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Personal Injury Attorneys in Billings, Montana

The attorneys at Ragain & Cook, P.C., have helped the people of Billings, Montana sort through complex personal injury cases for more than 40 years.

Ragain & Cook, P.C., has built its repertoire of personal injury knowledge through more than four decades of experience in Montana. In this time, we’ve focused almost exclusively on personal injury law. This gives us the concentrated familiarity with these claims clients need for the strongest cases. We handle a wide range of personal injury case types, from workplace accidents to violent crimes. If you don’t see your accident type in the following list, contact us. We most likely represent your type of injury. Case types we handle include:

  • Auto accidents (including public transportation accidents). Montana reported 1,224 serious injury and fatal vehicle collisions the most recent year data is available. Auto accidents are one of the most common types of claims we handle at Ragain & Cook, P.C. Common related injuries include broken bones, contusions, lacerations, burns, spinal cord injuries, and traumatic brain injuries.
  • Child injuries. We represent the parents and guardians of children who suffer personal injuries at school, daycare, on field trips, on playgrounds, and from defective toys and products. If a dangerous premises, unsafe children’s toy, negligent supervisor, swimming pool, animal, or other element injured your child, we encourage you to contact us for a consultation.
  • Medical malpractice. We handle a variety of medical malpractice cases in Montana, including misdiagnoses, medication mistakes, surgical and anesthesia errors, birth injuries, and emergency room errors. We aren’t afraid to go up against doctors, hospitals, or major insurance companies on behalf of our clients.
  • Nursing home abuse. Nursing home abuse can make it impossible for an elderly loved one to live a healthy, happy, and fulfilling life. Physical, mental, financial, and sexual elderly abuse sadly pervades nursing homes and assisted living facilities throughout Montana. Our lawyers can speak for those who can’t speak for themselves in these cases. We fight passionately against elder abuse and neglect.
  • Premises liability (including dog bites). When a property owner negligently lets maintenance slip, it can lead to safety risks such as slip and fall hazards, unsafe staircases, uneven or cracked sidewalks, loose animals, or negligent security. After sustaining an injury of any kind on someone else’s property, contact us for a review.
  • Product liability. Our lawyers have years of experience representing victims in product liability claims. We can tackle major manufacturing companies in the pursuit of fair compensation for injuries and deaths associated with defective or dangerous products. We don’t shy away from trials if we think they’re necessary for top results.
  • Violent crimes. Did someone intentionally injure you or kill your loved one? Your civil rights after a violent crime enable you to fight for financial compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and/or wrongful death damages, even during an ongoing criminal trial.
  • Workplace injuries. Transportation accidents, falls, electrocutions, struck-by objects, violence, and equipment malfunctions are all common workplace incidents. Don’t settle for a workers’ compensation claim if a personal injury lawsuit would garner higher recovery amounts. Discuss your case with us to learn the true value of your claim.
  • Wrongful death. If you lost a family member in a recent personal injury accident, we may be able to help. A lawsuit could give your family the financial award you need to pay for medical bills, funeral costs, and the future. We’ve achieved outstanding results in past wrongful death cases, and may be able to do the same for your family

How is Negligence Determined in Montana?

Determining liability comes down to proving negligence. Negligence is a legal theory that refers to the failure to use reasonable care in doing something, resulting in another person’s injury or other damage. Negligence can take many shapes and forms, according to the situation. Anything that a reasonable and prudent person would or would not have done in a similar circumstance could constitute negligence in the state of Montana. Examples of negligence that often cause personal injury accidents include:

  • Distracted or dangerous driving. Distracted and negligent drivers cause thousands of serious personal injuries and deaths in Montana every year. It is every driver’s legal duty to reasonably prevent injuries to others on the roadway. Failure to do so, causing a car accident, is negligence. Common examples include drunk driving, drowsy driving, texting and driving, speeding, and ignoring the right-of-way.
  • Lack of property maintenance. Premises liability claims arise when a landowner negligently cares for the property, resulting in hazards such as slip-and-fall risks, property defects, malfunctioning equipment, dangerous staircases, loose animals, exposed wires, toxic substances, and uncovered swimming pools. The owner will be liable if his/her negligence caused the accident in question.
  • Medical negligence (malpractice). Medical malpractice describes the failure of a health care practitioner or facility to adhere to the accepted standards of patient care in the medical industry. Inadequate patient care, misdiagnoses, medication errors, surgical mistakes, birth injuries, and malfunctioning medical equipment are all examples of health risks that should not exist under reasonable circumstances.

If you’re not sure whether someone else’s negligence played an integral role in your or a loved one’s recent accident and injuries, consult with our attorneys to find out. We’ll listen to your side of the story, review your medical records, and learn as much as we can about your case. Then, we’ll help you determine the defendant(s) we believe are liable for your damages.

Next, we’ll file your personal injury claim against the negligent person or entity within Montana’s three-year statute of limitations. Your financial future could depend on the lawyer you choose as your representation.

Contact Our Billings Personal Injury Lawyer Today

The key to obtaining the compensation you are legally entitled to is to enlist the aid of a Billings personal injury lawyer who is well-versed in investigating the facts, gathering critical evidence and documenting losses, whether medical or property damage, and who will truly be a strong ally in your corner.

Our lawyers are passionate about helping victims of personal injury accidents in Billings. We know exactly how to assess these cases, gather evidence, and provide effective legal counsel. We may be able to help you obtain fair compensation for your damages. Let us help you get back on your feet after a personal injury disaster. Learn more about how we could help your family during a free consultation at our local law office.

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We are passionate about making sure our clients get fair and just compensation. We will not let the insurance company take advantage of you.

Contact Our Billings Personal Injury Lawyer Today

The key to obtaining the compensation you are legally entitled to is to enlist the aid of a Billings personal injury lawyer who is well-versed in investigating the facts, gathering critical evidence and documenting losses, whether medical or property damage, and who will truly be a strong ally in your corner.

Our lawyers are passionate about helping victims of personal injury accidents in Billings. We know exactly how to assess these cases, gather evidence, and provide effective legal counsel. We may be able to help you obtain fair compensation for your damages. Let us help you get back on your feet after a personal injury disaster. Learn more about how we could help your family during a free consultation at our local law office.

$600k

Truck Accident

Our client was severely injured on a Montana Interstate highway when a semi-tractor and trailer rear-ender her vehicle at highway speeds.  The at-fault driver was illegally operating his semi-tractor and trailer, and our timely investigation uncovered evidence that the driver was in violation of federally mandated driving time restrictions.

$1.1M

Wrongful Death

Our firm recovered a $1.1M settlement from a national transportation company for the negligence and inattentiveness of its driver who killed the wife of our client.  Because we were notified right away, we were able to place the company on notice and secure time-sensitive information.  This led to the collection of key documentation which resulted in a timely and favorable resolution.

$1M

Medical Malpractice

Our client suffered post-surgical complications which were not timely or properly addressed resulting in bilateral leg amputations. We assembled a respected team of medical and economic experts to help us advocate and prove our client’s loss. After arguing our client’s case to the Medical Legal Panel and filing suit in District Court, the case ended favorably with a seven-figure settlement.

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“I was able to put my life together with the help I received from Jim Ragain”

I first met Jim Ragain in July of 2010. I was stuck in a hospital bed after a bilateral BK amputation. Jim and Lynette are two people I consider a second family. They were thorough and kept me informed every step of the way. I was able to put my life back together with the help I received from Jim Ragain. I would suggest Ragain & Cook, P.C. to anyone that needs help after being injured and wants knowledgeable lawyers. Thank you Jim and Lynette I will forever be in your debt for all the help and support you gave my family.

F.M.

Joseph Cook: He's a great lawyer, honest and true, but above this he is a friend to his clients. He worked hard for me and got a settlement I never dreamed of. If you were lucky to get this man as your attorney, you would be the luckiest people that I know.

T.H.

I was in a car wreck that totaled my truck, left me injured and kept me out of work. Joe jumped on my case and began working right away. He got my medical bills paid, secured a fair payment for my truck damage, and collected a great settlement from the insurance company. When my uncle and cousin were hurt in a car wreck, I had zero hesitation recommending them to Joe.

J.S.

I had an accident in August of 2013 that left me with a severe ankle injury that required several surgeries and months of physical therapy. This injury also had me out of work for several months. I was unsure of how to even tackle the insurance companies, bills, and paper work that were happening as I was trying to recover. It was suggested I get legal representation. I called the Law offices of James Ragain and told them of my situation. They took immediate action to help me. From that point and forward Mr. Ragain and his associates took care of everything. I would get frequent updates and phone calls on my case. This was such a huge relief for me, having Mr. Ragain and his staff on my side, taking care of everything. My decision to retain an attorney insured me time to concentrate on more recovery and getting back to my everyday life.

S.D.

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Why hire a Billings personal injury lawyer?

After an accident involving expensive property damage or personal injury, insurance adjusters are quick to call victims and reach a settlement agreement. It is the insurance adjuster’s job to convince accident victims to settle for the lowest amount possible. The adjuster works for the insurance company, not for you. Do not let insurance companies take advantage of you after an accident. Instead of accepting a hasty settlement amount over the phone, contact accident attorneys at Ragain & Cook, P.C.

Free Initial Consultation

During your free initial consultation with one of our experienced personal injury attorneys, you learn about your rights and the other party’s responsibilities to you. We analyze your case and give you our professional legal opinion about what you should do moving forward. If we believe you have grounds to file a personal injury claim, our firm will handle all the paperwork on your behalf. Our team will be there for you every step of the way, contacting the defendant and negotiating settlements, if applicable. We will also take over all communications with insurance companies if desired.

Access to Important Resources

When you work with one of our accident and personal injury lawyers, you gain access to numerous legal resources and tools. Your accident lawyer will have an understanding of the federal, state, and local laws involved in your case, and he or she will know the wisest steps to take moving forward. You will not have to shuffle through the mountains of paperwork or speak to insurance companies on your own. A lawyer can help you feel safe, secure, and confident in a time when you need it.

 

"We walk our clients through every step of the way and do everything in our power to protect them from insurance companies."

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