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Bloom Legal is your Mardi Gras Lawyer

February 21st, 2014 | Posted in Drugs, DUI/DWI, Personal Injury by Seth Bloom | No Comments »

krewe-of-rex-mardi-gras-parade If you or someone you care about gets in trouble during Mardi Gras we at Bloom Legal can help. Mardi Gras promotes a lot of drinking and revelry, which often leads to arrests and injuries. One of the most common arrests during Mardi Gras is drinking and driving or a DWI in Louisiana. We strongly suggest using a designated driver or taking a taxi cab but if you do get arrested for suspicion of drinking and driving then we can help. We can assist getting a defendant out of jail as well as continuing to represent them through the entire process even if the defendant is not local. The earlier you call us at Bloom Legal the better we can represent you, in order to prevent you from getting a conviction for DWI and to help you avoid getting your license suspended. In addition, many people get arrested for what I call “party crimes” like public intoxication, disturbing the peace, resisting arrest, lewd conduct, assault and even battery. Our office is set up to handle these cases for both local and out of town clients to make the process as convenient as possible. We can assist getting clients released from Orleans parish jail or any jail in the greater New Orleans area. After we are able to secure release for the client we can then continue with full representation. We are able to assist clients using phone, fax and email to make this already difficult process a bit easier.
Bloom Legal also helps clients with injuries if they are injured in an auto accident or any other sort of injury or tort that may occur in Louisiana during Mardi Gras season. If you are injured in an accident Bloom Legal can help assist in getting you medical treatment and aggressively defend you against the person or business that caused your injury. In all the confusion of parades, alcohol, excitement and traffic Bloom Legal is set up to help you navigate through the legal world here in New Orleans during the busy Carnival season. We are your attorneys In New Orleans during Mardi Gras. We are ready with a 24 hour answering service to help your needs 24/7. 504-599-9997.Mardi Gras Parades

What to Do In Case of a Personal Injury

February 20th, 2014 | Posted in Personal Injury by admin | No Comments »

After an auto accident, it can be really difficult to understand what you should do to protect yourself.  By taking certain steps when you get hurt, you can maximize the chances of being awarded monetary damages for your losses so you don’t face financial hardship because of someone else’s carelessness or wrongdoing. Our Personal Injury video provides important information that can help you to protect your right to full compensation.

After a Car Accident 

After a personal injury, a New Orleans auto accident attorney can deal with the insurance companies on your behalf and can help you to pursue a damage claim against a driver who was responsible for causing you harm. Calling a lawyer as soon as possible is a smart choice, but you also need to know what to do in the immediate aftermath of an accident when you are still at the scene.

The video Personal Injury provides some important tips for steps to take after you suffer an injury. For example, you should:

  • Call an ambulance right away: Taking care of yourself and the passengers around you is important.
  • Contact the police: The police will write up an accident report that contains details about the crash and about any suspected causes of the collision. This can be invaluable in the event that a settlement is negotiated since the police report can help you to prove the cause of the crash.
  • Make accurate statements: You need to be honest about what occurred at the scene of the accident and ensure you don’t change your story as inconsistencies could potentially be used to call the cause of the accident into question. Don’t volunteer information beyond what you are asked and don’t talk to the insurance company until you have a New Orleans auto accident attorney representing you. Your attorney will help you to ensure you don’t say something to an insurer that could jeopardize your right to full compensation.
  • Take photographs of the scene of the accident. You probably have a cell phone camera in the car with you and can take pictures at the scene.
  • Get the contact information of witnesses. If there is a dispute about the cause of the accident, witness statements could help you to prove who was to blame so it will be easier to obtain auto accident compensation.

These are just some of the different steps that you should take to protect yourself. When you make a personal injury claim, the case may be resolved outside of court. The stronger your evidence, the more likely it is the insurance company will offer you a fair settlement because the insurer will believe you likely could prevail in court.  Strong evidence can also help you to convince a jury to award you damages.

A New Orleans auto accident attorney can help you to pursue your claim for compensation so you have the best chance of receiving full monetary damages regardless of whether your case goes to trial or is resolved in settlement negotiations. Watch our Personal Injury video or call today for more information on how we can help you.

Personal Injury- Auto Accidents

December 10th, 2013 | Posted in Personal Injury by admin | No Comments »

Allstate Insurance has released its 2013 America’s Best Drivers Report, which ranks cities based on the risks of accidents in each location. New Orleans, unfortunately, ranked number 156 out of 200 cities, with crashes 28.1 percent more likely to occur than the national average. Based on Allstate’s claims data, drivers in New Orleans could expect an accident to happen every 7.8 years as compared with every 13.9 years in the safest city in the U.S.

The New Orleans auto accident law firm of Bloom Legal knows that car accidents happen every day and that, unfortunately, people are frequently injured in these crashes. To make sure you get the compensation you need after a crash happens, it is a good idea to talk to a New Orleans auto accident attorney. You can also watch our video on BloomLegalTV to learn more about what to do after a car crash happens.

What to Do After a Car Crash Occurs

After a car accident, our New Orleans auto accident law firm advises drivers and passengers involved in the crash to:

  • Contact an ambulance if necessary and get life-saving care. This is always the first priority, as taking care of your health matters most.
  • Contact the police and obtain an accurate report. The police report could be used as evidence of how the accident happened, which you may need to be compensated for your injuries.
  • Provide accurate information to the police. Don’t volunteer unnecessary details or accept responsibility- just be truthful about what happened.
  • Obtain contact information from witnesses.  You may need them to testify about how the crash occurred in case there is disagreement about who is to blame.
  • Take pictures to document the crash scene and to demonstrate the cause of the crash. This can also be useful in helping to prove how an auto accident happened.
  • Get prompt medical treatment, You should have your injuries documented so you can prove they occurred because of the car crash. Getting checked out by a doctor is always a smart thing to do after a crash even if you don’t think that anything is wrong because not all ailments have immediate symptoms.
  • Contact a New Orleans auto accident attorney. At Bloom Legal, we help you to understand your rights and to pursue a legal claim for compensation.
  • Undergo treatment needed to recover. Our attorneys can also assist in making sure you get top-notch medical care including physical therapy and chiropractic treatment if necessary.
  • Obtain the compensation you deserve. Your car accident losses should all be covered in full for any damage sustained as a result of the crash. These losses should be paid by the insurance company representing the person who caused the accident.

The information on Bloom LegalTV will help make sure you take the right steps after your accident so you don’t jeopardize your right to compensation after a car crash. Ultimately, the best option you have is to contact our New Orleans auto accident law firm to get personalized individual help with your case. We’ll handle the legal issues for you and get you the money you deserve.

Have a Safe Halloween Weekend from Bloom Legal!

October 25th, 2013 | Posted in Personal Injury by Seth Bloom | No Comments »

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Halloween in New Orleans is one of the bigger event weekends in the country. People come from all over to flock to the streets and enjoy the wide variety of different parties and events happening this weekend.

With this holiday it also means that police presence will be increased in highly populated areas for misdemeanors and DWI. Please be safe this weekend and enjoy all of the events the city has to offer.

If you or someone you know gets arrested this Halloween weekend, give Bloom Legal a call at 504-599-997 or email us at info@bloomlegal.com.

St. Charles Parish Traffic Tickets

July 1st, 2013 | Posted in Personal Injury by Seth Bloom | 1 Comment »

People always ask, “Why would I need help with a traffic ticket?” or “Would it be worth it to hire an attorney in order to defend a simple traffic ticket?”

Surprisingly, hiring a traffic ticket attorney in Louisiana is often a cheaper alternative to paying the ticket. In addition, many drivers don’t realize that the act of paying a ticket is an admission of guilt, which in most cases leads to an increase in insurance rates (increasing as much as 20% for 2-3 years). This means if a driver pays $2,000 a year for insurance, paying a $400 traffic ticket could result in upwards of $1200 more in yearly insurance fees. That’s why it’s always important to call a local traffic attorney before paying that $200-500 fine.

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Bloom Legal LLC is based in New Orleans, but also represents residents of St. Charles Parish, a small area North of Orleans Parish including the cities of Destrehan, Hahnville, and Des Allemonds. Despite it’s abbreviated, suburban makeup, a large percentage of traffic tickets in the New Orleans Metropolitan area come from St. Charles.

St. Charles Parish owns a important piece of real estate on I-10 that links Baton Rouge with New Orleans, and all traffic flowing East-West/West-East across the country (for example, from Jacksonville, Florida to California) must go through I-10. This makes St. Charles Parish an important piece of real estate for law enforcement officials; Parish officers are very present on this strip of road, and make a lot of money handing out tickets to those passing through.

If you or someone you know received a ticket in St. Charles Parish, give Bloom Legal a call today (504-599-9997) for your free consultation. Hiring Seth Bloom as your traffic lawyer will most often be cheaper than paying the fine, and Bloom is an expert at getting tickets dismissed completely, or getting them modified down to a non-moving violation (avoiding points on drivers license).

Bloom Legal is a boutique law firm located in downtown New Orleans that fully services traffic tickets all over St. Charles Parish. In addition to traffic tickets, Bloom Legal LLC also handles DWIs, criminal defense, and personal injury (auto accidents resulting in injury at the fault or negligence of someone else) in St. Charles Parish.

Please give Bloom Legal a call today (504-599-9997) and mention this article for your free consultation.

Loophole Gives Driver’s Licenses back to DWI Offenders

June 24th, 2013 | Posted in DUI/DWI, Personal Injury by Seth Bloom | 1 Comment »

Jenifer Englade, the woman responsible for a tragic Memorial Day weekend car accident that left three dead, should not have had a valid driver’s license. The case against Englade has uncovered a loophole in the Louisiana judicial system that allows certain DWI offenders their license back after 30 days.

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Normally, if a DWI offender pleads guilty under Article 894, the driver would be required to complete a court-ordered probation–often including alcohol counseling or drug treatment, as well as community service–before the state Office of Motor Vehicles would reinstate that driver’s license.

In 2009, in an effort to make it more difficult for DWI offenders to get their driver’s licenses back, state Rep. Henry Burns enacted new legislation: instead of a notice being sent to the OMV only after the terms of the probation are complete and the conviction is set aside (under Article 894), Burns’ amendment made it so a notice is sent within 30 days of the plea itself (before the probation is completed). Burns thought that by making the office aware of people who had admitted to DWIs immediately after they occurred, it would make it easier for the office to keep track of those drivers and ensure they stayed off the road.

However, the OMV interpreted this new legislation differently, taking the notice after 30 days to signify that the conviction had been set aside. In many cases, as with Jennifer Englade, this meant that within 30 days of pleading guilty to a DWI, a first offender can have their license reinstated.

Now, Jennifer Englade is no first time offender. The LaPlace woman had two DWIs in 1999, and one in 2012 before her most recent, and most serious, conviction. However, in many states including Louisiana, there is legislation that affords drivers a clean record if they stay out of trouble for 10 years. In Englade’s case, that wipes both of her 1999 convictions off of her record, and explains why she was considered a first-time offender on her third DWI, a little more than a year ago (June 12, 2012).

Another troubling issue that, if heeded, could have saved multiple lives was that on Englade’s third DWI (in 2012), the woman refused the breathalyzer test.

Louisiana is an implied consent state, which means that having a valid drivers’ license implies the driver’s willingness to take a breathalyzer test; if the driver refuses, their license is automatically suspended for a minimum of one year.

So how was Englade driving (under the influence of cocaine, methamphetamine, and a BAC of .15%) less than a year after her last DWI? Her one-year suspension was set aside when she invoked Article 894.

Now that this issue has been unearthed, state Rep. Burns is calling for measures that ensure those at the OMV understand the purpose of the 30 day notice. Hopefully this time these measures will make it harder for DWI offenders to drive, not easier.

If you or anyone you know has been involved in a DWI or DUI don’t hesitate to contact Seth Bloom at Bloom Legal (504) 599-9997 for your free consultation.

Orleans Parish School Board Member Seth Bloom Supports Transparency

June 14th, 2013 | Posted in Personal Injury by Seth Bloom | No Comments »

Orleans Inspector General Ed Quatrevaux is getting fed up with the Orleans Parish School Board’s resistance to an audit he requested on Nov. 29, 2012. Now, seven months later, the School Board is still fighting the request.

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The Orleans Parish School Board has challenged the requested audit, justifying their claims with arguments that are “totally without merit” and have been disproven in case law, Quatrevaux holds. He has recently expressed his willingness to file suit against the board.

Ed Morris, School Board lead counsel, did not respond when reached for comment. However, Seth Bloom, chairman of the School Board’s legal committee, is one member on the School Board who supports an investigation. A criminal defense lawyer in New Orleans, Bloom stated that he is “completely in favor of the OIG auditing us. To show that we’re doing everything right, to show we have nothing to hide, I welcome it.” Bloom also told reporters that the audit was not in response to any specific allegations or wrongdoings.

When questioned about the School Board’s overall resistance to the audit, Bloom explained, “Certain entities in the administration don’t want people looking over their shoulder.”

Quatrevaux, who was reappointed to a second four-year term last month by the city ethics board, said it was unusual for an agency to so vehemently resist an audit. His office may still audit the agency without permission.

[Source: Nola.com]

Suspect in Deadly DWI Released from Hospital

June 12th, 2013 | Posted in Personal Injury by Seth Bloom | No Comments »

Jennifer Englade, the woman responsible for the death of three over Memorial Day weekend, was released from the LSU Interim Hospital yesterday afternoon. Still wearing a neck brace and with bandages on her arms, Englade was immediately turned over to St. Charles Parish officials, being held at the St. Charles Parish Correctional Center.

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It is suspected that Englade was legally drunk when her car crossed the median on Highway 61 and collided with an oncoming vehicle. The vehicle held two women: Esther Contento, 20, and Romishe Mejia-Fequier, 23. Both women were mothers, and Contento was pregnant.

Englade was in violation of her probation when the accident happened, due in court in June, as law enforcement officials sought to revoke her license and return her to jail. When asked if she had been drinking on the day of the Memorial Day weekend accident, Englade reportedly said “I don’t know.”

Englade is facing three counts of vehicular homicide, third-degree feticide, first-degree vehicular negligent injury, a second-offense DWI, reckless operation of a vehicle and driving with an open container, as well as charges related to driving without insurance.

UPDATE: Officials say Englade had amphetamine and cocaine in her system along with a blood alcohol level of .15 on the morning of May 26. Her bail has been set at $500,000.

This is a tragic story. Think before you drive drunk. If you have been involved in a DUI/DWI related incident, don’t hesitate to call Seth Bloom at Bloom Legal, (504) 599-9997, for your free consultation.

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DUI Checkpint Stops 1000, Arrests None

June 7th, 2013 | Posted in Personal Injury by Seth Bloom | No Comments »

Los Angeles, Calif. – This past weekend over 1,000 drivers were stopped at a DUI checkpoint in the Burbank area of LA, and none were over the legal limit. In the 5 hours from 9 P.M. to 2 A.M. six drivers were asked to exit their vehicle and perform a field sobriety test, but none were arrested. As seen in many cities across the nation, the Burbank Police Department received a $31,500 grant last year to conduct sobriety checkpoints in hopes of reducing drunk driving in their area.

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The constitutionality of sobriety checkpoints has been a contentious issue for some time in the United States, ever since 1990 when the US Supreme Court reversed a ruling by the Michigan Supreme Court, which held that sobriety checks violated Fourth Amendment rights. The US Supreme Court ruled that reducing drunk driving fatalities was worth the minor infringement on the constitutional rights of Americans. Today, there are 12 states that prohibit sobriety checkpoints. While some states prohibit them based on state law or Constitution, Texas is the only state that prohibits them based on its interpretation of the US Constitution.

Louisiana is one state that does conduct sobriety checkpoints, and with good reason. In 2011 Louisiana ranked in the top 20 (#16) of states with the highest rate of drunk driving fatalities, at a whopping 226. Have you received a DUI recently? Call Bloom Legal at (504) 599-9997 for your free consultation. Seth Bloom has a vast record of dealing with DWIs/DUIs. He knows the law, and can make it work for you.

Two DWIs in 24 Hours

June 4th, 2013 | Posted in Personal Injury by Seth Bloom | No Comments »

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A 26-year-old woman impressively garnered two DWIs in 24 hours in Slidell this past weekend. Marjorie Portier, a Mississippi woman, was first pulled over at 2:30am Saturday morning after swerving dangerously in front of an officer. Portier had just left a local bar and agreed to take a breath alcohol test, showing her BAC to be more than double the legal limit (.08). Less than 24 hours later Portier was at it again, speeding and swerving, eventually making an illegal turn in front of a different officer on Gause Boulevard. The woman begged the officer, who was previously unaware of Portier’s arrest only hours before, not to take her to jail for the second night in a row. The woman once again agreed to a breath alcohol test, which showed her to be over the limit.

In Louisiana, a DWI is an enhanceable offense. The first offense DWI carries a $300 to $1000 fine and up to six months in jail. Second offense DWI brings a $750 to $1000 fine and between 30 days to six months in jail. A third DWI offense carries a $5000 fine and between one and five years imprisonment.

If you have questions about DWI’s or DUI’s in New Orleans or anywhere in Louisiana then please call Bloom Legal at 504-599-9997 or email us at info@bloomlegal.com.

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