Personal Injury Attorneys in Bozeman, MT

Auto Accidents

A car collision can cause serious injury or death. Hiring the right law firm is important to protect your rights. Insurance companies will try to settle with you quickly and cheaply. You do not want to settle your case until you and your doctors know what the impact has been to you and your health. Hiring the right attorney will help you navigate the often-complex issues in an auto injury or death case. This can include multiple insurance companies, insurance coverages, liens, subrogation rights, bill collectors, etc. At Buckley Law Office, this is what we do on a daily basis, and we know how to fight for your rights and for full compensation.
One example might be helpful. Our client was in a serious, near-head on collision. She suffered serious injuries requiring multiple surgeries. The driver of the other vehicle was at fault, but tried to accept less than full responsibility by stating his front tire “blew” out. We were required to disprove that claim, which we did with the help of an accident reconstructionist. Eventually, we recovered the maximum liability insurance limits of $1M for our client. However, we also had to negotiate liens, including Medicaid, which we were able to do successfully, saving our client a lot of money from her settlement. We were able to help our client navigate a tough situation with layers of complex issues, to a successful and full resolution.
 

Personal Injury

People get hurt and die all too frequently caused by the negligence, fault, carelessness or recklessness of others. Sometimes by friends, other times by strangers. Whether you were injured by a faulty product, in a car accident, when skiing or snowboarding, or by any other negligent, reckless or wrongful conduct, I provide tough and aggressive representation aimed at moving cases forward and obtaining full compensation for my client's injuries. I represent real people with real problems such as brain injuries, burns, fractures, dislocations, knee injuries, neck injuries, back injuries, spinal cord injuries, and paralysis. I understand there are serious real life consequences for my clients, and I am ready, willing and able to protect their rights in court. If you or someone you love has been injured in case involving the following, I can help:
 
  • Serious or catastrophic injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) or spinal cord trauma
  • Workplace injuries
  • Construction site accidents
  • Car wrecks, truck crashes or motorcycle collisions
  • Pedestrians injured by traffic
  • Hit and run
  • ATV, off-road vehicle, recreational activity, ski or snowmobile accidents
  • Slip-and-fall accidents or other premises liability claims
  • Dog bites and other domestic animal attacks
 
  • Injuries from assaults taking place in security buildings or parking lots
  • Dangerous or defective product injuries
  • "Toxic torts," where a group of people has been injured
  • Drunk-driver accidents and "dram shop liability" of people who unlawfully served drinks to someone who then drove drunk and caused an accident
  • Medical malpractice
  • Compensation for victims of crime
  • Compensation for victims of police misconduct
  • Wrongful death
 
I have represented individuals harmed as a result of many different scenarios, including automobile accidents, construction site accidents, product liability cases, sporting events, drunk driving accidents, bars and taverns over serving patrons, medical negligence, nursing errors, wrongful death claims, and much more.
One story might help illustrate my commitment to fight for my clients. This case involved a young man who was over-served alcohol at a bar, while under the age of 21. He was tragically killed in a car accident after leaving the bar in his truck. The family wanted to hold the bar accountable. They sought my assistance.
The case was hard fought. The case went to a jury trial. The jury found the bar partially at fault for its actions, and the jury's verdict was in excess of $3 million. Most important to the family, however, was a measure of knowing that the bar had been held accountable…and, their hope that this bar and others like it would take their responsibilities seriously.
I will fight for your rights and to secure full compensation for the harms caused.
 

Wrongful Death

Some of the most severe accidents and injuries can result in the death of a loved one. For many families who have suffered such a tragic loss, the thought of pursuing a legal claim can be overwhelming or unnecessary. I understand that no amount of money can bring your loved one back. I am here to help you recover the financial compensation to which your family is entitled for your losses and harms. As your advocate, I will take care of the details of your claim and provide step-by-step guidance for you throughout the process.

Strong Legal Representation Sensitive to Your Family's Needs

Whether you lost a loved one in a serious car accident, as a result of workplace accident or due to medical malpractice, I will work alongside you and outline the legal avenues you have for recovering compensation. Filing a wrongful death claim or survivorship claim can help you provide for your family's needs during this time and for the future. These claims seek to recover compensation for:
 
  • Emotional pain and suffering
  • Funeral expenses
  • Any lifesaving medical procedures your loved one may have needed
  • Medical expenses
 
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of earnings of the deceased
  • Future support for loved ones
 
Another story of redemption for a family who lost a loved one. This involved a young man who was over-served alcohol at a bar, while under the age of 21. He was tragically killed in a car accident. The family wanted to hold the bar accountable. They sought my assistance.
The case was hard fought. The case went to a jury trial. The jury found the bar partially at fault for its actions, and the jury's verdict was in excess of $3 million. Most important to the family, however, was a measure of knowing that the bar had been held accountable…and, their hope that this bar and others like it would take their responsibilities seriously.
I will fight for your rights and to secure full compensation for the harms caused.
 

Insurance Bad Faith Claim

I am not afraid to take on insurance companies when they delay or refuse to pay appropriate insurance claims. Bad-faith insurance disputes result when an insurance company wrongfully denies a claim. Whether you were denied an auto insurance claim or a health insurance claim, I can help. If you believe your insurance provider has acted in bad faith, I can investigate the circumstances of the delay or claim denial and get you the benefits for which you have paid your premiums. You may also be entitled to punitive damages for wrongful actions by your insurance company.
Insurance companies give a wide variety of excuses for refusing or delaying insurance payment:
 
  • The paperwork was filed incorrectly or in an untimely manner
  • The policy doesn't offer the protection for the claim
  • The adjuster thinks your claim is worth less than what it actually is
  • There was not enough evidence to support the claim
 
  • The accident victim failed to notify the insurance company of the accident or health concern within a specified period
  • The insurance policy lapsed
  • The amount of the claim exceeds what is allowed to you through the policy
 
While some of these may be valid, it is no secret that insurance companies often deny legitimate claims outright just to make a profit. This is simply wrong. I am not afraid to take on the large insurance companies in order to protect your rights. I will even take an insurance company to trial if it means reversing their denial decision and collecting the benefits for which you paid.
Another story is in order. A young boy, only 10 years old, was tragically killed while riding as a passenger on an ATV driven by another. The insurance company for the at-fault driver of the ATV refused to pay the small liability insurance limits of $25,000 to the family of the young boy.
The family sought out my assistance. The family wasn't interested in the money, but simply wanted some quantity of accountability. A judgment was agreed to between the family and the driver of the ATV, in excess of $2 million, for which the family would then seek to hold the insurance company responsible. I brought suit against the insurance company. The insurance company fought every step of the way. The case was eventually heard by the federal Ninth Circuit Court of appeals. After years of litigation, the family prevailed.
That family used the funds to help purchase and establish a home for youths in need. That is good coming from a tragedy. That is why I appreciate the opportunity to help people.
I will fight for your rights and to secure full compensation for the harms caused.
 

Construction Accidents

Among other industries, the construction industry is one in which the potential for personal injury is much higher than others. Construction workers utilize heavy machinery and equipment, which if managed improperly can cause serious accidents. Furthermore, pitfalls, scaffolding and other aspects of the job site can all prove hazardous if not properly safeguarded.
If you were seriously injured or lost a loved one in a construction site accident, I can help you explore all your options for pursuing maximum compensation. I represent injured workers and their families throughout southwestern Montana.
I represented a 22 year-old, hardworking construction worker who was not wearing a harness, and fell from a roof while standing on old trusses as he was helping to remodel a house. The man suffered a serious head injury. He worked for the subcontractor on the remodel job. Suit was started against general contractor for its negligence on the jobsite – by not requiring harnesses. I successfully brought suit against the contractor and was able to secure the policy limits of $1 million and additional payments from the owner of the remodeled home. This money enabled the client to have some financial security. My client was then able to attend college with academic assistance, and eventually earned a college degree.
In addition to workers' compensation, there may be other avenues for obtaining compensation if your injuries were caused by an independent individual or equipment manufacturer negligence. These so-called third-party liability claims can provide an added measure of financial stability to your situation and may include benefits for long-term care needs and your pain and suffering.
I have handled serious workplace accidents for many years and have recovered millions for injured construction workers. I represent construction workers who have been injured on the job site as a result of:
 
  • Scaffolding falls
  • Roofing accidents
  • Falling objects
  • Unguarded drops or trenches
 
  • Equipment failures
  • Electrical failures
  • Improper guarding of heavy machinery
  • Gas explosions
 
Construction accidents cause some of the most serious injuries, including back and neck injuries, spinal cord damage and amputation. Such injuries often require extensive rehabilitation and may lead to permanent disability. As your Montana construction accident attorney, I will aggressively pursue a variety of legal methods to obtain compensation for all of your short- and long-term needs.
 

Work Injuries

Exploring All Options for Recovery Following Workplace Accidents
By law, workers who are injured on the job are entitled to seek workers' compensation benefits to cover the cost of medical expenses and lost wages. However, many workers do not realize that there may be additional avenues for recovery beyond workers' compensation.
If you were seriously injured or lost a loved one in an on-the-job accident as a result of another's carelessness, defective equipment or poorly maintained environments, you may be eligible to file a third-party liability claim.

Work-Related Accidents and Third-Party Liability Claims

I handle a wide variety of workplace accident claims, from construction site accidents to oil field accidents in eastern Montana. In addition to helping you seek workers' compensation benefits, I will also investigate whether your injuries were caused by:
 
  • Defective equipment or tools
  • Careless supervision
  • Careless or reckless actions on the part of another worker, including general contractors
 
  • Failure to follow proper safety procedures
  • Failure to maintain important safety structures such as guardrails, machine guides and warning labels or signs
  • Poorly maintained environments
 
If any of the above were involved in your accident, I will represent you in filing an independent claim against liable parties in addition to your workers' compensation claim. Drawing on my hands-on experience handling such multiparty claims, I will seek the maximum compensation to which you are entitled for the pain and suffering you and your family has endured.
Another story helps illustrate my commitment to my clients. I represented a 22 year-old, hardworking construction worker who was not wearing a harness, and fell from a roof while standing on old trusses as he was helping to remodel a house. The man suffered a serious head injury. He worked for the subcontractor on the remodel job. Suit was started against general contractor for its negligence on the jobsite – by not requiring harnesses. I successfully brought suit against the contractor and was able to secure the policy limits of $1 million and additional payments from the owner of the remodeled home. This money enabled the client to have some financial security. My client was then able to attend college with academic assistance, and eventually earned a college degree.
I will fight for your rights and to secure full compensation for the harms caused.
 

Product Liability

Product liability refers to any injuries caused by a defective machine or consumer product. Many individuals do not understand their rights for pursuing compensation from manufacturing companies for defective product injuries, or they may feel overwhelmed by the thought of taking on big companies that may serve national or international markets.
I represent clients throughout Montana who have suffered serious personal injury as a result of defective products. As an experienced trial lawyer, I can help you and your family explore all your options for recovering compensation from negligent manufacturers, up to and including fighting for your rights court.

Products Liability and Third-Party Claims

Most of my product liability cases arise from injuries caused by defective machinery or equipment failures in specialized industries. If you were injured in a construction site accident or oil field accident resulting from defective equipment, I can help you pursue maximum compensation to which you are entitled from the negligent manufacturer in a third-party liability claim.
Third-party liability claims are filed separately from your workers' compensation claim. When you work with my firm, I will conduct a thorough investigation to determine whether you have cause to pursue a third-party liability claim for additional benefits such as long-term care expenses and compensation for your pain and suffering.

Other Product Liability Claims

In addition to work-related product liability claims, I also represent individuals who have been injured by:
 
  • Defective children's toys
  • Faulty electrical products
  • Defective or outdated household appliances
 
  • Weak or poorly constructed furniture and cabinetry
  • Toxic substances such as lead-based paint
 
 
 

Medical Malpractice

These cases involve mistakes by health care providers that can all too often evolve into human tragedies. Medical malpractice occurs when a medical provider, such as a hospital or clinic, or an anesthesiologist, doctor, nurse or other health care professional acts in a manner that deviates from the accepted standard of care in the medical community. There are a variety of cases involving health care providers, including:
 
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  • Misdiagnosis, late diagnosis or failure to diagnose, including cancer, breast cancer, heart attack, meningitis, stroke or other illnesses
  • Brain injuries and traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries, paraplegia and quadriplegia
  • Emergency room errors, delays, mistaken diagnosis or negligent treatment
  • Nursing errors
  • Anesthesia errors
  • Surgical errors and failure to adequately monitor care after surgery
 
  • Infections and hospital administration errors
  • Nursing home negligence, abuse or neglect
  • Medication and prescription errors
  • Obstetrical and birth injury malpractice
  • Birth injuries, Erb's palsy and cerebral palsy
  • Pharmaceutical company or medical device liability
  • Pharmacist malpractice
  • Dentist malpractice
  • Professional misconduct cases involving doctors and hospitals
 
Medical professionals can make mistakes. It happens. Serious injury can occur. While you may be hesitant to make a claim against your doctor or nurse, or other medical provider, sometimes that is necessary to remedy the harms and losses. I will study your case before advising if there was a mistake, and whether there is merit in pursuing a case. If you decide to go forward, I will fight hard for your rights and to secure full compensation for the harms caused.