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Lane Ewing featured in the Greater Baton Rouge Business Report

Attorney Lane Ewing of the Cazayoux Ewing Law Firm was recently featured in the Greater Baton Rouge Business Report. Lane shared the best advice he ever received with the publication, stating “Father Steve Newton, my rector at Notre Dame, often reminded us to ‘honor the spirit of the rule.’ Instead of looking at things in black and white, he encouraged you to understand the rationale behind a rule.”

You can read Lane’s feature in its entirety by clicking here.

Attorney Don Cazayoux appears on Jim Engster show

On Monday, November 23rd, attorney Don Cazayoux of the Cazayoux Ewing Law Firm once again appeared on The Jim Engster Show. This week, he discussed the Louisiana Gubernatorial elections, and specifically, candidate John Bel Edwards. You can listen to this episode and Don Cazayoux’s appearance by clicking here.

How long after my catastrophic accident will I have to file a claim?

Louisiana law generally only permits accident victims a single calender year to file a claim against the party responsible for their accident. That being said, you should consider taking legal action as soon after the accident as you are able to do so. Our legal team in Baton Rouge understands that this is probably a difficult time for you and your family right now, and we can help you take the action necessary to put this legal matter behind you once and for all.

If you or a loved one was injured in a catastrophic accident, you should consult with one of the catastrophic personal injury attorneys at Cazayoux Ewing Law Firm about what legal actions may be available for you to pursue at this time. To speak with a personal injury attorney in Louisiana about the particulars of your accident, please call our Baton Rouge offices at (225) 650-7400 today.

Missing Baton Rouge couple found dead at a truck stop

A couple from Baton Rouge was found strangled to death in the backseat of their pickup truck, which had been left at a rest stop in Hammond, Louisiana, on October 19 at around 11 p.m. The couple had previously been reported missing–police were sent to check their home about an hour before they were found–by their children, who were concerned after being unable to reach their parents by phone for some time.

The arrest warrant showed that the couple had been tied up and beaten in their home by the suspect, Ernesto Alonso, before he stole money from their safe and strangled them. He drove away in the couple’s pickup truck to dispose of their bodies.

Baton Rouge Police used a GPS system to track the missing pickup truck, which led to the discovery of the bodies. Reports said that a man was seen fleeing the scene. The 42-year-old suspect was found and arrested in Hollywood, Florida. He was reported to have worked for the couple as a handyman prior to the killing.

Alonso is facing four charges in Louisiana, where he will be extradited from Florida: two counts of first-degree murder and two more counts of second-degree kidnapping.

Don Cazayoux featured on The Jim Engster Show

Attorney Don Cazayoux of the Cazayoux Ewing Law Firm appeared on The Jim Engster Show this past Monday. On this episode, Cazayoux discussed a variety of topics, including the results of recent elections, the dynamics of the Gubernatorial runoff and upcoming Gt. Governor election, as well as the “spygate” issue that is currently surrounding Senator Vitter. Click here to listen to the episode in its entirety.

Investigation underway after bicyclist hit and killed

A woman died after she was hit while riding her bicycle on LA 75. The accident occurred on October 3 around 8 p.m. Brandi Mendoza was traveling southbound on the highway in Iberville Parish when she was struck from behind by an SUV. The driver of the SUV was identified as Bradly Poston.

Mendoza was taken to Oschner Hospital in Plaquemine by ambulance. She was pronounced dead upon arrival at the medical facility. Louisaina State Troopers are investigating the death of the bicyclist. It is not suspected that impairment due to alcohol or drug use was a factor in the accident. A routine toxicology test was taken from Mendoza and Poston to be analyzed.

Further investigation revealed that the bicycle was a dark color and did not have the mandatory white light on the front nor red reflector on the read of the bike. The bicyclist was also wearing dark clothing at the time of the accident and did not have a helmet.

Baton Rouge is currently in the process of removing bicycle lanes from certain areas, potentially causing bicycle incidents to increase. The office of Cazayoux Ewing Law Firm wants to encourage all bicyclists to take every precaution when riding on public roads.

22-year-old motorcyclist killed after car fails to yield

Last September 24, Jacob Ward of Metairie passed away when his motorcycle hit a car after the car failed to yield on River Road in Old Jefferson. Louisiana State Police stated that the car’s driver, 23-year-old Blair Guidry, did not yield to the motorcycle at a stop sign while turning onto the road.

According to reports, Guidry stopped her car at the sign as she waited to turn onto River Road. While turning, she did not yield to Ward’s motorcycle, causing the crash. Ward was wearing a helmet when he hit the side of Guidry’s car, but he later died at the University Hospital in New Orleans.

A toxicology test is still pending for Ward. Guidry took a breath test and was cleared of intoxication.

The accident is still under investigation.

The death of a loved one is hard to accept, especially if it involves the negligence of someone else. Our team of wrongful death lawyers at Cazayoux Ewing Law Firm sends their sincerest condolences to Mr. Ward’s family and friends.

Personal care service workers arrested for defrauding Medicaid program

Three direct care service workers were arrested and charged with Medicaid fraud as a result of an investigation conducted by the Louisiana Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.

Quenitta Butts, 39, and Kaisha Pitre, 26, were both charged with multiple counts of Medicaid fraud after allegedly defrauding the state’s Medicaid program by submitting falsified time sheets to receive payments. Christopher Jenkins, 33, was arrested in a separate incident and charged with one count of Medicaid fraud after allegedly submitting two separate service logs that indicate he was providing services to two different patients in two different locations at the same time.

Being charged with Medicaid fraud can wreak havoc not just on your career, but on your personal life as well. To know more about fighting for your rights and liberty after being charged with Medicaid fraud in Baton Rouge, our team of criminal defense attorneys at Cazayoux Ewing Law Firm is willing to fight on your behalf. Call us at (225) 650-7400 and tell us more about your situation.

Father of seven dies after Baton Rouge shooting

Kendrick Ross, a 37-year-old resident of Baton Rouge, was found in his vehicle with a gunshot wound to his head last Saturday, September 19. He died at the hospital next morning.

According to Baton Rouge police Cpl. L’Jean McKneely, Ross was shot at around 5:45 p.m. at the 9400 block of Avis Avenue. The case is still under investigation and the motive and suspect remain unknown.

Ross’ widow, Kristin, said that she has no idea as to why her husband was shot dead. Kristin remembered the last time she talked to Ross. He said to her, “I’ll be home before it gets dark.” The widow also said that everything they did together revolved around their children. “Me and him had finally said we were gonna do something by ourselves, so we were gonna go on a cruise in three weeks,” she later said.

The personal injury lawyers at Cazayoux Ewing Law Firm send their deepest condolences to Kendrick Ross’ family and friends.

More than ten times the originally reported number of deaths linked to recalled GM ignition

General Motors’ decision to hire attorney Kenneth Feinberg as a consultant regarding the company’s response to the families of victims of their faulty ignition switch has inadvertently led to the linking of 124 deaths to the defect, rather than the 13 deaths GM originally claimed to have known about. Feinberg, tasked with guiding the company through this delicate issue, reviewed over 4,000 claims of death or injury related to the recalled ignition and, after rejecting 91 percent of those claims, found that there were ten times as many deaths caused by the faulty ignition switch in GM vehicles than was previously thought.

Out of 399 claims found to be legitimate: 124 were from families of victims who died; 17 were from victims who suffered quadriplegia, paraplegia, double amputation, permanent brain damage, or extensive burns; and 258 were from victims who were hospitalized or given outpatient treatment within 48 hours of their accidents.

News of the additional claims comes at a bad time for GM, when the U.S. Justice Department is closing in on a decision regarding whether criminal charges will be levied against the company for its failure to act after first discovering the defective switch back in 2001.

It would appear that the company has attempted to make amends for the catastrophic level of damage caused by their defective vehicles; GM has earmarked $625 million for payment to the victims and their families, and this past June saw CEO Mary Barra fire 15 employees whom the company accused of failing to aggressively seek solutions to the disastrous problem. The company issued a major recall in 2014, but apparently knew of the defect in 2001, before their affected vehicles ever hit the market.

Our Locations

Cazayoux Ewing Law Firm
257 Maximillian St
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Phone: (225) 650-7400
Fax: (225) 650-7401

Cazayoux Ewing Law Firm
143 East Main St
New Roads, LA 70760
Phone: (225) 638-3276
Fax: (225) 638-8319

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