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What to Do When You’re Shot and Injured on Someone Else’s Property

Sometimes the unthinkable can happen: you or a loved one could become a victim of gun violence. 

According to the Gun Violence Archive, there were over 23,000 shooting-related deaths in 2020. Sadly, Louisiana was ranked fifth in the nation for shooting-related deaths. 

Gun violence takes an untenable toll on victims, their families, and their community. Shootings produce lifelong disabilities, trauma, and income loss to survivors, which can make life exceedingly difficult for victims and their loved ones. 

Following criminal charges against shooters, some victims have recourse to sue property owners for negligence in civil court. These types of cases are known as premise liability suits and when negligence can be proven, property owners could be held legally responsible for shootings. 

At Wright & Gray, we help victims of New Orleans shootings fight for their right to compensation. Read on to learn more.

When and where are property owners held liable for gun violence? Premise liability cases typically involve retail and hospitality-based businesses, apartment complexes, and parking lots. Other common venues for shooting-related premise liability include:

One of the most common grounds for proving negligence involve property owners providing improper or inadequate security. In some instances, property owners could be found negligent if assailants were a known threat such as a former disgruntled employee or if crime rates are particularly high in an area. 

Other types of negligent security include:

In premise liability cases, victims of gun violence may be entitled to compensation. Shootings tend to produce debilitating and oftentimes lifelong injuries. 

From severe PTSD to physical disabilities, victims may be facing high medical costs and loss of income. In these cases, victims have a right to petition the courts for compensation for their injuries and lost wages. 

Family members and dependent loved ones such as children or spouses may be entitled to compensation if their loved one (who supports family members with his or her wages) dies from gun violence

Settlements from these types of cases can be used to pay for the living expenses of relatives and dependents. If you are a victim of gun violence or an accidental shooting on someone else’s property, speaking with an attorney can help you determine the next course of action. 

Attorneys well-versed in premise liability may be able to help you pursue compensation for your injuries and loss of income—especially if property owners appear to have been negligent. Contact our New Orleans shooting victim attorneys today

Our personal injury firm Wright & Gray serves residents in and around New Orleans, Louisiana. We provide compassionate and aggressive representation to ensure that our clients receive fair compensation for their injuries. If you or a loved one has suffered from gun violence, call our office at (504) 500-0000 to set-up a free consultation with one of our experienced personal injury lawyers.

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When is a property owner responsible for a gunshot injury in Louisiana?

In 2020, a year where many businesses shuttered and people sheltered in place, more than 20,000 people died of gun violence. And sadly, the great state of Louisiana has ranked in the top five worst states for shooting-related deaths and injuries. 

Luckily, victims of gun violence have legal options beyond pressing charges-- they can pursue lawsuits against assailants and property owners. Property owners have responsibilities to provide safe environments—especially when that property is used as a venue for social gatherings. 

Read on to learn more from the personal injury attorneys at Wright & Gray about when to pursue legal action against a property owner when you were shot on their property.The legal concept behind holding property owners accountable is called “premises liability.” 

Businesses can be found negligent in civil suits if they do not take appropriate measures to increase premise safety. One example of negligence in the event of a shooting is a nightclub or bar that does not have enough staff like bouncers and security personnel. Without adequate staff, potential threats are less likely to be detected and patrons are at higher risks for being harmed. 

Inadequate staffing isn’t the only way that property owners can be held responsible for gunshot injuries. Opportunity plays a role in the cause of crime—particularly crimes that involve violence. Business owners have a responsibility to limit criminal opportunity. 

Lawsuits may be brought against property owners for a number of reasons, including:

Lawsuits filed against property owners must be able to prove that there was negligence in preventing criminal activity and can involve all types of businesses and properties, including:

Gun violence can cause lifelong disabilities and debilitating pain, if not death. If a shooting victim wins a lawsuit against a property owner, he or she may be entitled to compensation for any of the following:

It’s not uncommon for gun violence victims to be unable to work for the duration of their life. The financial burden associated with surviving a shooting could seriously affect a person’s quality of life—especially if they have dependents such as aging parents, children, or spouses. If you or someone you love has been shot, you may be entitled to compensation. Our personal injury law firm Wright & Gray serves people in and around New Orleans, Louisiana. We offer complimentary consultations to help you understand your legal options. Our experienced attorneys provide aggressive and compassionate representation. 

Call Wright & Gray at (504) 500-0000 to schedule a free personal injury consultation.

Suing For Wrongful Death In Louisiana

When someone is killed by negligent, reckless, or intentional acts, the family has a right to sue the responsible parties for wrongful death. For the claim to be successful it must be properly prosecuted under the provisions of Louisiana law. 

The first step is to establish who has a right to file the lawsuit, which can often cause a delay, and the statute of limitations is only one year from the date of death. 

That’s why it’s important to contact an experienced New Orleans wrongful death attorney as soon as possible after the incident that resulted in death. Wright & Gray has earned its reputation as one of the top wrongful death attorneys in Louisiana. 

Call Wright & Gray at 888-912-4944 for a free consultationLouisiana Civil Code, 2315.2 states that “if a person dies due to the fault of another, suit may be brought to recover damages which they sustained as a result of the death.” 

The statute clarifies the priority given to family members to bring the suit but also mentions that “the right of action . . . (is) one year from the death of the deceased.” This means that the statute of limitation - or the time frame within which someone should file a wrongful death suit if they are inclined to do so - is only one year.

The statute also prohibits parents that have abandoned their children while the children were still minors from bringing these types of claims. 

Louisiana’s wrongful death statute is straightforward but doesn’t give the family much time to file a lawsuit, so it’s important to speak to a New Orleans wrongful death attorney like our team at Wright & Gray promptly to get the ball rolling.A wrongful death case is essentially a personal injury case that results in death. If the deceased person died instantly, then wrongful death would be the only cause of action. 

In some cases in which there’s a gap between the wrongful act and the time of death, it’s also possible for the family to sue for damages for the pain, suffering and mental anguish that the victim endured. 

Here are some of the types of cases that could lead to a wrongful death suit:

Any type of wrongful or negligent act that leads to death can form the basis of a wrongful death action. The best way to find out if there is a case worth pursuing is to speak to an experienced New Orleans wrongful death attorney who can apply the facts to the law. Louisiana law is very specific about who may file a claim for wrongful death on behalf of a deceased person.

This is the order of preference:

Relatives by adoption are treated in the same manner as relatives by blood or marriage. More distant relatives and friends do not have standing to pursue a wrongful death action. Both a spouse and a child can make a claim but surviving parents do not have a claim unless the deceased did not have a surviving spouse or children. 

In order to retain a New Orleans wrongful death attorney, you must have standing to file a claim.For every type of wrongful death case, it is necessary to prove the following elements:

An experienced New Orleans wrongful death attorney knows how to put all these elements together to create successful claims that result in large amounts of compensation for the grieving family. In a wrongful death action, the damages compensate surviving family members for the losses they sustained because of the death of their relative. Like with a personal injury claim, both economic and non-economic damages can be claimed. 

These are some examples of the types of economic damages for a wrongful death case:

A claimant can only claim damages that apply to their relationship with the deceased. For example, adult offspring that lived hundreds of miles away from their deceased parents would not be likely to succeed with a claim for household services.

Children claiming lost earnings and benefits would need to show that the deceased parent had been at least partially responsible for their support at the time of death. 

Non-economic damages compensate survivors for their grief, loss of companionship, loss of guidance and loss of emotional support due to the death of their relative.

The strength of the non-economic damages claim will depend on the closeness of the relationship  - people living in the home with the deceased person when they died will have the stronger claims and people living overseas that haven’t spoken to the deceased in years have the weakest claims. It’s also possible for relatives to collect non-economic damages for pain, suffering and mental anguish that the victim suffered prior to their death. 

To succeed with this claim, it’s necessary to show that the victim did not immediately succumb to his injuries. The amount of compensation will hinge on the following:

It’s possible to collect compensation for pain and suffering even if the victim only survived for a few minutes, but the amount of damage would be minimal. The same concept would apply if the victim was alive for a longer amount of time but was in a coma and never woke up. 

On the other hand, a person that was alive for days in terrible pain, knowing they are likely to die and/or that their body has been mutilated might have a very large claim. Every case is different, so it’s important to speak to an experienced New Orleans wrongful death attorney about the particular facts of your case. It cannot be stressed enough how prompt action is required to make a successful claim for wrongful death. The statute of limitations is only one year, and it can take time to establish who has standing to bring the action.

Having tangible evidence is extremely important because the victim is not alive to tell their story, so starting an investigation as soon as possible helps to ensure that evidence is preserved. 

Wright & Gray has gotten some of the highest awards for wrongful death cases in Louisiana. The patient and caring attorneys at Wright & Gray will help you understand your rights and will fight to get you the largest amount of compensation possible under the circumstances.

Our team prides ourselves in going the extra mile for each client to achieve excellent results and legendary client satisfaction. If you suspect that your loved one met an untimely death due to someone else’s wrongful actions, contact Wright & Gray for a free consultation.

why you shouldn't post about your car accident on social media

Social media can be a very useful platform to stay connected to the world around us. After a car accident, there are a million reasons why you might want to talk about it online.

You might be trying to let friends and family know that you’re safe, or you might just be venting about the stressful experience. But you should be mindful of the information you’re sharing with the world, and the ways that some people might take advantage of it.

Posting about your car accident on social media is an invitation for insurance companies and attorneys to use your own words to cast doubt on your claim for compensation.

Even posts that have nothing to do with the car accident could be used against you. At Wright Gray Personal Injury Firm, our New Orleans attorneys have seen situations like this time and again. 

Read on to find out why social media posts can be so harmful to a car accident case, and what you can do to avoid it.Whether you’re just trying to get your insurance company to cover the damages to your car, or you’re suing another driver for personal injuries, your social media posts can be a liability. Insurance adjusters and defense attorneys will be scouring the internet for anything they can use to dispute your claim.

Here are a few examples of how your social media posts could be used against you:

Luckily, there are some things you can do to prevent any damage to your case before it even begins. After you’ve gotten to a safe place and exchanged insurance information with the other driver, here’s what to do immediately after an accident:

Taking these precautionary steps will help prevent the other party from using your stray comments or social media posts against your claim. The best way to prevent this from happening, however, is by talking your case over with an experienced car accident attorney.An attorney with years of practice in car accident claims will be able to guide you through the process and provide advice on what you should or shouldn’t post on social media.

Our team at Wright Gray has the knowledge and experience to make sure your claim is airtight, and help you receive the compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation.

The Wright Gray team is excited to mention a new project of Daryl’s -- his new radio show & podcast, “Down by Law with Daryl A. Gray.”

This weekly show touches on legal and business issues from an attorney’s perspective, as well as the perspective of Daryl’s various guests. He interviews people from all over the New Orleans community, discussing issues from the Jamere Alfred case to fatherhood, entrepreneurship, incarceration rates, and more. 

You can listen to the show live every Thursday morning at 9am CT on WBOK1230, stream it at wbok1230am.com, or listen to it as a podcast on your favorite podcast streaming service.

Jamere Alfred was a 14-year old boy who was wrongfully shot and killed in front of a Walgreens in Eastern New Orleans. Daryl A. Gray is the representing lawyer for the Alfred family. In this episode, Daryl interviews Jamere's parents, Laricha Rousell Alfred and John Alfred, about the fight for justice for Jamere's life. They also discuss how this fight for justice will also help other youth in the city.

In this episode, Daryl has a conversation with Kevin “Kev 2 Cent” Griffin Clark about his entrepreneurial endeavors and community efforts. Kevin explains his journey as a community advocate and becoming involved with the criminal justice system. Kevin and Daryl also talk about the recent injustices concerning Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, walking us through the law and lawyers’ perspectives on both cases. In this episode, Daryl talks to successful single fathers about stigmas against Black men raising their children. He advocates for the community of Black men who raise and want better for their children. Along with the other fathers, Daryl and his guests explain their gratitude and sacrifices they make for their own children.In this week’s episode, Daryl interviews Christian Kirk, a local business consultant and journalist, about change and social injustices. Daryl also talks about the social restrictions of living while Black. The Black community is still affected by the restrictions put in place during segregation -- and while it isn't to the same extent, it still exists. Christian and Daryl also talk about Black economics, how to diversify in business, and seeking change within the Black community and economically.

In this episode, Daryl has a conversation with 2 local entrepreneurs -- Kita Harry and Covonna Aguillard -- about how they got their start and why they chose to be entrepreneurs.

This episode is filled with realness, business tips, and strategies for anyone looking to start a business or better their business.

Daryl also shares how his firm not only defends personal injury, but also supports business owners.

In this episode, Daryl Gray, Patrick Young, and Laricha and John Alfred talk about the updates on Jamere's case, the "Let Me Live" rally, and new programs being implemented in New Orleans. They also discuss the efforts to get justice for cases like Jamere’s and more by effectively rallying and investigating. Daryl talks about the statistics and effects of gun violence not only in New Orleans, but also internationally.

In this week’s episode, Daryl invited Jewel Simmons Smith and Carlos D. Smith to talk about what credit means and its importance. This episode will help you understand loans and the numbers behind it. If you're looking to understand credit, fico scores, loans, and how you should use it -- this episode is for you!In this episode, Daryl talks with Tremaine Knighton Riley and Leona Tate of the Leona Tate Foundation For Change. Leona Tate is the reason schools were desegregated here in New Orleans. She was one of the first Black students to attend a formerly white-only school. She later founded The Leona Foundation to promote and enhance racial equality through education. Tremaine Knighton is the project manager of the Foundation. Daryl, Tremaine, and Leona talk about how they started the foundation and how they are working today to break the ongoing cycle of racial inequality.In this episode, Daryl talks with Tonya Batiste and Terrell Harris about real estate. This interview goes into the details and truths of home-ownership and how to buy a house in this economy. They also explain how the pandemic affected real estate. If you own a home and/or looking to become a homeowner, this episode is for you!

Learn secrets that the best truck accident lawyers use to get millions

Every year in the United States truck accidents cause thousands of fatalities and catastrophic injuries to passenger car occupants, pedestrians and bicyclists. The cost of care for victims can be astronomical with insurance only covering a fraction of the bills.

State of the art medical care for traumatic brain injuries (TMIs), spinal cord injuries (SCIs,) third degree burns and other severe traumatic injuries can help people that have been injured in trucking accidents regain their life and dignity. 

If your family has been touched by the tragedy of a trucking accident in New Orleans, it’s important to work with an experienced New Orleans trucking accident attorney that knows how to help you collect the largest amount of money possible.

Wright & Gray goes the extra mile to maximize the value of every trucking accident case. Call 504-500-5000 for a free consultation - you don’t have to pay until we collect money for you.If you’re injured in a trucking accident, your medical treatment is the evidence that will be used to calculate the amount of compensation you’re entitled to. That’s why trucking accident attorneys in New Orleans carefully monitor each client’s medical treatment to ensure that the evidence that’s being produced is accurate and helpful. 

This means requesting reports promptly from hospitals, physical therapists, testing facilities and other healthcare professionals and following up to ensure they’re received in a timely manner. 

The next step is reading every single page of the reports and following up with the client and the practitioner to discuss the results.

For example, when the attorney receives a hospital report that indicates a head injury and the client complained about headaches at the initial consultation, it’s important to find out if they are being treated by a neurologist. This attention to detail is an important part of maximizing the value of any trucking accident case. 

The attorneys at Wright & Gray in New Orleans have a staff of paralegals and administrative assistants that are tasked with following up with clients to make sure they are getting their recommended treatment.

For example, some clients decide to stop going to medical appointments and physical therapy, preferring to do the exercises at home on their own, without realizing how harmful this is to their trucking accident case. When they’re reminded that objective evidence of continued discomfort and limitations of function is what’s needed to get the largest possible amount of money damages, they gladly return to treatment.

Following up with clients to make sure that they’ve sought treatment for every type of injury they’ve sustained is what makes a good case a great one. Clients that receive this type of concierge service from their trucking accident attorneys achieve the greatest amount of healing as well as the largest amount of money - a win win! Call Wright & Gray for a free consultation at 504-500-000.Every personal injury attorney knows that you usually can’t collect more money for your clients than the insurance coverage available. That’s why our trucking accident lawyers in New Orleans investigate every possible defendant that could bring their coverage on board.

Most truck accidents are caused by the following:

Louisiana requires most types of commercial trucks to carry a minimum of $300,000 to $750,000 of insurance coverage depending on their weight. That’s insufficient to compensate a severely or catastrophically injured trucking accident victim and our New Orleans trucking accident lawyers are adept at finding deep pockets to contribute to the compensation package.

Even if the accident was primarily caused by the truck driver, it’s important to investigate whether other vehicles on the road contributed to the crash.

For example, if the accident was caused by a truck making a left turn in front of a vehicle that you’re a passenger in, it’s worth considering whether this car could have done more to prevent the collision. Was the car traveling too quickly? Were the brakes on the car properly maintained? Was the driver using a cellphone? Truck accidents often cause major pile ups and every vehicle involved is a possible defendant. 

Some truck accidents are caused, at least in part, by improper loading of cargo that makes the truck more difficult to handle on the road. If the loading was done by the manufacturer or seller of the cargo that was loaded, a claim can be made against that company, bringing their insurance coverage into the mix.

If a pothole, a broken traffic signal, a sign that’s obscured by overgrown foliage or the poor design of the road contributed to the crash, a claim can be made against the responsible parties. If a manufacturing or design defect in the truck played a part in the collision, the company that made the truck could be held liable.The New Orleans truck accident attorneys at Wright & Gray give every case in their office the attention it deserves because they know that their effort will pay off. It starts with taking the time to do a thorough interview to understand how the accident happened, so that all a theory of liability can be developed, and all responsible parties can be identified.

It’s also important to understand every injury that was sustained in the accident, past injuries and health issues that may impact recovery and the treatment plan that healthcare professionals have recommended. Getting prompt high quality medical treatment is crucial to regain functionality for severe and catastrophic injuries and it’s also important for a successful trucking accident case.

This means that every detail of the treatment plan must be considered. Is there health insurance that will cover the cost? Will the client need to apply for Medicaid or Medicare? Is there a family member that will take them to doctors’ appointments or does transportation need to be arranged? 

After the client interview, an investigator is sent to the scene of the accident to take photographs, scout for witnesses and take note of anything on the scene that may have contributed to the accident. It’s best to go around the same time of day as when the accident happened.

The investigator will notice such things as:

Taking the time to thoroughly investigate the scene will help build a case that’s worth millions if you’ve suffered catastrophic injuries from a trucking accident.Most personal injury lawyers try to settle small car accident and fall cases before starting a lawsuit. This makes sense because litigation is expensive and the cost of filing fees, transcripts and hiring experts for a small case might even exceed the anticipated amount of damages.

The Wright & Gray attorneys use a more aggressive approach for their severely injured clients. As soon as liability is established with a police report, a witness, a confession or a strong theory, a lawsuit is filed against every likely defendant.

This sends the strong message that you’re looking for top dollar for settlement or you’re going all the way to trial. This initial message is followed up with top notch trial preparation that shows that you’re not afraid to take the case to a jury verdict. Typical personal injury attorneys have a large amount of small cases that they’re juggling, while trying to keep their administrative costs down.

Wright & Gray knows that maximizing each and every case is a better strategy. For example, when depositions are scheduled they don’t adjourn them without a good reason, knowing that the sooner the case lands on the trial calendar, the closer they are to collecting the very large amount of money they expect to collect for their client.

It’s also important because testimony can often point the finger to additional defendants to bring into the case.

For example, issues like failing brakes and improper loading usually don’t come up until the truck driver does a deposition. Louisiana has no general caps on economic or non economic damages, so it’s possible to get mega million dollar jury verdicts for trucking accident victims with severe life altering injuries, but only with a thorough investigation and an aggressive litigation strategy that holds all responsible parties accountable. If you’ve been injured in a trucking accident, you’re probably looking at years of out of pocket medical expenses and long term disability that puts pressure on your entire family’s finances.

That’s why it’s important to hire skilled trucking accident lawyers in New Orleans that can help you collect the largest amount of compensation possible to help you get your life back in order.

Wright & Gray knows what to do to help you. Call 504-500-5000 for a free consultation - you don’t have to pay until we collect money for you.

Premises liability case at New Orleans' abandoned Plaza Tower

If you’re a New Orleans native, chances are you’d recognize the Plaza Tower anywhere. It’s an iconic skyscraper that’s been around since the 1960s, viewed by some as a historic landmark and by others as a blight on the city’s skyline.

But regardless of where you fall on the question of the tower’s aesthetics, the decaying building is undeniably a safety hazard. Falling debris injured a passing bicyclist on May 20th, leaving many wondering about the future of the building, and who is responsible for any injuries its caused.

As the law firm representing the injured party, Wright & Gray Personal Injury Attorneys can provide some context about the building’s history and premises liability cases in general.When construction was first announced in 1964, the building was hailed as a “symbol of the progressive spirit of the city.” Its eclectic design borrowed from different architectural styles, and was intended to be a unique addition to the New Orleans skyline.

But over the decades, various structural, mechanical, and financial problems plagued the building. By the 1980s, the building was already looking outdated, and residents complained about leaks, broken elevators, and toxic mold.

It wasn’t until asbestos was discovered in 2002 that the building was shut down, and in the two decades since, it has passed from one failed development plan to another.

Finally, in 2014, the building was bought by local hotelier and developer Joe Jaeger, who has allowed the building to fall into disrepair. Jaeger has since promised to put up protective materials and has plans to revitalize the building, but has not been forthcoming with details.It’s clear that ever since the building was first built, it has had a poor record with health and safety.

These are just some of the injuries and health problems caused by the property over the years:

Anyone who owns property that other people use has a “duty of care” to prevent that property from being unsafe or harming its users.

If the injured party can prove that the property owner was negligent in maintaining the property, then they breached this “duty of care,” and the injured party is entitled to compensation from the property owner.

In addition to the examples above, here are some of the most common types of premises liability cases:

If you are injured in any of these ways by someone else’s property, you may have a case to prove that the property owner acted negligently. The most important step you can take toward recovering damage is to hire a premises liability attorney.At Wright & Gray, we represent clients who have been injured in all sorts of accidents, including premises liability accidents. We dedicate ourselves to getting every client the settlement he or she needs to recover. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.

Being the victim of a crime can be a stressful ordeal, not only because of the experience of harm, but also because of the consequences that come after. Between medical expenses, mental health, and even court costs, there can be a lot to deal with financially after you’ve been the victim of a crime.

Luckily, Louisiana law ensures that the victims of crimes can be compensated for their losses, through a number of different methods. Here are three ways crime victims can be compensated in Louisiana:

Read more about who is entitled to crime victim compensation here.

But how long does it take to get this kind of compensation? Our team of attorneys at Wright Gray have helped dozens of families in New Orleans get compensation after they’ve been the victim of a crime. Here’s our breakdown of what kind of timeline you can expect through each of these three methods.Enacted into law by the Louisiana Crime Victims Reparations Act, the fund is administered by the Crime Victims Reparations Board. Victims can apply through this board and are paid from a fund originating in fines and restitution paid by the perpetrators of the crimes.

After you’ve submitted your application, it generally takes 30 to 45 days for the board to come to a decision about whether you’re eligible and which expenses can be covered by the fund. Expect anywhere from one to two months before your payment is actually processed.A more direct way to get compensation from the person responsible for the crime that harmed you is through restitution. These court-ordered payments by the defendant are usually used to cover the victim’s court costs, but in certain cases, as a condition of a plea bargain, the defendant may be required to make a larger payment of restitution to the victim.

Normally, the defendant would be ordered to pay restitution at the time of sentencing. However, Louisiana law allows for the defendant to pay the amount in monthly installments if they can’t afford to pay a lump sum.

So, if you are expecting restitution as a result of a criminal trial, you may receive the total right away, or spread out over several months or years.Both the Crime Victims Reparations Fund and court-ordered restitution generally have strict requirements about which of the victims’ expenses they can cover. The most surefire way to get compensation for all the losses you’ve suffered as a result of a crime is to sue the person responsible for the crime in a separate civil suit.

At Wright Gray, we’ve represented hundreds of people in this position, and we know that lawsuits like these, although worthwhile, can sometimes be a lengthy process. There are many steps you will have to take:

After all of this, it may take one to two years before you receive your compensation. That being said, a separate civil lawsuit is still the most certain way to receive compensation for everything you’ve lost as a result of the crime you’ve suffered.If it sounds like a civil lawsuit will take too long, don’t worry. At Wright Gray, we understand how difficult it can be to recover when you or a family member have been the victim of a crime. We can help you apply for Crime Victims Reparations, or represent your interests in the settlement of a criminal trial.

From shooting victims to drunk driving accidents, we have the experience and knowledge of the law to help make sure you are fully compensated for your losses and receive justice for the harm that was done to you. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation and discuss your case.

The United States legal system is very good at locking people up after they’ve committed a crime, but taking care of the victims of those crimes is not always its top priority.

Luckily, there are a number of ways that, as a victim of a crime, you can pursue compensation in court. The most common way to do this is by filing a civil suit, which is separate from the criminal case that prosecutes the perpetrator of the crime.

But in Louisiana, there are actually two other ways for victims of crimes to pursue compensation for their losses. At Wright Gray, we’ve represented hundreds of crime victims in their search for not just justice, but material compensation from the people who harmed them.

Read on for our breakdown of who is entitled to compensation after they’ve been a victim of a crime, and how.

In general, anyone who was injured, suffered from financial losses, or was otherwise harmed by a crime can be eligible to pursue compensation through one of these three options. Here are some examples:

The Louisiana Crime Victims Reparations Board has more strict requirements about who can apply for reparations, and what expenses can be covered. Read this article by the Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement for more information.Depending on whether you are pursuing reparations through the Crime Victims Reparations Act, seeking restitution in a criminal case, or suing the person responsible for the crime through a separate civil case, there are different requirements about what expenses can be covered.

If you’re pursuing a separate civil case, you can sue the person responsible for your losses for compensation for any of the following costs:

Whether you actually receive compensation for these expenses will depend on the evidence you present in court and whether you have the guidance of an experienced and skilled personal injury attorney.At Wright & Gray, we understand how difficult it can be to recover when you or a family member have been the victim of a crime.

From shooting victims to drunk driving accidents, we have the experience and knowledge of the law to help make sure you are fully compensated for your losses and receive justice for the harm that was done to you.

Contact us today to schedule a free consultation and discuss your case.

As the weather gets warmer and vaccinations continue to roll out around the country, there’s no doubt that people will be going out this summer for fun with their friends and a good time on the town. And there’s no better city to do this than New Orleans!

The downside of summer partying is that crimes and public fights tend to increase amid the celebrations. And in an open carry state like Louisiana, that likely means that guns will be involved.

As you go out this summer, it’s important to remember that pointing a gun at someone can, at times, be a crime. At Wright Gray, we represent shooting victims all the time, and we’re intimately familiar with the gun laws of the state.

Read on for our breakdown of how and why pointing a gun can land a person in serious trouble with the law.Louisiana is an “open carry” state, which means a number of important things:

The only exception to this rule is on college campuses, or any other places that ban weapons on their grounds, such as a school, hospital, or business.

So, in general, it is not illegal to carry your weapon on you, unless you are violating a business or institution’s rules. Pointing a gun at someone, however, is a different story.Louisiana law defines assault as “an attempt to commit a battery (the intentional infliction of violence or force), or the intentional placing of another in reasonable apprehension of receiving a battery.” 

What this means is that you do not actually have to commit an act of violence to be charged with assault. Threatening violence alone can be enough to constitute assault.

A person commits assault if they do all three of the following:

Under this definition, pointing a gun at someone qualifies as assault. In fact, assault with a firearm tends to face stricter punishments and harsher sentences than other forms of assault.

As a result, if you carry a firearm with you, it’s imperative that you don’t draw it or point it at someone unless you are acting in self-defense.When firearms are involved, even a low-stakes situation can become very dangerous in an instant. At Wright Gray, we can tell you everything you need to know about the law, but we’re not experts at de-escalation or self-defense.

Check out this article for information about how to de-escalate a situation when someone points a gun at you.

After all is said and done, and you are out of harm’s way, Wright Gray can help you figure out what to do next. Here are three steps to take after someone threatens you with a firearm:

The personal injury attorneys at Wright Gray have the experience and knowledge of the law to help you if you have been assaulted or injured by someone with a firearm. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation and discuss your case.

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