Attorney Joseph F. Gaar Jr.

Gaar Law Firm

Personal Injury Lawyer | Serving Lafayette, LA

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617 S. Buchanan Street
Lafayette, LA 70501

Exceptional Experience. Exceptional Results.

If you have been injured in an accident, you deserve to learn about your rights and legal options. At Gaar Law Firm, we represent individuals throughout Louisiana who have been injured in car accidents, maritime accidents, and other personal injury accidents.

The sooner you can contact the Lafayette personal injury compensation attorneys at Gaar Law Firm, the sooner we can begin crafting your case strategy. By fully investigating your accident and working with your chosen medical professional, we can gain a clear understanding of how your injuries might impact the rest of your life. With this information, we will negotiate with the at-fault party's insurance carrier to help you obtain the full and fair monetary compensation you are owed.

Contact us today if you need legal assistance with any of the following:

  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Maritime injuries
  • Medical malpractice
  • Workplace accidents
  • Dangerous or defective products
  • Premises liability

We understand the devastating effects a injury or a wrongful death can have on a family. Not only are you struggling with the loss of a loved one, you might have to face financial peril. It is the goal of our firm to remove as much stress as possible from your shoulders while guiding you through an often challenging legal process. We will negotiate on your behalf to recover the maximum monetary compensation possible. If a settlement cannot be reached, we have confidence in our ability to represent you in court.

At Gaar Law Firm, we take all of our cases on a contingency fee basis. This means it will cost you nothing to have an attorney on your case. We collect our fee when you collect from the persons responsible for your injuries. Call the Gaar Law Firm today at 337-366-0982 to arrange your free initial consultation.

Attorney Profile

Attorney Joseph F. Gaar Jr.


  • Louisiana, 1985
  • Texas, 1995
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Louisiana, 1985
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Louisiana, 1985
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Louisiana, 1985
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas, 1995
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas, 1995
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1985


  • Loyola University New Orleans School of Law, New Orleans, Louisiana
    • J.D. - 1985
  • Louisiana State University
    • B.S. - 1981

Honors and Awards:

  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum, 1997 - 2012
  • Multi Million Dollar Advocates Forum, 1997 - 2012
  • The National Trial Lawyers - The Top 100 Trial Lawyers, 2009 - 2012
  • Super Lawyers® - Louisiana, 2009 - 2012
  • Acadiana Profile - Top Lawyers – Admiralty and Maritime Law, 2013 - 2014
  • Martindale Hubbell – AV Peer Review Rating, 2011 - 2014
  • Litigator Awards – “Top 1% of All Lawyers in America” - 2014
  • The American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys – “10 Best” , Louisiana – 2014-2015

Professional Memberships:

  • Louisiana State Bar Association, 1985 - Present
  • Texas State Bar Association, 1995 - Present
  • New Orleans Bar Association, 1985 - 1987
  • American Bar Association, 1985 - 1987
  • St. Landry Parish Bar Association, 1986 - 1995
  • Lafayette Parish Bar Association, 1988 - Present
  • Lafayette Trial Lawyers Association, 1988 - Present
  • Louisiana Association for Justice, 1985 - Present
  • The American Association for Justice, 1985 - Present
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association , 1995 - 2012

Verdicts & Settlements

Verdict For Jones Act Seaman – Floorhand With Injured Knee And Leg With Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

For oilfield worker/Jones Act seaman injured low back in explosion

$1.6 Million
Settlement for neck and low back injuries for offshore worker.

$1.5 Million
Settlement for injured oilfield worker and against offshore jack up drilling company for shoulder injury

$1.4 Million
Settlement - husband and wife injured in auto accident with neck and back surgeries

confidential settlement, with a waiver of $266,000.00 on the workers comp lien/subrogation, for an offshore worker who injured his shoulder while working out in the exercise room while on a jack up drilling rig

Settlement for long shore worker who injured back while welding within the hull of a barge

Settlement for an onshore tankerman who injured his neck in a low impact auto accident that resulted in neck surgery

For offshore floorhand who injured his shoulder and low back pulling drill slips

Judgment plus waiver of $200,000.00 maintenance and cure payments for offshore crew boat captain injured low back in rough seas slip and fall accident

Settlement for a rear end wrongful death auto accident

Settlement for injured longshoreman with low back injury who fell through an open hatch

Settlement for a contract hand who injured his back and shoulder in a fall through grating aboard an aircraft carrier

Settlement for a sideswipe accident resulting in a neck injury

Settlement for a woman who injured her neck in a low impact auto accident

Settlement for a woman who injured her neck in a low impact auto accident

Settlement for a welder who injured his neck while being pulled from a confined space

Settlement for a house wife who injured her neck when a garbage truck backed into her car

For client who was struck by commercial vehicle that failed to yield

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