Get Answers To Your Personal Injury FAQ

Here are answers to common personal injury questions. All of our personal injury cases are taken on a contingency fee basis. This means that we charge you nothing unless we win a settlement or verdict on your behalf. Don't see your question here? We welcome your phone calls, faxes and emails.

1. What types of personal injury cases does your firm take?

As an established law firm with deep roots in Missoula, we have a solid reputation and understanding of what it takes to win an injury case in Montana.

Therefore, if you were injured through no fault of your own at work or in a car, truck, motorcycle or other accident, call us.

We also help victims of doctor and hospital errors get the compensation they need to move forward or regain "wholeness." We have extensive experience helping people who have been hurt on the job file successful workers' compensation claims. We can help you if you need assistance with your Social Security Disability claim. Not sure if we can help? We are happy to take your phone call to discuss your potential claim, help you understand your rights and let you know what we can do for you.

2. What personal injury cases do you take that are unique to Montana?

Montana offers an abundance of recreational actives, some of which utilize motorized toys that help us enjoy the outdoors. We understand how to handle ATV injuries, watercraft crashes and boating accidents. We are experienced with all types of accidents and injuries that happen including snowmobile crashes, flyover accidents involving Cessnas and helicopters, and guided excursions that turn tragic. In certain circumstances, we can help injured skiers as well.

3. Where do most car accidents occur in Montana?

We are fortunate to be surrounded by beautiful scenery in western Montana, like Flathead Lake. This also means increased traffic to and from these areas, especially during the summer, and over the holidays. While a car accident can happen anywhere, in our decades of legal practice, we frequently see accidents on Highway 93, to and from Glacier, as well as along Interstate 90. Some have referred to this area as the "crash corridor." Another interesting trend is that car accidents tend to increase in the first one to two weeks after the first snowfall or ice storm.

4. What steps does your firm take to get evidence after a car accident?

We work with Montana law enforcement to ensure that the pertinent details of your accident are revealed. Over our decades of practice, we have found Montana law enforcement to be well-trained and conscientious. We also go to the scene to investigate first-hand and request additional evidence whenever we believe we do not have all of the facts.

5. Why is it important to hire an attorney?

In Montana, we believe in a hard day's work for a living wage. In fact, many times we work while injured. Sometimes, over time, the injury will heal. Other times, we are hurt too badly to keep going. We worry about what will happen to our family and home if we don't bring in that paycheck and often times we have to burn through our savings.

The reason you need to see an attorney is to understand what type of compensation you can expect. An insurance company adjuster's job is to offer you the lowest payment he or she thinks you will take, no matter the cost of your medical expenses, family bills, lost work or how much you've suffered. You need someone on your side who knows what your case is really worth; someone who will fight for what you truly deserve. The entire reason to have insurance is for coverage when things go wrong, and people get hurt. Not going after and collecting what is due you lines the pockets of the insurance company.

6. When is the right time to call after an accident or injury?

You can call our firm any time following an incident; however, the best time to call is often right after the event so that we can gather and preserve crucial evidence and eyewitness accounts when needed.

7. Besides getting me financial compensation, what else do you do?

Whenever possible, we help you find and get the resources you need to manage chronic pain, work through post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), cope with depression or grief and be made whole again. We are a big enough firm to take on the large insurance companies, but small enough to offer personal, dedicated, and local legal service.

The Initial Consultation Is Free For Your Injury Claims

To learn more about how we at Terrazas Henkel, P.C. can help you with your injury claim, contact us online, email [email protected], or call our Missoula office at 406-541-2550.

Get ahold of an established lawyer who will tell you exactly what you can expect and make sure you understand your rights and what is truly at stake. We often talk to the person who has had a friend or family member pass on due to their injuries, so feel free to call on behalf of a partner, friend, spouse, or other family member today.