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Life Pro Tip: Fire Extinguishers Make Great Gifts

Fire safety

Often overlooked, but potentially life saving fire extinguisher

Know somebody with a new house or apartment? Need a great housewarming gift? A useful but inexpensive Christmas gift? Something for a baby shower? A birthday gift? A fire extinguisher is a fantastic gift that is both unique and potentially life-saving.

Many homes in the U.S. don’t have fire extinguishers. Kitchen, electrical, or even candle fires can become a major catastrophe if the right equipment is not at hand. Most inspected U.S. apartment homes are required by law to have fire extinguishers, and have them inspected, at certain frequencies. But, it’s still a good idea to have more on hand.

A smoke detector is a must as well, but if you don’t have a fire extinguisher, there is little that can be done to stop a small fire. Because of carpeting, upholstered furniture, papers, etc. fires spread very quickly – from often something that is relatively small to a huge conflagration in minutes.

Water often makes a grease fire worse. However, many types of fire extinguishers can slow or even stop a grease fire. Check the label to see what type of fire the extinguisher is rated to fight. Different fire extinguishers handle different types of fires. Often, a fire extinguisher is handy in the garage, the kitchen, in bedrooms, and near outdoor cooking spaces.

Often, people don’t think of a fire extinguisher. Hopefully, they will never need one. However, when one is needed, it is needed as an emergency.

So, the next time you are scratching your head for a unique, often inexpensive yet thoughtful gift, consider a fire extinguisher. The recipient may literally thank you for saving their life!

Contact the Law Firm if you need any advice on personal injuries. or (225) 933-1500

OPEC Hinting At Oil Production Cutback: Oil Prices Rise

Oil Production Critical to States’ Economy: Offshore and River Worker’s Jobs

Oil prices rose on Monday, reversing earlier losses. This is after sources said OPEC and its partners were considering extending their existing supply deal possibly into next year. This means that production from OPEC producing companies will be limited, by agreement, keeping supplies lower. While bad for gasoline prices, this is good news to the U.S. oil market, including Louisiana, whose job base and tax structure is tied to oil production.,

On Monday, Brent crude was up 34 cents at $49.44 a barrel at 1410 GMT, having recovered from a session low of $48.65. U.S. light crude was up 35 cents at $46.57 a barrel, up from an intraday low of $45.83.

What the rumor is, and according to some sources, including some in OPEC, the group and its non-OPEC partners were considering an extension to the current deal, which comprises an output cut of 1.8 million barrels per day (bpd), for nine months or more. Anytime OPEC countries cut production, or at least agree to limiting production, it is generally a good sign for the U.S. Oil industry.

The efforts of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries to reduce global oil inventories have been undermined by a surge in U.S. drilling, which has knocked more than 10 percent off the price of oil in the last month. OPEC meets on May 25, when it is expected to discuss prolonging the cuts to the end of 2017, although analysts say a further extension may not be enough. See story here.

Jack-Up Rigs, Semi-Submersible Rigs, drilling ships, supply vessels, deckhands, toolpushers, floorhands, captains, the list is endless for jobs and devices used both inland and offshore to drill for oil in Louisiana.

The Law Firm wants to help you if you sustain a personal injury offshore or on the river.  Attorney Ed Kramer has over 26 years representing many offshore workers and Jones Act seamen. Call (225) 933-1500 or visit for a free consultation.


Asbestos and Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that comes from contact with asbestos, and many personal injury victims in Baton Rouge have contracted this disease.  In fact, it can come from ‘secondary hand’ contact such as the case of Linda Coates. Mrs Coates, 64, from Newcastle has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, a form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. She is now appealing for information from her late husband’s colleagues as she believes she came into contact with the substance while washing his work overalls.

Electrician David Coates died in 2002 after almost 30 years of marriage. In February medics told Mrs Coates in February 2016 she has the terminal disease. Mrs Coates has instructed expert asbestos-related disease lawyers at Irwin Mitchell to investigate how she came into contact with the hazardous substance and is trying to track down his former colleagues to help her fight for justice.

She said: ‘My mesothelioma diagnosis came completely out of the blue for me and I was even more shocked when I found out it may have been caused by inhaling asbestos dust and fibres my husband brought home on his overalls.

‘I remember how dusty and dirty the overalls used to be when he came home and I used to get annoyed when he sat on the sofa with the overalls on. I always used to wash his overalls when he was working, but I never knew the dust and fibres might have been asbestos.

Mesothelioma tends to develop 10 to 40 years after exposure to asbestos. State laws called statutes of limitations usually give people one to five years (depending on the state) from the diagnosis or discovery of mesothelioma to file a lawsuit. But it’s important to act promptly, because in a few states, including California, Tennessee, and Louisiana, the statue of limitations is only one year from diagnosis.

Most asbestos cases are settled before they ever get to a jury (meaning the parties agree outside of court to the amount of money damages the mesothelioma victim will get). If you have gathered all the facts about your medical condition and employment history, and your lawyer runs an efficient office, and there is an easily identifiable payment source — such as an insurance company or an asbestos victims’ trust fund — you may get your money in less than a year from the date your lawsuit is filed. But in other situations, where the amount of money damages depends on going to trial (or at least threatening to do so), it can take two years or more. Fortunately, the court rules in many states recognize that mesothelioma victims have a short life expectancy and as a result, fast track their lawsuits.

There are a few ‘global’ class action cases wherein defendants have agreed to pay money.  In many instances, local attorneys will ‘sign up’ local residents, and then refer the case out for a fee.  This is acceptable as long as you, the client are aware of this and to whom the case will be referred and what each attorney is receiving.  It is advantageous to you if you hire Law Firm because we do not simply ‘sign you, and ship you’ to another law firm.  While we may refer or associate another firm, we stay up-to-date on your case so that you have a local attorney you can call or visit for information on YOUR case.

If you or a loved on has Mesothelioma or have questions, contact the Law Firm, LLC at for (225) 933-1500.

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Facebook Stories latest expression in Social Media Technology

Facebook Stories latest expression in Social Media Technology

According to USA Today, Facebook on Tuesday began rolling out Stories, which encourages people to share photos and videos with friends that vanish after 24 hours.  Facebook Stories is the latest expression of Social Media Technology.

The new feature, borrowed from popular messaging service Snapchat, is being introduced along with a slew of new camera effects and a new way to share photos and videos privately with friends on iOS and Android.

The visual bent is a radical departure for Facebook, which got its start in a Harvard University dorm room 13 years ago as a way for college kids to connect with words. Now the camera is taking the place of the keyboard as the dominant way that people express their thoughts, feelings and experiences online, Facebook says.

With Facebook Stories, people will share snapshots of interspersed moments from their lives strung together in a digital slideshow for friends to view and comment on before they disappear into digital dust.

For Facebook, this is a bid to coax young people — and people of all ages — to share more on the giant social network. The more time people spend on Facebook, the more ads they can be shown.   Technology is changing daily.  www.InjuredGo.Com Law firm is working to utilize the latest in technology – legal, medical, expert witness – to help our clients get the most responsive service and the maximum value for their personal injury claim. Facebook Page

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