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3 prison workers booked on felonies in Louisiana

The penal institution known as Angola was the setting for some alleged criminal misconduct, but the accused aren't those whom one might expect, given that the setting is a prison. This time, officers stand accused; two were allegedly found with contraband and another was accused of sexual misconduct with an inmate. All three of the female officers were booked on felonies, and the Louisiana prison sergeants have resigned from their positions. 

A Louisiana Department of Corrections officer recently made a public statement about the case. The three accused individuals range in age from 22 to 24 years and had been employed at the facility for less than two years. It was during routine employee searches, referred to as shakedowns, that some of the offenses were discovered. 

Louisiana lawsuit alleges wrongful death for inmate

A great-grandmother and the mother of a slain man's children are suing a sheriff and a warden for enabling the man to be killed. The Louisiana prisoner was killed by fellow inmates in January 2017. The lawsuit cites that lack of secure housing for this at-risk inmate allowed the wrongful death to occur.

In many prisons, certain classes of inmates are afforded protective housing because of the risk of violence. The man had been jailed on an offense that typically would have qualified the inmate for such housing, but instead, he was placed in the regular population with violent offenders. In the prison where he was housed, the inmates were able to move freely between the cells. 

Auto accident claims life of Louisiana man

A crash that started a chain reaction of impacts resulted in one person losing his life, a recent news story reports. The auto accident, which involved six vehicles, occurred on a Louisiana highway in Saint Charles Parish. Authorities are still investigating the cause of the crashes.

On Wednesday, Dec. 27, at approximately 5 p.m., a man driving a pickup truck lost control of his vehicle for an unknown reason, and crossed over into the oncoming lane of traffic on U.S. 90. When the vehicle crossed over into the other lane, it was struck by another pickup truck driven by a 53-year-old man. That man was wearing a seat belt, and he was not injured. The initial truck was then struck by a man driving a car, who unfortunately became the individual who lost his life. 

2 types of spinal cord injuries that can occur in car accidents

One of the most vulnerable areas of your body that can sustain extreme damage in a car accident is your spine. It contains many delicate nerves that control most of your body’s functions. While the thought of spinal trauma is not one of the first that crosses your mind when you think about motor vehicle collisions in Gretna, it is one you should consider. 

People who end up with spinal cord injuries are not always able to walk away from their ordeals. Some individuals do not realize their spines have suffered damage until days later. Spinal cord injuries can lead to paralysis, disability and, in some cases, death. Here is a brief overview of two types of spinal cord injuries that can occur in car accidents. 

Louisiana woman charged with drug charges, animal cruelty

A local woman was charged with shooting a neighbor's dog in December of last year. The Louisiana woman allegedly shot her neighbor's dog and was arrested in relation to the incident. In addition to the animal cruelty charges, she was also indicted on drug charges

Ironically, the woman was usually responsible for the care and protection of animals since she worked as a veterinarian. This time, however, she did not help the dog, but in fact may have caused its death if the allegations are true. The owner of the dog was the woman's neighbor. 

Traumatic brain injury can leave lasting deficits

A person who struggles with a disability may have their world turned upside down. A task that once came naturally to the person can become something that takes much longer, or the person may not be able to complete it at all. After an accident, an injury like a traumatic brain injury can leave a lasting impact. Individuals in Louisiana who have suffered traumatic brain injuries should know that they are not alone. 

TBI is defined as a disruption to the normal function of the brain that has been caused by some sort of accident, injury or impact to the head. In the United States, these injuries are a growing problem and a severe health concern. Cases of TBI can cause severe disability or even death. 

Christmas Eve drunk driving crash kills 2 in Louisiana

A tragic holiday event resulted in the sad loss of life in the state recently. Two individuals -- a woman and her baby -- were killed by another woman driving impaired in Louisiana on Christmas Eve. The drunk driving incident demonstrates the careless risk that some individuals will take, simply not to be inconvenienced while they drink. 

The driver of the car had been fleeing the scene of another accident at a high rate of speed when she struck the car being driven by the family. The crash caused the gas tank of the car to explode, which was reported to be as loud as a bomb. A fiery scene ensued, reportedly with witnesses fleeing into local businesses to get fire extinguishers to stop the flames. 

Consequences for underage drunk drivers

Despite the legal drinking age being 21 years old, many young people in Louisiana and across the country consume alcohol and even drive after. Teen drinking and driving can be particularly deadly. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that young drunk drivers are 17 times more likely to pass away in an accident than when they are sober.

There are various potential consequences for teens who are caught driving while under the influence of alcohol. Here are some of the criminal punishments and real-life consequences of underage drinking. 

Medical malpractice and spine surgery

The spine is the support of the body, and spinal nerves give the human body the ability to sense and function normally. Spine surgery can be serious, and a failure on the part of the surgeon can lead to a medical malpractice suit. A recent study looked at cases associated with a condition called durotomy, in which the dura, or strong membrane that protects the spinal cord, is cut. Patients in Louisiana who may have had issues during spinal surgery that resulted in durotomy may be interested in learning more about the research.

A durotomy may result in a cerebral spinal fluid leak. The durotomy can be repaired by a physician, but sometimes the treatment is delayed or the repair is faulty. Courts tend to see the issue as a surgeon liability if the repair is delayed or defective in some way. 

Auto accidents can cause disruptions in services in New Orleans

The rippling effects of an unanticipated misfortune can impact a whole community. Auto accidents are a good example of this type of event. Recently, in New Orleans, a single-vehicle collision caused the death of one man and affected a health services center when the vehicle damaged the building. 

In the morning hours of Wednesday, Dec. 20, a car left the roadway, struck a tree and plowed into a mental health services center. The passenger in the vehicle reportedly died from the injuries sustained in the accident. The driver was also injured and taken to a nearby hospital. It was not clear whether people were in the building at the time of the crash, but no other injuries were reported. 


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