Our Practice Areas

Personal Injury

Personal injury includes any type of fault-based accidental or intentional injury. Oftentimes it is difficult to determine if someone is responsible for your injury. As a result, an injured person may end up bearing the costs of an injury when another party is legally responsible. At Duckworth Law, we are experienced with a wide variety of personal injury cases, and have a keen eye in finding the responsible party. If you have been injured, come meet with us and we can advise you whether you may have a case against a responsible party.

There is a misconception that an injured person can save money by not getting an attorney or that a claim with an insurance company can be handled without an attorney’s assistance. Although this may be true in some cases, an experienced attorney will be able to maximize your recovery. Insurance companies may try to get an injured person to settle quickly and for a lower amount than the person could get with the help of an attorney. If your case involves an insurance company, it is generally in your best interest to at least consult with an attorney before settlement. An initial consultation is free; if we are hired the case is handled on a contingent fee basis (percentage of recovery).

Common Types of Injury Cases

Car Accidents or Automobile Accidents
Car accidents are the most common type of personal injury case since most of us drive cars every day. If you have been injured in a car accident, you may be entitled to recover insurance proceeds either from your own insurance company or another driver’s insurance company. There are many different automobile insurance policies and it may not be immediately clear that you are entitled to an insurance payment. Common types of coverage include medical payments coverage, liability coverage, uninsured motorist coverage, and underinsured motorist coverage. Automobile insurance contracts are confusing but we have many years of experience dissecting insurance policies. We can help you recover all available insurance money from your accident to maximize recovery.

Head or Brain Injuries
There are a wide variety of head injuries. Some are subtle and difficult to diagnose, and others are apparent and devastating. It is critical that you obtain medical attention as quickly as possible.

Medical Malpractice
Medical malpractice (medical negligence) cases involve injury that results from the carelessness of a doctor or other health care provider. These cases essentially involve injury caused by sub-standard care; that is, medical care that one should have been able to count on receiving. Injuries can be severe and devastating to the victim. If a medical professional’s treatment is beneath the accepted standard of care, and causes injury, there may be liability. If you are the victim, a competent attorney can help you recover your losses.

Other Injuries
Injuries can result from many unexpected situations. If you have been injured and that injury was caused by another’s fault or carelessness, you may be entitled to recover compensation.

Workers’ Compensation

If you are hurt on the job, you are entitled to recover medical and wage loss compensation from your employer’s workers’ compensation insurer. Even if your employer does not carry workers’ compensation insurance, you may still be entitled to recover for your injuries from the Uninsured Employer’s Fund.

Work injuries can occur in a variety of ways. They can range from a back injury due to lifting, a fall, or any other kind of injury. The injury does not have to be anyone’s fault for recovery of workers’ compensation benefits. Additionally, an injury does not have to be a sudden event that causes injury. Workers’Compensation also covers conditions that develop from work over a period of time, with a gradual onset (occupational disease). So if you have a condition that has developed over a period of days, months, or even years, you still may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.

Montana Workers’ Compensation law can be complex but its purpose is to provide medical and wage loss benefits to a person injured on the job. A knowledgeable attorney can navigate the complex workers’ compensation system to maximize your benefits.

With a work injury, it is important to act quickly so you do not miss a deadline. If you have been injured at work, come see us and we can help you get the benefits you need and deserve.

Insurance Law

Insurance questions arise in a variety of areas including automobile insurance, homeowners insurance, general liability insurance, life insurance, etc. Insurance is meant to provide coverage contingent upon the happening of a risk causing harm. Oftentimes claimants are told by an insurance agent or adjuster that the policy does not cover a loss. However, courts are the ultimate decision maker. Montana courts have traditionally construed insurance policies liberally in favor of providing coverage. Courts tend to interpret insurance policies to afford coverage for losses. If an insurance company refuses to pay, a competent attorney can take the insurance company to court for a determination whether there is coverage.

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The information on this website is for informational purposes only and is not legal advice. Nothing on this website is intended to create an attorney-client relationship. You should consult with an attorney regarding your individual case.