How to Prevent Injuries on the Construction Site
Written by Irpino, Avin & Hawkins Law Firm on February 12, 2019Construction is a dangerous industry. Falling objects, electrical malfunctions, welding accidents and more contribute to a high rate of worker injury on the job, which happens all too often. The construction industry has made an effort in recent years to address workplace safety and improve conditions for workers. Construction workers can help protect themselves by taking some basic steps to improve on-the-job safety.
1. Don't Leave Items Sitting Around the SiteThe best way to prevent accidents is to take a proactive approach to eliminating their causes. Trips and slips account for many construction worker injuries. By putting away tools and cleaning up after yourself when you finish a job, you can decrease the chances that you or someone else stumbles over ... Read more
Disputing an Insurance Claim Settlement
Written by Irpino, Avin & Hawkins Law Firm on February 12, 2019People invest in insurance to provide peace of mind in case the worst should happen, such as a car accident or a storm that destroys your home. But an insurance company's settlement offer may not sufficiently cover the damages you have sustained or meet the level of need you experience after an accident. Do you have to accept the insurance claim? The answer is: No, you do not. Here is a step-by-step guide to navigating claim disputes.
1. Review Your Current CoverageBefore you dive into a protest, make sure you understand exactly what is covered under your policy. Insurance terminology can be confusing, and you should enter your dispute fully informed about dollar amounts and what your policy entitles you to.
2. Open a Dialogue With the Insura... Read more
Filing for Disability in LA
Written by Irpino, Avin & Hawkins Law Firm on December 14, 2018
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSD) provides benefits for those who cannot work due to injury or illness. If you are a resident of Louisiana and have been out of work at least a year because of a medical condition, you may qualify to collect disability. To do so, you will need to meet a few other requirements, including earning the requisite work credits and having a condition eligible to receive SSD. The next step is actually filing for the benefits. We've put together this in-depth guide to assist you with this process.
Steps for Applying for Social Security Disability in LA
Filing for SSD in Louisiana has four possible steps:
- Initial Application: You can file your application over the phone by calling 800-77... Read more
Managing the Risk of Your Business’ Expansion
Written by Irpino, Avin & Hawkins Law Firm on May 3, 2017If you are looking to purchase property to expand your business, you might be able to substantially benefit from the Brownfields Program, which was created by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 1995. Here’s some information on how you might be able to use this program to your advantage. What Is a Brownfield? A brownfield is... Read more
Natural Disaster Guide: How to Prepare for a Natural Disaster
Written by Guest Blogger on May 26, 2016Louisiana and New Orleans in particular see a significant number of storms and serious natural disasters. In fact, as many as 3,000 people have lost their lives to Louisiana hurricanes and tropical storms since 1837. Read more