Social Security Disability

A long time practicing social security lawyer, Attorney Jeff Nicholson knows how intimidating and frustrating the Social Security disability system can be. You need an expert to help you navigate the system. We will protect your rights through the process. The process can be difficult, but the Nicholson Law Firm will be there every step of the way.


We understand your impairments and win claims based various factors, including your:

  • Age
  • Education
  • Work History
  • Medical History
  • Unique Vocational Factors


The Nicholson Law Firm is experienced in understanding your medical and how that impacts the Judge's decision in your case. Our job is to help the Administrative Law Judge understand the issues in your case and therefore understand your unique story.


We have offices in Baton Rouge and Shreveport, handling cases in the entire state of Louisiana, including Baton Rouge, New Orleaans, Monroe, Alexandria, Shreveport, Lake Charles, and Houma.  We also handle cases in Texas and Missisippi.  Call us today for a free evaluation at 225-281-7715.
 

The Nicholson Law Firm will help you with the administrative details in your claim, from filing the standard forms, such as Social Security questionnaires and briefs. Our highly skilled staff helps move the appeals process along, so that we complete your claim in a timely fashion. 

Examples of disabiling conditions we have helped people with in the past include:

   

  • Arthritis
  • Brain Injuries
  • Diabetes
  • Lupus
  • Musculoskeletal disorders
  • Personality Disorders
  • Substance Abuse
  • Alzheimers
  • Asthma
  • Cancer
  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Neuropathy
  • Non-Hodgkin’s-lymphoma
  • PTSD
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Back Pain/Herniated discs
  • Loss of limb
  • Loss of eye sight
  • Cardiovascular Problems
  • Depression/Anxiety
  • HIV
  • Crohn's Disease, IBS, and Colitis
  • Kidney Disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Pain disorder
  • Blood disorders
  • Mental Illness
  • Immune System disorders
  • Respiratory Diseases

 

 Start your social security disability claim. 

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Personal Injury

How Do I Protect My Legal Rights After a Car Crash?

Immediately following a car accident, focus on your health and safety. Call 9-1-1 to report the accident to police and ask for an ambulance if you need medical care. Get out of the roadway and move to a safe place. After you are safe and your injuries are taken care of, we recommend you follow these guidelines:

  • Take photos of the scene of the collision, your injuries, and the damage to your car.
  • Keep copies of any medical records or bills, repair receipts, wage loss records, and any other related expenses.
  • It is important that you do not give a recorded statement to the other party’s insurance company, do not admit fault for the accident, and do not sign anything (i.e. any forms from an insurer).  Insurance companies are eager to take      advantage of accident victims who don’t know their rights. Their objective is to limit or deny claims payouts.
  • Contact an experienced lawyer to learn the full value of your case and your rights in the matter, to avoid making any mistakes that the other driver’s insurance company can use against you.


How Does Louisiana Car Accident Law Work? 

Louisiana law allows injured drivers and passengers, and the families of loved ones who have died or in car accidents, to make a claim and file suit against those responsible for the accident.

Legal responsibility, called “liability,” for a car accident often depends upon proof that the driver was negligent, and therefore at fault.  Proving the other driver operated the vehicle in an unsafe and unreasonable manner under the circumstances, is sufficient evidence to demonstrate liability.

Keep in mind that under Louisiana law, the deadline to bring a lawsuit for a car accident is one year.


What Compensation Can I Obtain If I File a Car Accident Lawsuit? 

The damages available to injured in a car accident include:

  • Past and future physical pain and suffering, mental anguish, and physical impairment;
  • Past and future medical, incidental, and hospital expenses;
  • Past and future loss of earnings and lost earning capacity;
  • Property damages;
  • Loss of enjoyment of life damages;
  • Punitive damages in cases of drunk drivers; and
  • Wrongful death damages and survival action damages for a victim killed in an accident.


Why We Are the Best Lawyers For Your Car Accident Case 

Success in both settlement negotiations and in the courtroom — that’s the number one reason clients select our law firm and refer family and friends to our firm if they have been in car crash. Out attorneys have assisted thousands of injured people in Louisiana.

We have taken challenging and complicated cases to trial with success.  As a result, we obtain substantial recoveries for our clients. In one case, attorney Jeff Nicholson obtained a $1,200,000.00 settlement on behalf of clients who were previously offered nothing before his involvement in the case.

Nicholson Law Firm provides our clients:

  • Individual, attentive legal representation by highly experienced attorneys with an      outstanding record of success;
  • Access to accident reconstruction experts to identify the cause of the accident and who — or what — was at fault, including driver negligence, defective auto parts and dangerous roadway conditions; and
  • Access to biomechanics and economic experts to determine the full extent of your injuries and calculate the cost of your future medical needs, along with any lost of wages or diminished earning capacity due to the crash.

Jeff Nicholson personally supervises all serious injury cases our firm prosecutes. Mr Nicholson has been repeatedly selected by multiple publications as one of top injury lawyers in Louisiana. 

We are proud that Top 100 Trial Attorneys and the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys have rated our firm a Top Law Firm. Our firm has also received a lifetime membership in the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, an accolade reserved only for lawyers who have achieved the top level of success in their practice. 



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Mesothelioma

At the Nicholson Law Firm, your case is the most important case in our office. As you go through this stressful time in your life, we work hard to make this part of your life easy. We work to give you piece of mind.  We fight hard for our clients, and the lawyers at Nicholson Law Firm have worked hard to settle or bring to trial thousands of cases.  We know what it takes to investigate, litigate, and win your case.  It costs you nothing to talk to us.  Some of our clients didn’t think their case was worth anything until they called our office.  


Mesothelioma is a brutal and devastating disease. Mesothelioma only has one known cause: exposure to asbestos. Asbestos was commonly used in construction materials and industrial settings. Items such as insulation, pipe covering, joint compound, shingles, tile, and cement commonly contained asbestos. Companies in Louisiana and the manufacturers of asbestos are responsible to their workers’ asbestos exposure. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, call the Nicholson Law Firm at 225-281-7715.


We have helped clients who worked at many different facilities in Louisiana including:


  • Allied - Baton Rouge
  • Allied Chemical - Geismar
  • ANCO Insulation - Baton Rouge
  • Arsenal Hill Power Plant (SWEPCO) - Shreveport
  • Avondale Shipyard - Avondale/Westwego
  • B&B Insulators
  • BF Goodrich – Baton Rouge
  • Big Cajun Power Plant
  • Borden Chemical - Geismar
  • Calmes Shipyard - New Orleans
  • Canulette Shipyard - Slidell
  • Carbon Black Plant – Franklin
  • Celotex - Marrero
  • Chevron Oil Refinery – Bellechase
  • Ciba-Geigy  - Geismar
  • Citgo Refinery - Lake Charles
  • Cities Service Oil Refinery - Lake Charles
  • Co-Polymer - Baton Rouge
  • Columbia  Carbon - Schwartz
  • Concordia Trade School - Faraday
  • Conoco Refinery - Lake Charles
  • Continental Oil Refinery - Lake Charles
  • Crown Zellerbach – St. Francisville
  • Dow Chemical/Union Carbide - Taft
  • Dow Chemical - Plaquemine
  • Eagle Insulations - New Orleans
  • Electricians Local 995
  • Enrico Fermi Power Plant – Monroe
  • Entergy Power Plants - Louisiana
  • Equitable Shipyard
  • Ethyl – Baton Rouge
  • Exxon Chemical - Baton Rouge
  • Exxon Refinery – Baton Rouge
  • Freeport  Sulphur - Freeport
  • Georgia Pacific - Plaquemine
  • Godchaux Sugar - Reserve
  • Good  Hope Oil Refinery - La Place
  • Gulf  Refinery - Gretna
  • Gulf Chemical - Donaldsonville
  • Gulf Oil Refinery - New Orleans
  • Gulf States Utilities Power Plants - Louisiana
  • Higgins Shipyard - New Orleans
  • Insulator's Local 53
  • International Paper Company - Port Hudson
  • International Paper Company - Springhill
  • Johns-Manville - Marrero
  • Kaiser Aluminum - Baton Rouge
  • Kaiser Aluminum - Chalmette
  • Kaiser Aluminum - Gramercy
  • Little Cajun Power Plant
  • McCarty Insulators
  • Ormet Aluminum - Burnside
  • Phillips Cit-Con Refinery - Lake Charles
  • Pipefitters Locals 60 & 98
  • Port Hudson Paper Mill - Port Hudson
  • PPG Chemical - Lake Charles
  • RiteCare  Processing Plant – Logansport
  • Riverwood Papermill – West Monroe
  • Shell - Norco
  • Shell Oil Refinery - New Orleans
  • Shell – Geismar
  • Sid Richardson Carbon Black – Baton Rouge
  • Southern Shipyard - Slidell
  • Stone Container – Hodge
  • SWEPCO - Mooringsport
  • Superior Shipyards - Slidell
  • Texaco Oil Refinery - Paradise
  • Texaco Refinery - Baton Rouge
  • Texaco Refinery - New Orleans
  • Texaco Refinery - Point Nechester
  • Todd Shipyard - New Orleans
  • Union Carbide - Luling
  • Union Carbide - Taft


If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or another asbestos related disease, such as lung cancer or asbestosis, call the Nicholson Law Firm at 225-281-7715.  We want to help you.

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Wrongful Death

When negligence and carelessness cause the death of a loved one, the sense of outrage, anger and helplessness can be overwhelming.  At The Nicholson Law Firm we’ve dedicated ourselves to making sure the families of wrongful death victims in Louisiana receive the justice they deserve. 

Working closely with families, we take immediate steps to protect evidence, and consult with medical, engineering, or other experts who can establish the elements needed to prove your case. We won’t rest until the facts are preserved and those who are responsible for your loss are called to answer for what they’ve done.

The Nicholson Law Firm represents survivors of family members killed in fatal accidents involving negligence, including:

  • Car accidents 
  • Big Truck accidents 
  • Motorcycle accidents 
  • Medical Malpractice deaths
  • Mesothelioma/Asbestos Exposure

In wrongful death cases it’s not just about negligence — it’s about the person that was taken from you. At the Nicholson Law Firm we’ve developed a highly effective presentations, using multi-media technology that tells the story of the person who lost their life and the impact on those left behind. Putting a name and a face to your loved ones lets jurors understand your loss and how deeply you have been hurt.

We’re prepared to put our resources and knowledge to work for you and your loved ones. Contact the Nicholson Law Firm today. We have offices in Baton Rouge and Shreveport and represent clients throughout South Louisiana, including New Orleans, Lafayette, Baton Rouge, and Lake Charles, as well as clients in North Louisiana, including Haughton, Shreveport, Homer, Monroe, and Alexandria. A consultation is free and our fees are charged as a percentage of any compensation awarded to our clients, so you pay nothing until we make a recovery on your case.

Call our lawyers at 225-281-7715

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Pharmaceutical & Medical Device Litigation

Thousands of people across the United States are injured every year because of defective drugs and medical devices. Manufacturers have a financial incentive to push new drugs and medical equipment to market before they fully understand the associated side effects and dangers. Manufacturers also sometimes under-report side effects and bad results, so that drugs they have invested in, that may not be effective or reliable, make it to market anyway. 

The FDA relies upon manufacturer reports of the safety and reliability of a drug or device and FDA approval does not mean a drug is safe. The Nicholson Law Firm scrutinizes the evidence to hold drug and medical device manufacturers accountable when they place profit over safety.

The Nicholson Law Firm has experience recovering large amounts for our clients for the negligence of these manufacturers and is committed to recovering compensation for our clients that have suffered these types of damages.

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Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice occurs when a hospital, doctor or other health care professional, through a negligent act or omission, causes an injury to a patient. The negligence might be the result of errors in diagnosis, treatment, aftercare or health management.

To be considered medical malpractice under the law, the claim must have the following characteristics:


· A violation of the standard of care 

· An injury was caused by the negligence 

· The injury resulted in significant damages 


Examples of Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice can take many forms. Here are some examples of medical negligence that might lead to a lawsuit:


· Failure to diagnose or misdiagnosis

· Misreading or ignoring laboratory results

· Unnecessary surgery

· Surgical errors or wrong site surgery

· Improper medication or dosage

· Poor follow-up or aftercare

· Premature discharge

· Disregarding or not taking appropriate patient history

· Failure to order proper testing

· Failure to recognize symptoms

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