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Technology is continually reshaping the legal industry, and we aim to be a step ahead of the pack. As a small firm serving Louisiana and Texas, we need the ability to be in multiple locations at once to address multiple concerns ranging from filing a petition, deposing a witness, or a court appearance. At Sudduth and Associates, that is not a problem.​

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We believe in family and community and encourage interests outside the practice of law. We welcome you to become a part of our family and experience excellent service and traditional values in everything we do. Join with us as we continue our multi-generational tradition of service and leadership in this wonderful community we call home.

 

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James E. Sudduth III

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Erin Abrams​

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Lori L. Nunn

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Technology is continually reshaping the legal industry, and we aim to be a step ahead of the pack. As a small firm serving Louisiana and Texas, we need the ability to be in multiple locations at once to address multiple concerns ranging from filing a petition, deposing a witness, or a court appearance. At Sudduth and Associates, that is not a problem.​​

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Special Education Lawyers: Do You Need One?​

If you have a child in special education and everything seems to be running smoothly, you may never need a lawyer. However, it is quite possible that at some point during your child's education, it will make sense to hire, or at least consult, an attorney to help you advocate for your child.

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Dental Implants and Nerve DamageIs It Malpractice?​

Experts have explained that dental implants are often the last resort in attempting to correct mouth and tooth complications that may harm the remaining teeth and gums inside. When the dental implant or medication lead to nerve damage and severe problems, it is important to investigate if these instances are part of malpractice or errors in judgment.  A form of reasonable treatment plan is often part of the standard of care in dental processes for a patient. However, there are times when this person suffers through nerve damage and various other complications when the dentist is not thorough or providing enough care. Sometimes, the most the dentist needs to accomplish is to provide a referral. A refunded fee for care and the appointment is generally part of patient care when the standard duty owed to the patient is not kept. However, other times, more of a remedy comes through compensation for the ill-treatment or negligence in the treatment provided. Expert Analysis in Nerve Damage When a case starts, the expert hired for the claim usually performs an analysis of the situation. He or she may need to study the dental records and the mouth of the affected client. This coupled with all other evidence will suggest a plan of action against the defending dentist in question. The primary concern is if malpractice exists for the case to have any chance of succeeding. Without showing the four elements of malpractice with a medical practitioner, the claim often is lost before it begins. This requires a duty of care breached through the actions of the dentist that caused the injury directly. Then, the lawyer and expert must demonstrate the cause connected to the dentist which led to the injury. What Is Malpractice in Dental Implants? For medical and dental treatment to lead to malpractice, the dentist or doctor must breach his or her duty of care owed to the patient. The injury resulting from the breach must have a direct cause involving the doctor. Usually, this is because negligence occurred in some form. Dental implants that injure the mouth or teeth of the patient may result in a strong malpractice claim when the dentist is aware that injury could occur through is or her actions. However, if there were factors outside of his or her realm of knowledge or awareness, the incident could have been an accident. Additionally, if the dentist was performing to his or her standards of care and taking all precautions, the claim may fail to pass the initial stage of assessment. A knowledge or disregard of safety to possible injury usually must exist for negligence to occur with dental implants and other procedures. Any damage resulting from these actions is through negligent activity on the part of the dentist. He or she or an assistant working for him or her could have caused the issue or did not take the necessary precautions to avoid harm. This negligence breaches the duty of care. It is possible if only an assistant was in attendance and no visit from the dentist occurred that both the assistant and dentist could face a litigation claim for the injury resulting from negligent care. Filing Suit in Dental Implants When there is negligence for a malpractice suit, the victim usually requires the services of a lawyer to proceed. He or she will usually need to take advantage of free consultations to determine if the claim has enough strength to proceed. This may involve assessing the medical treatment, injury, and details of the negligence. Through checking with the medical documents, the claim could prove valid and have strong information to proceed to the next stage. Any connected witnesses will need interviews for statements and further details about the issue. These could range from a family member that was present to a medical doctor that supplied additional treatment. Dental Malpractice and the Lawyer’s Help Once the claim appears valid and the injuries confirmed through documentation, the victim may attempt to gather further evidence with a lawyer. Any other involved parties may become part of the proceedings such as an assistant. If any drug prescriptions were part of the harm, a pharmaceutical attendant may also require interviewing. Once the lawyer’s hire is complete, he or she will provide care to ensure that the rights of the client are taken care of during the entire case. He or she will communicate with the client throughout the process and attempt to prove malpractice to the judge or jury.  Link to original article

Common Dental Negligence Lawsuits​

Common forms of negligence usually lead to litigation claims against the dentist or the practice when the patient suffers injury during his or her treatment at the clinic. Knowing which common negligence claims affect citizens throughout the country may provide additional details and ways of obtaining compensation when suffering from similar circumstances.  One of the most common injuries from dental negligence is nerve or tooth damage. When the dentist uses tools, equipment or implants, the nerves within the mouth could face injury depending on the actions of the professional. Additionally, other injuries may occur along with the nerve damage that could permanently cause numbness or constant pain. Other problems may also arise during the nerve harm such as broken bones, damaged teeth and defective equipment causing aggravated injury. It is when the dentist is negligent that litigation may occur to recover compensation for the incident. Through the hire of a lawyer, it is possible to pursue legal action. Common Problems in Dental Treatment Some of the most profound injuries occur when the person is under anesthesia. However, the drugs administered to the patient may also lead to damage. The most important of these with certain drugs is allergies. If the patient is allergic to the drug, he or she may have an adverse reaction that leads to further injury. Damage to the mouth and throat are possible along with lung compilations with breathable anesthesia. A detailed patient history is important to prevent many of these problems before they lead to irreversible harm. Sometimes, it takes consultations with other medical healthcare providers to understand if an allergy exists. When the dentist fails to diagnose the oral diseases a patient has, he or she may commit negligence. This may occur through a lack of knowledge or experience, but a lawsuit may arise when another dentist would have the ability to catch the complication in a reasonable setting. This could assist in proving negligence in litigation claims. If the problem is a cancer in the mouth, late diagnosis could end in death for the individual. If the patient dies, it is up to the surviving family to file suit for a wrongful death claim. Negligence is often the foundation of such claims when a person loses his or her life due to the mistakes of a professional. Oral Complications Damage to the mouth, injuries to the nerves inside the oral areas and extraction problems with teeth often end in grievous wounds. The nerve damage is often severe enough that the person is left with agonizing pain. Bridge and crown complications may alter the look of the mouth. The patient may face embarrassment anytime he or she opens the mouth in public. Extractions of teeth could harm the jawbone or the rest of the mouth or throat. This may also result in excruciating pain. The constant or continual burning, buzzing or electric throbbing of such hurting in and around the mouth leads to a devastating impact on the quality of life for the individual. Nerve Damage in Dental Work One of the most prevalent negligent malpractice suits that a patient may face is the nerve damage from various treatments. This type of injury is possible from tooth extraction, damage from tools and equipment, through gum disease and work with bridges and crowns. The symptoms are generally irritating to severely painful depending on where the nerve injury occurs and the severity of the harm. If the nerves cause other issues such as gum disease, the patient may face more severe consequences. He or she may need to consult a lawyer about possible malpractice suits dealing with negligence from the actions of the dentist. Some nerve damage causes permanent pain and other complications. It is important to gather as much evidence from the nerve difficulties and contact a lawyer to determine what possible course of action he or she may pursue once enough understanding in the symptoms and another professional explains the issue. Nerve injuries are the most common due to the sheer number of nerves in the mouth, but they are also the most problematic with pain and serious sensation troubles from negligent action. Legal Help in the Most Common Dental Negligence Lawsuits Contacting a lawyer is the first step in these situations. He or she will determine if there is possible legal action available based on the evidence and injuries. Then, with a strong enough case, the legal representative may attempt a settlement or pursue the issue to court.  Link to original article  

Not a U.S. Citizen - Can I Be Deported ifI Am Convicted of a Crime?​

Individuals who do not have citizenship status do not have as many rights as citizens and must constantly worry about whatever immigration status they have being stripped away from them. Being convicted of a crime may very well mean that an individual can be deported from the United States. Being aware of these consequences from the beginning of the case can help individuals make more informed choices.  Individuals who are convicted of an aggravated felony or a crime of moral turpitude may be subject to deportation.  Aggravated Felonies If a person is convicted of an aggravated felony at any point after being admitted in the country, he or she will generally have removal proceedings initiated against him or her. Aggravated felonies for the purposes of immigration policies include more than crimes labeled a felony.  They may include misdemeanors. Specifically, to be a general aggravated felony, it must be a crime of violence with a term of imprisonment for one year or longer or a theft crime with a prison term of one year or more. This group of felonies originally included only serious offenses such as murder and drug trafficking.  However, less serious crimes are now included, such as filing a fraudulent tax return, failing to appear in court and battery. Some other crimes that are enumerated under immigration laws that are aggravated felonies are sexual abuse of a minor, drug trafficking, firearm trafficking, money laundering, federal racketeering, federal gambling, federal peonage offenses, fraud, deceit, smuggling aliens, bribery of a witness and conspiracy of any of these offenses, among others.  Crimes of Moral Turpitude These crimes are those that society deems morally unacceptable. If a person convicts a crime of this nature within five years of entering the country, he or she is generally able to be deported and will not be found to be eligible for relief from removal.  These crimes include tax evasion, perjury, certain kinds of fraud and child abuse. However, courts may interpret the conviction of crimes in a different manner, based on the particular circumstances of the crime or the elements that comprise the crime. Other Crimes Under immigration law, the conviction of certain enumerated crimes are also grounds for deportation. These crimes include violating federal or state law pertaining to a controlled substance, firearm or destructive device convictions, treason and related offenses, threatening certain political figures, domestic violence and violating a protection order.  Immigration Status If a person without citizenship status commits a crime, the potential punishment can also be affected by the type of immigration status that he or she has. Typically, the greater status that the person has, the harder it is for him or her to be removed. However, legal permanent residents can still be removed, even if they have been in the country for decades.  Additionally, individuals with certain status or a lack of status may be deported for a less serious crime than those listed above. For example, a non-citizen without any kind of legal status may be removed for a conviction of any criminal offense, even if it is not particularly serious. Likewise, a non-citizen with temporary lawful status, such as someone on a visa, may be deported if he or she is convicted of two misdemeanors.  Other Consequences While deportation is at the top of the list of concerns, an individual who is not a citizen may face other consequences for the conviction of a crime. For example, a conviction may bar a person from pursuing a greater immigration status. This bar may delay future immigration petitions or forever bar them. Likewise, individuals may be barred from pursuing citizenship.  Plea Bargains Before a non-citizen accepts a plea bargain for a crime that he or she has committed, he or she should be aware of any potential consequences of a conviction on his or her immigration case. While a plea bargain may appear to be a good deal with a minimum sentence or no jail time at all, a person may find that he or she has an immigration hold put on him or her immediately after pleading guilty to the crime. In some situations, a plea can be structured in a way to decrease the possibility that the individual will be removed.  Legal Assistance Because the consequences of conviction can be so dire for a non-citizen, it is imperative that an individual of this nature who is facing a criminal conviction discuss the case with a criminal defense lawyer who is knowledgeable about immigration issues. Link to original article 

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