Health and Safety Requirements

There are several federal laws that regulate maritime worker safety, including the Jones Act, the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, and general maritime law. But there’s another federal law that also sets safety standards for the maritime industry. That is the Occupational Health and Safety (OSH) Act, which is implemented by the federal Occupational […]
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What Federal Law Applies to Offshore Drilling Injuries?

Dozens of offshore oil-and-gas production platforms were evacuated in the Gulf of Mexico last month to protect workers from Hurricane Harvey. According to the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, as of August 29, 2017, workers from 102 platforms (out of 737 manned platforms in the Gulf) and 5 drilling rigs (out of 10) […]
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Louisiana Has Most Distracted Drivers in U.S.

Be careful when driving in Louisiana, because drivers here aren’t always paying attention. In fact, Louisiana has the most distracted drivers in the country, according to a recently released study. (That’s also one of the reasons that Louisiana has the second-most expensive car insurance premiums, averaging $1,921.) Between 2011-2015, there were 26,977 people injured because […]
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Car Crashes Leading Cause of Death for U.S. Teens

Car accidents are the leading cause of death for teenagers in the United States, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In 2015, 2,333 teens between the ages of 16-19 were killed in motor vehicle crashes, and in 2014, there were 221,313 teens treated in emergency rooms for car accident injuries. […]
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Seamen, Maritime Workers Should Prepare for Hurricane Season

It’s officially hurricane season, and seamen and other maritime workers need to take extra precautions. In fact, forecasters from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predict that the 2017 hurricane season will be more active than normal. While no hurricanes have formed yet, tropical storm Cindy recently made landfall in Louisiana before weakening into a […]
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Company Asks Court to Determine Whether Injured Worker Is Seaman

An Assumption Parish man and Viral Investments, LLC (doing business as DHD Offshore Services) can’t agree on whether the man is an “injured seaman” within the meaning of the Jones Act. In fact, the company has filed a complaint for a declaratory judgment, which essentially means that it is asking a court to say that […]
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