The deGravelles & Palmintier team has obtained significant and, in some cases, record-breaking results for their clients in a variety of different kinds of cases including maritime, industrial accidents, products liability, automobile and trucking accidents, medical malpractice and business litigation cases.
Over the years, deGravelles & Palmintier has helped secure well over $300 million dollars for injured victims.
Every case is unique and no one can guarantee a certain result but deGravelles & Palmintier has and will never rest on their past successes and are committed to obtaining the full value of each and every case that they handle.
Case Study 1: Maritime
In one case, deGravelles & Palmintier partner, Neale deGravelles, represented the family of a man who was never seen again after working on an oil rig. The man was doing work aboard a jack-up oil rig that was being transferred by tugboats off the coastline of Louisiana. The man was last seen by fellow co-workers talking with his family on his cell phone. Shortly after, a bunk check revealed that he was not on board. The management of the rig ignored search and rescue procedures and kept the vessel moving forward. They did not try to stop the vessel or even detach one of the tug boats that was pulling the rig to begin a search for the man. The management of the rig did not even immediately call the Coast Guard to help with rescue efforts. Instead, the vessel continued to move away from the area. The man was never seen again. Considering where the man was last seen on the vessel, evidence shows that he would not have died from the fall off the vessel, but would have slowly died in the water from exposure/drowning. Mr. deGravelles obtained a sizable settlement for the family before trial. American business can, and should, focus on making a profit. However, when the desire to make profit is so strong that a company can ignore safety regulations and common sense and leave a man to drown to make profits, those companies must be made to answer.
Case Study 2: Industrial Accident
Partner, Neale deGravelles, was involved in a case where his client worked at a processing facility that put milk crates onto pallets, which were transferred by eighteen-wheelers across the region. The client was working in the area where a large robotic arm, having the strength of many men, loaded hundreds of pounds of pallets into trucks. Due to flaws in the design and mechanical failures of the robotic arm, the arm unexpectedly swung over and slammed the client to a metal loading table. This caused severe and permanent injuries. Crushed and badly injured, the client was unable to move due to the strength of the robotic arm. The client screamed out for help for roughly half an hour before a co-worker from another part of the facility stumbled upon him and began rescue procedures. Mr. deGravelles obtained a sizable verdict for his client at a jury trial in New Orleans. As this case demonstrates, even high tech and sophisticated machinery costing hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars can be faulty, and when that happens, the damages caused by them can be just as significant.
Case Study 3: Car Accident
Partner, Neale deGravelles, represented the widow of a commercial trucker who was headed home to see his wife and family when a vehicle crossed the center line and hit him head on. The client was not killed instantly, but died shortly thereafter. After an investigation, the police found that the driver who crossed the center line had been high on drugs, and they found drugs on his person at the scene. Intoxicated drivers are so dangerous that these cases are amongst the only matters in which an injured party can get punitive damages under Louisiana law. Mr. deGravelles has represented individuals hurt by dangerously intoxicated drivers and has even written and spoken on the topic of Louisiana punitive damages for the Louisiana lawyers and law professors.
Case Study 4: Brain Damage
In one case, partner, Neale deGravelles, represented a young naval veteran who had just started a new career. He and his work partner were simply driving to a work-site one morning when a large truck, which Mr. deGravelles’ investigation concluded, was going too fast and had been poorly maintained, fishtailed and slammed into the vehicle in which the veteran was riding. As a result of the accident, the young veteran sustained severe and permanent brain damage. Although a lawsuit can never undue something like brain damage, Mr. deGravelles pursued a case which resulted in the young man being put in a position where he could be taken care of and live the most independent life possible under the circumstances.
Case Study 5: 18 Wheeler
A client of Neale deGravelles, was stopped in a Wal-Mart Parking lot, waiting to find a parking space when suddenly, and without warning, an eighteen wheeler slammed into the back of his vehicle. The impact was so severe, that the client’s injuries necessitated surgery. Investigation showed that the driver was potentially distracted by another person in his vehicle that was not supposed to be in the truck’s cab.
Case Study 6: Burns
In one tragic event, an electrician working in one of south Louisiana’s many chemical plants, was seriously and permanently injured by an electrical arc flash emanating from equipment which he had been advised by others had been de-energized but, in fact, was not deenergized. The resulting electrocution caused severe burns covering almost all of the man’s body. The deGravelles team represented the man and his family in an action against the culpable parties and obtained an excellent result.
Case Study 7: Products Liability
One of Mr. deGravelles’ clients had already been severely injured in a car accident and had to undergo a significant shoulder surgery because of it. Tragically, during the course of the surgery that was supposed to make her better a medical device was placed into the shoulder. Shortly after the surgery, the woman’s shoulder became extraordinarily painful and was rendered largely unfunctional. Mr. deGravelles’ investigation showed that the device had been marketed to doctors for a use that had not approved by the FDA.