The Law Office of Louis Grandelli recently settled a lawsuit for $650,000.00 involving a client who was seriously injured in a car accident, but who also had a history of criminal convictions which presented difficult issues. The incident involved an intersection accident in Staten Island, New York, and our client alleged that the defendant negligently ran the stop sign "T-boning" his vehicle. As a result, the plaintiff sustained serious spinal injuries requiring surgery.
A major decision regarding the first phase of the trial for the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico was issued by a Federal District Court in New Orleans on September 4, 2014. The 153 page decision by Judge Carl Barbier found that BP, Halliburton and Transocean all contributed to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, which resulted in 11 deaths and millions of gallons of oil discharged into the Gulf of Mexico. Significantly, the decision held that BP was "grossly negligent" and "reckless" in its actions and omissions leading up to the spill, which may result in fines potentially reaching $18 billion.
It is often the case that a person who is injured in an accident is hesitant to contact a lawyer, even if the accident is entirely the fault of another party. However, what some fail to consider is that as the days and weeks go by, evidence that may be necessary to prove their case may be lost or destroyed. In view of this, it is particularly important to contact a lawyer as soon as possible so they can begin an investigation and act to preserve any evidence.