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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.

Partner Richard Broussard was presented the President’s Award by the Louisiana Association for Justice (LAJ) President Blake David on September 23 at the LAJ Fall Conference in New Orleans.

The President’s Award is presented annually to LAJ members who have provided outstanding and highly dedicated service to the legal profession.

Within the Louisiana Association for Justice, Mr. Broussard served on the Board of Governors from 1983-1986 and on the Executive Committee from 1996-1997.

Attorney Derek Aswell recently wrapped up his term with the Lafayette Bar Association as Young Lawyer Section Chair.

The Young Lawyers Section is a section of the Lafayette Bar composed of attorney members who are either under the age of 40 or who have been practicing law for five years or fewer. Members are dedicated to providing community service in Lafayette Parish. This is an active organization that sponsors several worthwhile programs that take place in the community, such as: Regional Mock Trial allows high school students to study a case, present it from both the plaintiff’s and the defense’s sides, and act out the trial in a real courtroom setting; and the Holiday Giving Program is an annual fundraiser to support local charities during Christmas.

Along with these programs, Young Lawyer Section members are active in the Lafayette Bar Foundation’s pro-bono efforts that benefit the underprivileged members of the Lafayette community. They volunteer their time to accept Lafayette Volunteer Lawyers’ cases, to assist with the Homeless Experience Legal Protection (H.E.L.P.) Program, and represent victims of domestic violence in Protective Order hearings through the Protective Order Panel.

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