Get Answers to Your Legal Questions in Our FAQ

Dealing with a legal issue whether it be applying for and receiving disability benefits, fighting for a personal injury claim, or navigating through a divorce, can be a challenge, and many people are left with questions about what they can do to get the help they need.  At the law offices of Loyd J. Bourgeois, we understand how hard it can be to get the answers you need. That’s why we’ve put together the following list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and answers dealing with family law, personal injury, disability benefits, claims, and appeals and the related law in Louisiana.

The following are some FAQs that I receive as a Louisiana attorney. They may answer some of the questions you have regarding your Social Security Disability appeal, your long-term disability insurance denial, your personal injury claim, or your Louisiana divorce. If you have a question that is not answered here, please call the legal team of Loyd J Bourgeois, LLC at 985-240-9773.

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  • How will the COVID-19 pandemic affect my Louisiana legal case?

    "How will my case be affected by the novel Coronavirus pandemic?"

    This is the one question many are asking right now as this crisis continues to persist.

    First, please know that we are actively and tirelessly working on all of our cases. 

    For the safety of our clients and staff, we are not having in-person client meetings at this time.   

    We are using phone, video-conferencing, and online document signing for client and new-client consultations.

    Court closures have affected cases differently depending on case type.  

    How will the COVID-19 pandemic affect my Social Security Disability claim?

    If your case is currently awaiting a decision or a hearing, SSA continues to process cases.  If you are currently receiving monthly SSA benefits, those should continue without interruption.

    For a more detailed explanation of the effects of the novel Coronavirus on Social Security Disability claims, read my in-depth blog post.

    Read More: SSDI & Covid-19

    How will the COVID-19 pandemic affect my Personal Injury case?

    How will the Covid-19 pandemic affect my Louisiana legal case?We continue working on our personal injury cases and they are progressing as expected.  If a lawsuit was filed or will be filed in your case, all deadlines and hearings have been extended during this crisis by order of the Louisiana Supreme Court and Governor.

    For a more detailed explanation of the effects of the novel Coronavirus on Personal Injury cases, read my in-depth blog post.

    Read More: Personal Injury & Covid-19

    How will the COVID-19 pandemic affect my Family Law case?

    Unless your matter involves an emergency situation, all deadlines and hearings have been extended during this crisis by order of the Louisiana Supreme Court and Governor.

    For a more detailed explanation of the effects of the novel Coronavirus on divorce, custody, and other family law cases, read my in-depth blog post.

    Read More: Divorce, Custody, & Covid-19

    How ill the COVID-19 pandemic affect my Long-Term Disability claim?

    We continue working on our long-term disability cases and they are progressing as expected.  If a lawsuit was filed or will be filed in your case, most deadlines and hearings have been extended during this crisis by order of the Court. If you are receiving monthly payments from an insurer, those should continue without interruption.

    For a more detailed explanation of the effects of the novel Coronavirus on Long-Term Disability claims, read my in-depth blog post.

    Read More: Long-Term Disability & Covid-19

    Here at LJBLegal we are continuing to work on all of our clients' matters.  We are not meeting in person, but are available by phone to answer all of your questions.  Give us a call at 985-240-9773

  • Why do you need so much medical information from me?

    Sometimes we are asked, “Why do you want all this information about my medical history?”

    Whether you have a disability claim or personal injury claim, your medical history will be important to your case. It is also important for us in understanding what is going on with you and how you are impacted.

    So when we sit down and talk, and we are asking you about a medical history that is 5 or 10 years long, or in some cases longer, it is important you be truthful, upfront and honest with us! This history can be very important in your case.

    Importance of Medical History for a Personal Injury Claim

    The history is going to be especially important in a personal injury case if you fail to disclose all your prior injuries. If you tell an insurance company or insurance defense counsel you have never been injured before, and they go back and get medical records from 15 or 20 years ago and see you got treatment for 5 or 6 weeks (or few months) for some back problems, they will use that against you!

    Importance of Medical History for a Disability Claim

    In your disability case, the medical history is important so we can show a progression of a disease. If the condition is something that you have been dealing with for a long time, we can use your history to show multiple trials of treatment.

    It's very important when you sit down with your attorney to be open and honest with them and remember everything you can about your medical history including prior injuries, chronic conditions, all of the prior medical treatment you received, the facilities you went to for treatment. These things are very important. They are important to us, and they are going to be important to you and your case.

    Trust me, if I didn't have to get all this information - I wouldn't get it! But, I know the medical history is going to be very important so we like to get it up front and go through it and be very thorough with you. This is why your medical history is important and this is why your attorney is going to be asking you for the information.

    I'm Loyd Bourgeois, Louisiana personal injury and disability attorney. I look forward to hearing from you. Give us a call right here at 985-240-9773. We're glad to answer your questions and help you through the disability or personal injury process.

     

  • Which is better for people with diabetes, bypass surgery or stents?

    According to The American Heart Association, death rates from heart disease among diabetics are two to four times higher than those who are not diabetic. Not surprisingly, researchers have been focusing on care for diabetic patients with cardiovascular diseases. A recent editorial published by Dr. Mark Hlatky in the New England Journal of Medicine argues that patients with diabetes fared significantly better when treating clogged arteries with bypass surgery than with stent implants.

    Dr. Hlatky, a cardiologist, argues that recent research found that bypass surgery was more beneficial for diabetic patients than newer drug-eluting stent technology to improve blood flow. The research indicated that the five-year rate for suffering a major cardiac event or nonfatal stroke was 26.6 percent for those whose arterial blockage was treated with a stent, while bypass patients had an 18.7 percent rate—a reduction of approximately 8%.

    This is important news for a New Orleans Social Security Disability attorney to pass onto his clients, since Louisiana ranks 4th worst for heart disease related deaths and has the 7th most people with diabetes in the country. Diabetes is one of the many diseases that can create several related disabling health conditions and magnify other health problems.

    When you have been diagnosed with a disease such as diabetes, the potential for developing disabling health conditions may be a key factor in filing for social security and long-term disability benefits. It is important to discuss your health care and some of the latest studies with your doctor to help you stay in good health even with a disabling health condition.