Accidents happen in all walks of life. Sometimes, nobody is at fault and nobody is hurt. But when an accident is caused by a business’s or individual’s wrongful acts or negligence and someone is injured as a result, engaging a lawyer may be necessary.
Whether your injuries were due to a fall at work, a catastrophic car crash, medical negligence, or another type of injury event, you deserve a personal injury attorney who puts your interests first. The team at RMK Law understands that your life has been upended. We have the experience you need across the negotiation table and in the courtroom so that you can focus on getting the medical care you need.
Why Choose RMK
If you have an issue involving a personal injury, our lawyers have experience handling every aspect of a variety of cases:
- A case involving severe and lifelong injuries to a child when a car hit him in the parking lot of his apartment complex.
- A wrongful death case involving a national transportation company stemming from a car accident on a Montana Indian Reservation.
- A wrongful death case against a Fortune 500 oil company from a workplace accident.
- A wrongful death and personal injury case against a local recycling company involving a truck accident.
- A personal injury case against a security company involving dislocation of an individual’s shoulder.
- Personal injury claims against a power company involving a workplace accident in which an employee fell from a platform.
- A personal injury case against a local bottling company involving safe-place-to-work claims after a contractor fell through a roof.
- Dram Shop cases against several bars involving deaths from accidents caused by bar patrons after leaving the bar.
- Scores of cases involving individuals injured in car accidents throughout Montana.
Personal Injury Cases
Injuries can be physical, mental or emotional and can occur in cases ranging from car, truck and motorcycle accidents to property and environmental damage; from workplace injuries to defective products; and from slip and falls to wrongful death.
Personal injury cases also regularly involve complex issues that may not be immediately apparent. Navigating insurance coverage or worker’s compensation issues, preserving evidence, accident investigation and reconstruction, and medical care are just a few of the issues that might arise long before a case ever gets to court.
And the issues are not always one-sided; every party potentially involved has an interest in protecting its interests and legal rights quickly and efficiently.
Personal Injury Facts
Each personal injury case is unique. Factors vary based on the root cause of the accident, the location, and the people involved. Your claim may include neck and back injuries, broken bones, brain injuries, or other catastrophic damage. More than 95% of cases never go to trial as they are settled out of court. Here are some of the most common types of personal injury cases.
Medical Malpractice occurs when a doctor, hospital, or other health care professional causes harm to a patient. This could be due to misdiagnosis or errors in treatment or health care management after treatment. As many as 400,000 patients are harmed by medical errors every year. More than 200,000 deaths occur due to medical accidents, and 120,000 of those fatalities are due to negligence. Examples of medical negligence include:
- Anesthesia errors
- Birth injuries
- Cerebral Palsy
- Emergency room malpractice
- Never events
- Wrongful death
Motor Vehicle Crashes
Approximately three million people are injured in automobile accidents annually. Medical costs and productivity losses related to the injuries and fatalities are in the billions. Motor vehicle crashes encompass:
- Passenger vehicle accidents
- Big truck accidents
- Bus accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Rideshare accidents
You have the right to work in a safe environment. In 2018, more than 30,000 injuries occurred on the job. Depending on the circumstances of your accident, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation. In situations where a third party’s negligence is responsible for your injuries, you may have grounds for a claim. Although accidents can happen anywhere, some of the most common workplace accidents include:
- Construction site accidents
- Factory accidents
- Industrial accidents
- Forklift accidents
Deciding to place a loved one in a full-time care facility is difficult. Learning that they have been injured while in someone else’s care can be devastating. Nearly one in 10 seniors experience abuse, neglect, or exploitation. Examples of nursing home or elder abuse include cases involving:
- Assisted living accidents
- Medication errors
- Sexual assault
- Dropped patients
Frequently Asked Personal Injury Questions
If you have been hurt in an accident, you likely have a lot of questions. We have gathered some of the most common questions our personal injury lawyers answer.
What do I do after an accident?
The priority is making sure you get the medical attention you need. Write down any detail you can remember about the accident, including the reason you were there, what you were doing, and note any witnesses.
How long do I have to file a personal injury case?
With a few exceptions, the personal injury statute of limitations in Montana is three years. It is best to file a claim as soon as possible, while the evidence and your memory of the event are still fresh. This can also help you prove the scope of your damages and liability.
What damages are available in a personal injury case?
Compensatory damages are typically divided into economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages are tangible losses and costs such as lost income, earning capacity, medical bills, and future treatment costs.
Non-economic damages include mental anguish, pain and suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life. The court decides if punitive damages are warranted. Although rare, they can be substantial.
Contact Ritchie, Manning, Kautz, PLLP, RMK Law Firm
Our personal injury law firm has experience in a broad range of personal injury cases, from workers’ compensation to complex claims. We take the time to understand your situation and make sure you get the personalized attention you deserve. You can contact us online or call (406) 601-1400 to schedule a consultation for us to help with your case.