Original post: Louisiana Record on March 10, 2017 by Michael Abella
LAFAYETTE – A Lafayette Parish resident alleges she was injured in a motor vehicle accident with a federal employee.
Crystal Gerard filed a complaint on March 3 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana, Lafayette Division against the United States of America alleging that the government entity failed to perform its obligations.
According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on Jan. 29, 2015, she filed a Federal Tort Claim Act claim against defendant due to an injury she allegedly sustained in a vehicular accident caused by Robert Bannon, an employee of defendant’s Department of Agriculture, Forest Service. As a result of the accident, she alleges she has suffered physical and mental pain, lost wages and medical expenses.
The plaintiff holds United States of America responsible because on Sept. 26, 2016, the Office of the General Counsel for the Department of Agriculture allegedly denied to pay her claim.
The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment against defendant in an amount which is just and reasonable in the premises, plus interest, all costs of these proceedings and all other relief that may be just and equitable. She is represented by Donald J. Cazayoux Jr. and J. Lane Ewing Jr. of Cazayoux Ewing LLC in Baton Rouge and Yul D. Lorio and Kevin P. Tauzin of Tauzin & Lorio, Attorney at Law in Lafayette.
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana, Lafayette Division Case number 6:17-cv-00348
Remember the 2014 movie “The Interview”? Not so much the movie itself but the fact that hackers apparently unhappy with the comedic film’s unflattering portrayal of North Korea retaliated by breaking into film distributor Sony Corp.’s email servers and releasing embarrassing private messages.
The case was such a public relations and electronic security nightmare that it marked a shift in the mindset over corporate email systems. While inboxes provide a convenient filing cabinet, maybe it’s not such a good idea to keep messages over the long term.
Ironically, many U.S. companies have had policies that require email deletion after a certain period. Those policies typically were established to protect businesses in legal cases. Yet companies often rely on employees’ voluntary compliance without any sufficient checks on whether messages are actually handled in accordance with policy – a worst-case scenario.
What is your email policy, and how do you ensure it passes legal muster? It’s too late to decide after you learn of an investigation. At that point, deleting even what seems like a mundane message can escalate into obstruction of justice charges.
The Cazayoux Ewing law firm has expertise with helping clients establish email policies that offer maximum protection while meeting legal requirements. With former federal prosecutors Don Cazayoux, Lane Ewing and Stan Lemelle, our staff can provide invaluable assistance.
This article is intended for information only and should not be considered legal advice.
A deadly hit-and run severely injured a Pomona police officer on North Garey Avenue, Tuesday.
At approximately 6:35 a.m., a police officer was dispatched to the 2200 block of North Garey Avenue following a call reporting a hit-and-run involving a pedestrian and a vehicle. As the officer headed to the scene, he was hit by a Ford Explorer.
According to reports, the Ford Explorer veered left and onto the path of the police officer’s motorcycle, hitting him in the process. The impact of the collision left the officer with serious head injuries. He was rushed to LAC+USC Medical Center for treatment.
The driver of the Ford remained at the scene and cooperated in the investigation.
If you or someone you know has suffered an injury following an auto accident, you may be entitled to a financial claim. Our lawyers at Cazayoux Ewing Law Firm are experienced in personal injury law and can help you throughout the process. Contact us at (225) 650-7400.
Sunday, December 11, a large eucalyptus tree fell on top of a wedding party at Penn Park in Whittier, killing one person and injuring at least five others.
According to the reports, the wedding ceremony has just ended and guests were taking photos with the newly married couple when a 100-foot tall eucalyptus tree fell. At least 20 people were trapped under the tree’s branches and had to be extricated by local paramedics using chainsaws.
One person was killed as a result of the incident. No identification has been released. Five people, including a child, sustained minor to moderate injuries. They were rushed to a local hospital for treatment.
A search dog was brought to the site to help look for any remaining possible victims trapped under the tree.
Investigators were also requested to the scene to determine what caused the tree to fall.
A fatal car accident killed one person and injured at least three people on Interstate 10, Sunday afternoon.
The Louisiana State Patrol responded to the scene after receiving a report of a multi-vehicle crash at approximately 5:30 p.m. According to a report, a Pontiac Grand was heading west of the highway when its driver suddenly lost control and crashed into the center median. It continued on and crossed through the eastbound lanes where it was struck by a passing Chevrolet Equinox.
Two passengers in the Pontiac, identified as a 25-year-old woman and a 5-year-old child, and three occupants of the Chevrolet sustained moderate to serious injuries. They were transferred to a local hospital for treatment.
Authorities later identified the 25-year-old female passenger as Ciara Lemon. She succumbed to her injuries in the hospital.
The driver of the Pontiac was identified as 24-year-old Kilian Webster. He was taken into custody and charged for reckless driving, having a child unrestrained in the vehicle, and operating with a suspended driver’s license. It was not clear if he was injured.
A three-vehicle collision on Wednesday, October 26th in Tickfaw injured one and killed another.
Hammond Police officers were trying to stop a vehicle driven by Darious Rashaad Ashton, 21. Ashton didn’t stop and resumed driving northward on Highway 1065. Upon reaching Sims Lane, he turned around going back to Hwy 1065. Ashton ignored a stop sign and struck a car driven by 20-year-old Trey Thomas. Shortly afterwards, a dump truck driven by 36-year-old Daniel Funderburk hit Ashton’s vehicle.
Police say that Ashton didn’t have his seat-belt fastened at the time of the accident. He was taken to North Oaks Medical Center in critical condition, but was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at the hospital. Thomas was wearing his seat belt and was brought to the hospital with minor injury. Funderburk was not harmed in the crash.
The Louisiana State Police Crime Laboratory collected blood samples for analysis.
In a two-vehicle head-on accident that took place on Thursday morning, October 13, on US 190 West, two people were gravely injured—one died later.
According to a report from the Louisana State Police, one of the drivers, 68-year-old Harold Burgeron, made a questionable left turn onto Grey Eagle Road where he passed into the path of eastbound, 33-year-old Adam Andres. The two vehicles hit front-to-front.
Both operators were buckled, according to the investigation, but both suffered severe injuries and had to be taken to the hospital. Bergeron would die later that day. The investigation has not led anyone to believe that either of the two men were intoxicated at the time of the crash and toxicology samples were retrieved from the drivers.
The car accident lawyers of Cazayoux Ewing Law Firm send their thoughts to the victim and his loved ones and wish the injured party a speedy recovery.
A hit and run in Bayou St. John resulted in a cyclist sustaining multiple injuries after a driver in a white sedan struck her and then sped off.
Video taken by a neighbor shows the cyclist, identified as Michelle Phillips, riding away from the Mississippi River on Esplanade Avenue. As she traverses Crete Street, a white sedan reaches the intersection and collides with her. A stop sign is present on the Crete intersection.
New Orleans police responded to a call about the accident at 6:09 p.m. Philips was rushed to a hospital in an ambulance and treated for cracked vertebra and ribs. She was released Thursday.
In a separate incident that occurred two weeks prior, Rebekah Abernathy was struck by a driver while also riding a bicycle as she passed Magazine Street in front of the World War II Museum.
If have been involved in an accident that left you with significant injuries, the Cazayoux Ewing Law Firm can help you find a legal remedy. To discuss the details of your claim, please call our offices in Baton Rouge at (225) 650-7400 today.
The kind of prolonged medical and rehabilitative care that accident victims often need to recover from catastrophic injuries can become prohibitively expensive early on in the process of recovery. That being said, accident victims should retain legal representation as early on after the incident as they are able. At the Cazayoux Ewing Law Firm, our Baton Rouge personal injury lawyers understand just how much may depend on the outcome of this claim for you, and we can help you take any legal action necessary to hold the responsible party accountable for your pain and suffering.
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If you’ve been hurt in an accident as a result of someone else’s mistake, there is no reason that you should be in the situation you are in right now, and we can help you do what is necessary to put this legal matter behind you once and for all. These kinds of injuries are catastrophic and can have lifelong consequences. If you’ve been hurt in such a way, you may be able to fight for compensation that will help with your current and future medical expenses. Get in touch with a catastrophic injury lawyer to learn more.
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If you or someone you love was injured in an accident that was caused by the negligence or recklessness of another person, you should reach out to an attorney to discuss what legal action you may be able to pursue against the responsible party. To speak with a Baton Rouge personal injury attorney from the Cazayoux Ewing Law Firm about the particulars of your claim, please call our offices at (225) 650-7400 today.
A total of seven people have been convicted of orchestrating an online fraud scheme that included counterfeit checks, suspicious shopper websites, and work-from-home scams.
One of the convicted is Ann Louis Franzen, a 70-year-old woman from Mississippi, who, along with four others, admitted to conspiring to steal identities and government property. They were each sentenced to five years in prison on September 7 by U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola Jr.
The remaining two—Funso Hassan and Anthony Shane Jeffers, a 27-year-old from Nigeria and a 44-year-old from Tennessee—admitted to all of the same charges along with using mail and an interstate facility to transfer the funds of their illegal work. Both were sentenced to five more years than their five counterparts.
If you have been charged with committing wire fraud, you should speak with a Baton Rouge wire fraud defense attorney at Cazayoux Ewing Law Firm as early on in the legal process as you can. Please call our offices in Baton Rouge at (225) 650-7400 today.