FAQ: Personal Injury
If you have been injured, you are probably in search of answers. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions (FAQ) we hear about personal injury cases. Our attorneys at Colton Holm Law Firm are very responsive, so please email us if your question is not addressed below. You can also call us at our Billings office: (406) 213-7770. We serve clients throughout Montana.
What Kind Of Compensation Can I Receive
This will depend on the specifics of your case, but in general you may be eligible to receive compensation for:
- Medical expenses, both present and future
- Lost wages
- Lost earning potential
- Pain and suffering
- Punitive damages in especially egregious cases
How Long Do I Have To File A Claim?
In Montana, you must file any claim within three years of being injured.
How Can I Afford A Lawyer Right Now? What Does It Cost?
We know that the period of time following an injury is financially challenging. That is why we work on a contingency basis. Until we recover a settlement in your favor, you will not owe us anything. Exact costs can vary widely, so it will depend on your situation. Please contact us for a free consultation.
If we do not recover a settlement, you will not pay.
Why Do I Need A Lawyer? Won’t My Insurance Company Take Care Of Me?
After years of paying insurance premiums, many people assume that their insurance company will happily pay out a generous settlement when they have been injured. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Insurance companies will use every tactic possible to deny your claim and downplay the severity of your injuries. That is how they stay profitable. To obtain a settlement that is truly fair, you will need an experienced attorney.
How Will The Insurance Company Seek To Undermine My Claim?
Insurance companies use a litany of excuses to avoid liability. Some common techniques include:
- Blaming a prior medical condition, not your injury, for your discomfort
- Claiming that you are at fault
- Dismissing any symptoms not mentioned in an incident report
- Pointing to any delays in medical treatment as evidence that your injuries are not severe
- Using discrepancies in eyewitness accounts as “proof” of fraud
- Claiming that some piece of essential evidence is missing
- We Can Help You Get A Fair Settlement
No one should have to pursue a personal injury case while they are trying to recover. To increase your chances for a fair settlement, please reach out to us online or call our office in Billings: (406) 213-7770.