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Pirate Treasure in Ft. Walton Destin area Might Be Right Under Your Feet!

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Unbelievable Treasure Hidden in Ft. Walton Destin Area

The bay area near Ft. Walton Beach and Destin, Florida is named ‘Choctawatchee Bay’ and is home to at least a dozen of pirate shipwrecks, holding gold and treasure that can only be imagined. Treasure, both intentionally hidden, and from shipwrecks, has been found. Most experts agree that it still exists in and around our favorite beach areas. Yes, there is likely treasure in Ft. Walton Destin area.

The U.S. Treasure Atlas states that over the years, several bags of gold coins and bars of silver have been discovered on Santa Rosa Island, home of Ft. Walton Beach, lending credence to the consensus that this is the site of a major cache of gold and silver.

Some think that the pirate loot may be hidden on the mainland in the Fort Walton Beach area; others place the hoard on various smaller islands in the Choctawatchee Bay. Some may be found on the various shipwrecks in the bay itself.  Map of Wrecks

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Shipwreck on Google Earth in Choctawatchee Bay. There is a story of a pirate Captain scuttling a fully-laden pirate ship of gold in the Bay. Most sources put the lagoon somewhere on the Choctawatchee Bay, which runs from Ft. Walton Beach to past Destin.  Some wrecks can be seen on Google Earth.

Billy Bowlegs was the most famous of all – and the one thought to have lost or hid the most gold. Several “Billy Bowlegs” are known to have exist. Perhaps the most famous was a man named ‘Bowles’ from Maryland, who later went by “Billy Bowlegs.”  He British loyalist who  came to Pensacola with his regiment after the Revolutionary War. Flamboyant, rebellious and commanding, he was dismissed from service for insubordination and befriended by the Creek Indians.

His pirating began in 1781 after the Spanish took control of Pensacola.

Gold bars have been found on several occasions – either buried or from wrecks.  According to sources at the time, in June 1958, Mrs. Beulah Croaker found several treasure caches on Santa Rosa Island near the present-day Ft. Walton Beach. She then started buying up land to excavate. The following year F.L. Coffman and Bud Worth found and excavated a pirate ship, the Mysterio in the N.E. corner of Choctawhatchee Bay. This is slightly past the present-day Mid-Bay Bridge. They managed to locate and bring up 117 bars of silver.

Again, in 1965, Mr. L. Frank Hudson found a cache of gold bars on Santa Rosa Island. He was caught by the local authorities and the gold was confiscated. In 1978, Don Williams of Ft. Meyers, found pirate graves on the east end of Santa Rosa Island, just before the military base. He dug them up and found silver coins, jPirate Map of Carribeanewelry, a flintlock pistol and other artifacts

The area is also home to shipwrecks of Spanish Galleons and Pirate Ships and other vessels of all sorts. Underwater, the whole bay is littered with shipwrecks. Today, it makes up part of the Intercostal waterway, where tugs and other vessels of commerce traverse. Pleasure Boaters from “Crab Island” to fisherpersons of all sorts crisscross over untold riches.

Ft. Walton Beach also hosts its annual “Billy Bowlegs Pirate Festival commemorating the most famous pirate thought to have buried or lost gold in the area.  This year, its next month, June 2 & 3, 2017. 2017 Ft. Walton Beach Pirate Festival

injuredGo.com Law Firm represents injured seamen (yes, even perhaps pirates!) and offers free consultations.  On the River or Offshore we want to help you recover your own treasure commensurate with your personal injury claim.  Call us at (225) 933-1500 or visit injuredGo.com.

 

 

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State Supreme Court Looks at Immunity Statute in City Park Horse Bite Personal Injury Claim

Louisiana “Equine Activity Immunity” Statute Examined in Serious Personal Injury Case

On September 23, 2013, Danielle Larson, an Illinois resident, but frequent visitor to New Orleans’ City Park horse facility was bitten by a horse.  On May 3, 2017, the legal odyssey for Ms. Larson continues with a ruling by the Louisiana State Supreme Court in Larson v. XYZ Insurance Company. Ultimately the court decides that Louisiana’s Equine Activity Immunity Statute did not apply.

On this day, as Larson was visiting with the horses, she arrived at a stall where a pony, Wesley, was standing at the gate. Larson placed a carrot in her hand and held it out, but the carrot was knocked from her hand by the horse, causing the carrot to fall to the ground. As Larson squatted down to pick up the carrot, Wesley also reached for the carrot. Instead of biting the carrot, however, Wesley bit off Larson’s thumb.

Larson required substantial medical care. Doctors attached her injured hand to her groin for four weeks to keep what remained of her hand viable. Larson will have to be fitted for a prosthetic thumb or transfer a toe to her hand.

Ouch!

Because of the serious personal injuries sustained, Larson filed a Petition for Damages alleging that Equest Farm and its insurer were liable for her injuries under theories of negligence and strict liability.  However, Louisiana provides immunity for “participants” of “equine activities” under certain conditions. The Horse Farm asserted that the Equine Immunity Statute, La. R.S. 9:2795.3 applied and that Larson, although seriously injured, should not be granted recovery against it.

It was stated that Larson, who visited Equest Farm for the purpose of visiting and feeding horses owned by that facility, was a “participant” and should not recover.

The original court dismissed Larson’s case, citing the immunity statute.  However, she appealed.

The court of appeal reversed the summary judgment, finding that Larson was not a participant engaged in an equine activity, and thus the farm was not afforded immunity under the statute. Larson v. XYZ Ins., 2015-0704 (La. App. 4 Cir. 3/23/16), 192 So.3d 181. The appeal court concluded that the definition of “engages in an equine activity” found in subsection (A)(1) of the statute, which must be strictly construed, does not include “a visitor to a stable who feeds treats to a horse.”

So then, the farm and its insurer appealed to the Louisiana State Supreme Court.

Here, the Louisiana State Supreme Court agreed with the court of appeal and found that more facts and examination of the immunity statute were warranted.

The bottom line, Danielle Larson might recover for her serious personal injures after all.

This type of case illustrates how important it is to hire an attorney who can handle your serious personal injury case. Insurers and others don’t want to pay money for claims if they don’t have to pay. Here, Ms. Larson had her case dismissed, then reinstated, and now affirmed by the Louisiana State Supreme Court.

Contact injuredGo.com Law Firm at (225) 933-1500 or visit injuredGo.com if you need legal advice regarding a serious personal injury. We offer free consultations and are glad to help you if we can.

 

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Life Pro Tip: Fire Extinguishers Make Great Gifts

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

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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 injuredGo.com 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 injuredGo.com for a free consultation.

Ford Car Crash

Parents of 8-year-old killed in crash sue Ford for $1 million

An 8-year-old girl killed in a Texas car crash have filed a $1 million wrongful death suit.  The defendants include the accused drunk driver and Ford Motor Company, according to court records and recent reports.

The deceased child, Kelsey Nalepa, was killed earlier this month after a Jeep Grand Cherokee crashed into her family’s 2009 Ford Expedition.  Her father, Marcus Nalepa, was driving.  The family has stopped in traffic when the defendant, Erika Diebel’s, Jeep crashed into the family’s vehicle. The child was seatbelted in on the driver’s side of the car.  However, she hit the seat in front of her after the seatbelt failed, according to the lawsuit.

Nightmares became real when her parents turned around to check on their daughter, who was bloodied and unconscious. The little girl was flown to Memorial Hermann Hospital where she died two days later.  The defendant, Erika Diebel, 41, was arrested Thursday and charged with intoxication manslaughter.  According to reports, her blood alcohol content was more than three times the legal limit.

The lawsuit also describes the 2009 Ford Expedition “unreasonably dangerous,” and says it was foreseeable that the driver’s side seat would fail, smashing into Kelsey’s head.

“This lawsuit is brought in part to exhaust all remedies allowed by law to determine responsibility for this tragedy and to hopefully make a difference so no other family will have to bury their child and endure the torture of such a loss,” the family’s lawyers write in the suit.

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Harvard MD testified that J&J Talcum Powder Caused Cancer

In a seminal trial being held in Missouri, a jury heard testimony from a Harvard epidemiologist that he has reached “medical and scientific certainty” that a woman’s daily use of Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder products for four decades was the primary reason she developed ovarian tumors.  The plaintiff, Lois Slemp, had used J&J’s Shower to Shower products for decades and developed ovarian tumors.

It was in the tenth day of trial when epidemiologist and gynecologist Dr. Daniel Cramer was called to testify.  The defendants are Johnson & Johnson and Imerys Talc America, Inc., Johnson & Johnson’s supplier.

During testimony, Dr. Cramer testified that he had assessed the plaintiff’s medical and lifestyle factors.  Further opining, he stated that J&J’s talcum powder was the likely cause of her ovarian tumors, and that while Slemp’s obesity, family history of several different cancers and several decades of smoking all could have had some impact, it was her use of talc that weighed the most.

Dr Cramer stated that “First of all, she used talc daily for 40 years. That’s a lot of talc.”  “It was my opinion to a reasonable degree of medical and scientific certainty that Ms. Slemp’s genital use of talc was the major contributing cause and substantial cause in the development of her serious borderline tumor.”

Dr. Cramer also pointed out that Slemp had been genetically tested, and was found not to be carrying the genes BRCA1 and BRCA2, which are known to increase the risk of ovarian cancer.  Dr. Cramer further tested that it “almost speaks for itself” that the reason talc particles were found in the ovarian tissue Slemp had removed was the woman’s use of J&J’s talc-based baby powder and Shower to Shower products.

As an expert witness and researcher, Dr. Cramer is noted for being one of the first scientists to suggest a link between genital-area use of talcum powder and ovarian cancer.  This began with a 1982 study that Smith displayed for the jury. The attorney also had Cramer discuss an article he published in a medical journal in 1985 urging doctors to warn their patients away from using talc on their genitals.

If you or a loved one has ovarian cancer and have used J&J talc products, visit injuredGo.com or call (225) 933-1500 for a free consultation.

Mesothelioma

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 InjuredGo.com 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 inJuredGo.com Law Firm, LLC at InjuredGo.com for (225) 933-1500.

Nafta Louisiana Shipping

NAFTA, Shipping, and Jobs in Louisiana

According to reports, the White House is considering a withdrawal from NAFTA in the coming days.  However, President Donald Trump has not yet decided how to proceed, according to two senior administration officials.  The implications for this for Louisiana may not be good.

But if the result of Trump’s policy turn is ultimately a decline in global trade, Louisiana could wind up as collateral damage in the effort to shore up U.S. employment.

When considering America’s 100 largest metropolitan areas, Baton Rouge ranks as the MOST DEPENDENT in the country on exports.  Exports measure out to about 25% of Baton Rouge’s gross domestic product, according to a report last week by the Brookings Institution.  The New Orleans area comes in third, with exports accounting for nearly one-fifth of its GDP.  Both of these metro areas are heavily port and shipping by vessel economically tied.

The White House is currently mulling an executive order declaring the US’ intent to withdraw from NAFTA, a move that could trigger a renegotiation of the trade pact rather than outright withdrawal, the officials said.

But Trump could also simply launch the US into renegotiations of the trade pact with Canada and Mexico rather than making a bold move declaring the US’ intent to withdraw.

Mexico accounted for nearly $5.9 billion worth of exports from Louisiana in 2015. A 20 percent tariff on Mexican imports — as suggested by a Trump Spokesperson — could put a huge damper on that trade.

Workers in Louisiana are already hobbled by low oil prices, indicating lower jobs in the oilfield.  A withdrawal from NAFTA could signal further job losses in Louisiana.

See updates to this story at NOLA.com

The injuredGo.com Law Firm Represents those who are hurt on the river or offshore.  Call us if you have any questions regarding an injury occurring on a boat, a barge, a vessel of any type.  (225) 933-1500

Expert Testimony personal injury

Abraham Lincoln – Quality Legal Services

When Abraham Lincoln practiced law, he provided quality legal services.

Perhaps Lincoln’s greatest asset as a lawyer was his ability to simplify cases, and provide quality legal services. He was able to reduce even complex cases to a few key points. He put legal disputes into simple focus. He had a gift for brevity and clarity. Lincoln’s special talent was logical oral argument and not legal research. He had an uncanny ability to ‘read’ juries and influence them with his persuasive arguments. Lincoln always had a law partner. Lincoln’s fees were usually in the $5 to $20 range, but he once charged $5,000. Lincoln represented the Illinois Central Railroad throughout the 1850’s. In the McLean County Tax case, a case Lincoln won for the railroad, he charged his largest fee ever: $5,000, but he had to sue the railroad to collect his money.  Full Story

Some firms today, represent personal injury victims in a settlement mill fashion.

Today’s times are far more complex.  At InjuredGo.com Personal Injury Law Firm, LLC, Ed Kramer strives to give you the personal service and attention that you deserve from a professional.  But, unlike Abraham Lincoln, InjuredGo.com knows that a pool of talent is better for your case- to simplify the issues and help prove your damages.Abraham Lincoln

Expert witnesses are essential in many personal injury cases.

Expert testimonies usually occurs in cases involving:

  • Physics
  • Engineering
  • Statistics
  • Violation of standards
  • Violations of safety rules
  • Violations of custom and practice
  • Permanent injury
  • Causation
  • Issues pertaining of standard of care in medical or legal malpractice cases

The most common use of an expert in a personal injury case is probably the treating physician.  He is needed to place the issue of permanent disability and causation before the jury.  For example, to prove that a plaintiff has a permanent back injury and that it was caused by the accident in question, the plaintiff’ attorney needs to call either a treating physician or a hired expert to testify that the injury is permanent and caused by the accident.   In most personal injury cases, a treating physician or hired expert may be called to testify, or at least their records and opinions therein obtained.   The more complex the case, the more experts will generally be called, or otherwise utilized.

Ed Kramer has worked with many experts in many fields.  In preparing your case, we use expert testimony when necessary to let the insurance company know that we are ready bring your case before a jury.  If the a reasonable, or even maximum award is not offered, the insurer knows it is likely to face a trial, which is more expensive and involves more risk.  But your case is worth putting all efforts toward it, and to achieving the highest possible settlement or award.

Call us today at (225) 933-1500 or visit InjuredGo.com

Road Construction Projects Dangerous for Workers and Motorists

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Many Accidents Occur During Road Construction Projects

Working on the side of a roadway, a road construction project or construction site has inherent dangers. Roadway workers know that and take great pride in following safety standards to keep themselves and their crews safe. Often, truck mounted attenuators – a high-tech accordion-like device on the back of a vehicle – protects crews by absorbing the blow from a vehicle entering the work zone. Automated Flagger machines are being used in areas where it’s just too dangerous to have someone standing next to traffic.

But construction zone accidents still occur and sometimes it because of a faulty design, not following the construction plan or a wayward motorist.

Attorney Ed Kramer has tried cases involving road construction accidents. These type of accidents can involve persons becoming injured in a car crash into another car; or because the road surface is somehow compromised and unsafe. One such case resulted in an award to Attorney Kramer’s client of our $1 million.

Often, when you enter upon a road construction project, as a motorist, you are routed to a lane of travel determined by barriers and markings. Sometimes this plan of routing is flawed or dangerous.  It can lead to car accidents. These accidents can involve personal injuries and even death.  Some that Ed Kramer has handled involve brain injuries.  These are all very serious and very unfortunate.

Consider InjuredGo.com for your personal injury claim if you are hurt in a construction zone. From car accidents to big truck wrecks, we will handle your case professionally.