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Attorney Richard J. Arsenault, of Neblett, Beard, and Arsenault in Alexandria, Louisiana was recently named to the Best Lawyers in America.

Best Lawyers in America is a highly regarded publication listing exceptional attorneys throughout the country. The distinction is based upon a peer-review system with input from over three million attorneys. The American Lawyer has described the Best Lawyers publication as “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.” List exerts are posted in The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, and New York Magazine. Best Lawyers in America also recently joined with U.S. News & World Report by adding a Best Lawyers Search Engine on the U.S. News website.

Arsenault’s legal career spans more than thirty years, and he has frequently been recognized for his contributions as both a litigator and published author. In addition, Arsenault serves as an instructor with Louisiana State University Law School’s Trial Advocacy Program.

Arsenault has been selected for inclusion in Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, American Trial Lawyer’s Association’s Top 100 Trial Lawyers, Louisiana Super Lawyers, Best of the United States and currently holds an AV Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating available. His legal expertise has been featured by the National Law Journal, Associated Press, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, CBS, Business Week, NPR and BBC.

Neblett, Beard, and Arsenault would like to extend congratulations to Mr. Arsenault for this outstanding honor.

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Infant Deaths Prompts Warning on Baby Sleep Positioners

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Infant Deaths Prompts Warning on Baby Sleep Positioners

Despite claims by manufacturers that baby sleep positioners can help reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), gastrointestinal distress, flat head syndrome and colic, the FDA and CPSC have received 12 reports of infants between the ages of 1 month and 4 four months who died when they suffocated in sleep positioners or became trapped and suffocated between a sleep positioner and the side of a crib or bassinet. Now, the FDA and CPSC are urging parents and caregivers to immediately discontinue use of these products, saying the risk of suffocation outweighs any benefits.

Most of the infants suffocated after rolling from a side to stomach position. In addition to the reported deaths, CPSC has received dozens of reports of infants who were placed on their backs or sides in sleep positioners, only to be found later in potentially hazardous positions within or next to the sleep positioners. The two main types of infant sleep positioners are flat mats with side bolsters or inclined (wedge) mats with side bolsters.

The CPSC has posted this warning on its website:

* STOP using sleep positioners. Using a positioner to hold an infant on his or her back or side for sleep is dangerous and unnecessary.

* NEVER put pillows, infant sleep positioners, comforters, or quilts under a baby or in a crib.

* ALWAYS place an infant on his or her back at night and during nap time. To reduce the risk of SIDS, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends placing infants to sleep on their backs and not their sides.

The lawyers are Neblett, Beard & Arsenault are currently investigating claims against manufacturers of faulty or defective childrens’ products. We have worked hard for families whose infants and children have been injured or killed as a result of defective products, and are closely following this recent warning from the FDA & CPSC. We will updated this information as it becomes available. Stay tuned.

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Three 18-Wheelers Crash

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Three 18-Wheelers Crash

According to Shreveport Police, a combination of rain-slicked roads and an 18-wheeler driver “not paying attention,” lead to a multi-vehicle collision on Interstate 20 near Greenwood. Thankfully, the wreck, which involved three 18-wheelers and several other vehicles, only resulted in minor injuries.

The crash left one 18-wheeler demolished, the second 18-wheeler was pushed into four-wheel vehicles and the third 18-wheeler exited the highway and ended up in the woods. One 18-wheeler driver had to be cut from the cab of the wrecked big rig.

Eastbound lanes of I-20 were closed while crews cleaned up the debris and leaked diesel fuel. The wreck caused a huge traffic back-up on both the eastbound and westbound lanes of I-20.

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