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Personal Injury

All you want is the recovery you deserve so you can move on from your injury.  When you have been injured, you need someone who cares about your recovery – both physical and financial.  You need a Shreveport personal injury lawyer to walk you through the legal system and protect your interests.

Jean-Paul “J.P.” Guidry is a Shreveport personal injury lawyer focused on representing people who have been injured through no fault of their own.  If you hire J.P., you will always be in touch with a Shreveport personal injury lawyer, never being left in the dark about your case.  He’ll be with you every step of the way.

Insurance companies always try to settle your claim for as low as possible.  So talk to a Shreveport personal injury lawyer before accepting any settlement – your claim could be worth much more.  Call J.P.

J.P.  represents clients in Shreveport, Bossier City, and throughout Louisiana who have sustained personal injuries in all kinds of accidents:

  • Car Accidents
  • Truck Accidents
  • Motorcycle Accidents
  • Pedestrian Accidents
  • Drunk Driver Accidents
  • Wrongful Death
  • Slip and Falls/Premises Liability
  • Defective Products
  • Negligence

Don’t fight the insurance companies by yourself.  Let J.P. fight them for you.

car accident

Car accidents can change your life in an instant.

Your first concern is your health.  Car accidents can leave you with serious injuries:

  • Orthopedic injuries and broken bones
  • Herniated discs and ruptured discs
  • Neck and back injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries/paralysis
  • Burn injuries
  • Amputation
  • Traumatic brain injuries

These injuries can disrupt your work and turn your personal life upside down.

You may be facing a lengthy recovery, watching medical bills pile up while trying to cope with your injuries. Your family may also be feeling the strain if you are unable to work or help around the house. You could be worried about paying the rent and putting food on the table. Sometimes the stress and anxiety is worse than the physical pain.

You have enough to worry about already. Let J.P. fight the insurance companies for you, and help alleviate your financial burdens.

If you were injured through the negligence, recklessness, or intentional action of another person, you may be able to recover compensation for:

  • Present and future medical costs
  • Present and future lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Disability or disfigurement
  • Loss of normal  life

If you were injured in a car accident, J.P. can guide you through the personal injury process and help you get the compensation you deserve.  Call a Shreveport car accident lawyer.  Call J.P.

truck accident

One of the scariest things that can happen on the road is colliding with a tractor trailer, semi-truck, or 18-wheeler.  Many of these truck accidents result in fatalities or serious, long-term physical impairments, which come with enormous medical bills and difficult rehabilitation.

J.P. seeks compensation to lessen the financial burden of truck accident victims and their families. If you have been involved in a truck accident and are considering legal action, call a Shreveport personal injury lawyer.  Call J.P.

Truck Driver Fatigue

Driver fatigue is one of the main causes of truck accidents.  The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration requires truck drivers to rest for at least 10 consecutive hours before driving, and only drive a total of 11 hours in a 14-hour period. Long-haul truck drivers falling asleep at the wheel poses a serious threat to all those on the roadway.  And despite these federal regulations, it happens far too often.

Many trucking companies hold truck drivers to strict schedules, regardless of the risks, placing their bottom lines above your safety.  If you’ve been injured in a truck accident, call J.P. to discuss your legal options.  You need a Shreveport truck accident lawyer.

motorcycle accident

Motorcycles are synonymous with danger and serious injury.  Motorcycles are less visible and less stable than cars, and lack safeguards like seat belts and airbags, making motorcycle crashes much more likely to result in serious injury or death.

Motorcycle crashes commonly cause concussions and brain damage, as the head violently contacts other vehicles or objects.

Other common injuries include:

  • Breakage of joints (elbows, shoulders, hips, knees, and wrists), fingers, spine, and neck. The most common breakages are the shoulder and pelvis.
  • Soft tissue (skin and muscle) damage and “road rash” as the body slides across surfaces.
  • “Biker’s arm” – where the nerves in the upper arm are damaged during the fall, causing a permanent paralysis of arm movement.
  • Facial disfigurement.

If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, call a Shreveport personal injury lawyer.  Call J.P.

pedestrian

About 5,000 people are killed every year in pedestrian traffic accidents.  According to the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), 4,743 pedestrians – more than 12 people every day – were killed in collisions with motor vehicles in 2012.  There were also 76,000 pedestrian injuries reported that year – nearly one every seven minutes.

Drivers are more distracted than ever.  The use of cell phones and other mobile devices are creating extremely dangerous conditions for other cars as well as pedestrians.

Pedestrian injuries are often severe:  spine injuries, head and neck injuries, paralysis, and broken bones.

If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, call a Shreveport personal injury lawyer.  Call J.P.

drunk driver

Drunk drivers are a serious danger to you and everyone else on the road.  Alcohol and other drugs impair a driver’s cognitive abilities and slows his reaction time – often causing accidents.

J.P. represents clients who have been injured by drunk drivers.  He will help you seek compensation for any injuries, medical bills, or lost wages.  J.P. understands the physical, emotional, and financial toll a drunk driving accident can have on your life, and he wants to help you through the difficult recovery process.

Louisiana Civil Code article 2315.4 provides:  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 or 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.

J.P. will use the following resources to build your case for exemplary or punitive damages:

  • Police Reports: If the police came to the scene of your accident, they probably made a written accident report, and may have observed and recorded the fact that the other driver was intoxicated.  Sometimes a police report plainly states an officer’s opinion that someone violated a specific traffic law (or drunk driving law) and that the violation caused the accident.  In accidents involving drunk driving, the police report may even state that the officer made an arrest and/or issued a citation.  Other times, the police report merely mentions negligent behavior, without plainly stating that the violation caused the accident.
  • Witnesses:  Testimony and accounts from witnesses as to the number or amount of drinks, drugs, or medication consumed by the driver; the way the driver was acting (stumbling); and the way the driver was speaking (slurred speech).
  • Expert Opinion:  Testimony and opinion by medical or law enforcement experts as to the number or amount of drinks, drugs, or medication consumed by the driver; the effect of such consumption on an a person’s ability to safely operate a vehicle; and blood-alcohol or chemical evidence (such as field sobriety tests or blood tests in a hospital).

Third Party Liability

La. R.S. 9:2800.1 limits the liability alcohol sellers and social hosts, stating that the consumption of intoxicating beverages, rather than the sale, service, or furnishing of such beverages, is the proximate cause of any injury.

Still, these third parties can be liable if serving to an individual under the lawful age, or by contributing to the consumption of alcohol by force or by falsely representing that a beverage contains no alcohol.

If you have been injured in a drunk driving accident, call a Shreveport personal injury lawyer.  Call J.P.

defective products

Accidents are often caused by defective equipment.  When those failures lead to accidents, the manufacturer may be liable for any injuries sustained.

The Louisiana Products Liability Act (La. R.S. 9:2800.51, et seq.) establishes exclusive remedies against manufacturers of products for personal injury actions.

Defective products are those that are unreasonably dangerous in one of four ways:  1) construction or composition; 2) design; 3) inadequate warning; and 4) breach of the manufacturer’s express warranty.

If you were injured by a defective product, J.P. will help you get the compensation you deserve for your injuries.

Defective products often found in vehicles

Seat Belts – One of the most important safety features in an automobile are the seat belts.  They lessen the impactof passengers inside the car and prevent anyone from being ejected from the vehicle.  If there is a defect with the seat belts’ design, production, or installation, it can cause serious injuries.

Tires – Quality tires allow drivers to maintain control on different kinds of terrain and in varying weather conditions without risk of collision or rolling over.  Defective tires, such as those with tread separation, are susceptible to blowouts and may cause injuries or fatalities.

Air Bags – Should a car wreck occur, drivers rely on air bags to prevent their bodies from hitting the steering wheel or dashboard at a high impact.  If deployed correctly, the air bags will cushion the blow and prevent head trauma.  Defective air bags may not deploy quickly enough or deploy too quickly and with too much force, causing more harm than good.

Call a Shreveport personal injury lawyer if you’ve been hurt by a defective product.  Call J.P.

wrongful death

Losing a loved one in an accident will leave you stunned and grieving with a void that will never be filled.  When the accident was the result of another driver’s recklessness, there are deep feelings of anger as well.

Nothing can take away the pain and the anger.  Nothing can replace what you have lost.  But you should know that when you are ready to explore your legal options, we are here for you.  Until then, please know that you have our deepest sympathy and condolences.

J.P. is there when you need him. You may contact him online or by phone at 318-865-4878 for more information.  J.P. assists families who have lost loved ones in accidents.  And while he understands that the legal system cannot bring back your loved ones, he is dedicated to fighting for their memory and making sure their family is left financially secure.

J.P. understands that the wrongful death of a loved one in a fatal car accident or truck accident leaves more than just emotional suffering.  These losses also have severe financial consequences for the surviving family members.  J.P. helps clients recover full and fair compensation for the following:

  • Financial Support
  • Lost Wages
  • Medical Bills
  • Funeral Expenses
  • Supervision of Children
  • Household Assistance
  • Pain & Suffering
  • Loss of Companionship
  • Loss of Enjoyment of Life

If you have lost a loved one, and wish to explore your legal options, call a Shreveport personal injury lawyer.  Call J.P.

You know the saying:  “Accidents happen.”  But what may seem like an accident may actually be the result of a consistent pattern of cutting corners, ignoring safety regulations, or misusing equipment.

Negligence is the failure of a person to act the way a reasonable person would act under similar circumstances.  And all people have a duty to exercise reasonable care to ensure others’ physical safety.  When people breach that duty, others get hurt.

Louisiana Civil Code article 2315 states:

“Every act whatever of man that causes damage to another obliges him by whose fault it happened to repair it.”

If you’ve been injured – or suffered any other damage – call a Shreveport personal injury lawyer.  Call J.P.

slip and fall

Slipping, tripping, or falling down may seem like a minor incident, but in the worst cases it can cause severe bruising, broken bones, head injuries, and even fatalities.  Falls can be life-threatening or disabling and should always be taken seriously.

If  you fall due to the negligence of another, contact a Shreveport slip and fall lawyer.  Call J.P.

Common causes of slip and fall accidents

It is the property owner’s duty to ensure the safety of his guests by securing all surfaces and keeping them dry and level.  The most common reasons people slip and fall include:

  • Wet floors
  • Cords, cables, and wires
  • Uneven surfaces
  • Nonexistent or unstable staircase hand rails
  • Icy sidewalks
  • Unsecured rugs or carpet

Premises liability law also covers any injury sustained by a visitor or tenant on another person’s property.  This means that if you were injured while running errands or simply visiting a friend, you may have a premises liability case if we can establish that the duty of care was breached.

The property owner may be held liable if it’s proven they were negligent with their property’s upkeep or maintenance.

Injuries on properties can include dog bites and exposure to toxic or hazardous substances such as lead or mold.

If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident on someone else’s property, call a Shreveport slip and fall lawyer.  Call J.P.

J.P. represents clients injured in car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, drunk driver accidents, wrongful death, slip and falls, defective product accidents, and negligence.

Jean-Paul Guidry practices personal injury law throughout North Louisiana, including the following cities and parishes: Shreveport, Blanchard, Mooringsport, Greenwood, Vivian, Caddo Parish, Bossier City, Benton, Plain Dealing, Haughton, Bossier Parish, Minden, Springhill, Cullen, Webster Parish, Mansfield, Stonewall, DeSoto Parish, Arcadia, Bienville Parish, Ruston, Lincoln Parish, Monroe, Ouachita Parish, Coushatta, Red River Parish, Homer, Claiborne Parish, Many, and Sabine Parish.