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Did you know? If you text and drive, you’re 23 times more likely to have a car crash?

Understanding UM/UIM Coverage

Uninsured Motorists (UM) / Underinsured Motorists (UIM) bodily injury coverage is insurance that pays persons insured by your policy who are injured in an accident caused by an owner or operator of an uninsured or underinsured motor vehicle.  Depending on the coverage purchased, UM/UIM coverage can provide compensation for both economic and non-economic losses.

Awarding Coordinators performance bonuses creates unsafe practices which in turn causes injuries in the oilfield.

A performance bonus is compensation beyond normal wages and is typically awarded after a performance appraisal and analysis of projects completed by the employee over a specific period of time.

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Running in the hole or pulling out of the hole (aka tripping pipe) is one of the most labor intensive job tasks a worker will engage in while on a drilling rig.

The Attorneys at Spurgeon Law Firm know what it’s like to spend countless hours tripping pipe.  Stephen and Sam both have experience working on drilling rigs where they have roughnecked on Kelly and rotary drilling rigs.

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Man Baskets are unsafe and they pose a danger to the safety of rig personnel getting on and off the rig.

All offshore workers have the right to work in a safe environment.  The offshore industry is governed by rules, laws, and guidelines to keep workers safe, however, these rules and laws are not always followed and often lead to serious injury.

Flight Day: The slow tick tock in time when waiting for your flight home.

The Attorneys at Spurgeon Law Firm know the excruciating wait for the flight home. Especially for those on the 4th flight that get the pleasure of seeing the rest of their crew fly out on the three prior flights.

Barge Life - The not so accommodating area of drilling operations which tends to lead to injuries

For anyone that has ever worked on a barge rig they know that the conditions are not ideal.  From the cramped living conditions of three bunks stacked high to no room on the drill floor to operate, working on a barge rig takes determination and a strong desire to sacrifice in order to provide for your family.

Depositions can make or break a car accident case

Depositions are conducted to give attorneys an opportunity to ask the injured person questions under oath and depending on the answers they can either help or hurt.  It is always important to have an experienced attorney that will protect your claim.

Involved in a middle car accident?

A common scenario that often occurs is where a following motorist rear-ends a car and in turn forces that car to rear-end the lead car.  When this three car collision scenario occurs, it is very important to hire an attorney that will fight to make sure that you are adequately represented and not taken advantage of.  Depending on the circumstances, you may have a claim for compensation for your injuries and property damage sustained even though you were the middle car.

Injured in a car wreck and don't have insurance?

Louisiana requires all motorists to carry a minimum of $15,000 liability insurance.  However, this will not prevent a motorist from recovering damages when another party is at fault.  Louisiana has a “no pay, no play” law which states that there shall be no recovery for the first $15,000 of bodily injury and no recovery for the first $25,000 of property damage based on any cause or right of action arising out of a motor vehicle accident.

Link between PTSD and injuries

A mainstream topic in the news right now involves discussions concerning combat veterans and football players who are suffering from a mental disorder known as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). PTSD is a mental health condition that is triggered by a terrifying event – either experiencing it or witnessing it.  Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the events.

Boating Accident?


Each year, about 74 million Americans engage in recreational boating.  Louisiana is one of the premier states where Americans go to enjoy their water activities.  Known as the Sportsman's Paradise, Louisiana offers a wide array of entertainment and fun for water enthusiasts.

Bit by a dog?


Dogs can be our closest companions - in the United States, over 36% of households owns at least one dog.  But sometimes man's best friend will bite.  In addition to causing pain, injury, or nerve damage, dog bites can become infected, putting the bite victim at risk for illness or in some cases death.

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Injured in a Motorcycle Wreck?


The attorneys at Spurgeon Law Firm are experienced motorcycle riders who have been riding numerous types of motorcycles for years.  With the weather starting to warm up, we along with many more riders, will be hitting the road to enjoy our motorcycles.   We also know that riding motorcycles during the summer can be very dangerous.

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Why the “Seatbelt Gag Law” Should Stay in Effect

Why The "Seat Belt Gag Law" Should Stay In Effect


Senate Bill 382, which is sponsored by state Sen. Sharon Hewitt, R-Slidell, is aimed at doing away with the “seat belt gag law” during civil trials.  This law was passed in the 1980s to prevent a jury from knowing whether someone hurt in an auto accident was wearing a seat belt.

Why the “Seatbelt Gag Law” Should Stay in Effect