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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.


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.

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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!

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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.

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injuredGo.com wants to promote the pursuit of civil justice as redressed through the enforcement of personal injury rights.

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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.


$100 Million Suit Filed Against Fyre Festival

The Fyre Festival was billed as having “first-class culinary experiences and a luxury atmosphere,” and “Private Luxury Villas” in the Bahamas turned out to be quite different.  Four days after the close of the festival, a $100 million dollar lawsuit has been filed against event organizers Ja Rule, Billy McFarland, and their company, Fyre Media, Inc.

As thousands of attendees found out, what was supposed to be a luxury experience degraded into burning tents, roving bands of hooligans, feral dogs, lack of cell service, terrible almost nonexistent food, and anarchy at the bar.

The “Private Luxury Villas” were, in fact, USAID disaster relief tents.

The lawsuit, filed by famed attorneys Geragos & Geragos from Los Angeles, alleges “The festival’s lack of adequate food, water, shelter, and medical care created a dangerous and panicked situation among attendees—suddenly finding themselves stranded on a remote island without basic provisions—that was closer to ‘The Hunger Games’ or ‘Lord of the Flies’ than Coachella.”

The lawsuit also specifies $100 million in damages “Plaintiff brings this class action on behalf of all ticket buyers and festival attendees defrauded and wronged by Defendants, and seeks damages in excess of $100,000,000.00 on behalf of himself and the Class.”

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Update May 28, 2017: “A petition to consolidate civil class action lawsuits against Fyre Media and company co-founders Billy McFarland and Ja Rule will come before a panel of federal court judges in Los Angeles on July 27. Meanwhile, the criminal investigation continues, with grand jury subpoenas issued and involvement by U.S. attorneys in California.

Plaintiff litigators expect the Fyre defense team will, on or before that day, move to put the civil cases on hold pending the outcome of the criminal proceedings, still in the early stages but now active on both coasts, as assistant U.S. attorneys and FBI agents in New York, Florida, and California gather evidence.” Fyre Festival Variety

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Property Owner Legacy Lawsuits Against Oil Companies

Recently, State Rep. Beryl Amedee (R-Gray) addressed the St. Mary Parish Chamber of Commerce legislative breakfast.  She stated that the so -called “legacy lawsuits” contribute to the the state’s slow job recovery, noting the backlog of legacy lawsuits against the oil industry.

These ‘legacy lawsuits’ go after the oil industry whereby property owners attempt to reclaim damage done to their land by oil companies. In 2003, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Corbello v. Iowa Production, that it was possible for property owners to recover from oil companies the costs necessary to restore their property to its original condition, regardless of the value of the property.

It is these types of suit that some claim have put Louisiana at an economic disadvantage.

Proponents argue that the oil companies have damages so much land in Louisiana, that it is necessary to restore our lands to usable condition.

Since the decision was made the the US Supreme Court level, there is not much that can be done to change the law, unless there is another case that the Court selects to hear and change the rules for these suits.

Typically, a legacy lawsuit refers to a lawsuit by a landowner claiming that oil and gas operations, often many years ago, caused his property to become polluted and contaminated.   These suits typically name every operator who ever worked at the site as defendants, often going back decades.  Legislation was enacted to balance the rights of landowners with the requirement to clean up sites.

If you have land that may be contaminated, or you feel you have been wronged, call the InjuredGO.com Law Firm at (225) 933-1500 or visit www.injuredGo.com.


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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

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Free High-Speed Internet for Louisiana Schools – Rejected?

No Free High Speed Internet for Louisiana Schools

Despite detailed assurances from top state officials, an offer to set up a no-cost, high speed Louisiana internet network for cash-strapped public schools across Louisiana died recently amid conflicting claims on the merits of the plan.

The state Board of Regents, with support from Gov. John Bel Edwards, made the offer to district superintendents and later provided point-by-point rebuttals to concerns raised by wary educators and their lawyers.

What did essentially kill the deal for most superintendents was a sharp critique of the plan a few weeks later by a Baton Rouge-based law firm. It concluded that superintendents should reject the offer.

“Due to the lack of information, it is our recommendation that the agreement not be executed,” according a three-page letter from the Hammonds, Sills, Adkins & Guice law firm.

The letter questioned the value of assurances offered by the Board of Regents; said accepting the offer could prohibit districts from filing future e-rate requests with the FCC; and once the network was up and running, the state could charge local districts whatever it wanted.

It also questioned the state’s pledge to put up 10 percent of the construction costs, citing possible problems if districts backed out later and questioned whether subscription fees would be based on usage.

One week later, the Board of Regents, with assistance from Louisiana Optical Network Initiative officials, replied with a rebuttal to each concern. They offered to bind the state to the plan, said it would not keep districts from future e-rate applications and disputed claims of any excessive charges in the offing. It said the state’s pledge to finance 10 percent of the construction costs was solid, downplayed concerns about possible problems for districts that opted out later and said subscription fees would not be based on usage.

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The rejection was centered upon a 3-page legal opinion.  Some agree, some disagree.  Why not get a free evaluation of your personal injury case by a serious, experienced attorney?  Ed Kramer and the InjuredGo.com Law Firm stand ready to help YOU. (225) 933-1500 or www.InjuredGo.com