New Orleans
Personal Injury Lawyers

It is about the money to repair lives destroyed by carelessness
No Fees Until You Get Paid
$8 million

OffShore Injury Settlement

$6.5 million

car accident settlement

$6 million

OffShore Injury Settlement

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$8MILLION Offshore Injury Settlement
$6.5MILLION car accident settlement
$6MILLION OffShore Injury Settlement

New Orleans
Personal Injury Lawyer

How Being Involved in an Accident Can Impact Your Life

When another person’s negligence has caused you harm, you have the right to recover compensation for your losses. Consult with an experienced New Orleans injury lawyer as soon as possible so you can begin moving forward with your life.

Whether you were rear-ended on your motorcycle or sidelined by a loose floorboard in your neighbor’s house, the bottom line is that when you’ve been injured in an accident that was caused by someone else, you are entitled to compensation for your damages.

Not only will you likely be dealing with the physical impact of your injuries, which could require an extensive recovery period, but having to take time off from work will probably affect your ability to care for yourself and your family due to the lack of income. You should never be expected to cover these damages when your injuries could have been prevented if it weren’t for someone else’s irresponsible decisions.

Difficult times require proper legal representation. At the Law Office of Braud & Gallagher, we are committed to helping injury victims like you obtain full compensation for what they’ve been through. Our team of highly trained New Orleans personal injury lawyers is prepared to fight for you. We’ll do what it takes help you pick up the pieces of your life and put this trying time behind you.

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Practice Areas

Attorneys Braud & Gallagher are dedicated to assisting anyone who has endured the trauma of being injured in an accident. Below are some of the types of accidents that most commonly lead to injuries and lawsuits.

Car Accidents

Auto wrecks can result in serious injuries, deplete your financial resources, and permanently affect your life. An attorney can help you hold the appropriate party accountable for their actions.

Personal Injury

Any time you are injured due to someone else’s negligent actions, you may have the opportunity to bring them to justice when you file a personal injury claim against them.

Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcyclists face a much higher risk of injury than other drivers. When you’re involved in a motorcycle accident, you could be facing devastating injuries that could alter your life.


The massive size of a tractor-trailer makes it one of the most deadly motor vehicles on the road. We’ll build you a powerful case against the negligent trucker in your crash.

Offshore Injuries

Maritime workers all too often endure serious damages when injured at work. Don’t get stuck covering your losses—you could be entitled to much more than you think you are.

Wrongful Death

Losing a loved one is never easy, but when your loved one’s death could have been prevented, the person responsible for their passing should be compelled to compensate your family fairly.

Jones Act

Under the Jones Act, maritime workers are entitled to specific damages when injured at work. These cases can be complicated, but your attorney will have the experience to get you what you’re owed.

Brain Injuries

Few injuries are as serious as a traumatic brain injury. We’ll stand by your side and fight for the money you need to recover without the burden of financial worry.

Defective Products

When a product malfunctions and causes you severe injuries, nearly anyone involved in the production or distribution of the item could be found liable for your damages.

C. Arlen Braud II

C. Arlen Braud II is the founding partner of the firm and has practiced since 1991. He obtained a Bachelor of Art degree from Southeastern Louisiana University in 1986 and received his Juris Doctor in 1991.

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Michelle Gallagher

Michelle Gallagher is a partner at the firm and has practiced law in Louisiana since her admission to the bar in 1995. She attended Louisiana State University, where she obtained her Bachelor of Art degree in 1991 and her Juris Doctor in 1995.

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Steven D. Jackson

Steven D. Jackson is an associate with the firm. He has been admitted to the bar in Maryland since 2010 and has practiced in Louisiana since his admission to the bar in 2014.

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Can help you

After you’ve suffered injuries in an accident of any kind, having a qualified New Orleans injury attorney represent you can be the best way to make sure you get the most out of your claim.

There are many components to building a strong claim against those who are at fault for your damages—many of which you won’t be aware of unless you have extensive experience in tort law. Continue reading to learn more about how the Law Office of Braud & Gallagher can help you.

Why Work with an Injury Attorney?

Although you are not required to have legal representation, working with a New Orleans injury lawyer is often the right path to take when you’ve endured severe injuries.

Your attorney will build your case by gathering evidence to support your claim. Evidence might include photographs, witness statements, police and safety inspection reports, video footage, and similar items. We will also be able to quantify your damages so no loss goes unaccounted for in the total value of your claim.

The attorneys at Braud & Gallagher will handle the insurance company on your behalf so you aren’t taken advantage of at a time when you need your money now more than ever.

Be Wary of the Insurance Company

You might be thinking that the insurance company is going to hear what happened and settle your case. It’s that easy, right? Sadly, for-profit insurers are rarely on the side of claimants like you. They care about one thing and one thing only—their profits. By compensating you fairly, they’re losing money.

With this in mind, you should never give the insurance adjuster a statement or accept a quick offer without speaking to a lawyer first. The insurer is more than likely going to use your words against you to make you appear more at fault or make you an offer that’s too low in the hope that you’ll take it without questioning it.

The New Orleans personal injury attorneys at our firm will handle the insurance company on your behalf so you aren’t taken advantage of at a time when you need your compensation more than ever.

Holding the Liable Party Accountable

The only way your claim can be a success is if we are able to establish that the person or entity named as the defendant in your case is, in fact, the primary cause of your accident and resulting injuries. This party will vary on a case-by-case basis and will depend on the type of accident you were involved in.

For instance, if you were involved in a motor vehicle collision, we may seek damages from the other driver, a government road authority, or a negligent vehicle parts manufacturer. In a wrongful death claim, we would bring a claim against those who were liable for your loved one’s death.

The bottom line is your personal injury lawyer in New Orleans will review the details of your case to determine who should be held accountable for your losses.

What Happens When You’re Partially at Fault

Many would-be personal injury claimants believe that if they are even partly responsible for the accident they were injured in, they are unable to pursue damages. However, you can still file a claim thanks to Louisiana’s comparative negligence laws.

This law states that if you are partially liable, your award will be reduced by the percentage of fault you carry. Let’s say you were 10 percent to blame and were awarded $100,000. You would actually receive $90,000 after the negligence law was applied to your claim.

Time Is Running Out

Now that you know about how our firm will work for you, it’s time to act. The liberative prescription for personal injury claims in Louisiana is only one year from the date you were injured or from the date that you were diagnosed with an injury that was directly caused by the accident you were involved in.

Unfortunately, once that time limit has expired, you’ll likely no longer have the option of filing an injury claim; you will be barred from seeking the compensation you would otherwise be entitled to.

awards & associations


American Bar Association

As a member of the ABA, the Law Office of Braud & Gallagher is committed to social responsibility, passionate about protecting rights, and a proud advocate of the legal profession.

American Association for Justice

The American Association for Justice is an exclusive organization that promotes the accountability of the civil justice system and restoring local communities—objectives that fit with the principles of our firm.

Louisiana Association for Justice

Trial lawyers involved in this premier organization believe in the noble cause of the legal profession and equal opportunities for healthcare, and they seek to secure maximum compensation for injury victims across the state.

American Bar Association

As a member of the ABA, the Law Office of Braud & Gallagher is committed to social responsibility, passionate about protecting rights, and a proud advocate of the legal profession.


When we say “It is about the money,” we mean it. We stop at nothing to get our clients maximum compensation for their losses. With the Law Office of Braud & Gallagher by your side, you can rest easy and know your attorney means business. Below are some of our most notable wins. You can see how serious we are about fighting for what you deserve.

$8 million

For a seaman who had an arm amputated on the vessel

$6.5 million

A mother of 6 kids was killed by an 18-wheeler

$6 million

Seaman who had both legs traumatically amputated by a mooring line

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Maximum Compensation

Getting the Money You Deserve: How Much Your Injury Claim Is Worth

At this point, you are probably curious about what we mean when we’re talking about damages and compensation. The goal of a New Orleans personal injury claim is to receive a court verdict or settlement for a fair and reasonable amount so you are able to cover the costs you incurred due to your injuries and are repaid for the losses you’ve suffered.

The amount that you’ll receive will be determined by how impactful your injuries are on your life, with the most severe injuries warranting the greatest award. Read on to learn more about the types of damages that can be included in your claim.

Non-Economic vs. Economic Damages

Your life might have been affected by your injuries in a number of ways. These damages are typically classified as either economic or non-economic losses. Economic damages are the losses that have affected you financially. Generally speaking, these will include the following:

  • Medical expenses
  • Property damage
  • Lost wages
  • Damage to your earning capacity

Non-economic damages are those that are more difficult to calculate—they don’t have an obvious monetary value. Such losses may include the following:

  • Pain and suffering
  • The loss of enjoyment of life
  • Emotional distress
  • Scarring and disfigurement
  • Loss of companionship and love

These are just a few of the damages that can and should be included in your case. When discussing the ways your life has been influenced by the accident, it’s important that you leave no detail out, as every single loss can be considered when determining the value of your claim.

Punitive damages

In addition to your economic and non-economic damages, the court may find that you’re entitled to a sum of punitive damages. Punitive damages are awarded in cases where the defendant has acted egregiously or with an intention of causing harm.

These damages can be valuable, but they’re only allowed in very limited circumstances, such as injuries caused by drunk drivers. Ask your attorney if you’re eligible for punitive damages in New Orleans.

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Personal Injury FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

The vast majority of injury victims have never had to deal with litigation of any kind prior to now, which means you probably have many questions that haven’t yet been answered on this page. For this reason, we’ve compiled this brief list of some of the most common questions our clients have had in regard to their cases.

Will I have to go to court if I file a New Orleans injury claim?

Not necessarily, although going to court is sometimes the best chance you’ll have at securing full compensation for your losses. We can usually avoid bringing your case to court when we are able to successfully negotiate with the other side for a reasonable settlement. In cases where the other side is unwilling to continue negotiating, or if they remain rigid in their decision to deny your claim, we will be more than prepared to argue your case in court.

How much does it cost to hire an attorney in New Orleans?

Our firm works for you based on a contingency fee. This means that you won’t be obligated to pay unless or until we win your case. A percentage of your winnings would be taken out of your award to cover our fee, so you won’t have to worry about paying us back later.

My child was injured in an accident. What are my options?

As your child’s parent or legal guardian, you have the right to advocate for your child’s rights. Just because they’re underage doesn’t mean they don’t have rights. Just like an adult, your child is entitled to compensation for all they’ve been through, and you’ll be able to file a claim on their behalf so they can get what’s rightfully theirs. In cases where children are injured, it’s even more important to file a civil suit against the at-fault party, as a child’s life is sure to be dramatically influenced by a serious injury.

What does it mean that Louisiana is a “fault” state for auto insurance?

To live in a fault state means that in order to get your auto accident damages covered, you’ll need to file a claim against the person responsible for causing the accident. For example, you would need to file a claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance company to recover compensation for your damages. Expect the insurer to try to avoid compensating you, though, and call a lawyer for help.

Can I file an injury claim against a government agency?

If a government agency is found to be the cause of your accident, you can file a personal injury claim against it, although your case may be subject to some special rules. If you’re pursuing damages from a government agency, you’ll want to speak with a New Orleans personal injury lawyer who can ensure that you are taken seriously and not intimidated by the negligent agency that harmed you.


Braud & Gallagher produces a private label hot sauce and an all-purpose seasoning. These are not for sale but given away to clients, friends and people who ask for it.

Additionally, Braud & Gallagher has its famous firm t-shirts. These are in high demand by all who see them. On the back of the shirts is written, “MY LAWYER CAN BEAT UP YOUR LAWYER.” It is humorous and popular, and we have given away thousands of them.

World Record
Biggest Gumbo
In 2015, Braud & Gallagher decided it was going to bring a WORLD RECORD back to Louisiana, where it belonged. Previously, the record was held by a group who set the record in Alabama at an LSU v Alabama football game. The record set in Alabama was a seafood gumbo weighing 2,100 lbs. Braud & Gallagher was determined to bring the record to Louisiana!

The problem was that there was not a pot big enough to break the record, so Braud & Gallagher built a pot on top of a trailer.

On November 7, 2015, on the day of the LSU v Alabama game, Braud & Gallagher shattered the record cooking 5,300 lbs. of seafood gumbo. Braud & Gallagher now holds a Guinness Book of World Record for the world’s largest gumbo ever made!