Did you suffer serious injuries as the result of another party’s negligence? It is in your best interest to contact a Montana personal injury attorney.
While Montana is home to just over 1 million residents, Glacier National Park, Little Bighorn Battlefield, and Yellowstone National Park are just a few of the scenic destinations that attract millions of visitors every year. The variety of outdoor activities as well as energy industry jobs and higher speed limits means that Montana is no stranger to many different kinds of accidents.
People who sustain serious injuries in such accidents frequently face enormous medical bills as well as lost income and tremendous pain and suffering. Need an Injury Lawyer Montana can help.
Dedicated Legal Representation
Many different kinds of accidents, whether they are car crashes, motorcycle accidents, or some other causes of wrongful death, are the direct results of the negligence of third parties. Montana has a three-year statute of limitations on most personal injury actions, and it is still important to retain legal counsel as soon as possible after any accident.
In many instances, representatives from the insurance companies will attempt to contact injured parties as soon as possible afterwards. Such agents will frequently express concern and a supposed willingness to “take care” of the victims, but it is important to remember that insurance companies are businesses that have the goal of making money. In order to do this, their main goal in resolving personal injury claims is to pay as little as possible to do so.
While initial settlement offers can often seem quite generous to many victims, such proposals rarely account for the full lifetime costs of treating catastrophic injuries. You should avoid speaking to any insurer’s representative or signing any paperwork until you have first contacted Need an Injury Lawyer Montana.
Common Types of Personal Injury Cases in Montana
Our firm represents residents and visitors who have suffered injuries in numerous communities throughout Montana, such as Billings, Sidney, Missoula, Lewistown, Great Falls, Whitefish, Bozeman, Laurel, Butte, Livingston, Helena, Belgrade, Kalispell, Miles City, Havre, Anaconda, and many others. We handle many different kinds of cases, including:
- Car Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Wrongful Death
- Commercial Vehicle Accidents
- Uber Accidents
- Bicycle Accidents
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Bus Accidents
- DUI Accidents
How Montana Personal Injury Cases Work
Montana Code § 27-1-702 establishes a modified comparative fault method of determining damages in personal injury actions. Under such a system, a victim’s own negligence does not prevent him or her from recovering compensation so long as his or percentage of fault does not exceed 50 percent. Awarded damages will be reduced in proportion to the amount of fault attributed to the victim.
Personal injury actions generally require proving the following four factors:
- Duty — A negligent party owed a certain duty of care to a victim;
- Breach — A negligent party breached that duty of care to the victim;
- Causation — A victim’s injuries were the direct result of the negligent party’s breach of duty; and
- Damages — A negligent party’s breach of duty resulted in actual damages to the victim.
Personal injury cases involve civil law, which uses a much lower standard of proof than criminal cases. A plaintiff in a civil action must prove his or her claim by a preponderance of the evidence—meaning that the greater weight of the evidence, or more than 50 percent, supports the plaintiff’s claims—as opposed to the standard of beyond a reasonable doubt—essentially meaning a jury cannot have any doubts whatsoever about the plaintiff’s claims—in a criminal case.
Damages in Montana Personal Injury Cases
The types of damages people are entitled to in Montana personal injury actions can vary depending on the specific aspects of their cases. Two of the most common kinds of compensation awarded in such cases are medical expenses and lost wages. Both of these types of awards are referred to as economic damages, because they are tangible losses that can be calculated and easily proven.
Some cases also involve noneconomic damages—awards which are far more subjective and typically cannot be calculated—such as pain and suffering or loss of consortium. Montana also allows certain individuals to seek punitive damages, which are awarded specifically to punish negligent parties for willful and wanton misconduct.
Attorneys Serving All of Montana
Our firm knows any person may be hurt in any one of a number of different accidents. We represent both residents and visitors to communities in Yellowstone County, Carbon County, Missoula County, Roosevelt County, Gallatin County, Sanders County, Flathead County, Fergus County, Cascade County, Jefferson County, Lewis and Clark County, Richland County, Ravalli County, Custer County, Silver Bow County, Big Horn County, Lake County, Glacier County, Lincoln County, Park County, Hill County, and many others.
Our experienced personal injury lawyers can immediately conduct a thorough investigation of the accident that caused your injuries or your loved one’s death. We can represent you in conversations with insurers and negotiate a fair and full settlement. If an insurance company is unwilling to provide adequate compensation, we will file a lawsuit to hold the negligent party accountable.
Helping All Kinds of Injury Victims
Some people might suffer injuries that involve extended periods of recovery, such as broken bones. Other cases can result in far more serious kinds of harm in which victims may require several years or even lifetimes of treatment, such as spinal cord injuries or paralysis.
The worst possible outcome involves fatal injuries. When a person is killed by the negligence of another party, it is referred to as a wrongful death. Families are often far too consumed by grief to immediately contemplate legal action in such cases.
Need an Injury Lawyer Montana assists all kinds of injury victims. We believe that all people are entitled to their day in court.
Free, No Obligation Consultation.
Some people express hesitance about seeking the help of a personal injury lawyer out of fears relating to the costs of hiring legal representation. You should know that Need an Injury Lawyer Montana handles personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that you pay absolutely nothing for our services unless you receive a financial award.
Our firm is available 24/7 to answer your phone call and assist in whatever way we can. Need an Injury Lawyer Montana can handle all of the complex paperwork relating to your case so you can focus on your recovery.