Offshore Worker Killed in Helicopter Crash
Client’s husband, an offshore oil worker, was killed when the helicopter in which he was riding crashed during takeoff from offshore oil platform. A forensic investigation and a crash reconstruction showed that the helicopter’s landing skid had become entangled with a hatch handle on the offshore platform’s helideck. This entanglement caused the helicopter’s pilot to lose control of the aircraft as he attempted lift-off.
This case was tried twice in Federal Court. During the first trial, the jury returned a defense verdict. The Broussard +Williamson team was able to convince the trial court that the jury’s verdict was against the great weight of the evidence, and the new trial was granted. Just before the end of the second trial, the defendant finally met the plaintiff’s reasonable settlement demand.
HOW WE HELPED THE PLAINTIFF
While no one, except God, could help with the anguish she experienced over losing her husband, we did get her the financial support she lost with the death of her husband. Joann can enjoy life with her children and grandchildren with the assurance she has the finances needed for the rest of her life.
“From the first visit, the professional and compassionate way I was greeted continued throughout my association with Steven. I was made to feel comfortable and confident in the decision’s we made. The integrity and overall handling of my case made me feel I could trust this firm in any legal matter.”
– Broussard + Williamson client
Partner – Trial Lawyer
After graduating from law school in 1977, Steve entered solo practice and for eight years handled virtually every type of case imaginable – from murder cases to divorces to wrongful death civil actions. After eight years, Steve ran for and was elected Judge for the Ward 4 Sulphur City Court.
During the 18 years that Steve served as Judge, he continued to maintain heavy caseload in his private practice by working long hours. At that point in his practice, Steve began limiting his cases to those involving personal injury.
In 2002, Steve retired from the Judgeship and now practices law full-time, handling serious injury and death cases. The knowledge and experience that Steve gained through serving as a judge for 18 years is an invaluable asset to him in representing victims in serious injury and death cases. Steve understands firsthand not only the workings of a court from both the attorney’s viewpoint and the judge’s viewpoint, but he knows what it takes to impress a judge with the merits of a particular case.
“Things don’t always go the way you want them to go in trial. Any trial lawyer who says otherwise is not a real trial lawyer, because he has never tried any hard cases. But I am proud to say that anytime we have lost, we never went down without a fight. This case is a perfect example. We never gave up and we finally got justice for our client.”
STEVEN BROUSSARD, Lead Trial Attorney