Opelousas, LA asked in Small Claims for Louisiana

Q: Are punitive expenses not considered when a Walmart claim for bad oil change?

Oil change part was cracked, oil spilled out and oil engine light came on. They only will rreimburse service to fix car and tow. They will not compensate for time without vehicle or the factory took nine months to settle.

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1 Lawyer Answer
Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
  • Baton Rouge, LA
  • Licensed in Louisiana

A: Punitive damages are allowed in Louisiana ONLY under specific circumstances and the circumstances you described is not one of those. You are entitled to general damages and special damages if proven although it is extremely rare to recover general damages as a result of damage to property. You should consult with an accident/personal injury lawyer to discuss this further and decide how to proceed. Good luck.

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