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A Louisiana resident was treating his son and a friend to a school break cycling trip in another state. A few minutes after renting a new high tech bike from a prominent shop, his healthy lifestyle suddenly ended in a tragic crash-he was paralyzed from the neck down forever. We took him in as our client in pursuit of justice.

In our investigation, the manufacturer said the front wheel had disengaged somehow because of our client’s fault even though the new bike had just been inspected by the dealer and he had only ridden a short distance. They couldn’t identify his fault but somehow they claimed our client caused the accident. They had tested the bike after the accident and said the accident could not have happened as our client described and nothing was wrong with the bike.

Through a court proceeding and independent experts retained by our team of counsel, we learned that the manufacturer had repeated the bike failure as our client had described multiple times in the presence of its own engineers. They then hid the evidence of the defect. The compatibility of various components of the wheel had never been tested. With no input from a rider the front wheel could suddenly seize catapulting the rider over the handlebar onto his helmet breaking his neck.

The Community Foundation of Acadiana’s South Louisiana Giving Day (SOLA) occurred last week, and Broussard, David & Moroux took part by supporting to a cause close to the heart of the firm.

“The Boys & Girls Club of Acadiana takes great care of so many people in our community, including many of our clients and their children,” said Partner Blake David. “As a firm who works tirelessly to help good people, it feels as though our missions are connected.”

Service is a core value for the Broussard, David & Moroux law firm. We enjoy supporting the Boys & Girls Club of Acadiana and other local charities, knowing that their efforts make our community and future brighter.

On April 2, 2021, an rental company employee parked his 18-wheeler on the right shoulder of Eraste Landry Road in Lafayette so that he could retrieve a forklift located down a private driveway off the right side of the road. His intent was to pull the forklift onto Eraste Landry Road, drive on the roadway to the back of his 18-wheeler, and load the forklift onto the flatbed trailer of his 18-wheeler.

When the 18-wheeler driver got to the end of the driveway and prepared to make a left hand turn onto the roadway, his 18-wheeler blocked his view of oncoming traffic and prevented approaching vehicles from seeing the forklift. Ignoring his obstructed view and without providing any warning to approaching drivers, he pulled the forklift onto Eraste Landry and crashed into the passenger side of plaintiff’s vehicle. Following the initial impact, our client crashed into a street sign and skidded to a stop on the side of the road.

As the result of the collision, our 41-year-old client suffered injuries to his cervical and lumbar spine including bulging discs at C3-4, C4-5, and C5-6 and a herniation at L4-5. Our client’s initial treatment included chiropractic care, physical therapy, and prescription medication that failed to resolve his symptoms. By April 2022, his treating doctors told him that he had two treatment options going forward: epidural steroid injections and surgery. 

I was fortunate and honored to represent my clients. Due to the negligence of a truck driver that failed to stop after losing a tire on Interstate 10, my client’s life changed forever, as a loose tire struck the front of his truck sending it airborne. 

My client was forced to make a difficult choice that is all too common with our clients: undergo the recommended neck surgery, or continue to provide for his family while working in horrible pain. My client showed toughness and dedication by choosing the latter so that his family had financial security. 

Further, my client’s treating physicians and family played a vital role in the jury’s verdict through their testimony.  His doctors described in detail the severity of my client’s injuries, while his family testified how this horrible accident completely changed how my client lived his life. The dancing, dirt bike and fishing enthusiasts no longer performed those activities because of his injuries he sustained in the September 1 , 2020 accident.

As we enter the month of February, law students across the state find themselves in the final stages of preparing for the Louisiana Bar Exam. Undoubtedly, this pivotal moment marks the culmination of years of hard work and dedication. At Broussard, David & Moroux, we understand the weight of this challenge and are committed to supporting aspiring lawyers on their journey to success.

We have reached out to our experienced attorneys for their invaluable insights. Below are five of the most important tips from our expert attorneys at Broussard, David & Moroux aimed at providing you with the confidence and preparation needed to conquer the Bar Exam. So, without further ado, let’s dive into the collective wisdom of our legal team.

Tips for Bar Exam Success:

This year marks the 50th anniversary of practicing law for one of Broussard, David & Moroux’s founding partners, Richard C. Broussard.

Broussard graduated from law school at LSU in 1974, and he has spent 50 years tirelessly engaged as a trail lawyer working to repair the harms and losses to good people injured by no fault of their own. He is a past president of the Lafayette Bar Association, and he was chosen by the Louisiana State Bar Association to receive its prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004. Broussard was certified in Civil Trial Advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He is the current Chairman of the Aviation Section for the Louisiana Association for Justice. He also served as the city judge in Youngsville for 20 years.

Broussard and Blake R. David formed the firm of Broussard & David in 2003 with a focus on personal injury. Together, they built a reputation of professionalism and gained respect from others in the area. In the last year, the firm rebranded and changed its name to add longtime partner Jerome Moroux, added five attorneys and expanded to Covington and New Orleans.

The third week of October is National School Bus Safety Week. Every year, communities across the country gather to bring light to school bus safety. The National School Bus Safety Week reminds students, parents, teachers, and the community to keep school bus safety at the forefront of our priorities. While the initiative started as a letter-writing campaign to President Nixon in 1969, it has evolved into an impactful national movement for school bus safety.

Broussard, David & Moroux desires to bring that same impact into our local Louisiana communities because every student deserves the right to safe transportation. The KLFY News 10 Safety Tips, which reminds the community of measures we can all take for school bus safety and general road awareness, is sponsored by Broussard, David & Moroux.

In light of the 2023 National School Bus Safety Week, it is especially important to remember these safety tips while driving around school buses:

At Broussard, David  & Moroux, we love and appreciate our Acadiana community. Giving back to our community through philanthropy and service is a driving force of our firm’s culture.  As advocates, we are always seeking partnerships with local organizations that are making great impacts in Acadiana.

Generosity and personal relationships are at the forefront of what we do. Our staff continuously seeks new avenues to better serve those in need around us. In 2023 alone, Broussard, David & Moroux supported over five non-profits in Lafayette, Louisiana. Each contribution carried its own significance, and we hope that by sharing this spirit of philanthropy, others will be inspired to join us.

For South Louisiana Giving Day this past Spring, Broussard, David & Moroux set the $65,000 match in contributions to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Acadiana. The Boys & Girls Club is a non-profit offering after-care services to lower-income families across the country. It was our honor and privilege to give back to this incredible organization in an impactful way for SOLA Giving Day as they directly assist many of our clients  with care  and resources.

On January 28, 2017, plaintiff was T-boned by a Lafayette police officer who pulled out of the parking lot at Our Lady of Fatima Church on Johnston Street in Lafayette, crashing into the side of plaintiff’s pickup truck. Prior to trial, the parties stipulated that the defendant police officer was the sole legal cause of the subject collision and that he was in the course and scope of his employment with Lafayette City-Parish Consolidated Government at the time of the collision.

As the result of the collision, the 29-year-old plaintiff suffered injuries to his cervical and lumbar spine including annular fissures at C4-5 and C5-6, a central disc protrusion at C6-7, disc bulging at L3-4 and L4-5, as well as a disc protrusion and fissure at L5-S1. Plaintiff’s pre-trial treatment included three (3) rounds of cervical steroid injections and two (2) rounds of lumbar injections. In 2019, plaintiff’s treating spine surgeon recommended that plaintiff undergo total disc replacement at C6-C7 and an anterior lumbar interbody fusion at L5-S1.

Plaintiff, a father of six, continued to work through his pain following the collision so that he could support his family. At trial, the defense attempted to downplay plaintiff’s injuries using job descriptions which indicated he was required to perform heavy lifting at work and testimony from his supervisors confirming those job descriptions. Plaintiff testified the job descriptions did not accurately reflect the actual work he was required to perform at those jobs and on cross-examination, plaintiff’s supervisors were forced to admit that they had never actually observed him perform any heavy lifting after the accident.

Partner Richard Broussard was asked to speak as a panel member at the Louisiana Association of Justice’s Last Chance CLE Conference. The Conference was held in New Orleans and was attended by hundreds of attorneys as a means of continuing their legal education.

The discussion was titled “A New Age: Comparisons Between Aviation Law and Space Law,” and examined the evolution of Space Law, developing from Maritime and Aviation Law (two fields in which Broussard, David & Moroux specialize).

The picture above includes Broussard and his fellow panel members, Federal Judge Jay C. Zainey, Tulane Law Dean David Meyer, Charles C. Bourque, Jr. of St. Martin & Bourque (Houma) and Darlene Jacobs of Jacobs, Sarrat, Lovelace, Harris & Matthews (New Orleans). Along with the panel members pictured are Marin Davies, Chair of Admiralty and Maritime Law at Tulane, and Scott Bickford, the President of the Louisiana Association of Justice.

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