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Claiming Compensation with a Personal Injury Claim

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.

Personal Injury Claims Our Firm Handles

Our legal team has the experience and the resources that you will need to aggressively pursue compensation with personal injury claim associated with the following:

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.

Consult with a Personal Injury Attorney in Baton Rouge

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.


Online fraud scam leads to the conviction of seven people

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.


Wrong-way crash on LA21 kills Florida driver

A Florida driver died in a wrong-way head-on collision in Louisiana on Sunday, September 11 at 3 A.M. The crash also injured the other driver and a passenger in her car.

According to Louisiana State Police, the crash occurred on LA 21, roughly three miles south of Bogalusa.  Daniel Elwood, 25, of Tallahassee, Florida, was killed at the scene while Jodi Vasbinder, 17, of Covington, and Nathan Nicolasi, 19, were injured in the crash.

Trooper Dustin Dwight with Louisiana State Police said a recent investigation showed Elwood was going southbound in the northbound lane of LA 21 in a 2005 Hyundai Elantra. The car collided with the 2005 Chrysler Sebring that Vasbinder drove. Elwood was not wearing a seat belt while Vasbinder and Nicolasi were properly buckled up.

Vasbinder was flown by helicopter to North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond with moderate injuries. Nicolasi was brought by ambulance to Our Lady of Angels Hospital in Bogalusa with minor injuries. Blood samples from all involved in the accident were sent to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis, and the investigation is still ongoing.


Scam Alert: FEMA issues warning to flood victims

As Louisiana recovers from devastating flooding, scammers are sure to be taking advantage of the situation. FEMA has issued some guidelines to remember in order to avoid such fraudulent schemes.

In dealing with housing inspectors:

  1. FEMA inspector will never ask for the applicant’s nine-digit registration number as they should already have that information.
  2. They will not ask for personal details like your bank information.
  3. Inspectors will not hire or endorse contractors for home repairs as their sole job is to appraise the situation.

When working with contractors:

  1. You can verify a contractor’s license number through the Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors website.
  2. Get three written estimates before repair work begins and then check the contractor’s credentials by calling local Better Business Bureau or Chamber of Commerce.
  3. Before work starts, thoroughly inspect the contract and get a copy, making sure you understand all details of work, cost, completion, and the remedy for changes and disputes.
  4. Take photos of the contractor and their work-related resources like their vehicle, license plate, driver’s license, or business card, photograph or scan their contract license and insurance, scan any checks and money orders paid to keep for your records.

If you suspect anyone posing as a disaster relief supporter, call the FEMA toll-free Disaster Fraud Hotline or your local law enforcement officials.

If you have been accused of FEMA Fraud during a recent natural disaster, contact an attorney with Cazayoux Ewing Law Firm. Our attorneys understand how damaging a fraud charge can be on your career and personal life and are standing by to assist you in the legal process. Call us at (225) 650-7400 to discuss your options.


Flood Damage Help is Available. How to Apply without Flood Insurance

Recent storms in Louisiana have led to severe flooding and widespread devastation. The area has been named a federal disaster area, as thousands of homeowners are stranded in the waters with nowhere to go. However, residents of East Baton Rouge, Tangipahoa, Livingston, and St. Helena parishes may be able to acquire temporary housing and other benefits from FEMA.

There are currently no Disaster Recovery Centers open, as efforts are focusing on search and rescue operations, but you can apply for the numerous forms of federal assistance available at https://www.disasterassistance.gov/. You may also call FEMA directly at (800) 621-3362.


Don Cazayoux weighs in on Attorney General’s visit to Baton Rouge

Attorney General Loretta Lynch met with Justice Department officials in Baton Rouge last week. The meeting was possibly to discuss ways for police and the communities they serve, according to former U.S. Attorney Don Cazayoux, of the Cazayoux Ewing Law Firm.

Cazayoux says that the Attorney General may be trying to understand the way communities are policed in light of Baton Rouge’s recent police tragedies. On July 5th, Alton Sterling was shot and killed by police officers while numerous bystanders filmed the incident. Days later, on the 17th, three Baton Rouge police officers were killed by a shooter. With similar events in St. Paul and Dallas, July has been a tense month for the relationship between police and minority communities.

Cazayoux believes that these issues were a primary topic of discussion during the AG’s visit. Learn more about Mr. Cazayoux’s input here.


DOJ Issues Corporate Accountability Guidelines

Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates sent out a memorandum to all U.S. Attorneys last September issuing guidelines for how to investigate cases against corporate entities. Corporations oftentimes are able to evade being held accountable for crimes because it can be challenging to find an individual to try.

However, the contents of the memo might encourage corporations to behave in a more guarded manner during investigations. This is because it requires attorneys to build cases against individuals in corporations as soon as an investigation is opened rather than after a great deal of information has been gathered. The idea is that lower-level employees should provide the government with information about higher ups who make decisions to violate laws. This means a corporation’s internal investigation might be compromised, as people will be less likely to bring up wrongdoing for fear of being blamed or prosecuted. It can also create issues of infighting within corporate employees.

In an article posted on businessreport.com, the Cazayoux Ewing Law Firm‘s own Don Cazayoux explains how this shift in policy may make it more challenging to receive cooperation from corporations who are facing criminal charges. He says that defining “full cooperation” in these investigations can already be difficult. Generally, corporations want to provide just enough information to say they’ve cooperated with an investigation, but they are likely to hold back more damaging facts about their actions.

Ideally, these guidelines will help deter corporate wrongdoing. However, their effect remains to be seen.


A Louisiana woman faces trial for fraud

A woman who allegedly received oil-spill recovery money of $150,000 faces trial. She claimed she lost wages as a Holiday Inn manager in Biloxi, but federal indictment says she did not work for Holiday Inn before the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

The second indictment against Vanna Ly, formerly of Biloxi, alleges falsified bankruptcy petition and concealed her assets. She now lives in New Orleans and is set for trial on a court calendar starting September 6th. The Sun Herald reports she pleaded not guilty to all charges. Ly is charged with attempt and conspiracy to commit wire fraud in the oil spill case and concealment of assets and four counts of making false declarations in a bankruptcy proceeding.

If you have been charged with committing wire fraud, you should speak with a 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.


Gretna ‘sovereign citizen’ convicted of mail fraud

A former maritime industry worker, Melvin Lewis II, was convicted Tuesday in federal court for 30 counts of mail fraud. Lewis considers himself a “sovereign citizen”,  and as such believes the government has no legal jurisdiction over individuals.

He sent several letters to co-workers, police officers, municipal employees and a state district judge, demanding millions of dollars for arbitrary reasons such as speaking his name without his permission. He also filed for liens on the property of some of his victims in order to receive payments. The 53-year-old man was convicted after a one-day bench trial before U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier. Lewis could be sentenced to up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for each of his offences. Lewis’ fraudulent behavior began in 2013 after he was supposedly promised a promotion at Dynamic Industries Inc. but didn’t receive one.

If you have been charged with fraud, you should contact one of the Baton Rouge mail fraud defense attorneys at Cazayoux Ewing Law Firm. Call us at (225) 650-7400 to begin preparing a comprehensive legal strategy for your defense.


Priest In Wreck After Being Ordained

Reverend John Pitzer was enjoying his Saturday after his ordination as a priest, only to wind up in a hospital just hours later.

Pitzer and a friend were riding in the back seat of a Mercedes when a Nissan ran a red light, rear-ending their vehicle. Pitzer suffered from bruises and broken ribs, while his fellow 54-year-old passenger George Mabon sadly succumbed to his injuries. The driver of the Mercedes, John Baur, was arrested for a first-offense DWI and reckless operation of a vehicle. Baur failed a field sobriety test and was found to have a blood alcohol level of 0.13 percent, which in Louisiana can be used as presumptive evidence of drunken driving. The driver of the Nissan was also taken to the hospital for injuries he sustained in the incident.

Baur has been released on a $3,000 bond, but could face multiple charges. Many individuals are put in danger when reckless drivers are on the road, whether disregarding traffic signals or choosing to drink and drive. If you or a loved one has been killed or injured in a wreck caused by a negligent driver, please call personal injury attorneys at the Cazayoux Ewing Law Firm at (225) 650-7400 today.

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