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Fire hazard risk poses danger to numerous BMW owners

Often, a product that malfunctions or is manufactured incorrectly results in injury to one person or a small group of consumers. In some cases, however, a fault in a specific product line may pose a danger to large numbers of people. For example, car owners in Louisiana and across the country might suffer injuries due to a certain make and model of vehicles that contain manufacturer defects that could cause accidents or other mishaps.

Recently, the BMW company issued two recalls encompassing approximately one million SUVs and passenger vehicles that pose a potential fire danger. It has been reported that over the past five years, at least 40 BMW vehicles spontaneously caught fire. Out of these, 12 vehicles were related to the recalls in question.

Easements and preliminary title reports

When you are buying a piece of real estate in Louisiana, you should carefully evaluate and review any potential easements that may exist on the property. Even if you have bought and sold other properties in the past, you will want to know about some of the pitfalls of relying on preliminary title reports for all of the documentation and information related to an easement.

As The Balance explains, preliminary title reports can be an excellent place by which you can learn about the existence of an easement. However, these reports do not necessarily have to provide any details beyond stating the fact that there is some type of easement on the property. If this is the case, you should assume the responsibility for obtaining maps or other drawings from the county assessor or other entities.

What is nerve damage?

There are many causes for damaged nerves, and Louisiana residents like you could end up dealing with the inconvenient and painful consequences. If you notice any of the following signs or symptoms, it could mean that your nerves have suffered from some sort of trauma.

WebMD states that nerve pain and damage can affect three main types of nerves. These are the motor nerves, the sensory nerves, and the autonomic nerves. The first control your actions, passing on signals from your brain to make your muscles move. The second relays information you take in from your skin so your brain can interpret it. The third is for partially voluntary or completely involuntary activities like your heartbeat, digestion, and regulating your temperature. 

What are easements?

Real estate owners in Louisiana may someday have use for an easement. There are many different situations that easements may apply to, but what exactly are they? How do they impact real estate or land owners like you, and how can you use them to your advantage?

The Balance states that easements are a right that you give to someone else to either use or trespass on your property. It's possible for easements to expire. It's also possible for you to set up different payment schedules for easements. These schedules can either cover one-time use, or they can be a more regular payment schedule that works for you.

What should you know about cell phone radiation?

Louisiana residents spend a lot of time talking on their cell phones. We at the office of Lundy, Lundy, Soileau & South strive to expose the dangers of excessive exposure to cell phone radiation, which many people are not even aware that they are exposed to.

Both brain cancers and certain types of tumors have been proven to be linked to cell phone radiation. This type of radiation when the cell phone emits radio frequencies, which can happen while it's in use and close to your head. It can even disrupt your brain activity. The longer you're exposed to this type of radiation, the more you risk the development of these cancers or tumors.

Uber may not make a difference in drunk driving

As ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft have made their way to Louisiana, many have assumed that these services will help reduce the number of drunk drivers on the roads. Whether or not this is true depends on which study a person discusses.

As the New York Times reports, studies have not come to a consensus on ride-sharing's effectiveness against drunk driving. After a glowing study commissioned by Uber was released in 2015, several independent researchers have been investigating Uber and Lyft's effects on communities across the country. Researchers out of Tempel University found a drop in California's motor vehicle homicides after the introduction of Uber in 2010. A study of four of New York City's boroughs found that since ride-sharing was introduced in the city in 2011, there were about 40 fewer accidents each month committed by drivers under the age of 30. Researchers from West Carolina University recently found that as Uber began services in different parts of the country traffic fatalities fell.

Should you participate in a mass tort?

All across the nation, mass tort cases are seen in court on the daily. This is because issues with faulty mass-produced products like toys, cars, appliances, or medication may affect large numbers of people. Mass torts can represent hundreds or even thousands of individuals who have been wronged by dangerous or defective products.

There are many different and valid reasons you may have for wanting to join a mass tort. Wanting financial compensation, for example, or the ability to feel as though you've obtained justice. Huffington Post brings out the definition of a mass tort: it's the civil action of a large group of plaintiffs against either one or several corporate defendants. In short, it's the people against a company that's committed some sort of wrong that has led to the mass injuring of these citizens.

After-school pick-up a risky time on the road

Parents in Louisiana may still be picking up the last items on their children's back to school supply lists, but a new study shows they may need to be worrying about the safety of roads surrounding the school itself. 

According to CBS News, a recent study found that one in three drivers is distracted or otherwise dangerously driving in a school zone, and children are at risk 40 percent more during after-school pick-up than in the morning. The hour between 4 and 5 p.m. is the most dangerous time in a school zone. Zendrive, which conducted the study, analyzed 3.4 billion driver miles surrounding 75,000 nationwide to come up with safety grade for each state and most counties around the country. Schools that were analyzed were also given a grade, and all of this information is available to parents. Louisiana was given a D for the state's overall safety, and five counties actually received an F.

What is a quiet title action?

Louisiana residents like yourself may need a little help when it comes to dealing with real estate law, which can be complex and full of terms that don't come up in any other situation. We at Lundy, Lundy, Soileau & South, LLP., work to bring clarity to the situation, defining potentially complex terms and providing insight where needed.

One term you my come across is referred to commonly as a quiet title action. This term will come up if you're in the middle of a property dispute, as the action is used to "quiet" any other claims or challenges to the title that you're currently seeking. This can apply to either personal property that has a title, or real property. As a note, real property is defined as property and structures that are "affixed to the land". This includes buildings, which is the number one thing people consider when dealing with real estate. However, it can also include crops, ponds, mines, wells, machinery, and more.

Typical injuries from a car crash may not be obvious

Louisiana drivers understand the risks associated with getting behind the wheel, but many may not realize that injuries resulting from a car accident can sometimes take time to appear. While a broken bone or a laceration may be a clear sign of injury, after an accident, it is important to be aware of other common injuries that may become apparent in a few days.

As KTAR News explains, internal bleeding is a large concern after an accident, as it can be fatal if not treated, but it is not visible. If large bruises or swelling of the abdomen occurs in the aftermath of an accident, a doctor should be seen immediately as this could be a life-threatening emergency. Whiplash, or injury to the neck, is what many people typically think of when they consider pain resulting from a car crash, but many are not aware that diagnosing whiplash can sometimes require MRI, CT scans or X-rays. A whiplash injury could also result in feeling numb because of the trauma the spinal column endured.

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