Many Louisiana automobile liability insurance companies will not consider paying a claim of their at fault customer until they see a copy of the accident report. To resolve this issue, you may want to get a copy of the report on your own to expedite matters. Louisiana State Police Crash Reports are now available online. To obtain a report you will be asked to enter the first and last name of the driver/pedestrian involved in the crash, the parish where the crash occurred and the date of the incident. Parish Sheriff and Local Police Department Accident Report Contact Information is also available online.
The second anniversary of Hurricane Gustav is quickly approaching. Many have still not recieved their supplemental insurance proceeds. Some have been denied. It may not be too late to file your Hurricane Gustav Insurance Lawsuit. If you still do not have enough money to fix your home or business property damage, or have not yet been fully compensated for your business losses or contents claims, or have not been able to afford replace your damaged asbestos slate or terracotta roof, Louisiana Revised Statute 22:868 provides for a period of “twenty-four months next after the inception of the loss” to file a lawsuit for certain types of claims. Of course, if you wish to pursue a Hurricane Gustav insurance lawsuit, gather your insurance company’s estimate and your policy together and hire an attorney immediately to protect your interests as you may be facing very important legal deadlines. Resources: Louisiana Revised Statute 22:868 Louisiana Revised Statute 22:47 Louisiana Revised Statute 22:1692 Hurricane Insurance Claims
A U.S Army decision to continue an exclusive contract with KBR Inc. rather than solicit bids from other military service providers has many Washington lawmakers shaking their heads. KBR, a leading American engineering and construction company headquartered in Houston, holds the current contract with the U.S Army for provision of services in Iraq. These services include equipment maintenance, facility operations, dining, cleaning, laundry, sewage and trash pickup. KBR employs approximately 14,000 U.S. employees in Iraq to provide logistical support to U.S forces. Under the latest contract, KBR will receive $568 million to provide support services in Iraq until full troop withdrawal in December 2011. In January 2010, the U.S Army responded to Congressional pressure for increased competition between private service providers and opened solicitation for competitive bids. Two rival companies, DynCorp International Inc and Fluor Corp submitted bids. While a spokesman for DynCorp stated their proposal was “designed to produce significant savings for taxpayers,” an Army spokesperson defended the decision to retain KBR, citing KBR’s satisfactory performance and the operational and financial costs associated with switching providers. According to Army officials, switching contractors would cost taxpayers $77 million and would result in an inevitably inefficient transitory period. The May 16 decision to retain KBR came despite two pending lawsuits filed by the U.S Justice Department against KBR as well as continued controversy over KBR’s prices, politics, production quality, payroll size, and financial honesty. A civil fraud suit filed in April alleges KBR charged the government for unauthorized security services in […]
In his books “Disposable Army: Civilian Contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan,” and “Blood Money: Wasted Billions, Lost Lives and Corporate Greed in Iraq”, Christian Miller investigates the medical services available to injured civilian employees operating oversees. The United States government has increasingly relied on private contractor services in Afghanistan and Iraq. Civilians risk injury and death in war zones to perform support services such as laundry, mail delivery, translation, and transportation of goods. Particularly in times of economic trouble, thousands of ordinary citizens are drawn to war zone contractor work because of the opportunity to make a higher salary while supporting their country. Approximately 1,700 contracted civilians have been killed in Afghanistan and Iraq while another 31,000 have been injured. Insurance guidelines for private contractors operating in war zones are outlined in Congress’s Defense Base Act. The DBA requires every private contractor operating for the U.S government to purchase a specialized type of workers’ compensation insurance for all employees. Premiums for this specialized insurance When enacted in 1940, the DBA was not intended to cover the types of war zone injuries private contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan now face. The typical slip and fall injuries experienced by private contractors of the 1940’s have been replaced by injuries such as posttraumatic stress disorder, amputation, and death. Because the contractor buys the policy and taxpayers pay for the total price of the contract which reflects the insurance policy, taxpayers share the burden of the outdated DBA. If a contractor is injured in […]