Earlier this month, a nursing home employee filed a lawsuit against Shreveport, Louisiana based D&D Builders for injuries sustained after the company's employees allegedly dropped a cabinet on her. Sandra Duplessis of Ascension Parish claims she was injured while holding a door open for employees of D&D Builders who were engaged in transporting a cabinet into her place of employment. According to Duplessis, after the cabinet began to fall she raised her arms to stop it and was thrown to the ground. A complaint filed in the 23rd Judicial District claims Duplessis suffered injury to both her spine and a shoulder on which she landed after being struck by the cabinet. Both injuries later required surgery.
Duplessis accuses D&D Builders of negligence for failing to act reasonably and exercise due care, failing to provide proper training or equipment to the company's employees, failing to assign a reasonable number of employees to the task of transporting the cabinet, and failing to provide for the safety of others while transporting the cabinet. She is seeking compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, disability, lost wages, reduced earning capacity, and other related damages.
A personal injury lawsuit may be filed for a wide variety of bodily harms and accidents. Common personal injury claims often result from automobile accidents, but they may also be filed for construction accidents, shoulder injuries, and spinal cord injuries. In Louisiana, damages for personal injuries which do not result in death may generally be paid for disfigurement, medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages and reduced earning capacity, and loss of enjoyment of life.
Construction accidents often occur quickly and leave those involved with little time to react. Under Louisiana law, companies who employ construction workers are required to adhere to specific safety requirements. Construction and building companies are also required to properly train their employees.
Shoulder injuries commonly result from falls or other accidents. It is important to properly treat a shoulder injury because it may later lead to additional physical problems such as neck pain. If surgery is required, extensive physical therapy will also likely be necessary. Even when shoulder damage is not severe, an injury will often result in missed work as recovery may take several weeks.
Victims of accidents may also suffer a wide variety of spinal cord injuries ranging from mild to tremendously severe. Such injuries may leave an accident victim in pain and disabled for life. Even slight damage to the spine may impair an individual's ability to function normally. The costs associated with treating and recovering from a spinal cord injury are generally extremely high.