Fighting for the Injured to Achieve Their Best Road to Recovery Since 1987
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.
Since 1987, our team has helped secure well over $300 million dollars for injured clients.
Each case is different, and no results are guaranteed. But the deGravelles & Palmintier team will never rest on past success. We are committed to fighting for the full value owed to our clients for each and every case that we handle.
Company Negligence Leads to Maritime Death
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. In addition, the management of the rig did not immediately call the Coast Guard to help with rescue efforts. Instead, the vessel continued to move away from the area and 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 a fall, but would have slowly died in the water from exposure/drowning.
Mr. deGravelles obtained a six-figure settlement for the family before trial. American businesses can and should focus on making a profit. However, when the desire to make a profit is so strong that a company ignores safety regulations and common sense, and leaves a man to drown, those companies must be made to answer.
Dangerous, Faulty Machinery Results in Tragic Industrial Accident
Firm 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 loaded hundreds of pounds of pallets into trucks. Due to flaws in the design and mechanical failures of the robotic arm, the machine 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 six-figure 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 can be just as significant.
Commercial Trucker, Husband and Father Dies in Car Accident at the Hands of a Intoxicated Driver
Firm 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 obtained a six-figure settlement for the family. He has represented individuals hurt by dangerously intoxicated drivers and has even written and spoken for Louisiana lawyers and law professors on the topic of Louisiana punitive damages in cases like these.
Dangerous Big Rig Causes Permanent Brain Damage for Veteran
Firm partner Neale deGravelles represented a young naval veteran who had just started a new career. He and his work partner were 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 undo something like brain damage, Mr. deGravelles pursued the case, which resulted in a seven-figure settlement, allowing the young man to be taken care of and live the most independent life possible under the circumstances.
Dangerous Product Causes Debilitating Damage
Firm partner Neale deGravelles represented a wife and mother with two young children who had already been severely injured in a car accident and had to undergo a significant shoulder surgery. Tragically, during the course of the surgery 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 nonfunctional. A waitress in an Italian restaurant, the victim was unable to continue working as a result of her injury.
Mr. deGravelles’ investigation showed that the medical device had been marketed to doctors for a use that had not approved by the FDA. The investigation also showed that the company attempted to cover up testing data illustrating the severe damage to the shoulder that could result when using the product in an unapproved manner as the company had suggested to doctors.
deGravelles & Palmintier was able to hold this company accountable for their wrongful actions and obtained a six-figure settlement for the client, putting her on the journey to a full recovery.