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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.

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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

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

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Louisiana Medical Malpractice Bill Shelved

Louisiana Medical Malpractice Bill Proposed System Changes

Two Louisiana Medical Malpractice bills calling for an increase in the $500,000 cap on economic damages for medical malpractice has prompted lawmakers to consider broader changes in state laws.  The House Civil Law and Procedure Committee voted Thursday to put the two measures on hold for the current legislative session.

House Bill 526 by Rep. Gene Reynolds, D-Dubberly, and House Bill 51 by Rep. Steve Pugh, R-Tangipahoa, were held in committee. But there was a consensus that the measures raised issues that needed to be reviewed in a broader context, a scrutiny that would involve not only lawmakers but those involved, such as doctors and personal injury lawyers.

HB526 would have extended the amount of time plaintiffs have to file a medical malpractice suit from 12 months to 18 months after the discovery of the incident, and moving from three year to five years from the time of the incident.  The current laws have not changed in decades.

The bill also would have adjusted the cap on recoverable damages, which currently sits at a $500,000 limit, but limits awards for non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering, to $350,000. It defines the limit on economic damages to the “actual cost of past and future medical care and related benefits.”  This may or may not be an improvement for the recovery of the victims, whose recoverable damages are often lower than their actual losses.

Corey Shadd, who testified in favor of the legislation and noted his grandmother died because of misdiagnosis, emphasized the current cap was enacted 43 years ago and has not been changed since.

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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.

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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.

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Insurance Company Refuses Offer to Settle

Insurance Company Refuses Offer to Settle of $25,000; Jury Awards $4.4 Million

Following a 2015 Gwinnett County, GA verdict awarding $3.7 million to a man whose back was injured in an auto accident, his lawyers collected another $700,000 in attorney fees after the insurance company refuses offer to settle under Georgia’s offer of settlement statute.

The insurance company refused multiple offers to settle for her policy limits of $25,000 early in the litigation, and later declined a $475,000 settlement offer. The insurer offered to pay $11,000 in response to the early demands meant it was aware that its driver bore some liability.  The plaintiff had $13,000 in medicals and made a $25,000 demand.

The lead attorney for the defendant insurer, Waldon Adelman Castilla Hiestand & Prout partner Daniel Prout, Jr., did not respond to requests for comment concerning the settlement.

The accident happened in 2012 when a Chevrolet Colorado driven by Walter Smalls was struck by a Lincoln Navigator driven by Maria Camarillo. Smalls’ 18-year-old daughter, a passenger in the pickup truck, was the more seriously injured, although Smalls suffered abrasions to his face and a leg injury. After he was released from the hospital, Smalls experienced a sharp pain in his back that continued to worsen despite treatment. Then a 47-year-old electrician, Smalls ultimately required surgery and had to give up his profession, his lawyers said.

Camarillo’s insurer, Omni Indemnity, paid her $25,000 policy limits to Smalls’ daughter after a pretrial demand but refused four policy limit demands on Smalls’ behalf. The insurer responded with an offer of $11,000 and continued to decline policy limit demands as Smalls’ medical bills mounted. After Smalls sued in Gwinnett County State Court in 2013, the insurer offered Camarillo’s $25,000 limit during a mediation, which was declined. In 2014, Omni Indemnity turned down the $475,000 offer of judgment, and a few months before trial it rejected a demand for $1.2 million.

Following a four-day trial before Judge Pam South, the jury returned a $3.7 million verdict in November 2015.  Full Story

Call InjuredGo.com if you feel that you have a case and want to be treated fairly by the Insurance Company.  (225) 933-1500

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Texting Accident Injuries Caused by a Distracted Driver More Common than Ever

Shocking Statistics: More Texting Accident Injuries Than Ever

The numbers illustrating the dangers of cell phone texting accident injuries while driving are downright startling. In fact, at any given time throughout the day, approximately 660,000 drivers are attempting to use their phones while behind the wheel of an automobile.

Cell phone distraction rates are alarmingly high. We hope with a little information, you’ll make the right decision when you’re on the road.

General Cell Phone Statistics

  • The National Safety Council reports that cell phone use while driving leads to 1.6 million crashes each year.
  • Nearly 330,000 injuries occur each year from accidents caused by texting while driving.
  • 1 out of every 4 car accidents in the United States is caused by texting and driving.
  • Texting while driving is 6x more likely to cause an accident than driving drunk.
  • Answering a text takes away your attention for about five seconds. Traveling at 55 mph, that’s enough time to travel the length of a football field.
  • Texting while driving causes a 400% increase in time spent with eyes off the road.
  • Of all cell phone related tasks, texting is by far the most dangerous activity.
  • 94% of drivers support a ban on texting while driving.
  • 74% of drivers support a ban on hand-held cell phone use.
  • Teen Driver Cell Phone Statistics

11 teens die every day as a result of texting while driving.

  • According to an AAA poll, 94% of teen drivers acknowledge the dangers of texting and driving, but 35% admitted to doing it anyway.
  • 21% of teen drivers involved in fatal accidents were distracted by their cell phones.
  • Teen drivers are 4x more likely than adults to get into car crashes or near-crashes when talking or texting on a cell phone.
  • A teen driver with only one additional passenger doubles the risk of getting into a fatal car accident. With two or more passengers, they are 5x as likely.
  • 2013 U.S. Cell Phone and Driving Statistics

In 2013, 3,154 people were killed in distraction-related crashes. About 424,000 people were injured in crashes involving a distracted driver. In 2013, 10% of all drivers ages 15 to 19 involved in fatal accidents were reported to be distracted at the time of the crash.Researchers from the University of Washington monitored

Injured By a Texting Driver? Contact Us Today

As cell phone use and driving become a national problem, the chances of being involved in a car accident with a distracted driver increase. If you’re ever injured by the carelessness of another driver, contact our law firm for a free consultation.

There’s never a fee to call and speak with us, and you’re never obligated to hire our law firm after you call. Get the answers you need.  InjuredGo.com Law Firm stands ready to help you.  Contact us at (225) 933-1500 or visit www.InjuredGo.com