Gretna Personal Injury Attorneys
The City of Gretna in 2013 had nearly 200 car crashes that produced more than 300 injuries and two fatalities. Injuries from these car crashes can range from cuts and bruises to broken bones and amputations, brain and spinal cord damage as well as severe back and neck injuries. The types of injuries sustained in a car crash can cause a severe burden on the victim, friends, and family. The Cardone Law Firm has seen firsthand how these difficulties can affect people. We are here to fight the fight for you. The Cardone Law Firm prides itself on the results received over the years for victims of car and truck collisions. Cliff has the legal knowledge and skill in avoiding the legal pitfalls each case may present. A car or truck crash can occur in an unlimited number of ways due to the fault of another. Inattentive drivers, drunk drivers, and careless operators can and do cause car crashes. Each case is unique, and having an experienced local attorney on your side can be the difference in recovering compensation or being left alone with the devastating effects of such a collision. The Cardone Law Firm has the resources necessary to provide excellent legal services as well as the experts in a variety of fields in order to increase the value of your case.
Statistics have shown that in the past few years there are a relatively large number of crashes in Gretna and the surrounding areas caused by drunk drivers. Driving under the influence is a serious offense and Louisiana law will permit, in certain circumstances, that the victim of such is entitled to obtain punitive damages.
Punitive damages are assessed in order to punish a defendant for outrageous conduct to deter others from engaging in conduct similar to that which forms the basis of a lawsuit. In Louisiana, our state law only permits punitive damage awards in two (2) circumstances: one, when an injury occurs from the unsafe transportation of hazardous materials. The other is permitted when a drunk driver causes injury to an unsuspecting victim. Louisiana Civil Code article 2315.4 holds the key for punitive damages to be recovered. It states: "In addition to general and special damages, exemplary damages may be awarded upon proof that the injuries on which the action is based were caused by a wanton and reckless disregard for the rights and safety of others by a defendant whose intoxication while operating a motor vehicle was a cause in fact of the resulting injuries."
In an effort to protect themselves from high risks, insurance companies generally exclude any coverage for punitive damages resulting from drunk driving. In other words, the defendant's insurance company will not be liable for punitive damages due to the insured's reckless behavior. Thus, leaving the insured responsible for the payment of such a damage award.
Because of relaxed DUI laws and a hearty party atmosphere throughout our state, Louisiana experiences statistically high rates of drivers operating motor vehicles under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. Heck, we even have drive-thru daiquiri shops! As expected, Louisiana has more than its share of intoxicated drivers.
With the experience and the necessary resources at the Cardone Law Firm we are able to find creative ways to recover compensation to which our clients are rightfully entitled. Cliff will make sure that every legal theory will be utilized in order to hold the liable party responsible. Over the 40 years he has practiced law, Cliff has seen it all and knows the different legal theories available to receive compensation for his clients in car or truck crashes.
If you are injured in a drunk driving incident, it is important to hire an attorney who has both criminal and personal injury experience handling these types of cases. Here, at the Cardone Law Firm, Cliff has prosecuted and defended drunk drivers as well as represented victims of DUI accidents. He's been representing folks in these situations for over 40 years. So, if you've been victimized by a drunk driver and suffered injuries and financial losses, PHONE CARDONE at 504-522-3333 for a free consultation. He will give you straight talk while proactively handling your case.