Representing Victims throughout Montana

The team of highly respected and experienced attorneys at Jones & Cook represent individuals and family members of those involved in accidents resulting in serious or catastrophic injuries. When these unexpected devastating life events happen, you need a qualified and respected catastrophic injury lawyer to make sure you get the maximum compensation you and your loved ones deserve. Contact us for a Free Consultation with an experienced attorney, call (406) 543-3800 today.

Catastrophic injuries can be life-changing events with long-lasting devastating effects on victims and their families. At Jones & Cook, attorneys and support staff understand the financial, physical, and emotional toll these types of injuries can take. When a catastrophic injury occurs it is imperative that the victim or the victim’s family hire an attorney that has the ability to understand his clients concerns, but also has the experience to educate the client about potential future difficulties that they may encounter. At Jones & Cook we have the knowledge and skills to guide you and your family though the most difficult types of catastrophic injury cases. Please contact us today at (406) 543-3800 to discuss how we can help, call to schedule your Free Consultation.

Experienced Catastrophic Injury Lawyers

Catastrophic Injury

At Jones & Cook, we represent individuals or family members of individuals involved in serious or catastrophic injuries resulting from the following:

Amputation

Missoula, Montana Catastrophic Injury attorney Bradley J. Jones will help you obtain a just result for not only medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering, but also future long-term medical bills that can include psychological therapy, prosthetics, long term rehabilitation and physical therapy, as well as past and future lost wages, and vocational rehabilitation. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury as a result of another’s negligent conduct, please contact our office by calling (406) 543-3800 for a Free Consultation.

Traumatic Brain Injury

Brain injuries can occur in a variety of ways. When the brain is exposed to trauma the results can be catastrophic. Brain trauma can be caused by automobile accidents, motorcycle collisions, falls that result in the head hitting something, assaults, and sports injuries. These events can cause bruising or internal bleeding inside the skull. The effects can be short term or life-long.

Severe brain injuries are divided into three categories, mild, moderate, and severe. Mild brain injuries usually occur after a concussion (or shaking of the brain). Victims may experience some amnesia, momentary loss of consciousness, or a feeling of being clumsy. Moderate brain injuries usually result in loss of a loss of consciousness that can last for hours after the trauma. Victims may suffer symptoms that manifest themselves cognitively, psychologically, and physically. These impairments can last months or years. Moderate brain injuries require immediate medical care. Severe brain injuries occur when the skull is either penetrated or pushed into the brain causing bruising or tears of the brain tissue. Severe brain trauma can also be caused by bleeding and swelling which places pressure on different parts of the brain. Severe brain injuries can result in a prolonged coma, paralysis, total amnesia and a loss of other cognitive functions.

The legal experts at Jones & Cook have the knowledge and skills necessary to you and your family though the most difficult types of personal injury cases. If you or a family member has suffered a brain injury please contact us today to discuss how we can help. Call (406) 543-3800 to setup an appointment.

Serious Burns

Burn injuries can vary between relatively minor or the most traumatic type of personal injury a person can suffer. Burns can cause disfigurement, scarring, muscle damage, respiratory failure, and significant psychological harm. Some causes of burn injuries include chemical burns (airbags or defective cosmetics), electric shock, severe motor vehicle collisions, scalding liquids, defective products, and fires.

Burn injury cases require special attention in that not only is the victim affected physically, but also psychologically. Bradley J. Jones is a Montana personal injury attorney who will help obtain a just result for not only medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, but also future long term medical bills that can include skin grafting, scar revision and counseling. At Jones & Cook we are committed to thoroughly investigating the cause of a significant burn injury in order to determine if it was caused by negligent conduct or wrong doing. Please contact our law office for a Free Consultation by calling (406) 543-3800.

Spinal Cord Injury

The spinal cord can be divided into three areas; the cervical, (neck area) thoracic (mid back) and the lumbar (lower back). Spinal injuries can take on a variety of manifestations, some being more serious than others. These injuries include bruising, compression fractures, lacerations (severing or tearing of nerve fibers) and damage to the central spinal cord. The latter more significant spinal cord injuries can render the victim either a paraplegic or a quadriplegic. This can mean not only the loss of use of the arms and legs, but other basic motor functions can be affected, such as breathing, bladder and bowel control, and sexual dysfunction.

The legal team at Jones & Cook not only understands the legal issues, but also the medical and life altering challenges victims of spinal cord injuries may face. If you or a loved one has suffered from a significant spinal cord injury as a result of another’s negligent conduct it is important to hire an attorney as soon as possible. Our office will help in getting the proper experts involved to make sure your case is properly represented in a court of law.

Wrongful Death

If you have suffered the death of an immediate family member due to the negligence of another, Montana law allows you to seek compensation for damages—including the loss of financial support and loss of benefits—through a Wrongful Death claim.

Wrongful death law applies to situations in which an individual dies due to the negligent, reckless or intentional actions of another person or entity. While every state has wrongful death laws, individual states vary on which family members and other beneficiaries are eligible to recover damages. In Montana, the personal representative of the deceased person’s estate may file a claim in court if injuries inflicted by another have caused the deceased person’s death. If the deceased person is a child under age 18, the wrongful death claim may be filed by either one of the child’s parents, or by both parents together. If the child has no parents, the claim may be filed by the child’s legal guardian.

Wrongful death cases are civil lawsuits filed on behalf of a spouse, other surviving immediate family members, or a designated beneficiary. Like other types of personal injury claims, wrongful death suits are bound by statutes of limitations, or timeframes in which a plaintiff must file a lawsuit seeking damages. Wrongful death claims in Montana must be filed within three years of the date of a person’s death.

Financial compensation in wrongful death cases may include economic and noneconomic damages. Economic damages are based on hard figures, such as funeral and burial expenses, and loss of income and benefits; noneconomic damages may include money for pain and suffering, and loss of companionship.

While discussing a wrongful death case can be emotionally difficult, it’s in your best interests to consult with a knowledgeable wrongful death attorney as soon as possible to ensure that evidence and other relevant information is preserved. The Missoula attorneys at Jones & Cook Attorneys at Law understand that no amount of money is adequate when a loved one has lost his or her life, but we also know that a successful wrongful death claim can ease some of the financial burdens you’re facing as you and other surviving family try to move forward. Call (406) 543-3800 for a Free Consultation with one of our experienced wrongful death lawyers if someone else’s carelessness contributed to the death of a family member.

Frequently Asked Questions

Catastrophic injuries are those so serious in nature that their effects often leave the victim permanently damaged. These types of injuries are usually those connected with physical harm to the brain and/or spinal cord. The impact that these types of injuries can have on the short-term and long-term functional capabilities of a person are so severe that they are considered catastrophic. For some, this might take the form of burn injuries that have left a person’s image vastly altered from what it once was; for others, an injury to a part of the central nervous system such as the brain or spinal cord could leave a person mentally incapacitated or physically handicapped.

The amount and type of loss depends on the injury and the situation that caused the injury. Damages for catastrophic injuries may include:

  • Medical costs (at the time of injury and future medical treatment)
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of future income (if the injured party will not be able to work for a period of time, even permanently)
  • Loss of household services
  • Costs of additional care
  • Loss of quality of life
  • Pain and suffering
  • Shortened life span

In addition to these types of damages, courts in some jurisdictions will also award punitive damages. Punitive damages are awarded by the judge or jury in addition to compensatory damages. The goal of punitive damages is to punish the responsible party for the injuries the victim has suffered. Not all jurisdictions will award punitive damages and not all cases will warrant such an award.

If the injury suffered by the victim was caused by an intentional act, negligence, or a Defective Product, there may be a cause of action for Personal Injury. When determining who is responsible for your Catastrophic Injury, it is important to look at the specific facts of your case. There may be more than one person who played a role in the sustained injuries. Depending on your case, the responsible party may be your doctor, nurse, hospital or other medical personnel, the owner of the motor vehicle that caused your accident, your employer or the manufacturer of a defective drug or product.

We frequently represent clients who have sustained Catastrophic Injuries due to the negligence of another through Car Accidents, Semi-Truck Accidents, Motorcycle Wrecks, Pedestrian Accidents, Workplace Accidents, Burn Injuries, Child Injuries, Elder Abuse, or other Personal Injury. If you or a loved one has suffered a Catastrophic Injury due to the negligence of another, contact our Catastrophic Injury lawyers for a Free Consultation.

Victims of catastrophic injuries may require multiple surgeries, special adaptive equipment, extensive therapy or rehabilitation, long-term care and ongoing medical treatment. They may need emotional support from psychiatrists or they may need help doing everyday tasks that once were easy to accomplish. Every aspect of the victim’s life could be affected by a Catastrophic Injury.

Never accept any payment from the insurance company before consulting with an attorney – especially if you or your loved one has suffered a severe injury. If you accept compensation now, you may be giving up your right to file additional claims in the future. Only an experienced Catastrophic Injury attorney can help you determine the full value of your case in terms of past, present, and future medical bills, past and future lost income, and additional losses for you and your family.

Negligence, sometimes also called negligent behavior, is most commonly defined as any sort of act carried out without a reasonable amount of care and attention. Negligence can result in injury or bodily harm to other people. When this happens, the victim of the negligent behavior has legal cause to claim compensation for damages.