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Dental Damage or Teeth Issues After a Car Accident? Here is What You Need to Know

Dental damage is a common injury following a car accident. If the lower part of the face hits the steering wheel or dashboard or if the air bag deploys, mouth injuries can occur. Victims are entitled to compensation for their medical care, treatment, and pain and suffering under Louisiana law. Especially when it comes to teeth damage, dental insurance plans consider replacing chipped or broken teeth a cosmetic procedure, not a medical procedure, and will not cover the cost to replace the teeth. However, dental damage is a result of the car accident, which means you are entitled to compensation to cover the costs of your treatment.

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Boating Accidents in Sportsman’s Paradise

Louisiana’s connection to water is etched in its geographical landscape. The mighty Mississippi River, Red River, Toledo Bend, and Lake Pontchartrain are just a few examples of the major bodies of water in the state. Louisiana boasts one of the longest state coastlines in the U.S., sharing its southernmost border with the Gulf of Mexico. The unique landscape and diverse natural environment is attractive to recreational boaters who dot the waterways in their various water crafts.

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Motorcycle Season in Louisiana is in Full Swing

Motorcycle riding is an activity that has both functional and emotional appeal. While many use their motorcycle as their primary mode of transportation, others are recreational motorcyclists, riding their motorcycles as a hobby or for pleasure. Whether a person rides for functional or pleasure purposes, he or she is at risk of being seriously injured in a Louisiana motorcycle accident.

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Elevator Accidents in Louisiana

Public places and large commercial properties count on escalators, elevators, and moving walkways to help move large amounts of people from place to place within the building. Like any mechanical item, elevators sometimes break down or are not properly maintained, and a person can be seriously injured and even die from a resulting accident.

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My Teenager is Driving: How to Avoid Teen Car Crashes

The end of the school year is fast approaching, and new teen drivers are about to hit the road in droves. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, teen drivers often find themselves in car accidents soon after they obtain their drivers’ licenses. Teen car crashes can be simple fender benders or high-speed collisions that involve total vehicle loss. Car accidents are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens.

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10 Steps to Take at the Scene of a Car Accident

When you are behind the wheel on Louisiana’s roadways, you should always drive safely and free from distraction.  However, you cannot control how those around you drive.   If you are involved in a car accident, then you should take the following steps to protect yourself and the passengers in your vehicle:

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Uninsured Motorist Coverage in Louisiana – YES, you want it!

Louisiana law requires every driver on the road to have a minimum level of insurance coverage in case he or she is involved in a crash.  However, many drivers ignore this rule and choose to drive with either no coverage or insufficient coverage.  You could be in a bind if you are involved in a crash with an uninsured driver.   If you have uninsured motorist coverage under your insurance policy, your damages should be covered.  However, if you elected to forgo uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage, you could face a stressful, expensive headache if you are involved in a crash with an uninsured driver.

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FBI v. Apple - Will the FBI’s Hackers Crack the iPhone X?

The battle between the FBI and Apple began in early 2016 when Apple refused to assist the FBI in unlocking San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook’s iPhone 5C. Apple asserted that such assistance may set bad precedent for security and privacy of all iPhone users. By its own admission, the FBI did not know what was on Farook’s iPhone 5C at the time, but believed that any information gathered from the device could potentially help move the investigation forward.

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