What's New

  • TWPD welcomes 2 new attorneys to the firm. Elizabeth McDermott will be working in the New Orleans office and Richard Ray will be working in the Baton Rouge office.
  • TWPD is proud to congratulate Mark Herbert for being recognized in the 25th edition of The Best Lawyers in America for his work in Construction Law and Construction Litigation.
  • Scott Rainwater, Jared Davidson and Caitlin B. Carrigan were named to the 2018 Super Lawyers Rising Stars list.
  • TWPD is proud to welcome the following attorneys into partnership: Desiree Adams, Terri Collins, Gina Cursain, Deanne McCauley, Jen O'Connell and Michael Thompson.
  • TWPD recently secured dismissal of a workers’ compensation claim following an Exception of Prescription in OWC District 7. The claimant never received workers’ compensation benefits due to an alleged injury. She filed suit more than one year later arguing that her injuries were “developmental” and subject to a two year statute of limitations. The OWC judge rejected these arguments because the medical evidence proves the claimant’s injuries manifested themselves immediately after the accident. Accordingly, she was on notice of her claim for benefits and the one year statute of limitations applied.
  • Mississippi Workers' Compensation Note: For injuries occurring on or after January 1, 2019, the weekly maximum compensation rate has been raised to $494.48 and the lifetime disability maximum is $222,516.00. Mileage incurred on or after January 1, 2019, should be reimbursed at the rate of $0.58 per mile.
  • Louisiana Workers’ Compensation Note: For injuries occurring between September 1, 2018 and August 31, 2019, the maximum compensation rate is $665.00 and the minimum compensation rate is $177.00. Mileage incurred between these same periods should be reimbursed at a rate of $.54 per mile.
  • TWPD secured a defense verdict during a trial in State Court. The plaintiff alleged that a large communal dumpster was placed too close to the roadway by a waste company and caused an accident with injury. After a three day trial, the 12 person jury rendered a unanimous verdict in favor of the defense, rejecting liability. TWPD also secured a judgment against Plaintiffs for costs.
  • TWPD attorneys are hard at work in the community. Jen O’Connell is the chair of Boys & Girls Club’s Great Futures Gala which will take place March 23, 2019 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Fellow attorney Lacey Sanchez was selected to be an Honoree at the gala and has raised over $3,000 for the non-profit organization
  • TWPD recently obtained summary judgment in OWC District 3. The claimant had a long history of prior injuries and workers’ compensation claims. The claimant then slipped and fell at work claiming an “aggravation injury.” TWPD utilized the testimony of the claimant’s own doctors she was no longer entitled to future medical treatment related to the workers’ compensation claim.
  • TWPD won summary judgment and obtained dismissal of a case in State Court on the grounds that the defendant driver was outside the course and scope of his employment with the insured at the time of the accident. TWPD argued, and the court agreed, that the defendant driver’s actions during his lunch break were not so closely connected in time, place, and causation to his employment duties to be regarded as a risk of harm fairly attributable to the insured’s business.
  • TWPD won summary judgment and obtained dismissal of a case in State Court on the grounds that a used car dealership was not liable for the plaintiff’s injuries. The State Court determined that a one-time payment to a relative to wash a car did not create an employment relationship, and the insured was not vicariously liable for the relative’s actions during an unauthorized joyride in the vehicle to pick up a girl
  • The Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeal recently ruled that plaintiffs may not forum shop by filing suits in multiple venues and then transferring and consolidating in the court of their choosing. In this case, multiple plaintiffs who were passengers in the same vehicle filed in different jurisdictions within hours of each other, and later attempted to have the suits consolidated in one judge’s court.